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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Hint of Seduction by Amelia Grey

9781402239816Title: A Hint of Seduction

Author: Amelia Grey

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

ISBN: 978-1-4022-3981-6

Release Date: January 2014

Genre: Historcial Fiction—Regency Era

Formats Available: Mass Market Paperback, Ebook $7.99

How I read it: Mass Market Paperback from publisher

Rating: 3.5 Crowns

Seeking: A Cad of a Father

The ton believes Miss Catherine Reynolds has come to London to find a husband. They would be surprised to know her real purpose, or that it was Catherine herself who stole the horse of the dashing Earl of Chatwin practically out from under him (it was an emergency, of course). Catherine has learned that her real father—the scoundrel who broke her mother's heart—is still out there somewhere, and she intends to find him.

Found: An Enchanting Earl

Irritated, intrigued, and highly eligible, John Fines, Earl of Chatwin, finds his name on the tongues of half the ton as they speculate about his mysterious lady horse-thief. Catherine needs to help to uncover the secrets of her birth, but if he becomes embroiled in her quest, he may be in danger of losing not only his horse and his reputation as a charmer, but also his heart. (taken from the publishers website)

My Thoughts:

A witty little romance filled with charming characters that will delight.

Lady Catherine Reynolds may have the ton convinced she came to London in search of a husband—and heaven knows her half-sister Victoria is working hard to marry her off—but Catherine’s true intention is to find her biological father. Armed with a list of three men from her mother’s dilapidated journal, Catherine is determined not to be thrown of course, even when an accident causes her to steal a handsome stranger’s horse.

John Wickenham-Thickenham Fines, fifth Earl of Chatwick, member of the terrible threesome—which recently lowered to the terrible twosome—has never had the desire to settle down. Yet when a beautiful and intriguing woman steals his horse and then asks for his help in finding her father, he fears his heart is in danger of becoming a victim of her crime as well.

Not one of the strongest historical romances that Amelia Grey has penned, but it is enjoyable.

The characters were charming and well defined. When the last page is read, the reader does have an amazing sense of who the characters are. The witty repartee allowed a slight amount of chemistry to show between the main characters, but overall I felt that the majority of the chemistry was missing, which surprised me as Amelia Grey’s romances are normally loaded with chemistry. The title had it right, this book only offered a hint of seduction, so those wanting full on romance may be a bit disappointed.

Another reason I gave a 3.5 rating was so much of the plot had been based around Catherine finding her father but when she found him rather than the big to-do that I was expecting, it just sort of fell flat. It was kind of like being promised a big display of fireworks then discovering only a sparkler.

Overall, A Hint of Seduction was a light historical romance that I read in a few hours. I would have liked to seen a bit more oomph, but it wasn’t a bad read.

Cover love: I do love this cover. It would definitely make me take note in the bookstore.

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