Lord Dante Risande is visiting a Saxon holding when he encounters a lovely young Norman woman who is a servant in the baronís keep. His curiosity piqued, as well as his interest, he wants to learn more about her, and her young friend, a girl who bears strong resemblance to his late sister Katherine. When Gianelle is accused of murder, Danteís rank allows him to take the investigation straight to the king, which will keep Gianelle and Casey safe, for the moment.
Gianelle Dejiat has never met someone like Lord Risande before. He is a powerful nobleman, yet he treats his men with respect, and never intimidates the servants with his rank or physical strength. In truth, he is uncommonly gentle and patient with her mistrusting nature. After suffering at the hands of Baron Dermott and his black-hearted brother Edgar, she does not know what to make of him. She can see that he is attracted to her, and yet he makes no demands.
Dante knows that Gianelle is capable of murder, and yet he believes her to be innocent. He sees how Edgar Dermott and his brother prey on the young woman, and wants nothing more than to protect her from Edgarís rough ways. Taking her to the king will delay the inevitable, but he hopes to discover the truth on their journey.
Author Paula Quinn exemplifies the medieval romance genre for the second time with Lord of Temptation. Dante Risande is a true champion, who rules his lands with steely determination and a velvet touch. Gianelle is a survivor, who has made her way on her wits and stubbornness. They are perfect for each other. While this book is a follow-up to Lord of Desire, it is not necessary to read the first book to enjoy this marvelous tale. However, you will certainly be looking for it once you discover how well Ms. Quinn can weave a tapestry of romance.