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Seducing Mr. Knightly (The Writing Girls) Mass Market Paperback – October 30, 2012

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Book 4 of 4 in the Writing Girls Series

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He's the only man she ever wanted. She's the one woman he never noticed. 
Book Four in the Writing Girl series matches hopelessly shy Annabelle Swift with the object of her affections, newspaper tycoon Derek Knightly. With an outrageous scheme involving all of London, she snares the attentions and affections of the only man she's ever loved. 
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Product Details

  • Series: The Writing Girls (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062088947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062088949
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There aren't enough words to express just how much I LOVED this book. When I read Seducing Mr. Knightly I was in a reading slump and it quickly pulled me out and has definitely made my list of favorite books for 2012. This book was superb and it just reminds me why I love Maya Rodale's work so much. I couldn't seem stop myself once I started reading this book. It was just so consuming and just so very good.

Annabelle works as a advice columnist at The London Weekly and has been in love with the owner/editor in chief Derek Knightly for the past four years. Determined to finally gain his attention, she writes to her readers asking for their advice on how to attract his attention. With all of the suggestions pouring in, Annabelle quickly begins to take action. From wearing more enticing gowns with lower bodices to pretending to faint into his arms, Annabelle is willing to try anything to get Derek's attention.

Derek has never really noticed Annabelle outside of the fact that she was one of his infamous lady writers. But for someone reason lately she's been starting to stand out and he can't seem to get her off of his mind. When it's brought to his attention that Annabelle has sought out help from her readers to gain the attentions of a certain "nodcock" he can't help but wonder who exactly she is pursuing and why does the thought of her with another man seem to make him jealous?

I loved, loved, loved these two together. I found the build up to their relationship to be sweet. Annabelle has been in love with Derek for what seems like forever and I loved that everyone knows but him. I liked that their relationship wasn't rushed and we were able to see the growth between them.

I liked that this book had quite a lot of humor in it.
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Annabelle Swift is the advice columnist (a la "Dear Abbey" in the modern world) for The London Weekly, and though she dishes out advice to her loyal readers each week, she finds she must ask for their help in helping to catch the eye of the man she's fallen for, Derek Knightly -- the editor and owner of the very paper she works for. A cute premise that should have offered a witty, smart Regency-era romance. Instead, it was juvenile, boring and had absolutely no depth whatsoever.

Since the setting is in a newspaper office and the ballroom, this novel could have had really great scenes with sharp dialogue, intelligent protagonists and a plot that mattered. I was so disappointed that the author didn't take advantage of this. Journalists are sharp people in real life. Not so much in this novel. The whole subplot of another newspaper's reporter getting arrested and there being an inquiry was not exciting enough. Annabelle wasn't involved in it at all, so the reader felt disconnected from it, too.

Granted, this is the first novel I've ever ready by Maya Rodale, and I know this is the fourth and final book in a series -- but come on! The only thing Annabelle ever thinks about is Knightly -- blushing and stuttering and sighing whenever she sees him. She reminded me of a middle schooler. She's worked at the paper for 3.5 years and she's never had a real conversation with him? Why is she so convinced that she loves him? Why is he the perfect man for her? They're not even friendly in the beginning. Her crush-verging-on-an-obsession makes no sense. Then, her readers offer her "advice" and she goes about the most obvious and stereotypical way of getting his attention. Showing cleavage, really? Batting your eyelashes? Making him think there's a rival?
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Annabelle was pathetically boring, and I have to agree with another reviewer that it was just too juvenile. As for Knightly, can you really blame him for being oblivious? He was running a newspaper, constantly busy reviewing many details. How was he supposed to know that the girl liked him when she shrunk into the shadows and only sighed at him, stammered, and blushed. He's not a mind reader, but after the non too subtle hints, he put the clues together quickly. I was just too repulsed and felt no connection or empathy for Annabelle. She was always going around feeling too sorry for herself. She took pride in having no backbone. Ugh...It took sweet and innocent from a nauseating level quickly to a no interest level.
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I've had this book on my wislist for a year and quickly purchased it when the kindle edition price briefly dropped to .99 cents. I also added the whispersync audiobook and immediately started listening. Three hours into listening, with six hours remaining, I gave up on the audio and switched to reading the kindle edition. There is so much repetition and tedious inner monologuing! I just couldn't stand listening word for word to the same inner thoughts over and over again. I was able to skim through this when reading it myself.

I love the plot and premise of this book! Annabelle writes an advice column and she asks her readers how to catch the attention of the man she loves. The letters from readers are amusing and her implementation and comments on their ideas are cute and sometimes witty. I really enjoyed the clips of news articles at the beginning of each chapter. Those are clever and make sense for setting up the topic of each chapter. As stated by another prominent 1-star review, Annabelle is milqetoast. But I did like how she differentiated herself as Old Annabelle and New Annabelle in order to talk herself into acting bolder.

By three hours into the audiobook, Derek Knightly wasn't much of a hero to me. When Mr. Oliver suggests to Annabelle that he should help her make Knightly jealous, and the book states that Annabelle feels something between them, I thought Oliver might become the hero and I got excited by the prospect. It brought to mind the movie "27 Dresses" when the heroine has had a crush on her boss for years, but when they finally kiss they realize there's no chemistry. She was confusing admiration for love. And of course she ends up HEA with the newspaper journalist. But I was not so fortunate to get an interesting twist in this story.
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