The Problem with Seduction

The Problem with Seduction

by Emma Locke

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An outrageous proposition
Elizabeth Spencer needs a man. Preferably one who won't be too picky about the morality of her proposition, or his reputation. Lord Constantine Alexander can't afford another trip to debtors' prison, which makes him the perfect candidate. She doesn't expect him to have a heart of gold, or to hold up his end of the bargain--particularly when his high-in-the-instep family gets involved. Nor does she expect to find him irresistible, because while she needs a man, she doesn't particularly want one.

A wicked bargain
When a beautiful courtesan offers to satisfy his creditors, Con leaps at the opportunity. Never mind his mother and brothers are suspicious of his newfound fortune--being with Elizabeth is intoxicating enough to wipe any thought of scruples away. He soon realizes it's not just his future he's been gambling, but his future family. How can he convince London's premier courtesan he's more than a callow rake?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016284132
Publisher: Intrepid Reads
Publication date: 02/15/2013
Series: Emma Locke's The Naughty Girls Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 372,735
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Emma Locke is a USA Today Bestselling Author of smart, sensual Regency romances. Her current books make up the Scandalous Spinsters series, a double trilogy featuring three courtesans and three country hoydens who marry into the notorious Alexander family. She is also an engineer living in the Pacific Northwest, where she loves hiking with her dog, hot yoga and riding out the annual 330 days of rain.

You can Like Emma on Facebook at, follow her on Twitter @EmmaLocke_ or check out her books and appearances at

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The Problem with Seduction 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Con and Elizabeth's story. Really enjoying this series, love all the twist and turns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Better than the first in the series, but still hard to read. Just not what i was looking for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovely story, lovely writing!
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
The Problem with Seduction has a scenario that has been explored many times in the romance genre, a relationship of convenience. I had a pretty good idea how it was going to end having read so many of these stories. Yet for me it was the in between journey of how they got to their happily ever after that made me take notice. My outlook on this story is that Con and Elizabeth rescued each other not just from the circumstances that lead them to each other but from a life longing for the companionship and understanding that they found in each other. Help me help you is a simple thing to ask but had a deeper meaning than they expected.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
Finally! I can breathe again. This book was a punch to the solar plexus from the beginning. There is nothing so cruel as taking a baby from it's mother. I got worried at the end as I really believed this story wouldn't end well. You will never believe how Emma ends this book until you read it for yourself. No spoilers from me. Don't forget your tissues. You will cry happy and you will cry sad but mostly you will love this book.
gaele More than 1 year ago
This is the second in the Naughty Girls series by Emma Locke, and was just as enjoyable as the first.  I was concerned that a story focused on Elizabeth, former courtesan yet to the manor born, would be less enjoyable than the first: her character was grasping and jaded, not particularly empathetic.  When she lost custody of her child to her former protector, and the child’s father, she needed to make some life changing decisions and alterations and this book details those.  Elizabeth was in crisis: separated from her child and desperate to regain custody and her motherhood role she needed to find a man to cast doubt on the parentage of her son.  Enter Lord Constantine Alexander: fourth son of an impoverished family, needing the money to avoid another sentence to debtor’s prison.  What started as a business arrangement slowly becomes a sweetly constructed romance despite constantly battling adversaries and pitfalls. Elizabeth has some wholesale changes in character that show her defenses are hiding a lonely and tender heart.  Her true strength of character is shown in the no-holds-barred reflection on her life, and the realization that she can’t continue to live as a courtesan and be a good mother to the son she loves so deeply.   Con is cleverly portrayed as a very happy go lucky man, fond of wine, women and song and prone to some bad gambling habits.  His heart is full of good intentions, if his life is fraught with bad luck: but his humor and the knowledge that his family loves him provide him a good start.  Slowly his kinder nature, not without some clever and spot-on impressions of people he encounters deepens the connection he shares with Elizabeth.  With several characters from the first story again appearing in this, and the introduction of new villains and supporters, the story builds to create a climax that was satisfying and set the groundwork for the next in the series.  If you are a fan of redemption stories and like the regency setting, this is the series for you.  I received an eBook from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.  
ornerylibrarian More than 1 year ago
Lord Constantine Alexander has been offered a deal by courtesan, Elizabeth Spencer. Her former protector has taken her infant son from her and she offers Con ten thousand pounds to claim the child is his so the child will be returned to her. Con agrees because his twin brother has once again gotten in over his head with debts and Con doesn't want either of them to be carted off to debtor's prison. As the story progresses things become even more complicated and Elizabeth and Con must try to unravel the mess their lives have become while at the same time learning to open their hearts and finding love. I really enjoyed this book except for a few twinges with how Elizabeth handles some issues in dealing with Con.
adria_r More than 1 year ago
The opening to The Problem with Seduction is quite an attention grabber. Who wouldn't pay attention when the hero politely tells another man that the baby he has in his home actually belongs to him? And all because the heroine, a courtesan, has offered the hero a large sum of money to do so! The possibilities for this story were endless! Elizabeth Spencer has changed drastically from the first book (The Trouble with Being Wicked) to the second. Gone is the spoiled, simpering, whining courtesan and in her place is a strong willed, intelligent, fiercely protective mama trying to change her ways to give her child a better life. Though she may have known many people (men) as a courtesan, she has learned that she can only trust herself and has lead a rather lonely life. Lord Constantine Alexander on the other hand, has so many people around him he doesn't know what to do with them! As the fourth son of five in the family, Con constantly has his patience tested by his brothers and his affairs are often the topic of discussion among them and their mother. I loved the family dynamic with Con's family. They're meddlesome, infuriating, nagging and caring, in their own dysfunctional way. They were amusing and stubbornly loyal, even when they don't agree with one another. Initially the relationship between Con and Elizabeth is purely business but Con's plan to help Elizabeth backfires and he is forced to spend more time in her company, thus giving both characters a chance to get to know each other and for those sparks to fly. The emotional connection that forms between them gives more power to the love that eventually blooms, which is important because Con and Elizabeth are constantly tested. There are plenty of villains and conflicts that they have to face alone and together. The pace of the book is a bit slower than what readers may be used to, but thankfully there isn't a dull moment with Con, Elizabeth and the entire Alexander clan. The Problem with Seduction is, in my opinion, better than the first book in the series (The Trouble with Being Wicked). There is a huge growth for Elizabeth, turning her from an unlikable character, to a character the evokes sympathy and admiration in readers. I went from not caring about her to rooting for her to get everything she ever wanted. I can't wait to see what author Emma Locke has in store with the next book in the series, The Art of Ruining a Rake.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book boreing 10 chapters of what? I read many many books but to each it own. I won't put this story down because someone else might enjoy it. And you might be a good writer to alot of readers but I can't take a chance a set of ten books and it was going good until I read this. I like a book that began good and ends the same way. Good luck I wish you all the best. Ms. D from bronx NY