Published by Harlequin Historical on January 1, 2019
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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 skeptical about whether he can help 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!
The Sinful Sinclairs miniseries
Book 1 — The Earl’s Irresistible Challenge
And look out for the next two Sinful Sinclairs - coming soon!
“It is a poignant, sentimental and expertly written love story” Goodreads on Lord Stanton’s Last Mistress by Lara Temple
“Sensitive, touching and perceptive, this emotional book took me on the most wonderful journey where the hero and heroine deal with the obstacles in their way” Goodreads on Lord Stanton’s Last Mistress by Lara Temple
~~Reviewed by 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, 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 no 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.