Review: Never Resist Temptation by Miranda Neville

by Keira on October 13, 2010 · 5 comments

in 4 Stars, Book Review, Cooking, Cross-Dressing Female, Gambling, Gentry, Great Britain, M-O, Mistaken Identity, Mistress or Courtesan, Regency, Revenge, Runaway, Virgin Heroine


Cross-dressing and false identities comprise Jacobin de Chastelux life since her uncle tried to use her as his marker in a bet with Lord Storrington. Now she’s a cook in the Royal Pavilion at Brighton and is quite happy. She is saving her money to open her own pastry shop as soon as she can. But then the unthinkable happens! Her dish is accused of poisoning a man the next day when leftovers were purchased. And not just any man—oh no, the man is her hated uncle.

Lord Storrington does not know who Jacob Leon is, but knows that this chef could be the very thing he needs to lure Lord Candover back to the tables. Anthony is determined to ruin Candover for having an affair with his mother that led to her death. He thought he had the man three months ago when his niece eloped with the man’s pastry chef but somehow the bastard managed to get a hold of twenty thousand pounds.

This story was deliciously fun. When Anthony first feels attraction to the heroine she is disguised as a man and his mental Olympics is hilarious. I really enjoyed the mystery to the tale behind Candover’s poisoning and watching Anthony and ‘Jane’ figure it out. I also loved Jane’s lesson of French pet names. How weird they were! Also I had fun reading her reaction to the verbal slip Anthony says right after ‘finding out’ she was a virgin. She starts throwing things and cursing him in French.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Buy: Never Resist Temptation

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1 Brandy Jensen September 24, 2009 at 3:39 AM

Thanks for the review, I haven’t had a chance to read her books before, but now I will definitely take a look!

Thanks again,


2 Amy September 24, 2009 at 6:46 AM

I’m really glad I have this one on my TBR!


3 Keira September 24, 2009 at 7:35 AM

I don’t know what took me so long to read it but once I picked it out of my TBR pile it was tough putting it down. :)


4 Nathalie May 22, 2011 at 6:35 AM

This is a bit late, but I only just stumbled upon this review, and because my favorite romance plot point is ‘the heroine is disguised as a man/boy and the hero feels attracted to her while she’s still in disguise’, I have to ask: how long is Jacobin in her disguise? And what does Anthony think about his own attraction to “him”?

(…and could you recommend any other cross-dressing books where the hero falls for the man/boy she isn’t?)


5 Keira May 26, 2011 at 4:02 PM

@Nathalie – All of the Cross-Dressing Female stories we’ve read and reviewed can be found here:


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