TEMPTING EDEN by Margaret Rowe

PUBLISHING INFO: Berkley, June 2010
SETTING: England, 1818
HEROINE: Eden Emery, 22
HERO: Stuart Hartford, 28

Eden Emery is no stranger to sin. To keep her sister safe from harm, she’s paid a steep price with her body-and very nearly lost her soul. But when Baron Ivor Hartford, the man who has dishonored her, finally dies, her troubles are far from over.

Major Stuart Hartford, the late baron’s nephew, is in the market for an honorable wife, but first he has to take care of the matter of his Uncle Ivor’s ward, Eden-a young woman who makes him question the virtue of being proper. For the passion she incites burns away his inhibitions and inflames his heart.

But Eden has vowed to never again cede her destiny to a man. And Hart is left with no choice but to tempt the temptress herself…

MY THOUGHTS: Boy, was this one dark story with a heroine who had an unusual past. We got to hear about it through book excerpts what were written by her sex partner, Ivor. They were graphic and a bit disturbing. Eden really had no choice in the matter when she began a sexual relationship with him four years earlier, at the age of eighteen. Even though she had to do it, she loved every minute of it.

I didn’t really sense a love connection between Eden and Stuart even though we were told they loved each other. I never understood why Stuart wanted to marry her so soon. I never understood why she turned him down so many times. She did feel she was unworthy but that too didn’t seem true. Both characters were very likeable but I wish Stuart had been a little more alpha.

All of the sex scenes were very graphic and I enjoyed them. There was even one with the heroine using a dildo anally. I preferred the scenes that were between Eden and Ivor to those between her and Stuart, the hero. I think the ones with Ivor were more graphic and detailed.

I found it interesting that the author created a young heroine, twenty-two, who was very skilled/experienced at sex and actually liked it. That’s not the usual type of historical heroine we’re given and I found it a refreshing change.

Ms. Rowe also writes under the name Maggie Robinson. You can check out her attractive website here.

Books by Margaret Rowe:

-Tempting Eden  June 2010
-Any Wicked Thing  Mar 2011

Books by Maggie Robinson:

-Mistress by Mistake  May 2011
Not Quite a Courtesan (short story in Lords Of Passion) Dec 2010
-Mistress by Midnight  Jan 2011
-To Match a Thief (short story in Improper Gentlemen) August 2011
-Mistress by Marriage  Sept 2011

* I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.



  1. Laurie bitten by paranormal romance said,

    June 4, 2011 at 3:29 AM

    I am adding this one to my pile. Thanks for the review.

  2. June 4, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Thank you! Eden’s story was the hardest thing for me to write (sometimes I wondered if I was going crazy…because where was this dark stuff coming from? I’m a nice middle-aged lady, LOL.), but it got me my agent and first publishing contract. I didn’t want Eden to come off as a victim, because she’s really pretty strong despite her submissive nature. So glad you enjoyed the book!

  3. Danielle said,

    June 4, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    I enjoyed this book and I felt sorry for Eden.

    sorry if this is a duplicate comment.

  4. BRNTerri said,

    June 4, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Laurie, if you like dark, spicy stories you shouldn’t be disappointed in this one!

    Maggie, thanks for stopping by! Can’t wait until I get to the rest of your novels.

    Danielle, I too felt a bit sorry for Eden but only right when her relationship with Ivor first began.

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