In the Garden of Temptation (The Garden Series Book 1)Cynthia Wicklund

In the Garden of Temptation (The Garden Series Book 1)

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In the Garden of Temptation (The Garden Series Book 1) by Cynthia Wicklund Book Summary

Lose yourself In the Garden of Temptation.

Honor – Adam Stanford, Earl of Ashworth, has always done the right thing.
Desire – Lady Catherine Bourgeault, lonely and rejected, longs to experience passion, to love just once in her life.
Treachery – The Baron Bourgeault, to what extremes will an obsessive, unstable man go to achieve his own dark ends?
Seduction – In the face of a love that will not be denied, Adam and Catherine risk everything to be together.
Betrayal – What price must Catherine and Adam pay for a forbidden love in a time when honor meant everything?

Catherine didn’t know if she wanted to tell Lord Ashworth about her retreat. She had come upon it not long after her marriage to Edgar, and it had offered her the only peace she was to know for a long time.
It was dangerous to share the only thing that belonged to one. Yet the thought of spending an afternoon with the earl in her most treasured place, sharing a leisurely meal, beckoned her. She glanced shyly over her shoulder to see if he still followed.

Lord Ashworth rode only a few yards behind her horse, and he grinned when their eyes met. He had a lazy, sensual smile and, when he looked at her like that, she felt an odd breathless catch in her throat. She wondered how it would feel if he were to place those warm lips to hers instead of the back of her hand.
Oh dear! There went that catch again.

Within moments they entered a clearing. Catherine dismounted without waiting for the earl’s assistance and swung her arms wide as she turned in a circle about the shaded copse. “What do you think?” she asked.

The earl, still astride, cast his gaze slowly around the tiny glen as he studied the scenery. He then turned his attention to Catherine but did not speak. A suggestive grin broke the calm of his expression as he continued to watch her. “More beautiful than I could have imagined,” he murmured.

Simple statement that, but it held a wealth of meaning. Catherine dropped her arms while staring back in fascination. Her mouth fell open and her breathing quickened. The air vibrated with unspoken words as they shared a moment of absolute understanding. The specter of desire had been brought into the open and was acknowledged.

Experience In the Garden of Temptation today. Meet characters you'll visit again in the other books in this series.

Bonus Material:
Excerpt from Just One Look, Romantic Comedy by Joan Reeves.

Now Available:
In the Garden of Seduction, Book 2 of The Garden Series.
In the garden of Disgrace, Book 3 of The Garden Series.

Coming Soon:
In the Garden of Deceit, Book 4 of The Garden Series

In the Garden of Temptation (The Garden Series Book 1) (Cynthia Wicklund) Book Reviews

Good ReadIf you can get past the adultery part - the first time the sin is committed, even though very wrong, is still acceptable. But after that, there's no excuse for the hero/heroine to continue on. I kept hoping for her to grow some back bone and leave the baron, but maybe during the time period where women basically have no rights whatsoever, she didn't have a choice except to stay on. Other than that, this book is an enjoyable read and I look forward to the other two books in the series..Score: 4/5

EnjoyableI liked the story but sometimes found the word choice annoying. Having said that, I couldn't put it down.Score: 3/5

In the Garden of EdenGood read..Score: 4/5

Only worth it if it's freeRather annoying. The language and depictions are laughable. Italicizing words was unnecessary. The only interesting character was the baron; the hero an heroine were rather abominable and their motivations made little sense..Score: 1/5

ObviousI enjoy a good story as much as anyone but I have to say that I am glad I did not spend any money on this. In a nutshell, the story is centered around rationalizing and justifying adultery...and then celebrating it with an unhealthy sense of entitlement. the lead characters were too dumb to live and the self pitying moans due to the consequences of their own actions was laughable at best. I found myself cheering for the villain when I wasn't busy skipping several pages at a time..Score: 1/5

I love it!!!If you're looking for historical romance...this is it...Beautiful book! I recommend it 100%!!!.Score: 5/5

LoveCouldn't stop reading this book! Sad when I finished it tho :( lol.Score: 5/5

Very GoodLoved it.Score: 5/5

Love itGot hook from the first page........Score: 5/5

Great bookI enjoyed this book very much! I didn't think it was going to be interesting, but I couldn't put it down. Buying the 2nd book right away..Score: 5/5

Very GoodEnjoyed it!.Score: 5/5

TemptedEnjoyed this book !.Score: 5/5

Wonderful!!!I could not put this book down! It was absolutely wonderful! Her writing is classy and alluring..Score: 5/5

BestThis is one of best books I've read for while even tho I kinda figure it out in the early part I enjoyed it.Score: 5/5

Totally lovableIt is great book I recommend it to whom enjoy true romance.Score: 5/5

Good readGood story. I had some issues with a few words like ironical and adieu. Worth the read..Score: 4/5

Well written, engaging storyGreat characters and storyline great for a free book!.Score: 5/5

In the garden of temptationA good read. Kept me captivated throughout the story..Score: 4/5

Great reading!I could not put it down..Score: 5/5

Wow. Wonderful book!I loved it. It was hard to put down. I loved Adam and Catharine together. And their child. Edgar was evil. But I loved the happy ending. I Recommend It. Nice easy read!.Score: 5/5

Luv it:).Score: 5/5

GoodThe story is good and an easy light read..Score: 4/5

TediousThe plot was okay, but the writing itself seemed drawn out and tedious to read..Score: 3/5

The Garden of TemtationThis was a very interesting read. If you like historical novels, you'll enjoy this book. Can't wait to read the next two "Garden" series..Score: 4/5

Great Story!In the Garden of Temptation was a great first book in the series. It was interesting to see how the main characters fell in love even though they were unavailable to each other. And how after all the misunderstandings they got together again for their HEA. What I think the author should have done was explain a little the motivation behind the villain's plans. Why he turned out the way he did, rather than just alluding to it. besides this it was a great read and really kept my attention. All ready to get to the next book!!.Score: 5/5

In the garden of temptation.Excellent story and characters..Score: 5/5

Sooo in love w/lovestoriesSo romantic. So in love with love..Score: 5/5

Loved itGreat read, I couldn't put it down! Looking forward to reading more of this author's books..Score: 5/5

Good bookIt's worth the read! I enjoyed it!.Score: 4/5

Great!I really enjoyed reading "In the garden of temptation". It kept interested until the end!.Score: 5/5

In the garden of temptationWas a good read,except the ending didn't finish right. Should have been more for the ending..Score: 4/5

Excellent book!I couldn't put it down. Not your run-of-the-mill historical romance. Definitely some twists and turns that provided substance and intrigue. I would definitely recommend it!.Score: 5/5

AmazingThis should be a movie. Does anyone know any other books like this one?.Score: 5/5

Enjoyed this bookTrue love story. Definitely enjoyed it..Score: 4/5

Great historical romanceGreat story. Not as predictable as I thought. I loved the characters. They were well defined..Score: 5/5

Loved thisTruly amazing loved every page..Score: 5/5

Not my cup of teaRule number one adultery is not romantic. Is there anyone out there who at one time has not been cheated on in a relationship? I have to admit to not finishing the book as the premise was so abhorrent to me. The characters did not appeal to me at all..Score: 1/5

In the Garden ofTemptationAn easy read. . .romance and a little intrigue make for a good way to spend a quiet night. A little touch of the 60's Madame X was thrown in, but not too many readers are old enough to remember that classic movie!.Score: 4/5

In the Garden of Temptation.Quite a surprise. Story was emotionally moving for the book's entirety..Score: 4/5

Love itCouldn't put it down.Score: 5/5

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Very goodReally enjoyed this book.Score: 4/5

WonderfulThis was one of the best books I've read in a long time.........Score: 5/5

In the garden of temptationCannot be downloaded properly. First chapter is the epilogue. Tried it twice. Same error. Waste of my time..Score: 1/5

In the garden of temptationWonserfull.Score: 4/5

Very romantic!I was pleasantly surprised how absorbed I became.Score: 5/5

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FantasticA real page turner. Couldn't put it down!.Score: 5/5

5 stars!This story was completely enthralling. You really get hooked in. A must have!.Score: 5/5

Brilliant readAbsolute page turner and written very much in the style and voice of those times. Left me wanting more!.Score: 5/5

:)Great story to read!.Score: 5/5

Light readNothing here to test the grey matter, just a light easy read. Adam gets played by the Baron, Catherine the Baron's beautiful wife is a pawn in the same game. Can they find their way out of the game without hurting anyone. A bit predictable, a well edited story with a HEA. Certainly gives you an idea with a foray into the small mentality of the Regency ton, especially if you are innocent fodder for their voracious bad mouthing..Score: 3/5

In the Garden Of temptationEbook. 6.5/10 Regency An extraordinarily beautiful girl is married to an old rich gent, who unfortunately can't bear any human contact. For seven years he was unable to consummate the marriage but he wanted an heir, so he kept bringing men around and leaving his wife alone with them, hoping she would screw someone and get pregnant. Finally an Earl is attractive to her, but she didn't get pregnant, so the old Baron takes her London for the first time and hopes she and the Earl make woopie. They do, and once she's pregnant the Baron convinces the Earl's mother to convince her not to tell the Earl about the pregnancy and that if she loves him she should let him go without creating a scandal, rather than running off with him and ruining his social standing and political career. Baby is a girl and the Baron is becoming more unstable. He dies. Happy ending.Score: 3/5

Easy to read and enjoybleThe characters grow on you in this easy to read book! Was a tad predictable .. But hey.. Isn't that why we read these romance books!.Score: 4/5

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WowSimply unbelievable, it is a beautiful story, woven with simple but straight to the point language which helped paint the intricate tale of forbidden love..Score: 5/5

Great readYou won't regret downloading this book. Great read, good characters, and a proper sized read unlike alot of free reads. Highly recommended.Score: 4/5

Great readReally enjoyable book.Score: 4/5

In the night gardenAmazing read! Beautifully written and with well placed humour throughout..Score: 5/5

Simply brilliantThis is a fantastic book, I would have been happy to pay a fiver for this, it is beautifully written, and leaves you feeling sorry for the terrible callous man that is the root of all evil, until a very happy ending..... But not for all..Score: 5/5

WonderfulThoroughly enjoyable! A must read for romance lovers!.Score: 5/5

Great bookThis is a great book that leaves you guessing through out. Hard to put down. Recommend this as a great read.Score: 5/5

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