I received this book for free from Ballantine Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Secrets of Seduction by Nicole Jordan
Also in this series: The Art of Taming a Rake, My Fair Lover
Series: Legendary Lovers #3
Published by Ballantine Books on April 29th 2014
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era, Fairy Tales
Source: Ballantine Books
Stunning sensuality and breathtaking romance mark this dazzling new Legendary Lovers tale from New York Times bestselling author Nicole Jordan, where an extraordinary beauty teaches a handsome, reclusive “beast” to love again.
The most charming Wilde cousin, Lady Skye has secretly loved the enigmatic Earl of Hawkhurst since girlhood, long before the tragedy that left him scarred both physically and emotionally. When Skye learns that the celebrated hero has returned to England from his self-imposed exile to make a cold marriage of convenience, she brazenly plants herself on his castle doorstep, determined to convince Hawk that she alone is his true mate and destiny.
An elite member of the Guardians of the Sword, Hawk has vowed never again to risk the pain of loving—but that’s before he deals with the most enchanting, annoyingly persistent seductress he’s ever encountered. One night of blazing passion leaves him impossibly torn. Will Hawk choose duty over love, or will he open his heart and let Skye’s healing light penetrate his darkness?
Lady Skye has always believed in the “Legendary Lovers” for her family, and she knows her legend will be Beauty and the Beast. Skye has always been fascinated with the earl of Hawkhurst ever since she was young. Now he is back in England, and she is determined to win his love no matter what she has to do to get it done. Hawk lost his wife and infant son to a house fire years ago, and has immersed himself in danger among the continent in order to keep the pain at bay. Hawk still blames himself, and even though he himself got burned himself, he still lost his family. Now he is back in England, and made a promise to take over the Guardians of the Sword and in order to do that he will need to marry a young lady he has never met and will only be a marriage of convenience, and then his world goes haywire when a bewitching siren shows up on his doorstep in need of his help. At first Hawk would rather just kick her back to London, but she is tenacious and he can’t help but find himself drawn to her. Before he realizes it, they share a passionate night of sensuality and desire. And when he reluctantly agrees to help her with her problem finding her uncles long lost love, which begins a fierce battle of these two hearts but who will win and will their romance be legendary?
Secrets of Seduction was a phenomenal story, that had me tingling all the way through. There was so much that I enjoyed from this story. I doubt I will be able to express everything I felt about it. Ever since I first started reading this series, I have found it fun and engaging and sweet. Secrets of Seduction is as heartwarming as the previous two books in the series. I think from the first page I liked this heroine. Sometimes I have a difficult time getting into their character, but Skye was practically addicting and I almost wished I could be just like her. She is stubborn and tenacious with a bit of playfulness and boy does she know how to go about a seduction despite the fact that she is a virgin. We see the multiple tricks up her sleeve to get Hawk to step out of his shell and take a chance on the love she offers. Hawk is the perfect “Beast” character, he is scarred inside and out, has a temper and growls (but boy was that sexy). I did enjoy the theme of this book, and I also loved the little sub plot we have going on with Skye’s uncle and his long lost love.
The characters in this story were engaging and fun loving and I felt my heartstrings being constantly pulled with variety of emotions. Nicole Jordan knows how to weave a beautiful romance that gets the reader fully involved in the story. There was quite a bit happening in the plot, not too much, but enough to keep your mind thinking and imaging. From beginning to end you are captivated by this tender relationship that forms between Hawk and Skye. Overall a stunning romance that shot a arrow straight to the core of my romantic heart. I couldn’t help but fall in love with this story and these charming characters that pulled me in from the start. A TREASURE OF A FAIRY TALE ROMANCE!!