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Seven Secrets of Seduction Mass Market Paperback – May 25, 2010

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From the Back Cover

Scandalous and provocative, The Seven Secrets of Seduction is an intoxicating insight into the mind of men and the desires of women—and the book has all the ton talking.

Secret #1: Every good seduction begins with a baited hook . . .

Well-educated, but not part of society, Miranda Chase is just as captivated by the erotic pages as everyone else in London. Intrigued by the layers she sees beneath the book's surface, she writes an editorial about it, never realizing that her passionate words will draw an actual viscount to her uncle's bookshop.

Maximilian, Viscount Downing, has very particular ideas about passion and sees truth only in desire. He freely flaunts his sensual power and seeks nothing more than another conquest—the one that could justify his entire debauched existence. But Miranda's blend of innocence, trust, and love cause a strange thing to happen on the way to this seduction. Something that just might threaten the very fabric of his jaded heart . . .

About the Author

Anne Mallory is a lifelong romance reader who soldher first novel to Avon Books after becoming a finalistin RWA’s Golden Heart contest. In Total Surrender isher eleventh book. A native Michigander, Anne currentlylives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; First Edition edition (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061579157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061579158
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,366,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I think all writers love to read -- it's part of the job description. Romance, mystery and fantasy are my favorites -- and if all three are combined, all the better!

I write Regency era set romances that are heavy on mystery, intrigue and adventure.

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Allie on May 27, 2010
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1. Start the story with a heroine who is not childish or overly innocent. In this case she is described as optimistic tempered with a sense of realism.
2. Lots of sexual tension and build up. This story certainly had lots of it.
3. Keep the dialogue fresh and witty. I actually laughed out loud a couple of times.
4. Have other characters who are actually interesting. Georgette, her friend, was fabulous. Maxim's staff was interesting too without too many stereotypes.
5. Reveal the hero slowly and piece by piece. I personally hate novels that go back and forth between the thoughts of the heroine and the hero so that there is no mystery or uncertainty. He was complicated and multifaceted. I loved in this book where you were along for the ride with Miranda.
6. Don't have the heroine be a martyr or willfully blind. I like that Miranda was able to puzzle out the mystery and that she wasn't so fragile that when she did find out she didn't have a complete melt down.
7. Have your hero truly fall in love with the heroine, perhaps even before she falls in love with him. He was sooooo romantic.

The first book I read by Mallory was Three Nights of Sin. After that I read several other of her titles, but none have compared. Seven Secrets of Seduction is, I believe, the first contender and in many ways I believe it may be superior. In this one I would say that Three Nights of Sin ran a little hotter, but Seven Secrets ran sweeter. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and could not put it down. I disagree with the other review about the end. I enjoyed it the whole way though.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TJ MacKay on October 27, 2011
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Unlike many books, this one is exactly what the title suggests. Every paragraph, every page, every thought throughout the first half was about titillation, nothing more, nothing less. Maximilian is an expert at seducing young women for the sheer game of it and he always succeeds. So, when he decides to deflower and open the eyes of sweet Miranda, the idealistic but innocent bookstore worker, it is a given he will get what he wants - he always does. Miranda is supposed to be a smart, observant yet optimistic young woman who just happens to lose every intelligent thought and fall in a heap of burning desire (in spite of her strict upbringing and her REALLY lame attempts at refusing) whenever Maximilian steps into a room. He makes no pretense to her about his shallow objective and his seduction is blatant. Still, she just can't control herself enough to have any backbone whatsoever, she just must give in, forget the cost - he wants it!

From there the storyline goes from merely eye-rolling to smash-the-book, rip-the-pages-out and burn-each-individually, infuriating, as Miranda succumbs, revels in the tryst, then accepts his invitation to spend an entire weekend at his country home. By this time Max has decided he will take her as his mistress, buys her expensive bobbles, the whole nine yards. While rollicking in the bedsheets for the weekend, Max stops to finalize his betrothal agreement and marriage arrangements to another woman, making sure to include the caveat that he will keep his mistress (Miranda) . Miranda had absolutely NO idea he was planning on marrying but overhears the proceedings. When Max admits his plans, she AGREES!!!! He proceeds to "make her happy" by taking her to all the "lower" entertainments, those where men and their playthings can be seen.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jane VINE VOICE on September 3, 2011
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Miranda works in a bookshop for her uncle. She loved the book titled "Seven Secrets of Seduction." She has been corresponding with Mr. Pitt who wrote a harsh criticism of the book for the local paper. Maximilian (Max) is a viscount. He visits the bookshop and begins flirting with Miranda. He then hires her to come to his home to reorganize his personal library. He begins seducing her. She tries not to, but she is falling for him. Max's father had many mistresses causing sadness for his mother. Max believes he can only be happy with a mistress, never a wife.

Most of the book, until just before the very end, was game playing with words. Max and Miranda were never sincere with each other. It was meaningless chit chat, flirtations, and light barbs that did not interest me. Finally when Miranda discovers a secret about Max, instead of confrontation or discussion, she plays another game, trying to make him uncomfortable (or something I'm not sure what) but not revealing what she knew. It needed more of a story, not just a guy with desire in his eyes and an innocent girl who eventually succumbs. Character wise she is a doormat, willing to accept whatever he offers. I don't mean to criticize having a doormat as a heroine; my intent is simply describing the type. This could have been better if the dialogue was witty and entertaining. But it wasn't. There were a few sex scenes, but nothing memorable.

Romance novels are required to have happy endings with the couple together at the end. This had the couple together (as required), but it was vague and unsettling. I did not know if Max was ever going to marry. I did not know if Miranda was going to be his mistress or his wife.
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