All's Fair in Love & Seduction (The Elusive Lords, Book 2.5)

All's Fair in Love & Seduction (The Elusive Lords, Book 2.5)

by Beverley Kendall

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All's Fair in Love & Seduction (The Elusive Lords, Book 2.5) by Beverley Kendall

She hopes to gain his affections

For Miss Elizabeth Smith, sharing her first kiss with the charming Lord Derek Creswell is nothing short of a dream come true...that is, until she is spotted by one of the most influential gossips of the ton. With scandal nipping at her heels, to avoid total social ruin, Elizabeth must present a fiancé by the end of the Season. But when the viscount proves reluctant, Elizabeth is forced to employ a seduction of a different sort...

He is determined to ruin her

Viscount Derek Creswell believes Elizabeth set out to trap him into marriage. After all, her sister attempted the very same thing with his brother six years before. Now the delectable Miss Smith expects a betrothal and a ring, while Derek finds her ruination infinitely more appealing...

But as Derek sets out to seduce only her body, Elizabeth is intent on claiming his jaded heart.

This is a novella and 29,000 words. Included is a three chapter excerpt of the third full-length book in The Elusive Lords series, AN HEIR OF DECEPTION. The total word count for this book is 43,000 + words.

Prior books in The Elusive Lords series are:


Deliciously intense - Cathy Maxwell, New York Times bestselling Author

Sexy and Dramatic - Sophia Nash, RITA award winning author

"Finely wrought emotion."--Sarah MacLean, New York Times bestselling author of Nine Rules to Breaking When Romancing a Rake


"A delightful debut! Beverley Kendall writes with wit and passion!" --Sophie Jordan, USA Today bestselling author

"A fresh new voice in historical romance." --Anna Campbell, author of Captive of Sin

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012762566
Publisher: Season Publishing
Publication date: 08/26/2011
Series: The Elusive Lords
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 9,266
File size: 721 KB

About the Author

Beverley discovered her love of books while growing up in, the then, small city of Barrie, Ontario Canada. With her love of books and romance, she always wished that everyone would find their happily ever after.

Beverley has lived on two continents, in three countries, two provinces, and four states. She stopped her nomadic existence and settled in the southeast. All things artistic feed her creative passion, but none more than writing. Readers can visit her at: or

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All's Fair in Love & Seduction (The Elusive Lords, Novella) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 332 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I generally don't like novellas because I find them rushed. Authors often use the same structure of story arcs that they use for full length novels and it doesn't seem to fit right and offer the depth that a better structured short story would. That said, this is a good novella. Kendall dragged me into the story despite my general reluctance and even though this is nowhere near as well written as her other works. I am realllllllly looking forward to the next book. There is a lengthy except included at the end of this novella and I am riveted-it will likely be her best book yet. It is not due to come out until this fall according to her website, but hopefully by "Fall" she means September and not November.
Sandra_in_PA More than 1 year ago
This was hot! I adored this novella. The hero and heroine are not in the first two books but many characters from the first 2 books show up in this one. I thought I knew exactly how the plot was going to unfold and I was wrong, which is a good thing. Loved the chemistry between the Derek and Elizabeth and the author definitely wants to pull you into the story after this one, which will feature Alex and Charlotte. She does a great job there because she includes a real cliffhanger of a teaser for An Heir of Deception. I personally canNOT wait for that book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
160 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVEDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD THIS BOOK IS ONE OF MY MOST FAVORITE IT IS TRULEY A MUST READ>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.............................................................................................................................................................................................................
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
All's Fair in Love and Seduction by Beverley Kendall The Elusive Lords Series Book 2.5 Lord Derek Creswell is bitter towards a family that tried to trick his brother into a marriage 6 years ago. When he sees the beautiful Elizabeth Smith, he does not realize that she is a younger sister to the chit who caused such trouble with his brother Henry. And by the time he finds out who she really is...his heart wishes it weren't true. Elizabeth finds that Lord Creswell is even more handsome than she thought when she was fifteen. When he kisses her in the garden at a party she could almost feel like a wanton. Too bad the biggest talk of the town has caught her in the act...thankfully the woman don't know who she was with. But her cousin aims to see Derek married to her. Elizabeth knows she has to tell him the truth of who her family is but as in all good tales...the time never seem right and they always find out the wrong way. It seems while her heart softens towards Derek, his heart hardens toward hers. This is a free ebook and is part of a series. The characters from the earlier books are present through out this one and the book after. If you enjoy a good Regency series, this is a well written book and from the sample chapters at the end of this book...the others look well worth the read. Book 1: Sinful Surrender, Book 2: A Taste of Desire, Book 2.5 All's Fair in Love and Seduction and Book 4: Heir of Deception. **Some sensual situations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters and action was great. I would have loved more...
debralmartin More than 1 year ago
This is the first story I've read by Ms. Kendall, and I have to say that I was disappointed in it. It is the story of Miss Elizabeth Smith and her encounter with Viscount Derek Creswell. When they are caught in the garden sharing a passionate kiss by the ton's worst gossip, Elizabeth blurts out that they are engaged. It's the only thing she can think of to save her reputation. Thus begins her first lie in the story. I love Regency romances, but this one didn't always seem to follow the rules of the period. I don't believe it would have been proper for a young lady to go for a carriage ride with a gentlemen she's just met without an escort, especially not in a closed carriage, but I could be wrong about this. I didn't make any connection with Elizabeth's character. She didn't come across as the naive virgin she was supposed to be and Derek's character was downright mean. He goes to extraordinary lengths to embarrass and humiliate her and Elizabeth doesn't take offense. She also seems powerless to control her own lust when she's around him, certainly not the actions of a proper young lady of the period. There was not a sweet romance between two people who start off on the wrong foot, but one of manipulation and deception. I was also disappointed when the book ended at 66% on my Kindle. I thought there would be more and not the convenient quick wrap-up in the epilogue. In the end I didn't like either Elizabeth or Derek. I'm glad I got this book for free because otherwise I would have been sorely disappointed if I had wasted anything more than my time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GREAT BOOK! The preview book ( AN HEIR OF DECEPTION),leaves you wanting to read the book.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Story was very short: less than 90 pages. The remaining 60 pages were excerpts and teasers for other books in this series and by this author. Other than that, the storyline was fairly standard and the author could have done more with the character development.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elisabeth is in London for her season and is already quite smitten with someone, but she has a secret she doesn’t want him to know. He was involved with her family years ago when his brother defiled her sister then claimed he didn’t. There was bad blood between the two families but she had fallen for Dereck, the oldest brother when she had seen him before. She knows if he realizes who she is he will shun her and she doesn’t want that. Then comes the inevitable incident when he kisses her and the town’s biggest gossip sees it happen. It’s a wild ride with some heated scenes and lots of anger when he realizes who she is. Enjoyed it immensely!
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Kinda mundane
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I liked the story but it could have been longer for more enjoyment. Thanks for making it free.