by Cheryl Holt

March 2006
ISBN: 0-312-93798-9
Reviewer Graphic Button St. Martin`s Press
Mass Market Paperback

Alex Marshall, Lord Stanton, is to be wed in a few months time. He has no desire to marry and is taking every opportunity before he ties the knot to indulge his carnal appetites. Ellen Drake, paid companion to Lord Stantonís fiancťe, finds herself in the uncomfortable situation of witnessing one of his liaisons and is outraged at his behavior. Alex soon finds himself being constantly thwarted by the comely Miss Drake and suggests since she wonít allow him to be with any other women that she become his lover. Ellen is shocked, but admittedly excited as well.

As the two forget about right and wrong and begin a relationship they lose themselves in each other and dread the day when they will have to end things. In fact, Ellen fears she may be losing her heart and plans to quit her job as soon as she possibly can. However, circumstances bring their affair to light and she loses any control she might have had in deciding what she wished to do with her future.

In true Holt fashion, secondary characters abound, each intent on revenge of some sort and not caring who gets hurt in the process. While I enjoyed one of the secondary storylines immensely, I didnít feel as if the other one was satisfactorily concluded. What fun is it to read about these evil characters if they donít get what they deserve in the end? Alex and Ellenís feelings for each other seemed to swing back and forth too quickly for me to be convinced they truly loved each other. While still an enjoyable read, I felt Too Tempting To Touch was missing the passion of Ms. Holtís earlier works.

Reviewed in February 2006 by Jackie.

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