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The Seduction Mass Market Paperback – July 27, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Former Harlequin author Jordan (The Heart Breaker) writes highly charged erotic historical romances. Her latest--set in 1810 England--opens with a graphic bondage scene, and the thrust of the book is the sexual education of a beautiful but repressed widow. Damien "Lord Sin" Sinclair keeps company with a depraved aristocratic set devoted to carnal pleasures. Lady Vanessa Wyndham falls into his clutches when her scapegrace brother falls afoul of Sin in an incident involving the accidental crippling of Sin's sister. Challenged to cards, the young man loses heavily, and it's up to Lady V to convince Sin not to foreclose. A nasty bargain is struck: she'll become Sin's mistress to pay off the family debt. But ultimately it becomes clear that the notorious nobleman has met his match: "He had tutored her in the arts of love-making, but she had taught him to love." Readers who devour the erotic historicals of Susan Johnson (see above review) will enjoy this, but those turned off by scenes featuring masturbation and ivory dildos may choose to pass. (May)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
“Ms. Jordan proves herself a marvelous storyteller.”
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Vanessa is desperate to save the family home for her mother and two younger sisters and appeals to Lord Sinclair to allow the Viscount to repay him rather than forfeit the family home. Coveniently, "Lord Sin" is looking for a mistress and suggests to Vanessa that she work off her brother's debt by becoming his mistress for the summer. Vanessa feels she has no choice but to agree to Damien's offer and travels with him to his country home, under the guise of companion to his crippled sister Olivia. Once at Rosewood, Damien begins a tender seduction of Vanessa that results in the lady's complete capitulation to him.
Well, this is a Regency romance, so Vanessa and Damien find unprecedented sensual bliss in their lovemaking sessions, soon followed by love. But like any good rake, Damien does NOT wish to marry, or even fall in love, and tries by various methods to distance himself from his bewitching mistress. Vanessa tries to break from Damien by suggesting that he teach her how to be a courtesan, so that she can support herself after he tires of their affair. OF course, the path of true love is never smooth, but this is a Regency romance, and true love DOES triumph, after all.
Ms. Jordan is a new discovery for me. I liked this book for the imaginative and sensual love scenes, for the well-written (if predictable) story, and for the wealth of rich supporting characters. I did feel that in some cases the hero and heroine acted out of character, merely to satisfy the story's requirements. However, that is a small flaw in a book that is one of the best written Regency novels that I have read.
Vanessa Wyndham was a widow whose husband had been killed in a duel over another woman, but had managed to gamble and spend his way through his estate. Vanessa's brother also lost everything to Damien in cards. Now she finds her family, 2 younger sisters and her mother, penniless and homeless; her only recourse is to go to Lord Sin and beg for help. Vanessa is a strong, intelligent woman who couldn't imagine what all the fuss was about with men and lust. Lord Sin intends to show her when he makes her his mistress and companion for his injured sister.
The storyline is uniquely interesting with many plots and twists and turns. The best parts of the book have to be the words of love and seduction used by Damien. He uses many terms of endearment, such as "sweeting (ugh), angel eyes, fair witch, sweet siren and more". Damien, " A wanton response inflames a man. Let me see how much you enjoy my touch." "I never knew joy until you, Vanessa." This is a really enjoyable, steamy read!
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