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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Review: Her Knight of Seduction

Her Knight of Seduction
by Phyllis Campbell

Lady Megan Saxton will do anything—naughty if necessary—not to marry the drunken lord her grandmother selected. But when she thinks she's trapped herself a duke, will a mistake in identity have her falling in love with the man who put her family in financial ruins?

Clever Scoundrel, Edmund Knight will stop at nothing to take back the deed to his goldmine that has been stolen from him. When his enemy's daughter mistakes him for someone else, his plans change. Now he's after her virginity.

"Her Knight of Seduction" is a historical romance set in England of the nineteenth century. This is a lively read, with wonderful, full-bodied characters.

The manipulations of Megan Ramsey are both desperate and clever. Those manipulations are driven by the desire to help her family--making her an enormously likable heroine. This story sets off at a pace driven by need, by storm, and by two amazing characters. The dialogue is equally fast paced, engaging, and beguiling. The dialogue is often delectable banter; light, fast and frivolous. It's all quite improper of course, oh but it might be most fortuitous! For the Duke she must capture is, indeed, everything her heart desires.

The darker side of this earnest attraction becomes apparent--and endlessly entangling--when one realizes that everyone is not who they are portrayed to be! And the man we so quickly admire, (for he is described so deliciously,) is quite enough man to be any woman's heart throb.

Megan must think quickly, and desperately needs that impassive, gambler's face that she has so little skill creating. Then again, deceit wears many faces, and when it comes to manipulation, Megan is not the reigning star. Assumptions are always dangerous ground; and here, among plot twists and a number of strong characters, we discover there is not only one rakish character intent on joyfully scandalous behavior.

Must love give way to betrayal? Society, and the expectations of very upright British families, all hit just the right note here. From hiding in the bed chambers to very proper withdrawing-room conversations, this lively romance will keep you guessing (and hoping) to the end.

Review by Snapdragon