Known only to a select few, these inscrutable men are bound by dangerous desires and enigmatic pasts. They are the Sinners Club. . .
Cold Calculation: Within the circles of British intelligence, Benedict, Lord Keyes, is known for his cold brilliance and strict military demeanor. Yet this icy exterior masks a man of smoldering passion and scorching sexuality who will do anything to keep his past a secret. . .
Sultry Satisfaction: Miss Malinda Keyes refuses to be intimidated by Lord Keyes. In fact, she enjoys a good battle, especially one of erotic wiles and carnal cunning. Determined to expose his lordship’s past, she will use every wanton weapon in her arsenal to tease and tempt this sinner into the ultimate sensual surrender. . .
Woot!! Round two of Kate Pearce’s The Sinners’ Club series quite literally starts off with a bang. Benedict, Lord Keyes is shot off his horse as he approaches his clearly inhabited ancestral estate in Lincolnshire. While the grazing gun shot is certainly troubling it brings with it even more trouble and questions. For example, who’s actually living in the ancestral home, why in Hell did the inhabitants shoot Lord Keyes, why is he now chained to a bed and, where has his memory gone??
Malinda is bound and determined to protect her family and if that means keeping Benedict, Lord Keyes chained to a bed and prisoner in “her” home then so be it. As far as Malinda is concerned, Benedict and his wretched family owe her big for the loss of her father, her mother and, her heart. For nearly two decades, Malinda has stayed away from England: her father’s death nearly tore her apart but Benedict’s abandonment did even more damage. Though she never thought to see the man she once dearly loved again, Malinda has returned to England to settle a score. In light of some new and very shocking information, Malinda intends to kill Benedict’s father and secure a safe future for herself and her family. Before she can do that, she needs some answers from the man she just shot.
Waking up chained to a bed isn’t a fist for Benedict since he is a prominent member of the Sinners’ Club. Waking up chained to a bed after having been shot is a first and the situation isn’t at all comfortable. With his memory being sketchy at best, Benedict is doing everything he can to secure his release and figure out why the hot angry woman is so angry with him, specifically. As the days go by, Benedict’s memory returns, Malinda becomes even angrier and, everyone involved starts to realize that things just aren’t exactly as they appear to be. Malinda begins to understand that the circumstances which led to she and Benedict’s parting weren’t entirely of his making and Benedict begins to understand that Malinda still means a great deal to him and protecting her is vital to both their futures. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt at all that Malinda is still wonderfully attractive and just as eager as Benedict to engage in a little sexual experimentation.
For the vast majority of this read, Benedict and Malinda engage is a sort of emotional tug of war. Both have spent so many years completely misunderstanding the circumstances of the original parting and misunderstanding each other. Additionally, both have learned to rely on themselves and not someone else so being vulnerable in any way is most disconcerting. Through all of their ups and downs, through the intense drama involved in unravelling the past and, through all of the miscommunication and withholding of information the two cannot deny their intense sexual desire. The attraction is all but tangible and once Malinda is properly introduced to Benedict’s life and the Sinners’ Club, naughtiness ensues.
The Bottom Line: I LOVE IT!!! Malinda is feisty and daring and the perfect partner for Benedict, a man who is used to dominating, controlling and, coming out on top. Malinda challenges Benedict in the very best ways and proves to be an equal partner to the spy. Pearce doesn’t limit herself or her book to well written characters. Tempting a Sinner also has a fun and mysterious plot that takes the reader back and forth between the past and the present. There is plenty of action to keep the plot constantly moving forward, there are some creative naughty bits (ggrrrr, Adam!) and, there is, as always excellent dialogue. Older characters (ggrrrr, Adam!) make an appearance to help Benedict and Malinda with their problem and Pearce introduces a few new characters that will surely make a splash in later installments of the series. Overall, this naughty ready is quick-paced and entertaining and will most certainly appeal to lovers of period pieces, light mystery and erotica and, HEAs. For the record, I have already pre-ordered the third book in the series, Mastering a Sinner which is set to release December 30, 2014 🙂 Happy sinning!
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