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With Seduction in Mind [Mass Market Paperback]

Laura Lee Guhrke
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1 Sep 2009

The Girl-Bachelors are back in With Seduction in Mind, a Victorian England version of 10 Things I Hate About You by New York Times bestselling author Laura Lee Guhrke. Guhrke, the author of Secret Desires of a Gentleman and The Wicked Ways of a Duke, offers a fun, sexy, and emotional tale of a young woman who finds her fairy-tale love.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (1 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061456837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061456831
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 10.5 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 567,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Her proposition . . .

London Society is harsh for a young woman with no family connections who has to work for a living. But when Daisy Merrick is sacked from yet another job, the feisty and outspoken miss comes up with a plan that could give her a future beyond her wildest dreams. There's only one problem. Her success depends on a man, the most infuriating, impossible, immovable man she's ever met. His resolution . . .

Sebastian Grant, Earl of Avermore, is England's most infamous author. Known for his notorious reputation, he is more interested in play than work, and has no intention of cooperating when Daisy shows up on his doorstep with a mad plan. The provoking, fire-haired beauty stirs his senses beyond belief, and Sebastian knows he has only one way to stop her. Seduction.

About the Author

Laura Lee Guhrke spent seven years in advertising, had a successful catering business, and managed a construction company before she decided writing novels was more fun. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Laura has penned more than twenty historical romances. Her books have received many award nominations, and she is the recipient of romance fiction's highest honor: the Romance Writers of America RITA® Award. She lives in the Northwest with her husband (or, as she calls him, her very own romance hero), along with two diva cats and a Golden Retriever happy to be their slave.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pain and Pleasure of Writing 25 Sep 2009
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Sebastian Grant, Earl of Avemore, is one of the greatest and most prolific writers of his generation. Which is why, after watching his abysmal new play, Daisy Merrick doesn't hesitate to slate it in her review.

But despite what flame-haired, outspoke critics might think, writing is the hardest thing in the world for Sebastian to do. Not even the chance to critique Daisy's work as she in turn helps with his, inspires him enough to write.

An offer of kisses and a hint of seduction, however, are something different entirely...

The fourth of LLG's `Girl-Batchelor' series (And Then He Kissed Her, The Wicked Ways of a Duke, Secret Desires of a Gentleman) focuses on the outspoken, forth-right Daisy, who can't keep her opinions to herself, nor hold down a job either. Yet at heart she's a dreamer and a romantic, who longs to become a published author herself. Sebastian is a true LLG tortured hero, but his struggles and his addictions, not to mention his strength and well-hidden romantic streak save him from unbearable angst.

Daisy's reactions to Sebastian and her stubborn determination to make him write again make her the perfect partner for him. Her optimism versus his cynicism, his perfectionism versus her passionate joy means that their every encounter sparks with wit, temper and heat. Together they make a good team.

Putting the pains of writing, perfectionism and obsession up against the joys of inspiration, success and love, the Girl-Batchelor series continues in fine style. Only LLG can generate this much romance and heat without a single touch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another abrupt ending . . . but pretty good all the same, 30 Aug 2009
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The hero is a recovering cocaine addict who had been a great writer early in his career but now is just a Has Been. The heroine is a down-on-her luck aspiring novelist whose outspokenness and attractiveness get her fired from every a variety of low-wage jobs. Finally she gets a lucky break reviewing the hero's latest play. Her review is unfavorable & upsets hero. Fate intervenes in the form of Lord Marlowe, a book and newspaper publisher and also the hero of the first Girl Bachelors novel, who decides to hire the heroine to help the hero finish the book he still owes the publishing company.

They end up isolated together in the country, sparks fly, they inspire and challenge each other etc etc. The dialog is witty, the developing relationship rings true and everything works beautifully until the ending. The conflict of the relationship is based on the hero's cynicism and inability to recognize his feelings even while he seduces the heroine. Without giving away any more specifics, the problem is not the conflict but the resolution. I would guess that readers will want the hero to suffer a little more and see a little more humility and growth after the way he had treated the heroine, ie; taking her for granted. The pacing was far too quick and didn't seem true to the earlier characterization of either hero or heroine. It actually felt like the author had reached her minimum page limit and decided she was done. UGH.

It feels a little ironic writing an unfavorable review about this book. Much of the plot centers around the conflict between writers and critics--specifically critics that don't have the right credentials to review books. LLG has a lot of quotes about the difficulties of writing beginning each chapter. One quote in particular rang true (not only regarding LLG, but all genre authors who must be given insane deadlines): that a writer begins an artist and ends a prostitute.

That said, LLG's latest book is well worth the time and money. I have enjoyed everything LLG has written and I look forward more and more from her . . .
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay But Lukewarm (B- Grade) 30 Aug 2009
By Katie Babs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The cover of With Seduction in Mind by Laura Lee Guhrke looks like the woman on it is pleasuring herself. That is probably the most shocking thing about this book. As for the story inside, I would say it was a pleasing one but didn't have enough "oomph" where I can rave about it. But the setting is Victorian London 1896 (YAY) and Guhrke's heroines are all on their own, making ends meet and don't rely on a man to make them happy. (Double YAY) These Bachelor Girl books have a subtle feminist feel to them and Laura shows that a woman can have a career and find a man who will support her in her endeavors. The joy in reading is watching these men conform their way of thinking and lifestyle to the heroine's and not the other way around.

Daisy Merrick is too feisty and outspoken and because of that she can't keep a job. Daisy dreams of becoming a published author. She is sick of working for others and wants to have a job where she makes the decisions and doesn't have to deal with men who disrespect her. She is able to find a job as a temporary reviewer for the Social Gazette. (Daisy is friends with the wife of the man who owns the paper). She reviews a play by the respected literary author, Sebastian Grant, Earl of Avermore. Daisy hates it and because of her scathing review, the play closes in a week. Sebastian is livid. He needs the money and the prestige because he has been out of the spotlight for so long. He has lost his writing muse because he has given up cocaine. He became an addict of the drug and now that he is recovering, he has lost his passion for the written word.

Because he has a contract where he has to deliver another book to his publisher, which coincidentally is owned by Lord Marlowe, the same man who runs the Social Gazette, he has no choice but to start writing again. Marlowe wants Daisy to assist Sebastian. This will help her become a better writer and push Sebastian into writing the book that is way past due. Sebastian is insulted, first because Daisy wrote that review and the fact that she can really find the problems with his writing. Sebastian has no choice and must accept Daisy's help. But he is scared because what if she figures out that he is a hack and his masterful writing was all due to the drugs he took?

With Seduction in Mind had its moments I really enjoyed from the interactions between Daisy and Sebastian in the beginning where they seem to have a dislike for one another to where they talk about their literary aspirations. They are both able to see the truth about one another that lies deep inside. Daisy and Sebastian have doubts that almost consume them. The possibility of failure scares them both. Daisy is ashamed because she doesn't want to disappoint her sister like the countless times she has done in the past. Sebastian's need for acceptance is a bit deeper and because of it, he turns to Daisy for everything. She soon becomes his new drug that he wants to lose himself in.

Sebastian is tortured because of his addiction and lost of self. His constant pity party for became a bit too much at times. Daisy is very vocal with Sebastian and tells him to snap out of it. But it takes Sebastian too long to come to these conclusions about himself and that is where the story drags. Daisy and Sebastian's attraction to one another was lukewarm and not the passionate coming together I would have liked to see.

With Seduction in Mind was simply okay.

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok Read, But Didn't Live Up The Author's Past Books 3 Sep 2009
By Book-Rants(dot)blogspot(dot)com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Things I liked:

-I definitely enjoyed Sebastian, despite his many flaws.

-Most of the book takes place in the English country side, which is described beautifully.

-I loved they way it ended. Perfect for romance lovers.

-I like that it takes place around the turn of the century. 1896 I think is when it's set. A lot of historical romances take place during the regency era so I was glad for a little change.

Things I Disliked:

-I have come to expect from this author witty dialog and laugh out loud situations. I didn't laugh once.

-Sebastian spends a lot of time dwelling on his tortured (which isn't really that tortured) past, it got a little repetitive.

-I found Daisy a little boring, the past 4 books of Laura's I have read I absolutely loved both the hero and heroine, not not this time.

- I had a hard time getting into the book, nothing really happens for the first half. It was really slow to start.

Overall only ok, but I should say every other book I have read of Laura's I have loved so I will keep buying her books in the future. I think I was so hard on this book because of that, I had high expectations for this one and they just weren't met this time.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray for Girl Bachelors! 30 Aug 2009
By Chase - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have to say that I fall more and more in love with Laura Lee Guhrke's writing with every, single book! Girl Bachelor Daisy is someone to root for...a reader can appreciate her outspokeness, her struggles, her determination, and her humor. She and hero Sebastian are well matched and interesting; the chemistry was sizzling! I loved their arguments and their writing "rules." The story flowed so well, and I had a hard time putting it down. I seriously hope more Girl Bachelor books are on their way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ended too quickly 23 Feb 2012
By Willread - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I liked most of this book and found the premise entertaining.

The heroine tries to get the hero to help her become a better writer while helping him overcome his own writer`s block - and the demons he is fighting. I loved their interaction and how she doesn`t take "no" for an answer. The book made me lean back and enjoy the whole scenario and I was looking forward to seeing them continuing their banter and push-and-pull growing attraction for one another.

***** Spoler ******

Unfortunately the book ended fairly abruptly and I felt it would have been so much better if there had been an additional 50 pages explaining how and why the hero went from seeing the heroine as a great help to actually beginning to love her. We go from rejection to declarations of love without any kind of explanation and that left me a bit .... unsatisfied.
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