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The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton (Avon) [Kindle Edition]

Miranda Neville
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“Sizzling, addictive, and deeply romantic: Miranda Neville’s novels are a joy to read.
—Eloisa James

“Wickedly sexy and just as witty, Miranda Neville is one to watch!”
—Lisa Kleypas

The raves keep rolling in for Miranda Neville, a “fresh new voice” (Madeline Hunter) in historical romance. Readers simply adore her smart and sexy Burgundy Club novels, and the third delightful installment, The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton, goes to the head of the class! Centered on a trio of rogues and the secret gentleman’s club they establish, this Regency Era-set romp reaches new heights of imagination, sensuality, and just plain fun—as a desperate beauty, lost on the English moors, stumbles upon the ideal opportunity to get revenge on the delectable cad who ruined her London season.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 709 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (26 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OVEZ9I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,615 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I grew up in southwest England. During my misspent youth I devoured the works of Georgette Heyer, Jean Plaidy and any other historical novels I could lay hands on. As a result I attended the University of Oxford to study history, ignoring all hints that economics might be a more practical subject. I spent several years writing catalogues of rare books and original letters and manuscripts for Sotheby's auction house in London and New York. Much of my time in this job was spent reading the personal correspondence of the famous. This confirmed my suspicion that the most interesting thing about history is people. I now live in Vermont where I enjoy skiing and writing romances set in Regency England where it hardly ever snows.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 26 Nov 2013
By Jangler
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Good book I really enjoyed the characterisation and storyline. I enjoyed the witty encounters. Will definitely put it in my favourites and enjoy reading it again
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4.0 out of 5 stars fun in the dales 5 Mar 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Fun, lively book, didn't need a lot of brainpower switched on to enjoy, but for all that, it was engaging.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to great series 27 July 2011
By Lisa Wolff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I wanted to read this book because the back cover summary made it sound very interesting and fun and I think it did a good job living up to the 'lessons' described! Our story starts with Celia Seaton being held at gunpoint and being told to remove her clothes so she does not escape after being kidnapped. After her kidnapper leaves, she is able to escape her small room, clad only in her shift, and stumbles over a man who is unconscious. Oh, but not just any man....no, it is the man that disgraced her in front of all of society with one snide remark. When Tarquin Compton awakens and he has no knowledge of what happened, Celia decides to tell him a few faux lies. Even as Celia is telling "Terrance Fish" these embellishments, he knows something is not quite right but what he does know is that he and Celia need to get away from her kidnapper.

This begins my favorite part of the book. The two of them are walking through the countryside surviving on little to nothing for food and are stripped to their raw emotions. This is quite a departure for Tarquin who is the leader among Londons society for appearances and it does not take long for Celia to fall in love with him in this setting. And as Celia has told Tarquin that they are engaged, he can not help but appreciate and admire this feisty woman. They encounter a few humorous bumps in the road and eventually share a passionate moment together. Of course, Tarquin does this under the assumption they are engaged to be married but not long after, Tarquins memories return and he is not happy when they do!

Celia knew it was a mistake to lie to Tarquin, but she was so hurt by his actions from the past she thought them justified. She also knew it was a mistake to make love to him but does not believe they must marry, especially as it was her who deceived him. The two finally stumble onto some land and Tarquin realizes it his his land and after cleaning up the two head to his friend, Sebastians house as it is not proper for a woman alone to stay at Tarquins home. This part of the book was also a delight! After reading The Dangerous Viscount (Avon) it was wonderful to return and see the birth of Sebastian and Dianas baby....and all the agitation that plagued Sebastian and his father-in-law was truly funny! During this time Celia and Tarquin continue to argue as to whether they should marry or not. Tarquin feels it is his duty to protect her as Celia is alone and has no family but Celia does not want to settle and always be the follower of this well admired man and pitied upon from society.

As the story progresses, we slowly get small tidbits as to Celias scandalous upbringing and how that might factor into her kidnapping. I had my own ideas as to why it happened and I was happy that I wasn't entirely correct! There was a nice little curve ball that I was not expecting and I am hoping that the "villain" gets a story of their own! I also liked that the back cover really sums up this book very well. That little book that was left when Tarquin was knocked out and Celia reads adds plenty of heat and laughter! What I really enjoyed about this book is that these two fell in love during their first ordeal together when they were just stripped to the bare essentials. Naturally it took quite a bit for them to finally realize this but it was really worth it in the end. I got a bit worried that the ending was going to have a Big Misunderstanding but once again, Miranda Neville threw a curve ball and wrote an ending that I absolutely loved and had me smiling the whole time I was reading it! Wonderful story with excellent leading characters and great supporting cast! I can not wait for more! 4 1/2 stars
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "The story was simply just delicious" 7 Aug 2011
By The Book Courtesans at the Reading Haven - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Rated 4.5 out of 5 White Roses.

Miss Celia Seaton has not been having such a good time of late. She has just been kidnapped and she has no clue why. She has found that her captor has also attacked the man who single-handedly destroyed her chances of a decent marriage and even worse he lost his memory. And to top it all off, when they get away from their holding, they end up being pursued. She has nothing of value on her person. What on earth could anyone want from her?

Tarquin Compton is the darling of London. When he snubs (either purposely or not) a person, all of London will follow. When he creates a trend, society will love it. He didn't know that comparing Celia to a vegetable would result in her choice of revenge the moment she finds out he lost his memory. She actually told him that his name was "Fish" and they were engaged to be married! Fish! Really, of all names. Fish.

But after traveling alone with Celia, and getting to know the real Celia while protecting her, he finds himself in a difficult if not a compromising situation. How can he get out of it? And does he really want to?

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Now, I found myself intrigued when I first read the back of the book. Then I made a terrible mistake when late that night, I thought, "I'll just read a few pages before I go to bed." Well, if you haven't figured it out already, I didn't just read a few pages. Every time I read "a few pages", I would find myself making another excuse to read few more until I read the whole book. Then, I found myself sad that the story had actually ended. Needless to say, I didn't get very much sleep. And Ms. Neville, I do blame you.

The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton was so good, I literally could not put the book down. I actually sacrificed precious sleep! I especially love that while Celia is still a virgin she accepts her sexuality while still remaining pure. Then reading about the conflicting battle inside Tarquin as he reconciles the man he was when he lost his memory to the man he is with the rest of the world made me feel what he was feeling.

Dear readers, I just find myself in a bind how to tell you how much I enjoyed this read without giving away too much of the juicy details. The story was simply just delicious and I find myself hungry for more. Go read the story for yourself and I am sure you'll agree.

Hugs & Kisses,

The Lustrous Courtesan

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, sexy and entertaining 2 Aug 2011
By Jen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Things aren't going well for poor Celia. She's lost her fiance and her job as a governess. And there aren't many prospects for her future. But just when she thinks things can't get any worse, she is kidnapped. Her assailant steals everything she owns, forces her to strip down to her shift, and locks her away in a cottage. It's only by happenstance that Tarquin nearly stumbles upon her. Just before he does, Celia's kidnapper knocks him out and steals most of his clothes too.

When Tarquin wakes, he doesn't remember who he is. But Celia recognizes him as the awful dandy who insulted her in front of the ton, ruining her prospects for a favorable match. She decides to get even with him, making up a new identity for him and pretending to be his betrothed. The two make their escape together. But something unexpected happens as they make their way across the country landscape... they begin to fall for each other. In fact, things progress so far that they end up lovers.

Shortly after that, Tarquin's memory returns. Will he go back to being the haughty jerk he was before? Will anything remain of the alter-ego Celia fell in love with? It's a pretty good story, focusing not just on the romance but the intrigue surrounding Celia's kidnappers and what they're after. There's also a bit of naughty fun as Celia uses one of Tarquin's randy novels to acquaint herself with lovemaking. That novel makes for some very entertaining reading... even I learned some new vocabulary... though I can't imagine ever finding an opportunity to use the word "pintle" in conversation. But I'll try.

A little more than 4 stars.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Spunky but not well plotted 4 April 2012
By kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I think the book is endearing and funny. At one point, the hero is named "Fish:" cue the fish jokes. Throughout the book, there's the running gag where an actual romance novel of the time period is referenced--in all the ways I think a romance novel nowadays can be referenced in our culture. I think my favorite parts of the book are the time when the hero and heroine live outside the confines of English nobility class system, either out in the wild in the beginning or with Diana and Sebastian's family in the middle. People are more sensible and clear and funny and real and unpretentious. Why are romance novels set in the regent English upper class anyways? Nobility doesn't seem all that fun.

Anyways, the mystery/suspense of the book is not at all mysterious or suspenseful. The characters just both muddle through with their feelings, except for those moments in which they forget everything and just go at it with each other and of course, the end when the book happily resolves. Overall, it's a fun fast read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars boring book 12 April 2013
By Popsicle Toes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I honestly don't know how this book has managed to receive so many good reviews. I found the book boring as heck! The beginning of the book sounds promising: heroine escapes from her kidnapper with nothing but her thin undergarment and then encounters the unconscious hero who's been attacked by same kidnapper. Hero then wakes up with amnesia and she tricks him with false information for payback from her past humiliation caused by hero. Thus the journey begins between these two and thus my reading journey goes downhill due to lame plot and boring characters.

First of all, I find it highly unlikely that the heroine can walk barefeet (with nothing but her thin undergarment that leaves nothing to the imagination, mind you!) for days without complain or injuries on Yorkshire land. My logic simply refused to shut up the whole time I was reading the book.

Then the characters... the most boring ones ever created. The hero is a dandy, a boring dandy with nothing else to offer but his good looks and clothes. The heroine is not much better. She's clueless, insipid, and stupid (anyone in her predicament who turns down a marriage offer from a guy she loves and already slept with - all because she doesn't want him to marry her out of sense of duty, is stupid beyond redemption!)

Beyond that, I can't write anything more because my mind simply draws blank. It's that boring! Needless to say, this is my first and last book from this author.
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