Temptation Has Green Eyes by Lynne Connolly #Review

Temptation Has Green Eyes by Lynne Connolly #ReviewTemptation Has Green Eyes by Lynne Connolly

Series: #2 Emperors of London
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Lyrical Press on February 3, 2015
Pages: 220
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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An arranged marriage, class difference, intrigue… sounded fantastic.  I was eager to try this Georgian era romance by a new to me author.  So glad I did.  Started off good and kept my close attention to the end.

The book is second in a series, but I had no trouble reading is as a standalone.  I could see the tie-in, but it was a loose one and made it easy to pick up this one with no trouble.

The story opens with Maximillian Wallace, Marquess of Devereaux, meeting with his new business partner in the City.  Max’s father depleted the family coffers over his desire to build a monstrosity in the country side.  Max now through good business decisions has rebuilt the family fortune and is pleased to continue doing business with the man who was wildly responsible for guiding Max.  But Russell has a new proposal involving his daughter as the stipulation for continued business association.

Sophia Russell thought she was in love and the man her father was grooming to take over the business and marry her was in love with her until he forced himself on her and then the rumors began.  Now her father insists she marry Devereaux to save her reputation and because her father truly believes the Marquess will make her happy.  Devereaux has always been kind and respects her business acumen.  He never was snobby about her middle class roots, but to marry him a near stranger particularly after another man just assaulted her, scares Sophia to death.

Max goes through with the marriage and is content until he discovers that Sophia has brought forth emotion and strong attraction in him.  Then he discovers that she might be tied to his worst enemy.  He can’t let her have a hold on him and he definitely can’t trust her, or can he?

Sophia has kept secrets from her husband and she knows her accidental meetings with a man from her past look bad, but will the slow build of trust between her and her husband be enough when the revelations start coming?

I love arranged marriage scenarios especially when the author makes the relationship from near stranger to a true couple feel right.  This one was interesting because there are some addition intriguing factors like Sophia coming from a lower class into the highest circle of society and because there is a silent battle between Devereaux’s family and another and Sophia is inadvertently placed in the middle ala Romeo and Juliet’s Capulets and Montague style.

Sophia and Max both have a tendency to not communicate to each other and that gets them into trouble.  But, as they are near strangers and things do look bad for forming proper trust, I got it.

The romance starts off shaky because Sophia suffered an assault that didn’t quite go all the way, but was enough to put her in terror of physical relations.  Max doesn’t fully understand, but he is sensitive to the fact that she didn’t enjoy her wedding night.  Max got a bit autocratic when he thought she was consorting with the enemy and Sophia lost her temper when she thought he was controlling her.  It made for some sizzle even before they got to the passion.  And the passion?  Whew, these two were on fire.  Max was the teacher, but he got a wife who could match him in the bed chamber and other delectable places.  I enjoyed how they came together slowly and learned to work as a pair on one thing which led to trust forming over other things.

Sophia’s secrets are like the Sword of Damocles.  The reader just knows that her reticence will come back to bite her especially with an already wary Max and it does.  She had help getting set up, but it did make for an intense last several pages.

As to the historical backdrop, I thought the author did a bang up job.  The Georgian era London was colorful and written well.  It was present and factual without overwhelming the story.

In summation, I enjoyed with this story and definitely want to go back for more of the Emperors of London series.  Historical Romance fans who like some intrigue and a lot of spicy passion might want to pick this one up.

I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • This sounds great! I love arranged marriages and marriage of convenience too!

    • It was great. I expected to like it, but it was a nice surprise to enjoy it even more than I expected b/c of the way the arranged marriage was plotted out.

  • oh I have heard of this one and I am pretty excited to pick it up. I love that the author did great with the historical backdrop. I am picky about that.

    • Yes, I almost mentioned this one when I saw your post about light or tear jerker b/c this one does well with the authentic feeling backdrop. This is my first time with the author so now I want to try more of her stuff.

  • Oo one of my favorite tropes! It’s amazing when an author gets it just right. I love the differing classes as well. That can be such a dynamic. Thanks for the heads up on this one. New to me author 🙂

    • Yes, you’re welcome, new to me and I was glad to stumble across it.

  • It’s always nice when you can read a book from a series as a standalone.

    • I do seem to get pretty lucky when I manage to snag a book out of order. 🙂 So yes, it is great when it works out. Haha!

  • I like arranged marriages, funny how they always work out here 😉

    • Yes, the odds are much better for happiness if you make sure your arranged marriage is in a romance novel. Haha!

  • Oh wow, this does look intriguing. I wish to get my groove back soon. Maybe I’m not finding the right HR to read.

    • I know the feeling. Some HR is just meh or bad, but once in a while I’ll come across an author/series that really works for me.

  • This sounds good Sophia, and like you I love the arranged marriage trope 🙂

  • OMG. This is definitely a book for me. 😉 I like the arranged marriage type of romance story. And I’m glad you were able to get into the story despite not having read the first book. Lovely review, Sophia!

    Have a wonderful weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • It worked very well as a standalone and definitely does the arranged marriage trope, well.

      You have a good one, too, Alyssa!

  • This sounds fantastic, Sophia Rose. And I love Historical Romances, so this needs to be added to my humongous TBR 🙂
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    • Yep, pile it on, Lexxie! I have one of those huginormous lists, too.
      Hope you like it when you get the chance. 🙂

  • Sounds promising! I like the sound of this one with the class difference, arranged marriage and intrigue. And that good to know it can be read as standalone. I haven’t read a lot of historical romances so far,but so far enjoy the arranged marriage trope. And seeing them go from near strangers to lovers is great, especially when the change is well written. The character also sound great and I like the sound of how max is sensitive even though he doesn’t full understand things. Great review!

    • Yes, this was one that I expected to enjoy the intrigue part, but didn’t realize I would like the romance and the historical background so much, too. Love when I get a surprise like that.

      Thanks, Lola!