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Seduction of a Proper Gentleman (Last Man Standing) [Kindle Edition]

Victoria Alexander
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Book Description

To break a centuries-old curse, beautiful, headstrong Lady Kathleen MacDavid knows she must ignore every rule of propriety by seducing—and marrying—the Earl of Norcroft. So she sets off for London, braving scandal and ruin to achieve her goal . . . until a crazy bump on the head makes her forget nearly everything.

The thrill of winning a bet—that he'd be the last of his set to wed—hasn't eased the earl's pain of losing his friends to marriage. Still, he'd be willing to settle down if he could meet someone worthy of his love—and desire. But he has met no such woman, until Kathleen is brought to him. Suspicious of her motives, he's determined to resist her seductive ways. But sometimes even the most proper gentleman finds it expedient to act improperly . . .

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Alexander’s latest gem is a winner that will leave readers waiting for the finale.

About the Author

Victoria Alexander was an award-winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and has never looked back. Victoria grew up traveling the country as an Air Force brat and is now settled in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two teenaged children, and a bearded collie named Sam. She firmly believes housework is a four-letter word, there are no calories in anything eaten standing up, procrastination is an art form, and it's never too soon to panic.

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  • File Size: 267 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061449466
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001652HRW
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Man Standing conclussion. September 13, 2008
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Set in England, the year 1854. According to a legend, five hundred years ago this very season two border families, one Scottish and one English, were supposed to be joined in marriage to end the years of violence between them. But the marriage never occurred. An old woman, who had lost everyone she loved to the bloodshed, was furious that it would continue. She cast a curse on the families involved. If they did not join in marriage by the end of five hundred years, both families would cease to exist and terrible, dreadful things would happen.

Lady Kathleen MacDavid is the widow of Sir Kenneth. She is the granddaughter of the dowager Countess of Dumleavy, the niece of the current earl, Malcolm, and his sister, Hannah. Kathleen did not believe in the curse until recently and now seeks to wed Oliver Leighton, the Earl of Norcroft, to break the curse. Though Kathleen has come to accept this marriage between the two families as inevitable, she is still reluctant and uneasy. Kathleen and Hannah travel via train to the country, where Oliver is spending time at Norcroft Manor with his mother, Lady Norcroft (Edwina). Hannah, who dabbles with magic, wants Kathleen to pretend to lose her memory. When Kathleen refuses, Hannah casts her spell.

Oliver Leighton and his mother are surprised when the unconscious is brought to Norcroft Manor by two locals and a lady en route to Lord Darlington's current party. When the lady finally awakens, it is without her memory. The doctor is sure the memory will return eventually. Until then Edwina insists the lost lady remain at the manor. Oliver is suspicious and doubts the memory loss; however, it only takes a few days and tests to totally convince him. She is given the temporary name of Kate. Oliver cannot help but become smitten by the lady.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This is a historical romance with a dash of magic, a curse and good old fashion lust! Lady Kathleen MacDavid is told by her grandmother that she must marry the Earl of Norcroft to break a 500 year old curse. She ignores her grandmother then all the men she either love or is starting to have feelings for DIE. She decides to seek out the Earl of Norcroft but before she can come up with a plan her aunt (either pushes her/performs a spell) and she hits her head and looses her memory. She ends up at the Earl of Norcroft home where she attempts to remember her past while falling for the Earl. Enjoy!

The final book of the Last Man Standing series (I would recommend them all); A Little Bit Wicked (Last Man Standing, Book 1),What a Lady Wants (Last Man Standing, Book 2), Secrets of a Proper Lady (Last Man Standing, Book 3).

If you enjoy this genre I would also suggest; A Wallflower Christmas, The Wedding Ghost (Zebra Regency Romance), The Lost Duke of Wyndham (Two Dukes of Wyndham, Book 1) and A Rake's Guide To Pleasure (Zebra Historical Romance).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Seduction of a Proper Gentleman September 15, 2008
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The fourth and final installment in the Last Man Standing series by Victoria Alexander is Seduction of a Proper Gentleman. The series is based around a wager made by four gentlemen - Viscount Warton, Viscount Cavendish, American Daniel Sinclair, and the Earl of Norcroft. The stakes of the bet are a shilling contributed by each gentleman and a bottle of cognac, all of which will be given to the last man of the group to remain single. Seduction of a Proper Gentleman is the story of Oliver Leighton, Earl of Norcroft, and his road to wedded bliss with Lady Kathleen McDavid.

Determined to end a 500-year old curse on her Scottish family, Lady Kathleen McDavid travels to London with her Aunt Hannah in search of the one man in the entire world she must marry to save her family. His name is Oliver Leighton, and he is the Earl of Norcroft. Upon arriving in London, Kathleen bumps into the Earl of Norcroft as he is leaving his club after an evening of leisure. But when he mistakes Kathleen for a beggar and gives her the winning shillings from the wager, she wonders what kind of husband this man will become. Aunt Hannah feverishly tries to convince Kathleen to use some family magic to snag Oliver as her husband. Kathleen steadfastly refuses as she wants to be honest with her future husband and quite frankly she doesn't believe magic will work. But Aunt Hannah has no qualms about a little magic and thus casts a spell upon the unbeknownst Kathleen. Kathleen wakes to find herself lying on a sofa in the country home of the Earl with no memory of how she got there, let alone of who she is. The only thing that Kathleen knows is there is an attraction between her and the Earl.

Oliver Leighton cannot believe he is the last man standing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good historical romance October 25, 2008
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To break a century old curse, that plagues her family as well as the Leighton family, Lady Kathleen MacDavid has to cast every society rule to the wind and seduce and marry Oliver Leighton, the Earl of Norcroft. But how should she do that, especially because he is a stranger. Together with her sister she comes up with the idea to pretend that she has lost her memory, but her sister casts a spell and the pretending becomes reality. How will Oliver react when he finds out the truth, especially because he is falling for the mysterious lady.

As always Ms. Alexander gifts her readers with an enjoyable historical romance, this time even with a light touch of paranormal due to the magic that Kathleen's sister Hannah uses to help Kathleen in her quest to win Oliver's heart. The funny and sensual characters make the book so enjoyable. She really has a way to draw her reader into the story and you have the feeling you are becoming a part of it.

There are quite a few interesting secondary characters, like Oliver's cousin, who might be good material for upcoming books.

SEDUCTION OF A PROPER GENTLEMAN is the last instalment of the Last Man Standing series, but like all of the previous books you can also read this one as a stand-alone.

If you are looking for a light romantic book to spend a cold winter evening with SEDUCTION OF A PROPER GENTLEMAN is the perfect choice for you. You can't do anything wrong with a book by Ms. Alexander.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Fantastic characters! Loved the ending of the series.
Published 6 months ago by Rhonda A. Marks
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating!!
I have to say this was a joyous "adventure" I was hooked from beginning to end, one of the better story lines. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Maria Burgos
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read
It was a good read for the end of the 4 book series. He was a bit harsh considering the other books portrayed him as wanting to get married.
Published on February 25, 2013 by kdg
4.0 out of 5 stars Regency Love!!
A delicious Regency read!! Engaging characters and an entertaining plot line. Nice amount of steam to keep the story popping! Read more
Published on February 24, 2013 by K. April Holgate
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good, fun story
This is another good story by one of my favorite authors. All her Last Man Standing stories are original and funny.
Published on February 20, 2013 by Jo Ann
4.0 out of 5 stars Seduction of a Proper Gentleman (Last Man Standing)
I liked this book very much, it was funny and a great read. I have also read the other 3 books in this series and they were also good. I would recommend this book and the other 3.
Published on February 3, 2013 by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible
The only thing Victoria Alexander does right in this book is cutesy dialogue. There wer definitely a few parts where I chuckled to myself and I appreciated the heroine said what... Read more
Published on November 24, 2011 by Austen Jane
1.0 out of 5 stars Another author jumps the shark......
Boring, sophmoric drivel. Don't waste your time or money with this one. Victoria Alexander was one of my favorite authors. Read more
Published on March 11, 2009 by G. Heyburn
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved this Story
I could not put this book down. It was a page turner. Funny and Sexy is a hard combination to put togather but this is what Victoria Alexander did!
Published on February 10, 2009 by Edwina "I Love books"
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best...
Though I read this book because it is the final episode of this series, I found the story line to be slow and the characters not very endearing. Read more
Published on October 30, 2008 by Jody Allen
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More About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.

Since the publication of her first book in 1995, she has written thirty-one full length novels and six novellas. Find a complete list on her website and chat with her on facebook

The Perfect Wife--originally published in 1996 and reissued in March 2008--hit #1 on the New York Times list. Sixteen of her books are bestsellers hitting the New York Times, USA Today and/or Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. With books translated into more than a dozen different languages she has readers around the world and has twice been nominated for Romance's Writers of America prestigious RITA award. In 2009 she was given a Career Achievement Award from RT Bookclub and was named Historical Storyteller of the year in 2003. In 2008 she was the keynote speaker for the Romance Writers of American annual conference in San Francisco. Victoria credits much of her writing success to her experiences as a reporter.

Her years as a broadcast journalist were spent in two radically different areas of the country: Nebraska and West Virginia. In West Virginia, she covered both natural and manmade disasters. She was on the scene when a power plant construction accident in a small town left 52 men dead. She once spent the night on a mountain waiting to learn of the fate of coal miners trapped in a mine collapse. Victoria was producing a newscast when her husband (who worked at the same television station) and several other journalists were held hostage by a disturbed Vietnam veteran. In Nebraska, she reported on the farm crisis and watched people lose land that had been in their families for generations. She covered the story that was the basis of the movie BOYS DON'T CRY and once acted as the link between police and a gunman who had barricaded himself in his home. Her investigative work exposed the trucking of New York City garbage to a small town dump in rural Nebraska.

During her journalism career, Victoria covered every president from Ford to Clinton. She knows firsthand what it feels like to be surrounded by rising floodwaters and inside a burning building. She's interviewed movie stars including Kevin Costner, ridden an elephant and flown in a governor's helicopter. She's covered a national political convention and Pope John Paul II's historic visit to Denver as well as small town festivals celebrating everything from walnuts to Glen Miller. Her work was honored by numerous organizations including the Associated Press who called a feature about a firefighter's school "story telling genius". It was the encouragement she needed to turn from news to fiction. She's never looked back.

Victoria is a former president of the Omaha Press Club and in 2009 was named an OPC Face on the Barroom Floor. A caricature portrait of her joined previous faces including presidents, sports figures and politicians in a tradition that began in 1971.

Victoria claims her love of romance and journalism is to due to the influence of her favorite comic book character: Lois Lane, a terrific reporter and a great heroine who pursued Superman with an unwavering determination. And why not? He was extremely well drawn.

Victoria grew up traveling the world as an Air Force brat. Today, she lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and her dogs. Victoria had two bearded collies, Sam and Louie (named from characters in one of her books). Sam (on the left), the best dog in the world for 13 ½ years, passed away in September 2010. Louie took on the position of loyal companion and did a fine job even though he doesn't understand that kitchen counter surfing is not allowed! Now he's been joined by Reggie, king of the lilacs.

They all live happily ever after in a house under constant renovation and the accompanying parade of men in tool belts. And never ending chaos. Victoria laughs a great deal--she has to.

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