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Seducing Mr. Knightly (The Writing Girls) Mass Market Paperback – October 30, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This romance is witty, funny, passionate and engaging. You will cheer for Annabelle together with the Readers of her column as she struggles to get the attention of Mr... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Isabella
This author is amazing. She writes with great heart and wit, making you truly wish you could befriend her characters. Bravo!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Note: review is based on an audio edition.
The final book in Maya Rodale’s cute Writing Girls series is the best of the four. Read more
My favorite of the set. I love all of the characters in this book and seeing the growth of the hero and heroine. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mindy
I was slightly disappointed by Seducing Mr. Knightly, the last book in the Writing Girls series by Maya Rodale. Read morePublished 15 months ago by M. Duncan