One of my favourite genre mixtures is to have Historical fiction and romance together. Oh, what a treat this is, book readers. THE TOUCH OF BETRAYAL is my first glimpse and taste of an exciting series by Taryn Scarlett.
For fans of Anita Diamant's The Red Tent comes the second novella in the scintillating SIN & HONEY series featuring the Bible's most powerful and seductive women... So Delilah said to Samson, “Tell me the secret of your great strength.”—Judges 16:6
Delilah would do anything to escape her past.
Falling for Samson only got in the way.
Taryn Scarlett’s lush reimagining of Samson and Delilah uncovers the hidden truth behind the girl who became the most infamous seductress in history. Delilah has come to the quiet valley of Sorek to start a new life, but when a man blackmails her with a devastating secret, she learns that not all sins can be buried in the past. In a dangerous bargain for her freedom, she agrees to seduce Samson, a notorious killer threatening the region—and if she can’t uncover the secret to his strength, she’ll forfeit her life. But Samson is different than any man she has ever met before: godlike in his strength but guarding a passionate vulnerability that draws Delilah to him. Will she betray the man she has begun to fall for—or will she betray her own heart for freedom?
There's something potent about taking History, with all its drama and biblical sanctity, and infusing it with the forbidden nature of sensual desires.
The elegant, insightful narrative evokes the earthy atmosphere of the past, alive with deadly politics, violent men, and impossible choices. Two mystical, yet carnal characters as Samson and Delilah becomes breathing creatures with their own agendas, their own wounded hearts.
Delilah is a vital, beautiful woman who is drawn to perilous ways. Isolated, persecuted, forced by circumstances and without a choice, she succumbs to dark deeds in order to survive. All her wiles and beauty at the service of seducing an enemy she doesn't know only to free herself from another enemy she despises.
And thus beings a game of wits and desire that's fascinating. I relished every moment of danger, of harshness and suspicion, of fear and regret. Especially, I loved the sad, poignant, doomed bond that arises between Delilah and Samson, both in so much need of a soothing love that has been denied to them.
The sensuality in their relationship is as breathtaking as painful is the aftermath of their mistakes. Even though their fate is well-known, I still suffered to see it through. The sorrow is immense as the writing engulfs you in emotion. Though there is also elation in completing this magnificent journey into the most enigmatic past. I promise you that reading this wonderful story is worth it. I now have a new series of complete stories to look forward to.
No men are genuine. That is why they are damned.
All men wanted more, not realizing it was the depth of their wanting that made them weak.
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ABOUT THE MASTERMIND
Taryn Scarlett holds a B.A. in Theater and English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Her weaknesses are chocolate, floral sundresses, soapy TV dramas, and anything purple. SIN AND HONEY is her first series. You can visit Taryn at www.TarynScarlett.com.
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