Book Review

WICKED TEMPTATION
by Zoë Archer

Genre: Historical Romance, Continental Locales
Sensuality: HOT
Setting: 1887 Europe

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Kicking off in Victorian London, the latest in the Nemesis Unlimited series is outstanding. Archer’s ability to create an action-packed, emotionally charged love story with three-dimensional characters is what her fans crave. Her imaginative storytelling adds another level to this enthralling romantic adventure that sweeps readers into peril and passion. It’s a keeper!

Widow Bronwyn Parrish discovers that her late husband’s business manager, Devere, stole all their money. Then a man knocks on her door, offering to help her recover her funds. He identifies himself as Marco Black, a member of Nemesis Unlimited. Marco, an ex-government spy, convinces Bronwyn to aid him in his search for Devere. This search leads from England to France, and Marco discovers that Bronwyn is courageous and a quick thinker. They slowly realize they are falling in love. After a battle with members of Les Grillons, the largest crime ring in France, they follow the trail to Italy and Les Grillons’ financial records. When the danger has passed, will their love survive? (ST. MARTIN’S, Jun., 352 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: ST. MARTIN'S

Published: June 2014

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Submitted by MichelleLOlson on June 3, 2014 - 1:03am.

Zoe Archer is a name I've seen cropping up quite a lot recently and I was quite keen to see just what all the fuss was about, plus, as I was in the mood for an historical romance, I thought this book would fit the bill nicely. Ms Archer is an award winning author who seems to straddle numerous genres with ease so it was with great expectation that I settled in to read this book which is part of her Nemesis Unlimited series.

Nemesis is a secret organization run by men and women determined to right wrongs and fight for justice. It doesn't matter who you are, if you need help, then these dedicated men and women will move heaven and earth to be there for you.

Bronwyn is recently widowed but can't quite understand just what's happened to the money she and her late husband had. Bronwyn may have led a sheltered and privileged life, but she realizes that something just doesn't add up. Left destitute, she prepares to leave her home one last time but a strange man appears who informs her that he and those he works with have heard of her plight and just might have a solution.

Bronwyn reluctantly agrees to listen to the enigmatic Marco but what she hears changes her life. Marco has a knack for espionage and has learned to use his skills to his advantage but he abhors injustice and so secretly works to help those who have been oppressed. When Bronwyns plight is brought to his attention he's pretty sure that the man her late husband entrusted their fortune with has embezzled it but proof is needed. Bronwyn is the only one who can identify the thief and so the hunt is on but there's just something about the young widow that appeals to Marco. Bronwyn has steel in her backbone and music in her heart but Marco has no time for romance or does he?

I really enjoyed this and found it quite unexpected . Its a very entertaining story that takes the heroine Bronwym on quite a journey both in terms of travel but most importantly on a voyage of self discovery! She lives in a time when appearances and rules are everything but polite society isn't always kind. Marco sees a wildness in her that has been hidden and as they spend more and more time in each other's company Bronwyn is like a butterfly leaving her chrysalis behind.

This was fast paced and filled with suspense and romance. A passionate awakening that just felt right and a couple you just want to cheer for. Loved the historical details and I personally hated the way women were perceived as little more than chattels but the author has done an excellent job of bringing those outdated views into her storyline. An intelligent heroine paired with a hero filled with depths, fabulous!