Award-winning author Zoë Archer returns with another novel of breathtaking suspense as Nemesis, Unlimited schemes to avenge injustice…and conquer a woman’s heart.FATE BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.Newly widowed, Bronwyn Parrish’s fortune has been spent settling her late husband’s debts—thanks to an unscrupulous business manager—and now there’s nothing left. Society has no place for a woman without means, and with nowhere to turn, Bronwyn is lost…until, from out of nowhere, a handsome gentleman steps in and makes her an offer she can’t refuse.WILL DESIRE TEAR THEM APART?Secrets and subterfuge are in Marco Black’s blood. As one of Nemesis, Unlimited’s most senior agents, Society women aren’t his usual cup of tea. But Marco’s sixth sense tells him that there’s more to Bronwyn than meets the eye…and he wants to help the brazen beauty retrieve her lost fortune. But is his attraction to her worth the risk? His mission will lead him all the way to Les Grillons, France’s most ruthless crime syndicate. Soon, Marco and Bronwyn will find themselves facing a danger that could cost them their lives—and a passion that is priceless.
After the death of her husband, Bronwyn Parrish had to sell off nearly everything she owned to pay off her late husband’s debts, thanks to a dodgy business manager. Now without the means to support herself or the life she has grown accustomed to, Bronwyn has nowhere to turn until a handsome man walks into her life offering to help her.
Marco Black, one of the founders of Nemesis, Unlimited, has made a vow to help those in need. What he’s having trouble with is the fact that his newest client is a Society woman. Although something’s telling this spy that there is more to Bronwyn than meets the eye, which is why he agreed to help her reclaim her lost fortune.
Normally his missions are a singular endeavor but for this one he needs Bronwyn in tow and he finds himself drawn to her even as danger closes in around them.
This is my first Nemesis, Unlimited novel and it will not be my last. The characters were engaging, the plot was perfectly paced, and the chemistry was sizzling.
Bronwyn was an interesting heroine. She was strong and willing to fight for what was hers. I loved that she didn’t fight her attraction to Marco or hide behind the fact her period of mourning wasn’t over. I also loved that she was up for just about everything.
Oh, Marco Black, you beasty thing, you. There was so much mystery, allure, and passion stored up in Marco I could have been happily content reading a novel that consisted solely of him and his proclivity for Italian hand gestures. In chapter two, Bronwyn says that Marco reminds her of a ‘beautiful knife’ and indeed, his character does come off as sharp, lethal, and intelligent yet he is also loving, kind, and gentle. I also loved that Marco was Italian; I think this was the first romance novel I’ve read where the hero was.
Another thing that appealed to me was that this was set in the Victorian era. Often romance novels are in the Regency era, so this was a refreshing change.
Overall, I could not put this book down. Imagine MI-5 set in the Victorian era and laced with passion.
Title: Wicked Temptation
Series: Nemesis, Unlimited
Author: Zoe Archer
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperback
Format: Mass Market Paperback $7.99 U.S./ $9.99 CAN.
Released June 2014
Format Read: ARC from Publisher
Rating: 5 Cups