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Brenda Jernigan is a bestselling author. Her books have been nominated for many awards - Book Seller’s Best Award, The Maggie Award, and The Holt Medallion Award. Publisher’s Weekly said, “Brenda Jernigan writes Romance, Adventure and Magic.” THE CHOICE finished in the top 100 - Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award CHRISTMAS IN CAMELOT has been on the Amazon Bestsellers list - #1 in Mythology, #1 in Medieval, #3 in Historical, and #4 in Holiday. She grew up living the life of a tomboy – climbing trees, playing ball, and excluding starry-eyed romance from her daily repertoire. Brenda discovered the love of books while taking her son to Story Hour at the local library -- she was hooked. She set an ambitious goal and began work on her first novel. She continued to write six more novels in rapid succession. She figured having the same birthday as Ernest Hemingway couldn’t hurt. She is a member of RWA, NINC, PAN, PASIC, and Outreach International Romance Writers. Her books have been printed in several languages and her last book “Southern Seduction” written under the name of Alexandria Scott was printed in Russian. Web Page - www.brendajbooks.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Julie Lence, Western Historial Romance author 2 Aug 2014
By Julie Lence - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Ms. Jernigan's, Southern Seduction is a quick-paced romance with a 'whodunit' at the end. Former orphan and courtesan, Brooke Hammond, has inherited a southern plantation from her friend the Duke. She journeys across the ocean to the States, eager to start a new life and finally have a home of her own. What Brooke doesn't know is the plantation also belongs to Travis, the Duke's illegitimate son. Right from the start, Brooke and Travis find themselves at odds with each other as each wants sole ownership of the plantation, the terms of the Duke's will be damned.

Travis is a strong alpha male, with a soft heart deep down. Labeled a bastard and made to take the blame for poor choices his mother made when she was young, he sees the plantation as an opportunity to disprove the naysayers and maybe gain a bit of respect from his mother and grandfather. Brooke is smart, sassy and level-headed. Able to thwart Travis' dismissal of her, she finds kindness goes a long way in winning over the stubborn southerner. I sympathized with Travis and Brooke. They are two lost souls desperately in need of love, forgiveness and acceptance. Little by little, as they set aside their rivalry, I found myself cheering for them and wishing for them to find happiness after a terrible tragedy during their honeymoon voyage on a Mississippi riverboat threatens to destroy the love they've found with each other.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I really enjoyed this novel 28 Aug 2014
By Erinne_JC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this novel. It was an easy read, well written and kept me interested the whole way through. I would recommend it to any of my friends who enjoy this genre for sure.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very good read, kept me interested from start to finish 25 Sep 2014
By Susan S Berry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Very good read, kept me interested from start to finish! A must read! I would definitely recommend it to all my friends!!
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This story seduced ME from the start. 4 Dec 2007
By Detra Fitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Brooke Hammond had not chosen the life of a courtesan. It was the only way for her to survive. Her life changed when she was taken under the wing of Jackson Montgomery, Duke of Devonshire. Their relationship was platonic. Jackson had promised he would leave Brooke and his two nieces, Jocelyn and Shannon, well taken care of. When he had died, he'd left Brooke his American plantation, Moss Grove, and enough money for the young women to leave England for a new life. Mr. Jeffries, the solicitor in charge of the duke's affairs, went with them.

Once in New York, the three ladies have a tearful farewell and go their separate ways. Mr. Jeffries travels with Brooke to Moss Grove. However, the duke had not told Brooke the entire truth. Brooke arrives at Moss Grove, in New Orleans, to find out that Travis Montgomery, Jackson's son out of wedlock, is already in residence. Mr. Jeffries reads Jackson's will aloud and shock Brooke and Travis to their very cores. The two are now business partners; both have inherited half of the sugar plantation.

Travis is furious! He knew Jackson never really cared for him. When Travis was but sixteen, the duke had sent Travis and his mother, Margaret, to live on the failing plantation. Travis has only recently managed to turn Moss Grove into a profitable business. Due to other items in Jackson's will, Moss Grove may fail after all. Currently, Travis's mother is up north with Hesione, his fiancée. With luck, by the time they get back he will have managed to get rid of the unwanted business partner. No matter how lovely the "widow" is, Brooke could ruin everything.

Brooke is not happy with the news either. Due to the will's terms, should Travis marry Hesione, Brooke would no longer have a claim to the estate. No one knows Brooke had survived as a courtesan, but those skills may help her seduce Travis away from Hesione.

***** Do not judge Brooke harshly. There are more terms in the will than I mention in my synopsis. There are more characters than you would guess as well. I fell in love with Mammy, the housekeeper, and twelve year old Eliza, Travis's second cousin. Hesione's Creole family can cause major problems too.

Author Alexandria Scott has created an exceptional tale set during a time in history when such situations could become most volatile. I found this story to be very extraordinary; the heroines of most historical romances are of young, naive, ladies or widows. This author has dared to go against the grain and has earned my high regards. BRAVA! I can hardly wait for the nieces' stories to be told. *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Wanted more emotional depth from the leads 27 Sep 2008
By Melissa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was intrigued by the opening of Southern seduction; three young women from London have docked in New York hoping for a new beginning in America. The story focused on one woman in particular, Brooke Hammond, a former courtesan who was bequeathed a plantation in New Orleans from her last protector. After the first few chapters I was no longer intrigued by the story, there were missing parts to this plot and the coincidences were a little too much.

Brooke begins her journey in America with the thought that she never needs a man and she is the mistress of her own destiny. Her last protector, a Duke, the one who gave her the mansion, was an old man who never slept with her. We find out that Brooke has always had very old men as her protectors, supposedly so she would not have to grace them in bed too much, but still the thought of an eighteen year old with a man old enough to be either her grandfather or great grandfather was not appealing.

When Brooke arrives at the plantation she is in for a rude awakening because she does not solely own it, seems that her protector had an illegitimate son who owns half the plantation also. The will states that if they marry, Travis, the Duke's son, gets a lot of money plus ownership of the plantation, if Travis marries someone besides Brooke and produces an heir or a pregnant wife within a year Travis gets sole ownership of the plantation. Travis is enraged by these terms as he has been working the plantation since he was sixteen. Fortunately, he is already engaged and luckily for Brooke,his fiance is up North buying her trousseau. This gives Brooke the opportunity to seduce Travis into marrying her. Since she does not want him to know she was a courtesan and not a virgin, she lies and says that she is a widow, then she tries in not so subtle ways to attract him.

Travis falls quickly in lust with Brooke. His commitment to his fiance is nothing short of a joke and he has some major anger issues with his family of proud Creoles. It seemed all his decisions were made in anger.

Brook claims adamantly she has never lied to Travis but what about that fake husband. That seems to have slipped her mind.

So many things in this novel never added up. For instance if Brooke was a courtesan to a Russian prince and the toast of London, then how is it she was never provided for at all. Did she never ask for a settlement with these old men, how ridiculous. Also I never could figure out what year this novel took place, obviously before the civil war as there were slaves at the plantation. Although most were free, it never made sense that very British Brooke would not raise a hue and cry over the ones that weren't. Didn't most Brits loathe slavery?

Finally, there is a mystery toward the end of the book which was not needed, there was enough going on with Brook trying to calculate how to seduce Travis and Travis being unable to control his lust for Brook. But the main problem with Southern Seduction was it lacked emotional depth between the characters.
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