Monday, May 12, 2014

REVIEW: "Dangerous Seduction" by Zoe Archer

Dangerous Seduction (Nemesis, Unlimited, #2)
Dangerous Seduction by Zoe Archer
For Ages 18+ (Language, Sensuality, Violence)
Historical Romance -- Victorian England

St. Martin's Press -- Published in November 2013
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Read in May 2014
Borrowed from Library

THEMES
Across the Tracks

SUMMARY
Alyce Carr has no time for the strange man in her little Cornwall village, no matter how breathtakingly handsome he is. Life in Trewyn doesn't allow for much fun—the managers of the copper mine barely provide the miners and their families with enough food. Outsiders are suspect and flirts are unimaginable, but Simon Sharpe is as keen as his name…and Alyce can't ignore him for long.

As the founder of Nemesis, Unlimited, Simon Addison-Shawe is well accustomed to disguise and deceit. Yet he's not prepared for Alyce's dogged defense of her people and the injustices the copper mine has dealt them. With Alyce's help he can change the fate of an entire town, and convincing her to join him is only part of the thrill. Together, they ignite a desire in each other much too powerful to deny. But at what cost?



FIRST LINE
"The granite room shook."

MY THOUGHTS
I read the first book in the Nemesis Unlimited series last year and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I love the premise of a group of people across the classes working together to obtain justice for those who go unnoticed by the law.  Aristocrat Simon Addison-Shawe intrigued me from the moment he stepped onto the pages of Sweet Revenge and I am happy to say that his story is enjoyable and romantic.

Dangerous Seduction starts with Simon (one of the founders of Nemesis) going on a mission to understand and resolve the corruption at a Cornish mining town.  An anonymous letter lets Nemesis know about the issues the mine workers face which run the gamut from spoiled food to specialized currency that is no good outside of the town's limits.  Simon decides to go undercover as a mechanic to discover the depths of the problems, but is thrown off a bit when he meets the fiery and hard-working Alyce.

Both Simon and Alyce were the type of characters that I love to read about in historical romance.  Simon's upper class background gives him a social advantage, but his time in the army has insured that he never takes his place in society for granted.  His main goal in life is to help those that cannot help themselves which I found very admirable.  Alyce is a mine worker whose fiery nature could have easily become the cliched "fiesty miss".  Thankfully, the author developed her personality enough to make sure readers understood the reasons behind her unorthodox nature.  I wanted to be her friend from the moment we met her and was impressed with the depths she was willing to go to help her beloved town.

As a couple, Simon and Alyce are passionate and so compatible.  There is immediate chemistry from the moment that they meet which is only enhanced as they get to know one another and spend time ferreting out the corruption.  My personal favorite scenes involved their trip to Plymouth where they were forced to go undercover as aristocratic newlyweds who have to interact with the mine's owners.  I really liked the fact that the author didn't have Simon hide his true purpose in the village for very long and that he wanted to recruit the workers to solve the problems themselves.  It was also nice to see a historical couple from varying classes that didn't constantly moan about their social differences though they did admit there could be issues in the future.

I loved the way that Zoe Archer formatted this story.  It is full of action and suspense from the beginning and doesn't really let go until the final few chapters.  The romance is the main focus, but there is a nice balance with the attempts to free the mine from the greedy owners and cruel masters.  I will admit that I wanted more moments between Alyce and Simon especially at the beginning though their relationship did develop naturally and at a decent pace.

Dangerous Seduction was another entertaining and charming installment in the Nemesis Unlimited series.  I'm thoroughly enjoying these books and look forward to see super spy Marco get his own happy ending in Wicked Temptation which is due out in June.


3.5 STARS


STEAM LEVEL
Flush -- Detailed descriptions of lovemaking though nothing overly graphic.

BOOKS IN THE SERIES
1. Sweet Revenge
1.5. Winter's Heat
2. Dangerous Seduction
3. Wicked Temptation (Coming 2014)

CHALLENGES READ FOR

 

3 comments:

  1. You know, with a cover like that I never would have assumed this book is a historical romance. It looks like romantic suspense.

    Anyway, yay for liking this one!

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    1. Yeah...I'm not a huge fan of this cover. Too much red and it is hard to see the details. Thanks for commenting!

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  2. Oh wow. Historical? Really?? Never would have guessed that. It sounds so good! I've not read her before but am so gonna have to change that. Thanks for the heads up Jennifer!

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