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Seduction (Bantam Historical Romance) [Kindle Edition]

Amanda Quick
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Book Description

Townsfolk called him devil. For dark and enigmatic Julian, Earl of Ravenwood, was a man with a legendary temper and a first wife whose mysterious death would not be forgotten. Some said the beautiful Lady Ravenwood had drowned herself in the black, murky waters of Ravenwood Pond. Others whispered of foul play and the devil's wrath.

Now country-bred Sophy Dorring is about to become Ravenwood's new bride. Drawn to his masculine strength and the glitter of desire that burned in his emerald eyes, the tawny-haired lass had her own reasons for agreeing to a marriage of convenience. One was vengeance, and in its pursuit she would entangle Julian in a blackmail plot, a duel at dawn, and a dangerous masquerade. The other reason was dearer to her heart, but just as wild a quest: Sophy Dorring intended to teach the devil to love again.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3403 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553283545
  • Publisher: Bantam (22 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036S4ETG
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #104,689 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jayne Ann Krentz is the critically-acclaimed creator of the Arcane Society world. She also writes as Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle. Jayne has written more than forty New York Times bestsellers under various pseudonyms and more than twenty-five million copies of her books are currently in print. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

The historical novels she writes as Amanda Quick all feature her customary irresistible mix of passion and mystery, and also have a strong psychic/paranormal twist.

Please visit her on the web at www.jayneannkrentz.com

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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfull!!! 16 July 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is one of Miss Quick's best books and as always it is very easy to fall in love with her characters and identify with them as they encounter the joys, struggles, and hardships of love. My only "complaint" to Miss Quick is that she made me long for a sequel to this book, in which she deals with the Ravenwood's best friends,Lord Deargate and Miss Silverthorn, whose mysterious relationship leave you longing to know more about what will eventually happen between them. And also as is the case with such memorable characters as Julian and Sophie, it is no hardship to hear about them again. Once more I repeat that this is a great book and it supplies a joyous afternoon of reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 8 Feb. 2015
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Its a very good read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captures your attention until the end! 16 Feb. 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A friend introduced me to Amanda Quick's books and historical romances on a whole. Since then she has become my favourite. I have read the 3 Ds, Ms, Rs, Ss, and 1 A. Above all, "Seduction" was my favourite. There is so much there to appeal to the readers. Any sequels on the horizon for Lord Daregate and Ann? Surely hope so!
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  54 reviews
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amanda Quick at Her Best! 8 April 2000
By Jeanine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What happened to the Amanda Quick novels that we have grown tolove? (ie. Seduction, Surrender, Scandal...) Recent Quickpublications are just not what they used to be. However "Seduction" is by far one of Quick's masterpieces. I have read this novel probably about twenty times and everytime I read it I am thrilled. This is feminism at work! Sophy is a "blue-stocking" who has read voraciously the works of Mary Wolstencraft; she challenges a high society harlot to a duel in order to empower herself and prove that male "honor" is dead; she holds her body and her spirit above bartering her soul for materialistic comforts. Sophy is a heroine, but always a woman. She is an example that feminism is not the raging woman seeking power but the improvement of life for oneself and gender. Furthermore, Quick employs a witty rhetoric that allows even the most daft of readers to appreciate her sense of humour and view on life. There is not much more that I can say except that those who have not read Quick's early works, especially "Seduction" do not know what they are missing. Like the quote on the back of the book, "I consumed Seduction like a valentine box of chocolates, in one sitting, and thoroughly enjoyed it!"
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect "10" 5 Nov. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Amanda Quick develops themes in her historical novels that carry over. Almost always there is the young, independent woman, spearheading rights for women, and acting more like a modern-day woman. In this book, her heroine, Sophy, has radical notions for her time that constantly conflict with those of her husband's. One such issue is the question of how honor differs for a man and for a woman. That forms the basis for the conflicts in the book, and it is handled in a very interesting manner. Ms. Quick forces us to look at things through different eyes and perspectives.
This may be my favorite Amanda Quick. It is a totally charming book. The love story between the 2 characters is one of her best. The mystery is well-done. It is an amusing story that holds the reader enthralled to the end. HIGHLY recommended.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun, lighthearted read........ 18 Sept. 2002
By M. I. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my second book by Amanda Quick...DEFINITELY not my last...what a charming Story..I love a fast paced read with silliness and sexiness combined..and "Seduction" was just what I was in the mood for. I really enjoyed Julian and Sophy..I thought it was fabulous how she never backed down...I'm on the lookout for Anne and Daregate's story next! This really is a sweet book...I would reccomend it.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 20 July 2000
By Tamsin Green - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Seduction was one of those books that I just couldn't put down- even though, at the time, I'd just finished my third Quick of the night and it was four in the morning. After all, I had saved the best for last. And of the ones I had just read, I have to say, I found Seduction riveting.
From the first moment you meet her, Sophy is audicious and quite amusing; the idea of a wife of an important member of the ton talking about sheep-farming and proscribing cures for ailiments in the middle of a ball was deliciously funny; and then there's the scene when Julian and Sophy first meet. Of all the conditions she might demand for her marriage, I find the first two sensible: 1) that she doesn't want to be left in the country 2)that Julian not force himself on her or rush her into childbed. It is, however, her third condition that I like the best of all, and, surprisingly enough, the one that they come into conflict over most often. 3) That he allow her to buy and read whatever material she likes. On the whole, Sophy is truly delightful, and, like many of Quick's characters, very human; her reactions to Julians'-um- rather precipitous attempts to bed her is most human; I know I certainly would have reacted much the same way, and her guilt was most convincing. But of the two main characters, I think it was Julian who won me over. He's almost adorably control-freakish. (And yes, I know that's not a word)but the point is that he's autocratic, arrogant, and patrician- and very, very stubborn. After all, a blind man could see that Sophy's too free-spirited to let him control her like a horse. (note, the dueling scene, reading Charlotte's Memoirs, persisting in her friendship with Anne despite her husband's objections. . . .) Yet Julian tries to do just that- spur her into behaving the way he wants with arguments but rational and irrational while trying to pretend that the only reason he's behaving like a mother hen is because he doesn't want her to humiliate him- when he's actually more concerned about Sophy than his reputation. In fact, Julian persists in denying his love until the very, very end of the book- all the while manipulating Sophy with what she feels for him.
On the whole, I enjoyed Sophy's determination and her singleminded pursuit of Julian's love- and the ending of this book left me smiling; Of all of Quick's heroines, I think Sophy deserves the biggest round of applause for putting up with the (probably) most stubborn and obnoxious man in the entire cast. Now. . . . for a sequel, do something about Anne and Daregate.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Consider me seduced! 15 Jun. 2012
By Jonetta (Ejaygirl) - Published on Amazon.com
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Julian Sinclair, Earl of Ravenwood, has selected Sophy Dorring to be his next wife as he needs an heir to continue his family line. His first marriage was a disaster, with his wife Elizabeth cuckholding him and ultimately drowning in the estate pond. Sophy, orphaned at 17 and having failed during her one and only season, should have been grateful for the offer but turned Lord Ravenworth down. Only after getting his word to some specific terms was she willing to marry him.

Sophy's a pretty special young woman for her time. She has a natural talent for understanding and using herbs for medicinal purposes and has a reputation for being skilled at dispensing the perfect remedies. She's practical and extremely intelligent. Julian thought that because of her age and she having resided in the country he was getting someone who would provide him an heir and be no trouble. He got more than he bargained for in Sophy who wants time for them to get to know each other and she's incredibly strong willed but respectful. Both want a seduction but have polar opposite views of what that means.

Julian's pretty jaded from his past experience so trust is a huge issue in this story. It was incredibly interesting to watch both of them struggle to communicate their needs while attempting to dominate each other. Sophy's trying to get him to express love through little seductive actions, like notes and attention; Julian thinks that if he makes lovemaking a great experience for Sophy and makes all of her decisions for her, he will have artfully seduced her. What's extraordinary here are these are timeless issues that can be juxtaposed in a modern era and still be relevant. The push/pull tension made for great storytelling.

The dialogue is sophisticated, clever and well crafted. The supporting characters are interesting and provide additional conflicts but don't overwhelm the story; this is all about the relationship between Sophy and Julian, which is pretty complex. Both have great friends that enhance the story. Even when they ultimately have their physical passion, Julian and Sophy still return to their problems. The author quite adeptly uses the third person narrative to transition pretty nimbly between characters, allowing us to see how each interprets the same scenarios time and again. Yet, the pace of the story never suffered, allowing the metamorphism of Julian and Sophy's relationship occur so naturally before us.

I've had this book for almost two years, with my beloved sisters-in-law begging me to open it and read it. I liked everything about this...the story, characters and writing. I may have taken my time getting to this one but now I cannot wait to find more by this author and devour them!
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