After the Abduction (Swanlea Spinster Series #3)

After the Abduction (Swanlea Spinster Series #3)

by Sabrina Jeffries
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After the Abduction (Swanlea Spinster Series #3) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader of historical romance noverls for 20 years now (since high school). I stopped reading for years as the plots, characters and authors were getting boring. I started reading again this year and selected many authors based upon reviews I read. I picked up a book earlier by Sabrina Jefferies - One Night With a Price - and it was pretty good. I enjoyed the characters, story line and plot very much. I expected the same in After The Abduction. Unfortunately...I never connected with the characters much - mostly Juliet. The plot line itself was fine but, the way the characters interacted -especially the hero Sebastian and heroine - Juliet was just lacking for me. For one thing the novel goes on and on about how naive, innocent, beguiling and sweet Juliet was just 2 years before but, after the abduction she suddenly is worldy, suspicious, tough and almost mean sometimes. She admits the worse thing that happened during this abduction was being away from her family, the smuggler giving her one kiss and then bad gossip for a bit upon her return. Once Juliet meets up with Sebastian again and trys to get him to admit he was the smuggler who took her before - she is so in his face that it almost becomes irritating. She is constantly challenging him on everything and to be honest, this was not an appealing part of her character. Why Sebastian didn't find this equally maddening is beyond me - he clearly found her good looking and hot enough to try and seduce but, her constant nagging drove me crazy. It was not until late in the book after they got together that she finally started to settle down and become a likeable character to me. Although some scences are interesting - him teaching her to shoot, his putting her on a pedastal, when they played chess and 'John Thomas' sprung to life etc. were fine - it just wasn't enough to draw me in that they were creating a chemistry AND a relationship. I want to see passion and intensity and growth of characters toward each other - these two developed too much outside of their relationship for me to be convinced of things. I didn't think some parts of the book worked good - such as 1) they lie to each other from the beginning to try and fish out information they need -not appealing 2) they become intimate off and on in different ways throughout the book yet - never really seem to like or respect each other until late 3)he won't say he loves her until practically the last page -this is irritating 4) we never meet the mysterious twin brother Morgan until the epilogue and there is no way to connect to someone so late in a novel 5) they are apart for two years after the abduction yet, seemingly don't miss each other all that much in the time away yet, magically become re-enthralled with each other upon her visit to his home again???? Some of these things just didn't work for me. I would have preferred things to flow better so, I could connect everything more smoothly. Also...the author disclosed early on that Sebastian was in fact the same abductor who took Juliet two years earlier so...no mystery there. I would have liked to see the author draw the reader in a bit more in parts like that. In some ways, Sebastians Uncle and Juliet's sister and brother-in law are more appealing than this couple was at times. I wish I could give this book better reviews but, it just didn't work good for me until way too late. I think from the authors other book she is clearly talented so, I'll just put this book aside and continue to hope I find other good ones by her as I did earlier. You are welcome to buy this book. Depending on your tastes and requirements in novels, it just might work for you. If you are a long time reader like me, and have seen excellent plot lines come and go, it will probably end up rating so-so for you too.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1818 England Lady Juliet confronts Morgan Pryce, who ¿abducted¿ her two years ago. Juliet remembers his kisses, which have spoiled her for no other man seems to measure up to Morgan. However, the bounder insists he is Morgan¿s identical twin Sebastian Blakely. Apparently, the Bow St. report was incomplete and filled with misinformation.

Though Sebastian is quite persuasive, Juliet refuses to believe that he is not Morgan because the sparks between them remain as strong as those between her and her abductor proving the kisses could not be from two different males. Juliet rejects the notion that she is so fickle that she has fallen in love with two men. Instead Juliet concludes Sebastian is hiding something from her and when she discovers the truth she will know why he deserted her two years ago when they eloped.

AFTER THE ABDUCTION is a humorous Regency romantic romp that uses a partial The Comedy of Errors twins misidentification theme to quite amusing levels. The story line never takes itself very seriously though a taut subplot involving smuggling and Morgan feels more like tension relief interference from the comedic exchanges between the delightful couple. Sebastian is a wary responsible individual carrying the weight of two men on his shoulders. Juliet is the novel with her courage, persistence, and love. Wait till you see her using Holmes logic during a test at the end because that sums up one of the better female protagonists of the year. Sabrina Jeffries provides sub-genre readers with an entertaining novel that will bring her fan and critic accolades.

Harriet Klausner

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julieford More than 1 year ago
I love Sabrina Jeffries books. This is Juliette and Sebastian's story. Juliette eloped 2 years ago with "Morgan" which turned into a kidnapping. Sebastian, using the name Morgan, kidnapped Juliette to obtain information on his missing brother. Two years later, rumors start up again about the elopement/kidnapping and Juliette, along with her family confront Sebastian to seek revenge. The cat and mouse game that ensues is comically written and thoroughly enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These are three of the best books I have ever read...However, where the heck is Morgan's story? In order for this to come full circle there has to be a 4th book. I can only imagine what you could come up with for Morgan but what ever it ends up being, it has to be! I wait with bated breath...
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Hfowler More than 1 year ago
Sabrina Jeffries paints a beautiful story. The Swanlea Spinster's series isn't my favorite series of hers but this one is still entertaining. I do recommend it if you have read her other series.
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I am currently reading Sabrina Jeffries' backlist. I believe I started reading some of her backlist last year but I wasn't able to read any book from the Swanlea Spinster Series. This book can be read as a stand alone however, there are mentions of the other sisters. Unfortunately, this story picks up after Juliet gets abducted (hence the title After the Abduction, duh!) so we never get to read about how she was abducted but we do get an answer as to why. As I have mentioned, the story starts about 2 years after Juliet Laverick gets abducted by Morgan Pryce. Juliet, her brother-in-law Griff Knighton, and sister Rosalind (A Dangerous Love) are off to confront Morgan Pryce's brother Lord Templemore and demand to know where Morgan is so they can stop the rumors circulating around the ton that Juliet eloped with Morgan but was returned to her family, ruined. Who were they to see at Charnwood (Lord Templemore's estate) but Morgan himself! Apparently, Sebastian, Lord Templemore was masquerading as Morgan and was in fact the one who kidnapped Juliet! Of course, Sebastian did not admit to it when Juliet recognized him. So starts the sizzling cat-mouse game Juliet and Sebastian play as she tries to catch Sebastian in the act and make him admit that he is the one who abducted her. When Sebastian admits to her and not to her family, Juliet leaves him and goes back to London. Sebastian follows and proposes marriage again. The book ends with Juliet and Sebastian marrying, Morgan returning to England, and Rosalind giving birth to a baby. After the Abduction is a really great read. Not one of the best by Ms. Jeffries but a great read. Without reading A Notorious Love, which was the book where Juliet was abducted, I was able to follow the story. I loved the tricks Juliet pulled to try to make Sebastian admit that he was Morgan, that he was the one she fell in love with all those years ago. Their banter was electric and I thought that they were perfect for each other. Another thing that I loved about the story was when Juliet demanded that Sebastian come clean with her family about the abduction. I thought this was realistic and fit with Juliet's family values. This was also a great way for Sebastian to redeem himself and prove his love to her. What I do not like about this story was not Juliet but Rosalind. I thought she was irritating and just did not anything to the story. I wanted to skip through all the parts where she was acting irritatingly crazy because she wasn't able to conceive. I haven't read the first book and now, I am debating weather I will read it. Rating: 3.5 Stars Heat Level: 4
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maloses3000 More than 1 year ago
great book