Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Review - Tempted All Night

Title: Tempted All Night
Author: Liz Carlyle
Publishing Date: March 2009
Genre: Historical
Rating: B
Sensuality: Hot

Phaedra Northampton is on a mission to bring back her maid's sister, whom she believes has been mixed up with some shady people. As Phaedra begins her investigation she witnesses the death of a man. This man is a possible Russian spy and Tristan Talbot, Lord Avoncliffe is investigating his death. He eventually involves Phaedra in his investigation. Tristan has a reputation as a wastrel and a rake and he is only investigatign this murder as a favor to his father who is on his deathbed.

Tempted All Night is my first Liz Carlyle book. I have heard a lot of good things about her writing and I jumped at the chance to get this book when AAR classified it as a DIK (Desert Isle Keeper). In other words a great read and one worth keeping. So my expectations were fairly high from all the praise circling around Ms. Carlyle. While I did find her writing to be exceptional with fully fleshed out characters, I did think the story and the characters were a tad mundane.

The big standout for me was Lady Phaedra. She is a good woman who has had some unfortunate things happen to her. It is very easy for the reader to be moved by her past. And I loved how her past was revealed in slow pieces, foreshadowing a larger reveal halfway through the book. It keeps the pacing moving and the reader curious.
Tristan has his own set of problems to deal with as his father is dying and they haven't ever gotten along well. There is an animosity between the two that never really gets completely resolved and this saddened me for Tristan. As far as his rakehell ways... ho hum, bor-ing. I wasn't impressed and could have done without that aspect of the story.

When it is all said and done, I really wanted Phaedra to get her happy ending and boy does she ever. There is an absolutely, lovely epilogue at the end of this story. Will I give Liz Carlyle another try? Yes, you can count on it. Are there any that you would recommend?

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Tracy said...

Sounds pretty good. I've not read any of her work before so it would be my first as well. A good place to start. As always, a great review Jill. :)

nath said...

Hmmm, I've read at least one book by this author and have a couple more in my TBR pile. I'll finish those first before buying this one :D Nice review though :D

Danni said...

Great review! I have an award for you at my blog :)

Jill D. said...

Tracy - I definitely want to read more books by her. I am not sure which ones to read though. The nice thing about this one is that it stood alone and I didn't have to worry if it was part of a series.

Nath - Can you recommend the other book by her that you read? What books do you have in your TBR pile? I have heard of one series by her that is pretty popular. The books have numbers in the titles like Three Little Lies or Three Little Sins, something like that. Do you know what I am talking about, LOL?

Hi Danni! Thank you so much for the award! It is always nice to be recognized by your peers!

Marg said...

I really loved glomming Liz Carlyle's back lists a few years ago but haven't enjoyed her later books so much, to the point where I own this but still haven't read it!

I wouldn't read the trilogy you were talking about first. I didn't mind the second and third books but the first one wasn't all that great. I would start with the devil books - The Devil to Pay, A Deal with the Devil, The Devil you know and My True Gentleman.

Jill D. said...

Great Marg! Thanks for the info. I will try the Devil books first!