Seduced

Seduced

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by Pamela Britton
     
 

Lucien St. Aubyn and Elizabeth Montclair hate each other-well, perhaps not hate, but something akin to a strong loathing. Lucien sees Elizabeth as the biggest snob who ever danced upon Society's floors. She is proud, arrogant, the epitome of everything he despises-and the only woman who has ever resisted his charms. He devises a plan to seduce her, only to have it

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Lucien St. Aubyn and Elizabeth Montclair hate each other-well, perhaps not hate, but something akin to a strong loathing. Lucien sees Elizabeth as the biggest snob who ever danced upon Society's floors. She is proud, arrogant, the epitome of everything he despises-and the only woman who has ever resisted his charms. He devises a plan to seduce her, only to have it backfire.

Elizabeth feels that Lucien might well be the Anti-Christ. Suspected of killing his brother for the ducal title and known for charming every woman he meets out of her skirts, Elizabeth only sees Lucien for the degenerate and rake that he is and would rather cut off her limbs than to have anything to do with such a hateful man. When the two are caught alone by a woman who wastes no time in telling Elizabeth's mother, Elizabeth's worse fear comes true-she must marry a rake.

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STARRED REVIEW
It isn’t easy to write a tale that makes the reader laugh and cry, but Britton succeeds, thanks to her great characters: a hero who’s a much better man than society (or he) believes, a brave heroine who falls in love against her will, and memorable servants and villains.
Romantic Times
Pamela Britton is well on her way to stardom!
Publishers Weekly
Though Britton's newest Regency-era romp (following Enchanted by Your Kisses) doesn't begin with the words "Once upon a time," it has a fairy-tale quality that will easily disarm readers. The book's unlikely Prince Charming is Lucien St. Aubyn, who's been dubbed the Duke of Death and the Rake of Ravenwood-the former because people close to him tend to die (including his father and brother) and the latter because he enjoys debauching innocent young women. The one woman he can't seem to seduce is Elizabeth Montclair, the lowborn daughter of a cobbler-turned-earl. Elizabeth loathes Lucien, but when they're caught together without a chaperone, she's forced to marry him to save her reputation. The marriage of convenience is an overused historical romance device, but Britton's plucky characters keep the story fresh with their comic repartee and sensual battle of wills. Unfortunately, the novel takes an improbable turn when Lucien is charged with the murder of his older brother. This twist allows the protagonists to resolve their trust issues, but it also makes for an overly dramatic (albeit suspenseful) finale. Still, this delightful tale outshines many romances of its ilk, and the protagonists' spry wit and comic antics will have readers on the floor in stitches. (Apr.) Forecast: A cover quote from Amanda Quick should help this burgeoning talent build her readership. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446611299
Publisher:
Hachette Book Group
Publication date:
06/15/2009
Pages:
386
Sales rank:
1,369,494
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Seduced 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has changed my opinion on romance novels. I am an avid reader, but for the life of me I could never understand the attraction to romance novels. I thought they were a silly and a pointless waist of time. I thought that they all repeated the same thing over and over, a damsel in distress saved by the handsome prince. When I was in the bookstore the other day just browsing, this book caught my eye. So I decided to buy it. I read the whole book in one day. I haven't done that since I read Jurassic Park. The book of course was Seduced by Pamela Britton. Let me tell you it changed my opinion totally. It was funny, sad, witty, charming, sexy and just a great read. I litterally could not put it down, I just didn't want to. I was a little upset when I finished because I wanted to read more. This is one of the best books I have read in a long time, and believe me I read everything and am addicted to the bookstore. So if you have never liked romance novels or have never even read one, let this one be your first. I can't wait for her next book to come out. This book was really great. Because of this book I have decided to read some other romance novels, I just finished a couple of other books that I will put in my recommendations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The last review wasn't intended for this title. I'm giving it a 5 star now to compensate for the 1 given before.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a previous review of this same title I made a terrible faux pas: expressing an opinion without being sure of its validity! But alas, I know when I err so I am swiftly correcting my mistake. According to the Merriam-Webster's dictionary, the first recorded usage of the 'F' word circa 1503, making it plausible that the word was commonly used in the Regency period. However, I still don't know why the 'hero' had to be so fond of the word.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love nothing more than to laugh while reading a book. Seduced made me do that and more (I cried). A 'stay up until the wee hours of the morning' book. Trust me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved the characters. Plainly, this author has a gift for writing about sassy heroines and charming but mischievous rakes. Unfortunately, the author didn't know what to do with the story. She filled the pages with unnecessary ocurrences without properly developing the relationship between the characters. She tried to do too much and at the end, her efforts felt flat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Disappointed. This is the first Pamela Britton book I have ever read, the lovers were immature and their passion for each other comes around the last forty pages; way too late. Ms. Britton seems, however to be a good writer, the story was good just too much bickering and leaving the room and not enough love! I am looking forward to Tempted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book brought me to tears... The main character, Lucien's, speech when he was about to be hang is so very touching. For those who haven't given up on true love, it's the way you want your lover to feel about you. Furthermore, 'Seduced' had a good storyline with interesting characters, some parts would make you laugh out loud, and others would make you cry. My heart goes out to Lucien... definitely worth reading...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow. Not since reading the old Jill Barnetts have I been so taken with a book. Pamela Britton has a way with humor that will leave you tittering. Yet like those JB books she can make you cry. Wow. Definately my 'find' of the year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed most of this book. Some parts were hilariously funny, and some were boring. There was a good plot, but something special was missing. Read it for yourself and decide.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time they met she called him a murdering whoremonger, the second time her reputation barely survived. But the third meeting in a study during a ball proved the most disastrous and Lady Elizabeth Montclair found herself saying ¿Yes¿ to a marriage proposal for the Duke of Death. Bored with the Ton, Lucien St Aubyn, christened ¿The Duke of Death¿ only intended to seduce the Lady who hated him with such passion (even if it was aptly deserved), certain the chase would relieve some of his ennui. Proposing and actually carrying through with the farce of a wedding hadn¿t been part of the plan. So what does one do exactly with an unwanted spouse? Whisking Elizabeth out of London, Lucien takes her to his estate where, they make a bargain. She stays long enough to avoid scandal and he would teach her to seduce any man she wanted. Thus begins the intriguing game of seduction. But who will seduce whom, and can love prevail? Only when an old scandal returns to interfere with their future happiness does Elizabeth realize that love can warm even Death itself. ¿Seduced¿ contains a humor that is astounding. Reading the relationship between Elizabeth and Lucien was a true pleasure, and well, this book is why I read romance. Just don¿t plan on reading this book during break time, you won¿t be able to put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a book that will sweep you away from the very first chapter, then this is your book¿ If you are looking for a book that will make you laugh, touch your heart, and make you bite your nails with anticipation, then this your book. The characters have depth and great wit. Lucien St. Aubyn is somewhat of a dark rogue with a past haunted by death. And Elizabeth Monteclair is technically no one special amongst the elite ton but she has her pride, her sharp wit, and an amazing amount of courage. Two people whose only mutual interest in each other in the past has been that of tossing barbs at one another. The characters played off of each other perfectly. As Elizabeth tries to make the best of a marriage she wants nothing to do with¿ And Lucien finding his life to be anything but dull with Elizabeth as his wife. Pamela Britton definitely proves the theory that opposite can attract. The sexual tension is delicious and the mystery wrapped around Lucien¿s life is very well woven in. I absolutely recommend this book. I look forward to all future books she writes and think she will be an author to keep an eye on.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1819 though both are aristocrats sharing some commonality in terms of invites, Lucien St. Aubyn and Elizabeth Montgomery detest each other. Elizabeth believes that Lucien is a "murdering whoremonger" living up to his reputation as the Duke of Death while he figures that in spite of her being the granddaughter of a cobbler she is the queen of snobbery. A bored Lucien decides to seduce Elizabeth because she seems so unattainable. He tricks her with a phony note from a friend, but nosy Lady Derby catches them together without a chaperone. Shockingly, Lucien does the right thing by marrying the nay saying Elizabeth. As they become acquainted she realizes that his image as the king of rakes is a fake and that he feels guilt over killing his brother in a duel. He is shocked by how down to earth she is with the servants and farmers. As they fall in love, he is sent to Newgate to be tried for killing his sibling, but to her dismay he wants to die. Regency romance readers will agree that Pamela Britton¿s latest tale is a pleasant experience. The story line hooks the audience who will want to see how Elizabeth and Lucien overcome the mind-sets of intense dislike for one another. Though their respective public images seems unreal when the audience observes how caring and nurturing the lead couple is, SEDUCED is a seductive read that the sub-genre crowd will appreciate. Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by Pamela Britton and I definitely want to read more from this wonderful author! I enjoyed reading it from the very first sentence and did not want to see it end. Lucien St. Aubyn is called by most the Duke of Death, because of the rumors that say to be near him means your death and that he murdered his brother for the dukedom. Elizabeth Montclair is a daughter of an earl who has always felt unwelcome by society. She vows to marry only for love. The first time Lucien and Elizabeth meet, their dislike of eachother is immediate and causes sparks to fly. I especially enjoyed the bantering that Lucien and Elizabeth indulged in. The way they tried to one-up eachother had me laughing out loud in many scenes. The sense of humor that these two characters had was wonderful. The sexual tension between them was very hot and the love scenes made my heart beat faster.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by Pamela Britton, but it certainly won't be the last. What a pleasant surprise! Britton delivers an amazing blend of wit, charm, emotional resonance... and a humor that is all her own. (There's something about the phrase "influx of monkey blood" that sends me into fits of giggles every time I read it...) Lucien is my favorite kind of hero: tough on the outside, but truly tender and sweet on the inside. I read the whole thing in one sitting; she made me laugh and then she brought me to tears. As I finished the epilogue, I realized I had run through the full spectrum of emotions, and the only thing left to do was sigh with satisfaction... and turn back to page one to do it all over again. Trust me... you will fall in love with these characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lucien St. Aubyn has been labeled the Duke of Death. Everyone close to him has died over the years, including his older brother (although that death is attributed, whether rightly or wrongly, to Lucien¿s own hand). Consequently, Lucien really doesn¿t care. He doesn¿t care what anyone thinks of him, he doesn¿t care about doing what is socially responsible ¿ he just doesn¿t care. Elizabeth Montclair¿s time is running out. This is her third season to be paraded around looking for a husband, and, as a result, her family is nigh onto penniless. It¿s do or die time for Elizabeth to procure a husband; however, she is not interested. Having been advised of the fraility of men¿s affections by her aunt long, long ago, Elizabeth is content to wait out her last season and retire to a comfortable life as a governess somewhere. Enter Lucien, who is suffering from a deep feeling of boredom. How to cure this? He spies Elizabeth across the room and immediately devises a plan. How about by seducing a woman who loathes him? Could there be a greater challenge? It doesn¿t hurt that Elizabeth is not really considered of the upper class and no one will care if he seduces and ruins her. Elizabeth has heard all the rumors about Lucien and knows that they must be true ¿ the Duke of Death has crossed her path before and left only a negative impression. She would rather expire than have anything to do with him. Lucien maneuvers circumstance to capture Elizabeth alone at this soiree¿and they are caught as he is touching her lips, compromising her totally. He offers marriage, and trapped, Elizabeth accepts. Although he doesn¿t and won¿t allow himself to love her and she loathes him, can they make this marriage work? This book was a very entertaining read. The adversarial nature of Lucien and Elizabeth¿s relationship allow for lots of sexual tension and fun and games between them. Seduction is the theme and it is well represented here. I have never heard of such inventive eating of fruit before in my life! There is also a wager between them later in the book which made me laugh out loud at the consequence of poor Lucien¿s loss. On a more serious note, as they learn to know each other, as Lucien is slowly revealed to Elizabeth through experience and the comments of others, we are allowed to see what is really driving this tormented soul. How could anyone help falling in love with him? Pamela Britton has written a wonderful, fun and romantic story. Bravo, Ms. Britton, bravo!