His Wicked Seduction by Lauren Smith #Review

Posted February 28, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 12 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
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His Wicked Seduction by Lauren Smith #Review
His Wicked Seduction

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Series: #2 League of Rogues
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Samhain Publishing
Released on November 11, 2014
Pages: 321
Format: eBook
Source: Author

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A band of friends with roguish tendencies? A cold, calculating villain to bring them all down? Fiery heroine and feisty friends? Families and pets, oh my? All set in Regency England? I’m there!!!!

This was my first encounter with this author, but I can guarantee that it won’t be my last. I had such a fun time with this book. Unrequited love, danger, elicit passion and humor all made it a wonderful, engaging read.

This was book two in the series. I tripped along just fine even though I didn’t start with book one, but I do think I might have liked it even better in order since there is a large group of characters that are intertwined and all were introduced in the previous book including the villain and his schemes.

The story opens with Lucien Russell, Marquis of Rochester, distracted beyond sanity by his friend’s younger sister. He worries about her knowing the threat from their adversary is real, but it is the attraction he doesn’t want to feel that is his real agitation. Long ago, he crushed her young girl’s heart when she told him that she loved him and since then he has hated her for a mistake she made then, but also made himself unworthy of such a sweet, honorable woman’s love by pursuing his own passionate indulgences with any experienced woman he desired. Ever since his friend’s recent marriage, he has thought hard on his rakish ways and envied the man his happiness.

Horatia Sheridan has loved Lucien since the time he rescued her from the coaching accident that took her parents, but she knows her love isn’t returned. Lucian has been harsh and cold with her since that day she sabotaged his proposal to another woman when she was still a child. Now though, she is treated to him running hot with desire and cold with rejection. She plans a seduction scheme to rival one of her spirited, younger sister’s and she gets in over her head, but still manages to open Lucien’s eyes to the fact that she is a passionate woman to match him. Unfortunately, the danger that stalks her brother, Lucien and the rest of their friends, doesn’t spare her or her family and they are forced on the run to Lucien’s family estate right before Christmas. There, with the help of Lucien’s family of roguish brothers, sister and mother, Horatia finds some allies to aid her, but the enemy is also secretly in their midst too and he plans to break down the rogues slowly and painfully before taking his final revenge.

This story is one that the reader really has to pay attention. There are quick changing scenes, many plot threads, and multiple narrators going on behind the main romance plot and main couple. I had a good time with it, but there were times that I felt things were switching scenes almost in a blur.

The romance plot was interesting for me because I found Lucian’s condemnation of himself interesting. Sure, he got around quite a bit and earned his status as a player with rakish habits, but his thing about feeling unworthy made me feel bad for him. He liked to dominate and restrain women in the bedroom, but has the idea this is wrong and no decent woman would accept this form of passion. I was glad when Horatia proved him wrong. Consensual play was the key and she showed him that she reveled in it and could match him for passion and need.

As to characters, Lucien was one that was iffy for me mainly because as he wrestled with issues of being attracted to his best friend’s sister and knowing he wasn’t worthy, he was pretty ornery to Horatia in the process. Horatia was hurt, but she really had hope. She was calm in the face of his stormy attempts to frighten her and shove her away.

All the other rogues get significant page time as they work on nosing out their enemy’s plots and foiling them and even start their own story threads. There are so many delightful characters that I look forward to seeing them get their books. And the villain of the piece? I love that he is formidable and that he seems to have a strong reason for doing what he is doing. It will be interesting to see what comes of his storyline through the series.

In the end, this was quite the story with its passion, intrigue and humor. Fans of spicy historical romance and a series built around a group of exciting young rogues should give this a try.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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About Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets: a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat and dapper little schnauzer. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being an Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • I love that cover, that caught my attention right away. Thanks for the great review. If I am in the mood for this type of book I will definitely think of this one now.

    • Then my job is done. Haha! It is a gorgeous cover, Mary!

    • Then my job is done. Haha! It is a gorgeous cover, Mary!

  • Oh yes, I need more ideas of historical romances to read and this one looks perfect. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    • Always a pleasure to share a good find. Hope you like it when you try it, Iza. This is book two so go for book one.

  • Oh yes, I need more ideas of historical romances to read and this one looks perfect. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    • Always a pleasure to share a good find. Hope you like it when you try it, Iza. This is book two so go for book one.

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    Sounds like a great plot, funny conversations and a book well worth reading based on your review. It’s got to be difficult for an attorney to find time to write romance, so mad kudos to her for such a great book. Hugs…

    • It was a fun one even though there were some serious things going on. That is impressive that she write with that sort of demanding career.

  • I love the plot for this one…sounds very engaging and keeps you on your toes. I haven’t read this author, but she is on my list, so I see I will need to try her out soon.

    • Most definitely, Renee. I love the group of friends and the ladies they fall in love with that are starting to be friends too plus the revenge plot. Grab book one though if you go for these.

  • I love the plot for this one…sounds very engaging and keeps you on your toes. I haven’t read this author, but she is on my list, so I see I will need to try her out soon.