A Dance with Seduction

A Dance with Seduction

by Alyssa Alexander

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A Dance with Seduction by Alyssa Alexander

Vivienne La Fleur is one of London's most sought after opera dancers and one of England's best weapons: the spy known as the Flower. When a French agent pressures her to change allegiance by abducting her sister, Vivienne is forced to seek the help of the only man in London who doesn't want her.

Maximilian Westwood, retired code breaker, doesn't like surprises or mysteries and the Flower is both. When she sneaks into his study in the middle of the night with a coded message, he's ready to push her out whatever window she arrived through. Except Maximilian is unable to turn away a woman in trouble. Determined to rescue Vivienne's sister, they engage in a game of cat and mouse with French spies that requires all of Vivienne's training and Maximilian's abilities. Bound together by secrecy, they discover there is more between them than politics and hidden codes, but love has no place among the secrets of espionage...

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ISBN-13: 9781548895303
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/14/2017
Pages: 370
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.82(d)

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A Dance with Seduction 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book needed more heat and it moved too slowly
Pompie1999 More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by Alyssa Alexander. After looking at reviews of the other books in this series, I may go back and read them. I seem to be all over the place with this book. I love spy stories and I think code-breakers are some of the unsung heroes of war. This book has both and the premise of the story was a good one. I just felt that it frequently moved too slowly. Maximilian Westwood is a second son who makes his living doing translations in the several languages he speaks. He is also a retired code-breaker for the crown. He is taciturn, growly, frowning and totally engrossed in his translations. Max is the most honorable man you could ever want to meet. That is his nature and it is also to contrast his disreputable older brother. Vivienne Le Fleur is a British spy. She has been trained since she was a child in all of the skills to become the consummate spy. She is superb with all weapons – pistols, knives, swords, etc. The Flower is an opera dancer and the mistress of Henri. She is also totally immersed in the persona she had to adopt in order to facilitate her spying. She is so immersed that she no longer knows where that persona ends and where the real ‘her’ begins. Henri is the handler for Vivienne, The Flower, and I won’t say much about him other than to say that he’s a real jerk. A French spymaster known as The Vulture wants to recruit the Flower and turn her into a double agent by any means – fair or foul – mostly foul. When she won’t turn, he kidnaps her sister to force her to do her bidding. Flower worked with Max when he was a government code-breaker and she trusted him – at least as much as she trusted anyone. So, when she needed to have the Vulture’s coded messages deciphered, she went to him. They end up working together to solve the mystery. What I really didn’t like really didn’t have much to do with the story – Max’s brother was really detestable and I would have loved it if something irreversible had happened to him. He could die or he could go insane or . . . Well, I just didn’t care, but it would have been nice for Max to take over the title or at least the management of the estate. I also didn’t like that there was no real, lasting punishment for Henri. Somebody other than the Flower should have taken him on! "I requested and received this book at no cost to me and volunteered to read it; my review is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher."
Anonymous 6 months ago
I love Alyssa Alexander. It is difficult to find a well written mystery/romance. Good, original characters who weren't perfect, and rich, just very real and likable.
McM0mmy-PW More than 1 year ago
I actually loved the story line with a female spy who was lethal vs one who swoons at the drop of a hat. The picture of Max was almost a stick in the mud before he started interacting with Vivienne. She brought him to life in the story. Henri just gave me the creeps, but loved Jones! Hopefully something happens to Max's brother, he deserves it! The story progressed pretty quickly with their search for her sister after she was kidnapped. What I had a hard time with was the woman never slept. She was either out on an assignment all night, searching for Anne, dancing on stage, or with Max. Hard to believe she would have that much energy to keep going! Otherwise, pretty awesome read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story with lots of suspense, action and romance. Each book in the series is better than the last. This is an author to watch and read.
LadyC More than 1 year ago
Not your typical spy meets love happily ever after romance. A Dance with Seduction has detailed complex characters. Flower, a spy, dancer, sister, forced into a world of intrigue to discover she thrives in this world. Maxmiliian (love this name) ex-soldier/codebreaker now translation expert. When a spy needs a code breaker to decipher a code after her (secret) sister is abducted could something more develop. Flower's whole existence is based on lies so is she a spy? a dancer? English? French? Max was out of this life but finds himself back in beside an alluring woman-but who is she? I really loved Max and his strong principles. Vivienne is an interesting and extremely complex character who at many times I felt for and felt annoyed at. The secondary characters are entertaining and interestingly woven in. It is a well done romantic intrigue that left me shocked at the culprit. A good read.
TamWindsor_69 More than 1 year ago
This story had it all for me: romance, suspense, action, danger, chemistry, secrets and espionage. There was just enough of a balance between sentimentality and emotion & cloak and dagger to satisfy the multi-dimensional reader in me. Vivienne and Max were complex, vivid characters to cherish and remember. The interesting story line moved along steadily and did not lag at any point. Alexander, a new-to-me author, is now one of my favorites! *I received a complimentary ARC of this book from NetGalley & Entangled Publishing, LLC in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.
BarbaraVW More than 1 year ago
I received a free book and voluntarily chose to review it. My strong woman in this story is a spy. She is a very good spy. Maximilian has left the government and isn’t a code breaker any more, but she convinces him to help her. Although Flower is good at her job, things happen and she needs help. Loved the book. A very good suspense story with romance.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
'A Dance with Seduction' by Alyssa Alexander is Book Three in the " A Spy in the Ton". This is the story of Max and Vivienne. I have not yet read the other books, so for me this was a standalone book. Vivienne is a spy they call Flower...and someone wants her to turn her spying to their purpose. When she refuses they kidnap her younger sister. Vivienne needs help breaking the code they have left her and she turns to Max who at one time they did a job together and she trust him as much as she can trust anyone. Vivienne had to at an early age choose between spying or prison. So she doesn't really know who she is with so many identities she has to play. But she does know she needs her sister back safely at any cost. Max at first isn't wiling to help her it seems but he gets drawn into her world and does try to help. But can these two have a future....it was interesting to see it play out for sure. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
candy-b More than 1 year ago
I was quickly drawn into the story with the first paragraph. The descriptions were wonderful, vivid and you feel as though you could step into the scene. It was so dark, he could not see a thing, but her hand always found his without fumbling, as if she could see in the dark. The characters seemed real and life like. Flower did her dancing exercises every night before bed. The plot was complex but expertly woven into a mesmerizing tale. The author wrote a smooth and even paced book, worth the time and effort to read. I really loved it and highly recommend it. I received this book from Net Galley for a review.
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
It's another amazing historical fiction novel. It's a historical mystery, Maximilian is a retired code-breaker and now he works privately, translating for his clients. Vivienne is a spy, she working with her handle Henri. She has a younger sister to look after and to protect her sister she is willing to do anything. She doesn't trust anyone, but when she finds herself in trouble she must trust Maximilian. Together they must work together, soon realizing that they are attracted to each other, there is so much more to their working arrangement. Secrecy of utmost importance though and they have to be careful of the 'French Vulture.' The story is full of mystery, intrigue, and spying. About two unlikely allies who are brought together because of the circumstances and now find it difficult to be apart, it's quite an exciting read.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Given the choice between prison, hanging and becoming a spy – which would you choose? If your younger sister was kidnapped and her life threatened to force you to become a double spy – what would you do? If you had a coded document needing to be deciphered - who would you go to? Faced with such questions and not knowing which way to turn was not easy for “The Flower” but her first stop was with code breaker Maximilian Westwood. After that all bets were off as thief, spy and dancer, Vivenne Le Fleur, set out to find her sister and do the best that she could to do right by England. Max does step in to help out from time to time and in the process the two learn more about one another, begin to care for each other and eventually come to an understanding they – and their country – can live with. Fun story and interesting read. I look forward to reading the next book in the series when it comes out and would like to thank NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the ARC – This is my honest review.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Maximilian has retired from code breaking for His Majesty’s Secret Service, he is now a translator. One evening, Vivienne La Fleur, whom Maximilian knows a little, creeps into his study and asks for his help. Vivienne, is officially an opera dancer, but is in fact a spy for the Crown: the Flower. Vivienne’s sister has been abducted as leverage, and Vivienne cannot tell her handler and protector, Henri. What Vivienne knew would be a perilous endeavour soon becomes a matter of life and death. A DANCE WITH SEDUCTION really is a spy caper, and I found refreshing that Vivienne is a competent spy, and not fumbling her way through her missions. I had no issues pertaining to the plot, but with Vivienne’s story. I could not fathom how a spy, even a couple of centuries ago, could barely read; how come no one noticed, not even her handler. That didn’t work for me, and we know this right from the beginning. But I felt it became even more implausible when we learned Vivienne’s full backstory, and whether I wanted it or not, it deeply affected my appreciation of the book. While it was a fact for artists, I wasn’t too crazy either to have a heroine who is described as a kept woman, although this was satisfactorily explained later on. Ms. Alexander paints a realistically bleak atmosphere – spying is, after all, done in the shadows – which suits the story, as well as the author’s unadorned writing, there are also lovely period details strewn throughout. I did find Vivienne’s lines of dialogue a bit stilted at times, possibly to convey her French accent, and the same applies to some parts of her story told from her perspective – not her point of view, this book is written in the third person – it felt stiff. Maximilian was a welcome change for a hero: he is not wealthy, he is not an aristocrat; he is more of a Regency geek, and a real gentleman to boot. Vivienne is a fun heroine, capable and kind-hearted, driven, and a believable one, apart from the abovementioned issues, which do not affect the character per se, but the story. Although I found the first sex scene a trifle incongruous, the other ones were very well done. The romance was really nice, especially from Maximilian’s side; the action sequences are terrific: lightning fast and convincing; and I was totally wrong as to the identity of the villain. Now, I have to wonder if there is a book in store for the most intriguing Jones… I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.