A Matter Of Temptation is yet another strong, captivating romance by Stacy Reid. This novel had all the angst and passion I expect from this author’s books. After a case of mistaken identity, Simon the Earl of Creswick is captivated by Miss Mina Crawford. Simon offers Mina employment as his secretary, an occupation forbidden by a woman. Simon and Mina’s connection is instant. The couple has enormous odds against them, including ruinous scandals and dark secrets.
Simon was an intriguing character; he was unique. Simon is brilliant yet emotionally closed off. Simon’s entire focus is on politically supporting legislation to assist the common worker and secure rights for women. Watching Simon fall in love was mesmerizing. He falls hard and irrevocably in love with Mina.
After a ruinous scandal in her first year out, Mina has hidden in the country for years. Mina is a free spirit and craves purpose and adventure. Mina is trapped and is smothering in her limited future. When Simon hires Mina, she finds meaning and much-needed intellectual camaraderie with Simon. Mina’s feeling of uselessness and lack of purpose resonated with me on a deep level.
I had one issue. The situation due to Mina’s scandal and the secret is so ruinous that she has no hope for a happy future. In reality, Simon and Mina didn’t have a chance. Happily, this is romantic fiction, so their heart-stopping, passionate romance enchanted me. The couple is pure fire together. Beyond that, their soulful connection is palpable. I rooted for this couple’s happily-ever-after!
The plot was full of heart and was hauntingly passionate. This love story is not an easy journey but is well worth reading. I am unsure if A Matter Of Temptation is a stand-alone book or part of a new series. I hope it is a series; there are secondary characters in the form of Simon’s friends, and I would love to read their stories. I can always depend on quality, passionate romance with Stacy Reid; she never disappoints.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Release Date: June 28, 2022