The highlight of this book was Lady Scruples, and if the book's main plot had been about this aristocratic tabloid writer, The Art of Seduction would have been a hilarious and sexy read. Instead, it is filled with over the top characters and antics, gaping plot holes and cliched plot devices. The heroine's pain over her unrequited love for the hero would have rang true had we been shown why she felt the way she did about herself instead of being told. The hero was quite dim at times, but his redeeming quality was that he was immune to the villaness' evil doings towards the heroine. If the heroine hadn't spent so much time pouting over how unworthy and unlovely she was for the hero, TAoS would have been an entertaining read. Instead, TAoS forced you to suspend your belief, stretch your patience and have you gnashing your teeth in frustration by the last page.