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Don’t Tempt Me – Sylvia Day

on August 8, 2013

Don't Tempt MeDon’t Tempt Me (Georgian #4)
Sylvia Day
Penguin Books Aus
2013 (originally 2008), 277p
Copy courtesy of the publisher

Lynette Baillon is still deeply grieving the loss of her twin sister Lysette, who died in a carriage accident several years ago. She and her mother are in Paris, against her mother’s wishes, en route to a holiday in Spain to help with the healing process. Attending a ball, she meets the notoriously handsome Simon Quinn and a little of the spark Lynette has been missing since her sister’s death comes flaring back to life.

But she’s confused when Simon approaches her and speaks as if he knows her. Part of Lynette doesn’t mind, because he kisses her and makes her feel for the first time in a long time. But when he calls her Lysette, she realises why he thought he knew her – instead he knows her sister. And he speaks as if Lysette were very much alive.

Simon Quinn has been tasked with capturing the spy and deadly assassin Lysette Rousseau before. When he sees her at a ball, he couldn’t believe it would be so easy. He’s also disturbed by his physical response to her because he recently spent a lengthy amount of time with Lysette on a boat and felt absolutely nothing for her. He’s relieved when he finds out that Lynette from the ball is not Lysette the spy – it explains a lot, not only about his own reactions but what he’s noticed about Lysette herself.

Now that Lynette knows her twin is alive, she vows to be reunited with her, no matter what. And for that she’s going to have to go against her mother’s wishes and enlist the help of Simon Quinn, womaniser of dubious reputation and employment. But in doing so, the two of them will unearth the family secrets that have been kept for years and begin to piece together just how and why Lysette disappeared. And all of them might be able to find some sort of happiness in the process.

Don’t Tempt Me is the 4th novel in Sylvia Day’s Georgian Romance series. I haven’t read the rest and although I read a review of this one that says Simon Quinn was introduced in a previous book, I’d say that this one reads well enough as a stand-alone novel. I never felt that I lacked any information needed to enjoy the story although I probably could’ve used a little more information on Simon’s background. It wasn’t necessary though and probably was just my desire to always know more, rather than an actual gap.

Lynette was always the vivacious twin who loved flirting and Lysette was the quieter, more studious one. When Lysette is believed killed in an accident, the light goes out of Lynette. Her mother is desperate to do anything to make her happy, even take her to Paris, the one place she’s never wanted to go. Lynette doesn’t know why her mother fears Paris, or why they must keep their visit a secret. And even though she is enjoying her time in the city, she still mourns her sister. The only thing that seems to make her feel is the devilish Simon Quinn and she’s been told that she should avoid him, lest he ruin her.

Lysette doesn’t remember anything about her life prior to two years ago. All she knows is what she has become, what they have made her. She’s supposed to be free but she has been given one last assignment – become friendly with the assistant to Benjamin Franklin in order to acquire information to pass on. She doesn’t bargain on just how savvy the assistant is – he sees right through her but he also makes her feel things she’s pretty sure she’s never felt before. But she’s not able to give him what he wants although he’s very much willing to be patient.

The two sisters’ stories were both good but I much preferred the story of Lysette and Edward James, the assistant to Benjamin Franklin. Lysette had been abused horribly – she has little to no recollection of her life, other than in snatches of dreams and nightmares and she’s been turned into a spy and killing machine. Although attracted to Edward, she’s been abused in ways that don’t allow her to express it or allow him to express it – she freaks out and runs away. I wanted to know more about her, to hear her story from beginning to end. I know that so far this seems to be the last book in this particular series so I don’t think there’s a Lysette-focused book but I really wished there was. There’s less of a definitive happy ever after for her as well, I gather the reader is just supposed to use their imagination there but I’d have liked one more scene between her and Edward at the end.

Simon and Lynette are pretty much the couple I’m used to in Day’s books – he’s dark haired and blue eyed, a womaniser, a rebel. She’s blonde and delicate, of the gentry. Her heroes are all rather similar as are her heroines, it only seems to be the background story that changes, depending on the timeframe she’s adapting for the particular book. To me they don’t really read like genuine historicals – they’re more like modern day romances that just happen to take place in a historical timeframe. She often uses clothes and social habits but the speech and relations etc always seem very contemporary.

I think if you’re a fan of Sylvia Day, you’ll enjoy this one. She’s a writer that I think it’s very easy to be a fan of because you know what she’ll deliver every single time you pick up one of her books. They’re entertaining and spicy and an easy way to get lost in a story.

7/10

Book #201 of 2013

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