Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Date of Publication: 9-9-13
Number of pages: 197
Book DescriptionMirabella can hardly remember the man
she married as a girl. And it’s just as
well. She feels nothing but contempt for
the man who married her for her fortune
and promptly forgot she existed.
Since then, Bella’s had no use for the
company of gentlemen — until temptation
appears in the form of an olive-skinned
stranger with haunting eyes the color of a turbulent sea.
Sebastian has been apart from his child bride since their wedding day, after a teenaged marriage
forced upon him to rescue his family from certain ruin. His attempt to honor his vows to his
absent wife have earned him the nickname, “The Saint.”
But when he encounters an enchanting impish beauty at the opera, Sebastian cannot resist
learning who she is. He is thrilled to find she is none other than his long-ago bride.
Already resentful of his early abandonment, Bella is suspicious of her husband’s unusual
activities —mysterious midnight outings and apparent liaisons with pretty servant girls. Then
there is the mounting evidence that Sebastian is not who he claims to be.
Guarding the painful secret of his true identity, Sebastian is entranced by Bella. Delighted by his
good fortune, he is eager to make her his wife in truth. But he soon realizes the beguiling lady
has no intention of coming meekly to the marriage bed!
Tempting Bella by Diana Quincy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book! I don't read many historical romances anymore and I loved this one! Diana Quincy takes you into a world of ball gowns and dashing gentlemen, where the relationship between men and woman were simple and yet mystifying at the same time.
Sebastian and Mirabella were forced to wed by their fathers a children in order to settle a dept of estate between them. Then Sabastian left his young bride in order to school himself in running the day to day of the young Countesses estate.
Years later Sabastian's father-in-law demands that he do his husbandly duty and beget a heir to the estate that he has been taken from ruin to riches. After being separated from her husband for so many years Mirabella is furious when she is summoned home in order to meet the husband that abandoned her so many years ago. She plans to expose him for the money grubbing thief she is sure he must be to have married a child bride.
When a chance encounter at the opera, where neither know who the other is, feelings of love and longing surface. When Sabastian learns she is none other then his long ago bride he is ecstatic, maybe there is a future for them after all. For he knows that he can't bare to be without her, but Mirabella isn't sure if she can trust what they have for she has always been sure it is her money he loves and not her.
Will they ever learn to trust? or will mistrust ruin the future they could have had?
I really loved this book! I couldn't put it down for a min while reading! Diana Quincy is a amazing storyteller that sucks you into her world and makes you feel as if you are living the story.
if you are a historical romance fan then this should be on your TBR as it is an awesome read!
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ExcerptSebastian Stanhope’s first glimpse of his future wife came minutes before they were bound for all eternity.
He’d rushed from university in a haze of disbelief after receiving the urgent summons from his father. His father now sat across from him during the long carriage journey to the bride’s ancestral home, barely acknowledging his son’s presence, his open disdain crowding the closed space.
Sebastian sucked air into his lungs, his unease growing as the coach-and-four closed the distance between him and the stranger with whom he would be forever intertwined. He should be grateful. Being joined to the daughter of a duke was a much better match than he, a mere mister, had a right to expect. And, more importantly, the alliance would save his family from certain financial ruin.
A mammoth baroque edifice rose into view, dwarfing the surrounding landscape, its numerous chimneys, towers, and domes sprawling across a blue, cloudless sky. Sebastian’s stomach loosened, a faint cramp deep in his belly.
The fortress hovered over them as the carriage jerked to a full stop on the circular drive. The heavy front doors gaped open. Sebastian alighted and strode into the clutches of a murky future, barely noticing the stone-faced butler who showed them in. Squaring his shoulders, he walked ahead of his father through the mirrored hall. His black Hessians clicked a protest against the marble floor, the sound echoing high into the endless ceilings before trembling away.
His hand went to his cravat, adjusting it even though it had been perfectly wrought that morning. He always took care with his grooming because his appearance was not extraordinary. He stood only average in height, lacking the towering elegance of his four brothers. He’d always been different from the rest of the family. His powerful build and dark features lacked the gilded radiance of his lithe brothers. And their father.
About the AuthorAlthough I’ve always loved reading and writing, I’m not one of those people who has always known I want to be an author.
I discovered my love of romantic fiction about four years ago, while picking up summer library books for my two boys. I noticed a historical romance by Shirlee Busbee on the end cap and picked it up to browse through while waiting in line to check out our books.
That’s all it took to hook me.
I spent that summer reading every historical romance I could get my hands on.
A few months later, I was motivated to try writing my own story, which resulted in my first manuscript, Compromising Willa.
Now I cannot imagine not writing.
I guess you could say I’m a late bloomer.
I’m now working on my fifth manuscript, which is my first foray into contemporary fiction.
When not bent over my laptop or trying to keep up with the laundry, I enjoy reading, spending time with my family and dream of traveling much more than my current schedule (and budget) allows.
Online, you can find me on Twitter @Diana_Quincy and over at The Dashing Duchesses, where I blog about history and romance with a talented group of authors.
I am a proud member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), Washington Romance Writers (WRWDC) and the New Jersey Romance Writers (NJRWA).
I am fortunate to be represented by Kevan Lyon at the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
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$25 Amazon gift card and a copy of Seducing Charlotte