Read Tempting by Hope C. Tarr Online


Move over Eliza Doolittle …“Pretty Woman” meets “My Fair Lady” in Hope Tarr’s TemptingSimon Belleville knows he should take the pretty prostitute directly to Newgate Gaol. As an aspiring Member of Parliament, he cannot afford a scandal. But one glimpse of Christine Tremayne’s lovely, tear splashed face has him faltering. Staring into her pleading amber eyes, he cannot subdMove over Eliza Doolittle …“Pretty Woman” meets “My Fair Lady” in Hope Tarr’s TemptingSimon Belleville knows he should take the pretty prostitute directly to Newgate Gaol. As an aspiring Member of Parliament, he cannot afford a scandal. But one glimpse of Christine Tremayne’s lovely, tear splashed face has him faltering. Staring into her pleading amber eyes, he cannot subdue the sense that she is not at all what she seems. Though her expectations are limited by birth and circumstance, still she demonstrates a keen mind and a love of books and learning. Hoping to help her as once he was helped, he takes her home with him as his “cousin” and assumes the role of her guardian—and tutor. With a measure of patience and considerable good fortune, he will find her a position as a ladies’ maid, perhaps even a governess.But Christine is not so easily dispatched. Charming, witty, and wise beyond her years, she proves to be a woman unlike any other, a woman capable of seeing through Simon’s polished facade to the shameful secrets searing his soul. As the heat in their private lessons progresses from a fledgling spark to full flame, Simon allows he has never before been so intrigued—or so tempted.PRAISE FOR HOPE TARR’S NOVELS:“A beguiling mixture of historical detail, romantic intrigue, and just plain fun.” — New York Times Bestselling author, Susan Wiggs“Hope Tarr is a master storyteller.” —Bestselling author, Miranda Jarrett“Tarr pegs Victorian era London perfectly…poignant and romantic.” —RT BOOK Reviews“A touching story of salvation and renewal.” —Madeline Hunter“A book to feast upon…fresh and original.” —Patricia Potter"Wonderfully written! Readers will devour it." —Cathy Maxwell“Stunning…enchanting.” —May McGoldrick...

Title : Tempting
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9781465802590
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 207 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

Tempting Reviews

  • Katie(babs)
    2019-02-11 10:22

    Hope Tarr’s Tempting was published in 2002 by Jove and now Hope has self-published Tempting for .99 cents. This is now my favorite book by Tarr set in the Victorian era with a Jewish hero who becomes a very rich and powerful man and falls for a poor, country girl who was tricked into forced into a brothel.Simon Belleville blames himself for the rape of his sister by two men when they were teenagers. His sister’s mind became broken because of it and she lives in a fantasy world. Simon is a self made man of important and is the head of Her Majesty’s Morality and Vice Commission and raids brothels. On his recent raid, he finds a bruised and sick young woman locked in the attic. Christine left the countryside and came to London to find work after her nasty cousin tried to rape her. Christine was trying to find honest work, but Simon doesn’t believe it. He believes she’s been abused and possibility violated. He goes against everything and takes her into his home to recover. Something about Christine makes him want to protect her, so much so he’ll pay for her schooling so she can learn decorum and proper etiquette and perhaps get a job as a governess. But Simon can’t remain separated from Christine for long because he misses her. He takes her to his country estate where she learns the truth about the real man hiding behind a mask he shows the world.Tempting is a must read for any historical romance fan. It has an almost old school romance feel to it with Simon being older than Christine by fifteen years and how he likes to control the situation in a somewhat highhanded manner. But Hope has a nice twist regarding Simon, in that he’s a combination of a beta-alpha whose entire protective instincts come out in regards to Christine who after all she's been through doesn’t cower in fear. The buildup of tension and attraction between these two are well done. There’s only one love scene, but WOW, it's hot and steamy.Tempting is all about being true to one’s self. Christine isn’t ashamed from where she has come from and Simon may hate his poor roots and almost rejects his heritage, but he loves his step-father who saved his mother and his sister from living on the streets. Simon is a man with wonderful principals you can’t help but admire, and he needs someone like Christine in his life.Tempting gets an A- from me and one that’s staying on my keeper shelf. Seriously, the price for Tempting is quite the steal. Buy it now.

    2019-01-28 11:39

    Peri masali okumak istiyorsaniz tam size göre bir roman. Sonsuz Kitaba tesekkürler bizi Deanne Gist'ten sonra Hope Tarr ile tanıstirdigi icin.... Belki çok özgün bir hikaye degildi ama kesinlikle çok seveceginiz bir hikayesi vardi Simon Belleville ve Christine Tremayne çiftinin karsilasip tanışmalari cok sıradışı oldu...Simon Kraliyetin Ahlak Komisyonunda sorumlu başkandi görevi genelevleri kapatmak idi. Kapattıgı evlerin birinin tavan arasında cok genc ve masum görünümlü bir kıza rastladı. Bir anda kendini onu hapise atmak yerine hanimefendi olması içın egitim almasını saglarken ve bunun içinde eski metresi Margottan yardım isterken buldu. Christineyi unutabilmeyi umarkende onun egitiminin geri kalanıni da kendisi bizzat vermeyi hiç planlamıyordu. Ondan kacmaya çalıştıkça kendinden tamamen uzaklaştıramıyordu. Christine kendini okula bırakan Simonun günlerce haftalarca yolunu gözlemısti ama bir türlü gelmemisti. Sonunda kendisini başından savdıgını düşünmeye başladıgında tekrar okula onu görmeye geri gelmişti. Kendisine geri kalan egitimi o verecekti. Simon geçmışinin ve kızkardesinin gözleri önünde tecavüze ugramasının yükünü omuzlarında taşıyordu. Ablasının başına gelenlerden kendini sorumlu tutuyordu. Bir fahışe sandıgı Chrıstineye ikinci bir şans vermek isterken geçmisi ile de hesaplaşmak zorunda kalıyordu. Okumaktan büyük bir keyif aldıgım bir romandı. Tavsiye ederim.

  • RIF
    2019-02-09 13:26

    What a lovely book. The H/h characters are drawn out at a slow steady pace. Their mistakes with each other and how they handled them only made me like them more. Simon is a delicious paradox. There is plenty of backstory necessary to the H/h character but the focus is on this couple's inevitable fall into love, which is written so convincingly that even the few predictable plot turns are blithely forgiven by this girl. Such a great surprise as I bought it on a whim b/c it was only $0.99 (as of 6/8/12). A steal and I'll be happy to pay full price for more from Ms Tarr. A very good read.

  • Anne OK
    2019-02-02 10:40

    This was my first book by this author but it definitely won't be my last. I really enjoyed this delightful story and the author's writing style -- and the age difference (15 years) didn't turn me off either, as it sometimes does. A very strong female lead who overcame great hurdles while standing her ground. Would highly recommend this book to historical readers.

  • Sibel Gandy
    2019-02-12 10:22


  • Reader
    2019-02-10 16:15

    Read for the 2017 February TBR Challenge: New-To-You AuthorThis is a Pygmalion tale between 34 year old Simon Belleville, a man of property and experience who’s being groomed by Benjamin Disraeli to stand for Parliament, and 19 year old Christine Tremayne, a young woman who came to London to find work after a relative inherited her family’s small dairy farm. Simon discovers Christine locked away in the attic of a brothel when he’s clearing the place out as part of his duties as head of Her Majesty’s Morality and Vice Commission. Christine had gone there looking for respectable work not realizing what the place really was. She is skin and bones when he discovers her, and understanding hunger himself, Simon is moved to take her home until he can decide what can be done for her rather than to Newgate with the prostitutes they’ve rounded up. I won’t summarize the rest of the plot other than tell you that Christine is running from something and Simon is wrestling with demons from his own past. I thought the writing itself was very good. Simon and Christine are well realized, but as the story went on I got frustrated with some of Simon’s choices. By the final third he reacts to something he asks Christine not to do, but she does anyway, in a way that is unworthy of him. However, I did like how Simon’s former mistress turns out to be a friend to both Christine and Simon. After the villain of the story is dealt with, Simon has one last hurdle to overcome to bring the story back to the Pygmalion theme. Christine maintains that she can’t be with him until he can love her for who she truly is, not what he has molded her to be. Simon, of course, has to let this sink in before HEA can be achieved, but his issues by this point melt away rather quickly. This is the first book I’ve read by Tarr. I have one other in my TBR that I hope to follow up with later this year.

  • Thom Swennes
    2019-02-13 13:21

    Victorian London was a two-sided coin, each side the opposite of its counterpart. The rich and influential on the one side and the poor and downtrodden the other, lived (if not in harmony) together in the greatest metropolis of the time; London. Pygmalion revisited, Simon Belleville, a 34 year old vice commissioner with plans of standing for parliament in the next election, meets Christine Tremayne a crude, dirty and under nourished street urchin. Move over Liza Doolittle, there’s a new scamp in town. Why he took the risk and accepted the cost of taking her under his wing is as much a mystery to him as it is to the reader. One can only assume that their common roots are close enough to form an affinity. Changing her from a street waif to a lady is more of a challenge than Simon imagined and nature soon took its course and their relationship became more intimate. Will love prevail? Will Simon win a seat in parliament will Christine prove to be an asset or detriment to his coveted position? Will she shed the fetters of a strict class world and be embraced by England’s upper crust? This refreshing romance is sure to appeal to readers of both genders. I see this as a “feel good” tale as when the last page is read the reader is left with a comforting after glow.

  • ѕєяєηιтι
    2019-02-16 12:43

    Büyük beklentilerle okunmadığı takdirde güzel bi kitap(view spoiler)[Hikayemiz asıl oğlan Simon 15 yaşındayken kız kardeşini doğum günü için dışarı çıkarttığı sırada 2 adamın saldırısı sonucu kız kardeşinin tecavüze uğramasıyla başlıyor tabii Simon buna engel olamadığı için kendini suçluyor daha sonra Hindistana gidiyor bi süre sonra dönüyor ve Avam Kamerasında yükselmek için çalışıyor vs herşeyi planlamış durumda başarılı olabilmek için.Genelev baskınlarından birinde tavanarasında Christine'i buluyor ve ona yardım etmek istiyor onu bi arkadaşının yanına eğitim için yolluyor daha sonra kendi eğitim vermeye başlıyor o sıralarda da kıza inceden inceye vuruluyor tabii planlarda böylece sekteye uğruyor bi ara ortaya kötü kuzen çıkıyor falan ama mutlu sona ulaşılıyor herzamanki gibi:)Bu tarz konuları okumayı sevmiyorum aslında kadınların istismara uğradığı ama yinede beğendim diyebilirim (hide spoiler)]

  • penelopewanders
    2019-01-23 08:32

    First by this author and I look forward to reading more. The initial, very harsh scene put me off a bit, but the unusual background of the main character and the glimpses into the Jewish community of London, while taking only a sliver of space in the book, were nonetheless fascinating. I suspect the open-mindedness of the step-father and a few others was actually in itself very unusual and probably unlikely, but I enjoyed reading about it anyway. Likewise I'm not sure how effective the curing of trauma by trauma really is, but what do I know?

  • Sezgi
    2019-01-22 16:26

    Kitabın kapağı gerçekten çok güzel. Dönem romanları fırtınası estiği günlerde bir çırpıda bitirmiştim. Hoştu :D

  • Jenyfer Matthews
    2019-02-21 08:17

    I really enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting and well developed and the story pulled me along. I enjoyed the Victorian setting as well. A definite keeper!

  • Jess the Romanceaholic
    2019-01-26 08:29

    While I'm not a huge fan of having an "ex" in the picture, even as "just friends", I have to say I really enjoyed this one. Full review to follow, but 4/5 stars.

  • Lady Wesley
    2019-02-03 14:26

    Very nice little Victoria romance. I enjoyed the book but didn't love it. Would probably try out this author again.

  • Suzanne Quill
    2019-02-14 10:24

    I always love Hope Tarr's romances! She creates a beautiful story while entwinning details of the period in which she's placed the plot. Once again she does not disappoint!

  • Tracy's Place
    2019-02-15 14:36

    4.25 out of 5

  • Marya
    2019-02-17 10:22

    several editing issues; closer to 2.5 stars