Secrets of Seduction

Nicole Jordan
Secrets of Seduction
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Publisher
Ballantine
Release Date
May 2014
ISBN
9780345525314
Series
Book 3 of Legendary Lovers
Genre
Historical Romance

SUMMARY
Stunning sensuality and breathtaking romance mark this dazzling new Legendary Lovers tale from New York Times bestselling author Nicole Jordan, where an extraordinary beauty teaches a handsome, reclusive "beast" to love again.

The most charming Wilde cousin, Lady Skye has secretly loved the enigmatic Earl of Hawkhurst since girlhood, long before the tragedy that left him scarred both physically and emotionally. When Skye learns that the celebrated hero has returned to England from his self-imposed exile to make a cold marriage of convenience, she brazenly plants herself on his castle doorstep, determined to convince Hawk that she alone is his true mate and destiny.

An elite member of the Guardians of the Sword, Hawk has vowed never again to risk the pain of loving -- but that's before he deals with the most enchanting, annoyingly persistent seductress he's ever encountered. One night of blazing passion leaves him impossibly torn. Will Hawk choose duty over love, or will he open his heart and let Skye's healing light penetrate his darkness?

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Jun 08, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
98 people found the following review helpful
SECRETS OF SEDUCTION is a regency historical romance with elements of suspense. Although it is the third book in the Legendary Lovers series, it can be read as a standalone novel as it contains a discreet plot and the love life of the hero and heroine are resolved. The premise of this series is that each member of the Wylde family is destined to find true love based on facts that parallel a legend. In this case, the love story is loosely based on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast.

When she was only thirteen, Lady Skye met and fell in love with Hawk, the Earl of Hawkhurst. He was twenty-four and married then. Shortly thereafter, however, a tragic fire claimed the lives of his wife and young son. Devastated that he was unable to save them, he shut his feelings away, and instead, devoting himself to a secret society named the Guardians whose mission it is to save others. Ten years later, he returns to his home at the insistence of the Guardian's leader who wants him to marry his young niece so that he can assume the leadership of the Guardians in trust for his future heir (as the Guardian leadership can only be passed on to someone of Guardian leadership blood).

As soon as Lady Skye learns that Hawk has returned, she sets out to convince him that she is the one he should marry instead. Showing up on his castle's doorstep in the middle of rainstorm, she refuses to leave even after he insists that it would not be appropriate for her to stay without a chaperone. Soon the ever insistent Lady Skye commences her mission to extend her stay at Hawk's castle by enlisting him to help her find the long lost love of her uncle's. While Hawk resists both her advances and requests for help, he eventually falls victim to Lady Skye's charms on both fronts.

But Lady Skye soon learns that seduction alone is not enough to change Hawk's determination to marry for duty or allow him to open up to the possibility of love after so many years of heartache. Hawk, however, does allow Lady Skye to remain in his home while they go about solving her uncle's mystery and Lady Skye uses this time to continue to try to get closer to him. Will Lady Skye be able to convince Hawk that they are destined for each other and, even if she is, will he ever open up his heart to love again?

Although a fair amount of the plot in this story is predictable, I enjoyed it all the same. It was interesting to see Hawk evolve over the story, and I thought the secondary storyline of the uncle's long lost love added an additional element of suspense that strengthened the book overall.

If you love historical romances, strong "meddling" heroines and elements of suspense in your stories, then SECRETS OF SEDUCTION may just be the right next read for you!
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