by Kimberly Logan

May 2007
ISBN: 978-0-06-123919-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

Lady Albright’s death at the hands of her lover shocked the ton. Along with her grieving husband and three daughters, she left a legacy of scandalous behavior that would taint the reputations of her children. As each one enters society, people wonder, “Will she be just like her mother?” And a similar question is pondered of the Earl of Hawksley’s son – “Is he like his father?”

Lady Maura Daventry thought she could handle it. Her older sister Jillian warned her that society’s claws were razor sharp, but she thought it would be different. Now all she wants to do is escape. Lady Grafton’s ball is unbearable – the speculative looks, the whispered gossip, presumptuous young men who think she is without morals. All she wants is a quiet corner, some shelter from the ton’s harsh treatment. As she enters a study, basking in the solitude, she realizes she is not alone. An unfamiliar gentleman is also seeking refuge from the crowd.

He looks like a wicked angel, and though she should leave, she senses in him a kindred spirit. His assessment of the nobility is scathing as her sister’s, but Maura longs for a normal life, one with husband and family, free of scandal. Yet he is strangely comforting, even sympathetic as she tells him her story. That is, until he asks for her name. If Maura thought no one would understand her, she has certainly met her equal, for the kind stranger is none other than Gabriel Sutcliffe, tenth Earl of Hawksley, whose father was the one who killed her mother.

The second book in Kimberly Logan’s Daventry sisters trilogy pits polar opposites, Maura and Gabriel, in a romance shrouded in mystery. The Devil’s Temptation gives readers more of the murder-suicide to investigate, as the two star-crossed lovers try to piece together what really happened. Ms. Logan even offers a shocking ending that will leave readers clamoring for the final book in the series.

Reviewed in April 2007 by Paula.

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