“Temptation” by Jude Deveraux

Jude Deveraux has written some of my most unforgettable novels.  I think “Temptation” is Ms. Deveraux’s version of The Taming of the Shrew.  This novel pits a head-strong American woman, who fights for the women of New York City against a hard-headed Scottish Laird.  Temperance O’Neil is considered a spinster who desires nothing more than furthering her causes.  After her mother remarries a Scotsman, Angus McCairn, Temperances’ life changes dramatically, and to her not for the better. Angus insists she come to Scotland to live and she is adamant that she will not.  When he threatens to cut off her money supply, she has no choice but to do as he wishes.  She wreaks havoc on his life from then on and in order to get her away from him, he “hires” her to be a housekeeper and matchmaker for his nephew, James.  This is not a good match, or so it seems.

I laughed my way through this novel.  I found the relationship between Temperance and James hilarious.  They picked at each other and irritated each other until both of them realized that the other wasn’t so bad after all.  I think you will enjoy reading this book very much.  I hated for it to end, so I’ll keep it to read again another day.

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