The Seduction of Emily by Rachel Brimble | Book Review

Posted April 15, 2013 by Zeee in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews0 Comments

The Seduction of Emily by Rachel Brimble | Book ReviewThe Seduction of Emily written by Rachel Brimble
Publication Date: April 4th 2013
Format: eARC
Pages: 224
Rating: One StarOne StarOne Star
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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.


About Rachel Brimble

Rachel lives with her husband and two young daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. In 2012, she sold two books to Harlequin Superromance. She also writes Victorian romance for Kensington–her debut was released in April 2013.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family and beloved black Lab, Max. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England…although she hopes a dream visit to Canada might just change her mind!

She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!

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0 responses to “The Seduction of Emily by Rachel Brimble | Book Review

  1. Catherine

    Zeee…As a librarian, and a reader, I appreciate your honest and thoughtful review. Not every book is a match for every reader. Oftentimes, if I find a book slow at the beginning, I will have difficulty sticking with it.

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  2. Karen H in NC

    I'm a huge fan of historical romances too. Thanks for your thoughts on this story.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  3. Andra

    Thanks for the honest review! I'm happy to hear that the couple is a good match but a little worried about the slow start. I think i'll still give it a try!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com