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To Seduce an Earl (The Seduction Series) [Kindle Edition]

Lori Brighton
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)

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For years, Alex Weston has plied his trade at Lavender Hills, an all-male brothel catering to London’s most fashionable women. His beauty and sexual prowess are legendary, yet his charmed life masks an ugly truth. Alex is a prisoner in a gilded cage, blackmailed into service and desiring only freedom—until the night she walks through his door…

Grace Brisbane is desperate. Her dying mother needs medicine she cannot afford, and her dissolute stepbrother is gambling away what little money remains. Her only hope of saving her family is to marry the Earl of Rodrick, her brother’s wealthy best friend. There’s just one problem: Rodrick has no interest in virgins. To win him, Grace must learn the secrets of seduction. Secrets Alex knows all too well…

It should be a simple business transaction. And yet with a single kiss, Grace ignites a passion unlike any Alex has ever known…and unlike any she could ever imagine. They are not free to love—but their hearts will accept nothing less.



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About the Author

As a child, Lori Brighton relished the thought of a life filled with adventure in far-off places. Determined to become an archaeologist, she earned a degree in anthropology ― only to discover that digging in the dirt beneath the punishing sun wasn’t much fun. She packed up her love of history and took a job in an air-conditioned museum, yet still her thirst for adventure wasn’t satisfied. And so she began to write, bringing the people in her imagination to life on the printed page. With her debut novel Wild Heart, she finally married her loves of history and adventure. Today she is the author of more than a half-dozen historical romance, paranormal romance, and young-adult novels.

Product Details

  • File Size: 844 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (November 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J2KSSK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,246 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! August 4, 2011
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I bought this on a Twitter recommendation and I am sooo glad I did. This story is so unusual. I've never read anything like it before. It's never really stated what the time period is (or maybe the history sets it, but I'm not aware of the specific history involved). I think it's early Victorian or very very late Regency. What makes me think Victorian is that Alex is a prostitute in a bordello for women.

Grace's step-brother sends her to the bordello telling her it's a hotel where a man has a book about hidden treasure she would like. She doesn't realize until Alex strips naked that he set her up. The step-brother has gambled and drank away all the family money (that is like a lot of things I've read) and is wanting Grace "trained" so he can basically sell her to his friend to cover his debts. Grace has been trying to get the friend to ask her to marry her for years so she decides to go along with the plan to make herself more seductive. There's a twist I won't ruin for you because it's so perfect.

Alex is trapped by secrets in his past into sexual slavery by Lady Lavender (who in a rare disappointment crumbles pretty easily at the HEA point). He sees Grace as his salvation and reason for living. I love that it's the guy that needs a hero for a change. Alex is so damaged and so heartbreakingly desperate for a new life I couldn't put the book down until I was sure he would make it out from under Lady Lavender's thumb. There were many points when I thought he'd finally succeeded then got snapped back along with him when he was dragged back to his room/prison.

While this was a sort of happily ever after, it wasn't the classic romance all encompassing HEA. There were consequences and there were disappointments. The ending was realistic and believable - so rare in romance. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Started off strong, kind of lost interest halfway January 11, 2012
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I picked up this book, because I usually enjoy stories featuring different types of heroes and in this novel, the hero Alex is a prostitute. Unfortunately, Alex is filled with such loathing for himself and his profession that at times it made the story unenjoyable and made me wonder how he could function. At times his responses and actions seemed rather young and his treatment of the heroine so bitter, it made me like the story a lot less. I can see a naive guy acting this way, but if he hates his job and being an h00ker so much, he should plan and execute his escape.

When half the novel had passed and Alex is still stuck in Lavender's clutches I just grew impatient. I can deal with heroes and heroines being held captive. But if they can't and don't rescue themselves after half a book filled with wangst and rage at their situation, then I lose interest. Such was the case with To Seduce an Earl.

I can't say the story felt romantic either. Alex fell for the heroine, but really I didn't see a lot of great chemistry there. She seems an awkward ineffectual 'John' with Alex playing the bitter abused prostitute and Lavender the evil scheming Madame.

I guess if I were writing it, I'd tone Alex outrage down, and make Lavender less of a villain, or perhaps write it after Alex had time to recover from his traumatic situation. Alex's emotions are just so resentful and raw, I didn't feel he had recovered sufficiently or liked himself enough to begin a relationship with anyone, let alone be the romantic lead of a romance novel.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hero makes the book fall flat January 25, 2012
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I am surprised by all the glowing reviews of this book. It started out good, but eventually I was skimming paragraphs just to get it over with.

Lavender Hill is a bordello aimed at servicing women. Thinking she is going to a hotel for a treasure hunting book, Grace's step-brother sends her to Lavender Hill so she can acquire the needed experience to seduce his earl friend into marriage. Later telling her, the family will be ruined if she cannot seduce her earl.

Alex is a prostitute at Lavender Hill. He specializes in helping virgins. He has been trapped, blackmailed, and bullied into prostitution since he was a child. There is an instant attraction between Grace and Alex. By their second meeting they are in love.

My big problem with this book is Alex. He is such an emotional mess; he needs a councilor not a love affair. Though most of the book, I was wondering when he was going to grow a pair and become a hero. His emotional baggage eventually turns pathetic and sad; unfortunately, making the book follow suit.

I have read other Lori Brighton books and enjoyed them, but "To Seduce an Earl" was a definite no for me.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Prostitute hero didn't work for me February 2, 2012
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I think this author is very talented and I really, really wanted this story to succeed. I give her a lot of credit for trying to redeem such a flawed character, but in the end, the author has to resort to a magic trick to get him to stay with the heroine. I believe he is on the way to leaving the heroine "for her own good" when it happens. It doesn't matter how he got to be so negative in the first place; the fact is, he fails again and again when his courage is tested, and the only reason he does not in the end is because of the fairy godmother ending.

I will say too that I found it impossible to believe that such a place as a "brothel for women" could exist in that time period, and that upstanding society families would bring their daughters there to be "initiated" before making a bloodless arranged marriage. Give me a break! While it is not unbelievable that a boy could be kidnapped and forced into that type of life, it is not at all likely that a grown man would continue to be a slave once he realized he had the power to leave. The implication is that these men have no money of their own except for pocket change, that they go nowhere unless the madam takes them with her on trips, that they never think of another future other than sexual slavery. Do they really think they will be doing this kind of work in their 50's and 60''s? In that time period, a poor, unprotected woman might have no other choice than to sell her body, but a man could always go out and get a respectable job of some sort. Also, what about contraception? Did none of these clients--virgin debutantes or society women--ever worry about the possibility of conceiving a child? I also wonder about the pox. These things are conveniently unexplained in this book.
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Lori has a degree in Anthropology and worked as a museum curator. Deciding the people in her imagination were slightly more exciting than the dead things in a museum basement, she set out to become an author. Her first book, a historical romance titled Wild Heart, was released by Kensington in November of 2009. Lori writes historical and contemporary romance for adults as well as Young Adult books, including her best selling YA series, The Mind Readers. You can find out more by visiting her at www.LoriBrighton.com.

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