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The Seduction of Lady Phoebe (The Marriage Game Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ella Quinn
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Book Description

Polite society has its rules for marriage. But for Ella Quinn's eligible bachelors, their brides will show them that rules are for the weak of heart. . .

Phoebe Stanhope is not a typical Lady. As feisty as she is quick witted, no one can catch her, especially when she is driving her dashing phaeton with its perfectly matched horses. And unlike her peers, experience has guarded her against a growing list of would-be suitors. But when she encounters Marcus Finley, what she fears most burns deep within his blue-eyed gaze. . .

For Lord Marcus, the spark of recognition is but a moment in the love he has held these many years. Now that he's returned to England, all the happiness he desires rests on Lady Phoebe never finding out that he was the one who turned her heart so cold and distant. He must work fast to gain the advantage—to convince her what she wants is exactly what she denies—but in order to seduce her into his arms, he must be willing to give up more than he can control. . .

"A passionate tale full of humor, romance, and poignancy. Quinn writes classic Regency romance at its best!" —Shana Galen, author of If You Give a Rake a Ruby

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  • Product Details

    • File Size: 671 KB
    • Print Length: 302 pages
    • Publisher: eKensington (September 19, 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00CA6YYGS
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,547 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    95 of 109 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Third time's the charm September 24, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    After seeing nearly a dozen positively glowing reviews I expected to be blown away by fresh storyline and witty dialogue... only to be sorely disappointed. I found the writing style lacking, the dialogue awkward, and the Regency-esque verbiage overdone, making the book a chore to get through.

    It took me three tries to finish the book. I was getting distracted by the treatment of the social strictures of the era - hyperbolizing and ignoring them in the same scenes. For example, the heroine becomes so overset with the hero for making an unwelcome advance while drunk that she holds a grudge for eight years and refers to the incident as a 'loss of her innocence, which he stole'. But, in the same episode, she, a lady, not only punched him, a gentleman, in the nose, but drew enough blood to spatter over her dress, and then refused to mention the 'contretemps' to anyone but her maid. That is until she was all too willing to relive it in all sordid detail with anyone willing to listen, eight years later.

    In short, in my unpopular opinion, the book is uneven, and the narrative didn't hold my interest long enough to develop any empathy for the characters, which is a shame because the storyline had potential.
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    26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars An Overwrought Grudge October 22, 2013
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    A thin and very exaggerated premise sets up the tension between the two main characters that had me rolling my eyes before the end of chapter one. It's the eve of Lord Marcus Finley's departure for the West Indies. He's 20, a little drunk and in love with Lady Phoebe. She's 15 and has a highly romanticized perspective of him. He makes his declaration of love, albeit a little roughly and clumsily. She takes high offense, "her innocence shattered" because in his slightly inebriated state he's not the gentleman she envisioned. After punching him in the nose, she takes to her bed under the watchful eye of her lady's maid. EIGHT YEARS PASS and Lord M returns. Now 28 and 23 respectively, he's looking for a wife with Lady P in his sites, but she's still holding a grudge and having nightmares and the vapors over the prospect of seeing him again. Even considering the rigidity of Regency Era manners, I felt her reactions to be overwrought to the point of being annoying.

    The above comments were written after completing chapter 2. I had hoped that my comments and rating would change for the better. Unfortunately that is not the case. Understand that fully 75% of the book has Lady P alternately loathing and lusting after Lord M before she finally agrees to marry him. I wearied of the infernal questioning of his trustworthiness. She is supposedly a woman progressive enough to understand and practice weaponry and self-defense and worldly enough to talk Regency Era politics with men and buy her own horses, but she can't accept that Lord M who has rescued her twice, apologized profusely, declared his undying love and asked her to marry him has matured enough for her to trust him. To be perfectly honest I wasn't so sure what he saw in her.
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    42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Good premise, poor follow-through September 27, 2013
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    I enjoyed the sample. I made it nearly a third of the way through the book before I decided to give it up and spend my time on a better-written story. I had issues with the points of view changing mid-scene, and also with the extraneous scenes with minor characters' points of view. Those scenes did not add to the story; they felt repetitive. The heroine seemingly had no faults, aside from holding a grudge from eight years previous that was justified at the time, but should have been released after seeing the man's much-improved behavior. The hero's metamorphosis from drunken lout to upstanding gentleman occurred off page, and so the reader was presented with a fully-reformed, perfect gentleman whose opinions perfectly mirrored the heroine's. The lack of true conflict made for a very boring read. Everyone seemed to hold the same ideas and believed a match between the hero and heroine was perfect and inevitable. Everyone, that is, except for the villain. The villain of the story didn't appear until chapter nine, but by then I had lost interest in the story and a one-dimensional villain wasn't enough to bring me back. I do not recommend this story.
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    28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The love I have always had for you will never leave me September 20, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Kissing Lady Phoebe Stanhope was the best and worst thing a young, impressionable Lord Marcus Finley would ever do. He had always loved her and one kiss would seal the deal and make her run away with him, yet Phoebe said no and promptly broke his nose.

    Marcus never lost one moment of his longing for Phoebe even during his days and nights repairing his reputation in the West Indies. Upon his return, he seeks her out to explain with a full heart his hopes of wooing her into his arms again. The convincing is heartfelt and the words rough but sincere and eventually break down the wall Phoebe built up against his affection.

    Phoebe makes Marcus earn every kiss they share, and embrace he longs for knowing that she too was in love. But another man has made Phoebe his obsession and without regard for anyone else spends every moment trying to steal her away from her family and Marcus. The closer she gets to happiness the more intense her stalker becomes and the danger is right outside the gate.

    Marcus and Phoebe are determined to make a life past the sorrow and pain while never forgetting that they truly did marry for love
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars good overall
    I have read many regency novels, and this one is a good one to join the ranks. I enjoyed the storyline although at times it was a bit slow. Read more
    Published 29 days ago by JE
    5.0 out of 5 stars So happy I found this author.
    Good plot and a strong, intelligent female made this a lovely story. Looking forward to the others in the series.
    Published 1 month ago by joyous reader
    5.0 out of 5 stars My lord and lady
    I've been reading these books out of sequence, so I was introduced to Phoebe and Marcus in later books. I enjoyed reading their sweet but sexy love story. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Nancy Levine "Nancy"
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
    Lord Marcus Finley is a second son of a prominent and prestigious family. He was spoiled therefore he had gotten in trouble for some reckless behavior. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Celvia
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
    I enjoyed the story and the story line was easy to follow. The author drew us into the story and allowed us to feel the many emotions her characters felt throughout the story. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Janie_tx
    4.0 out of 5 stars good
    It was a Good book. It was a plittle slow at first but it got better as I read on.
    Published 6 months ago by Terry Kern
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Very good read, romantic.
    Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great first book of a series!
    Great story. I loved that EQ described the costumes and wrote the character's dialog as it would've been back then- it made the story seem so real. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Rather Be Reading
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great.
    Published 7 months ago by Rhonda Eick
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
    Great book by Miss Quinn! Will definitely read more of hers.
    Published 7 months ago by Jennifer R. Kamptner
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    Bestselling Regency author Ella Quinn lived all over the United States, the Pacific, Canada, England and Europe before finally discovering the Caribbean. She is currently living on a sailboat, with her wonderful husband of over 30 years, a cat and a Portuguese Water Dog. Ella loves when readers connect with her.

    Website: www.ellaquinnauthor.com

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