Just as an aside: I LOVE this cover!
Title: Three Lessons in Seduction
Author: Sofie Darling
Genre: Historical Romance
Blurb: Lord Nicholas Asquith needs his wife. Too bad he broke her heart ten years ago.
Can he resist a second chance at the love he lost?
When Mariana catches the eye of the man at the center of an assassination plot, Nick puts aside their painful past and enlists her to obtain information by any means necessary, even if it means seducing the enemy agent.
Even if the thought makes his blood boil.
Only by keeping his distance from Mariana these last ten years was he able to pretend indifference to her. With every moment spent with her, he feels his tightly held control slipping…
Can she trust the spy who broke her heart?
Mariana spent the last decade forgetting Nick. Now she has the chance to best him at his own game, an opportunity she can’t resist, even as her view of him begins to shift. Increasingly, she wants nothing more than to seduce her own husband . . .
It’s only a matter of time before mad passion ignites, a passion never convincingly extinguished. A passion that insists on surrendering to the yearning of the flesh and, quite possibly, of the heart.
Excerpt: “Do you not understand how difficult it is to find a lady’s maid who speaks English in Paris? She is as rare as a Woolly Mammoth in London.”
“A Woolly Mammoth in London?” he asked with a confounded laugh.
“Given my involvement with The Progressive School for Young Ladies and the Education of Their Minds, I spend a good deal of time perusing London’s museums.”
Nick cocked his head. “I would have thought finding you in a stuffy museum would be as rare as finding a Woolly Mammoth in London.”
“I enjoy it.” She sounded defensive. Drat. “And I happen to know that the Museum of Natural History in Paris has its very own Woolly Mammoth.”
In fact, she was disappointed to have missed it on this trip. But Nick needn’t know that. She’d revealed too much about her life already.
“That’s,” he began, a reflective note in his voice, “new.”
“Actually, they acquired it more than one hundred years ago.”
“I wasn’t speaking of the mammoth.”
Mariana’s traitorous insides went light at his words and at the implication within them. The moment could grow soft, and a sense of ease could steal in, if she allowed it. It was an ease she’d felt the first time they’d locked eyes at a dinner party at Uncle Bertie’s country estate—so very long ago. She’d felt they were two halves of the same whole and had been waiting all their lives to be joined together.
She gave herself a mental shake. Such memories were a trap.
Over the last decade, she’d done quite well forgetting what she liked about her husband. She wouldn’t allow softness to shake her resolve.
This was Nick. He was as soft as a razorblade.
Review: I am going to give this book 4.5 stars. The developing relationship between: Nick and Mariana are the main plot line. I loved how the author showed the slolw progress of the two rebuilding of trust and love. It is sometimes hard not to want to hit Nick over the head as he is fighting each and every step that is taken to make their relationship work.
The one thing that I think should have been added or changed in the book is the whole spy issue. There is no information provided as to why Nick became a spy and when.The fact that Mariana three lessons in seduction is not really needed as the spy from the other side is not really seduceable. It would have been nice if that was explained a little better and why she is such a large piece of the puzzle.
Mariana is an incredible strong character, and this surprises her husband. Her mind has been opened by the school that she started with another woman. A school for women to learn more then the basics. I also enjoyed watching Nick struggle with everything and how much he loves her. The spy lessons that are being provided by Nick are easier for her then Nick expected. He proposed the challenge to get her to go back home. To Nicks amazement she took the challenge by the horns.
The historical period is portrayed perfectly. The reader gets to see and experience what it was like to live back in Victorian age. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance and history.
Reward and RaffleCopter: Sofie Darling will be awarding $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
Author Bio and dLibnks: Sofie spent much of her twenties raising two boys and reading every book she could get her hands on. Once she realized that she was no longer satisfied with simply reading the books she loved, that she must write them, too, she decided to finish her degree and embark on a writing career. Mr. Darling and the boys gave her their wholehearted blessing.
When she’s not writing heroes who make her swoon, she runs a marathon in a different state every year, visits crumbling medieval castles whenever she gets a chance, and enjoys a slightly codependent relationship with her beagle, Bosco.
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