Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Dell
Released on December 30, 2003
As I progress through the Bedwyn Saga and get the lives and romances of each of the siblings, I arrived at youngest sibling, Morgan Bedwyn’s tale. A revenge plot told against the backdrop of the Battle of Waterloo, this has been the most exciting of the series so far.
Slightly Tempted is book four in the series and fits well within the context of the series, but also has the flexibility to be read standalone as long as the reader doesn’t mind the sensation of feeling the connection to previous books.
Morgan is the youngest Bedwyn and has just experienced her First Season. She is bored and finds all the London swains insipid so an invitation to join acquaintances in Brussels as Wellington prepares the British Army to war against Napoleon once again is too good to be missed. She no sooner realizes that the society there in Brussels might possess more uniforms, but the balls and soirees are just as tedious when she encounters an exciting rake who has designs on her. Morgan accepts the challenge of crossing swords with Gervase and sets the tongues to wagging only to be pulled in when war rushes over it all and she is there because she refused to be evacuated when her brother Allyne attempted to talk sense into her. War isn’t the only powerful element taking over her life when her flirtation grows into something more, but can she forgive him when the truth comes out?
Gervase was exiled by his father and forced to leave the country nine years before. Wulfric Bedwyn was largely responsible. Now, Bewcastle’s headstrong, impetuous adventure seeking baby sister is there before him and he knows she is the key to true revenge. And, she plays right into his hands from the very first moment. Too bad getting to know Morgan in the process means that he wavers and then falls into the trap of his own making when love challenges revenge within his heart.
Honestly, I had mixed feelings about this one. It was probably never going to be a favorite. The revenge plot is always a shaky thing for me. But, I was willing to give it a try since I wanted to get this story since it is part of the series. I was a little curious about the youngest Bedwyn especially now that she’s out in society and somehow tricks Wulf into letting her be on her own (relatively so).
What was an early sticking point was that I found Morgan’s inexplicable need to stay in a potential warzone because she felt alive and excited- compelled to be part of history, even- just not admirable. She shows worry because she knows war is not a lark and that many of the young officers she is dancing at balls with will likely not survive, and yet she fights her brother on getting her a safe distance away. She has no good reason to be lodged in the middle. of all this Now, once she is needed when the battles are raging and she can be a help, that was very different and I could applaud what it said about her character, but I had to get past that moment of her reason for being there in the first place.
See, this was one where, as a whole, I was engaged with the story, but if I focused on certain parts like Gervase’s behavior, Morgan’s attitude, and the romance then I found it ho-hum. I needed the additional factors like Gervase’s past with Wulfic, the battles fought across Belgium, and more to make this story. Some stories are like that- the cohesion of the whole story is its strength and not the parts that make it up. I could appreciate Morgan and Gervase’s story and even enjoy it as a result.
This pair both had to grow and change so much and this is what the author does so well. They are opposites in that Gervase is older and experienced, jaded even, and Morgan is young, arrogant and pretending to be jaded and experienced. Gervase planned to take advantage, but it turns out that he falls in love and the seduction is mutual so nothing uncomfortable happens. Though, always in my mind was that Morgan really was lucky that it was Gervase and not a truly hardened rake because she really was in over her head just like most eighteen year olds would be.
I might have only been so-so on the characters, but I was still cheering for them and feeling the tension of Morgan learning the truth and how things would go between Wulf and Gervase. Each encounter with Wulf is like a tantalizing teaser for when I will finally get to his own story. But, I’m not in too big of a rush because I have a feeling after the glimpses of Alleyne in this one that his story will be good, too.
So, this exciting war romance entry in the series was quite a tale that I wouldn’t have thought would do it for me, but did. Shows a nice variety in the series installments, too. I can definitely recommend this author if you want historical romance and a fab series focused around a family.
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