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With Seduction in Mind (The Girl-Bachelor Chronicles) Mass Market Paperback – August 25, 2009
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From the Back Cover
Her proposition . . .
London Society is harsh for a young woman with no family connections who has to work for a living. But when Daisy Merrick is sacked from yet another job, the feisty and outspoken miss comes up with a plan that could give her a future beyond her wildest dreams. There's only one problem. Her success depends on a man, the most infuriating, impossible, immovable man she's ever met. His resolution . . .
Sebastian Grant, Earl of Avermore, is England's most infamous author. Known for his notorious reputation, he is more interested in play than work, and has no intention of cooperating when Daisy shows up on his doorstep with a mad plan. The provoking, fire-haired beauty stirs his senses beyond belief, and Sebastian knows he has only one way to stop her. Seduction.
About the Author
Laura Lee Guhrke spent seven years in advertising, had a successful catering business, and managed a construction company before she decided writing novels was more fun. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Laura has penned more than twenty historical romances. Her books have received many award nominations, and she is the recipient of romance fiction's highest honor: the Romance Writers of America RITA® Award. She lives in the Northwest with her husband (or, as she calls him, her very own romance hero), along with two diva cats and a Golden Retriever happy to be their slave.
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Top Customer Reviews
They end up isolated together in the country, sparks fly, they inspire and challenge each other etc etc. The dialog is witty, the developing relationship rings true and everything works beautifully until the ending. The conflict of the relationship is based on the hero's cynicism and inability to recognize his feelings even while he seduces the heroine. Without giving away any more specifics, the problem is not the conflict but the resolution. I would guess that readers will want the hero to suffer a little more and see a little more humility and growth after the way he had treated the heroine, ie; taking her for granted. The pacing was far too quick and didn't seem true to the earlier characterization of either hero or heroine. It actually felt like the author had reached her minimum page limit and decided she was done. UGH.
It feels a little ironic writing an unfavorable review about this book. Much of the plot centers around the conflict between writers and critics--specifically critics that don't have the right credentials to review books. LLG has a lot of quotes about the difficulties of writing beginning each chapter.Read more ›
Daisy Merrick is too feisty and outspoken and because of that she can't keep a job. Daisy dreams of becoming a published author. She is sick of working for others and wants to have a job where she makes the decisions and doesn't have to deal with men who disrespect her. She is able to find a job as a temporary reviewer for the Social Gazette. (Daisy is friends with the wife of the man who owns the paper). She reviews a play by the respected literary author, Sebastian Grant, Earl of Avermore. Daisy hates it and because of her scathing review, the play closes in a week. Sebastian is livid. He needs the money and the prestige because he has been out of the spotlight for so long. He has lost his writing muse because he has given up cocaine. He became an addict of the drug and now that he is recovering, he has lost his passion for the written word.Read more ›
-I definitely enjoyed Sebastian, despite his many flaws.
-Most of the book takes place in the English country side, which is described beautifully.
-I loved they way it ended. Perfect for romance lovers.
-I like that it takes place around the turn of the century. 1896 I think is when it's set. A lot of historical romances take place during the regency era so I was glad for a little change.
Things I Disliked:
-I have come to expect from this author witty dialog and laugh out loud situations. I didn't laugh once.
-Sebastian spends a lot of time dwelling on his tortured (which isn't really that tortured) past, it got a little repetitive.
-I found Daisy a little boring, the past 4 books of Laura's I have read I absolutely loved both the hero and heroine, not not this time.
- I had a hard time getting into the book, nothing really happens for the first half. It was really slow to start.
Overall only ok, but I should say every other book I have read of Laura's I have loved so I will keep buying her books in the future. I think I was so hard on this book because of that, I had high expectations for this one and they just weren't met this time.
The heroine tries to get the hero to help her become a better writer while helping him overcome his own writer`s block - and the demons he is fighting. I loved their interaction and how she doesn`t take "no" for an answer. The book made me lean back and enjoy the whole scenario and I was looking forward to seeing them continuing their banter and push-and-pull growing attraction for one another.
***** Spoler ******
Unfortunately the book ended fairly abruptly and I felt it would have been so much better if there had been an additional 50 pages explaining how and why the hero went from seeing the heroine as a great help to actually beginning to love her. We go from rejection to declarations of love without any kind of explanation and that left me a bit .... unsatisfied.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another enjoyable story with characters you love. I haven't read any books by Ms. Guhrke that I haven't enjoyed, or finished with a smile, and this one was not an exception!Published 14 months ago by JoAnne Harris
I'm arriving late to this party as somehow I missed this book when it came out, even though I'm a big fan of Laura Lee Guhrke. I'm so glad I read it! Read morePublished on June 21, 2014 by Claire
it was a fun and easy read. really like the series proving to be addicting. looking forward to more from this authorPublished on June 4, 2014 by Kindle Customer
Not my favorite Guhrke book but I still liked it. I'll read anything she writes. I would recommend to my historical friends...Published on November 9, 2013 by L Diamond Reader
Love story. Hard times abound. And then love Concorde all. Written in a way that holds your interest, so hard to put down. Read more
I really loved both Sebastian and Daisy and liked the chemistry between them. The old shtick of girl thinking she's ugly and guy thinking she's beautiful is just. . . old. Read morePublished on September 30, 2012 by RTNews
I love the way the author pulls me into the seduction in each chapter.I'm as in love with Sebastian as Daisy is the by the 5th chapter. I really like this book!Published on September 3, 2012 by HugsBugs2