Reviews for Temptation of Your Touch

Booklist Reviews 2013 February #1
*Starred Review* Maximillian Burke, Earl of Dravenwood, has been a true gentleman and model citizen most of his life. But when his brother steals the woman he loves, Max turns into one of the most notorious rogues in London. He then resigns as chair of the Court of Directors of the East India Company, much to his father's dismay, and heads to the far outreaches of the family holdings, Cadgwyck Manor. Neither Annie Spencer nor the other residents there want a "master" in the house. They're doing quite well on their own, thank you. To discourage noblemen who intend to take possession of the estate, Annie and the rest of the meager staff do their best to make the place as uninviting as possible, even creating a dreadful specter, the White Lady of Cadgwyck, that makes potential "masters" flee in horror. But Annie's best, spookiest efforts fail to make an impression on the jaded Max. This is quintessential Medeiros (The Pleasure of Your Kiss, 2011), who, as readers know well from her impressive body of work, never fails to entertain. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2013 January #1
After his fiancee abandons him at the altar to marry his brother, Max Burke flees London for the isolation of a ramshackle, reputedly haunted castle in Cornwall, where he'll contend with a surly, secretive staff, a mesmerizing portrait of a woman-turned-ghost and a housekeeper he's tempted to strangle--or seduce. Maximilian Burke has spent his life following the rules and living up to his father's expectations, while his brother tested boundaries at every turn, landing him the girl they both loved. After months of playing the rogue, Max can't stand either the man he was or the one he's turned into, so he escapes from society to Cadgwyck Manor, his family's recently acquired estate on the Cornwall coast, believed to be haunted by the wild, beautiful girl who'd brought her family to ruin and then jumped to her death in the sea. Even while heartsick and lonely, Max understands that things are not quite as they seem at Cadgwyck, and Miss Ann Spencer, the seemingly prim and proper housekeeper, hides any number of secrets behind her pretty eyes. As Max searches for clues to the mystery of the ghost, and Ann attempts to thwart his efforts at every turn, their actions will rouse a silent enemy looking for justice and place the entire household in grave danger--forcing Ann and Max to join forces and face their growing attraction. Medeiros is a beloved, best-selling romance author, and she doesn't disappoint with this follow-up to The Pleasure of Your Kiss (2012). Readers are swept into a lively, moving historical romance that is textured and dynamic, with humor, passion and a subtly intriguing ghost mystery that the reader will learn the answer to early on but will remain invested in as Ann, Max and the other players unwrap layers of secrets, guilt, despair and desire. Engaging characters, a tight, well-drawn plot that is complex and captivating, and an overall tone that manages to be both lighthearted and emotionally lush make this a sweet, fun and satisfying read. Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Library Journal Reviews 2013 February #2

Forced by scandal to leave his reckless London life, Maximillian Burke, Earl of Dravenwood, heads for the wilds of Cornwall to see to the management of Cadgwyck Manor, one of his family's recent acquisitions. However, instead of finding a peaceful, remote retreat, he is greeted by a neglected, unkempt mansion; inedible food; a ragtag staff; and Anne Spencer, his prim, businesslike housekeeper. The estate has been plagued by tragedy, is feared by the townsfolk, and is haunted by the ghost of Angelica Cadgwyck, the elusive White Lady. Naturally, things aren't at all what they seem and secrets abound--secrets that Max knows he must uncover but ones Anne is determined to conceal. VERDICT A pair of deeply wounded protagonists who must learn to forgive themselves, a charming group of secondary characters, and a complex, well-crafted plot result in a tale that is beautifully linked to the author's The Pleasure of Your Kiss. With deliciously Gothic touches, this novel is another winner for the talented, Kentucky-based Medeiros.

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