In the Garden of Temptation

In the Garden of Temptation

The Garden Series Book 1

Author: Cynthia Wicklund
Length: 206 page(s)
Language: English
Written: Mar 2011
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Category: Fiction & Literature » Romance  |  Work: Roman
Keywords: romance, love, marriage, England, sexy, horse, historical, London, lord, Regency, castle, beautiful, handsome, lady, Bath, 1800\'s, carriage, historical romance

A Regency Historical


HONOR – Adam Stanford, Earl of Ashworth, has always done the right thing.
DESIRE – Lady Catherine Bourgeault, lonely and rejected, longs to experience passion, to love just once in her life.
TREACHERY – The Baron Bourgeault, to what extremes will an obsessive, unstable man go to achieve his own dark ends?
SEDUCTION – In the face of a love that will not be denied, Adam and Catherine risk everything to be together.
BETRAYAL – What price must Catherine and Adam pay for a forbidden love in a time when honor meant everything?

Catherine didn’t know if she wanted to tell Lord Ashworth about her retreat. She had come upon it not long after her marriage to Edgar, and it had offered her the only peace she was to know for a long time. It was dangerous to share the only thing that belonged to one. Yet the thought of spending an afternoon with the earl in her most treasured place, sharing a leisurely meal, beckoned her. She glanced shyly over her shoulder to see if he still followed.

Lord Ashworth rode only a few yards behind her horse, and he grinned when their eyes met. He had a lazy, sensual smile and, when he looked at her like that, she felt an odd breathless catch in her throat. She wondered how it would feel if he were to place those warm lips to hers instead of the back of her hand.

Oh dear! There went that catch again.

Within moments they entered a clearing. Catherine dismounted without waiting for the earl’s assistance and swung her arms wide as she turned in a circle about the shaded copse. “What do you think?” she asked.

The earl, still astride, cast his gaze slowly around the tiny glen as he studied the scenery. He then turned his attention to Catherine but did not speak. A suggestive grin broke the calm of his expression as he continued to watch her. “More beautiful than I could have imagined,” he murmured.

Simple statement that, but it held a wealth of meaning. Catherine dropped her arms while staring back in fascination. Her mouth fell open and her breathing quickened. The air vibrated with unspoken words as they shared a moment of absolute understanding. The specter of desire had been brought into the open and was acknowledged.

Experience IN THE GARDEN OF TEMPTATION today. Meet characters you'll visit again in the other books in this series.

Excerpt from JUST ONE LOOK, Romantic Comedy by JOAN REEVES, available wherever ebooks are sold.

Now available wherever ebooks are sold:
IN THE GARDEN OF SEDUCTION, Book 2 of The Garden Series.
IN THE GARDEN OF DISGRACE, Book 3 of The Garden Series.

IN THE GARDEN OF DECEIT, Book 4 of The Garden Series

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About the Author

Cynthia Wicklund | Author on

Member since: Mar 2011
Publications on XinXii:  1
Cynthia Wicklund is a former Golden Heart finalist who writes Historical and Gothic romance and Urban Fantasy with romantic elements. She is currently published with Blush, the mainstream imprint of Ellora's Cave Publishing.

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Leserbewertungen (2 Einträge)  
Step back into the elegance of historical romance Apr 14, 2011
von Elaine Raco Chase
at it's best in GARDEN OF TEMPTATION ---

Cynthia Wicklund does Georgette Heyer one better. Her historical romance transports the reader back in time with wonderful characters, descriptions and a fabulous story line.

GARDEN is part of a series but stands alone nicely for a great read. If you think historical's are not your cup of tea -
let Cynthia change your mind.

You will buy all of the series and be delightfully enchanted!

In the Garden of Temptation: Emotional and Moving Apr 13, 2011
von Joan Reeves
In the Garden of Temptation by Cynthia Wicklund belongs on your "keeper shelf." It's hard to tell you what this story is about without revealing some neat twists, but I'll try.

Adam Stanford, Earl of Ashworth, is a man who is honorable and above reproach. He's always done the right thing. Then he meets the beautiful -- and married -- Lady Catherine Bourgeault, the beautiful, young wife of one of the most disreputable men in England.

Stunned by a passion and a love that no amount of conscience can deny, Catherine and Adam risk everything for a few moments of stolen bliss. Unknown to them, every event from their introduction to the consummation of their love has been orchestrated by Catherine's evil, demented husband for his own dark purpose.

When Baron Bourgeault finally springs his trap, Catherine is forced to break Adam's heart in order to save him. The baron whisks her away to his crumbling castle in the country. As he sinks deeper and deeper into his psychosis, Catherine knows that her life, and all she holds dear, may be forfeit unless the power of redeeming love can save her.

Catherine and Adam's emotional journey will captured you heart. This is the second novel I've read by Cynthia Wicklund, and it's another winner. I can't recommend her books highly enough. She has a way with women characters and the knack for presenting them as likable and honorable even when they may not be engaged in honorable actions. I understand these women, and I like them.

Her talent with characters extends to men. In Lord of Always, the first of her books that I read she took an evil man and made him the kind of man we'd all want in our lives. In this book, she takes an honorable man and makes him behave dishonorably, but we don't care! We still like him. We understand how he is in the grip of a love he never expected to feel. We see his battle with his conscience. Despite what he does, he's heroic.

After reading In the Garden of Temptation, you'll want the other books in her "Garden Series."

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