cover image The Temptation of Grace (Gentlemen of Temptation #3)

The Temptation of Grace (Gentlemen of Temptation #3)

Kristin Vayden. Kensington, $4.99 mass market (328p) ISBN 978-1-5161-0572-4

Vayden matches the headstrong, unconventional Lady Iris Grace Morgan, the ward of Lord Kilpatrick, with the strait-laced Ramsey Scott, Marquess of Sterling, in this well-constructed third installment of the Gentlemen of Temptation series (an improvement over its predecessor, Escaping His Grace). Grace’s name is the only thing about her that fits the description. She dances on toes and often has trouble controlling her tongue, things the proper Ramsey would presumably abhor in a potential match. However, after a scandalous marriage, he has no intention of wedding again. When Grace’s wild behavior shocks other people at a ball, Ramsey takes her under his wing in order to save her reputation, as Kilpatrick is one of his best friends. Their intellect and wit connect the duo even more than their obvious physical attraction to each other. An adversary from Ramsey’s past shows interest in Grace, but the gentlemen join forces to uncover his sinister plan, and Ramsey comes to terms with his true feelings for Grace while dealing with self-esteem issues stemming from being abused in the past. The gentlemen are devilishly delicious, the ladies are charming, and the story has a good balance of romance and suspense. Series fans will especially appreciate Grace’s growth as a character. This fine story gives the series a boost. Agent: Latoya Smith, L. Perkins Agency. (May)