After the Abduction (Swanlea Spinster Series #3)

After the Abduction (Swanlea Spinster Series #3)

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by Sabrina Jeffries
     
 

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After two London seasons—and a score of resoundingly dull society suitors—Juliet Laverick finds herself longing for one man: Morgan Pryce, the dashing scoundrel who kidnapped her two years ago. But her determination to bring the rogue to justice hasn't waned—until Morgan's twin brother, Sebastian, arrives with some shocking news: Juliet's

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After two London seasons—and a score of resoundingly dull society suitors—Juliet Laverick finds herself longing for one man: Morgan Pryce, the dashing scoundrel who kidnapped her two years ago. But her determination to bring the rogue to justice hasn't waned—until Morgan's twin brother, Sebastian, arrives with some shocking news: Juliet's mysterious paramour has disappeared.

Sebastian, Lord Templemore, dares not tell Juliet the truth: he is the man she seeks—it is his kiss she yearns for. Confessing to the abduction would bring devastating scandal upon them both. But how can he persuade her to forsake her dedicated pursuit of her dream lover, when all he dreams of is holding her in his arms again?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380818044
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/2012
Series:
Swanlea Spinster Series , #3
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
287,844
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

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After the Abduction

Chapter One

Shropshire

February 1818

Immortal locks fell forward from the lord′s deathless

head, and he made great Olympus to tremble.

Homer′s Iliad, embroidered by

Juliet Laverick on a pillowcase

Lady Juliet Laverick tried to ignore the pounding of her heart. Tried to blot out the thunder of horse′s hooves on frozen earth, carrying her closer and closer to a confrontation with her past. Tried to pretend her hands were icy from traveling in winter, and not from her raw nerves.

But she couldn′t. After more than two years, she was finally going to set her past to rest and see justice done. So how could she possibly remain calm, with Charnwood estate only a few miles away?

"That Llanbrooke inn was dreadful," came her sister′s voice from across the carriage. Rosalind sat beside her husband Griff Knighton with a tambour in her lap that she was pointedly ignoring.

Juliet leaped at any excuse to keep her mind off the appointment at hand. "I′ve never seen cobwebs on top of a mantel before. Underneath it, perhaps, but on top? And that tankard sitting on the table -- did you see the scum in it? That innkeeper ought to be drawn and quartered for keeping such a filthy common room.

"I wouldn′t give him quite so harsh a punishment, dearest ," Rosalind retorted, "but then I′m not attuned to domestic matters the way you are."

"I assure you," Juliet said, "attuned to domestic matters or not, you′ll be ordering the same punishment after a night spent among the bugs under soiled linens. I dearly hope we can avoid returning there."

"It will depend on what the baron reveals this afternoon, " Griff stared out the window, scanning the quiet Shropshire forest with the wary eye of a man used to trouble. "If Lord Templemore proves uncooperative, we mayfind ourselves back at the Peacock′s Eye until we finish questioning the townspeople."

Juliet grimaced at the thought.

"Surely his lordship won′t continue to shield his ward once he hears what Pryce did to Juliet," Rosalind protested.

They both glanced to her, faces full of their usual sympathy and concern. It made her want to scream. She hated being treated as if she might break under the least strain.

But that came of being the youngest of three sisters, the only one not yet married. And the only one foolish enough to run off with a scoundrel like Morgan Pryce at eighteen, endangering herself and her family after he turned out to be kidnapping her, not eloping with her.

Pasting a blithe smile to her lips, she said to Griff, "Didn′t the innkeeper say that Morgan doesn′t reside with the baron?"

"Yes. But that was as much as I could discover. No one will identify the man in Helena′s sketch as his lordship′s ward."

Helena was Juliet′s oldest sister and gifted with a paintbrush. She, too, had cause to see Morgan brought to justice, but with her first baby′s arrival imminent, neither she nor her husband, Daniel, had dared journey to Shropshire.

Griff went on, "Templemore′s father might have tarnished the family name and run the estate into the ground, but Templemore himself has an unassailable reputation as a worthy gentleman. So no one in town would speak of him or Pryce to a stranger."

"But you′re sure that Morgan and Lord Templemore′s ward are one and the same," Juliet said.

"I′m sure. The Bow Street runner′s evidence proved it incontrovertibly."

"Still, it′s odd that a man with such lofty connections would stoop to kidnapping."

"It′s Pryce′s lofty connections that make me suspect we′ve hit on the truth," Griff said. "Everyone described your kidnapper as a man of refinement and education, who acted and talked like a gentleman."

He didn′t kiss like a gentleman. Juliet roundly chastised herself for the aberrant thought. Why was Morgan′s most annoying characteristic also the one that stuck in her brain? The impudent wretch! After all his wicked behavior, he′d had no business pressing a dark, shattering kiss on her before riding off into the mist like some careless knight of the road, leaving her behind.

Not that she′d wanted to go with him, after the way he′d deceived her. No, indeed! A man like that, untrustworthy and treacherous...

So what if he′d turned noble in the end, refusing to hand her over to the smugglers he′d kidnapped her for in the first place? So what if he′d fought his way out of the lion′s den with her, then left her to her family? He was still a devil for kidnapping her. Even if he had asked her to go with him after all that -- and he hadn′t -- doing so would have been disaster. Who knew what he really was, beneath his gentlemanly veneer?

She′d seen how well he wielded a pistol. She had no illusions about him now, despite his handsome appearance and deft kissing.

Drat it all, she must stop dwelling on that infernal kiss. "Do you think the baron will tell you where Morgan′s hiding?" Juliet asked.

"He′d better," Griff said, "or I′ll see that he answers for it. And once he does, I intend to hunt Pryce down and punish him to the fullest extent."

Juliet tensed. "Now see here, you will hold to your promise, won′t you?"

When Griff kept silent, Rosalind asked, "What promise?"

Griff looked a jot uncomfortable, not a good sign at all. Juliet glared at him. "Griff swore not to duel with Morgan or drag him back to London for a trial."

"He won′t do either of those," Rosalind said easily. "Both would create a scandal that would ruin you, dearest, and Griff would never risk that."

"Griff?" she prodded.

"Damnation, Juliet, you know I won′t do anything to shame you or..."

After the Abduction. Copyright © by Sabrina Jeffries. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

At the tender age of twelve, Sabrina Jeffries decided she wanted to be a romance writer. It took her eighteen more years and a boring stint in graduate school before she sold her first book, but now her sexy and humorous historical romances routinely land on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists and have won several awards. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and son, where she writes full-time and is working on her next novel.

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After the Abduction (Swanlea Spinster Series #3) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader of historical romance noverls for 20 years now (since high school). I stopped reading for years as the plots, characters and authors were getting boring. I started reading again this year and selected many authors based upon reviews I read. I picked up a book earlier by Sabrina Jefferies - One Night With a Price - and it was pretty good. I enjoyed the characters, story line and plot very much. I expected the same in After The Abduction. Unfortunately...I never connected with the characters much - mostly Juliet. The plot line itself was fine but, the way the characters interacted -especially the hero Sebastian and heroine - Juliet was just lacking for me. For one thing the novel goes on and on about how naive, innocent, beguiling and sweet Juliet was just 2 years before but, after the abduction she suddenly is worldy, suspicious, tough and almost mean sometimes. She admits the worse thing that happened during this abduction was being away from her family, the smuggler giving her one kiss and then bad gossip for a bit upon her return. Once Juliet meets up with Sebastian again and trys to get him to admit he was the smuggler who took her before - she is so in his face that it almost becomes irritating. She is constantly challenging him on everything and to be honest, this was not an appealing part of her character. Why Sebastian didn't find this equally maddening is beyond me - he clearly found her good looking and hot enough to try and seduce but, her constant nagging drove me crazy. It was not until late in the book after they got together that she finally started to settle down and become a likeable character to me. Although some scences are interesting - him teaching her to shoot, his putting her on a pedastal, when they played chess and 'John Thomas' sprung to life etc. were fine - it just wasn't enough to draw me in that they were creating a chemistry AND a relationship. I want to see passion and intensity and growth of characters toward each other - these two developed too much outside of their relationship for me to be convinced of things. I didn't think some parts of the book worked good - such as 1) they lie to each other from the beginning to try and fish out information they need -not appealing 2) they become intimate off and on in different ways throughout the book yet - never really seem to like or respect each other until late 3)he won't say he loves her until practically the last page -this is irritating 4) we never meet the mysterious twin brother Morgan until the epilogue and there is no way to connect to someone so late in a novel 5) they are apart for two years after the abduction yet, seemingly don't miss each other all that much in the time away yet, magically become re-enthralled with each other upon her visit to his home again???? Some of these things just didn't work for me. I would have preferred things to flow better so, I could connect everything more smoothly. Also...the author disclosed early on that Sebastian was in fact the same abductor who took Juliet two years earlier so...no mystery there. I would have liked to see the author draw the reader in a bit more in parts like that. In some ways, Sebastians Uncle and Juliet's sister and brother-in law are more appealing than this couple was at times. I wish I could give this book better reviews but, it just didn't work good for me until way too late. I think from the authors other book she is clearly talented so, I'll just put this book aside and continue to hope I find other good ones by her as I did earlier. You are welcome to buy this book. Depending on your tastes and requirements in novels, it just might work for you. If you are a long time reader like me, and have seen excellent plot lines come and go, it will probably end up rating so-so for you too.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1818 England Lady Juliet confronts Morgan Pryce, who ¿abducted¿ her two years ago. Juliet remembers his kisses, which have spoiled her for no other man seems to measure up to Morgan. However, the bounder insists he is Morgan¿s identical twin Sebastian Blakely. Apparently, the Bow St. report was incomplete and filled with misinformation.

Though Sebastian is quite persuasive, Juliet refuses to believe that he is not Morgan because the sparks between them remain as strong as those between her and her abductor proving the kisses could not be from two different males. Juliet rejects the notion that she is so fickle that she has fallen in love with two men. Instead Juliet concludes Sebastian is hiding something from her and when she discovers the truth she will know why he deserted her two years ago when they eloped.

AFTER THE ABDUCTION is a humorous Regency romantic romp that uses a partial The Comedy of Errors twins misidentification theme to quite amusing levels. The story line never takes itself very seriously though a taut subplot involving smuggling and Morgan feels more like tension relief interference from the comedic exchanges between the delightful couple. Sebastian is a wary responsible individual carrying the weight of two men on his shoulders. Juliet is the novel with her courage, persistence, and love. Wait till you see her using Holmes logic during a test at the end because that sums up one of the better female protagonists of the year. Sabrina Jeffries provides sub-genre readers with an entertaining novel that will bring her fan and critic accolades.

Harriet Klausner

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julieford More than 1 year ago
I love Sabrina Jeffries books. This is Juliette and Sebastian's story. Juliette eloped 2 years ago with "Morgan" which turned into a kidnapping. Sebastian, using the name Morgan, kidnapped Juliette to obtain information on his missing brother. Two years later, rumors start up again about the elopement/kidnapping and Juliette, along with her family confront Sebastian to seek revenge. The cat and mouse game that ensues is comically written and thoroughly enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These are three of the best books I have ever read...However, where the heck is Morgan's story? In order for this to come full circle there has to be a 4th book. I can only imagine what you could come up with for Morgan but what ever it ends up being, it has to be! I wait with bated breath...
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Hfowler More than 1 year ago
Sabrina Jeffries paints a beautiful story. The Swanlea Spinster's series isn't my favorite series of hers but this one is still entertaining. I do recommend it if you have read her other series.
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I am currently reading Sabrina Jeffries' backlist. I believe I started reading some of her backlist last year but I wasn't able to read any book from the Swanlea Spinster Series. This book can be read as a stand alone however, there are mentions of the other sisters. Unfortunately, this story picks up after Juliet gets abducted (hence the title After the Abduction, duh!) so we never get to read about how she was abducted but we do get an answer as to why. As I have mentioned, the story starts about 2 years after Juliet Laverick gets abducted by Morgan Pryce. Juliet, her brother-in-law Griff Knighton, and sister Rosalind (A Dangerous Love) are off to confront Morgan Pryce's brother Lord Templemore and demand to know where Morgan is so they can stop the rumors circulating around the ton that Juliet eloped with Morgan but was returned to her family, ruined. Who were they to see at Charnwood (Lord Templemore's estate) but Morgan himself! Apparently, Sebastian, Lord Templemore was masquerading as Morgan and was in fact the one who kidnapped Juliet! Of course, Sebastian did not admit to it when Juliet recognized him. So starts the sizzling cat-mouse game Juliet and Sebastian play as she tries to catch Sebastian in the act and make him admit that he is the one who abducted her. When Sebastian admits to her and not to her family, Juliet leaves him and goes back to London. Sebastian follows and proposes marriage again. The book ends with Juliet and Sebastian marrying, Morgan returning to England, and Rosalind giving birth to a baby. After the Abduction is a really great read. Not one of the best by Ms. Jeffries but a great read. Without reading A Notorious Love, which was the book where Juliet was abducted, I was able to follow the story. I loved the tricks Juliet pulled to try to make Sebastian admit that he was Morgan, that he was the one she fell in love with all those years ago. Their banter was electric and I thought that they were perfect for each other. Another thing that I loved about the story was when Juliet demanded that Sebastian come clean with her family about the abduction. I thought this was realistic and fit with Juliet's family values. This was also a great way for Sebastian to redeem himself and prove his love to her. What I do not like about this story was not Juliet but Rosalind. I thought she was irritating and just did not anything to the story. I wanted to skip through all the parts where she was acting irritatingly crazy because she wasn't able to conceive. I haven't read the first book and now, I am debating weather I will read it. Rating: 3.5 Stars Heat Level: 4
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maloses3000 More than 1 year ago
great book