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London, 1817 Sean Delaney has no shortage of female admirers, but all he wants is a divorce—for his sister, that is. Too bad her rotter of a husband, reclusive oil painter John Hamilton, won't consent unless Sean agrees to help him pull off a major deception. With his sister's happiness on the line, Sean has no choice. But he won't be able to do it alone...Though Lady C London, 1817 Sean Delaney has no shortage of female admirers, but all he wants is a divorce—for his sister, that is. Too bad her rotter of a husband, reclusive oil painter John Hamilton, won't consent unless Sean agrees to help him pull off a major deception. With his sister's happiness on the line, Sean has no choice. But he won't be able to do it alone...Though Lady Corinna Chase is more interested in pursuing her art than finding a husband, she can't help but take notice of the handsome Irishman who's moved in next door. When it soon becomes evident that her new neighbor isn't who he says he is, rather than expose him, she finds herself drawn into the hoax. As collaboration grows into admiration, and temptation breeds desire, Corinna faces a difficult choice: Will she abandon her artistic ambitions, or give up the man she's come to love?Meanwhile, Corinna's brother Griffin is helping their alluring cousin Rachael find her father. Thank goodness they're cousins, because Rachael has made it clear she won't ever marry one. Except…they discover she isn't actually his cousin. Good God, he's really in trouble now…


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London, 1817 Sean Delaney has no shortage of female admirers, but all he wants is a divorce—for his sister, that is. Too bad her rotter of a husband, reclusive oil painter John Hamilton, won't consent unless Sean agrees to help him pull off a major deception. With his sister's happiness on the line, Sean has no choice. But he won't be able to do it alone...Though Lady C London, 1817 Sean Delaney has no shortage of female admirers, but all he wants is a divorce—for his sister, that is. Too bad her rotter of a husband, reclusive oil painter John Hamilton, won't consent unless Sean agrees to help him pull off a major deception. With his sister's happiness on the line, Sean has no choice. But he won't be able to do it alone...Though Lady Corinna Chase is more interested in pursuing her art than finding a husband, she can't help but take notice of the handsome Irishman who's moved in next door. When it soon becomes evident that her new neighbor isn't who he says he is, rather than expose him, she finds herself drawn into the hoax. As collaboration grows into admiration, and temptation breeds desire, Corinna faces a difficult choice: Will she abandon her artistic ambitions, or give up the man she's come to love?Meanwhile, Corinna's brother Griffin is helping their alluring cousin Rachael find her father. Thank goodness they're cousins, because Rachael has made it clear she won't ever marry one. Except…they discover she isn't actually his cousin. Good God, he's really in trouble now…

30 review for The Art of Temptation

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rose Lillian

    There's quite a few reasons why I liked this one better than the rest in the series so let me list it out for you. 1) Corinna is the best of the sisters, at least to read about. Her focus on her art career instead of just wanting to get married was refreshing in comparison to Alexandra. While Juliana wasn't only focused on marriage it was the main focus. 2) Sean not only straight-up pines for Corinna like the simp he is, but he also cares so much for Corinna's passions. Hell, he even stripped so s There's quite a few reasons why I liked this one better than the rest in the series so let me list it out for you. 1) Corinna is the best of the sisters, at least to read about. Her focus on her art career instead of just wanting to get married was refreshing in comparison to Alexandra. While Juliana wasn't only focused on marriage it was the main focus. 2) Sean not only straight-up pines for Corinna like the simp he is, but he also cares so much for Corinna's passions. Hell, he even stripped so she could draw him (for research purposes only, he swears). 3) The third act drama, and basically all the drama that kept Corinna and Sean apart, actually seemed plausible. And the solution aka the reading of the will scene was a goddamn joy to read I was laughing so hard. I'm pretty sure I actually said "oh snap" out loud. 4) This one was the shortest in the series sitting at a clean 400 pages, but being as we also get to experience the Chase brother find love (he may have annoyed me but it was hinted at for over 1000 pages so he can have it) and all the steamy scenes were actually steamy (looking at you Juliana, you just disappoint) it felt more fast-paced, therefore easier to digest without wanting to yank out my eyeballs. 5) This one made me have emotion. I knew, of course, that Corinna and Sean would end up together but I actually was worried about it for a bit there. The steamy scenes were steamy, the jokes were actually funny, Sean's dark moods felt warranted, Corinna's anxiety over her future was too relatable, I hate John Hamilton as he's supposed to be, and all the sad portions were actually sad. I mean my heart was racing during the will scene, as Corinna's was as well. It actually made me feel like the stakes were real. Basically what I've spent the past 300+ words listing out is that while I was able to see every plot point from a mile away this book still made me feel the emotional punches it was going for which made it an actual enjoyable read. And Sean's better looking than a Greek god.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elis Madison

    Rich as Croesus Sean Delaney has a sister, Deirdre, who wants a divorce from her adulterous dog of a husband—well, actually, it's Sean who wants the divorce. Deirdre is fine with just living in sin with the man she loves. But Sean is a bit more conventional, and he'd like everything all tidy and proper. So when his brother-in-law comes to him with a proposal, he listens. Seems Hamilton is the heir to the Earl of Lincolnshire. His uncle (the earl) is dying, and wants him to come see him before he Rich as Croesus Sean Delaney has a sister, Deirdre, who wants a divorce from her adulterous dog of a husband—well, actually, it's Sean who wants the divorce. Deirdre is fine with just living in sin with the man she loves. But Sean is a bit more conventional, and he'd like everything all tidy and proper. So when his brother-in-law comes to him with a proposal, he listens. Seems Hamilton is the heir to the Earl of Lincolnshire. His uncle (the earl) is dying, and wants him to come see him before he goes. Hamilton doesn't want to bother. He's a celebrated painter, and his latest lover has invited him to her husband's usually inaccessible estate, and there are some legendary views he wants to paint (scenery—he doesn't do women, except in the Biblical sense). If Sean, who looks a bit like Hamilton, will go see the earl and pretend to be Hamilton, Hammy will grant Deirdre the divorce. The old man is dying—he's not going to go out in public, so Sean won't be unmasked. It should be fine, right? Seems the old man isn't quite as bedridden as Hamilton supposed. Oh, he's really dying, but seeing his "nephew" perks him right up. So he insists on going to a social function to say goodbye to his dearest friends. The old man all but begs. What's a guy to do? Sean does manage to insist that the earl introduce him as someone other than Hamilton (cuz Hammy is a celebrated recluse—well, except he's also apparently banging half of England, but we won't think about how any "bangees" might recognize him). Sean manages to persuade the earl to go along with the deception. Until… Corinna is the third and youngest sister of Griffin Chase, and she's an artist. For various reasons she believes Sean is in fact the famous artist Hamilton, and unfortunately, she can really stick her foot in it. So Sean is "outed" as his brother in law, and now he's got all these people flocking around him asking him what he thinks about this painting and what inspired that painting. And, unfortunately, Sean knows squat about art—in fact, he's color blind. By the time Corinna is persuaded that he is NOT Hamilton, the damage is done. And once she understands why he's masquerading as the earl's nephew, she's sympathetic. The earl is dying. He's a really nice guy. She hasn't the heart to have him go out knowing that his true heir is She offers to help by standing by Sean so he doesn't reveal to all and everybody that he doesn't know art from fart, or green from purple. To have an excuse to hang around, she offers to do Lincolnshire's portrait. She wants to paint portraits anyway, and she's looking for a subject to submit to this big art exposition. Lincolnshire's a great subject. The mutual attraction between Sean and Corinna, plus being thrown together for hours and hours, make for a sure thing. Except… Problem 1: The earl insists on having Dierdre, his nephew's estranged wife, come visit, so the "couple" can be reconciled. He keeps insisting that they kiss… …better than that. Problem 2: Sean is rich as Jacob Fugger, but he's not a peer, and now it's inevitable that Sean will be exposed as an impostor. Things will go really bad. At best he'll be utterly shunned—Society doesn't like to be fooled. At worst he could be arrested. So if the difference in their social standing wasn't daunting enough, this is enough to keep him from offering for Corinna. A marriage between them could mean her ruin and that of her family. (On Rant—again with the whole "everybody within a 10 mile radius is ruined because one person loves the wrong guy" thing—I call bs. Maybe she's ruined along with her man, but I'll have to be convinced it would make her family the social equivalent of ebola.) Problem 3: When Hamilton returns and learns people think Sean is him, he's unhappy—as in he tells Sean that not only does he refuse to divorce Dierdre, but he demands that she return to him and give him an heir. If he carries through on this, there's not much Sean can do. A wife is her husband's property, to do with as he will. And problem 4: (This one is not in the story, but because I knew it, it was a problem for me.) In those days divorce was incredibly rare, and awfully complicated. The petitioner (Royal suggests that women couldn't do this—they could but only two succeeded) had to present grounds, such as cruelty, adultery, or impotence. Since Hammy is hardly going to petition on the grounds of his own impotence, by the time the divorce was granted by Parliament (after having first gone through the Consistory and criminal courts), Deirdre would have to be presented publicly as either a sadistic bitch or a whore. Either way, by the end she would have undergone what amounts to a public colonoscopy and hanging in effigy. There might be good moral reasons for Sean to want her free to marry and have legitimate kids, but as far as her social standing (and that of her children), Deirdre might be better off just living in sin. Sure, she might like to be free of the old ball and chain, but at what cost? The tangle gets untangled in the only way it possibly could—it's a great ending, in fact. And we also see the culmination of the trilogy-wide subplot between Griffin and his "cousin" Rachael. It's a pretty good romance, with some interesting historical details (though there were a couple I question), and difficult obstacles. On the down side it's a Regency and there's nothing more to the story than the hearts and flowers. Total 3.5.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sandee

    Corinna is bold, direct and not afraid to ask any question she needs to. Sean is honourable, handsome and modest. He is also in trade. There is so much story in this book. Corinna is an artist working hard for recognition, Sean is blackmailed into a pretense that challenges his honour. Then there is Rachel and Griffin. Rachel discovers that her father isn't really her father and looks to Griffin for assistance in determining her background. Add in an egotistical artist, and several large familie Corinna is bold, direct and not afraid to ask any question she needs to. Sean is honourable, handsome and modest. He is also in trade. There is so much story in this book. Corinna is an artist working hard for recognition, Sean is blackmailed into a pretense that challenges his honour. Then there is Rachel and Griffin. Rachel discovers that her father isn't really her father and looks to Griffin for assistance in determining her background. Add in an egotistical artist, and several large families and the fun is boundless. But there are other emotions here, including tears. I enjoyed this book very much. This is the third book in this series. I haven't read any of the others and that had no impact on my enjoyment of this book. It works well as a stand alone story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mary - Buried Under Romance

    This is a very sweet story with an incredibly honorable hero and a heroine who's not afraid to ask for what she wants. Corinna, albeit the daughter of a Marquess, is an artist whose grandest dream lies in being accepted as a member of the Royal Academy. Her current wish is to have her work hosted in the Summer Exhibition; a grand honor for any artist. She quickly crosses path with Sean Delaney, a man blackmailed into impersonating his brother-in-law, John Hamilton, to meet his dying uncle, Lord L This is a very sweet story with an incredibly honorable hero and a heroine who's not afraid to ask for what she wants. Corinna, albeit the daughter of a Marquess, is an artist whose grandest dream lies in being accepted as a member of the Royal Academy. Her current wish is to have her work hosted in the Summer Exhibition; a grand honor for any artist. She quickly crosses path with Sean Delaney, a man blackmailed into impersonating his brother-in-law, John Hamilton, to meet his dying uncle, Lord Lincolnshire and let Hamilton receive his inheritance so that Hamilton will give Sean's sister the divorce she wanted. Immediately, Sean and Corinna both feel a powerful sexual attraction to each other, but it is Corinna who becomes daring and repeatedly asks for kisses. Although her behavior and those of her family may be too forgiving considering that they're aristocrats and live within the ton's rules, but that can be overlooked given their support and understanding at Sean's dilemma - to continue tricking the kind dying man into believing he is the nephew, or to tell the truth. Despite how much he wants Corinna, Sean continually does the honorable thing and considers first her reputation, then the effect of his deception (although forced into it by John Hamilton) on their marriage. He loves her so much that he puts her need and happiness over his own, and becomes an absolutely endearing man to both the dying Lord Lincolnshire and Corinna. Corinna also exhibits behavior not entirely suited for someone of her status, but she pursues Sean and initiates many of their intimacies. She is a caring person who urged Sean to keep the deception for the happiness of an old man, and in turn, slowly falls in love with Sean. She gains more determination throughout the book to pursue her love and her art, which proves her to be a multi-dimensional character. The rest of Corinna's family also play a role in this story, as does the love between her brother, Griffin, and her cousin, Rachel. I have to admit to not caring much about their own love, or their characters, as Corinna and Sean stole the show. This is my first book by Lauren Royal, and I will be sure to read her other ones.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carla

    I enjoyed this fun romance, which pairs the preoccupied artist with a rich but untitled man who becomes entwined in a web of deception. Very light and fun with good romantic tension. The book is a bit of an odd mix of good research of the times paired with totally unrealistic scenes of unchaperoned behavior, but this is forgivable given the fantasy element of the genre. I'll definitely be reading more of this author. I enjoyed this fun romance, which pairs the preoccupied artist with a rich but untitled man who becomes entwined in a web of deception. Very light and fun with good romantic tension. The book is a bit of an odd mix of good research of the times paired with totally unrealistic scenes of unchaperoned behavior, but this is forgivable given the fantasy element of the genre. I'll definitely be reading more of this author.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Judi Easley

    Thoughts: part of a big series within a series clan. The characters are well developed because they're well established within their families which makes for a good solid read. The secondary characters were well researched and used interestingly (the Academicians). The use of color blindness was clever, but I'm not sure he'd be walking around seeing so much brown. Maybe taken a bit too far? Still, a very good story with several HEAs. Recommended. Thoughts: part of a big series within a series clan. The characters are well developed because they're well established within their families which makes for a good solid read. The secondary characters were well researched and used interestingly (the Academicians). The use of color blindness was clever, but I'm not sure he'd be walking around seeing so much brown. Maybe taken a bit too far? Still, a very good story with several HEAs. Recommended.

  7. 5 out of 5

    AnnMarie

    Corinna by Lauren and Devon Royal is the third book in the Regency Chase Brides series. It is the sweet and clean version of the book, Lost in Temptation written by Lauren Royal. This is the story of Corinna. She is one of three sisters, the only one not yet married. Her brother Griffin wants her married, and is determined to stay unmarried himself until his sister is settled, but she is more concerned with her art. Her dream is to have her work accepted by the London art society, not just her la Corinna by Lauren and Devon Royal is the third book in the Regency Chase Brides series. It is the sweet and clean version of the book, Lost in Temptation written by Lauren Royal. This is the story of Corinna. She is one of three sisters, the only one not yet married. Her brother Griffin wants her married, and is determined to stay unmarried himself until his sister is settled, but she is more concerned with her art. Her dream is to have her work accepted by the London art society, not just her landscapes, but portraits. The latter being unacceptable for any women to paint. The book begins with the three sisters in an art gallery, two of them bored waiting for Corinna to finish sketching a male marble statue. As a woman she isn't allowed to attend classes where she can study and paint real people, so she has to make do with sketching busts. The sisters get fed up of waiting and go about their tour, and while they are gone, Corinna meets Sean Delaney and John Hamilton. Sean is a self made man of means, and John is his brother in law who has been an horrendous husband to Sean's sister Deirdre. John refuses to divorce Deirdre despite them having not lived together for years, and will make her return to him to produce an heir if Sean doesn't do a particular favour for him. The favour being impersonating John in order for him to inherit all of his dying grandfather's money and estates. The old man's dying wish is to spend his last days with his grandson who he hasn't seen since he was a baby. John doesn't want to bother with the old man and comes up with the blackmail scheme. Sean doesn't want to comply and is pretty sure nobody would believe he is John, a reclusive artist, anyway. So John suggests that if they can get somebody to believe the lie, then Sean must agree to the plan. Corinna just happens to be the first woman that John spots and he makes a beeline to her. That is how she and Sean meet, and that is when Sean is sucked into being 'John'. He hates being so deceitful but knows it's the only way to save his sister. Corinna falls instantly in lust when she sees Sean, and believing he is John Hamilton, not only one of her favourite artists, but also a man who can help her get one of her paintings accepted into an annual showing of art, she is thrilled to have made his acquaintance. Sean needs her to understand and keep secret who he really is. Can he get her to believe him? He really needs her to because being an artist she will be the perfect person to help him keep up the ruse with the old Earl that he is John Hamilton, the famous artist. After meeting the old man and realising what a wonderful person he is, not only is he sticking to the impersonation for his sister's sake, but also for the Earl's. He wants the old man to die happy, knowing he has bonded with his grandson. It might all be lies, but nobody will get hurt by them except Sean himself. Another couple in the story is Griffin and Rachael. Griffin is Corinna's brother, and Rachael is their cousin. Or is she? Their story revolves around Rachael finding out that the man she thought was her father, is indeed only her step father. She is determined to find out who her real father is and hopes desperately to find other family members. Griffin agrees to help her. He has always had a soft spot for her, but didn't do anything about it because of the family relationship. So helping her when knowing she isn't really family any more, tests his patience because he wants nothing more to take her in his arms and kiss her. Will they discover her real family, will any of them be alive, and for the romantics like me, will Rachael start seeing Griffin in the same light as he sees her? Will they become a love match too? I absolutely adored this book, and it was so great to have more than just one couple's possible love story told. There are some very emotional parts in the story involving the old Earl, especially when he dies. And no, that isn't a spoiler because from the very start of the story you know he will die, there is no miraculous cure for what he has. Even knowing he will pass away, it still made me shed a tear when it happened. Of course there are many light-hearted moments too, and some lovely passionate moments. I read this book as part of the anthology The Hero Least Likely, which I was given a complimentary copy of in exchange for my honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    This is book three of this wonderful trilogy. It has been clean, and Romantic, with little mysteries thrown in. The heroine in this book is Corinna. She loves painting and wants her work noticed. She meets a man named Sean, who is. blackmailed for his sister's safety. He agrees to set aside his life to sit with his hated brother in laws hated Uncle. He soon finds out how loving and kind the Uncle is, and that he is dying. The Chase family, are very involved, and Griffin also helps Rachael to sea This is book three of this wonderful trilogy. It has been clean, and Romantic, with little mysteries thrown in. The heroine in this book is Corinna. She loves painting and wants her work noticed. She meets a man named Sean, who is. blackmailed for his sister's safety. He agrees to set aside his life to sit with his hated brother in laws hated Uncle. He soon finds out how loving and kind the Uncle is, and that he is dying. The Chase family, are very involved, and Griffin also helps Rachael to search out her father, or any. family. There is love in the air. I really liked Corinnea. as she is a determined, but loving character. I also admired Sean, as he truly cared for the older man, and took great care of him. Rachael has seemed a bit cold, but she warmed up nice in this book. The other ladies like Alexandria, and ,Julianna, and everyone's aunts are there. I am so glad I was able to read these books in order. It was a treat. and I enjoyed it. She kept my interest with fun banter, and a great storyline, and characters I really cared about. The man, that you did not like, or trust Mr John Hamilton was careless of people, and their needs from the first. I loved the ending. I will try her newest book. I like how this writer puts her stories together. She did an excellent job, to grab, and keep my attention.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rose Wubker

    Sweet This is a sweet book. The book is ever girls day dreams! A handsome man with integrity and goodness who falls in love with the main character. He is a man who is able to make your dreams come true. Of course there are obstacles they must overcome. There is also a side story that will warm your heart as well.

  10. 4 out of 5

    MELISSA

    An HEA worth fighting for Budding artist Lady Corinna Chase and entrepreneur Sean Delaney have nothing in common. Yet they become embroiled in an impersonation scheme that takes on a life of its own. With witty dialogue, great settings and characters that feel alive, Ms. Royal once again entertains me thoroughly.

  11. 5 out of 5

    D Call

    Fantastic Regency romance! What a fun story! There were parts I was laughing aloud and had to share with my husband. Corinna is direct; she says what she wants, asks what she wants to know; I found her absolutely delightful! "It seemed he’d forgiven her. Well, good. Now when was he going to kiss her? She frowned, suddenly realizing he hadn’t even tried to kiss her since that day in the bookshop. Not once. Whatever could that mean? Had he not enjoyed kissing her? He couldn’t have meant it when he Fantastic Regency romance! What a fun story! There were parts I was laughing aloud and had to share with my husband. Corinna is direct; she says what she wants, asks what she wants to know; I found her absolutely delightful! "It seemed he’d forgiven her. Well, good. Now when was he going to kiss her? She frowned, suddenly realizing he hadn’t even tried to kiss her since that day in the bookshop. Not once. Whatever could that mean? Had he not enjoyed kissing her? He couldn’t have meant it when he said he’d never kiss her again, could he? Holy Hannah, she hoped not." Sean is a vicar's son. He's got a knack for making money, plus he makes sure he's always fair. He's full of honor, and he sacrifices his life and business affairs for a time so his sister can get a divorce. He doesn't want her living in sin with her sweetie. "Was [Corinna] meaning to flirt with him? On purpose? His question was answered immediately, when she aimed another inviting look over her shoulder and said softly, 'I think you owe me a kiss.' He laughed. What else could he do? 'I’m not John Hamilton, remember? I’m no longer a trophy. Why should you want to kiss me again?' 'Maybe I liked it the first time.'" He stared at her lips. "'I told my sisters your secret,' said the lips. Full, beautiful, soft-looking— Wait a second. 'You did what?' he roared, shaking his head to clear it. Thinking that this time, he really might strangle her. He definitely wasn’t kissing her." She explains why she did and that her sisters approve the deception. "It seemed disaster had been averted. But that didn’t mean all was forgiven, no matter how wide she made her eyes. She wasn’t getting that kiss. 'They think it’s all right for you to kiss me.' She stepped even closer. 'Are you certain you don’t want to? I might get up earlier in the morning for a kiss.'” Then they barter for her wakeup time so she'll get to the house earlier! "On the day in question: He’d greeted her at the door at nine o’clock this morning, walked her into this salon, and laid a kiss on her that could have melted the Arctic. 'Was that worth getting up for?' he’d asked. She’d nodded, having temporarily lost her powers of speech." Griffin and Rachael have been fighting their attraction for 2 years while investigating who her birth father is. In this book, after they get answers, it finally dawns on them that they're not cousins, so her rule to not marry cousins doesn't apply. About time! Of course we see Alexandra and Juliana, get updates on everyone's lives. This series is written well, plot takes second seat to character interaction, and everything gets tied up. Sex: kisses Language: 12 F words, 16 Lord's name in vain, 4 S words Violence: none Cliffhanger: HEA Do I need to read books before this one: no, but it will make it *infinitely* better Would I read more of the series: already have

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anne Frazer

    Very good book! Sean Delaney is an Irishman who inherited a small fortune and through business sense and investment, made himself a rich man. Still, he is not accepted by the ton - he is still a lowborn man of trade. Attempting to secure his sister a divorce from her odious husband, he agrees to impersonate him and keep his brother-in-law's dying uncle company. Only problem is - he's supposed to be impersonating a painter - a problem when you're color-blind. So he enlists the help of Corinna Cha Very good book! Sean Delaney is an Irishman who inherited a small fortune and through business sense and investment, made himself a rich man. Still, he is not accepted by the ton - he is still a lowborn man of trade. Attempting to secure his sister a divorce from her odious husband, he agrees to impersonate him and keep his brother-in-law's dying uncle company. Only problem is - he's supposed to be impersonating a painter - a problem when you're color-blind. So he enlists the help of Corinna Chase - an artist trying to get a painting into the Royal Academy. She helps Sean along with the hoax, and along the way, a romance flourishes between them. I found this to be an interesting set-up for a romance novel. Sean is a self-made man, in love with a woman far above him, while Corinna is a bit of a rebel, flouting convention by wanting to paint portraits instead of the more feminine still-lifes. Neither character dominates the other in this well-written book - both are full and interesting characters in their own right, and their coming together is all the more satisfying because of it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chessela Helm

    Like the first two books, this is sprigged muslin porn at its finest. Corrina is a great heroine, focused more on her creative career than trying to find a husband. Meanwhile, Sean is a really nice guy who happens to be a walking sex god. Does he ever get sick of being a nice guy? No, no he does not. Why would he? He has an awesome, talented chick ready to bang him. Their relationship is endangered because of the ruse he's perpetrating (solely because he wants his sister to be rid of the a**hole Like the first two books, this is sprigged muslin porn at its finest. Corrina is a great heroine, focused more on her creative career than trying to find a husband. Meanwhile, Sean is a really nice guy who happens to be a walking sex god. Does he ever get sick of being a nice guy? No, no he does not. Why would he? He has an awesome, talented chick ready to bang him. Their relationship is endangered because of the ruse he's perpetrating (solely because he wants his sister to be rid of the a**hole she got knocked up by as a smug teen), and does Sean blame his sister? No, no he does not. I'm really glad he ends up with Corrinna, because his sister is kind of a pain in the ass, and he deserves a better class of woman in his life. I like to think their HEA includes his sister moving back to Ireland and leaving poor Sean alone.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I rated this high because of the characters and the plot that is not the same as many others of the same time period setting and genre. Sean Delany, an Irish vicar's son, has become a great success in business in London. His sister is married to John Hamilton, a reclusive and highly successful artist. And not a good man. To help his sister gain the divorce she needs, Sean is pressed into impersonating Hamilton to Hamilton's uncle until the uncle dies. Corinna Chase lives next door. She is an asp I rated this high because of the characters and the plot that is not the same as many others of the same time period setting and genre. Sean Delany, an Irish vicar's son, has become a great success in business in London. His sister is married to John Hamilton, a reclusive and highly successful artist. And not a good man. To help his sister gain the divorce she needs, Sean is pressed into impersonating Hamilton to Hamilton's uncle until the uncle dies. Corinna Chase lives next door. She is an aspiring artist who was sketching in the British Museum when Hamilton and Delaney observe her. There is a parallel plot for Rachel and Corinna's brother. We met those two along with Corinna in Juliana's story in the previous book. The only criticism I have is that those two deserved their own book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Billye Herndon

    Hope there will be more about the sisters! Loved the story about Corinna and Sean! Very happy that Griffin and Rachael’s story was included! Hate that all of people in this series tales are done! Corinna had a dream to be an artist that was accepted to the Royal Academy. She wasn’t looking for a husband even if Griffin was trying to get her married. Along goes a man with a big secret! He wasn’t in her social circle but you never know when the heart will choose another path. Griffin was trying to te Hope there will be more about the sisters! Loved the story about Corinna and Sean! Very happy that Griffin and Rachael’s story was included! Hate that all of people in this series tales are done! Corinna had a dream to be an artist that was accepted to the Royal Academy. She wasn’t looking for a husband even if Griffin was trying to get her married. Along goes a man with a big secret! He wasn’t in her social circle but you never know when the heart will choose another path. Griffin was trying to tell himself he didn’t want a wife yet and that he didn’t love Rachael. Rachael said she was never going to love Griffin. Maybe they will get together and maybe they won’t. You have to read to find out! This is my honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gerda

    I enjoyed reading this romance very much. In the beginning there were too many different characters so it became a little bit confusing, but after a while I could distinguish them. The book is a mix of well done research on painters and the summer exhibition at Somerset House combined with some unrealistic scenes of unchaperoned behavior by the heroine. The bonus material explains the houses the authors chose as the main characters' residences, some of them you can still visit in London others wer I enjoyed reading this romance very much. In the beginning there were too many different characters so it became a little bit confusing, but after a while I could distinguish them. The book is a mix of well done research on painters and the summer exhibition at Somerset House combined with some unrealistic scenes of unchaperoned behavior by the heroine. The bonus material explains the houses the authors chose as the main characters' residences, some of them you can still visit in London others were replaced decades or even a century ago

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Crosby

    Creative, very humorous, fantastic plot - a wonderful novel! This story is excellent in all the right ways. The characters, and there are two romances running simultaneously, leapt from the pages and became my instant friends. The fact that Corinna, the primary heroine, is a painter, endeared her especially to me. The writing is spot on and one hears the authors' happy voices throughout. What a joy it must have been to meticulously craft such an intricate, complicated and totally original story l Creative, very humorous, fantastic plot - a wonderful novel! This story is excellent in all the right ways. The characters, and there are two romances running simultaneously, leapt from the pages and became my instant friends. The fact that Corinna, the primary heroine, is a painter, endeared her especially to me. The writing is spot on and one hears the authors' happy voices throughout. What a joy it must have been to meticulously craft such an intricate, complicated and totally original story line. A pleasure to read, this book is definitely in my top 10, if not my top five.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Not one, but two romances in this book. The author does a great job weaving both couples into one cohesive story, making the transitions seamless. I was initially not enamored of Sean’s decision to stand in for Hamilton, but he is so endearing with the Earl that you just have to adore him. All of the characters are endearing, the ABC aunts, the meddling sister and the stoic brothers-in-law. I love the inclusion of the recipes and their supposed attributes that are woven through all of the books Not one, but two romances in this book. The author does a great job weaving both couples into one cohesive story, making the transitions seamless. I was initially not enamored of Sean’s decision to stand in for Hamilton, but he is so endearing with the Earl that you just have to adore him. All of the characters are endearing, the ABC aunts, the meddling sister and the stoic brothers-in-law. I love the inclusion of the recipes and their supposed attributes that are woven through all of the books in this series. I would love to read more about this engaging family and hope there are more books to come.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Johnston

    Better than I expected As the main premise was set up, I thought this was going to be lame and infuriating. Blackmail? Cheating bastard? This wouldn't turn out well, surely... But then more people were introduced, more layers of a story that eventually wrapped up in a satisfyingly happy ending. Better than I expected As the main premise was set up, I thought this was going to be lame and infuriating. Blackmail? Cheating bastard? This wouldn't turn out well, surely... But then more people were introduced, more layers of a story that eventually wrapped up in a satisfyingly happy ending.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dolores Robles

    The Art of Temptation I gave this story four stars because "The Art of Temptation" to me came across in several forms. One by the females tempting the men they loved. Two by Corrina's temptation when the painted Sean. Third, by Sean always wanting to do what's right. Plus many other temptations made it a great read. The Art of Temptation I gave this story four stars because "The Art of Temptation" to me came across in several forms. One by the females tempting the men they loved. Two by Corrina's temptation when the painted Sean. Third, by Sean always wanting to do what's right. Plus many other temptations made it a great read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Donna Crane

    Loved the story & characters Lots of people in the Chase Family and they're all interesting people in their own right. Corrinne and Sean are perfect for each other and circumstances make them an unlikely match, but it's a perfect match nonetheless. I thoroughly loved this well told tale. Loved the story & characters Lots of people in the Chase Family and they're all interesting people in their own right. Corrinne and Sean are perfect for each other and circumstances make them an unlikely match, but it's a perfect match nonetheless. I thoroughly loved this well told tale.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Allen

    I just got so totally bored with this I couldn't read it, even though I love most of the author's works... it may have been the weather, heat followed by a small storm so strong I could smell the ozone when lightning hit close by several times, or that I just got fed up with the other books in the box set this was in.... I just got so totally bored with this I couldn't read it, even though I love most of the author's works... it may have been the weather, heat followed by a small storm so strong I could smell the ozone when lightning hit close by several times, or that I just got fed up with the other books in the box set this was in....

  23. 4 out of 5

    Susan R Clement

    Love this family From Griffin and Rachel to Corinna and Sean to all the aunt's ant new spouses. They are so interesting, honorable, scandalous and funny at times. I would change Corinna's cover to a blue dress where Sean was color blind and only knew blue. Love this family From Griffin and Rachel to Corinna and Sean to all the aunt's ant new spouses. They are so interesting, honorable, scandalous and funny at times. I would change Corinna's cover to a blue dress where Sean was color blind and only knew blue.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Myles

    Tempting Juliana was my favorite of the Regency Chase series, but I greatly enjoyed The Art of Temptation as well. Sean was great, and it was nice to see both Corinna and Griffin finally get their HEAs :). A nice wrap-up to the trilogy. I will miss the Chase family, though!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Jones

    The ending was total surprise which was good. Love this series as well as some of the other Chase series. The ending was a total surprise. Some books you can figure out the ending. I've read sl the other Chase series which are all good. The ending was total surprise which was good. Love this series as well as some of the other Chase series. The ending was a total surprise. Some books you can figure out the ending. I've read sl the other Chase series which are all good.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michele Packard-milam

    Enjoyable Series I have enjoyed the characters and plot lines of all the books in this series. The heroes and heroines are multi-dimensional and interesting. I like this author very much.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    THE ART OF TEMPTATION: is part of the CHASE FAMILY SERIES. Three aunts, 3 sisters, 2 lovers and a dying relation make for too many characters. Two stories are woven together, each one developed more fully might have been a better read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Pamela D. Gannon

    Yea Historical Romance! What a lovely and Fun romp through romance, art and architecture. I particularly loved Corinna efforts to break through the art barrier. I also appreciate the author's notes teaching the history behind the delightful story! Yea Historical Romance! What a lovely and Fun romp through romance, art and architecture. I particularly loved Corinna efforts to break through the art barrier. I also appreciate the author's notes teaching the history behind the delightful story!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Adina Pearlman

    Perfect series ending Loved Corinna and Sean. But Rachael and Griffin killed me. Rachael is maybe my favorite character of all Lauren Royal's characters. She is bad in the best way. Strong, determined, and resilient. Perfect series ending Loved Corinna and Sean. But Rachael and Griffin killed me. Rachael is maybe my favorite character of all Lauren Royal's characters. She is bad in the best way. Strong, determined, and resilient.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bree

    A bit of a strange plot for a historical, with the hero impersonating someone else and divorce involved. The connection between hero and heroine was well developed, but I had a harder time getting into the plot compared to the other books in this series.

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