Benjamin Elliot, the earl of Foxburn, was surprised to meet the woman whose portrait he has that hangs in his study. She is the exact opposite of what he thought and will figure he knows her type but will find out that is not true. He will be asked to help her locate the other portrait and will find himself falling for this woman.
Daphne Honeycotte had posed for two paintings that were slightly scandalous. She is now in good society and is frightened that her reputation will be torn apart if they see them. She will enlist the help of Ben who was the owner of one of them to help find the second portrait. Daphne will be thankful for the help but knows that she had to keep her distance from Ben because every moment she is at his side she falls deeper and deeper for the man.
Once She Was Tempted is the second book from Honeycotte series by Anne Barton. The first book for me was one I loved. Anne Barton can weave a story that got me to notice the characters and the plot. I loved this second book for very much the same reasons.
Daphne wasn’t someone I got to know much in the first book but with this book you certainly get to know her character. I liked that she did whatever she needed for those she cared about. Ben was a stubborn man and one who liked his isolation but that will be that life will be shaken up when Daphne comes into his life. It was interesting with the location of this painting and what depths Ben did to get this painting for Daphne.
The ending of the book was fantastic with the scene at the Ball where all is about lost but Daphne will triumph with how the situation is handled, Ben as well. His part was a little more sneaky which I loved. It brings that happy ending I was waiting for and a not so happy ending for Mr. Hallows, the villain. Mr. Hallows was not a very nice gentleman. He liked to drink and gamble and make life miserable for others around him. His target was Daphne as she was the woman in the painting and he wanted to see her suffer.
There are not many books to choose from by Anne Barton but Olivia’s story will be available sometime in October, so the book will be coming out soon as we are approaching that month on Wednesday.