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Jul 16 2014 1:15pm

First Look: Kate Pearce’s Tempting a Sinner (July 29, 2014)

Tempting a Sinner by Kate PearceKate Pearce
Tempting a Sinner (Sinners Club #2)
Kensington / July 29, 2014 / $15.00 print, $13.50 digital

Within the circles of British intelligence, Benedict, Lord Keyes, is known for his cold brilliance and strict military demeanor. Yet this icy exterior masks a man of smoldering passion and scorching sexuality who will do anything to keep his past a secret. . .

Miss Malinda Keyes refuses to be intimidated by Lord Keyes. In fact, she enjoys a good battle, especially one of erotic wiles and carnal cunning. Determined to expose his lordship's past, she will use every wanton weapon in her arsenal to tease and tempt this sinner into the ultimate sensual surrender. . .

Tempting a Sinner is the second in Kate Pearce's spinoff Sinners Club series, and as wonderful as its House of Pleasure predecessor is, this is the writing Pearce was made for. The Sinners Club itself isn't quite what I was expecting; it is a gentleman's club with some nefarious, behind closed doors sexual activity but perhaps not the constant, no-holds-barred orgy I anticipated. Yet this series is markedly naughtier and more forbidden than it might seem at first blush. And that's exactly as it should be.

Lord Benedict Keyes returns to his family estate to find himself shot off his horse by a wild, weapon-wielding redhead who doesn't hesitate to the pull the trigger and ask questions later. He awakens to blurred memories, mistaken identity, and a full-scale seduction by the same fiery beauty. But something is far too familiar. Fortunately, Benedict's amnesia doesn't last long, and it's not long before it all comes back in a rush: this crazed captor and seductress is none other than his wife. And he's done taking her antics lying down.

“What's my name?”

She swallowed hard. “It's Benedict. Now let me loose.”

“Don't be ridiculous.” He rocked his hips and she shivered. “Why would I do that? Who else has more right to be here and fill you with seed than I do?”

“Don't!”

He slowly withdrew until his cock was almost free and looked down at where they were joined. “No pleading? Is that because you know I'm right?”

“I'll beg if you want, I swear it.”

“It's too late for that, Malinda, my sweet, my wife, don't you think?”

Holding her gaze he slowly pushed himself home, and with a sigh started to come deep inside her, each hot pulse making her already sensitive flesh quiver anew. He collapsed over her, and she could do nothing but lie still and try to breathe beneath his considerable weight.

Now she knew what she'd seen in his eyes.

Vengeance.

Whereas the first book in the Sinners Club series often strayed away from the main couple, the second book centers on Benedict and Malinda and even better, keeps them in close quarters throughout. Raised together, they are both childhood sweethearts, as well as star-crossed lovers, since he is the son of peer and she is the daughter of a military man. TMistakenly believing they were actually half-siblings, Malinda left Benedict with no explanation but comes to learn they're still married. Just like in The Sinners Club, this hint of incest lends this taboo nature that really makes it feel like a guilty pleasure. Even better, this books hits on lots of popular tropes, and Pearce handles it all well.

Now Benedict is an upstanding government agent with an impeccable reputation—except perhaps in the bedroom—and his wife needs his help unraveling the mystery behind her father's death, a cold case that involves Benedict and his father as well, and with renewed, escalating threats against Malinda's life, is far from buried. But while they have no trouble picking up on their physical relationship where they left off, emotionally everything that was left unsaid when they parted years ago has taken its toll.

“Benedict.”

He turned and she was standing in the door, a towel clutched to her bosom. Her wet hair was over one shoulder. She reminded him of some exotic goddess with her endless legs and delicate bone structure.

“You aren't being fair.”

“I'm simply trying to keep you alive and work out what is going on.”

“Which is very kind of you, but quite unnecessary.”

“It is necessary, I –”

She held up her hand. “If it truly is important to you, it begs the question of what you aren't telling me. Isn't it true that I'm not the only one keeping secrets, Benedict?”

“If I am forced to keep anything from you, it is because of the security of this nation.”

“Which means there is something you're not telling me.”

He slowly exhaled. “You're talking in circles.”

“And you're not?” She walked toward the bedroom. “When you want to tell me the truth, Benedict, when you choose to value me more than your blasted country, then perhaps I'll be more inclined to be open with you.”

This book has everything: historical intrigue, wild sexual inhibition, and two people who love each other but have to figure out how to make it work, that universal dilemma. Pearce's books always push boundaries, but this one is equal parts heart. And December's release in the best new historical erotic series on the market, Mastering a Sinner, is sure to continue to test limits with its physically impaired, working class hero and upper class, female dominant heroine.

Learn more or pre-order a copy of Tempting a Sinner by Kate Pearce, out July 29, 2014.

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Tiffany Tyer is a writer and editor who loves reading and analyzing all things romance. She also works as a vocalist, a tutor, and a non-profit ministry assistant, and she loves it that way. Her book reviews can be found at Happy Endings Reviews, a blog she co-founded.

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