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Never Trust A Rogue (Heiress In London) Mass Market Paperback – August 31, 2010
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This book has it all: a fabulous hero, a wonderful heroine, and sizzling passion. Read it and watch the sparks fly! (Christina Dodd on SEDUCING THE HEIRESS)
Guaranteed to seduce readers everywhere. This book is something truly special, an unforgettable story filled with passion, intrigue, and sweep-you-away romance. (Susan Wiggs on SEDUCING THE HEIRESS)
This decadent Regency romance is carried along by a spunky heroine and sumptuous descriptions of upper-class life…there's enough glitz to keep readers coming back.. (Publishers Weekly on SEDUCING THE HEIRESS)
Drake entices readers [and] twists the traditional with an unconventional heroine and a bad-boy hero that readers will adore. (Romantic Times BOOKreviews on SEDUCING THE HEIRESS)
Superb. (Genre Go Round Reviews on SEDUCING THE HEIRESS)
I absolutely adored this story! Witty, hilarious…[like] reading a Julia Quinn novel. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in this series! (The Season Blog on SEDUCING THE HEIRESS)
Thoroughly entertaining. (Book Binge on SEDUCING THE HEIRESS)
Olivia Drake's Seducing the Heiress will land on your keeper shelf. The author takes what could be a been-there, read-that story of a scheming scoundrel and a headstrong hoyden, and weaves a tale of wit, seduction, secrets, and sensuality that's as vibrant as it is refreshing. (Michelle Buonfiglio's Romance: B(u)y the Book® on SEDUCING THE HEIRESS)
Drake weaves a sensual tale, full of intrigue and true romance…guaranteed to seduce, and leave the reader breathless. (South Bend Romance Novel Examiner on SEDUCING THE HEIRESS)
From the Back Cover
Olivia Drake continues the dazzling adventures of the Crompton sisters, who are causing a stir in London's high society--and in the hearts of its most eligible bachelors…
A DEVIL IN DISGUISE…
The wealthiest heiress of the season, Miss Lindsey Crompton finds detective work far more fascinating than social engagements--at least until she meets Thane Parker, the Earl of Mansfield. Thane is a paradox: a war hero and a cad, a wicked scoundrel and an indulgent guardian of his young ward. When Lindsey sneaks into his house to investigate his role in a series of murders, he blackmails her into a betrothal.
OR THE MAN OF HER DREAMS?
Thane has a secret life he keeps hidden from everyone, especially the infernally curious--and curiously alluring--Miss Crompton. Working with the Bow Street Runners, Thane is tracking a killer who may be one of Lindsey's suitors. Even if their engagement is a ruse, the heat between Thane and Lindsey is undeniably real. And with a murderer on the loose, desire has never been so dangerous…
"Sizzling passion." --Christina Dodd
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Lindsey Crompton is a wanna be 19th century Nancy Drew and like Ms Drew she is young, eighteen or so but she lacks Nancy's ability to follow clues and unlike Nancy she jumps way too much to conclusions on just circumstantial evidence. Lindsey has no desire to ever marry, she wants to be a private detective (almost unbelievable for her time period) but her mother has other plans for her and since Lindsey's family is as rich as Croesus she is pursued by titled fortune hunters. Lindsey is not an aristocrat, her father made his fortune in India and until two years ago, Lindsey called India her home.
Thane Parker, Earl of Mansfield is a war hero and also an amateur sleuth. He lost his parents when he was young and was raised by a cold uncle which does not appear to have had too much of an affect on him, and even though his uncle does show up a couple of times in this novel, he does not play a big role in this story.
Central to this novel is a murder investigation involving several strangled female servants found in Hyde Park. It appears as if a wealthy gentleman is involved in the crime and Thane offers his sleuthing services to Bow Street as the investigators need an aristocrat to infiltrate the ton and search for clues.
Meanwhile Lindsey has decided to take the case also and who does she suspect as the murderer but Thane. She makes a ton of assumptions concerning him from his character traits to his whereabouts. She thinks him arrogant and prideful, two vices she has in abundance. Lindsey's conversations with Thane throughout the first 2/3's of this novel are argumentative and she is very judgmental. She certainly acts very young and her bravado was not that endearing especially since she was in the wrong several times.
The leads have passionate encounters and Lindsey almost lies to herself when it comes to her feelings for Thane. He doesn't though, he knows he is attracted to Lindsey and not for her money either, Thane is very wealthy.
There were a couple of underdeveloped stories in this novel. For instance, Thane's boyhood past was not really explored much yet the uncle who raised him is shown as an unfeeling man. How this really affects Thane, I was not sure. He seemed very well adjusted yet there is no real reconciliation with Thane and his family. Also Lindsey's family has some sort of secret but it was not explored either. I assume that will come in a later novel. I would have liked to have known more about the histories of both characters. Thane was a war hero but very little is revealed about his past in the Calvary and Lindsey does not share much about her time in India with Thane.
The final chapters of this story are sweet because Lindsey finally sees the light not only regarding the hero but also she judges her own actions and feelings. Even though the ending is really good, it just did not make up for Lindsey's impulsive nature and thoughtless actions toward the hero in many previous scenes.
I bought this book by mistake - I was after the latest book by Olivia Parker Guarding a Notorious Lady. I do not normally choose detective stories set in the regency era, and I am afraid this book emphasised that I am right to take this stance. To me, it was a modern story...with a modern heroine, placed in a regency period which did not sit right. I did not feel a connection with the main characters, indeed I found Lindsay to be really annoying. This is not a book I would recommend.