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Jasper Finley, Baron Montford, had never lost a wager until he met Katherine Huxtable. But when he bets his friends that he can successfully seduce Katherine, after their first meeting, he not only admits defeat but also patiently listens to Katherine as she verbally decimates his character, then sends him on his way. When the two meet again three years later in London, Jasper finds he is still intrigued with the beguiling Katherine, so he proposes another wager: he will make her fall in love with him. Katherine knows the smart thing to do is to send Jasper away once again, but somehow she finds the idea of romance with a dangerous rake irresistible. After matching up Katherine’s sister Vanessa in First Comes Marriage (2009), Balogh delivers another smartly fashioned love story that will dazzle readers with its captivating combination of nuanced characters, exquisitely sensual romance, and elegant wit. --John Charles


“Exquisite sexual chemistry permeates this charmingly complex story that seamlessly interweaves family issues with the far-reaching effects of scandal.” —Library Journal

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Product Details

  • Series: Huxtable Quintent (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 419 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (March 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440244234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440244233
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mary Balogh is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Slightly novels: Slightly Married, Slightly Wicked, Slightly Scandalous, Slightly Tempted, Slightly Sinful, and Slightly Dangerous, as well as the romances No Man's Mistress, More than a Mistress, and One Night for Love. She is also the author of Simply Love, Simply Unforgettable, Simply Magic, and Simply Perfect, her dazzling quartet of novels set at Miss Martin's School for Girls. A former teacher herself, she grew up in Wales and now lives in Canada.

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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By C. Klaassen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 26, 2009
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This is the second book in Ms. Balogh's Huxtable series. The first book, First Comes Marriage, introduced us to the Huxtable family and was the middle sister, Vanessa's story. In that book we watched the family adapt to an unexpected inheritance, the acquisition of a title and life among the ton. This book continues the Huxtable's story and features the beautiful youngest sister, Katherine.

Katherine has never lacked for suitors, but yearns for more than compatibility in her marriage. She is determined to hold out for love and passion. She meets Jasper Finley, Baron Montford, and is immediately intrigued. She knows him to have a reputation as a rake and has been advised to keep her distance. However, one night she throws caution to the wind and walks alone with him on one of the sheltered paths of Vauxhall Gardens. An intimate encounter ensues and Katherine retains only her physical innocence when Jasper pulls away and announces that his interest in her is only as the subject of a scandalous wager.

Three years pass before Jasper and Katherine are thrown together again. Events occur which bring the occurrence of the wager to the attention of the ton. Now Katherine must either accept Jasper's offer of marriage or bring shame to her family and displacement to his.

As always, Ms. Balogh tells a moving tale. This is one of her quieter works and the pace is slower than many will like. It probably is a truer representation of how we find love, not in a lightening bolt but rather in a storm. The characters are multifaceted and Jasper's story and his character are revealed slowly through the pages of the book. Through his story we are bidden to consider some of the deeper issues in life: Can you truly love another if you do not love yourself?
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Gale S. on April 5, 2009
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At first I wasn't sure I would like this book, just from reading the preview (even though I liked First Comes Marriage quite a lot), but I guess you can't judge a book by one chapter, since once I got through the premise, I enjoyed this book very much. The male (Jasper) at first seemed quite unlikeable, but by the end, he was much more hero-like (actually had some principles). The heroine (Katherine) wasn't exactly my favorite right away (not terribly fond of overly beautiful, seemingly silly types), but she ends up seeming more intelligent as the story enfolds. The Huxtables are turning out to be a very interesting family and I am looking forward to Margaret's book! (Am glad that the discerning majority of Mary B's readers are liking this series and are realizing the joys of uncrazy, quieter romances.)
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By M. DETWILER on May 3, 2009
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Perhaps I have read a different book than some reviewers here, but I have to say the book I read, Then Comes Seduction, was a wonderful book. I absolutely loved it. I will say right up front that I am not a Mary Balogh fan as I have not read many of her books and the ones I did were usually so angsty that I could hardly finish them. Then Comes Seduction started slowly as we were introduced to Jasper( he was introduced to me--maybe he was in earlier books, IDK) and the setup of his meeting with Katherine. After that, this book just took off. I have just finished reading Deanna Raybourn's Julia Grey series and Then Comes Seduction was a perfect book to read after those. It had a lovely story and was not crammed with sex scene after sex scene. I loved the descriptions in this book. I could just picture the scenes and could see in my mind the scene with Katherine and Jasper in the glass gazebo that preceded all their trouble.
The story was spellbinding, I loved the characters. Katherine's family were especially likable to the extent that I am going to read the other books in this series. I want to read Vanessa and Elliott's story and am anxious for Margaret and Stephen's. Lucky for me that they are available soon. The excerpt at the back of the book really whetted my appetite for Margaret and Duncan.
That brings me to Jasper. What a guy!! There were so many layers to him. At the beginning, I thought he was just a typical jerk rake. But as the layers were peeled back, I couldn't believe how much I liked him. He was a young man who had been terribly scarred emotionally by his stepfather. But, with Katherine's love, he was reborn. Watching them realize they loved each other was fantastic.
People gush over Mary Balogh's writing and her stories. I have to say they are right. At least with this series. I am going to check out her backlist. Maybe I will chance upon books I will like as much as I liked this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By modern mommy on July 28, 2010
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I've read Slightly Scandalous and Slightly Wicked, both really wonderful books with engaging characters, its hard to believe this book was written by the same author. It's disappointing really.
The story line is very contrived and convenient. I'm not looking for anything too surprising in a regency having read too many of them over the years. I'm just looking for some enjoyable light reading and a happy ending. :)
But this story is farfetched to a fault.
But more importantly the 'witty' dialogue and banter isn't remotely interesting. :( I'm not the type of reader that sticks with tried and true writers, I randomly pick up regencies at the bookstore whenever the mood strikes me, so I've read many beginner authors, some good, some not so good. But, frankly, this one is... bad. :( It's the first time I've ever skimmed through whole sections of a regency. The details and conversation aren't interesting so the characters end up uninteresting, there is a lot of detail given about family members and 'the villians' but it never really goes anywhere.
*Potential Spoilers below*
The wagers are just completely silly and they are contrived as some big plot point to move the story along, but then never addressed very well and suddenly dismissed by too quickly.
And the hero, who is supposedly a rake, isn't much of a rake really... only in the very very beginning, even then he has a crisis of conscious, after that his behavior is always exemplary.
Also, at the house party, he comments that he feels like an old gentleman with all the young people around. It seems too much of a quick jump, a rake and supposedly seducer of innocents is now feeling elderly? I can understand him maturing maybe but its a stretch to think he wouldn't at least enjoy their boisterous company.
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