If He's Tempted (Wherlockes)

By Hannah Howell

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Readers` Reviews

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
barry ozeroff
Trop bien!!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nourish
After all the Wherlocke e Vaugh books, where Olympia shows her special Person, have a book only for her was more than necessary.
She is sweet, she is intelligent, smart, she knows how to be a real woman. I just love her, as this books was perfect telling us her history!
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
phillip garcia
i have read all of her books this was the worst. the hero was weak and you wanted him to not win. he was his father and i ws so dissipointed i cant even believe hannah howell wrote this book/ i even went back and re- read some of her books to make surev i was not just tired of her and it was this book. dont bother with it unless it is free.
Highland Guard (The Murrays Book 20) :: If He's Noble (Wherlockes) :: A Murmur of Providence (The Clan McDunnah Series 1) :: If He's Daring (Wherlocke Book 6) :: If He's Dangerous (Wherlockes)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
meaghan
Very good read
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
phinehas
She's done it again, iv read nearly all of her biooks and I am never disappointed. She give the perfect amount of suspense and drama and yum. with an underlying sweetness to the heros.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ely may
I love to read Hannah Howell books about the Wherlocke families also other books of early Scottland she has written. I have all of her early books and reread them from time to time..
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
xavier morales
Another great book in the Wherlocke series. I love revisiting favorite characters. Exactly the great read I expected from Hannah Howell.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lea ann
I am in love with this family, 2nd time reading this book and found it just as good as the first time I read it. Proud to have it in my collection.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
mh khosravi
Especially funny in the wicked sense when Olympia confronted Brant in his house.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
iannis ruiz
very satisfied
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lynn mercurio
Good story line that kept me reading into the night. Didn't want to put it down. I really enjoy her books.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
tamika
I enjoyed this book for th simple reason it never got boring. It also kept my interest to read how the family dealt with some very special gifts.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
franz
This storyline just didn't grab me. She has some minute pre-cog and he is just going thru the motions. I find it hard to believe the whole story of such an evil mother for these period Romance pieces, especially since woman had no power back in those days. Disgusting , perverted , syphlitic, aged suitor was just unbelievable. The two leads were boring...so I read thru this quickly. Not Howell's best work.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
seneca thornley
It's hard to put my finger on why I found this book disappointing but I had seriously loved the others and maybe they were a hard act to follow. I didn't find the story all that romantic and didn't love the relationship between the H and h.

***Spoilers***
I wish I'd remembered that the h was a widow as maybe it would've prepared me in some way for the direction of this novel. The H was quick to persuade the h into having an affair. There was no romantic love in that and both of them were quite happy that it would probably come to an end. The h has had a child out of the one unfortunate encounter with her late husband. Surely this would've have made her careful instead of a bit promiscuous? I'm a fan of the big love story and this one just wasn't. The ending wasn't bad though and that's why I gave this book 3 stars
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kelly johnson
I love the series!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
elaheh izadi
This was another one of Hannah Howell best. I like that she continues to follow the other characters. I look forward to her new books.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
debs
I love Ms. Howell's books! I simply cannot put them down, especially this series! I cannot wait to read it!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
bill norton
I enjoy reading all of Hannah Howell's books. She is an amazing writer. Her characters jump off of the pages. I have read a number of her books and have not run across a single one that I didn't enjoy. I am looking forward to more of the Wherlocke clan.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
chartierjosh
Love all her books. Can't wait for the next in the series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
joylita
Great h/h, love when the kids are involved. Love to watch them grow and be involved with the "family".
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
leelan
i love this new series of book created from hanna howell. i would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story like me. it has romance, drama, actions and that hint of comedy
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jente
Hannah Howell tends to have a formula for her books so they all have a similar storyline. But you get to run into the same characters from book to book. After awhile the begin to feel like friends.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
karlton
I greatly enjoyed this book
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
analog
The wherlockes series is a great read. I get caught up in theses books and cant put them down until finished
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
judy williams
Great book lots of twist and turns
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kay singers
I have read all of her books and can't wait for the next one. I especially love her highland series! Never a slow moment and a great read!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jett penny
love these books, great writer
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
whade
Love all her books!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kislay usha chandra
Another great addition to this amazing series! Can't wait for the next one!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
zulfa
I love it I wish she would come up with a great story for the duke and for leopole I think they would be great story's as well
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mary grace
It keeps interest and I like paranormal
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
hannah shaw
this was an excellent book, i love Olympia even though in previous books I assumed she was way older.
I would recommend this book
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
atiyeh pedram
Love her books
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
peggy whilde
I love all of these stories and cannot wait to read more of the family stories. This was very anticipated and welcome.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jennifer arnold
Fast moving. I couldn't put it down.I Always enjoy the Wherelocke family and enjoy all the characters and their "talents".
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jonathan fey
I had a hard time I did not want to put it down once I started reading. The book as very good.....
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
raymond j
Excellent
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
julie hager
good story, well written. good strong female character all very likeable. love the psychics in this family and their force for good
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
divya nag
Just as good as the rest of this series. Definitely worth reading. Hannah Howell is a great author love all of her books
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
shruti vyas
It was a great book
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
dina deuidicibus
Great
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
veronica voerg
Preferred the audio version.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
ptitelfe
After reading this book for the second time, 5 years after its release, my opinion is still the same. I have liked Lady Olympia in every book and this one was no different. I couldn't wait to see who she was matched with, and that is where I was disappointed. Brant was not worthy of our Olympia. He was just too weak and more than once I found myself calling him a little bitch! Brant spent more time feeling sorry and guilty for me to have any sympathy for him. He cared far too much about how exposing his mother would tarnish the family name while she had no trouble at all getting all she wanted as she spread rumors about him. It would seem to me that what was being said about him was far more damaging yet it never occurred to him that his mother suffered nothing from it. I coukd not figure why he was so concerned about the proper way to deal with her so that nothing came back on the family but she spent years wrecking havoc on everyone not at all bothered about how the family would be impacted. In fact, the family seemed to have zero backlash from her deeds, she was certainly thriving while stealing from her children and making sure the head of the family was rejected by society. Through the whole book he did nothing but try to protect the family name at the expense of the whole family. It was annoying. For goodness sake man you are an Earl, act like it! He let his mother have too much power and control and he neglected his family, servants, and lands. The man didn't even know his servants weren't loyal to him and that 6 of his bastard brothers were working in the stables! It was painful to read. Also annoying, but not as much was Olympia's back story. Not once in the other books did we know anything about her being a mother but we had more than an earful of the Wherlocke and Vaughn men and their illegitimate children. And the sudden attraction after knowing each other for a couple of years was not believable. Had there been mention of any a twinge of it in the other books would have been welcomed. All in all, this story was not believable to me. From Brant being neglectful and his mother receiving no real punishment, to the sudden romantic feelings of him and Olympia, this book was hard to get into. I wish Olympia had more of a strong mate because she was certainly worthy.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
georgina brown
This 5th book in the Wherlocke series features one of the other most present characters in the series. I’ll admit, for some reason I wasn’t really looking forward to her story. I don’t know, for all her bawdy conversations, she just felt so spinster aunt-like that I didn’t even foresee her story until I came to it. And it wasn’t even a logical reason, for me, because I like spinster heroines. But I started looking forward to this one once I realized the hero was Brant, who had been so cruelly betrayed in If He’s Sinful.

And then we are in Olympia’s head and she has quite the sense of humor regarding her overt spinster like status, particularly as she is a widow. And I realized how ridiculous my reticence truly was. Which brings me to my trigger warning for this book. Nothing is really described, but there are children in jeopardy and also discussion of past events. Olympia is admirable and also very funny and charming. All I can say is she seems very much like someone I would be pleased to be friends with. And Brant was simply sweet and yummy, and in no way deserved the bum deal he got. I liked them both, and even better I liked them for each other.

There was no real mystery in this, just the unraveling of the villainy of Brant’s mother, but there was plenty of action and intrigue involved in it. And always, family ties are key and were lovely to watch.

There is just one thing that bothers me, and it does so only because of the glom, but I am realizing every single one of these ends with a pregnant woman waiting for the hero’s return. Since none of them relied on the trope of married because of child, I didn’t really note it at first. It didn’t make me like it any less, but I have decided to take a break before the next ones.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
kehau
In my opinion, If He's Tempted is a nice change from the normal historical. With a touch of the paranormal, a dastardly evil villain and steamy sexual undercurrents, I enjoyed myself from start to finish.

The Wherlocke / Vaughn family have been outcasts for many generations. They sit on the edge of society; actively participating, but weary of the ton. Lady Olympia became a widow at a very young age and doesn't allow the ton dictate her comings and goings and when someone weaker asks for help, she is the first to help. Though she knew helping the young Lady Agatha could cause her problems, she didn't know the extent of the evil involved. She also didn't expect to have feelings blossom for Lady Agatha's brother, Lord Brant Mallam. She has never felt the urges she experiences when she is around him. With no experience to fall back on, she is excited and apprehensive to follow through. But first they need to save his sister.

Lord Brant is a man filled with so much guilt; he is basically drowning in it. He recently discovered that his betrothed didn't leave him for another man, but was sold to a brothel and killed. He doesn't know how he can rise above it all. Now he is slowly discovering that her death is a long string of crimes showering down upon his head. Nothing is his fault, but his guilt is getting deeper and deeper. His only light is Lady Olympia. She is bound and determined to fix all the wrongs and he will be by her side to help her, even if it kills him. It is the least that he can do since he has allowed these crimes to go on for so long.

The evil deeds keep piling up and time is of the essence. How to you bring down a prominent person in society, without ruining the innocent members of the family? With the help of Lady Olympia's family they are making progress, but in the final fight all might be lost. We can only hope these two lost souls are strong enough to persevere.

For me, historicals can sometimes be ordinary. They are still fun to read, but they tend to be the same thing; headstrong heroines and rakish heroes, who find true love while circumventing the brutality of the ton. If He's Tempted is all that and much more. You got a villain that is utterly shocking in their evilness, a ragtag family that is filled with every no-no known to society and two extremely determined people trying to find the truth.

If He's Tempted is a big improvement from the last installment in the series, If He's Dangerous. I expected more from Argus Wherlocke's book and Ms. Howell didn't deliver for me. She more than made up for it with Olympia's story. I've been enjoying her presence for several books, and it was wonderful that she got a strong plot and a great man too. It was also nice to get Olympia's backstory. Wow, and what a shocker. I didn't expect it at all.

I am very pleased with If He's Tempted. I have renewed faith in the Wherlocke series and will be waiting patiently for the next installment. This is a very big wonderfully exceptional family with many stories to tell. They are a breath of fresh air in the stuffy world of the ton.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
cris bergin
Omg, just loved this book!!! Hannah Howell has done it again!! I loved this story even with the dark, sick story line!! Brant even after 2 years is still dealing with the death of Faith (the women he wanted to marry) when Olympia Wherlocke comes to his home to tell him he needs to help his youngest sister Agatha!!! Brant and Olympia discover the dark depth of his mothers crimes!! As the try to get evidence on his mother, rescue the children she has sold they find happiness with each other. The author has such a wonderful writing talent that when you pick the book up you can't put it down. This book was 5 stars from the beginning to the end!!! Can't wait to read the next book in the series!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
martha
Reviewed by: Bri
Book provided by: NetGalley
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Hannah Howell is a longtime favorite of mine and her "If he..." series set in Regency England is each sitting on my bookshelf as well as on my ereader.

We've been introduced to Lady Olympia Wherlocke in each of the previous books. She's by far one of my favorite characters. A strong woman who I originally thought was around thirty because she was so firmly on the shelf in the previous books. In truth we find out that she was quickly married and then almost immediately after a widow at 13. She's in her early twenties in truth. The story behind her quick marriage and widowhood are a big part of what makes up why she is not currently married nor pursued any affairs. And per the course as in previous books, when someone comes seeking help from a cousin who isn't available she can't turn the young woman away.

Because of Olympia's unwillingness to break a promise to a young girl who needs not just her help but that of her debauched older brother Olympia just may learn that she's not "tarnished" after all.

Lord Brant Mallam is a self-loathing hero that has just the right amount of neediness and maleness. He did walk a fine line between blaming himself for his deranged mother's choices and feeling guilty for what was truly his accountability. But we would need a man like that for such a strong female character like Olympia.

It's almost impossible to give a very detailed review without creating spoilers. And I'm not a reviewer who will do that.

Nevertheless, this is one of my utmost favorite books and I've read it again and again already.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mercedes
I have read things by this author and have liked them, but this is the first book in this series that I have read. This is the 5th book in the Wherlocke series, but I had no problem with it being a stand alone story, I just wanted to read the rest of the series! The villain in this story began with evil deeds in an earlier book, but it didn't detract from the impact of her truly horrible acts in this tale.

The Wherlocke name likely evolved from what they are, but with the whole burning of witches thing, the family became very secretive about what their "special gifts" were, very cautious about how they used them, and extremely selective about who they chose to help with those gifts. Misuse of gifts was and still is judged by a family tribunal, not turned over to to the public.

The story was well written. The heroine, Lady Olympia Wherlocke, has a powerful gift of being able to tell what happened somewhere or to an object just by touching it. She also occasionally has predictions about the future. She is raising a son, the next Baron Wherlocke, as a widow, and he is going through puberty, a time when "gifts" can be unpredictable. Her son is both strongly empathic and strongly telekinetic, having gifts from both parents, so she is visiting London alone when she is asked for help by a family friend.

The hero, Lord Brant, is sort of an anti-hero at first. He lost the woman he loved eighteen months ago, having been told she left him for another and then finding out that his mother sold her to a brothel where she was murdered. Brant lost himself for a time in drink and debauchery to forget the pain, not realizing that his mother was using this to take away his legal standings behind his back by exaggerating stories. His sister, who is just turning 16, is about to be sold by her mother into a marriage with a diseased, debauched older man who thinks a virgin will cure his pox. She's desperate to get her brother to intercede, but he won't respond and she believes that he's not getting her messages. Lady Olympia promises to help, even if she has to hunt Brant down herself, which it turns out, she does indeed, even having to knock out the butler who won't let her into Brant's house.

Between them, they concoct a plan, with the help of her family members to get Brant back his legal power and show him just how badly his mother has blackened his name. Then they devise a plan to expose all of her evil schemes, which are horrible indeed, and get her shown to the world as the evil villain she really is. While they spend so much time together, Olympia and Brant are really drawn to each other. He feels he's not worthy of her, and she had a horrible mind control rape situation with her former husband and isn't too sure about men altogether. So her family, including her son, keep helping their relationship along. They keep denying that they're in love, but everyone knows that they are, including both of them, they just don't want to jinx it. They both have issues to work through, not to mention the crazed villianess that is Brant's mother.

I loved the characters, the plot and the writing. I even liked the cover of the book, it fit Brant's description so well! I am definitely going looking for the rest of the series, because it was that enjoyable.

Heat factor hot.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
justin ferrington
This is the continuation of the Wherlocke's, and Olympia's story. Her gift is touch. Once she touches something she can see the events that unfolded to leave the strong feelings there. So when the sister of her brothers friend comes asking for help, she cannot simply say no. She tracks down Lord Brant, her brother, and pulls him from the drink he's tried so desperately to lose himself in. Not realizing the damage he's let his mother do to the rest of his family. It was after all his mother that sold his betrothed.

It was a good book and I'm happy to see Lady Olympia get her HEA. I rather liked Lord Brant but I'm sorry it took him two years to grieve. Brant was such a good friend to Ashton, I'm sorry it took himself so long to come around. Thanks to Lady Olympia, he finally did.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
siddhi
Reviewed by Guest Reviewer/Kimberly & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

"If He's Tempted is dark, mysterious and excitement all in one convenient package." ~Under the Covers

If ever there was evil, it comes in the form of Lady Leticia Mallam. This time, the notorious lady of the ton is planning on marrying her own sixteen year old daughter, Agatha to a depraved man three times her age, all for monetary gain. When Lady Agatha appears on Lady Olympia Wherlocke's doorstep in search of Lord Ashton Radmoor, she finds only Olympia in residence. Agatha has been attempting for weeks to get word to her brother, Lord Brant Mallam, the Earl of Fieldgate,to no avail. Her letters have gone unanswered, leaving Agatha at the mercy of the unscrupulous matriarch of the Mallam family.

When Olympia Wherlocke of the gifted Wherlocke/Vaughn clan, hears Agatha's story, she is spurned into action to help this young lady. Once Olympia sets her mind to something, she jumps into it full force. This beautiful woman from this odd and reclusive family, has the gift of foresight and what she sees makes her intent on alligning herself with Brant and Angela against the abomination that is Lady Leticia Mallam.

Brant Mallam, the Earl of Fieldgate has the reputation of a deviant and a rake. Ever since the apparent betrayal and death of his love, Faith, Brant has been wallowing in self loathing and on a steady course to self-destruction until Lady Olympia Wherlocke forces her way into his home and forces him to take a really good look at himself. Together, Olympia and Brent attempt to uncover the multitude of illegal activities Lady Mallam is involved in, and right so many wrongs. In the meantime, Brant is fighting tooth and nail his extreme attraction to Olympia, who has decided that whatever may come of their time together, she shall accept.

Although I own every single one of these books, I had not had the time to read them, until THIS book. I loved If He's Tempted by Hannah Howell so much, that I immediately went back and immersed myself in all that is The Wherlockes. If He's Tempted may be read without reading the first four books in the series. Hannah Howell does and excellent job of explaining the necessary components and back story one might need to know. If He's Tempted is dark, mysterious and excitement all in one convenient package. Lady Olympia Wherlocke is a brilliant character with the knowledge and forethought of someone twice her age. She is strong and sassy. Lord Mallam becomes, through Olympia's urging, the man he was meant to be. I so enjoyed this book by Hannah Howell and cannot wait for the next in the series. NOTE TO HANNAH HOWELL: Um MODRED????? PLEASE????

*Review copy provided by publisher
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
marc alexander
If ever there was evil, it comes in the form of Lady Leticia Mallam. This time, the notorious lady of the ton is planning on marrying her own sixteen year old daughter, Agatha to a depraved man three times her age, all for monetary gain. When Lady Agatha appears on Lady Olympia Wherlocke's doorstep in search of Lord Ashton Radmoor, she finds only Olympia in residence. Agatha has been attempting for weeks to get word to her brother, Lord Brant Mallam, the Earl of Fieldgate,to no avail. Her letters have gone unanswered, leaving Agatha at the mercy of the unscrupulous matriarch of the Mallam family.

When Olympia Wherlocke of the gifted Wherlocke/Vaughn clan, hears Agatha's story, she is spurned into action to help this young lady. Once Olympia sets her mind to something, she jumps into it full force. This beautiful woman from this odd and reclusive family, has the gift of foresight and what she sees makes her intent on alligning herself with Brant and Angela against the abomination that is Lady Leticia Mallam.

Brant Mallam, the Earl of Fieldgate has the reputation of a deviant and a rake. Ever since the apparent betrayal and death of his love, Faith, Brant has been wallowing in self loathing and on a steady course to self-destruction until Lady Olympia Wherlocke forces her way into his home and forces him to take a really good look at himself. Together, Olympia and Brent attempt to uncover the multitude of illegal activities Lady Mallam is involved in, and right so many wrongs. In the meantime, Brant is fighting tooth and nail his extreme attraction to Olympia, who has decided that whatever may come of their time together, she shall accept.

Although I own every single one of these books, I had not had the time to read them, until THIS book. I loved If He's Tempted by Hannah Howell so much, that I immediately went back and immersed myself in all that is The Wherlockes. If He's Sinful may be read without reading the first four books in the series. Hannah Howell does and excellent job of explaining the necessary components and back story one might need to know. If He's Sinful is dark, mysterious and excitement all in one convenient package. Lady Olympia Wherlocke is a brilliant character with the knowledge and forethought of someone twice her age. She is strong and sassy. Lord Mallam becomes, through Olympia's urging, the man he was meant to be. I so enjoyed this book by Hannah Howell and cannot wait for the next in the series. NOTE TO HANNAH HOWELL: Um MODRED????? PLEASE????

~KIMBERLY~
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
leticia
Lady Agatha Mallam goes to Lady Olympia Wherlocke at the opening of this book out of fear and desperation. She is trying to find someone to get word to her brother, Brant Mallam, Lord Fieldgate, about the treachery of their mother. Lady Letitia Mallam is basically planning on selling Agatha in marriage to the detestable Lord Sir Horace Minden, the Baron of Minden Grange. It would be a very lucrative business deal for Lady Mallam. However, it would also be morally reprehensible because he is rumored "to indulge in sins even the most hardened rake would step away from", his past three wives have all died in suspicious circumstances, and he is diseased and has the pox. Lady Olympia can't help but be sympathetic, especially given her own background. The thing that separates this book from other regular gothic mysteries is that Olympia and her family members all have some type of psychic gift. With Olympia she has the gift of foresight as well as the gift of psychometry - she can touch an object and pick up the psychic impressions on that object. When Olympia finds Brant, she finds a man slowly killing himself. He is medicating himself and dulling his misery with alcohol and women. His misery was caused by his mother. Years ago, Brant was in love with a sweet, innocent vicar's daughter. Since this did not fit in with his mother's plans, she had the girl abducted and sold to a brothel. She soon died. It was not immediately known to Brant what his mother did. When he found out, naturally it crushed him. Most of this book deals with Olympia, Brant, and others trying to defeat his mother. They try to remedy her past crimes and stop her future ones. If this were a Sherlock Holmes story, Letitia Mallam would be Professor Moriarty. It's not merely her criminal enterprises in the field of sexual exploitation that make her such a sociopath and evil character, but the levels of scheming and manipulation to crush and ruin lives. I was very happy with how the author wrote the character of Brant Mallam. At first I worried that he would be a stereotypical rake, wallowing in self-pity and constantly trying to seduce Olympia and forever leering at her. Happily this was not the case. Once Olympia brought him out of his fog, fairly quickly, he sobered up and committed to undo the damage done by his mother and help his sister and others harmed by her. He did wrestle with guilt for his mother's behavior but it was nicely fleshed out and added depth to his character. The romance between Olympia and Brant was sweet, sexy, and felt very natural and not at all forced or awkward. This was the first book I've read by this author, even though this is book 5 in this series, I would be interested in reading other books in this series. I would love to read about the younger generation that was seen in this book - such as Agatha, Ilar, & Giles - in future books taking place when they are older.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
emanuella
NOTE: I received a copy of this book on NetGalley for the purpose of review.

WHAT I LIKED:

Let me start by saying that I adore Hannah Howell's Highlander novels. They were some of the first historical romances I ever read and I fell in love with her writing style. I knew she'd branched out into other sub genres of historical romance, but had never given them a try. Then this book popped up in NetGalley and I knew I had to check it out.

This is the latest in the Wherlocke-Vaughn series, I believe book five. The book started off surprising me with the supernatural angle. It's subtle but I loved it. The interactions between Olympia and Brant were so much fun and the style was what I had come to expect from Hannah's other books. All too often authors start to feel too formulaic once they've put out a significant number of novels, but I can count on Hannah Howell to keep me entertained.

I spent a good deal of the book wanting to throttle Brant's mother and thumb Brant himself for letting things get so bad. That being said, it was a fun ride and when I'd finished this book I immediately bought all four of the previous Wherlocke-Vaughn novels to read.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:

I knew going into this book that it wasn't the first, but my rule of thumb is if I'm able to understand 80% of the plot when diving into a mid-series book, the author has done their job. This sort of fit into that category. It's my fault for not starting with the earlier books so I was fully caught up on the characters. I was a bit confused at times but overall still enjoyed the books thoroughly.

My only other complaint was to my wallet. Once I'd finished this book, I HAD to buy the others :D

OVERALL VERDICT: 5/5 Blue Duckies!

Hannah Howell is one of my go-to authors for a fantastic historical romance. I highly recommend starting at the beginning of this series before reading this book, however. If you're looking for well written historical romance with wonderful characters and a bit of a paranormal twist, don't miss out on these books!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
mark heising
If He's Tempted is the fifth book in the Wherlocke series, but it's the first book by Hannah Howell for me. Although this book did allude to some characters and situations that no doubt took place in the previous books, I never felt lost. Because of that, this book got off to a good start.
I was intrigued by this book because it's a historical romance with a paranormal twist. Lady Olympia Wherlocke and her family have certain gifts. I like that the author combined two genres. It wasn't overly paranormal but had enough mystical elements to intrigue. Olympia's gift is of foresight. Although I don't think she could have expected what was going to come her way. Her world is turned upside down when she receives a visit from a distraught young lady who begs for her assistance. Olympia can hardly refuse, so she sets out on a journey to find this girl's brother, Lord Brant Mallam, so that he can put an end to the young girl's engagement to a vile man. This is only the beginning. Before long Olympia finds herself in over her head; not only with the Mallam family but also with Brant.
The story was captivating. I found myself curious as to where the story would go next. The protagonist of the story was just pure evil. I kept hoping for a redeeming quality, but I found none. I liked the main characters, Olympia and Brant a lot. I thought they had good chemistry together. This book definitely made me want to check out the other books in the series as well as read the books that come after this one.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
abigail lamarine
If He's Tempted
Hannah Howell
Zebra, Apr 2 2013, $7.99
ISBN: 9781420118803

Lady Olympia Wherlocke listens to crying teenager Lady Agatha Mallam tell her that her evil mom Lady Letitia sold her to perverted Baron Minden while her older brother Brant fails to respond to her messages begging for help. Olympia promises to see her sibling. When Brant fails to respond to her notes, Olympia comes to his home. A child Thomas informs her that the intoxicated Brant is in the library. Thomas says he is the late earl's illegitimate offspring as are four other servants in the stable while two more have vanished.

Olympia takes Brant to task for failing his sister as he is controlled by his mom who has guardianship over Agatha. They realize several servants spy on him for his mom; Olympia fires them. Brant feels guilty that he failed to stop his wicked mom who sells people like she did his deceased fiancée. In London no one welcomes Brant in their home. Olympia tells him his mother spread stories as disgusting as that of perverted Minden. They kiss before she sends him to her cousin the solicitor to help him regain the authority he lost to his mother. At a gala, Lady Letitia warns Olympia that her son is evil and continues to spread her poison expanded to include Lady Wherlocke.

The latest Wherlocke Georgian romance (see If He's Dangerous and If He's Wild) is an exciting historical starring interesting protagonists; especially Brant. The paranormal elements add depth but are kept low-keyed. Although the fickle Ton too easily accepts the word of the 200-proof villainess that her son is a pervert while ignoring rumors about her depraved activity, fans will enjoy the least Wherlocke to take on love and evil heart-first.

Harriet Klausner
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chase perrin
As the 5th Wherlocke story, I'm well acquainted with the Wherelocke's and their special abilities. It was a treat to come back to this world again. Lady Olympia Wherlocke, has the gift of foresight, she is also a widow so she has a bit more freedom in society. She is truly kind, sweet and a beautiful soul and can't help but attempt to help Lady Agatha Mallam out of a bad situation. She sees the good in Lord Brant Mallam from the very beginning,

After dealing with the fallout of his mother's evil plots, Lord Bryant Mallam has been drowning his sorrows and burying his head in the sand with women and booze. Even though he's alienated most of society with his debauchery, he can't ignore the pleas of his sister and is instantly attracted to Lady Olympia even if he attempts to fight the attraction.

Watching these two dance around each other and skate what society and the ton would find acceptable was a great treat for me. I enjoy the dance of falling in love and when they do it's all the sweeter because they fought for their love and each other. Ms. Howell, is a favorite author of mine for a reason, and this story embodies why I love her. This is a story with love, courage, heart and just a touch of whimsy. Overall I loved this newest Wherlocke story and I can only hope that there are more crazy Wherlockes waiting in the wings for their story to be told, because I have not gotten enough of this series!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
shweta
Lady Olympia is shocked to open the door to Lady Agatha girl of sixteen, who had yet make her debut in society to get word to her brother to stop her impending marriage to a man old enough to be her grandfather and the worst excuse for any match.
When her missives go unanswered, she deduces (correctly) that something is badly amiss when she is rudely dismissed by Brant's manservant to confront Brant on his lack of response. Annoyed with the man's rudeness, she manages to knock him out ordering HER manservant to knock him out if he tries to interfere.
It is Brant who is in for a very rude wake up call. While he was drinking to 'console' himself over the loss over the woman he loved. His mother very busy indeed. Almost his entire staff worked his mother, the ones that stayed are his half-siblings born on the wrong side of the blanket. Adding insult to injury his mother made sure he would not be welcomed in polite society.
Olympia agrees to take in Brant and Thomas giving them Angus's old place. She learns that SHE must be the one to gain information and WHAT damage Brant's mother inflicted...
Her patience is well rewarded...
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
josey
I really intensely disliked this book, because it had so much potential. If I could have given it ZERO stars, I would have. SPOILER ALERT* I am currently seething as I write this review. I am so disappointed because the story line and characters could have been amazing. The Wherlocks and the Vaughns could have been great but I think Brant as the main love interest deserved to drown himself in liquor. I cannot abide clueless characters. Brant was beyond idiotic and arrogant. Poor arrogant, rich, titled, Earl. Your girl ran off with a solider. You obviously didn’t love her enough to go after her, like any normal person in love. Instead he drank and slept his way through life for two years. Oh and by the way, his mother is selling people into slavery, including her own children. Like his two older sisters were not an indication of her depravity, he thinks he should let her crimes be hushed up because it would cause a scandal. What about the poor people she has been trafficking for years? Where is their happy ending? Big Whoop! The most recently kidnapped people are saved. If it weren’t for Olympia and her kin, no one would have been saved. Brant is useless...useless. HELLO Mr. Clueless, you just warned your mother that you were taking her down and you left your defenseless sister there to congratulate yourself by hooking up with a widow? I had to stop reading it 75% of the way through. Do NOT buy this book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kelley
Hannah Howell has continued the story of the special and gifted Whelocke family. We meet Olympia again, as she continues to find and care for all the neglected off-spring of her various male relatives. This time she has a surprise of her own, as she discovers a dashingly handsome rogue, who has fallen out of favor of almost everyone in proper society. Of course, Olympia can not walk away from a person in such distress.She battles all of London society in order to help the Earl of Fieldgate restore not only his pride and dignity, but once again take his proper place as head of his family.
To do so means admitting a great many rather unpleasant facts about a member of his family. She isn't who or what she seems.
Olympia stands by her man as the author delivers another intriguing look at historical society.

An Excellent Historical Novel!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
pallavi
I was so excited when I seen HH was coming out with new book in the Wherlocke series. I have been waiting forever to read a new tale about the wherlockes. When I read the preview I was a little disappointed to see that it wasn't Modrid's story. The man on the cover I thought would have been an excellent fill in for her character. I have been drooling to hear his story but this one was about Olympia who has accompanied Modrid in, "If Hes Wild."

I don't think its one I'll go back to read as I had my heart set elsewhere. It wasn't a bad read though. It was kind of like Penelope's story or Argus's tale they have all been let downs for me. I hope she does decide to do Modrid's story that will be one I don't want to miss.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
dennis tomlinson
I don't know about you but I really like a good cover on my book. This cover almost stopped me from reading this book. This guy looks like a vampire. Didn't like him at all.
I love everything Hannah Howell writes and I have read every book that she has written. I love the Wherlocks and the Vaughn's series. This series is a real change from her beloved Highlander series.
This book is so interesting and holds your attention from the start. We have all met Olympia Wherlock from the other series books. Her background comes out in this book and it is really sad but Olympia is a very strong woman. Brant,the Earl of Fieldgate is not your typical English lord. The way these two come together is really amazing and exciting. You won't regret reading this book!!!!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
dave schumaker
Spoilers.......Though I enjoyed the story I was appalled on how Brant handled his mother. From her previous crimes she should have at the least been diagnosed..cut off but not Granny still supported her. Then as more of her terrible crimes discovered Brand kept acting surprised and still was not willing to send her to the law. Now I can understand not wanting to taint the family name because of how society would treat you but that women deserved to be punished somehow not just hidden away in the country. The women was soo evil and truthfully deserved death. Brant should of found a way to imprison her secretly, which with his power I'm sure was possible. I'm only glad for her death in the end.
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rosalind hartmann
Horrible. Skip this one, it is too awful to enjoy. The hero is weak and almost irredeemable. The heroine saves everyone, but how could she be attracted to him? And the mother is so terrible that you cannot stomach her or the evil that she perpetrates. I liked the series, but this one I had to skip to the end really quickly to make sure the mother was dispatched and there was some kind of happy ending..
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
andrea carpenter
Hannah Howell is one of my favorites. I love all her books, but this series about the Vaughn's and Wherlocks is great.
I love how Brant accepted the gifts that they all have. I felt for him when he found out what all his mother had done and was doing, also how he was willing to acknowledge all the kids his father had left and using as his help.
Olympia is a heroine in her own. First because of what had happened to her at such a very young age. Then coming to help Brant and help his sister.
All I can say is, if you want to know the story, go get the book!!! I look forward to more of her books.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
rich king
Brant' s sister is being sold to an old perverted man. Agatha meets Olympia when she tries to find her brother Brant. Olympia finds Brant and together they find out more atrocities that his mother is involved in.
They try to right his mother's wrongs with her fighting them at every opportunity. As they spend time together they fall I love.Good story of love ,forgiveness,and redemption.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kassandra
I loved this book. This is one of my favorite authors. I have read all the books in this series so far and loved all of them. The story line was awesome. I like the way the two main was brought together. I was on the edge of my seat during the story. I didn't not want to put the book down once I actually started reading it. The way the children were treated was pure evil and wrong. I would recommend this book to others. I enjoy all of her books. I can't wait for the others to come out.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
blake heller
Enjoyed Olympia's story. Enough twist and turns to keep you engaged. The introduction to new characters was fun.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
chelsea tilly
Love the Wherlocke series by Hannah Howell. So different and each book is more exciting than the last. I especially love the fact that they all pull together and come the aid of each other in times of trouble.

I read this book in one sitting. Couldn't put it down. This is a must read for me and I can't wait for the next book to come out. Please hurry.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ruben cantu
I love this series and have read and re-read them multiple times. This series just keeps getting better and better and I look forward to the next one even though we still don't know who it's about, Not a huge fan of the cover prefer the earlier versions but that is not a big deal as it's the content that matters. Great story and the characters as always are terrific.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
kelsey swan
This book had a gripping tale to tell. It is about the evil that people do to children and it is cheer worthy the way the protagonists fight this evil. Of course, it is a romance and that is swoon worthy also. Although I certainly liked the writing and the story I thought I could come into this book 5 of the series and I would know precisely what was going on. I was totally lost. I really think the way to fully enjoy this book is to read this series from the beginning. Ms Howell gets kudos for the story but It took me many pages to figure out what the Wherlocke family was. My conclusion is, if you have previously read books in this series it will be another that you will enjoy but if like me you are new to this series then I really think you should start at the beginning with If He's Wicked.

I received this book for review from the publisher.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ollie latham
I've thoroughly enjoyed all of Hannah Howell's Wherlockes novel's, this one being no exception. Olympia comes from a really large and gifted family, that enjoys getting into others business and helping a good cause. Brant Mallam just became their latest cause via his sister. I highly recommend this and all the other Wherlockes' books.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
karenc
I loved the story despite the darkness of the plot, which was filled with intrigue. The outlying characters and their varied individual "gifts" make this series such a fun read! This is not the first I have read, and I hated to put it down. I plan to enjoy each one.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
oleg kapush
I'm trapped in love with the Wherelock&Vaughn families...This was a fascinating blend of love and family intrigues and I am having a good time reading about these interesting people. On to the next tale.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
fely rose
I love how strong Olympia is in the story. I love the family. Great book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ashley ong
This is a really good book. You will be glad you did. If you like paranormal romances, then you will like this one.?
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
laureen nowakowski
I love this series! I looked forward to Olympia's story for a long time. I wanted to see Olympia use her gift more in this book. The story line was interesting and truly fit in with this period of history. All in all, the Wherlocke-Vaughn series is a joy to read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
hendrik
Howell's prose is engaging with fine description, nicely developed and interesting characters, a thought provoking original story, and a poignant sexy romance. If He's Tempted is a thrilling, intense historical romance that eloquently explores love's power to heal the human heart.
Lacy Hill at adcmagazine.com
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
shannah
This book seemed rushed. A great story but parts didn't make sense. Still a great author love this family. Can't wait to start the next.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ruthanne
I couldn't wait for this book to be released and add another dimension to the Wherlocke family. I love reading about their lives and gifts. Hannah Howell has delivered another great novel!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
jp perelman
I like the paranormal & interchange dialog between characters but the story was fluff. No meat. Could easily put the book down. Not Hannah Howell's best effort.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
coleenwsabol
I love the the entire series. Its got just the right amount of drama and humor.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jane caldwell
Pretty good read. I would recommend and looking for the other books in the series.
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amy harrison
Love this series
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
roni
I love Hannah Howell.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
megan frampton
Great addition to the series
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
celien
The only disappointing thing about reading Hannah Howell's books is waiting for the next one. I love reading about the Wherlocke's and the Vaughn's.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
breanne gustin
I truly enjoy reading anything written by Hanna Howell. She is my favorite!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kelly jarosinski
Like all of Hannah Howell's books, this one is simply fantastic. I have been patiently waiting for this one to come out. I read it in one day.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
roberto
Very good
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
cita
loved it
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