- File Size: 2114 KB
- Print Length: 486 pages
- Publisher: Carina (April 25, 2016)
- Publication Date: April 25, 2016
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01ARSC5O8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,219 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Set in London, England in 1855, The Trouble with Seduction is a fun and engaging historical romance. Many romance novels I’ve read are character driven and short on plot; Hanlen weaves her plot and characters together expertly. Victoria Hanlen combines humor, mistaken identity, mystery, intrigue, and intense passion in an engrossing read I’m not likely to soon forget.
Straight from the outset, we’re introduced to Sarah, a financially independent, twice-widowed, respectable young woman, still sporting frumpy black attire after two years in mourning for her deceased inventor husband, Edward. Sarah is under pressure from her brother to marry his best friend and is inundated with workmen hired to help renovate her mansion. A discovery is made on her property, leading Inspector Hooker to accuse her of murdering Edward. Meanwhile, Cornelius “Cory” Ravenhill is in a coma after being beaten within an inch of his life by thugs. Seeking justice, Cory’s older brother Damen, a close enough match to pass as Cory’s twin, pretends to be Cory and retraces his steps across Mayfair, Liverpool, and St. Giles. As the plot thickens, Damen forms an alliance with Sarah to clear her name and discover who was behind the attack on “him”, i.e. his brother Cory. Cory’s supposed mistress instructs Damen to seduce Sarah to get to Edward’s engine design, but the trouble with seduction, as Damen learns, is that often the seducer falls head over heels in love.
While I admired Sarah’s devotion to her family and their image of respectability, this proved to be a strong barrier against Sarah giving in to her romantic desire for Damen. Sarah’s social work at the mission and compassion for those in need was moving and endearing. Sarah proved herself brave as well as intelligent in several serious situations. Damen’s recurring feelings of unworthiness and his guilt at having lied to her about his identity initially made it difficult for him to accept Sarah’s love. Romantic scenes were fiery, passionate, and draw the reader in. The sparks flew between Sarah and Damen in an electrifying, riveting way. Both characters were well developed and their unusual courtship was a delight to read.
I had a great time reading The Trouble with Seduction. I especially enjoyed the additional elements of mystery and humor, as well as the interesting inventions of Sarah’s late husband. If you love historical romance, be cautious about what time you start reading- it takes about four hours to read and you won’t want to stop once you start. I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves historical romance novels. It’s a treat!
The Trouble With Seduction is a Victorian romance published by Carina UK. It is set in London in 1855. Lady Sarah Strethford has been widowed twice; a busy lady, she wishes to shed her widow’s weeds, and have some fun. But all is not well. Her brother is pressuring her to marry again, whilst the renovations to her former husband’s laboratory have been halted by a murder investigation.
Meanwhile, the heir to Viscount Falgate, Damen Ravenhill, has been called home after his brother was attacked and left in a coma. With his father wheelchair-bound, Damen must follow in his brother’s footsteps and discover the real reasons for the attack.
In a complex plot, Damen disguises himself as his brother to flush out the culprits. He finds himself juggling a mysterious foreign lady, a fiancé , a gang of ruffians and his own feelings for the women he is told to seduce.
I really enjoyed the descriptions and action which took place in the St Giles Rookery. The depiction of this London slum and the hidden route, through which Damen sped, added a good twist of suspense. There is also an exciting element of steampunk, in that Lady Strethford’s second husband was an inventor of automations. I must warn that this book does tend towards a steamier romance than some books in this genre. I was not, however, too sure about the reference to the Kama Sutra, which, I believe, was not available in the English language until later in the century; I am surprised the editors at Carina did not pick this up.
The descriptions helped to make the story more. The descriptions were vivid, of the two men, their surroundings, the rookery, all helped to bring you into the tale. The characters were life like and so varied. Callista Collins and the countess were her best friends. The plot was complicated, but the author took all the varied parts and wove them into a wonderfully smooth, well paced and thorogh book. I loved this story, I laughed, cried and the intrigue and danger kept you on edge. A truly mesmerizing book.