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Pleasures of a Tempted Lady
by Jennifer Haymore
(Grand Central, 7.99, PG-13) ISBN 978-0-446-57316-0
Pirates, kidnappings, people lost at sea, daring rescues, political shenanigans, separated twins, mistaken identity, stolen identity, reunions, and even an assassination attempt are just some of the oh-so-colorful things that pepper Jennifer Haymore's last Donovan novel, Pleasures of a Tempted Lady.

Too much? you might ask. I heartily agree.

Anyone who read previous Donovan novels will likely recall Meg - not the Meg that is the Countess now, but her missing-at-sea twin. After a long-ago scandal, Serena adopted Meg's name since she couldn't clear her own. This is just one of the legion of obstacles that Meg runs into after being rescued by the man she lost when she was abducted by a pirate and held prisoner for nearly a decade.

Will Langley is now the captain of his own ship, has been engaged to Meg's sister under her new guise as Meg, and begot a son on another woman shortly after Meg's disappearance. Needless to say, Meg's issues aren't the only ones getting in the way of this relationship.

It is clear immediately that these two very hardheaded individuals would like to resurrect their romance, but there are many secrets between them, many memories, and still an abundance of danger, since Meg's pirate is after her - and the son she stole away when she left him.

Pleasures of a Tempted Lady is blah at best, which is impressive in its own right, considering the abundance of cliched things that happen throughout the book. A pirate romance? Sure. A long-lost woman finally come home? Awesome; I love a reunion. But those things in conjunction with about a hundred others is too many things with too little detail paid to any particular one.

Certainly, if you've read the other books, read this installment to finish the series out. If you're looking for a place to start, though, Pleasures of a Tempted Lady is not it.

--Sarrah Knight

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