Title: Secrets of Seduction
Author: Series: Legendary Lovers Book 3, Paradise Series Book 5
Author: Nicole Jordan
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: 04/29/2014
Format: Mass-Market Paperback $7.99
Genre: Historical Romance
How I read it: Mass Market ARC
Rating: 4. 5 Crowns
Stunning sensuality and breathtaking romance mark this dazzling new Legendary Lovers tale from New York Times best-selling author Nicole Jordan, where an extraordinary beauty teaches a handsome, reclusive “beast” to love again.
The most charming Wilde cousin, Lady Skye has secretly loved the enigmatic Earl of Hawkhurst since girlhood, long before the tragedy that left him scarred both physically and emotionally. When Skye learns that the celebrated hero has returned to England from his self-imposed exile to make a cold marriage of convenience, she brazenly plants herself on his castle doorstep, determined to convince Hawk that she alone is his perfect mate and destiny.
An elite member of the Guardians of the Sword, Hawk has vowed never again to risk the pain of loving – but that’s before he deals with the most enchanting, annoyingly persistent seductress he’s ever encountered. One night of blazing passion leaves him impossibly torn. Will Hawk choose duty over love, or will he open his heart and let Skye’s healing light penetrate his darkness? (from the author’s website)
Oh how I loved this novel!!!!
I was a bit hesitant at the start considering that this was a novel that came from two series, although it read rather well as a standalone.
Skye Wilde is convinced that her true love will be found by imitating history’s legendary lovers, and in her case it is the tale of Beauty and the Beast.
Arriving on Hawk’s doorstep in the middle of a storm under the guise of seeking out his help in aiding her in her search for her uncle’s long lost lover who is believed to be dead, Skye is determined to convince the scarred earl that she is the women for him.
When Skye arrived on his doorstep refusing to go away, Hawkhurst never thought she would end up in his bed, but that is exactly what happened. Now he has no choice but to put his plans for taking over the Guardians of Sword on hold while he deals with this enchanting woman.
While Skye is determined to make Hawk fall in love with her, he is determined never to fall in love again because of the pain of losing his wife and child was too much for him.
I’m a sucker for all things Beauty and the Beast, so when this book arrived in my mailbox I devoured it. And I have to say Nicole Jordan made me fall in love with the romance genre all over again. Her characters were divine. I could have read about them for days and never grow bored.
Hawk’s been through a lot. He lost his wife and child in a fire, which left him scarred both physically and emotionally. He’s decided to forgo finding love again and marry into the Guardians of the Sword, so when Skye shows up on his doorstep and refuses to leave, he’s a little flummoxed. He tries his best to dissuade her but she has her eyes set on what she wants and is refusing to go away without claiming her prize.
I was worried that Skye would become annoying in her pursuit of Hawk, but I found her to be an interesting character.
Intertwined in Hawk and Skye’s story is the story of Skye’s Uncle and his lost love. Having such a strong substory could have bogged the plot down, but Jordan handled both storylines with grace allowing both to flow equally along without becoming a hindrance.
Overall, I loved this book. I could not put it down. When you buy your copy, make sure you buy two because this is definitely a book you want to share with your friends.