Master of Seduction (Sea Wolves Series)

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The infamous pirate Black Jack Rhys never encountered a ship he could not board or a woman he could not bed. But the dashing brigand may have met his match in the fiery beauty who has vowed to bring him to justice . . .

A fearless, flame-haired enchantress, Lorelei Dupree believes she has a duty to her fianc? and to the city of Charleston to help end the reign of the notorious Black Jack. But when the bold pirate eludes her carefully set trap, she suddenly finds herself the ...

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Overview

The infamous pirate Black Jack Rhys never encountered a ship he could not board or a woman he could not bed. But the dashing brigand may have met his match in the fiery beauty who has vowed to bring him to justice . . .

A fearless, flame-haired enchantress, Lorelei Dupree believes she has a duty to her fiancé and to the city of Charleston to help end the reign of the notorious Black Jack. But when the bold pirate eludes her carefully set trap, she suddenly finds herself the prisoner of the irresistible criminal they call "Master of Seduction." Once trapped in Jack's intoxicating gaze, Lorelei feels herself falling under the handsome rogue's sensuous spell. And now the terror of the high seas faces the one peril he never anticipated—for though he has stolen so many hearts, he never dreamed he'd meet a woman who could so effortlessly conquer his own.

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Editorial Reviews

Affaire de Coeur
Ms. MacGregor has a gift for storytelling.
Romantic Times
Kinley MacGregor is a spirited new voice in adventure romance. Keep your eye on her.
Romance Readers & Writers Forum
Move over Julie Garwood and Dara Joy, there's a stunning new talent in town and her name is Kinley MacGregor!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061087127
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Sea Wolves Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 236,676
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Kinley MacGregor lives a life of extraordinary danger...as does any woman with three sons, a husband, a menagerie of pets, and a collection of swords that all of the above have a major fixation with. But when not running interference (or dashing off to the emergency room), she can be found chained to her computer where she likes to play with all her imaginary friends. With more than ten million copies of her books in print, in 26 countries, she certainly has a lot of friends to play with, too.

Writing as Kinley MacGregor and Sherrilyn Kenyon, she is the author of several series including: The Dark-Hunters, Brotherhood of the Sword, Lords of Avalon, and BAD. With an international, cult following, her books have appeared in the top three on the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestseller lists.

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Chapter One

The diary of Lady Ashton, 1775

Black Jack Rhys is the fiercest pirate to ever roam the raging seas. Every sailor alive fears to mention his name a" lest it summon him up from the very bowels of hell.

'Tis said to see his ship is to see your death, for he gives no quarter, shows no mercy. Once his prey is spotted, he is relentless in his pursuit and will not cease until he claims his prize.

Jack Rhys is a man possessed of a mysterious legend. A man possessed of numerous talents.

Tonight, I have met said man and discovered for myself just how hypnotic a creature he is. Aye, he is fierce and wild and untamed, but more than that, he is a spectacular specimen of manliness. And though I ache to have him for my own, I know only too well that no woman shall ever claim him.

With a sigh in my heart, I have resigned myself to the fact that I spent but one glorious night with the Master of Seduction. For one moment in time I held the unattainable, and tasted the full delights of my gender. There is no other man who can come close to matching Jack Rhys and so I end this small entry with the same sad note that I ended last night.

Farewell, Jack Rhys. May you always avoid the gallows.

Charleston, South Carolina, 1780

This was her night of supreme triumph.

Lorelei Dupree smiled in satisfaction as Justin Wallingford whirled her about the crowded dance floor. After all these years of waiting, of knowing deep inside her heart that he was the only man for her, she had finally heard his proposal.

And what a proposal it had been. Wearing his immaculate British uniform, Justin hadtapped on his wine glass with his monocle until he'd held everyone's undivided attention. Then the haughty, much sought after lieutenant had begged for her hand in the presence of Charleston's social elite.

Oh, but it was a glorious evening. She would treasure the memory for the rest of her life.

As the music finished and she left the dance floor on Justin's arm, Lorelei caught the pleasure in her father's smile. In his mid-sixties, Sir Charles Dupree, the most renowned Tory in Charleston, still held the striking handsomeness that had marked his youth. With his powdered wig rolled in the latest fashion, and wearing his dark blue jacket with the heavy gold embroidery, he looked quite dashing.

"I shall fetch us a cup of punch," Justin offered before leaving her side. As he made his way through the crowd, several men clapped him on the back and nodded in her direction.

Lorelei paused before her father. "You're looking smug this evening," she teased.

His smile widened. "And you, little Lori-Angel," he said, taking her extended hand and bestowing a fatherly kiss on the backs of her knuckles, "are as breathtaking as your mother."

She blushed at his compliment.

He kept her hand in his and held it tightly. He'd done that much tonight, as if fearing her coming marriage would somehow separate them. But Lorelei knew better. Nothing could ever come between her and her beloved father. He was her Saint George who had slain every evil dragon that had haunted her childhood.

"How is it Justin has left you free for this dance? I thought you had promised it to him alone?" he asked.

She raised her white lace fan to her face and whispered behind it, "I'm afraid I'm the one to blame, Father. My toes needed time to recuperate."

He laughed. It was common knowledge that Justin, a man of numerous talents, had never mastered the art of dancing.

"If you'll please excuse me," she said, reluctantly withdrawing her hand, "I see Amanda and Annabeth heading out to the balcony. I must speak with them."

"Ever as you wish, sweetest." That had always been his answer to any request, large or small.

Lorelei gave him a quick peck on the cheek before she skirted through the groups on the edge of the ballroom floor to seek out her friends.

The cool breeze outside was fragrant with magnolias as it whispered through the sculpted shrubs that surrounded the balcony. Crickets and frogs sang to the night while Amanda, Annabeth, and Martha fanned their flushed cheeks in the privacy of the ivy-covered balcony.

Annabeth was the daughter of the local magistrate. Fair Of face, she was pleasingly plump and had a cheerful disposition. Tall and thin with brown eyes, Martha had been Lorelei's very first friend. And the ever beautiful, perfectly coifed Amanda was either Lorelei's closest friend, or her worst enemy, depending on the mood they were in.

"Oh, Lorelei," Annabeth breathed as she joined them. "You're so lucky to have Justin dote on you SO."

"Aye," Martha agreed. I think he's the most handsome man at the party."

Lorelei looked to where her fiance stood inside with a group of other British Regulars. His father had commissioned Justin's lieutenant's rank just last year.

He was a handsome man. Tall of frame and slight of build, he had laughing blue eyes and was probably second only to her father when it came to indulging Lorelei's whims. The two of them had known each other all their lives and she looked forward to spending the rest of her life with him.

Amanda poked her arm with her closed pink fan. "Be warned, Lori," she said, her tone dire. "My mother told me a woman only has a month after the...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2006

    Pirates Yes...But, No Real Seduction...

    I have picked up a few books by KM this past year. I read ¿Master of Desire¿ (so-so) and ¿A Pirate of Her Own¿ (good just not great). After three books now, I feel I have gotten a taste for her writing and although she has promise, it¿s just not enough to please a long standing reader like me. Captain Black Jack was our hero. Granted¿he looked good in his pirate costume (often mentioned) and his flowing golden locks and deep tan but¿that was it. He seemed to spend quite a bit of time eating, drinking, playing cards, reading and sleeping on his ship instead of roaming the high seas looking for serious adventure. I think this book caught Captain Jack at the tail end of his career and thus¿part of the fun was lost. He was polite, kind, friendly and good from the start ¿ almost to a fault. I think women want a little ¿devil¿ now and then in their leading man. Our main heroine Lorelei was fine. Pretty gal as expected but, a wee bit on the spoiled and boring side. For a sheltered society gal, I thought she got over being kidnapped by Captain Jack and settling into life on a pirate ship pretty fast. I would say her redeeming characteristic ended up being she wasn¿t a simpering miss even with her goody goody background. I had to laugh at some of the unrealistic things that happened in the book. Why how many pirate ships allow men to bring their wives and kids aboard? It sounds like a Carnival Cruise for the pirate jet setter! Or¿Lorelei¿s favorite color being ¿yellow¿ and viola ¿ within hours of her request her room is refurbished with curtains, bedspreads, flowers and more all in her color scheme. Who knew that pirate ships had accounts at Bed, Bath & Beyond? Or¿that Lorelei just happens to be an artist and so is another pirate named Henri on the ship (fancy that ¿ in the middle of a huge ocean you meet a French man from Paris named Henri who is a mini Van Gough ¿ what are the chances?). And¿.that he had a ship full of paints, brushes, thinners, charcoal and boards/books for painting? At least he shared ¿ that was very friendly of him. Or that our head pirate Jack loves to read books. Why he had more books in his bedroom alone than you could find at the Library of Congress! Yet¿when the ship catches fire and goes down¿does anyone get upset over the loss of these precious books at a time when printing presses weren¿t exactly everywhere on the high seas? Nope ¿ not a word! Guess the pirates will just go shopping tomorrow and replace everything. Don¿t forget your Pirate Visa or Master of The Seas Card! Do enjoy this book but, please have a sense of humor and laugh at some of the silliness you can find in each chapter. Everything was simple and a little silly. If you are a fan of this author, continue to enjoy her works. If you are not, keep looking. There is something out there for everyone. Happy reading!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    Debm

    Loved this book. It was a relaxing read that had me not wanting to stop. The two main charactors were fun, strong and honest. If you like historical romance this is a must.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Love it!

    Great read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    great read.

    Good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2011

    Great entertaining read

    Quick, and entertaining read.

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  • Posted June 8, 2011

    MUST READ

    I love Kinley MacGregor and I love Pirates. Love the story line and for the intimate scenes tastefully done! Couldn't put the book down read in one day, yeah I love to read and have the time, what a read!
    Thank you for the fun stories,
    Sheila in CO

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  • Posted May 10, 2011

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    Never saw it coming

    Somtimes when you read a book you are able to see it all play out before you even finish. This book will shock you more than once. Very enjoyable read,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2006

    Best Book Ever!!!!!!!!!!

    I loved Black Jack. Jack is a man most women dream about.He is strong and fearless. This story was very romantic love it. I couldn't put this book down!! I have read many books by Kinley MacGregor this one is one of my favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2005

    Good Book

    I found this book to be refreshing and telling. At times I was frustrated at how sappy the heroin was but she would turn around and say something cute. The hero of the book however I thought to be very sexy and you couldn't help but fall for him. The end was very well written. I can't wait to read more of her books. The end alone was worth the entire book. Well done!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2002

    very sexy

    I found this novel to be a thrilling and adventurous one. As well as being very sexy. When I first started reading this book I had thought I knew how it was going to end up. But, I was totally wrong. This wonderful novel is one of the best I've ever read. It is full of twists and turns that one would never even imagine. To everyone else who is a virgin to this book, you must read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2002

    This book was wonderful!!

    Lorelei Dupree has led a charmed life. She's always been the apple of the men in her life's eye-whether it's her father, her suitors, or her new fiancé. She brags that she knows how to handle any man, can make any man want her-just treat him like a dog; when he comes at your bidding, you reward him. You always speak in a gentle tone, so that he is sure to always listen closely to what you have to say, and so on...And her intended, Justin Wallingford, proves her words true. But Justin is not above using Lorelei for his own means-and he means to catch a pirate, and not just any pirate, but the notorious Black Jack Rhys. Lorelei agrees to pose as a bar maid for Justin, to listen for any information she can gain on Black Jack. What she doesn't plan on is running into a handsome rogue with startling gray eyes that she'd gazed into only the night before-only he was someone else then. How could that be, unless HE was Black Jack? Seeing the intelligence and knowledge that shines in Lorelei's eyes, Jack knows what he's going to have to do. There is no way around it; he'll have to kidnap her, and lure Wallingford into a trap on his territory to save her. But what Jack doesn't plan on is being lulled by her innocence and freshness, or wanting her with every breath he takes. He didn't plan on her being such a little spitfire, either, and is soon lured into a challenge-that Lorelei can win Jack's heart before he can win her body. It was great fun reading the interaction between these two characters, who were both so sure of themselves where the opposite sex was concerned. The pace starts racing on page one, and doesn't let up. Jack and Lorelei are either at one another's throat, or having hands on one another's bodies. Things really heat up when Jack learns Lorelei has always wanted to paint, and provides paint supplies, and himself as a model. There were some laugh out loud moments with this! This book is full of fun and laughter, and sweet and poignant moments. Kinley MacGregor never disappoints, and Master of Seduction is another wonderful read by this author. She lets us get to know the characters so well, and draws us into every nuance of the book. I just wish there had been more! I think there are some wonderful stories in the supporting characters. Maybe that is for another read! This reviewer can assure you that if you're a fan of historical romance, you will thrill yourself by picking up this read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2002

    THE BOMB!!!!!!

    I loved this book. Black Jack was as fine as he was funny. This book really touched me and that is hard to do. I loved everything about this book! This is the second book that I've read by kinley and both have been excellent

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2001

    Seductions too Formulaistic but Plot is very good

    The title didn't follow through with its promise. The only thing 'steamy' was the chase and the foreplay. The actual love scenes per se, became a play on words that merely described the action. To get a sense of stomach-clenching, breath-riveting, heart-palpitating seduction scenes check out Jennifer Crusie's Welcome to Tempatation and Rachel Gibson's Simply Irrestible, Linda Howard's A Game of Chance (to name a few). MacGregor's dialogue and story line was good and the protagonists interesting. The story did tend to drag in places, but the action scenes overcame this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2001

    Blows the competition out of the water

    I've been reading romance for more than twenty years and I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a book more than this one. The banter is par excellence. The love scenes are spicy hot. The action incredible and the hero and heroine are two people you can believe in and root for. Kinley MacGregor has moved to the top of my gotta have it the day it releases list. If you like romance, you have got to try this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2000

    Excellent book

    I could not put this book down. The only mistake was that the male character in the book was blonde. The cover of the book shows a dark haired man. Oops! I can't wait to read 'A Pirate of Her Own.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2000

    Master of Seduction

    This is the best example of what a pirate book should be. Laugh out loud funny with great characters who make you care about them. Every scene is a real gem. This is without a doubt the best book I've ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 1999

    Master of Seduction

    Kinley MacGregor takes the high seas by storm with this fast-paced highly entertaining debut. The seductive cat-and-mouse games, wagers and challenges make everything sizzle and keep you glued to the page. With Master of Seduction, Kinley MacGregor makes an impressive mark on the genre.

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