A Season of Seduction
Lady Rebecca has been a widow for a few years. Her husband was killed by her brother, the lord. Becky has no plans to marry again. But she's ready for an affair with Jack Fulton. He has returned to England after seven years as a sailor. He had been accused of murdering a lord, Although exonerated, it was better he leave for a while. He's a younger son and has to make his own way. Becky has met with him a few times. Now she is ready for an affair.
But her plans go awry. Her brother breaks in on her and Jack before. The scandal that follows in embarrassing for Becky and her family. Her brother insists that Jack marry her. Jack is agreeable. Becky refuses. Now Jack starts to get worried. He was the one who sent a note to Becky's brother to set up the scandal. He needs to marry Becky. She has the money he needs to get out of trouble. Plus he is attracted to her and likes her. He can see himself married to her.
Becky doesn't want to risk marriage again. Her husband was an evil, abusive man. Her brother shot him while protecting her. She doesn't want to put herself in that position again. She doesn't want a man to have authority over her again. Jack seems like a good man, but so did her first husband.
Jack is in trouble. He is being blackmailed. Becky's money would save his future. Yet he discovers she is important to him. The more he learns about her husband the guiltier he feels. He is doing the same thing - marrying her for her money. He would treat her better than the other man, and would stay faithful. If it weren't for the blackmail, he wouldn't have seduced her for marriage. He can't feel regret for that, though. He believes he would like being married to her.
Recently I haven't wanted to read many historical romances, preferring contemporary. But this one was sent for review and I like Christmas romances, so I picked it up. I'm glad I did. Now I want to go back and read the novels by Jennifer Haymore that I passed up. A Season of Seduction is well written and a delightful read.
Jennifer Haymore goes beyond the nobility and looks at the brothers and sisters of those families in this book. Becky was married to a lord. Her brother is a lord and one of the richest men in England. Jack is the third son, whose eldest brother is also a peer. As the third son he gets little from his father. He spends seven years as a sailor but wants to return to London.
If you like historical romances or just a good romance, you'll like A Season of Seduction. I now should back up to catch up on Becky's brothers lives and loves from the previous books. Also, while reading the annual nominations list at the Romantic Times the other day, A Season of Seduction has been nominated in the "British Isle-Set Historical Romance" list for 2010.
Notice: Explicit sexual content
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