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Peek Inside Tempting Bella

Sebastian has been apart from his child bride since their wedding day. When he encounters an enchanting impish beauty at the opera, he’s is thrilled to find she is none other than his long-ago bride and he is more than ready to make her his wife in truth

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England 1810

Mirabella can hardly remember the man she married as a girl. And it’s just as well. She feels nothing but contempt for the man who wed her for her fortune and promptly forgot she existed. The ton may call him “The Saint” but Bella knows better.

Forced to marry as a teen to rescue his family from certain ruin, Sebastian has been apart from his child bride since their wedding day. When he encounters an enchanting impish beauty at the opera, he’s is thrilled to find she is none other than his long-ago bride and he is more than ready to make her his wife in truth.

Each book in the Accidental Peers series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book one: Seducing Charlotte
Book two: Tempting Bella
Book three: Compromising Willa
Book four: Engaging the Earl


"A sweet romantic read with just a hint of spice." --Night Owl Reviews TOP PICK! 

"A delightfully entertaining novel...I absolutely adored the hero...A great read for anyone who enjoys historical romance." --My Book Addiction Reviews

"...intriguing, romantic, witty and refreshing...drama and suspense with clever little twists that kept me on the edge. The sexual tension between Sebastian and Bella was delicious." --Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622662487
Series: Accidental Peers, Book 2
Release Date: Sep 9, 2013
Page Count: 204
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: historical, historical regency
Tropes: marriage in trouble, marriage of convenience

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By *MariaA* August 26, 2013

After thoroughly enjoying "Seducing Charlotte", I had been waiting to get my hands on "Tempting Bella" by Diana Quincy for a long time and finally thanks to ARC I did :)

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It's a purely romantic fun read that kept me smiling insanely for most part.. Really liked the bond the Stanhope brothers shar ...more

By Farrah September 18, 2013

I absolutely loved the first book in this series, Seducing Charlotte, so I was hoping to like this book just as much. And Tempting Bella didn't disappoint! This book was a lovely, wonderful historical romance. I really enjoyed reading this book and I thought it was brilliant.

Mirabella was a strong h ...more

By Mary - Buried Under Romance November 21, 2013

Despite this having one of my lesser liked tropes - that of mistaken identities and unintentional-turned-intentional deceits, this was a nice read. Good character depths - the hero especially, while the heroine is unfortunately a little flat. The villain is somewhat predictable but feigned malice, s ...more

By Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb" October 05, 2019

Well Written Historical Romance!!

Sebastian Stanhope was forced to marry at age 19 to Mirabella Wentroth age 13. She was the the daughter of the Duke of Traherne who was deeply indebt to Cyrus Stanhope, Sebastian's father. Mirabella being the only child of the Duke would become a Duchess at the death ...more

By Melody September 09, 2013

Posted on What I'm Reading

Rating 4 1/2 Stars

So, I spent most of my day reading Tempting Bella by Diana Quincy. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Seriously, I found the hero to be impeccable and honorable. Now the heroine, she's a bit of a challenge and at times I wanted to bang my head on the wall. S ...more

By PJ February 06, 2014

3.50 stars

So I picked this up because of the gorgeous cover. I'm not a big reader of historical romance, but I enjoyed this. Woman are either the Madonna, the whore, or the servant, the men their savior, or a ssing anything? I just find it frustrating and limiting.

That said, I loved Bella's pride a ...more

The blurb is what sold me on this book and as per usual I started the series with book two (thankfully all the stories in the series are standalone.) Typically I like my historical romances to be set in the Highland and don't venture to Regency category. However, I am complete convert now. I am in l ...more

By Laura November 18, 2014

Review forthcoming on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...

I received a copy of Tempting Bella from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

After being forced into a marriage to settle a debt whilst teenagers, Mirabella, also known as Bella, and Sebastian are married. After 6 years of not see ...more

By BookMaven May 13, 2014


Sebastian Stanhope, third son of a second son of a Marquess, has just been told that he must marry, Mirabella Wentworth, the daughter of a Duke, and a Duchess in her own right, to settle a gambling debt. Both Sebastion's father and the Duke think that Sebastion ...more

By Miriam September 08, 2013

***ARC received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review***

Mr. Sebastian Stanhope and Duchess Mirabella Wentworth. They were strangers on their wedding day six years ago, and they are still strangers now. Married young, he was nineteen and she was thirteen, they've lived apart, never coming to ...more

By Melanie February 19, 2014

Bella’s story is actually the last in the series, but all three stories in this series may be read out-of-order and stand on their own.

And now here’s what I loved most about this story.

Sebastian. Sebastian. Sebastian…and have I said, Sebastian?!

Holy cow, this was a man to die for. I adored this man. ...more

By Jaye Marie January 25, 2014

Oh my gosh, I love Diana Quincy's Regency historicals, and Tempting Bella didn't disappoint.

While this story has the often-used idea of an arranged marriage, it isn't the usual pairing of an overbearing hero and the meek heroine who does his bidding. Bella is hardly one to roll over, and has spent t ...more

By Lori April 05, 2019

A romantic story of two people, married young, then being years apart and eventually coming back together. Could you even image marrying at 13 to a boy 19? To settle a gambling debt, Sebastian's father made a deal with a Duke for his daughter, Mirabella, to marry Sebastian and he would receive a lar ...more

By Rajasree June 29, 2020

This is one of my comfort-reads and I was very surprised to find out that it does not exist in my Goodreads shelves.
Mirabella was married to Sebastian when she was just thirteen for reasons she is not aware of. After completing her schooling she goes on a tour of the Continent, finally returning to ...more

By Sapphyria September 26, 2013

Tempting Bella is a fantastic example of Historical Romance. The descriptions of the clothing, the mannerisms, and vernacular brings the reader back to a time that seems so long ago. Women were expected to be prim and proper - in highly decorated gowns - and perfectly polished. Men were in charge (h ...more

By Lori October 08, 2013

The wedding day; it’s the happiest day of two people’s lives. In the case of Sebastian and Tessa, it’s not their happiest day–it’s their fathers. Wagered in a game of chance, one nineteen year-old mister and one thirteen year-old duchess marry, going their separate ways barely after the ceremony is ...more

By Sharyn August 15, 2013

This is the second book of this series and focuses on Sebastian, who is the brother of Cam from the first book. Sebastian Stanhope is middle of five brothers but he has always felt different from the rest of the family. And the truth is, he looks nothing like his four tall, lithe, golden-haired brot ...more

By ☕️Kimberly November 16, 2013

I love arranged marriage tropes and Diana Quincy offered up a most unusual one in Tempting Bella the second book in the Accidental Peers series. While I did not read Seducing Charlotte the first book, each works as a standalone. With fleshed out characters, intriguing secondary characters and a uniq ...more

By Crystal September 17, 2013

As some of you know I've found a new love for historical romance books. Tempting Bella is one of those wonderful books that has made me so glad I have rediscovered this genre! I loved Tempting Bella, I just plain adored Bella. This woman is strong, independent, has a wonderful flair for dressing to ...more

By E. September 08, 2013

Tempting Bella by Diana Quincy is the second book in the ‘Accidental Peers’ series and part of the ‘Entangled Scandalous’ line of novels and follows the adventures of two people, Mirabella (Bella) Wentworth, daughter of a duke and Sebastian Stanhope, who were married when she was merely thirteen and ...more

By My Book Addiction and More September 09, 2013

Forced to wed at the ages of 13 and 19, Bella and Sebastian are simply the pawns of their cold-hearted fathers. Sebastian, feeling horrible about all the experiences that Bella has been robbed of after being forced to marry so young, vows to give Bella all the freedom she wants. Bella, not realizing ...more

By Amanda October 02, 2013

I really enjoyed this book! I don't read many historical romances anymore and I loved this one! Diana Quincy takes you into a world of ball gowns and dashing gentlemen, where the relationship between men and woman were simple and yet mystifying at the same time.

Sebastian and Mirabella were forced t ...more

By Penny April 18, 2017

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a man of sound moral character must be dull and, as such, is often relegated to the role of a friend to the hero or the heroine in a run-of-the-mill romance novel. Not so in Tempting Bella.

His apparent dislike of the typical gentlemanly pursuits of gambli ...more

By Mariel September 20, 2013

*ARC from NetGalley and Publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Mirabella was wed to Sebastian to satisfy a debt that Mirabella’s father owed Sebastian’s father, at the age of 13. Sebastian has no choice (he has issues with pleasing his father) and does as is told but gives his “wife” every free ...more

By A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol) September 27, 2013

*Book source ~ Many thanks to Entangled for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Mirabella Wentworth is the daughter of a Duke and when she’s 13 he marries her off to the 3rd son of Cyrus Stanhope, 19-yr-old Sebastian in payment for a gambling debt. After the wedding Sebastian go ...more

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Diana Quincy

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Diana Quincy

Diana Quincy is an award-winning television journalist who decided she would rather make up stories where a happy ending is always guaranteed. Growing up as a foreign service brat, Diana visited many countries and is now settled in Virginia with her husband and two sons. When not bent over her laptop or trying to keep up with laundry, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and dreams of traveling much more than her current schedule (and budget) allows. Diana loves to hear from readers, so don't be shy!

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