Review: Once She Was Tempted by Anne Barton

Once She Was Tempted - Anne BartonPublisher: Forever (October 29th 2013)
Paperback: 384 pages
Series: Honeycote #2
Source: Netgalley
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Rating: 4(.5) of 5 stars

A Portrait of a Lady

…or is it? The risqué painting owned by Benjamin Elliot, the earl of Foxburn, features a stunning beauty with sapphire eyes, golden hair, and creamy skin. Ben recognizes this particular English rose the instant he meets her—though she’s wearing considerably more clothing. In person, the demure debutante is even more irresistible…

In desperate need of money for her sick mother, Daphne Honeycote had posed for two scandalous portraits. Now she must hide her secret to save the Honeycote family name. Ben’s possession of one painting makes him an insufferable thorn in her side—and yet he may be her best chance at finding the canvas’s companion. As she becomes drawn to the dark-tempered earl, can Daphne risk laying bare the secrets of her heart?

Review:

“Upon meeting Miss Daphne Honeycote for the first time, Benjamin Elliot, Earl of Foxburn had two distinct thoughts.

The first was that she appeared to be a suitable match for his upstanding young protege, Hugh. Her golden hair was smoothed in a demure twist at her nape, and the collar of her gown was prim enough to pass muster in a convent. Her entire person radiated light, goodness, and purity.

The earl’s second thought regarding Miss Honeycote was that he should probably take down the nude portrait off her hanging in his study.”

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Right from the start, this book had me hooked. You know what they say about opposites attracting. Ben aka. Foxburn and Daphne couldn’t be more opposite. Foxburn is like that grumpy old man (he’s not actually that old of a man) who’s only happy if he’s miserable. A war hero with a dead best friend, a wounded leg, and a chip on his shoulder, you can say he’s kind of a jerk. Daphne, on the the other, in the words of Benjamin Elliot – “You reflects light.”[…] In the painting, as real life, your are…luminous.” She quite the sweetheart and a little headstrong. She’s always one to thinks of others before herself. Which is why she ends up asked Foxburn to help her find the other painting (so that her family wouldn’t be shamed and scandalized).

It’s actually their interaction that surprised me, or rather Foxburn did. I was expecting him to be the Mr. Brooding Hero, dark and gloomy and kinda of a jerk to the heroine, and he sorta was to everyone but Daphne. For Daphne, he saved his adorably flirt-ish charm.

“The poultice works.”

“Who says it’s the poultice?”

“What else would it be?” Her pretty blue eyes were round with exasperation.

“The kissing,” he says matter-of-factly. “Is it time for my next dose?”

Despite Foxburn being Grumpy McGrump, everyone can see that Daphne makes him happy. The more they spend time together, the more we get to see the thawing of his ice cold heart. They are quite adorable together. Which meant anything that annoyed me in the book, I could turn a blind eye to, as long as Foxburn turned on the flirt and kissing.

“Would you like to hear the first step of this new plan?”

“I would.”

“We kiss.”

Her face split into a blinding smile that soothed the stinging welts left by their exchange. She circled his arms around his neck, banishing all memory of pain. “I like this plan.”

He pulled her against him, and his blood heated instantly. “Wait ‘til you hear step two.”

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For the plot, there were a few moments that had me a little frustrated (some whining, unreasonable reasoning, and some pity partying) but in the end, both Foxburn and Daphne got their crap together and totally stepped up and got what needed to get done. They grabbed happiness with both hands and that makes me happy (:

Overall, another wonderful and enchanting read by Anne Barton. Once She was Tempted was a fun and endearing read and I’m glad to get to see more of everyone from When She Was Wicked. The writing style still has that light whimsical feeling that makes it so easy and sweet to enjoy. I definitely can’t wait for more of this series!

{*Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.

*Links of Interest: REVIEWS for – When She Was Wicked (#1) & To All The Rakes I’ve Loved Before (#1.5) of the Honeycote series.

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