The Seduction of His Wife

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The new novel in Tiffany Clare’s tantalizing series about a most uncommon marriage—one that might just end with desire and romance…

AN INCONVENIENT SCANDAL

Emma Hallaway has not seen her husband in twelve years—and that’s fine with her. As a young girl, she’d agreed to a simple marriage of convenience, allowing her to pursue her private passion for painting. And though unknown to the rest of polite society, Emma is now one of the most daring ...

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Overview

The new novel in Tiffany Clare’s tantalizing series about a most uncommon marriage—one that might just end with desire and romance…

AN INCONVENIENT SCANDAL

Emma Hallaway has not seen her husband in twelve years—and that’s fine with her. As a young girl, she’d agreed to a simple marriage of convenience, allowing her to pursue her private passion for painting. And though unknown to the rest of polite society, Emma is now one of the most daring and sought-after artists in London. However, when her secret is threatened to be exposed, Emma is forced to open her heart—and her home—to a total stranger: her husband…

AN UNEXPECTED SURPRISE

Richard Mansfield, Earl of Asbury, is all too familiar with danger. As a matter of fact, it is hard on his heels when he returns to England. Still, even he is shocked to learn of his wife’s scandalous double life as an artist. But once he sees the vibrant grown woman she has become—so passionate, so strong, and so alluring—his undeniable attraction to Emma stuns him. Suddenly Richard is determined to turn their sham of a marriage into a true and lasting love. But how exactly does a gentleman seduce his own wife?

Dazzling, daring and different!

—Anna Campbell

“Tiffany Clare’s rich, sensual prose is a delightful indulgence!”

—Alexandra Hawkins

 

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Publishers Weekly
In a steamy Victorian follow-up to 2010's The Surrender of a Lady, Clare reunites Emma Hallaway-Mansfield, countess of Asbury, and her husband of 12 years, Richard, who left his 15-year-old bride after one night of marriage and went off to explore the world. They meet unexpectedly in a brothel, where Emma was lured in connection to her hidden profession: a painter of scandalous nudes. Newly returned to London to sell his overseas businesses, the earl is surprised to find his child bride has become a desirable woman with her own secrets. Though angry with Richard, Emma succumbs to the passion he arouses after years of suppressing her desires. Their sizzling courtship overcomes the thin premise, boosted by strong secondary characters, such as Emma's strong-willed sisters. (Feb.)
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THE SURRENDER OF A LADY

“Tiffany Clare writes a swoon-worthy romance filled with rich details and vivid characters. Any readers wishing for a bold and sweeping historical romance need look no further—Tiffany Clare is a treasure of an author!”—Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author

“Exotic, bold and captivating. Tiffany Clare’s rich, sensual prose is delightful indulgence!”—Alexandra Hawkins, author of Till Dawn with the Devil

“Dazzling, daring and different! Exotic and erotic! The Surrender of a Lady will have you turning the pages until you finish, no matter how late it gets. Tiffany Clare is a brilliant new talent in historical romance.”—Anna Campbell, author of My Reckless Surrender

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312381837
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,333,825
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Deciding that life had far more to offer than a nine to five job, bickering children in the evening, and housework of any kind, Tiffany Clare opened up her laptop to rediscover her love of the written word. Tiffany writes historical romances set in the Victorian era. She lives in Toronto with her ever-patient photographer husband, two mischievous children, and one hyperactive cat. Tiffany loves to hear from readers.

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Chapter 1

 

You never write to me. I don’t even know your whereabouts in the world.

1848 London

“You can’t go in there with me, Grace.” Emma Hallaway-Mansfield, Countess of Asbury, tugged her sister’s hand away from the latch on the carriage door.

Grace studied her with furrowed brows. “Emma, you asked me to come here with you. I won’t abandon you in your time of greatest need.”

“You have no choice.” Emma had to go in there by herself. “If anyone should recognize us, our reputations will be in shambles. You can’t risk that.”

“I don’t care. You’re my sister. You would never ask me to go into such a place on my own.”

“Think of Abby, Grace. If my reputation is completely ruined, I’ll not be able to help find our sister a husband … you, on the other hand, will.”

“You don’t know the things that happen in such a place.”

“And how would you know?”

Though Grace probably did know better than she, since her late husband had actually spent a great deal of time in her company. Which was more than Emma could say for her marriage. Emma refused to think about her marriage, or lack thereof, right now.

She’d been sitting here too long in indecisiveness—she was already running a few minutes late—and their nondescript carriage was drawing unwanted attention.

“Take the carriage around the square a few times. I won’t spend more than twenty minutes inside.”

“I ought to come with you. Waverly had no right in courting me, and then to turn around and do this to you.”

“Believe me, I know.” Emma sighed heavily and twirled her locket between her fingers as she tried to think of another solution. There was none. She was stalling at doing the inevitable. “But it can’t be changed.”

She had to find Waverly—the lying scoundrel—soundly reprimand him for his audacity, and then demand that her portrait be returned. A portrait she should have never painted. Or at least never have sold, since the subject in the nude was her.

With a deep breath, she tied a beaded velvet mask around her head to cover the top portion of her face. Not the greatest of disguises, but it would have to do.

“If you’re not back in twenty minutes, I’ll have no choice but to follow you in,” Grace said.

Kissing her sister on the cheek, Emma said, “Twenty-five minutes, no more.”

Emma turned up the latch on the carriage door. When her feet were on solid ground, her stomach turned into a jumble of nerves. She gave one last look in the dark window of the hack before turning away.

Night had fallen, but Haymarket was busy with foot traffic. She’d never been to this part of town. It was a place where gentlemen indulged in the sorts of wicked things a lady wasn’t supposed to have knowledge of. Emma hadn’t reached the ripe age of seven and twenty without discovering some of life’s idiosyncrasies, particularly where men were concerned.

After a couple of deep breaths, her stomach steeled against her anxiety, and she moved grudgingly forward. Standing before a great wooden door with iron detail of a medieval design, Emma lifted the horned-devil knocker and rapped it once.

A small peephole slid open and was followed by the gruff voice of a man. “Pass.”

“Balderdash,” she answered.

The door creaked open, giving way to a beefy man with bare arms bigger than the width of her cinched waist. Goodness, he was a veritable giant. Emma barely resisted the urge to take a step back and flee to the safety of the carriage. Scars marred one side of his face; his blue eyes were like shards of ice cutting through her as he gave her a once-over.

She stood taller, showing her determination to enter a bawdy house, and met his rigid gaze with her resolute one. She would not be refused entry. Nothing would stand in the way of saving the loosening threads of her reputation.

“Ain’t yer type o’ place,” the giant said.

“I’m sure it’s not.”

The giant took a step to the side, moving from the doorway with a firm scowl in place. “Don’t usually have yer kinder flashies. But yer gots yer pass.”

Emma looked around the amber-lit foyer. Rich Chinese silks and heavy Italian brocades hung on the walls in a conflicting mishmash of sheer and woven materials. Foreign perfume lingered in the air; it was so powerfully sweet, it burned her nostrils and had her holding her breath intermittently. The hallway was narrow and had no rooms on either side. A set of darkly stained wooden stairs loomed directly in front of her.

Courage, she told herself. She needed to pretend just for tonight that she had the courage to confront her nemesis. She couldn’t imagine what Waverly thought to gain in blackmailing her here. His purpose was obvious; the whys were not. Ascending the steps quickly, she opened another, less forbidding door at the top of the stairs.

Emma’s eyes went wide at the sight before her. The place was hot and crowded with at least fifty people—more people than she had expected. The room was wide and open, sporting high ceilings that did not dim the ruckus of everyone talking at the same time. Settees and deep couches were set around the room for patrons to repose on. The men in attendance all seemed to be of means if their pressed, finely cut suits were anything to go by.

Bawds mingled wantonly and freely amongst the crowd. Some were bare-chested while others wandered around without skirts and bodices to decently cover their unmentionables. Her hand clenched around her locket.

A small twinge of comfort enveloped her on noticing she wasn’t the only one sporting a demi-masque. She wasn’t the only one who needed to protect her identity.

On closer inspection of the debauched scene around her, patrons she thought were relaxing on the sofas were actually in coitus.

Eyes wide with that revelation, Emma reeled and nearly went back through the door to escape the scene unfolding around her. She stopped herself short of reaching that goal.

She couldn’t leave. First, the direction on the letter had been a firm demand that she attend this place. Second, her sister would have taken the carriage around and would arrive back in fifteen minutes at the most. Emma would not stand in the streets of Haymarket. It wasn’t safe for a proper lady to do so.

Taking a deep breath to prepare herself for the scene behind her, Emma tried to act as if she’d been in a place like this before and held her chin up unashamedly as she turned back around.

A few naked women would not scare her away. She was no stranger to the female form, since she painted it on a regular basis. As for the men engaging in all sorts of wicked acts, she’d just have to pay them no mind.

Despite the low décolletage of Emma’s pale cerulean evening gown, it was obvious she wore too many clothes not to be noticed by every man in the room. The other women of the upper echelon wore rich, dark tones, the gowns swept low off their shoulders. Emma was surprised their breasts didn’t spill right out of their dresses.

Emma skirted toward the private rooms. Taking a deep breath, she pressed open the first darkly painted door to reveal a couple bent over a red velvet divan in the throes of passion. A fat, squat man heaving to and fro in some mockery of the primal dance held a fistful of yellow hair at the back of the woman’s head.

Emma’s breath faltered, her will to do this sinking faster than a rock thrown in water. She shut the door with a snap, hoping she didn’t remember that horrible image for the rest of her days. Certainly married women didn’t participate in such untamed, wanton things.

The letter had been clear that she was to find the fourth door on this floor. She wasn’t thinking clearly when she most needed her wits about her.

Turning away from the line of doors, Emma looked about the room, hoping no one watched her. She hadn’t thought it possible for her day to get worse, but it had. Her eyes locked upon a gentleman she wished she could forget as easily as he had forgotten her.

Putting her hand to her mouth, she hoped she didn’t lose her meager dinner as she gazed at the man who had abandoned her a dozen years ago. He was like a predator lying in wait, all sleek and masculine where he lounged. Her heart stuttered in her chest at the sight of him. Swallowing past the lump in her throat was near impossible.

He wouldn’t recognize her. Or would he? She’d never have recognized him except for the fact that he looked like a younger version of his father.

There was no mistaking that strong Roman nose of his, or the tussled waves of light brown hair that brushed the open collar of his shirt. His face was weatherworn and tanned, evidence he spent most of his days in the sun. The boy she’d known had grown into a distinguished gentleman.

How she wished it wasn’t him.

But there lounged her husband—whom she hadn’t seen in twelve years—with a bawd atop his lap.

What a farce this was.

 

Copyright © 2010 by Tiffany Clare

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  • Posted February 12, 2011

    Too Crude and I'm not a Prude

    I found this book to be too pornographic for my tastes. Lots of crude graphic descriptions of over the top sex. I felt it left no room for me as the reader to imaginatively participate in the action of the story. I felt like a voyeur at a show I didn't want to attend. I tried to persevere and finish the story because I paid for it, but ended up dumping it half-way. It was a bummer because the story line had potential, but it wasn't worth the journey for me. Couldn't figure out what it would be like from the preview sample. . . . So buyer beware. A waste of a guilty pleasure read, I wish I had my money back.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2010

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    entertaining early Victorian second chance at love romance

    Lord Richard Mansfield married Lady Emma Hallaway when she was fifteen years old in a marriage of convenience. They shared one night together before he left England to travel the world.

    A dozen years later, Richard is back in London on business. He runs into his wife at the last place he expected to meet her, a brothel. She is there as an artist painting nudes secretly. The Earl is stunned with his desire for his now adult countess. However, though he makes it clear he wants her and she detests her body for reciprocating, she hates her husband for deserting her when as a teen she needed him most. Richard begins a courtship to win the mind of his wife; he already owns her heart and her body.

    This is an entertaining early Victorian second chance at love romance in spite of the marriage of convenience desertion theme having been used frequently before (see The Phantom Husband by Alana Clayton). Richard's courting of his spouse and a strong secondary cast especially her kick butt sisters makes for a fun historical; but like Elena's profession in The Surrender of a Lady, Emma's vocation provides freshness to this brisk tale.

    Harriet Klausner

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2011

    recommdended

    I liked this story. Although I enjoy most scenerios where the husband is chasing the wife.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

    Wow

    This book started off with a good plot but after a few pages the book focused on their relationship. The rest was tacked onto the end, more like an after thought. When at the beginning a lot was said about the threats hanging above them. It was unsatisfying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2011

    Steamy enjoyable read!

    I loved the main characters in this book. You could feel the chemistry. The story was original and fun. I would definitely recommend to friends.

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  • Posted March 8, 2011

    A SEDUCTIVE STORY OF LOVE AND ROMANCE!! THE SEDUCTION OF HIS WIFE BY TIFFANY CLARE!!

    THE SEDUCTION OF HIS WIFE by Tiffany Clare is a delightful historical romance set in 1848 London. The hero in this story made an appearance in "The Surrender of a Lady".This is a story of abandonment by a husband who returns after twelve years,of making sacrifices for love,being true to yourself,reacquainting with the person you left behind.After twelve long years of abandonment by her husband,Emma,has made a life for herself by painting erotic portraits unknown,and remaining a Lady. She is now being blackmailed by someone she believed to be her friend.Meanwhile,her husband,the handsome, Richard,returns home to England,after being abroad or elsewhere for twelve lone years.They where young when their marriage was arranged by their fathers,Emma only fifteen and Richard nineteen.Richard was looking for adventure,making a place for himself not looking to marry,so he left Emma,the morning after their wedding night,after consummating their marriage.Emma,only wanted Richard,for she had loved him forever,she wanted children and a life with Richard.But this wasn't to happen for twelve long years.Richard coming back to England,runs into Emma at no other place than a brothel.What the world was she doing there? Being blackmailed she was forced to go to meet with who she thought her friend,until he decided to blackmail her.Threatening to expose her secret paintings.She runs into Richard as she is leaving the brothel,the blackmailer did not show up.This is a fast paced,adventure filled,full of sensual passion with an underlying story going on between Emma's older sister and Richard's best friend.This is a captivating story that will keep you turning the pages from the first page to the last.I would highly recommend this book especially if you enjoy sizzling sensual romance,seduction and a passion for life.DO BE WARNED, IT DOES HAVE A LOT OF SENSUAL SCENES,BUT THE TITLE TELLS IT ALL "SEDUCTION OF HIS WIFE"! The story has interesting plots:Can after twelve years of abandonment, a husband court his wife,win her back,finally find love,keep from being killed,sell his business of opium trade and survive it all? Find and keep the love of his life and find true purpose in his life.? This book was received for the purpose of review from St. Martin's Paperbacks,a division of St. Martin's Press and My Book Addiction and More.

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

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    Don't waste your time

    This was the first book I have read by this author and I have to say that this is quite possible the worst book I've read to date. Last 15 pages were the best of the book. I agree with the earlier remark- I'm not prude either but every other page is a bit much... No real connection between the characters in the book nor a strong story line.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2011

    The title says it all - "Seduction" of his wife

    For adult reading, it is over the top sexually from the avg romance, it does have strong details of sex scenes and erotica, if you enjoy that you won't be disappointed! Personally I enjoyed it and will look for more of Tiffany Clare's books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2011

    Would not recommend

    This book crosses the line between romantic fiction and porn.

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