Review: If He's Tempted by Hannah Howell
Author: Hannah Howell
Published: April 2, 2013
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Lady Olympia Wherlocke has the gift of foresight. When Lady Agatha Mallam asks Olympia to locate her brother so he can rescue her from an arranged marriage, she knows exactly where to find Lord Brant Mallam, Earl of Fieldgate. What happens next is something she never envisioned…
Since his betrothed died, Lord Brant Mallam has drowned his sorrow with wine and women. His dissolute ways have only emboldened his calculating mother. But with the help of the enchanting Olympia, he concocts a daring plan to end his mother’s devious designs for his sister. While each step in their bold scheme works to perfection, the sins of the past could unravel a growing desire that neither Olympia or Brant can control…
If He's Tempted is the fifth book in the Wherlocke series, but it's the first book by Hannah Howell for me. Although this book did allude to some characters and situations that no doubt took place in the previous books, I never felt lost. Because of that, this book got off to a good start.
I was intrigued by this book because it's a historical romance with a paranormal twist. Lady Olympia Wherlocke and her family have certain gifts. I like that the author combined two genres. It wasn't overly paranormal but had enough mystical elements to intrigue. Olympia's gift is of foresight. Although I don't think she could have expected what was going to come her way. Her world is turned upside down when she receives a visit from a distraught young lady who begs for her assistance. Olympia can hardly refuse, so she sets out on a journey to find this girl's brother, Lord Brant Mallam, so that he can put an end to the young girl's engagement to a vile man. This is only the beginning. Before long Olympia finds herself in over her head; not only with the Mallam family but also with Brant.
The story was captivating. I found myself curious as to where the story would go next. The protagonist of the story was just pure evil. I kept hoping for a redeeming quality, but I found none. I liked the main characters, Olympia and Brant a lot. I thought they had good chemistry together. This book definitely made me want to check out the other books in the series as well as read the books that come after this one.