Could this infamous rake…
…finally have found his Countess?
Part of The Sinful Sinclairs. When Lucas, Lord Sinclair, receives a mysterious summons from a Miss Olivia Silverdale he’s sceptical about helping her. But Olivia, although eccentric, is in earnest about her quest to restore her late godfather’s reputation. Lucas’s curiosity is piqued—and not just by Olivia’s intelligent eyes and lithe form. A new challenge quickly presents itself: keeping Miss Silverdale at arm’s length!
Well, what can say about this? Fantastic, wonderful, sexy, charming, entertaining, engaging; in other words absolutely bloody brilliant! What a fabulous start to what is set to be another fantastic series by one of my whole time favourite authors. The Sinful Sinclairs, as anyone who has been avidly reading Ms Temples books will know are a sort of follow on from the previous series; Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies, as the hugely seductive Sinclairs are the cousins of none other than one of those Wild Lords – I am not going to tell you which one, you will have to read that series to find out. 😉 I knew that I would be in for a treat, and yet again I was blown away by Ms Temple’s splendid writing.
The story opens when Lucas; Lord Sinclair receives a mysterious message from a Miss Olivia Silverdale, once meeting the young veiled lady in a church in the middle of the night he hears her out – which believe me with how Olivia tells stories is a very long night for Lucas which does leave him with equal amount or headache and ear-ache. He is in disbelieve over what the slightly odd young woman has told him, she wants to restore the tainted reputation of her godfather and amidst her own investigation she has come across mention of Lucas’ own late father. How is the late Lord Sinclair connected to Olivia’s godfather? You’ll have to read to find out, anyway Lucas is sceptical at her claims and wants nothing to do with her or her infernal investigation, which does include the hilarious outing of an occultist by the name of Madam Bulgari – she is a real hoot and I would love to invite her to any party. But Lucas is curious then after voicing his thoughts to his brother; Chase – my goodness another gorgeous brother – he soon finds himself intrigued not just by her fanciful story but also by her, she gets under his skin and now the notorious rake with the sinful reputation may just have found his match in the form of the eccentric young Yorkshire lass with the mesmerizing eyes.
My goodness, I have found my whole new favourite heroine in the form of Olivia, she is pure brilliance – yes, I maybe a tad biased with her being a fellow Yorkshire Lass, but she really is fabulous. She is eccentric, talkative, creative, imaginative, stubborn and a bit set in her ways – have I just described myself there? She has a way of seeing people, it’s like she can see past the façade and see what others can’t, she is holding a painful secret, one which Lucas instantly picks up on that and I love how when they kiss he doesn’t rush her, he is solid but gentle, and so patient.
As I mentioned the kissing, my, oh my those kisses! They are hot, sensual, steamy and loving that first kiss is a whopper full of nervous lust and it made me melt, Lucas is such a passionate, tender man – huge heart eyes for him especially this line ‘he wasn’t accustomed to rebellion either from his libido or his conscience’ Love it!
Lucas is a mystery, I love how Temple hints at a past; brief glimpses into the man behind the Sinful mask, she does a great job at dropping breadcrumbs for the reader to follow throughout the story. He is very family orientated, protective, controlled, blunt, out spoken, brutally honest at times, grouchy and a tad brooding – can you see why I am a wee bit smitten? He is definitely the leader of the wolf pack – or should that be the Sinclair pack? And for a man who claims to be in complete control he has an awful lot of randy thoughts, that really have no place at tea. 😉
Did I mention Chase? If there ever was a case for the hashtag; Double Swoon, now would be a time. I know that this book is all about the marvellous Lucas and Olivia, but I just have to mention Chase; I am completely smitten and intrigued by this man on first impression he’s laid-back, witty, mysterious he makes you sit up and pay attention and he has some great one-liners. Lara Temple what are you doing to me?
Overall The Earls Irresistible Challenge is sexy, witty, entertaining, great plot, brilliantly written, Ms Temple has created a mesmerizing and hugely enjoyable love story with two of the most seductive and entertaining couples that you will ever come across and which entwines an edge of your seat mystery. This is hugely romantic, there is no doubt about that, the chemistry sizzles between them and it has some great comedic moments, the conversations between them is brilliant, fast, witty; they have razor-sharp minds and some of the best dialogue that bounces between them.
Absolutely brilliant, I cannot wait to see where this series is going to go.
This was an Arc copy via the author in exchange for an honest review, Thank you, Lara!
The Earl’s Irresistible Challenge is to be released on 27 December and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.