Tainted by Temptation Author:Katy Madison With the haunting, gothic feel of early Anna Campbell, Katy Madison makes her debut with this deeply emotional tale of a — desperate woman and a man with nothing to lose. With her reputation in tatters, Velvet Campbell has agreed to work as — governess for Lucian Pendar. However, it is not until her arrival is imminent that Velvet discovers the ho... more »rrible truth: Lucian
is widely rumored to have thrown his wife from a cliff. Lucian is determined to build an empire in shipping to salvage his
own reputation. He needs a calming influence on his young daughter and a suitable hostess for his important business
dinners. Miss Campbell fills both roles, but their growing attraction makes it clear that there is another role he wants her to
fill. As doubts about both their pasts come to the surface, will they be able to trust one another enough to see the truth -
If you enjoyed reading Jane Eyre then you will probably like this book as well. I saw MANY similarities and even a few references within the book. Over all I really enjoyed Tainted by Temptation and will probably read it again some time.
Okay, I admit that I am a bit leery of reading debut novels. I mean, really, there are SO MANY great historical romance writers currently enjoying enormous success! It can be a real waste of time (not to mention WL space!) to venture into an "unknown." If I hadn't won this book in a contest from another author, I doubt I would have ever read it.
All too often, the debut writer seems to have been planning her first novel for years--so that first book often includes every cliche ever devised. Or, the other debut mistake I've noted is that they lack a certain polish or sophistication in their style. The dialogue in those cases seems so clumsy.
With all that negativity in mind, I was surprised how much I enjoyed this debut novel. Yes, it's true. Although there were some tedious moments, they were far outnumbered by the time spent in character development of the three main players: H/h and his daughter. Throughout the story, Ms. Madison provided the thoughts of all three so we knew what their motivations were without clunky dialogue or lengthy explanations.
Don't get me wrong; this book still had some predictable plot lines such as the "big misunderstanding" as well as a villain working to separate the lovers. But, they weren't so drawn out as to ruin what was a very acceptable first effort.
Overall, I feel this was a very good start of a promising career for Ms. Madison. I will be watching for her next book.