Format: epub (provided by author)
Release Date: February 13, 2013
AN OUTRAGEOUS PROPOSITION
Elizabeth Spencer needs a man. Preferably one who won't be too picky about the morality of her proposition, or his reputation. Lord Constantine Alexander can't afford another trip to debtors' prison, which makes him the perfect candidate. She doesn't expect him to have a heart of gold, or to hold up his end of the bargain—particularly when his high-in-the-instep family gets involved. Nor does she expect to find him irresistible, because while she needs a man, she doesn't particularly want one.
A WICKED BARGAIN
When a beautiful courtesan offers to satisfy his creditors, Con leaps at the opportunity. Never mind his mother and brothers are suspicious of his newfound fortune—being with Elizabeth is intoxicating enough to wipe any thought of scruples away. He soon realizes it's not just his future he's been gambling, but his future family. How can he convince London's premier courtesan he's more than a callow rake?
The opening to The Problem with Seduction is quite an attention grabber. Who wouldn't pay attention when the hero politely tells another man that the baby he has in his home actually belongs to him? And all because the heroine, a courtesan, has offered the hero a large sum of money to do so! The possibilities for this story were endless!
Elizabeth Spencer has changed drastically from the first book (The Trouble with Being Wicked) to the second. Gone is the spoiled, simpering, whining courtesan and in her place is a strong willed, intelligent, fiercely protective mama trying to change her ways to give her child a better life. Though she may have known many people (men) as a courtesan, she has learned that she can only trust herself and has lead a rather lonely life.
Lord Constantine Alexander on the other hand, has so many people around him he doesn't know what to do with them! As the fourth son of five in the family, Con constantly has his patience tested by his brothers and his affairs are often the topic of discussion among them and their mother. I loved the family dynamic with Con's family. They're meddlesome, infuriating, nagging and caring, in their own dysfunctional way. They were amusing and stubbornly loyal, even when they don't agree with one another.
Initially the relationship between Con and Elizabeth is purely business but Con's plan to help Elizabeth backfires and he is forced to spend more time in her company, thus giving both characters a chance to get to know each other and for those sparks to fly. The emotional connection that forms between them gives more power to the love that eventually blooms, which is important because Con and Elizabeth are constantly tested. There are plenty of villains and conflicts that they have to face alone and together. The pace of the book is a bit slower than what readers may be used to, but thankfully there isn't a dull moment with Con, Elizabeth and the entire Alexander clan.
The Problem with Seduction is, in my opinion, better than the first book in the series (The Trouble with Being Wicked). There is a huge growth for Elizabeth, turning her from an unlikable character, to a character the evokes sympathy and admiration in readers. I went from not caring about her to rooting for her to get everything she ever wanted. I can't wait to see what author Emma Locke has in store with the next book in the series, The Art of Ruining a Rake.