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In The Garden of Temptation (The Garden Series: Book 1) by Cynthia Wicklund


Date of publication: October 31st, 2010

Genre: historical romance

Series: The Garden Series

In the Garden of Temptation—Book 1

In the Garden of Seduction—Book 2

In the Garden of Disgrace—Book 3

In the Garden of Deceit—Book 4

Where you can find In the Garden of Temptation: Amazon

Goodreads Synopsis:

“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?” 

What I liked about In the Garden of Temptation:

  1. It was a Regency romance. I love historical/regency romances. Don’t ask me why. Something about mentally picturing the characters in dress and with the English accent. I know, I’m weird. But hey, I own my weirdness.
  2. The realness of the characters and how complex they are. Catherine, Adam, and Lord Bourgeault’s characters were fleshed out. There were a few scenes where I went, “Aha…that makes sense“.
  3. I liked how the author incorporated phobia/mental illness into the story. It was done in a way that flowed with the era she was talking about.

What I disliked about In the Garden of Temptation:

  1. I didn’t like Lord Bourgeault’s character. Even reading the book and knowing what I know now. That’s all I am going to say about that.
  2. The language and wording of certain phrases. I know “willy-nilly” has a proper place in English. But, in a hot and heavy sex scene. No. It killed it for me.
  3. The ending. It felt a little rushed to me.

If you enjoyed In the Garden of Temptation, you will enjoy these books.

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