by Kathryn Smith

February 2003
ISBN: 0-06-000812-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

How should you behave when you encounter the one person who is responsible for a scandal that almost ruined your reputation? Lady Sophia Aberley and Lord Julian Rexley are faced with this problem in Into Temptation. The couple was involved in a youthful indiscretion that had lasting repercussions on them both.

Circumstances have forced them to endure each otherís company. The test of the story is in how they resolve their differences and acknowledge that the attraction they once felt has never diminished. This book is a very good story, with an excellent treatment of what can often be a redundant plot device.

Into Temptation also reminds us that while the outward appearance high society is one of balls, lovely clothes, fashionable entertainments, and romance, looks can be deceiving. Beneath the surface, women were often used as pawns or marketable assets to be turned into ready cash from the highest bidder. Men held the ultimate power and often showed no hesitation in using whatever means necessary to further their own interests.

The author has injected several fresh elements to keep this tale from becoming stale. I can surmise that previous books have told the stories of Julianís two closest friends, but the story is strong enough to stand alone. Meeting these couples in later stages of their relationships has only whetted my curiosity about their history. My enjoyment of Into Temptation has insured my interest in reading the authorís previous works.

Reviewed in March 2003 by Paula.

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