ONCE SHE WAS TEMPTED
Barton follows up When She was Wicked with a delightful tale filled with sexual sizzle and banter. Though the plotline is far from new, Barton’s strong prose and wit will have readers clamoring for more.
Benjamin Elliot, the cynical, ill-tempered Earl of Foxburn, is interested in meeting the paragon of virtue his protégé plans to wed, but when he sees the beautiful young woman, he’s stunned. She has the same lovely sapphire eyes and streaming blonde hair Ben sees every day when he stares at the scandalous portrait hanging in his study. Once, desperate for the funds to provide a doctor for her mother, Daphne Honeycote posed for two portraits. She thought her secret was safe until now. Ben could expose Daphne as the model for the shocking paintings and destroy her family’s reputation. But Ben is far more interested in his fantasy come to life. When Daphne needs help in locating the other portrait, he volunteers. To his surprise, Daphne is far more than a pretty face and lush body. Their hunt for the portrait leads them into surprising dangers and unexpected passion. (FOREVER, Nov., 384 pp., $8.00)