Simon Belleville knows he should take the pretty prostitute directly to Newgate Gaol. As an aspiring Member of Parliament, he cannot afford a scandal. But one glimpse of Christine Tremayne's lovely, tear-splashed face has him faltering. Staring into her pleading amber eyes, he cannot subdue the sense that she is not at all what she seems. Though her expectations are limited by birth and circumstance, still she demonstrates a keen mind and a love of books and learning.
Hoping to help her as once he was helped, Simon takes her home with him as his "cousin" and assumes the role of her guardian—and tutor. With a measure of patience and considerable good fortune, he will find her a position as a ladies' maid, perhaps even a governess. But Christine is not so easily dispatched. Charming, witty, and wise beyond her years, she proves to be a woman unlike any other, a woman capable of seeing through Simon's polished facade to the shameful secrets searing his soul. As the heat in their private lessons progresses from a fledgling spark to full flame, Simon allows he has never before been so intrigued—or so tempted.
©2002 Hope Tarr (P)2012 Audio Realms Publishing, Co.
I probably wouldn't listen to Tempting again only because I'm not the type of person to listen to fiction multiple times.
I felt like it had a Les Miserables type story. A man who comes from a humble background changes his life and is dedicated to helping a girl who is manipulated and forced into prostitution.
When he decides to save her vs. turn her in. He could have imprisoned her and clinched his political position but decides to save her instead.
I have to say that the narrator, Carol Schneider, was amazing. I was completely drawn in to the story and then I realized that I was so into it because I didn't realize I was listening to a narrator. She seamlessly and effortlessly slips into each character without taking you out of the story. She expertly tackles what seems like 50 characters and dialects from England and then slides back into standard American. I listen to audiobooks every single day on my commute and I have my go to narrators. Carol Schneider is now my favorite. I hope she does some non-fiction soon!
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