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Could this infamous rake… …finally have found his Countess? Part of The Sinful Sinclairs. When Lucas, Lord Sinclair, receives a mysterious summons from a Miss Olivia Silverdale he’s sceptical about helping her. But Olivia, although eccentric, is in earnest about her quest to restore her late godfather’s reputation. Lucas’s curiosity is piqued—and not just by Olivia’s Could this infamous rake… …finally have found his Countess? Part of The Sinful Sinclairs. When Lucas, Lord Sinclair, receives a mysterious summons from a Miss Olivia Silverdale he’s sceptical about helping her. But Olivia, although eccentric, is in earnest about her quest to restore her late godfather’s reputation. Lucas’s curiosity is piqued—and not just by Olivia’s intelligent eyes and lithe form. A new challenge quickly presents itself: keeping Miss Silverdale at arm’s length!


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Could this infamous rake… …finally have found his Countess? Part of The Sinful Sinclairs. When Lucas, Lord Sinclair, receives a mysterious summons from a Miss Olivia Silverdale he’s sceptical about helping her. But Olivia, although eccentric, is in earnest about her quest to restore her late godfather’s reputation. Lucas’s curiosity is piqued—and not just by Olivia’s Could this infamous rake… …finally have found his Countess? Part of The Sinful Sinclairs. When Lucas, Lord Sinclair, receives a mysterious summons from a Miss Olivia Silverdale he’s sceptical about helping her. But Olivia, although eccentric, is in earnest about her quest to restore her late godfather’s reputation. Lucas’s curiosity is piqued—and not just by Olivia’s intelligent eyes and lithe form. A new challenge quickly presents itself: keeping Miss Silverdale at arm’s length!

30 review for The Earl's Irresistible Challenge (Mills & Boon Historical)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dash fan

    4☆ Enthralling Passionate Regency Romance Mixed with a Compelling Mystery The Earl's Irresistible Challenge is the first book in a new series. Although some of the characters from the previous series do cross over. This time round the book focuses on the Sinclair family and Olivia Silverdale. When Lucas aka Lord Sinclair meets Olivia in a church at night with news that might interest him, Lucas is slightly put out by her boldness. But he can't help being drawn to her Sass. Olivia is convinced she has 4☆ Enthralling Passionate Regency Romance Mixed with a Compelling Mystery The Earl's Irresistible Challenge is the first book in a new series. Although some of the characters from the previous series do cross over. This time round the book focuses on the Sinclair family and Olivia Silverdale. When Lucas aka Lord Sinclair meets Olivia in a church at night with news that might interest him, Lucas is slightly put out by her boldness. But he can't help being drawn to her Sass. Olivia is convinced she has information on his Father's death, she believes it was somehow underhanded. Lucas is frustrated by her tale and decides that winding her up is more fun. But she is determined not to give up. She believes her godfathers death is somehow linked with Lucas father and she will not rest until she finds out the truth for his family and for his name. I loved Olivia and Lucas characters. Their connection is exciting and passionate, full of cheeky flirty banter. Lucas is somewhat enamoured by Olivia. She is strong, determined, has an air of innocence, she's ballsy, not afraid to walk into danger, she's witty, sassy, beautiful, enchanting and loyal. It's no wonder Lucas can't get her out of his head! Lucas tries to act the tough man, but you can see Olivia gets under his skin and right down into his soft spot. Although he clearly is no Angel 😉 The Earl's Irresistible Challenge is an Enthralling Regency Romance mixed with a compelling Mystery filled with Wit, Passion, Romance, Humour, Danger, Mishaps, Eccentric and Loveable Characters, with a Swoon Worthy Romance. That will leave you feeling all Warm and Tingly. The Earl's Irresistible Challenge is an exciting start to a new series and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next. This series is definitely going on my Must Read Series. Thank you to Rachel Random Resources for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily. My Review is also on my Blog Website :- https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/2019/0...

  2. 5 out of 5

    OLT

    I confess to having often been a bit snobbish about HRs. Harlequins? Not for me, I'd usually say. Give me those authors like Lisa Kleypas, Eloisa James, Mary Balogh, Caroline Linden, etc., who have never been published (I believe) by Mills and Boon/Harlequin. Well, I've now done a 180 about this, I guess. Most non-Harlequin authors have taken to pandering to the younger, "give me a bunch of sex and a silly story" crowd of readers and have left me out in the cold. There are still exceptions such I confess to having often been a bit snobbish about HRs. Harlequins? Not for me, I'd usually say. Give me those authors like Lisa Kleypas, Eloisa James, Mary Balogh, Caroline Linden, etc., who have never been published (I believe) by Mills and Boon/Harlequin. Well, I've now done a 180 about this, I guess. Most non-Harlequin authors have taken to pandering to the younger, "give me a bunch of sex and a silly story" crowd of readers and have left me out in the cold. There are still exceptions such as Meredith Duran, Sherry Thomas, Mimi Matthews, Jayne Fresina, but, IMO, you are welcome to the rest because I don't like to read them. So I'm grateful to GR friend Caz who just reviewed Lara Temple's soon-to-be-released Sinful Sinclair #2 book very favorably. I've pre-ordered it based on that review and decided to read this one, #1 of the series, while waiting for the release of #2. I was wowed. This is a Harlequin HR and the author is very, very good. What does this HR have going for it? (1) Excellently-drawn, complex characters. (2) Intelligent, snappy dialogue. (3) Less predictable plot than most HRs. (4) The best romance and relationship development I've read in ages. (5) Just the right amount of sex to seal the love deal without wasting pages and being annoyingly explicit. Our heroine is Miss Olivia Silverdale, a rich heiress from Gillingham who has moved to London with her aunt and her nurse, both to escape the scandal surrounding her recent broken engagement and to investigate the death of her beloved godfather Henry Payton, who died scandalously, in the bed of a prostitute. Olivia cannot believe her godfather would have betrayed his wife in this way, and, in addition, she blames herself for his death, since the circumstances surrounding her scandal were the reason Henry had been working in London instead of in Gillingham. While investigating, Olivia uncovers a connection between her godfather and Howard Sinclair, another man who had died scandalously. She makes contact with Lucas Sinclair, Howard's son and heir who is now the Earl Sinclair, thinking he would want to collaborate with her to find out the truth about both deaths. Well, that doesn't quite work out the way she had expected. Lucas is cynical and bitter about the past and wants to leave it buried with his father. But just wait, my friends. Watch Lucas become intrigued by Olivia. At first suspicious that she is either trying to trap him into marriage or wants to blackmail him, he finally sees her for what she is. A force of nature to be reckoned with. A list-making, truth-seeking knight, "Sir Olive-a-Dare." Better to join her and keep her in line than leave her on her own. The plot is good. It is also well developed and entertaining and doesn't have contrivances and stupid behavior, especially on the part of the heroine, who is an admirable female. The characters are the best I've read in perhaps a year or so of attempting to find an HR to my taste. And the love between H and h develops beautifully and organically. There is physical attraction early on but it's a slow burn to the actual sexual intimacy, which doesn't happen until close to the three-quarters mark. That's the way I like it. Temple doesn't need scenes with descriptions of body parts fitting into other body parts to show us the sexual nature of the relationship of these two. For example, there is one very hot scene in which the two are visiting a museum and wander into a room with a series of marble statues. Olivia is fascinated by the beauty of these reliefs and feels the need to touch them, which she does. It's perhaps the sexiest scene in the book and the poor hero is almost unmanned. "You are a menace, Miss Silverdale," Lucas said without turning. "You told me to touch it," she replied..."I said touch it, not make love to the blasted thing." This story has all the romance that's been lacking in all those clinical love stories I've been reading. It's warm and fuzzy and sexy and gave me all the feels I want in a romance. It has a hero who is extremely attracted to the heroine but who, wonder of wonders, is able to control his libido. You can see that these two will do very well in their future, not just in bed but out of it. That's not always a given in many romances. This is almost a 5-star book for me. Why not 5? Well, it's darned close to that, but there was a little snafu/misunderstanding near the end that I found unnecessary. It was resolved in a beautiful way, but still... Maybe I'm being too picky?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Caz

    I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars. Lara Temple, one of the strongest on the current roster of Harlequin/Mills & Boon Historical authors, begins her new  Sinful Sinclairs  series with The Earl’s Irresistible Challenge, the first of three stories about siblings whose irresponsible, ne’er-do-well forebears have tarnished the family name and put a blemish on the reputation of the younger generation.  It’s a terrific read that hooked me in right from the start as our sarcastic, world- I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars. Lara Temple, one of the strongest on the current roster of Harlequin/Mills & Boon Historical authors, begins her new  Sinful Sinclairs  series with The Earl’s Irresistible Challenge, the first of three stories about siblings whose irresponsible, ne’er-do-well forebears have tarnished the family name and put a blemish on the reputation of the younger generation.  It’s a terrific read that hooked me in right from the start as our sarcastic, world-weary hero comes up against a different kind of heroine who won’t let him – or his conscience –off the hook. The eldest of the siblings is Lucas, Lord Sinclair (Chase and Samantha are his younger brother and sister), and he is rather wondering at his lack of sense for turning up to a clandestine meeting at a dingy church on a rainy winter’s afternoon simply because he’d received a letter suggesting that the sender has information relating to the death of Lucas’ father.  Lucas wonders even more when the young woman he meets, Miss Olivia Silverdale, explains that she has travelled to London from her home in Yorkshire in order to uncover the truth about the recent death of her godfather, Henry Payton, and during the course of her enquiries, came across a note in Payton’s hand that said “Howard Sinclair was terribly wronged and something must be done.” Lucas listens to Miss Silverdale’s recitation with growing incredulity and shock as she explains how she has recruited the help of a Madam by masquerading as a spiritualist, and becomes more and more convinced he’s dealing with a madwoman or a very creative liar.  He gives little credence to either the note or Miss Silverdale’s suggestion that they join forces to obtain answers to the truth about her godfather’s death and the question posed by his words concerning Lucas’ father – but ends their unorthodox encounter by telling her that he will think about what she has told him. Two days later, Lucas has come to decision and tells Olivia that he won’t allow her to make enquiries which could embroil his family name in more scandal than is already attached to it, making it clear that he will put a stop to her investigation if she will not desist.  Yet he finds it impossible to completely dismiss the bright, intriguing and infuriating young woman whose quick mind and ready wit attract and annoy him in equal measure.  Rather against his better judgement, he decides that “If anyone is to continue tarnishing our name, I prefer [the] remaining Sinclairs do it ourselves”  and finds himself agreeing to ‘allow’ her investigation to continue provided she agrees not to do anything further without informing him in advance of her plans. Olivia Silverdale isn’t the slightest bit intimidated by Lord Sinclair’s veiled threats, although his sardonic, disparaging attitude toward her attempts to help him and his family exasperate her no end.  She is surprised at his lack of interest in unravelling the mystery suggested by Payton’s note but determined to pursue her own enquiries with or without his help.  Henry Payton was more of a father to her and her siblings than their own father, who spent most of his life abroad pursuing his interest in the natural sciences, and the story she’s been told – that Henry died in the bed of a courtesan – doesn’t add up. Lucas is intrigued and exasperated by Olivia from the very start, and it doesn’t take long for him to become well-and-truly smitten.  She’s like no woman he’s ever met – which is a well-worn romance-novel cliché most of the time, but not here, because Olivia is a refreshingly different heroine.  She’s independent and certainly pushes her boundaries, but she doesn’t do it in that obtrusive ‘look at me!’ way that so often characterises those curl-tossing TSTL heroines I can’t stand.  She’s unconventional and Lucas is right when he calls her relentless, but she’s quietly so; she doesn’t make a fuss, she just makes it clear she’ll do what she believes she must with or without Lucas’ help or sanction, but not in a brash or snide way.  He knows full-well his strings are being pulled, but there’s no question he does what he does because he wants to. The more time he spends with Olivia, the harder it is for him to step back, and his protests become token as he falls more and more deeply in love with her.  The main conflict in the novel arises from the fact that Olivia doesn’t actually realise the extent of her tunnel-vision or how her determination to do what she perceives as The Right Thing is actually manipulative.  Lucas sees it, and even goes along with it, telling himself it’s because he wants to stop her from further besmirching the Sinclair name, whereas we know it’s because he’s falling hard for her and because he wants to protect her from gossip and the disappointment he fears is in store. Lucas’ self-deprecating humour and self-awareness are very attractive, and I always enjoy watching the confident, worldly hero losing his head over his heroine, especially when, as is the case here, he’s the first to own to the truth and depth of his feelings.  Olivia’s realisation that she’s fallen in love is quite matter-of-fact, whereas Lucas struggles to reconcile his instinct to do the honourable thing and keep Olivia at a distance so as not to taint her reputation by association while being so in love with her that he just can’t stay away.  Olivia, on the other hand, is more inscrutable.  She has had years of practice at hiding her feelings, which causes Lucas to doubt she feels anything more for him than physical attraction . The Earl’s Irresistible Challenge is a beautifully developed, wholly absorbing romance featuring two strongly drawn protagonists who are clearly made for each other.  Lara Temple once again demonstrates her gift for humorous, insightful dialogue – Olivia can more than hold her own against Lucas’ sardonic wit, while he knows exactly which buttons to push in order to get a reaction – and I lapped up each of their witty, astute conversations and observations.  It’s a very strong start to a new series, and I’m looking forward to spending more time with the  Sinful Sinclairs.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)

    Well, what can say about this? Fantastic, wonderful, sexy, charming, entertaining, engaging in other words absolutely bloody brilliant! What a fabulous start to what is set to be another fantastic series by one of my whole time favourite authors. The Sinful Sinclairs as anyone who has been avidly reading Ms Temples books will know are a sort of follow on from the previous series; Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies, as the hugely seductive Sinclairs are the cousins of none other than the those Wild L Well, what can say about this? Fantastic, wonderful, sexy, charming, entertaining, engaging in other words absolutely bloody brilliant! What a fabulous start to what is set to be another fantastic series by one of my whole time favourite authors. The Sinful Sinclairs as anyone who has been avidly reading Ms Temples books will know are a sort of follow on from the previous series; Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies, as the hugely seductive Sinclairs are the cousins of none other than the those Wild Lords – I am not going to tell you which one, you will have to read that series to find out. 😉 I knew that I would be in for a treat, and yet again I was blown away by Ms Temple’s splendid writing. The story opens when Lucas; Lord Sinclair receives a mysterious message from a Miss Olivia Silverdale, once meeting the young veiled lady in a church in the middle of the night he hears her out – which believe me with how Olivia tells stories is a very long night for Lucas which does leave with equal amount or headache and earache. He is in disbelieve over what the slightly odd young woman has told him, she wants to restore the tainted reputation of her godfather and amidst her own investigation she has come across mention of Lucas’ own late father. How is the late Lord Sinclair connected to Olivia’s godfather? You’ll have to read to find out, anyway Lucas is sceptical at her claims and wants nothing to do with her or her infernal investigation, which does include the hilarious outing of an occultist by the name of Madam Bulgari – she is a real hoot and I would love to invite her to any party. But Lucas is curious then after voicing his thoughts to his brother; Chase – my goodness another gorgeous brother – he soon finds himself intrigued not just by her fanciful story but also by her, she gets under his skin and now the notorious rake with the sinful reputation may just have found his match in the form of the eccentric young Yorkshire lass with the mesmerizing eyes. My goodness, I have found my whole new favourite heroine in the form of Olivia, she is pure brilliance – yes, I maybe a tad biased with her being a fellow Yorkshire Lass, but she really is fabulous. She is eccentric, talkative, creative, imaginative, stubborn and a bit set in her ways – have I just described myself there? She has a way of seeing people, it’s like she can see past the façade and see what others can’t, she is holding a painful secret, one which Lucas instantly picks up on that and I love how when they kiss he doesn’t rush her, he is solid but gentle, and so patient. As I mentioned the kissing, my, oh my those kisses! They are hot, sensual, steamy and loving that first kiss is a whopper full of nervous lust and it made me melt, Lucas is such a passionate, tender man – huge heart eyes for him especially this line ‘he wasn’t accustomed to rebellion either from his libido or his conscience’ Love it! Lucas is a mystery, I love how Temple hints at a past; brief glimpses into the man behind the Sinful mask, she does a great job at dropping breadcrumbs for the reader to follow throughout the story. He is very family orientated, protective, controlled, blunt, out spoken, brutally honest at times, grouchy and a tad brooding – can you see why I am a wee but smitten? He is definitely the leader of the wolf pack – or should that be the Sinclair pack? And for a man who claims to be in complete control he has an awful lot of randy thoughts, that really have no place at tea 😉 Did I mention Chase? If there ever was a case for the hashtag; Double Swoon, now would be a time. I know that this book is all about the marvellous Lucas and Olivia, but I just have to mention Chase; I am completely smitten and intrigued by this man on first impression he’s laid-back, witty, mysterious he makes you sit up and pay attention and he has some great one-liners. Lara Temple what are you doing to me? Overall The Earls Irresistible Challenge is sexy, witty, entertaining, great plot, brilliantly written Ms Temple has created a mesmerizing and hugely enjoyable love story with two of the most seductive and entertaining couples that you will ever come across and which entwines an edge of your seat mystery. This is hugely romantic, there is no doubt about that the chemistry sizzles between them and it has some great comedic moments, the conversations between them is brilliant, fast witty; they have razor-sharp minds and some of the best dialogue that bounces between them. Absolutely brilliant, I cannot wait to see where this series is going to go. This was an Arc copy via the author in exchange for an honest review, Thank you, Lara!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Taut, emotional and craftily crafted, The Earl’s Irresistible Challenge will rivet you from start to end. Brilliant storytelling and adept characters who will never bore you, will leave you wanting more long after you reach the end. Lara Temple has always been one of my fave historical romance authors and she hasn’t disappointed me once. Kudos on a job well done. The Earl’s Irresistible Challenge is a keeper! Highly Recommended 4.5 Stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn Lynch

    First in a new series called The Sinful Sinclairs, the three books are planned to focus on the three Sinclair siblings. Lucas, Lord Sinclair, comes first. And to be honest, I wasn’t at all sure why he was called Lord Sinful; though the heroine, Olivia, is spooked by him at first, it seems to be because of a reputation that isn’t that different to any other lord in London. Lord Sinclair doesn’t prey on virgins or the defenceless; his mistresses are experienced and know exactly what they’re gettin First in a new series called The Sinful Sinclairs, the three books are planned to focus on the three Sinclair siblings. Lucas, Lord Sinclair, comes first. And to be honest, I wasn’t at all sure why he was called Lord Sinful; though the heroine, Olivia, is spooked by him at first, it seems to be because of a reputation that isn’t that different to any other lord in London. Lord Sinclair doesn’t prey on virgins or the defenceless; his mistresses are experienced and know exactly what they’re getting into. Yes, it seems his grandfather and uncle blackened the family name and his father’s death in a duel under mysterious circumstances did nothing to help, but really, Lucas’s a sweetheart, which Olivia eventually discovers. It’s a good thing too, because Olivia needs his help. In today’s society, it’s hard to comprehend just how devastating to an entire family a scandal could be, and how far-reaching the consequences of what seems like a simple decision. Olivia’s decision not to marry a man she discovers fully intends to continue his affair with one of her married friends has left her a pariah, and her godfather’s death in shocking circumstances is the last straw. When she discovers not all about the death is what it seems, and may somehow be linked to the death of the late Lord Sinclair, she’s determined to investigate and enlists Lucas’s help. Olivia’s delightful, uniquely intelligent and determined (and OCD - I loved her Wall of Contemplation) and Lucas is fascinated despite his initial determination not to have anything to do with her. Watching him get drawn helplessly in like a moth to a flame is pretty funny, especially since Olivia really has no desire to attract his attention, at least not at first. By the time she realizes her own feelings, Lucas is already accepting of his fate, which is a pleasant change in Regencies. Too often it’s the heroine who does all the pining. This was both a thoroughly enjoyable romance and a sobering look at the effects a scandal could have on reputations in the era, both individual and that of an entire family. I hope to read the rest of this series soon; Lucas’s brother and sister both deserve their own happy endings! Five stars for a fantastic read. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review from the author.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    4.5 stars Olivia Silverdale is in London, not to catch a husband as her chaperon thinks, but to solve a mystery. She is convinced her guardian's death is not as it appears and that his name has been smeared and while researching she has uncovered information that may clear the name of another man that was unjustly vilified, Howard Sinclair. She hopes by contacting his family, she will not only help them, but will learn new information about Henry's death. She summons (there really is no other wor 4.5 stars Olivia Silverdale is in London, not to catch a husband as her chaperon thinks, but to solve a mystery. She is convinced her guardian's death is not as it appears and that his name has been smeared and while researching she has uncovered information that may clear the name of another man that was unjustly vilified, Howard Sinclair. She hopes by contacting his family, she will not only help them, but will learn new information about Henry's death. She summons (there really is no other word for it) Lucas, the Earl of Sinclair to meet her in a dark church and in hindsight wonders if that was the best choice. Olivia tells Lucas what she needs and he is dismissive. She didn't expect him to be so annoying or to not believe her, he actually accuses her of trying to trap him! He tells her he will think about what she has said and let her know what he decides. Two days pass before he contacts her, he meets her at another church and tells her he will not help her and furthermore, he forbids her to investigate anything relating to his father. She tells him, she will do what she likes and leaves in a huff. Lucas should be glad to be done with her, but he is strangely drawn to her. She isn't telling him everything and he convinces himself that is why he changes his mind. What follows is a wonderful story of two flawed people falling in love, uncovering secrets and making peace with the past. This was a well written, delightful story with very likable characters, amusing banter, warmish love scenes, secrets, betrayal, misunderstandings and finally a sigh worthy ending. There were a couple of things that felt important but were never explained, like her brother Jack and there were a couple of incorrect formal address issues - but nothing that detracted from the story. *I am voluntarily leaving a review of an eARC that was provided to me*

  8. 5 out of 5

    Maida

    Absolutely fantastic. Brilliantly written in a language that takes you to the exact time and setting of the novel. These days, historical romance novels are littered with modern phrasing, current issues and situations woven into the plot, and anachronistic terms. This is not true for The Earl's Irresistible Challenge. Miss Temple has me thinking, believing this was written many centuries ago with her admirable linguistic style. Her skillful use of vocabulary and rhythm drew the characters and lo Absolutely fantastic. Brilliantly written in a language that takes you to the exact time and setting of the novel. These days, historical romance novels are littered with modern phrasing, current issues and situations woven into the plot, and anachronistic terms. This is not true for The Earl's Irresistible Challenge. Miss Temple has me thinking, believing this was written many centuries ago with her admirable linguistic style. Her skillful use of vocabulary and rhythm drew the characters and locations so vividly, they come alive. Olivia and Lucas are fully-fleshed out and likable characters whose slow-burn love story is utterly believable. They are evenly matched and have wonderful chemistry. The mystery is a great device to keep them connected and in constant proximity with each other which led to their fall into love. I also like the minor characters. They're individualized and supported the main characters really well. I especially love Chase Sinclair and I'm so excited to read his story next.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Whitworth

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 💋💋 This is one of those books you find yourself sighing throughout, and at the end taking a big breath and smiling. What a beautiful story, stunning in its telling and its characters. One that made me wish for more pages and longer days to read them . I loved the family of the Sinclair’s and look forward to reading more about Chase And Sam , they are going to be so wonderful. I received an Arc copy of this book and chose to post this review

  10. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Stein

    Lara always writes great characters and gorgeous prose, and this book is no exception. A delightful story leads up to one of the most beautifully written intimate scenes I've ever read, and the way the two main characters accept and handle one another's flaws and strengths is delightful. Lara always writes great characters and gorgeous prose, and this book is no exception. A delightful story leads up to one of the most beautifully written intimate scenes I've ever read, and the way the two main characters accept and handle one another's flaws and strengths is delightful.

  11. 5 out of 5

    LianaReads blog

    In the last months, i rarely read historical romance lately and from time to time i need an escape. I am so glad i finished The Earl's irresistible Challenge because what a lovely story it is. A very well written love story with two characters that accepted their fate and haven't thought about falling in love at all. A story with suspenseful scenes about how much an old scandal can destroy a family future in the Regency era and when some of the real reasons and facts are discovered, people won't In the last months, i rarely read historical romance lately and from time to time i need an escape. I am so glad i finished The Earl's irresistible Challenge because what a lovely story it is. A very well written love story with two characters that accepted their fate and haven't thought about falling in love at all. A story with suspenseful scenes about how much an old scandal can destroy a family future in the Regency era and when some of the real reasons and facts are discovered, people won't believe them that easy. Lucas is a lord as any lord in that era and although he joined the Home Office to have all the available requisites to demonstrate that his father was unnecessarily blamed for a scandal that took place a long time ago, he is smart and has built a wall around his heart as he can't trust anyone anymore,but that wall is easily broken piece by piece by Olivia, our genuine heroine who has no other reason than restore the good fame of her godfather family after his suspicious death. A great story where love makes its way in a heart of two characters that without wanting fall for each other.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gwessie Tee

    Another awesome book from Ms Temple, truly beautiful and fantastic read as always. Our hero and feisty heroine most definitely perfect for each other come together through tragedy and a little stubbornness, they each have a backstory to be sure and that most definitely makes them who they become for their journey to their happy ever after, i can honestly say ive giggled cried and een outraged for them both but absolutely love how their lives next chapters begin. Thank you for writing it dear lady Another awesome book from Ms Temple, truly beautiful and fantastic read as always. Our hero and feisty heroine most definitely perfect for each other come together through tragedy and a little stubbornness, they each have a backstory to be sure and that most definitely makes them who they become for their journey to their happy ever after, i can honestly say ive giggled cried and een outraged for them both but absolutely love how their lives next chapters begin. Thank you for writing it dear lady x

  13. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    When Miss Olivia Silverdale decided to clear her godfather Henry’s name, she was going to do everything she could to succeed. She had found a note that tied Henry to the Sinclairs, so she summons Lucas, the Earl Sinclair. Helping her might also prove to be to his family’s advantage, as his father had suffered a scandalous demise. Lucas wants no part of the charade, but Olivia is more persuasive than he ever anticipated, and against his better judgement, he agrees. He also hopes her quest doesn’t When Miss Olivia Silverdale decided to clear her godfather Henry’s name, she was going to do everything she could to succeed. She had found a note that tied Henry to the Sinclairs, so she summons Lucas, the Earl Sinclair. Helping her might also prove to be to his family’s advantage, as his father had suffered a scandalous demise. Lucas wants no part of the charade, but Olivia is more persuasive than he ever anticipated, and against his better judgement, he agrees. He also hopes her quest doesn’t make matters worse than they already are. He is also intrigued; Lucas is a rake, and his thoughts towards the country miss are not as pure as snow. THE EARL’S IRRESISTIBLE CHALLENGE’s dramatic beginning immediately captured my attention, and the stupendous dialogues kept me enthralled. Both Lucas and Olivia are quick-witted and possess sharp tongues which made for fabulous banter. Lara Temple’s prose is utterly intoxicating, utterly sublime, and she builds an extraordinary atmosphere: partly irresistibly seductive, partly very businesslike, entirely suited to Olivia and Lucas’ interactions. Olivia is one of the best female characters ever: it shows that she was raised amongst brothers, and I loved how she subtly manipulates to get almost everything she wants without being coy or deceitful. And what a delight to watch a confirmed rake, and a very rational man, become unsettled as he unwittingly does her bidding. Lucas is not slouch either! It was a thing of beauty to watch him slowly fall for Olivia, and seldom have I seen such superlative character development and growth, and this for both characters. To be honest, I found only one tiny fault with this magnificent book, it is something very personal: it was with the sole sex scene. It is not very explicit, very short, but I felt it cheapened everything that had happened between Olivia and Lucas up to that point. Because of the explosive passion that had simmered up to that point, and threatened to boil over at every moment, I felt it was anticlimactic. Both Olivia and Lucas have wonderful backstories, which tie in with the suspense. What could have been merely a pretext to bring our protagonists together turns out to be a most cleverly crafted plot. The Sinful Sinclairs promises to be a very exciting series, and I cannot wait to read Chase and Sam’s stories, respectively Lucas’ brother and sister. Even though she is but briefly mentioned, Sam intrigued me to no end. And let’s not forget the presence of the perfectly delightful Inky … I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I give 4 ½ stars

  14. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Overall: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Plot/Storyline: 📖📖📖📖 Feels: 🦋🦋🦋🦋 Romance: 💞💞💞 Sensuality: 🔥🔥🔥🔥 Emotional Depth: 💔💔💔 Sexual Tension: ⚡⚡⚡⚡ Sex Scene Length: (zero sex scenes, judgement based on another scene) 🍑🍑🍑 Number of Sex Scenes: 0 (There is a pleasure for her scene!) Olivia has discovered information that may prove that her godfather's death wasn't all that it seemed. Another name is brought up, so she enlists in the help of Lord Sinclair on her quest for justice. Lucas at first thinks Olivia is a lying fraud, and en Overall: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Plot/Storyline: 📖📖📖📖 Feels: 🦋🦋🦋🦋 Romance: 💞💞💞 Sensuality: 🔥🔥🔥🔥 Emotional Depth: 💔💔💔 Sexual Tension: ⚡⚡⚡⚡ Sex Scene Length: (zero sex scenes, judgement based on another scene) 🍑🍑🍑 Number of Sex Scenes: 0 (There is a pleasure for her scene!) Olivia has discovered information that may prove that her godfather's death wasn't all that it seemed. Another name is brought up, so she enlists in the help of Lord Sinclair on her quest for justice. Lucas at first thinks Olivia is a lying fraud, and ends up keeping a close eye on her activities to stop her from causing more scandal to his family name. As they work together to solve the mystery, Lucas begins to see the true Olivia, and he's quite intrigued. Give this book a try if you are in the mood for: - Regency time period (no specific year, but marked as regency on the spine - Lighter steam but great sexual tension (zero full sex scenes, 1 pleasuring for her scene, and a few kisses) - "Older" hero - heroine is 23 and hero is 32 - an ex soldier hero - light enemies to lovers - they don't get nasty but Lucas needs to won over by Olivia at first because he thinks she's lying and possibly trying to blackmail him. - a shorter novel - coming in at 280 pages it's smaller than other novels, but lacks nothing I really enjoyed this story. I liked Olivia's personality a lot. I loved their tension together. The mystery aspect really propelled the book along, but it didn't take over the romance in any way. I adored that Lucas and Olivia had page time together basically through the entire book. I believe in their HEA. My favorite scene was when Olivia and Lucas were at the museum. When she touches the discobolus statue I adored it. It was funny and filled with lovely tension. I have the whole series, so on to Chase's story next! (Small things that could have driven up the rating for me, because I'm extremely picky - more time in Lucas' head, more sex, and a touch more character background.) Kisses and intimate scenes (view spoiler)[ First kiss - pg 64 Second kiss - pg 84 Third kiss - pg 206 Pleasure for her - pg 244 (hide spoiler)]

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    The Earl's Irresistible Challenge is the first book in a new series, "The Sinful Sinclairs" by author Lara Temple. I've been waiting for this one since I first heard about the Sinclairs in a previous book of Ms. Temple's and I must say it was well worth the wait! It was absolutely perfect and I loved every moment of it. What a fantastic start to what I expect to be an excellent series. Lucas is reluctantly the Earl of Sinclair after the infamous death of his father in a duel. Chase and Samantha h The Earl's Irresistible Challenge is the first book in a new series, "The Sinful Sinclairs" by author Lara Temple. I've been waiting for this one since I first heard about the Sinclairs in a previous book of Ms. Temple's and I must say it was well worth the wait! It was absolutely perfect and I loved every moment of it. What a fantastic start to what I expect to be an excellent series. Lucas is reluctantly the Earl of Sinclair after the infamous death of his father in a duel. Chase and Samantha his younger siblings stories will follow after this one. We do meet Chase in this story and I must say I am intrigued and can't wait to read his story in the future. But for now I have fallen for Lucas! He was a fabulous hero and it was an absolute pleasure to see him fall for Olivia. Miss Olivia Silverdale was such a refreshing and entertaining heroine. Lucas describes her as relentless, she definitely is that and so much more. She's the type of person who will go to any length to help those she cares for. She has such a wonderful personality and you can't help but love her from the beginning. The chemistry and dialogue between these two were fabulous! With a gorgeous cover, a mystery to solve and fabulous characters this was a perfect story to start out my 2019 reading! I highly recommend this book and can't wait to see what author Lara Temple has in store for the rest of the Sinclairs.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jéssica

    This isn’t the first book I’m reading of Lara Temple’s, so when I joined the blog tour, I knew from the start I would love the book because I loved the previous book I had read and the writing style. Was I right? Of course! And I will tell you some elements I loved in this novel that are some of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much and why I was right. First of all, it’s the first book in a new series called “Sinful Sinclair”, which meant I was starting a new series and meeting a new group of This isn’t the first book I’m reading of Lara Temple’s, so when I joined the blog tour, I knew from the start I would love the book because I loved the previous book I had read and the writing style. Was I right? Of course! And I will tell you some elements I loved in this novel that are some of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much and why I was right. First of all, it’s the first book in a new series called “Sinful Sinclair”, which meant I was starting a new series and meeting a new group of characters that are connected through blood, friendship and the situations life put them on. Plus it’s a Regency romance novel and I tend to love those a lot. Second, Lord Lucas Sinclair and Miss Olivia Silverdale… Should I say more? I loved the main characters and their romance. Olivia was a brilliantly written female heroine. She’s eccentric, yes, but also stubborn, intelligent, with a big imagination and that determination. And of course, Lucas is not only curious about what she has to say, he’s also intrigued by the beautiful and smart woman. Lucas of course is the protective, curious, intelligent, mysterious, blunt type of man. When they are together there are sparks and chemistry between them. It has humor, hotness and sexiness, romance, action, mystery and a lot of entertaining things happening. That’s the third thing that made me love the book. The interactions between characters and the dynamics in the story. Overall, I loved the book. And I can’t wait to read more about the Sinclairs and their loved ones. Sexy, sassy, amazing plot and brilliantly written characters and awesome descriptions that gave life to the setting and made this story fell real and transported me to that time period. I highly recommend the book and hope you guys enjoy this entertaining journey. {Thank you Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Lara for the eCopy of the book and for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour and give my honest review.}

  17. 5 out of 5

    Julie Stock

    This is such a lovely romance that I really didn't want it to end. Olivia is a wonderful character and I thoroughly enjoyed the way she charmed Lucas, and the way that she wouldn't be defeated by any of the obstacles in her path. I look forward to reading the other books in this series. This is such a lovely romance that I really didn't want it to end. Olivia is a wonderful character and I thoroughly enjoyed the way she charmed Lucas, and the way that she wouldn't be defeated by any of the obstacles in her path. I look forward to reading the other books in this series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jenni Fletcher

    Just lovely! A fabulous start to this series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review. This is a new to me author, and my am I going to be catching up with their back catalogue...while pursuing Chase of course. More of him later. This book was part romance, spies and the thrill of a mystery to solve. There was tension, cloak and dagger stuff as well as sometimes hilarious game of dress up! I really enjoyed both the characters of Olivia and Lucas and the dynamic between them. Olivia is distanced from what remains of her I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review. This is a new to me author, and my am I going to be catching up with their back catalogue...while pursuing Chase of course. More of him later. This book was part romance, spies and the thrill of a mystery to solve. There was tension, cloak and dagger stuff as well as sometimes hilarious game of dress up! I really enjoyed both the characters of Olivia and Lucas and the dynamic between them. Olivia is distanced from what remains of her family due to a disastrous former betrothal. Not only this, but she believes she has information about Lucas’s disgraced father. The disgrace of which fragmented his family and still reverberates through all of his siblings’ lives. I loved their first cloak and dagger meeting in a freezing cold church, Olivia’s house of investigative operations, where she convinces people to talk while in disguise. Her lovely staff and cat - all of which lure Lucas into what he really wants. His father, though a healing process almost becomes less important than what is happening between them. Combine this with a pretty cover, a satisfying conclusion and the promise of Chase and Sam and we have a winner! I look forward to reading more by Lara Temple.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tammera Cooper

    Great historic romance. I love Olivia's character, so smart and analytical. Sinclair has a reputation as a rake but he is honorable in his heart and mind. They make a great team solving the mystery involving his father. The twists kept me reading. Great job. Great historic romance. I love Olivia's character, so smart and analytical. Sinclair has a reputation as a rake but he is honorable in his heart and mind. They make a great team solving the mystery involving his father. The twists kept me reading. Great job.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Romantic Intentions Quarterly

    If you haven’t already read any of Lara Temple’s novels, then The Earl’s Irresistible Challenge is a great place to start and will likely result in purchasing her complete back catalog. A truly enjoyable, wonderfully-written romance, building on a side character from the Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies Trilogy. Lucas Sinclair believes himself content, if not happy, to live under the shadow of his scandalous father, until he finds himself drawn by the irresistible Olivia into a mystery that may ult If you haven’t already read any of Lara Temple’s novels, then The Earl’s Irresistible Challenge is a great place to start and will likely result in purchasing her complete back catalog. A truly enjoyable, wonderfully-written romance, building on a side character from the Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies Trilogy. Lucas Sinclair believes himself content, if not happy, to live under the shadow of his scandalous father, until he finds himself drawn by the irresistible Olivia into a mystery that may ultimately clear his father’s name. Olivia and Lucas are likeable and written with nuance and grace. The passion is believable, as is the intellectual connection. Do yourself the proverbial favor and invest in this one, but be prepared to delve into the back catalog afterwards. – Megan Osmond

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Snowdon

    This is an intense and powerful romance. The author has artfully crafted a story that takes the reader on a fascinating and refined journey and shows a deft hand with her delicate and perceptive handling of emotions. But those kisses deserve special mention – devastating and addictive. Ms Temple has created a gorgeous hero in Lucas, one of my all-time favourites. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

  23. 4 out of 5

    BJ

    Mills and Boon romance so not really for adults. The H is government spy, and the wealthy and well intended h is trying to resolve 2 mysteries that sort combine their families. It was quite convoluted and so many back and forth arguments, and it made the story too drawn out. I wasn't a fan of either the H or h, just boring and weak. Mills and Boon romance so not really for adults. The H is government spy, and the wealthy and well intended h is trying to resolve 2 mysteries that sort combine their families. It was quite convoluted and so many back and forth arguments, and it made the story too drawn out. I wasn't a fan of either the H or h, just boring and weak.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This was gooooood.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rose Blue

    As reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-Rs Olivia Silverdale’s beloved godfather has died under scandalous circumstances, and her heart is breaking at seeing the pain his wife and family are enduring. She begins to investigate further, not believing that her godfather was capable of the actions attributed to him. Olivia discovers that there has indeed been some lying about Mr. Payton, her godfather, and she needs to find out why, and what the true facts are. When she finds some corres As reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-Rs Olivia Silverdale’s beloved godfather has died under scandalous circumstances, and her heart is breaking at seeing the pain his wife and family are enduring. She begins to investigate further, not believing that her godfather was capable of the actions attributed to him. Olivia discovers that there has indeed been some lying about Mr. Payton, her godfather, and she needs to find out why, and what the true facts are. When she finds some correspondence that indicates the former Earl Sinclair may have also been erroneously accused in a twenty year old scandal, she decides to contact his son, the current earl, to advise him of her findings. Lucas, the current Earl Sinclair, is honestly not quite sure why he even agreed to meet with the lady who sent him they mysterious note regarding his father. He long ago accepted that his father was fully guilty and that he and his family must bear the stigma of being the “Sinful Sinclairs.” Convinced that Olivia either wants to blackmail him, or trap him in a compromising situation, Lucas is brusque, rude, and blunt with Olivia, barely allowing her to get a word in. Rather than being browbeaten, as he’d hoped, Olivia stands up for herself, and insists that Lucas listen to her. Lucas is puzzled, as Olivia doesn’t react with fear, or appear to want to seduce him. He comes to realize that she is genuine, and wants his help to clear her godfather, and in turn, his father, who may have some connection. Lucas offers some basic assistance, then feels that there is nothing further to pursue, and advises Olivia to stop her investigation. I could see right from the start that Lucas was a hard man with high walls built around him. He’s cynical and abrupt, yet he has a deep love for his brother and sister, and wants to protect them from further scandal. He believes that Olivia needs to face reality, and accept that her beloved godfather had feet of clay, and was guilty of betraying his family. Though Olivia suffered her own great betrayal three years ago, she still has faith in human nature. I love Olivia’s matter-of-factness, and how some of her honest comments to Lucas could cut right through his arrogance, though her intent never was to wound him. She’s a fabulous heroine – determined, honest, caring, and intelligent. Despite all of Lucas’s failings, I loved him too. He’s a very strong and bold man, who was confused over his developing feelings for Olivia. Time and time again, her determination overrode his reluctance to investigate his family’s past. Eventually their attraction becomes very mutual, and I loved watching Lucas fall in love, something he never believed in before. THE EARL’S IRRESISTIBLE CHALLENGE is a beautifully developed love story with characters I deeply cared about and rooted for. The intrigue part of the story was just as captivating as the romance, and I loved reading every single page. Lara Temple has started a brilliant new series, and I’m eagerly anticipating upcoming installments of the SINFUL SNCLAIRS. Most highly recommended!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    “The Sinful Sinclair’s are dangerous. You are out of your depth.” Investigating the death of her Godfather, Olivia Silverdale stumbles on a link to the death of Howard Sinclair, and decides she needs to tell his son Lucas about her discovery. Readers of the author’s previous book (the excellent ‘Lord Stanton’s Last Mistress’) will recall several mentions of the Sinclair’s and their feud with the Stanton’s, and the reader is now being treated to a new series about the ‘Sinful Sinclairs.’ From the ou “The Sinful Sinclair’s are dangerous. You are out of your depth.” Investigating the death of her Godfather, Olivia Silverdale stumbles on a link to the death of Howard Sinclair, and decides she needs to tell his son Lucas about her discovery. Readers of the author’s previous book (the excellent ‘Lord Stanton’s Last Mistress’) will recall several mentions of the Sinclair’s and their feud with the Stanton’s, and the reader is now being treated to a new series about the ‘Sinful Sinclairs.’ From the outset it is clear that Olivia is not one to adhere to convention, and she arranges to meet Lucas for the first time in a deserted church. For all his pretending not to be interested, Lucas’s interest is piqued, and thus begins a delightfully romantic story with lots of romantic interludes and humorous meetings as Lucas and Olivia fight a battle of wills against their growing attraction. In Olivia and Lucas, Lara Temple has yet again created two wonderful and likeable characters who are essentially perfect for each other, but who do not realise that their meeting could turn out to be life changing. Indeed the two spark off each other so well and their witty exchanges provide some laughs to the reader as, every time Lucas thinks he may have the upper hand, Olivia gives as good as she gets, and, although there is a romance aplenty, some of their conversations are highly amusing. The ongoing investigation is an interesting plot device, as it allows the reader to find out a lot of background information regarding both the Sinclairs and the Silverdales without distracting from the plot, and also gives the reader an emotional connection to both Olivia and Lucas as we learn about how their complex family histories have shaped them. There are many highlights in this story, including Lucas being unintentionally romantic when he buys Olivia a foot warmer, and Olivia’s reaction to a trip to the opera, but the whole Occultist sequence featuring Olivia’s fake psychic alter ego, Madam Bulgari (and her ‘Wall of Conjecture’) is a truly excellent scene which really made me laugh. The last chapter is also very emotional, and demonstrates the power of the love letter, but it would spoil the story to discuss this. As this is the first of the Sinful Sinclair’s series, we are also introduced to Lucas’s brother, Chase, who seems every bit as interesting and charming as his brother (there is a particularly sweet conversation between Chase and Olivia which says a lot about his character), and there are also several mentions of their sister Samantha, and I look forward to reading their stories in due course. Overall, this is yet another excellent book from Lara Temple which is packed with romance, mystery, emotion and humour, and one which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Thank you to Lara Temple for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie Rls

    'The Earl's Irresistible Challenge' is the first book written by Lara Temple I picked up and whilst I was reading I got, early on in the story, stuck with a song line in my head. It goes like this : It started with a kiss, I never thought it would come to this. - Hot Chocolate (1982) If it has anything to do with the book itself I leave up to you. The fact however is that 'it started with a letter' 😉. At least that's what the summary tells us as the story really begins with the two main characters a 'The Earl's Irresistible Challenge' is the first book written by Lara Temple I picked up and whilst I was reading I got, early on in the story, stuck with a song line in my head. It goes like this : It started with a kiss, I never thought it would come to this. - Hot Chocolate (1982) If it has anything to do with the book itself I leave up to you. The fact however is that 'it started with a letter' 😉. At least that's what the summary tells us as the story really begins with the two main characters already meeting each other. Not a real problem I would normally say, but it gives me the feeling I missed out on some things, which is weird as this is the first book in this series. However I can't seem to shake off that feeling for a whole time. I guess it's because some of the characters and their families played some role, how brief it might have been, in other books by this author and I haven't read them or because there's something missing at the start of everything. It is as if the author knows more and tries to veil it in mystery, giving the reader just pieces of information, but, for me at least, not in the right moment, especially in the beginning. A pity, as I do like the story as a whole, particularly the mystery and the rather unbelievable tale that Olivia tells Lucas at the start. It got me intrigued right away. (As it does to Sinful Sinclair.) That together with a cheeky, rather than sinful in my opinion, man with a (family) reputation and a strong-willed girl with a past of her own made it for me one great story. I truly loved the interaction of those two right off the bat. They both have sharp tongues and are quick-witted which makes it a delight to read on. The fabulous writing also ringed true. The time period and how everything is described and said is just perfect. The author definitely did some research on that time frame and that's something I appreciate much while reading historical romance. I guess that leaves me nothing more to say than this : I thoroughly enjoyed it, despite the begin issues, and therefore I do recommend it. I'm already looking forward to those other Sinful Sinclairs.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Floryie

    Source : Review copy from Rachel's Random Resources Date read : January 15,2019 Rating : 4/5 Reread factor : 3/5 I started reading this book on the heels of the review of another regency romance. So I wasn't sure what to expect but the story was interesting enough to keep me going. The beginning actually had me questioning the protagonists. It was clear the heroine, Olivia was a bit mad for her scheme and the hero, Lucas wasn't as cynical as he thought himself. But I came to like them quite well enou Source : Review copy from Rachel's Random Resources Date read : January 15,2019 Rating : 4/5 Reread factor : 3/5 I started reading this book on the heels of the review of another regency romance. So I wasn't sure what to expect but the story was interesting enough to keep me going. The beginning actually had me questioning the protagonists. It was clear the heroine, Olivia was a bit mad for her scheme and the hero, Lucas wasn't as cynical as he thought himself. But I came to like them quite well enough with their quirks. Lucas has a soft side to him in spite of his reputation. He doesn't reveal it often and he went to great lengths to keep Olivia safe and sound. And Olivia, though naive as evidenced by her thoughts of her uncle's life, is a strong one who will do anything for anyone considered her own. Actually they suited perfectly well though with her innocence and his vulnerable spirit. As much as I relished following their steps as they went on their secret investigations, I also liked few of the secondary characters especially Nora and Lucas' brother,Chase. One person I disliked was Elspeth because of her not doing her duties properly. I fully blame her for Olivia's escapades. On the other hand, I don't believe that it would be that easy to get out of a chaperone's eyes so I felt that part of the story quite unbelievable. As the plot progressed ,I was quite embroiled in the mystery and the romance. The romance aspect was very well done. The protagonists were shown to be quite human with faults and they fell for each other in spite of it not because of it. The author was mostly true to the time period and I loved reading all about the Ton and the goings on. The language easily depicted the images and I was able to play out the scenes in my mind. The incident near the end actually had me laughing at Lucas. But isn't everyone vulnerable to that specific emotion? In hindsight, I think it was quite unnecessary but it tied off the finale very well without any problems. The author is going on my To-be-Watched shelf and I recommend this book to any of the Regency romance fans. Thanks to the author and Rachel's Random Resources for the review copy. This doesn't impact my review. My one line review : A fun Regency romance with believable protagonists.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Keri-Anne Masson-Abrams

    This is the first book in the sinful sinclairs series and its safe to say lara Temple had me hooked from the start. I loved everything about this book from the characters to the amazing storyline. This book is about Lord lucas sinclair who over the years has got a bit off a reputation. I fell in love with lucas character! Let's face it we all love a charming bad boy. Olivia Silverdale gets in contact with lucas as she is convinced she has information on his father's death. At the sametime she is a This is the first book in the sinful sinclairs series and its safe to say lara Temple had me hooked from the start. I loved everything about this book from the characters to the amazing storyline. This book is about Lord lucas sinclair who over the years has got a bit off a reputation. I fell in love with lucas character! Let's face it we all love a charming bad boy. Olivia Silverdale gets in contact with lucas as she is convinced she has information on his father's death. At the sametime she is also trying to prove her godfathers death is suspicious and believes them to be linked. They set out to solve this mystery together. These to characters work so well together. The chemistry between them is amazing full off passions we'll as loads off flirty banter which I think makes lucas and Olivia so likeable. You also get to learn a little about the other sinclair siblings, Sam and chase who's stories will follow on in the series (chases story is out now, the rakes enticing proposal) which made me even more excited to read the next books in the series. Lara has a brilliant writing style that draws you into the story and let's your imagination run wild. Such an amazing heartwarming read that I just couldn't put down. I definitely recommend this book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sara "Cristia" H. J.

    Lara Temple brings us another delightful romantic adventure between the bold and irrestible heiress Olivia Silverdale and the sinful Lord Lucas Sinclair. Olivia has always felt fond and obliged towards her family and friends, but an unexpected turn in the life of her godfather leads him to his death and stains his reputation. However, a letter found among his things shows Olivia everything could have been a misunderstanding and she sets off to the city to find out the truth... but in a weird, fun Lara Temple brings us another delightful romantic adventure between the bold and irrestible heiress Olivia Silverdale and the sinful Lord Lucas Sinclair. Olivia has always felt fond and obliged towards her family and friends, but an unexpected turn in the life of her godfather leads him to his death and stains his reputation. However, a letter found among his things shows Olivia everything could have been a misunderstanding and she sets off to the city to find out the truth... but in a weird, fun way, or is she too risky? Her incomprehensible love for adventure will come to a halt when she meets Lord Sinclair, the man from whom she needs to stay away in order to save her reputation. Yet, he is the one drawn to her eccentric occultist game and becomes captivated by her innocent boldness. Suddenly, she becomes the only one who can save his own reputation. Along the way to finding the truth around her godfather's death, Olivia and Lucas discover hints around the death of his own father, after which he was accused of disloyalty towards his wife. That's when Olivia sees in him the scarred boy's soul and decides to embrace him while uncovering the painful truth about his family's sinful past from which Lucas' parents tried to protect their children so much. But at the same time, Olivia has to open her ached heart to him and trust him her most shameful memory if she wants Lucas to let her into his mind and soul. Lucas doesn't seem to be able to fight the feelings Olivia is awakening in him, and succumbs in a tumultuous love game as they get too far in their, or rather "her", investigation. At the same time, he tries to mend her broken heart where Olivia regains her faith in love. This novel will make you question the injustices committed towards two families and how much the consequences can affect their future. It will also keep you up reading while unfolding the truth and finding the hints along with Olivia, though in your heart you'll be wishing for Lucas to shut up and follow her. But how risky can it be for an unmarried, young heiress to stay so close to a sinful Sinclair? Besides, I can see that Temple's descriptive style has taken a different direction with deeper and more spicy features which you'll absolutely like. Another thing I'm fond of in her writing is the participation of furry friends which smoothen the environment, no matter how stressed the characters are. For all these, I highly recommend this fun and intense story to the avid romance readers!

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