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To Tempt An Irish Rogue

Kaitlin O'Riley

ISBN 9781420112405
Publish Date 11/6/2012
Format Paperback
Categories Zebra, Historical, Romance
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She wanted a life of her own…

Paulette Hamilton loves working in her family’s London bookshop. Strong-willed and sharp-witted, she hopes to one day open a second shop, and she won’t let romantic follies get in her way. But the best laid plans have never met such a handsome Irish widower with a dubious history…

He wanted to leave his behind…

Declan Reeves came to London with his young daughter to escape his life in Ireland. Though he’s vowed to never marry again, he quickly falls prey to the tempting blue eyes of fair-haired Paulette. But her family is suspicious of his past, and before he can make her his wife, he must travel to Ireland to vindicate his reputation. Torn between honor and desire, Declan and Paulette launch a perilous search for the truth. Whether it lies in the past or a present beyond their control, it’s their only hope for a future together…

Praise for the Novels of Kaitlin O’Riley

“O’Riley’s believable, charismatic characters and fast-paced plotline set this novel well apart from the usual romance fare.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) on When His Kiss Is Wicked

“This lovely story makes the most of the warmth and joys of the holiday season.” —Library Journal on It Happened One Christmas

Chapter One

Impressions

London

August 1876

The bells above the entrance of Hamilton’s Book Shoppe jingled as the front door opened and the drizzling summer rain drifted in momentarily. It had been a slow afternoon with little business and Paulette Hamilton looked up in eager anticipation at the customer who had ventured out on such a dreary August day. A tall gentleman stepped into the shop, holding an umbrella in one hand and clutching the hand of a reluctant little girl in the other.

“Welcome to Hamilton’s!” Paulette greeted the customers with an animated smile. New customers always made her happy.

As the gentleman folded his wet umbrella, Paulette took careful note of him, which was a habit of hers. Ever curious and observant, she couldn’t help but pay attention to the customers in her store. This gentleman was mature, tall and rather broad and wore expensive, well-made clothes. Beneath his elegant black hat, strands of chocolate-colored hair were visible. He was handsome enough, she supposed, in a dark, brooding sort of way, but she had never favored that look. Paulette usually found herself drawn to golden, fair-haired heroes. At least she did in all the books that she read.

Using her best shopkeeper’s voice, she asked, “How may I help you this afternoon?”

“My little daughter here would like a new book,” he explained, indicating the child hiding with shyness behind him.

The rich, melodic timbre of his words, laced with the notes of a vaguely familiar accent, filled the air around her. Unable to resist the magnetic attraction of his voice, Paulette suddenly eyed him with keener interest as he looked toward the little girl.

The man possessed an aquiline nose, a strong jaw, and a lean face with dark eyebrows. He was clean-shaven, but she could easily imagine a thin black mustache upon him, giving him the look of a wicked pirate. He seemed tense, almost as if he held his feelings tightly in check, but the slightest disturbance could set him loose in a fury. His full mouth was set in a grim line. In fact, he had a look about his face that conveyed the distinct impression that he had not smiled in a long, long while.

Something about the man unsettled her and the dark intensity about him brought to mind the words “sinister” or “dangerous.”

A little shiver raced through her.

Feeling slightly nervous in his presence and somewhat relieved knowing that her assistant was close at hand in the back room, Paulette silently reprimanded herself for being so foolish as to think of herself in any kind of danger. She had never felt this way about a customer before. Why on earth would she think that this man would cause her any harm? Perhaps she had read one too many gothic romance novels lately!

Her attention was drawn to the little girl, who still attempted to hide behind the man’s dark trousers. The child could not have been more than four years old, with a sweet, chubby face framed by golden curls mostly covered under a wide-brimmed bonnet.

Paulette knew exactly what the little girl wanted. Hamilton’s carried the best children’s books in the city and because of that she had dealt with all manner of children in the shop before, from the most well-behaved to the most spoiled, so she was no stranger to bashful children either. This shy-looking girl would be easy to please.

“Well, you are quite a lucky young lady for your father to give you such a special treat,” Paulette began, favoring the girl with a warm grin. “We have some lovely fairy-tale books with the most beautiful pictures in them. Would you like me to show them to you?”

Peeking out from behind her father’s leg, the little girl nodded in agreement. She did not make a sound, but her cherubic face lit with excitement.

“Thank you,” the gentleman said, seeming a bit relieved by Paulette’s suggestion.

“Why don’t you both come with me to the children’s section of the shop?” she suggested brightly.

They followed her to the rear of the store, where she and Colette had designed an inviting space for their smallest customers. They’d had shelves built at a lower height and miniature-sized tables and chairs to better fit little bodies. A brightly colored area rug covered the wooden floor, lending warmth to the section of books on display. Paulette immediately located their most popular-selling book, a gorgeously illustrated volume of fairy tales. She placed the book on the table and motioned for the child to join her while she sat herself

on one of the tiny chairs as well.

“I think you might like this one.”

The little girl glanced up hesitantly at her father, seeking his permission. He patted her head in encouragement. “It’s all right, darlin’.”

She moved slowly forward, taking hesitant steps to the table where Paulette waited for her. When she reached the small table, the girl stopped and stared at Paulette in expectation.

“Do you have a favorite story?” Paulette questioned.

The little girl shook her head, her expression extraordinarily serious for one so young.

“Do you like the story of Sleeping Beauty?”

The child gave the slightest nod of assent.

“That story has always been a favorite of mine.” Opening the thick volume, Paulette turned to the page that had an elaborate and richly drawn illustration of a grand castle tower covered with an overgrown tangle of thorn- laden vines and a profusion of red roses. The little girl’s eyes widened and a small gasp of awe escaped her.

Paulette asked, “Isn’t this picture beautiful?”

Again, the girl merely nodded. She had not uttered one word since entering the shop.

“I’m Miss Hamilton,” Paulette said, hoping to coax a response from her. “What is your name?”

The child blinked at her and shrugged her tiny shoulders.

“What is your name?” she repeated.

The little girl still did not respond. Paulette had never seen such a withdrawn child. Did she not speak at all? Paulette was usually able to cajole bashful children into an easy conversation by this point. But not this girl. From what she sensed, it was not merely shyness that kept the girl from speaking. Was there something the matter with her? Perhaps she was she a mute? Paulette’s natural curiosity piqued and she wished to ask the gentleman about it, but it was certainly not her place to ask such intimate questions of a stranger.

About Kaitlin O'Riley:

Author of the Hamilton Sisters series, Kaitlin O’Riley fell in love with reading historical romance novels when she was just fourteen years old while growing up as one of five sisters in New Jersey. Now the acclaimed author of over eight historical romance novels, which have been translated into various languages all over the world, Kaitlin lives in Southern California with her family, where she is busy writing her next book. Please visit her website at KaitlinORiley.com.

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Customer Review

Great addition to series (Friday, November 30, 2012)
Reviewer: Jennifer Crump

Another great addition to the Hamilton Sister’s series. This story is about Paulette Hamilton who works at her family’s bookshop. She is a very strong and independent woman who has ambitions and goals. One of those goals is to open another bookshop. Paulette has no time for romance in her busy life until Declan Reeves walks into her store. There is an immediate attraction between the two and Paulette is also drawn to Declan’s daughter Mara. Rumors run amuck that suggest Declan killed his wife in a devastating fire that Mara witnessed. Declan and Paulette’s relationship must be kept secret until they can find the truth about the fire. Their relationship grows and strengthens during their time finding the truth.

This was the first book of the series I have read. I enjoyed it immensely and can not wait to purchase the first three and get to know the Hamilton sister’s a little bit more.

A pleasure to read (Thursday, November 22, 2012)
Reviewer: Cocktails and Books

Paulette loves working in her family owned bookshop, and preparing to open a second one. She has made no time for romance, or marriage much to the dismay of her younger sister.


Declan came to London to hopefully find a doctor to help his daughter Mara. Also trying to get away from the vicious rumors that he killed his wife.

Paulette and Declan meet when, Declan brings Mara to the bookshop that Paulette's family owns. The attraction between the two is almost instant. The both feel very drawn to each other. Declan keeps visiting the shop sometimes with Mara and sometimes by himself. Paulette just knows that he did not kill his wife, and wont listen to the gossip of others and what the newspapers print about him. Paulette's sister tries to worn her to stay away from that nothing good will come of it if Paulette becomes friends with Declan.


Paulette and Declan start a secret relationship. Afraid of what others might say, Paulette is worried that her sisters would disapprove. I really enjoyed the family dynamic. Paulette and her sisters, and Declan and his daughter Mara. I loved how well Paulette and Mara took to each other, I found it very sweet.


Their attraction to each other gets stronger and stronger. The chemistry was amazing!! The sex scenes were steamy and sweet!


I really enjoyed To Tempt An Irish Rogue, I now want to read the rest of the series.


I give To Tempt An Irish Rogue five cocktails

Quite a tempting Rogue! (Saturday, November 17, 2012)
Reviewer: Kathy Jund

Kaitlin O’Riley returns to bring her readers the anticipated fourth chapter in her Hamilton Sisters romance series To Tempt an Irish Rogue!
Paulette Hamilton, fourth in the line of five girls born to Thomas and Genevieve Hamilton is at the forefront these days in carrying on the family business, and quite a businesswoman she is also proving to be. Thanks to the love of books she shares with her older sister Collette, along with the whole hearted support (and sometimes resistance) of her other sisters; Juliette, Lisette and Yvette, the Hamilton Book Shoppe is known by all who live in the Mayfair district of London. So successful is their shoppe in fact that plans are in place for the construction of a second store, the name of which Paulette holds in secret along with Collette! Although busy with thoughts of the new store, Paulette finds herself distracted by the serious looking dark-haired customer venturing out on a rainy August day and upon entering the shoppe, she discovers her new customer is also clasping the hand of a reluctant looking young girl. Paulette prides herself in what has thus far proven to be an accurate ability in sizing up people however; at the words uttered by her new customer, thoughts of danger cross her mind. The search for a book for his young daughter is the purpose in bringing the mysterious stranger to Hamilton’s Book Shoppe. Along with the habit of taking careful note of her customers (which she feels until now is with reasonable accuracy), Paulette also has the ability of knowing exactly what her customers want to read. Speaking to the shy little girl hiding behind her father’s pant leg Paulette leads the way to the area set aside for the youngest of Hamilton’s customers. Although gaining nothing other than shy smiles and nods of agreement in response to the questions directed at her newest customer, Paulette finds she is curious (which she also suffers with oftentimes to her own detriment), to know why the child does not speak, even when simply asked for her name. The intense response in which the child’s father delivers his daughter’s name draws Paulette’s attention to him once again. Upon closer scrutinizing, Paulette determines there is more to this man than she initially thought possible and the intense feelings he brings forth in his direct gaze leave her at a loss of reasoning why. Declan Reeves is a man with deep secrets and Paulette cannot help but feel somehow she is the only one who can uncover them and bring truth to light. Once again, Kaitlin O’Riley brings her readers a story filled not only the colorful cast of the Hamilton family, but new characters we cannot help but embrace in the telling of it!


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