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TBR Challenge 2011: Temptation is the Night

Temptation is the NightTemptation is the Night by Marguerite Kaye

TBR Challenge 2011—Theme: Series Romance

It’s time for the first post of the 2011 TBR Challenge hosted by Wendy at Misadventures of Super Librarian.
I choose a book from the Harlequin Historical Undone line. I sort of cheated by picking such a short book for the first TBR 2011 challenge post. But since I’m still trying to finish Guns, Germs and Steel for my book club I haven’t had a lot of reading time lately.

Setting: England, 1924
It had been love at first sight when Jack Damarell, the Eighth Earl of Crieff, and American artist Lindsey van der Maier met on the steamer to England. Their marriage had been filled with white-hot passion—until Jack’s dark memories of the trenches drove them apart.
Now Lindsey has returned, and Jack has resolved to exorcise her from his heart with one final night of lovemaking to prove that reality couldn’t possibly live up to his memories. But can Jack hold onto his conviction when their sensual encounter exceeds his imagination?

When I first started reading this, I was a little disappointed that the story didn’t take place on board a ship. Can you think of a more romantic setting than a steamship? Also it seems like a transatlantic voyage would be the perfect length of time for the action of a novella to play out. All in all, the chemistry was very good between Lindsey and Jack, though I was confused about their motives at times. The writing style was at times a bit like many people’s negative stereotypes of romance novels. Think old-school Mills and Boon with a lot of sentence fragments. I thought this story suffered the most from filling in a lot of backstory about Lindsey and Jack’s failed marriage. I thought that the ending was perfect and sweet! It would have worked much better as a full-length novel, though.

I loved the 1924 setting and I wish there were more romance novels set in this time period. I’ve followed some discussions like the one on the AAR blog about the lack of post WWI romances. How about you? Which less-common settings would you most like to see?