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The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton (The Burgundy Club series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Miranda Neville
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Book Description

“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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    “Neville scores big with this mix of hilarity, mystery, and passion.” (Publishers Weekly)

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

    “The best description for this new novel from Miranda Neville is wonderfully adorable. The spirit, the joie-de-vivre, and the wit make the dialogue sparkle and the characters pop.” (The New York Journal of Books)

    You’ll love Miranda Nevilles’ charming romance, intriguing plot and fresh new voice. (Madeline Hunter)

    Sizzling, addictive, and deeply romantic: Miranda Neville’s novels are a joy to read. (Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author)

    “Brimming with mystery, engaging characters, humor, clever repartee, fast-paced action, sizzling sensual scenes, romance, plot twists and a satisfying conclusion, this is a story you will want to read more than once. I highly recommend this delightful story!” (Romance Junkies)

    From the Back Cover

    Being kidnapped is teaching Miss Celia Seaton a few things about life:

    Lesson one: Never disrobe in front of a gentleman . . . unless his request comes at gunpoint.

    Lesson two: If, when lost on the moors, you encounter Tarquin Compton, the leader of London society who ruined your marriage prospects, deny any previous acquaintance.

    Lesson three: If presented with an opportunity to get back at Mr. Compton, the bigger the lie, the better. A faux engagement should do nicely.

    Lesson four: Not all knowledge is found between the covers of a book. But an improper book may further your education in ways you never guessed.

    And while an erotic novel may be entertaining, the real thing is even better.

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1901 KB
    • Print Length: 389 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062023047
    • Publisher: Avon (26 July 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004OVEZ9I
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #153,828 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    More About the Author

    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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    This is my favourite in the series. The hero's memory loss capitalised on by an enterprising heroine and a scantily clad, momentous journey across country enlivened by very funny verbal sparring is a splendidly entertaining - laugh out loud - story.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 26 Nov. 2013
    By Jangler
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    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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    0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    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
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    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, 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
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    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?


    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
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, sexy and entertaining 2 Aug. 2011
    By Jen (Red Hot Books) - Published on
    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.
    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Spunky but not well plotted 4 April 2012
    By kelly - Published on
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    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
    4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Slap Stick and Funny Historical Romance (B+ Grade) 4 Aug. 2011
    By Katie Babs - Published on
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Celia Seaton is in quite a bind. Not only has she been let go of her governess job and lost a fiancé (he was her employer), but she has been kidnapped, forced to take off her clothes and left wearing only her shift in some cottage in the middle of Yorkshire. She has no clue why she has been taken and accosted, but she must find a way to escape before her kidnapper comes back.Things turn around for her when she finds an unconscious man on the floor.

    Unfortunately for Celia, the man in none other than Tarquin Compton, a dandy and the darling of London. Celia has met Taquin six times before. He barely gave her a second thought and insulted her deeply by comparing her to a cauliflower because of the way her hair was styled. Celia was put out, and rightly so. And when Tarquin awakens and has no idea who he is, Celia decides to get revenge. She tells him they're engaged and his name is Terence Fish and he's been studying for the church.

    Terence knows something is off. First of all he can't be named Fish, because who in their right mind would have the last name of Fish? And the woman stating to be his fiancee' is one he's not familiar with. Even with his lack of memory, wouldn't he have some sort of recognition about the half-naked miss? Miss Seaton tells him everything she thinks he should know, such as how they met, became engaged and how they've been captured. Tarquin has more than enough questions and expects answers, but time of the essence, for they must find help. He hopes to regain his memory and solve the mystery of why he has been robbed and who Miss Seaton exactly is to him.

    As Celia and Mr. T. Fish, travel barely clothed across the English landscape, she finds Mr. Fish to be an excellent companion who sees to her comfort, looks out for her safety and even goes as far as fishing for her. Celia is falling for this sweeter side of Tarquin, which leads to them having a very special moment in a barn together. But then Tarquin regains his memory and blames Celia for taking advantage of him. He has no choice but to marry her. Celia refuses his hasty and near insulting proposal. Now she must figure out why she has been targeted by some dastardly villain, including bringing down the high and mighty Tarquin a notch. Tarquin is too set in his ways, but Celia has slipped inside his heart where he can't imagine letting her go.

    The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton is a wonderful slap stick comedy where the heroine pushes the hero way off center. Celia is a fierce piece of baggage and refuses to be controlled, least of all by Tarquin who treated her badly the first time he met her. She plucky, ingenuous and has quite the sense of humor. Celia is a perfect counterpart for Tarquin, who has his nose way up in the air. But there's a nice twist with Tarquin; he collects and reads erotica, where Celia gets a worldly education about sex and erotic prose. She may be an innocent in the ways of sex, but thanks to Tarquin's love of naughty literature, she opens her eyes to a whole new exciting world and taps into her passion, with the help of Tarquin.

    The banter between Celia and Tarquin is delightful, as well as the mystery concerning Celia's kidnapping. For once we have a hero who isn't some lofty lord, but a respected commoner because of how he has built up his reputation that society can't help but admire.

    The love scenes are very simple in their telling, but sweetly sensual as Celia and Tarquin act out a few scenes from the tales of Francis Featherbrain, including one with a rat running up a young lady's skirt. It doesn't take much to figure out who the rat is and what skirt he's playing under.

    I've read almost every single one of Miranda Neville's books and have always enjoyed myself immensely. The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton deserves high marks for great storytelling and characters that will make you smile until the very last page. Avon has a very good thing with Miranda Neville and I anxiously await her next release.

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