Fallen Women Series, Book 2
Avon Historical Romance 

New York Times and USAToday Bestseller

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He cleared his throat, “Zoe, I think you said you love me.”

”I did say it. I do love you with all my heart.”

”I see.” There was a long pause, then he said, “For how long has this been going on?”

”I don’t know,” she said, “Sometimes I think it started a long, long time ago.”

”You might have mentioned it.”

”I didn’t want to encourage it,” she said, “I thought it was a bad idea.
— Don't Tempt Me

Don't Tempt Me


He thought she was gone forever. 
Now she’s back-and in disgrace. 
He’s the one man who can redeem her. 
All he has to do is resist her.

Spunky English girl overcomes impossible odds and outsmarts heathen villains.

That’s the headline when Zoe Lexham returns to England. After twelve years in the exotic east, she’s shockingly adept in the sensual arts. She knows everything a young lady shouldn’t and nothing she ought to know. She’s a walking scandal, with no hope of a future...unless someone can civilize her.

Lucien de Grey, the Duke of Marchmont, is no knight in shining armor. He’s sarcastic, cynical, easily bored, and dangerous to women. He charms, seduces, and leaves them--with parting gifts of expensive jewelry to dry their tears. But good looks and charm, combined with money and rank, make him welcome everywhere. The most popular bachelor in the Beau Monde can easily save Zoe’s risqué reputation . . . if the wayward beauty doesn’t lead him into temptation, and a passion that could ruin them both.

“Two refreshingly original, superbly matched characters clash with splendidly sexy results.—John Charles, Booklist

~Read an Excerpt~

As he usually did upon entering a room, the Duke of Marchmont paused to size up the situation. Even now, after the bottle or two or three, his gaze was not as sleepy as it appeared to be.

He saw:

  1. Lexham standing in front of the fire, looking ready to tear his hair out.
  2. Lady Lexham fluttering upon the chaise longue, in her best dying moth imitation.
  3. At the large central table, the four married Lexham daughters, all in black, a color particularly depressing in women of their complexion. As usual, the two eldest appeared to suffer from an obstruction of the bowels. As usual, the two younger ones suffered the consequences of a lively conjugal life. They looked ready to drop brats any minute now--twins or ponies, judging by their circumference.
  4. and at the window...

...a girl with a book in her lap. [read more...]


International Editions

  • China/Taiwan, Treetype
  • France, J’ai lu:  Ne me tente pas 
  • Italy, Mondadori: Ein verlockend beherrschter Earl
  • Netherlands, Uitgeverij De Vrijbuiter
  • Russia, Ast
  • Slovene Republic
  • Spain, Mondadori: La más deseada
  • Turkey, Epsilon: Beni Baştan Çıkarma