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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2008


    For most people falling in love and trusting your heart to another can be a somewhat risky thing to do, though usually well worth the gamble. For Lady Kathleen MacDavid falling in love can be a hazardous venture, or to be more precise, a truly perilous one for the gentleman she falls in love with. But then, most people don¿t have fate, destiny AND a 500 year old curse hanging over their heads. Now, the lovely Lady Kathleen considered herself to be an intelligent, responsible and reasonably sensible woman¿no simple thing when you were raised in a family of rather impractical women who dabbled in the mystic arts and believed in things like spells, charms, superstitions and magic¿Oh, and of course, the family CURSE.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ According to old family legend, it all started hundreds of years ago with two feuding border families¿an English one and Kathleen¿s Scottish ancestors, who, in order to end the hostility and violence were to be joined thru marriage. But somehow the marriage never took place and an old woman who¿d lost most of her family in the warfare had put a curse on both families¿declaring they be united in marriage¿or terrible, dreadful things would happen and both family lines would die out. They¿d had 500 years to break the curse, but apparently no one had and the deadline¿autumn of 1854¿was fast approaching.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ At first Kathleen thought the whole thing was utter nonsense, but after years of untimely deaths, a string inexplicable tragedies and the peculiar inability of perfectly healthy members of her family to reproduce¿leaving Kathleen as the last of her line¿had forced her to become a believer. So to break the curse and save her family, she was willing to travel to England and sacrifice herself on the alter of matrimony to¿the last male descendent of the English family¿Oliver Leighton, 12th Earl of Norcroft. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Now, would it be too much to hope that Lord Norcroft believed in magic as well??? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I¿m thrilled to say that I thought SEDUCTION OF A PROPER GENTLEMAN was an absolutely PERFECT ending to Victoria Alexander¿s excellent ¿Last Man Standing¿ quartet. From the charming and ¿magically¿ mysterious prologue, to the incredibly fitting conclusion of the ¿tontine¿, and the utterly delightful glimpse into the HEA of the characters that I¿ve come to love¿thirty years into their future¿in a wonderful epilogue ¿ I loved-loved-loved Oliver and Kate¿s enchanting, funny and romantic tale. It was pure MAGIC!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I thought Kate was the ideal heroine for Oliver they had great chemistry together and both were kindhearted, amiable, affectionate and ¿family oriented¿. I had loved Oliver throughout the series he was a dependable and honorable man¿the most sensible of all the ¿guys¿¿and just an all around nice fellow who very much deserved to find love. Though I definitely enjoyed the irony of Oliver winning the bet¿he was unashamedly a romantic and the only one not running away from love, so of course, he would be the last to find it. And I was very happy with how Oliver¿s character evolved in the story, the author allowed him to be more lighthearted, playful, charmingly flirtatious and sexy. And he was made to endure some unpredictable and hilarious mishaps as well.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Though, aside from the terrific humor and delightful absurdity of the ¿curse¿ I felt there was a much deeper¿dare I say profound¿theme running below the lighthearted surface of the story¿ Reminding us that BAD things do happen to GOOD people and usually with no rhyme or reason to them. And to survive the sorrowful times of your life, or make the terrible times bearable, you need to trust in your inner strength¿and you absolutely must have HOPE in your heart. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I felt Kate was that kind of person. She was a strong, co

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2008

    A tremendous historical romantic saga

    In 1854 although he won the bet against his three opponents on who will be the last man standing single, Earl Oliver Leighton thinks it is ironic because even he thought he would be first as he was the only one when they wagered who believed in love. However, he toasts his compatriots because in his mind they won and he is the loser of the tontine.------------------ Needing to escape London, Oliver decides to rusticate at his country estate. He is taken aback when he finds an injured woman suffering from amnesia at his door. He takes her in and his staff calls her 'Kate'. Oliver is attracted to the newcomer, but wonders whether she is hiding something ugly from him he is ignorant that his beggar is Kathleen Mac David, a Contessa¿s granddaughter. As they fall in love, she begins to regain her memory in bits and pieces but remains unaware that her Aunt Lady Hannah Fitzgivens magically sent her to Oliver to break a family curse that only love can sever.------------- Readers will toast with thirty year old cognac this tremendous historical romantic saga, the Last Man Standing. Each tale contains humor, action and love. The finish is excellent with amnesia and the paranormal playing key ¿matchmaking¿ mechanisms that bring love to the only tontine believer before the bet. Living up to her first name, Ms. Alexander affirms once again she is royalty when it comes to exciting entertaining Victorians. ------------------------- Harriet Klausner

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2008


    Seduction of a proper gentleman is a must read. This review, perhpas not as eloquent as those before me, I must agree with all the accolades this book has garnered. I am truly in love with the characters of this artfully written story. A grand romance and history reader I am, with Victorian ambiance to add such torrid accents to an already spicy tale. I found myself immeresed from page one, and came up for air only when absolutely necessary. Story line an sublines, no doubt, already available, I will simply share my word of appreciation and excitement for this beautiful work of Historian Romance. You will not be disappointed. I highly recommend Seduction Of A Proper Gentleman.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2013

    Great Read! I almost didn't buy this book because of the "

    Great Read! I almost didn't buy this book because of the "curse" part, but I am so glad I did. This is a great story, with many twists, suspense, great main character's and secondary ones too. It will keep you wondering until the end about the "curse." I also loved Oliver from previous stories and he didn't disappoint in this one. Do yourself a favor and get lost in Oliver and Kate's story.

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