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The Seduction of Sara [Kindle Edition]

Karen Hawkins
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Book Description

Sara Lawrence is happy to be a young widow, but her brothers insist on marrying her off again. The solution? Sara asks Nick Montrose, the notorious Earl of Bridgeton, to teach her how to ruin herself, thus rendering herself unmarriageable. Envisioning the day when the luscious Sara winds up in his bed, Nick is all too happy to oblige-but when he sees her "practicing" her lessons on other men, he′s inexplicably enraged. Then comes the day Sara′s brothers catch her and Nick in a compromising position-which leads to a speedy marriage neither wants. Can the love they don′t recognize find a way through their warring desires?

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A young widow who's determined to ruin herself to avoid marriage again strikes a bargain with the notorious lord who is only too glad to help her - until they're caught in a compromising position and forced to wed.

About the Author

Karen Hawkins was raised in Tennessee, a member of a huge extended family that included her brother and sister, an adopted sister, numerous foster siblings, and various exchange students. In order to escape the chaos (and while hiding when it was her turn to do the dishes), she would huddle under the comforter on her bed with a flashlight and a book, a habit she still embraces to this day.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 291 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0380815265
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (6 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #252,540 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A painful read 8 Sept. 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First, this book does not have an appealing heroine. Sara is a self-centered and obnoxious woman, whose unfortunate marriage to her ex-husband who turned out to be much lesser than she had expected of him, does not excuse her from her personality. She has no redemptive qualities to speak of--she is neither kind, nore generous, nor is she witty or loyal to her only friend Anna. The book only highlights her daring escapades to find a husband before her brothers intervene in her life, which I suppose, is meant to emphasise her independence and courage made all the more obvious by its contrasting setting in Victorian times. It does not work. All I felt, was that Sara is silly and foolhardy, leaping into what she thinks are adventures--to live her life as fully as she can before her youth fades away--only because she was too silly to think about anything else but her enjoyment and herself.
Having read The Abduction of Julia, I was looking forward to read Nicholas Montrose's story. But he turns out to be completely different from the portrait of him in the previous book. Whether or not this is a deliberate writing ploy to emphasise the misunderstood aspect of Montrose's life, this certainly does not produce the effect that one is reading a book about Montrose's redemption. I felt that I was reading a completely new story about a completely new 'hero'.
The climax was long awaited for but never arrives. Montrose changes his mind about keeping Sara or letting her leave, because he is worried that he will go mad with his migraines. The conclusion of the book, to deal with this paranoia of Montrose, was that he should exercise more. Voila! Having lived for something like 30 years, Montrose had never felt that exercise might be the solution, never tried anything to help but whisky. Hmmm....
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A charming heroine - shame about the plot. 13 Jun. 2002
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This is the first novel by Karen Hawkins that I have read.
Headstrong Sara Carrington is a lot of fun; I only wish that Hawkins could have woven a more interesting world around her. The plot is basic - she must find herself an accomodating, docile husband who will allow her complete freedom, before her over-protective brothers find her a strict husband to control her. Admittedly, this is a Regency-set novel, and what else did well-to-do young ladies do back then but look for husbands? As a twenty-first century reader, however, I wanted something more, although I must confess that her frequently disasterous attempts to make a match made me smile.
Another problem was the distinct feeling I had that this was a rapidly written book squashed between two more substantial novels. There is obviously a previous novel about the hero's cousin and his wife, and there appears to be an attraction blossoming between Sara's favourite brother and her best friend. I found this emerging relationship quite intriguing - I'd like to know more about them. A clever plot device by the author!
A quick note about the hero. Well, he was okay. Devastatingly handsome, passionate, red-blooded etc, although I never felt like I could fall for him personally, which is possibly the book's biggest disappointment. He was a fairly well-rounded character, though, with an interesting and painful history, and, rather bizarrely, suffered badly from headaches. They didn't seem to put him off hotly pursuing Sara, though, or making love to her, either! The sex between them was fairly explicit, yet tastefully described.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 25 Aug. 2014
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Wow. Excellent, excellent.... Really enjoyed the book. Wish I was there. Couldn't put it down.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm, funny, and emotional -- a GREAT read! 28 Jun. 2002
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What a great book! I laughed (the romance between the chaperone and the French count is hysterical!) and cried (Nick is SUCH a wonderful character and Sara really gets to him) throughout the entire book. This book is going on my Keeper Shelf right beside my Julia Quinn books.
Here's the story: Sara Carrington has had it with men -- especially her five hunky brothers, the St. Johns. They are determined that her wild ways since the death of her first husband, should come to an end. And to make sure of that, they intend to pick a new husband for her. But Sara's no wet noodle -- since her brothers won't rest until she's married, she decides to pick her own husband. Someone who will free her from her bothersome brothers and let her go her own way.
Enter Nicholas Montrose, the disreputable Earl of Bridgeton. Nick has a secret (which I won't tell you about here!) and while he is fascinated by Sara and more than willing to offer her a place as his mistress, he wants nothing to do with marriage. Time is running out for Sara -- her brothers are on their way to town and soon she'll be so closely watched that her dreams of freedom are about to disappear. Nick, seeing a prime opportunity, offers to teach Sara the art of seduction so she can quickly capture a husband. Sara agrees and the stage is set.
The sexual tension in this book is so thick you could slice it with a knife. And Sara and Nick together are a powerful testiment to true love. I sighed at the ending -- it was just perfect.
Ms. Hawkins writes with a flair and humor that few other authors offer. I LOVED this book and can't wait until August to read An Affair To Remember, which I think is about Sara's best friend, Anna, and Sara's brother, Anthony.
Don't miss this The Seduction of Sara -- it will leave you wanting to read ALL of Ms. Hawkins's books!
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let the Games Begin 7 Dec. 2001
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Karen Hawkins is an absolute master at writing stories that get your attention from the very beginning and hold it to the very end and the Seduction of Sara is a prime example. Sara is a widow who wants to get married and doesn't want the restrictions of a marriage, Nick is a rake who wants a place in society and a mistress but not the commitment of a marriage. When the these two get together the sparks fly. Nick tries to teach Sara the fine art of seduction in hopes of making her his mistress and Sara wants to learn the art of seduction in hopes of gaining her a pliable husband that will allow her to do as she wishes. Neither of them plans to fall in love with the other.
Ms. Hawkins hooks the reader from the very beginning and keeps the pages turning with humor, intrigue, passion, and unexpected suprises. I cannot wait until her next book comes out. Enjoy!!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Regency romance readers will appreciate this work 30 Oct. 2001
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
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In 1815 London widow Saraphina Lawrence wants her older brother Marcus to just leave her alone instead of telling her how to behave. Sara simply embraces life and does not care what the Ton thinks so she seems always one step away from scandal. Marcus wants Sara married again, as he believes a woman especially a female under twenty-five needs a husband to protect her. Sara was disappointed in her first husband because of his mistresses so does not want to go that route, but if she must she will choose a spouse that she can control.

Earl Nicholas Montrose has just returned from Paris with a goal of overcoming his reputation as a "bad boy" so he can attain social respect. However, when he meets Sara, his plan goes out the window, as he desires her like he never wanted a woman before. She wants to use him to teach her seduction, but knows he is not malleable, as is her requirement in a husband. Love enters the relational equation, leaving both bewildered and wondering what to do next.

Regency romance readers will appreciate THE SEDUCTION OF SARA, a battle royale between the sexes. The story line is amusing as Sara and Nicholas struggle with an unwanted attraction. The lead characters are a delightful duet whose disconcertion is exacerbated by caring interfering secondary characters. With this tale and its prequel (see THE ABDUCTION OF JULIA) the historical romance audience will recognize Karen Hawkins as a rising enchantress.

Harriet Klausner
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely loved this book! 8 Oct. 2004
By J. Brennan - Published on
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Based on the first two books in this series, I did not expect to like Nicholas Montrose, the Earl of Bridgeton even a little bit. It wasn't that he was a rake but more the he just seemed to be totally lacking in any true feelings for anyone or anything. But along comes Sara Lawrence and although he thought he would just seduce her for his mistress, she was not interested in that role.

Actually Sara was not interested in any role. Sara had already experienced one disastrous marriage to a faithless husband. She did not mourn his death at all. Now all Sara wanted was to be free and on her own. However after each encounter Nick and Sara seemed to have this electrifying connection and finally they give into their feelings and of course Sara is compromised.

Nick, trying to be more of a gentleman and work his way back into society agrees to marry Sara. Actually Nick is quite willing Sara is much more reluctant but they do wed.

There are the demons that plague Nick, headaches that capture the very soul of his being for days at a time. He is convinced that he will eventually die because of these headaches and is determined to never have children and to keep the lovely Sara at arms length. Sara of course is determined to have her love cure him from himself. These demons were the cause of much of Nick's lifelong behavior. One feels utterly heartbroken for him.

If ever there was a story of what can happen when one loves another so deeply that indeed that love conquers all and everlasting love is found this is that book.

Beautiful five star love story. Great ending to this trilogy.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seductive characterization in this comedy of love and manner 3 Feb. 2002
By Desmond Chan - Published on
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Lady Sara Carrington has since lost her exuberance and spirits when her infidel of a husband, Julius is thrown off the carriage with his pants down during a romp. She becomes fractious and rocks the paragon of the society with her scandalous costumes and untamed manners. That's when her brother Marcus and Lord Greyley, Anthony steps in by banishing her to Bath while hunting for her a suitable conjugal candidate. At the Jefferies' ball, she meets the Earl of Bridgeton, Nick Montrose and his reputation as a rake makes him a love match. Sara seeks a marriage with a handsome husband who is free of emotional attachment. However, the chemistry between them pulls them into a web of desire and an eventual marriage enforced by her brothers, but Nick is haunted by his illness and his sordid past - refusing to share his dark secrets with Sara. His reluctance gives way when Sara is pregnant with his child....
Regency romance writer Karen Hawkins saves the conventional plot of struggle between propriety and desire with luminous secondary characters and witty quips. Sara's aunt Delphi lacks the courage to declare her passion for Henri, a comte who lives under the roofs of Hibberton Hall owned by Nick. Sara is feisty and reckless but manages to tame the profligate Nick with her ways. The comedy of love and manners under Karen Hawkins shines with seductive characterization and grandiose passion. It is marred by the inconsistencies in the plot though where Nick desires a mistress yet he denies sex with Sara. It is only so much later in the book that the condom finally manifests. Shouldn't Nick be more familiar with contraceptive methods than Sara who initiated it? Dspite some minor flaws, THE SEDUCTION OF SARA still manages to captivate.
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