Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Review of Tempted by His Kiss By Tracy Anne Warren.

Tracie Anne Warren's 'The Byrons of Braebourne' series starts of with the story of Lord Cade Byron. I was a hunting for a new Historical romance novel series to begin and I came across this book. It was published in 2009 and has a total of 5 books. After reading the blurbs of the books I was intrigued by The Byrons. So, Lets see how the first book fared.

The Blurb:

London Society knows the Byrons are “mad, bad, and dangerous,” and every bit as fascinating as their poetic non-relation. This tempestuous family is famous for scandal and legendary at love…

Orphaned beauty Meg Amberley is caught in a snowstorm, and takes refuge at the estate of Lord Cade Byron. Haunted by his past, Cade has buried himself in the country. Then Meg—with her lush curves and soft, blonde hair—invades his house and his life. With her reputation compromised, he proposes a pretend engagement and a London Season where she can find a husband. 

But as their charade deepens, Cade can’t let her go . . . vowing to tempt her with a kiss that just may lead to forever.

My Review: 

 I have read quite my share about war heroes in historical romance. Men who served their country and got scars and nightmares in return. And Lord Cade Byron is no different. A broken man residing in the far corner of England, he abhors company and finds solace in quietude and liquor.

 When Miss Margaret Amberly finds herself all alone in the world, the only option left is an errant aunt, faraway in Scotland. But a deadly storm forces her to take shelter under Lord Cade until resuming travel is safer. Stranded together with no refuge Cade is forced to break his solitary confinement and join the free spirited Meg.

How these two find solace and overcome the boundary set by themselves makes up the rest of the story. It took time for me to get into the tale.

I felt disconnected with both Cade and Meg initially. But as the story progresses I understood them better and could appreciate the story. The narration was congested at places. It felt like the author tried to describe everything that happened but with as less words as possible. It was like an account of day to day activities. A log. But as the novel progressed, it got better.

Some scenes were incoherent. Like the one where Meg is supposedly compromised. The neighbour just barges in, sees Meg and announces
 ".....Introduce us, my dear boy, or name your seconds.”
 I mean seriously? That was really poor writing. And Cade comes with the solution of a fake engagement within seconds. It's like he pulled it out of his hat. He just sighs and introduces Meg as his fiancĂ©.
 Also I felt Meg was obtuse at particular scenes. If my adversary was a seasoned spy who is supposed to be a monstrous manipulator, I won't assume for a second that I bested him, being an inexperienced lady. It was weird. I don't know whether to call her efforts naive determination or addle stupidity. And Cade calls her brave because she doesn't cause a scene when captured. Really? And after all this the author made Edward the hero of the tale. If somehow the clumsy methods of the protagonists had bore fruits, I could have forgave the entire ordeal.

 Anyway, the novel did have it's plus points. It was a full length novel of around 300 pages. The story had a lot of elements and it never felt clustered. Every scene slid together like a completed jigsaw puzzle. The story held my complete attention, but the narration and sadly the protagonists failed me at times.

 The chemistry between Cade and Meg is also noteworthy. They scorched and burned together. I loved every instance when they made love. I thought it was a bit bold for an Historical Romance, but I did enjoy it nonetheless. The book also made me interested in knowing about the rest of the Byrons. They are an eclectic bunch.

My Rating: 

 I give this book 3 stars.

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