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Seduction (Hqn) Mass Market Paperback – January 31, 2012

3.3 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Spymaster's Men Series

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"Joyce excels at creating twists and turns in her characters' personal lives." -- Publishers Weekly

"An elegant blend of mystery and romance simmering with sexual tension."-Booklist on Deadly Promises

"Joyce's latest "deadly" romance is truly a pleasure to read, given its involving plot, intriguing characters, and the magic that occurs as the reader becomes immersed in another time and place."-Booklist on Deadly Kisses

"If this is your introduction to Francesca Cahill, you'll be just as hooked on the series as longtime fans. Joyce skillfully pulls you into her characters' tangled lives as they pursue a killer. The "Deadlies" keep you coming back for more because you care about the people and you can sink your teeth into their complicated lives as they twist and turn with mystery."-RT BookReviews on Deadly Kisses

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Brenda Joyce is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels and novellas, including the popular and critically acclaimed de Warenne Dynasty Saga, a series of novels set in Regency and Victorian England. She lives on a ranch in Arizona with her dogs, broodmares and the year’s current crop of foals. If she isn’t on the back of a reining horse, she can be found madly at work in her office, penning her latest romance novel.

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Product Details

  • Series: Hqn
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books; Original edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373776551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373776559
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,415,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on February 15, 2012
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I always buy Brenda Joyce books as soon as they're released but this book seemed like it was written by a different person. Gone was the heat and passion of her other books and in it's place was a simpering heroine mixed with a hero that was off-putting.

Set during the French Revolution, naive Julianne is an Englishwoman who sympathizes with the cause of the French peasants. She is given the care of Dominic who is a spy for the English that was hurt in France. Being comatose when he is dropped off he doesn't know if he is in England or France and if he is with enemies or friends. Hearing Julianne speak French he assumes he is with French allies so he determines to seduce her to his side.

I seriously had to force myself to read this and generally I love Brenda Joyce. I couldn't stand Julianne and Dominic was not a character that was worthy of any woman's love. The back and forth dialogue between the two of them made me cringe the whole time I was reading it. I just can't even believe that this is the same author that wrote "The Prize" and "The Finer Things." I will give the next in this series a chance in hopes that she'll return to her earlier glory but I'm really worried she won't.
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3-1/2 Stars

I have seen Brenda Joyce's name around in the last few years and have wanted to try one of her books. So, when SEDUCTION came available I jumped at the chance to read it. I have a love of French History, so I thought this story set during its turbulent Revolution would be a great book for me to try.

Dominic Paget, the earl of Bedford, is half-French half-English and has been living in rebellious France posing as a revolutionist but feeding the English with valuable information to combat the rebels. When he is wounded he is rescued by a fellow Englishman, Lucas Greystone, and sent to England to recuperate at Greystone's residence. When Dominic finally comes to, he has no idea where he is, how he got there, who he is with, and if they are friend or foe! Lucas Greystone leaves Dominic in the care of his two sisters, Julianne and Amelia. Julianne may be English, but she is a Jacobins and strongly favors the revolution in France and isn't quite about her opinions. When she hears Dominic speak French in the midst of his fever induced delirium she assumes he is a French Military Leader and, therefore, a hero in her eyes. Because Dominic has no idea how he got there, he goes along with her assumption that he is a revolutionist and decides he will seduce her to confidence so he can glean information about Jacobins activities in England and make that part of his report once he manages to get back to London. Well, seduce her he does and she falls hard for her "hero" until she discovers he is no hero but a privileged aristocrat! Devastated and crushed over the deception she is determined to forget all about him. She delves deeper into her Revolutionary lectures and meetings traveling to London to attend a rally.
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(Originally posted on my blog, That Artsy Reader Girl. I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

I love spy stuff and England and France and deception! I was expecting to really enjoy this. Sadly, it fell short for me. And with that, here are my thoughts (I've bolded the most important points, just in case you're a skimmer!):

1. The romance took a back seat to the extremely political discussions and explanations in this book. At 30% of the way through, I knew very little about the characters, but had received a very thorough history lesson on the French Revolution, the Tories, the Jacobins... the battles... the sympathizers and the different thought processes from everyone involved. I started to space and skim through large chunks. I love history, but not this much! I wanted a romance, and there were parts that felt like I was reading a textbook rather than a novel. I felt like the framework of the story took forever to be put into place. It really took away from the romance, which felt like an afterthought. Historical fiction? Yes. Historical romance? Not really.

2. With all that being said, her story was very well researched. I understand that the author wanted her readers to receive all the background information to really understand the story. However, the reader is bombarded with so much! Too much to be enjoyable.

3. I didn't connect with/like any of the characters. Julianne made the stupidest decisions, and was unbelievably naive and spineless. I like romance novels that have strong women. Yes, she had strong opinions, but she was so naive and clammy that I had a hard time believing they were her own thoughts, and not something she had read in a pamphlet. And she kept getting into trouble! Dom was just annoying.
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The setup for Brenda Joyce's new novel Seduction is original and so are her protagonists. The French Revolution is underway and her hero and heroine are on opposing sides and both are British. Interesting story and yet I did not feel the strong bond between this couple like so many of Ms. Joyce's other leads.

Julianne is an idealist a progressive woman who is a vocal supporter of the Revolution. She lives on the coast with her mother (who suffers from dementia) and an older sister. Her brothers are older and one lives in London the other a ship captain. Julianne's brother leaves a man in her care who has been shot. She knows nothing about him. When he murmurs in French in his sleep she makes the mistake of believing he is a French Officer.

Dominic is startled to awaken in a room with a lovely young woman in England. He is a spy for the British Crown and an Earl to boot so it is in his best interests to allow Julianne to believe he is a French soldier. Dominic is jaded and cynical whereas Julianne is young and romantic. They share many conversations and Dominic ends up seducing the lovely lady. When she discovers his duplicity she is vengeful and rash.

Dominic and Julianne are not finished though. Julianne is still zealous about the revolution and her anti-royalists views are close to being seditious and treasonous. Dominic wants to protect her but he also is aware that he has a mission in France too.

Even though this couple was attracted to one another, their romantic interludes just seemed rushed. Dominic wrestles about one minute with his conscious before setting out to ruin a young naïve girl who had a terrible case of hero worship. Worse, this young woman saved his life and he still selfishly follows through with his seduction.
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