Seducing Mr. Knightly
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Seducing Mr. Knightly

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by Maya Rodale
     
 

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He's the only man she's ever loved . . .

For ages, it seems, advice columnist Annabelle Swift has loved Derek Knightly, editor-owner of The London Weekly, from a distance. Determined to finally attract her boss's attention, she seeks advice from her loyal readers—who offer Annabelle myriad suggestions . . . from lower-cut bodices (success!<

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He's the only man she's ever loved . . .

For ages, it seems, advice columnist Annabelle Swift has loved Derek Knightly, editor-owner of The London Weekly, from a distance. Determined to finally attract her boss's attention, she seeks advice from her loyal readers—who offer Annabelle myriad suggestions . . . from lower-cut bodices (success!) and sultry gazes (disaster!) to a surprise midnight rendezvous (wicked!).

She's the only woman he's never noticed . . .

Derek never really took note of his shy, wallflower lady writer. But suddenly she's exquisite . . . and he can't get Annabelle out of his mind! She must be pursuing someone, but who? For some inexplicable reason, the thought of her with another man makes Knightly insanely jealous.

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"There is no doubt this is a charming, humorous, light and sweet read that few will resist enjoying." —RT Book Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062088949
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/30/2012
Series:
Writing Girl Series, #4
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
234,122
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

A fan of the genre, Carolyn Morris loves narrating romantic fiction and re-creating the Regency characters of England or more contemporary heroines. For this native Brit, a good cup of tea, a microphone, and a believable protagonist is the perfect formula for a great working day.

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Seducing Mr. Knightly 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet, funny, delightful.
zeeba More than 1 year ago
It was funny and delightful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a bit disappointed in this story. I had great expectations because of the reviews, but i fiound it slow moving, repetitive, and Annnabelle seemed ridiculous to me (especially that last grand gesture....more pathetic and embarrassing). Did not care for Knightly...in fact, i did not care for any of them i actually was routing for Owens! I cannot recommend. Save your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BORING!!!
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
SEDUCING Mr. KNIGHTLY by Maya Rodale is an exciting historical romance. Book 4 in &quot;The Writing Girls&quot; but can be read as a stand alone with re-appearing characters. Follow Annabelle Swift and Derek Knightly on a journey to find love. Annabelle, one of Knightly's &quot;Writing Girls&quot;,who has loved him from the first day she meet him.He has never noticed her until,she desires to seduce him totally and completely with a bit of help from her loyal readers. Filled with passion,desire,witty banter,jealous,discovery of passion, loyal readers,secrets,and love. For a fun read with two characters who will capture your heart even though Knightly is a bit of a stuck in the mud when it comes to love. He will steal your heart too. Fast paced with an interesting plot. Certain to delight readers from historical lovers,to newspaper lovers,scandal sheet lovers with tantalizing passion. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Above the Treeline. See Avon Books, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers and My Book Addiction and More for More information. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
dnneal More than 1 year ago
I went into this book expecting a lot. The previous books in this series have been wonderful--full of humor, strong heroines, awesome heroes and unique storylines. You connected with the characters and completely understood why they got together and enjoyed reading their journey--with numerous hijinks and mistakes-- to couple hood. In the case of Seducing Mr. Knightly, I had problems understanding why these two were paired together. Annabelle is convinced that she is in love with Knightly and is destined to be with him. And since a few years of working together hasn't brought them together, she is going to change her aspects about herself to make him finally love her back. Because everyone knows changing yourself for love always works out... And as smart and observant as Mr. Knightly is, he never noticed that Annabelle had a marked preference for him, although everyone else in the newspaper office has noticed about it. Even the reporter who only covers Parliamentary news knows of her feelings! So we have a woman who is changing herself to make her more attractive to the man and said man who only notices her when she stops fawning over him. *shaking head* To me, they were unbelievable as a couple. I also had a problem with the timidity of Annabelle; I like my female characters (regardless of the time period) to have a show of spirit or determination. More often than not, Annabelle was meek, accepting, and overshadow. It wasn't like the wallflower romances where the heroines were only retiring because of outside forces. Annabelle's very personality was one of subservience, even when New Annabelle came out to play, she was still a submissive personality (and not in a good way). The scenes where Annabelle shined with wit and humor kept this book from being mediocre or just okay. I am not saying this is bad, but for me it was a deal breaker. I like to read about characters with personalities similar my own. And Annabelle in no way resembled how I saw myself. I tried to forget my bias and read it from an outsiders perspective (trying to forget the other books), but I was continually kicked out of the story when Annabelle did or said something totally opposite of what I imagined a lead heroine should do. If you don't mind your heroines to be the quiet type and less forceful, you would probably enjoy this book. For me, it just did not work. And it was especially hard to read this book after reading Three Schemes and a Scandal where the heroine was so in charge and so full of life. Seducing Mr. Knightly wasn't bad (I did finish it after all) but it wasn't as great a story as the previous ones were for me. *Review copy provided by publisher for honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A delightful romance full of humor and fun. My favorite book of the Writing Girl Series.
Beagle-mom More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite of the Writing Girls...except for the drunken serenade by Lord Roxbury.
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
Note: review is based on an audio edition. The final book in Maya Rodale&rsquo;s cute Writing Girls series is the best of the four. The unrequited crush of Annabelle Swift, advice columnist for Derek Knightly&rsquo;s London Weekly, is finally reversed when she decides to use her own column to solicit the advice of her devoted readers in how to get the attention of &ldquo;the nodcock&rdquo; who doesn&rsquo;t even realize she&rsquo;s been in love with him for almost four years, ever since she started working for him. Annabelle has loved Derek forever but he doesn&rsquo;t even notice her. Annabelle lives a staid and uneventful life as a long-suffering relative with her neglectful brother, Thomas, and his harridan of a wife, the sour-faced Blanche and their three spoiled children. Secretly, however,she is &ldquo;Dear Annabelle,&rdquo; the beloved and admired advice writer for the notoriously scandalous London Weekly. Derek Knightly is the bastard son of a nobleman and his actress mistress who has the power and the wealth but not the respect of the high society he craves. Like Jane Austen&rsquo;s most mature of heroes, George Knightley from Emma, this Knightly is confident, self-assured, and has no patience for pretenses. Derek wishes to marry a title, Lady Lydia Marsden and, with the help and assistance of her brother, a powerful voice in Parliament, Derek will also get the protection he needs as fellow journalists are being targeted and prosecuted for their salacious ways of getting gossip. Derek will get his respect if Marsden will protect The London Weekly. All of this occurs just when Derek starts to notice Annabelle, however, and he is torn between his growing attraction to her and the respectability he has long craved.  Annabelle is a likable heroine, very ladylike but willing to take risks to get what she wants most: Derek Knightly. As in all of Rodale&rsquo;s stories, there&rsquo;s plenty of humor as Annabelle&rsquo;s readers come up with the most outlandish ideas to get him to notice her and, when Derek&rsquo;s own friends and colleagues begin to speculate on just who &ldquo;the nodcock&rdquo; might be&ndash;who, they believe, doesn&rsquo;t deserve Dear Annabelle if he can&rsquo;t even see how lovely she is&ndash;he is surprised to find he actually cares about and is attracted to her himself. The side story of the investigation of journalists at the rival London Times newspaper alongside the burgeoning romance between Annabelle and Derek is a nice juxtaposition. Are the journalists being ethical and truthful in their stories? And why hasn&rsquo;t Derek ever noticed the reserved and pretty Annabelle before? Carolyn Morris narrates this delightful story. Her voices for all four of the writing girls are subtly distinguishable and her reading of Derek has just the right blend of masculinity, ambition, and sensibility. Annabelle&rsquo;s voice is sweet and vulnerable but her bravery comes through loud and clear when she&rsquo;s ready to throw caution to the wind and go after what she wants. Derek&rsquo;s touching proposal at the end of the story melted my heart with its humility and true romance and their love story is believable and charming.  A great finale to a fun series.
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