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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

REVIEW: "Wicked Temptation" by Zoe Archer


Wicked Temptation (Nemesis, Unlimited, #3)
(Nemesis Unlimited #3)

For Ages 18+ (Language, Sensuality, Violence)
Historical Romance -- Victorian England

St. Martin's Paperbacks -- Published on June 3, 2014
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Read in January 2016
Borrowed from library

RATING: 4 STARS

THEMES/TROPES
Alpha Hero, Widow Heroine, Action-Adventure, Road Romance, Social Justice

SUMMARY
Fate Brought Them Together.

Newly widowed, Bronwyn Parrish's fortune has been spent settling her late husband's debts—thanks to an unscrupulous business manager—and now there's nothing left. Society has no place for a woman without means, and with nowhere to turn, Bronwyn is lost…until, from out of nowhere, a handsome gentleman steps in and makes her an offer she can't refuse.

Will Desire Tear Them Apart?

Secrets and subterfuge are in Marco Black's blood. As one of Nemesis, Unlimited's most senior agents, Society women aren't his usual cup of tea. But Marco's sixth sense tells him that there's more to Bronwyn than meets the eye…and he wants to help the brazen beauty retrieve her lost fortune. But is his attraction to her worth the risk? His mission will lead him all the way to Les Grillons, France's most ruthless crime syndicate. Soon, Marco and Bronwyn will find themselves facing a danger that could cost them their lives—and a passion that is priceless.


FIRST LINE
"Bronwyn Parrish haunted her own home."

MY THOUGHTS
Every once in awhile I find myself in need of an action-packed story and Zoe Archer's Wicked Temptation definitely fit the bill.  The characters were well-developed, the romance was both steamy and sweet, and the suspense plot just helped tie everything together into an enjoyable story.

It is the third and final book in her Nemesis Unlimited series which tells the stories of a group of people who work together to help people in dire situations.  Usually Nemesis focuses on the lower classes, but this time they are asked to assist an aristocratic widow whose money has been taken by a corrupt financial adviser.  Marco Black is one of the heads of the organization and isn't very happy to be dealing with a member of the aristocracy, but, after meeting and learning more about Bronwyn Parrish, he discovers that there is much more to her.

I really liked both main characters and enjoyed their journey together.  They each have impressions of the other which are changed as they travel through France then to Italy and back to France again.  Marco believes Bronwyn to be a weak-willed widow who only thinks of herself while Bronwyn views Marco as a brash, violent man.  They are forced to spend a lot of time together and quickly learn there is much more to each other.  I particularly enjoyed the slow reveal of Bronwyn's strength and ingenuity in times of crisis.

It is always fun when characters try so hard not to fall for one another, but just can't resist the tension.  That is definitely the case with these two and I enjoyed every minute of it.  The mission element helped them move towards a goal and also provided them with a tenuous ending for what they thought would be an informal affair.  Zoe Archer does a wonderful job showing the changes in their relationship and also made sure they reacted to situations in a mature and realistic fashion.  No big misunderstandings here!

I have enjoyed the Nemesis Unlimited series and I am sad to see it end.  I love the idea of a group of people from different backgrounds working together to help those in need.  If you enjoy thrilling action, witty conversations, and well-developed romance, I highly recommend this series and any of Zoe Archer's other books.

FAVORITE QUOTE
“Survival doesn’t mean making things worse. It means we live to see another day.”


BOOKS IN THE SERIES
1. Sweet Revenge
1.5. Winter's Heat
2. Dangerous Seduction
3. Wicked Temptation
READING CHALLENGES
2016 Pick Your Genre Reading Challenge

LEARN MORE
Goodreads -- Author Website -- Publisher Website

1 comment:

  1. Sometimes I like a little suspense in my HR too. This sounds like a book hard to put down. And yay for no big misunderstandings!

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