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Song of Seduction
     

Song of Seduction

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by Carrie Lofty
 

Tormented by guilt. Haunted by scandal. Freed by love.

Austria, 1804

Eight years ago, composer Arie De Voss claimed his late mentor's final symphony as his own and became an icon. But fame has a price: fear of discovery now poisons his attempts to compose a redemptive masterpiece. Until a new muse appears, intoxicating and inspiring him...

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Tormented by guilt. Haunted by scandal. Freed by love.

Austria, 1804

Eight years ago, composer Arie De Voss claimed his late mentor's final symphony as his own and became an icon. But fame has a price: fear of discovery now poisons his attempts to compose a redemptive masterpiece. Until a new muse appears, intoxicating and inspiring him...

Mathilda Heidel renounced her own musical gift to marry, seeking a quiet life to escape the shame surrounding her birth. Sudden widowhood finds her tempted by song once more. An unexpected introduction to her idol, Arie De Voss, renews Mathilda's passion for the violin—and ignites a passion for the man himself.

But when lust and lies reach a crescendo, Arie will be forced to choose: love or truth?

83,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426890024
Publisher:
Carina Press
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
824,427
File size:
633 KB

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Fürstentum of Salzburg
January, 1804

Arie De Voss flexed his hands and rolled his shoulders against the tension pooling between his shoulder blades. Wind whipped through the canyons between tall, narrow town homes, down from the steep slopes of Mönchsberg where it loomed above the city. He caught his hat against the gust. Around him, laughter and conversations flourished with the intensity of a circus. If the curious guests noticed the stubborn glut of traffic along Kaigasse, they paid the irritation little mind. The lure of Lord and Lady Venners' ball, the first of Fasching, the Carnival season, claimed the city's attention.

Preparing himself as if for combat, Arie pulled his spine straight and yanked the lapels of his coat into place. When the heads of powerful families regarded him as they would the lowest musician, he would smile. When ignorant asses offered praise, attempting to demonstrate their modern taste in music, he would nod. And when his tolerance failed him, as it always did, he would have a sherry, grin, and lie his way through the evening.

After all, Arie accepted the necessity of lies. Lies eased his way onto every stage. And one indefensible falsehood—that he had composed Love and Freedom—formed the bedrock of his career.

He caught his breath as a hot wave of paranoia swept up the muscles of his chest. Someone would discover the truth. One day. But until then, he would do whatever society required of him to keep performing, writing, playing.

"Pardon me, Herr De Voss." At the entrance to the Venners' town home, a wigged footman offered a precise bow. "My name is Oliver, sir. Lord Venner requested that I attend to your requirements. May I take your hat and cloak?"

A hush settled among the guests who lingered in the grand entryway. Their fixed stares clung to Arie like ruthless vines, raising his ire beyond its elevated pitch. He quickly, carelessly shed his winter outerwear. A pageant of eyes followed every move.

"Sir, Lord Venner wishes to meet you before you join the other guests."

"Of course," Arie said.

Oliver's livery, wig and manners exactingly matched the other footmen. Arie kept his gaze fastened to the back of the man's powdered head through a maze of hallways and up two flights, lest he mistake his escort for another or lose him in the crowds.

Just inside the floral damasked walls of a private smoking room, the footman stepped smartly aside. "Lord Venner, esteemed gentlemen, I present Herr De Voss."

Meet the Author

Born in California, raised in the Midwest, Carrie Lofty met her husband in England—the best souvenir! After earning her masters degree with a thesis on Old West legends, she was excited to learn that other parts of the world have history too…and set about researching it all. Two precocious daughters and six moves later, she and her husband have settled north of Chicago.

Aside from an active presence with the Chicago North and Wisconsin chapters of Romance Writers of America, Carrie enjoys science fiction TV and movies, jogging along Lake Michigan, studying Shakespeare and any opportunity to belly dance. Carrie also wrangles the talented authors of Unusual Historicals, a blog she founded in 2006 to celebrate historical romances set in unusual times and places.


Carrie's romances have been praised as "inventive" (Dear Author) and "intelligent" (Smart Bitches). Her Robin Hood–themed debut, What a Scoundrel Wants, and its Spanish-set sequel, Scoundrel's Kiss, were awarded four stars by RT Book Reviews, which declared, "Lofty writes adventure romance like a born bard of old. "

With Ann Aguirre, she co-writes hot'n'dirty apocalyptic romances as Ellen Connor. Watch for their Dark Age Dawning trilogy, coming soon.

Visit: CarrieLofty.com or EllenConnor.com

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Song of Seduction 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Originally posted at: www.longandshortreviews.blogspot.com ***** I love a smart romance. Your know the type: deep characters living in a richly tapestried setting. Wonderfully flawed people who leap off the page. Song of Seduction is that type of book. The characters are far from perfect. Arie De Voss is a crass, socially awkward composer who stole his premier composition from his dying mentor. He's riddled with self doubt and self flagellation. At first, the reader wonders how he can possible be the hero. How could someone, much less the reader, fall in love with him? But Mathilda Heidel did and so did I. And so will you. Mathilda Heidel is much more likeable at the start. A young widow who has hidden her musical talents. Traded them, really, for respectability. But as any true musician, artist, or author knows, you ignore your artistic talents to you own peril. When Arie De Voss reawakens her music, she both loves and hates him for it. But that's not everything. He's got demons. She's got demons. And when they let their demons free... I don't want to ruin the story for you. Just know that Carrie Lofty is a master. Her sense of time and place and use of language make 1804 Austria come alive. I wanted a map and a travel guide filled with pictures to truly see with my eye the places her words brought me to in my mind. I know I'd find Mathilda and Arie there. I ran right out and bought her back list. That's how good this book is.
AAR More than 1 year ago
SONG OF SEDUCTION by Carrie Lofty is an Historical Romance set in 1804 Austria. It is written with depth and detail. It has lust, romance, redemption, guilt,passion in music, scandal and sensuality. The hero, Arie De Voss is handsome, a composer,he is condescending, shy with crowds but the instant he meets our heroine Mathilda things start to spark between them. Our heroine Mathilda Heidel, is a doctor's widow, loves music but puts it aside to seek a quiet life and escape the scandal her own parents caused. She is a gifted musician and Arie De Voss is her idol and has been for years. Things get heated up, they learn things together, and find true love. They must also deal with their guilt of the past, lust and finally the truth will surface. This is a story of the truth will set you free. I would recommend this book especially if you enjoy music, the challenges of being a composer and all it involves and most of all romance, sensuality and love at it's finest. This book was received for review from Net Galley and details can be found at My Book Addiction and More and Carina Press.
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