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The Seduction Of Sarah (Zebra Historical Romance) [Kindle Edition]

Cynthia Clement
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Book Description

In Cynthia Clement's captivating tale of cat and mouse, England's high society is confined to a country estate where passionate pursuits become the order of the day. . ..

Widowed Sarah Wellsley delights in her daily swim--until she is discovered by an imposing stranger who mistakes her for a harlot. Having escaped the cad's embrace, she's mortified to meet him again mere hours later, and shocked to discover he is the long-absent Marquess of Caldern. . .and her cousin Caroline's intended. But now he only has eyes for Sarah, and will pursue her at any cost. The situation couldn't be more awkward--particularly because she cannot erase the memory of Alex Caldern's touch. . .

Alex long ago abandoned dreams of love. His marriage will be a business arrangement to produce an heir. On the eve of his proposal, however, he is seized by a passion he cannot ignore: the need to possess Lady Caroline's quiet cousin. By turns wanton and demure, Sarah confounds his every instinct and thwarts even his most ingenious attempts to have her. Yet she is by his side, unbidden, especially when he is in danger.

As the attempts on Caldern's life multiply, Sarah's deepest feelings slowly make themselves known. And when Alex finally realizes what she wants, he's more than prepared to satisfy her. . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 937 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (1 July 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420130307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420130300
  • ASIN: B00746IM5I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #215,913 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cynthia Clement is an Amazon bestselling and award winning author who began writing stories in her teens. She believes in second chances, exploring new ideas, and bringing the impossible to life. Her novels, whether contemporary, historical, or science fiction, all focus on love, honor, and intrigue.

She lives in Canada with her husband of thirty-one years, her teenaged son, and two dachshunds. She has an eclectic range of interests including paranormal phenomena, ghost hunting, quilting, reading, gardening, and great conversation.

Her first book, The Seduction of Sarah, was a finalist in the HOLT Medallion Best First Book Category. Her book, aHunter4Rescue, has placed first in the 2014 International Digital Awards in the Paranormal Category and received third place in the 2014 ACRA Heart of Excellence Reader's Choice Award, Paranormal Romance Category.

Please visit Cynthia's website at and join her newsletter for her latest book releases and news.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Stellar Debut!!! 22 Feb. 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ms. Clements debut effort is a very good start to her writing career. She has created some very dynamic characters and their story is compelling and of course romantic.
Sarah was married once before and vowed after the death of her husband to never marry again. She has accompanied her selfish cousin Katherine to the north in order to see if she will suit the Marquis of Caldern. Sarah thinks this will be an easy task…until she meets the handsome and strong willed lord. There is an instant attraction between them but her past is keeping her from trusting her heart that is until tragedy strikes.
Alex Caldern has returned to him home after an extended absence only to find out his stepmother has brought a shrew into his house along with an angel. He can’t get her off his mind and with other matters taking his attention the idea of courting Katherine leaves him cold. But, when accidents starts to happen with shocking frequency he is forced to realize that maybe there is more to these incidents then meets the eye. Will Alex be able to convince his lady love to take a chance with him while at the same time finding out who wants him hurt before the mystery person succeeds in killing him?
Alex and Sarah are very entertaining characters. The secondary characters are also very important to the story and fine additions to the storyline. I look forward to reading Ms. Clements again in the future. She pens a sensual romance that will satisfy readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Really good book - one to keep. I read lots of Historic Romance and this one is amongst the best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4-1/2* Original and Creative Debut! 29 Jun. 2005
By M. Rondeau - Published on
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Sarah Wellesley had been widowed for some time and was adamant she would never marry again. She delighted in her daily naked swim until the moment she was discovered by a cad who refused to honor her privacy. Escaping his embrace she was horrified to discover mere hours later that he was the long overdue Marquess of Caldern....her cousin Caroline's intended.

Alex Caldern had long ago learned the fickleness of a woman's heart, and cynically abandoned any hope of marrying for love. His upcoming nuptials would be held strictly for the purpose of obtaining an heir, but the chance meeting of the early morning `water sprite' left a lingering desire of lust. Discovering that the woman who'd ignited his passion was not some local harlot, but the exquisite Lady Caroline's quiet cousin Sarah, Alex began a devilish campaign of seducing Sarah.

While Alex was working hard at convincing his intended that they would never suit, several life threatening accidents seemed to continually involve him. Luckily Sarah always seemed near by to come to his aid. Alex who had never thought that love would enter into the equation had now begun to realize that with Sarah, his biggest challenge was not the seduction, but in convincing her that marriage to him would be a whole new adventure in love and passion.

*** This was a very pleasant and a lovely sensual read by a new author and is certainly one, which I can recommend. Her portrayal of the protagonists was very well done with Sarah having issues of trust after a cruel marriage experience and Alex assuming all women only married for money and/or prestige. The shrewish cousin Caroline was also a very interesting characterization as to why a man would want to stay single - talk about a witch! Surprisingly, it also gives a bit of twist as to the culprit behind the accidents, that was very interesting. Additionally, I rather enjoyed seeing the inclusion of the loving relationships Alex had with the many illegitimate off spring from his father's numerous affairs which I thought added an extremely original touch. I believe that this debut effort shows this author to have a lovely writing style and an original and rare talent that will only get better as time goes on. --- Marilyn, for [...] ---
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to like it and did to some degree but . . . 2 Sept. 2005
By baltimore0502 - Published on
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. . . there were just too many flaws to recommend. I love discovering new/debut authors and I was very keen to read this one but ultimately it's a disappointment.

Sarah Wellsley is a widow who has accompanied her spoiled, self-centered cousin Caroline to meet Caroline's prospective husband. Sarah's marriage was an unhappy one and she has no desire ever to marry again and give up her independence to a man. Since arriving at Caldern several weeks past, she has enjoyed a morning swim in a secluded pond on the estate. But one morning her solitude is interrupted by the appearance of a handsome stranger. They share a steamy kiss, neither realizing who the other is. When Sarah learns that the man who caught her naked and kissed her so thoroughly is, in fact, Caroline's intended, she tries to blend into the woodwork. Unfortunately, he has other ideas and refuses to let her.

He is Alex Norward, Marquess of Caldern who is recently returned from abroad to take up his duties, one of which is to marry and produce an heir. Unfortunately, it is not Caroline who warms his blood, but her unassuming cousin, Sarah. He is very attracted to her and she to him, but she is determined to resist him. He tries to back off and adhere to her wishes, but the more he is around her the more he wants her. He is certainly not going to marry the self-absorbed Caroline, but how to convince Sarah to take another chance on marriage - with him? But strange accidents begin to happen to Alex and he ultimately must face the fact that someone wants him dead - but who?

While I enjoyed aspects of the story and I liked Sarah and Alex, I found much of this a bit of a muddle. Alex is inconsistent in his actions alternately vowing to leave her alone and trying to seduce her. He initially singles her out for so much attention, in front of his entire family, guests and household, it would have surely been considered scandalous at the time. At one point he decides that she would be a good match for one of his stepbrothers but becomes furious when they speak together. His moods swing from brooding to mischievous and back again often. Caroline's character was so completely without merit that it seems inconceivable that anyone would want to marry her and given his apparent dislike of his step-mother, it seems unlikely that he would have left the choice of his future wife in her hands.

The mystery of who was trying to kill Alex was interesting (the culprit was a surprise) but could have been better executed. And I found there to be a few too many secondary characters - his step-siblings, his friend David, and his two (yes two!) bastard step-brothers - leaving the impression that, at least the last three were simply there to introduce future heroes for future books.

This author shows some promise but this attempt just fell a bit short of the mark. The cover art was very attractive, though - except they should lose the orange lipstick! It looks as though she has a book in the works for step-brother Nathan Carter and perhaps I'll give that a try, but first I'll wait to read reviews :)
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Debut! 25 Jan. 2006
By M. Nix - Published on
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The widowed Sarah Wellsley is accompanying her cousin, Caroline, as a companion while they await Caroline's prospective bridegroom to come home. Taking a swim in a secluded and private pond, Sarah is discovered by a handsome stranger. Assuming Sarah's morals are low by her public nudity, the stranger attempts to engage Sarah in a liason. Sarah is shocked to learn hours later that the stranger is none other than the Marquess of Caldern...Caroline's potential husband.

Having resigned himself to a loveless marriage, Alex, the Marquess of Caldern, is prepared to marry the shrewish Caroline. However Sarah intrigues him. He longs to possess her and she consumes his thoughts. But Sarah is happy in her widowhood; determined to answer to no man. Fighting her attraction to Alex, Sarah tries to escape Alex's attempts at seduction. But Alex is not going to give up his desire for Sarah, even with a mysterious danger surrounding him. As strange 'accidents' increase, it is obvious that someone is trying to kill him.

The Seduction of Sarah is the debut novel from author Cynthia Clement. As a voracious reader, I am always on the look-out for new authors. Since I am a huge fan of historical romance, I was especially tickled to see a new opportunity to feed my addiction! The Seduction of Sarah is an enjoyable first novel.

Alex and Sarah's relationship was very sensuous. The mystery element of the story had me stumped with an unlikely but believable villain. While parts of the book were slow, I was still satisfied. I will happily look for more from Ms. Clement!


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Well-Written Debut 9 April 2006
By Beverly Romance Books - Published on
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Alex, the handsome Marquess of Caldern, returns from the navy and the war to an estate in ruins, a family plagued with troubles, and an arranged marriage he is not sure he wants. He then sees Sarah, the beautiful cousin and companion of his fiance Caroline, swimming nude in a pond on the estate. It is love at first sight for him. Not so for Sarah, who is drawn to Alex, but tries to fight his seduction - not only because of her cousin, but because a disasterous previous marriage. As Alex begins his seduction, so do the threats to his life. There is an intriguing set of characters woven into this story who are deep in deceit. Where is the danger coming from? - The angry step-mother, who dislikes Alex, but dislikes the illegitimate brothers more, the step-siblings, the cousins, friends, or some outside threat from the estate village? This well-written book captivated me from the very first page with its strong characters. I found that Sarah was not the only one seduced. I was too!
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read 2 Dec. 2013
By Erik W. McCarty - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The story was interesting from the start. I never saw the twist at the end coming, a very good read
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