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To Tempt A Scotsman [Mass Market Paperback]

Victoria Dahl


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July 24 2007 Zebra Debut
After finding herself at the centre of a very public scandal that left one man dead and another on the run, Lady Alexandra Huntington has exiled herself to her brother's estate and is content to manage his affairs. But the arrival of darkly handsome Collin Blackburn awakens her curiosity and her desire - and the advantage of being a fallen woman is that she can be ruined only once...After a promise sworn to his father, Collin Blackburn is compelled to seek the aid of the woman who brought about his brother's death in a senseless duel. Yet Lady Alexandra is not the shameless femme fatale he expected. In fact, Collin suspects she is guilty of nothing more than a hunger to experience passion, and the brawny Scot is certainly equipped to oblige. But the quick-witted, keenly sensual Alexandra has a few lessons of her own to impart - on life, love, and the delicious joys of succumbing to temptation...

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra - Kensington (July 24 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420100157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420100150
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #796,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  23 reviews
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hero and heroine who were flawed but deeply in love made this story powerful. Dec 22 2007
By Alyce In Wonderland - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked both the hero and heroine in this book. Even when they made some pretty messy mistakes, their regret was genuine. They each had a lot to learn about how to be a couple. Their fears for the future were realistic, and their resulting actions made sense. Dahl never fell into any of the typical, overused themes that we read repeatedly. The characters were not built like gods/ goddesses. Neither was totally right, while the other was totally wrong. Both were, to put it simply, human.

Alexandra is a recluse. During her coming out season, she was caught kissing a man. Her reputation destroyed, there was nothing for her to do but retreat from society. Rather than wallow in self- pity, Alex has found happiness in caring for her older brother's estate. She may be the sister of a duke, but she is not afraid to get her hands dirty in the stables. Loving his sister, no matter what her faults might be, the duke gives her the freedom to live as she pleases.

Collin resents having to leave Scotland in search of his brother's killer. The last thing he wants to do is speak with the woman who caused his younger brother, John, to be shot to death in a duel for her honor. He believes the same as the rest of society... that she must be a harlot. Upon meeting her in person, he begins to doubt what he has heard about her from the gossips. When she agrees to help him capture John's killer, Collin knows that she can't be the selfish wench he thought her to be.

Alex can't stop thinking about Collin. Even after he has returned to Scotland, she decides she will have him. Men of honor have been rare in London society. She doesn't want to give up her freedom, but wants to experience physical affection. Her reputation already destroyed, Alex feels she has nothing to lose.

Collin has spent his life behaving with honor and good judgement. When Alex tempts him into meeting with her, he decides that just this once he will put his restraints aside and live for his own happiness. What can it hurt? She's certainly no innocent.

As circumstances of the meeting unfold, both Alex and Collin find it hard to keep their physical relationship and their emotions separate. When Alex falls ill, Collin will not leave her until he knows she is safe and well. Once she is healed, he will do all he can to convince her to marry him. Neither has ever professed their love for one another, but both feel it to their very souls. They will soon learn how foolish it is to keep such a secret. Resentment and suspicion threaten to destroy their fragile bond. All the while, John's killer hides close by, waiting for a chance to get revenge for his exile.

Love a wee Scottish tale? These are some that I enjoyed:

Scotsman One of my absolute favorite romances ever!

The Pride of Lions
and
Blood of Roses A two book series that will knock you off your chair. Bring the Kleenex for the last 100 pages. You will be deeply effected.

Sweet Release
Carnal Gift
Ride The Fire (Leisure Historical Romance) A very romantic three book series. "Ride The Fire" is another of my all- time favorites.

Surrender (Leisure Historical Fiction) Story of three Scottish brothers who migrated to the US. This book is about the oldest brother. We are still waiting for the next two. Come on, Ms. Clare!

Kiss of the Highlander (The Highlander Series, Book 4)
The Dark Highlander (The Highlander Series, Book 5) Two books out of a long series. These two stand alone, and are great together. The rest of the series is good, but not as good these books about a set of yummy twin Scotsmen.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Most conflicts were based on withholding information, inaccurate assumptions & doing something stupid for the sake of the plot. May 10 2010
By Jane - Published on Amazon.com
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STORY BRIEF:
Damien arranged for John to see him with his hands under Alex's skirt. John challenged Damien to a duel and was killed by Damien in the duel. Since dueling was a crime, Damien fled the country. He occasionally wrote to Alex asking for money which she sent. Collin was John's half-brother. Collin has been searching for Damien to bring him to justice. Collin asks for Alex's help. She shows him her correspondence from Damien and agrees to keep him informed. She likes Collin and wants an affair with him, but he doesn't respond and returns to Scotland. Two weeks later, Alex goes to Scotland under the guise of purchasing horses, but her main reason is to tempt him into an affair.

REVIEWER'S OPINION:
There were several conflicts between the hero and heroine due to one of them "withholding information" from the other (for no rational reason). Collin was mad at Alex several times due to his "inaccurate assumptions" about her. More than once her response was to withhold information from him and not clear it up. The major climax happens when the "heroine does something stupid for the sake of the plot." Also, during the major climax, two important scenes were "told and not shown." I was annoyed with the lack of details.

I cannot enjoy a story so full of the above contrivances. In addition, I had trouble with the characters. I didn't enjoy reading about them. Alex kissed a variety of men. There was no relationship development with Collin. Apparently she just wanted him for his body. Collin was likeable at first but later became an abusive jerk.

DATA:
Story length: 279 pages. Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words. Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: 4. Total number of sex scene pages: 17. Setting: 1844 Yorkshire, England, and Scotland. Copyright: 2007. Genre: historical romance.

OTHER BOOKS:
For a list of my reviews of other books by this author, see my 4 star review of "Lead Me On" posted 3-23-10.

CAUTION SPOILER:
A small woman uses a knife to stab and kill a big, strong man. I doubt she could aim through his ribs to get to his heart, so it was probably done through his stomach or neck. I don't know. It was told (referred to after the fact) not shown, which bothered me.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a disappointment Jan. 12 2009
By M. DETWILER - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to say the heroine in To Tempt a Scotsman seemed to be on some kind of super-duper love potion. She went after the poor hero, Collin, with a vengeance. I picked this book up after I had read the author's later book. I liked the book featuring Emma and Somerhart better than this one. My complaint with that book was that Emma was really dark==had a lot of emotional baggage from her childhood. But, that book was head and shoulders better than this one. Somerhart was a dream.
To Tempt a Scotsman seemed to be a series of vignettes wherein Alex, our heroine, attempted to get Collin to make love to her. There didn't seem to be any reason for her to want him other than she liked his body. She really did seem to be willing to be intimate with many men. She was inexperienced, but that didn't seem to be from lack of trying. I really didn't like her--she was hot to trot and that was about all.
If you like sex, not love, scenes, strung together, To Tempt a Scotsman, is the book for you. If you like some redeeming qualities in your romance novel characters, you will need to look elsewhere.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars TRANSFORMER HERO Sept. 11 2009
By Sookie Stackhouse - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not sure exactly what happened to the hero after he gets married (at the middle of the book). He transformed into a sick & jealous jerk who makes the life miserable for her. It just makes no sense. He goes from a loving man to an abusive husband. Isn't the plot of romance books suppose to be the opposite? I'm not sure I'll read this author again.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Resistance, my dear Scotsman, is futile Aug. 7 2007
By Misuzmama - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Collin Blackburn is determined to avenge his half-brothers death and bring his murder to justice. He leaves his home in the Scottish lowlands and scours all of England and Paris in hopes of finding the man. This leads him to English beauty who caused a scandal and precipitated the duel that lead to his brothers death.

The daughter of a duke, Lady Alexandra Huntington is no ordinary women. Beneath her facade is a wanton woman ready to be set free. Already ruined, she goes about living her life as she pleases. The freedom she gained from the scandal is a double edged sword. Alex is no longer bound by normal convention. Wearing breeches and not having to curb her tongue are some of the advantages. Unfortunately there are also the unwanted leers and suggestions that she must contend with.

When they meet, sparks fly and Collin quickly realizes that Alex is not the treacherous women he thought she was. But as a ba*tard, Collin has no hopes for a future with the tempting beauty. Alex has other ideas. She plans a full seductive assault that is sure to bring the brawny Scotsman to his knees.

A very good debut. Honestly I was a bit shocked by the behavior of the heroine. She practically throws herself at the hero. Seriously, she is like a b*tch in heat. Not your average historical heroine. It took a bit of getting used to. And the hero, jeeze who doesn't love a bonnie Scot, was so cute with the constant blushing over the heroine's antics. Sort of a reverse in roles if you will.

The love scenes were a well written and a plenty. The heroine's honesty was refreshing but the hero's jealously was extremely irritating. I do think that the murder subplot could have been explored a bit further. The secondary characters were very interesting including the nasty and manipulative housekeeper as well as the outspoken female neighbor. Some surprises (although I did think that one was a bit unbelievable) and lots of action. The other main fault that I found with this book is the amount of dialog, surprisingly too much. I would have rather gotten to learn more about what the characters were thinking other than saying.

But all in all a good book, looking forward to the sequel with Alex's handsome brother, the duke.

I for one cannot resist a Scot and the price can't be beat.

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