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Title: The Seduction of Emily
Written by Rachel Brimble
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: April 4th 2013
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Source: the Publisher
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Seduction is a wicked game, and no one plays it better than the devilish Will Samson in Rachel Brimble's captivating new novel...
Since girlhood, Emily Darson has accepted that she will marry Nicholas, the son of her father's trusted business partner. The marriage contract safeguards her family legacy, Emily's fortune, and everything she values--except her independence. Only when a sinfully handsome scoundrel enters her life does Emily realize quite how much a loveless match will cost her.
Will Samson has advanced from expert pickpocket to confidence trickster of the highest caliber. Now he has come to Bath to exact vengeance on the man who destroyed his mother--the man Emily will soon marry. But from his first glimpse of the enemy's bewitching, spirited fiancée, Will's plan changes.
Amid the ballrooms and salons of elegant society, heated glances explode into scandalous kisses. Revenge is sweet, but surrender will be irresistible...
This story was a slow start for me. I struggled a little through the whole book and there were a few times that I had to put the book down and then pick it up after a few hours.
I did enjoy the romance between Emily and Will and I thought they were a perfect match. Emily’s strength of character and kindness was the perfect salve for Will’s hatred and vengeance. I was a little bit irritated with Emily’s attitude towards Nicholas and their arranged marriage. Also, I couldn’t understand the change in Nicholas. I mean, if he was a friend to Emily and based on the backstory, he seemed like a nice person and I just can’t understand how taking over the business would drastically change a person.
I also liked Will’s drive to avenge his mother. He was a likable character even if he was a con artist.
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His caught breath released in a low whistle. Attraction twitched his groin. “My God, tell me you’re not his.”
His gaze languidly traveled from the tip of the feather in the woman’s hat, to the glossy black hair curled and twisted beneath it. Her eyes were big and dark, her skin as smooth as glass over sweet apple cheeks. The vivid royal blue dress she wore was pulled in at a waist small enough to fit in his splayed hands, her stature poised and proud. She was exquisite.
Will smiled. Although her ample bosom was decently covered, the soft white netting revealed the faintest hue of her flesh. What he wouldn’t give . . . He forced his gaze upward and stiffened. She stared straight at him—and her mouth twitched with amusement. He pulled back his shoulders and flashed her a smile.
She didn’t lower her eyes as he expected.
Intrigued, he tipped her a wink.
A moment passed before she surprised him again. She did not turn away in disgust or demand Milne punch him to the ground; instead, the minx winked straight back. Desire hit Will hard in the gut as a bubble of laughter tickled the back of his throat.
Who was she? He reveled in the tinge of pink staining her cheeks and suspected inside, she laughed right along with him.
Their secretly shared moment came to an abrupt end when her companion took her hand and placed it possessively in the crook of his arm. He led her in Will’s direction and Will bowed as they passed.