Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: March 22, 2016
When Edwin Barlow, the Earl of Blakeborough, agrees to help his best friend’s impetuous ward, Lady Clarissa Lindsey, in her time of need, he knows he’s in for trouble. He’s been hunting for someone to wed, and she’ll just get in the way. Although captivated by the witty, free-spirited beauty, he fears she’d be all wrong as a wife...if she would even take such a gruff cynic for her husband. Yet he wants nothing more than to have her for his own.
Clarissa has no intention of marrying anyone—not Edwin, whom she’s sure would be an overbearing husband, and certainly not the powerful French diplomat stalking her. But when matters escalate with the diplomat, she chooses Edwin’s gallant offer of a marriage between friends in hopes that it will deter her stalker. She expects nothing more than an amiable union, but their increasingly tempestuous kisses prove more than she bargained for. When her stalker’s vow to expose the lovers’ deepest secrets threatens to destroy their blossoming attraction, will their tenuous bond withstand public ruin, or will Edwin lose all that’s important to him to protect his bride?
*cue mood music*
But did Lady Clarissa measure up?
Of course with a good book like this one, a reader must always be prepared to say farewell to the now married object of her affections (Edwin) and shift focus to a new bachelor, but in this case I’m not sure if it should be Clarissa’s cousin Warren Corry, the Marquess of Knightford or Clarissa’s brother Niall, the Earl of Margrave. Both men are a bit mysterious, especially Niall since he’s been absent for awhile. Decisions, decisions.
Final Verdict: The Study of Seduction didn’t let me down and having an entire book dedicated to my latest book boyfriend finding love didn’t hurt either. Edwin will always be a favorite of mine and he joins Sebastian, Lord Templemore from After the Abduction on my favorite characters list. I can’t wait for the next book in the series! Oh and I think the woman on the cover of The Study of Seduction looks just like the lovely Rosamund Pike!
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