- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3126 KB
- Print Length: 272 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: LMC Publications (28 Jan. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B79UQ34
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #648,053 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Seducing Laura: A Regency Romance Kindle Edition
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In this one, the heroine Laura is a young widow who had a scandal in her past and has been consciously trying to live a correct life since then. But the past collides with the present when her young niece, on the cusp of her debut for the season, falls in love with a young man. The son of the same man Laura herself was involved with so scandalously years ago. In order to prevent history from repeating itself, Laura attempts to nip the romance in the bud. But fate throws a lot of obstacles in her way.
My 3-star rating reflects the actual romance between Laura and Ross and it is the strongest and most enjoyable element of the book. Since they fall in love rather quickly, the conflict is primarily external and unfortunately, this is the part that I think is the weakest.
The ill-considered romance of Laura's niece starts off promisingly enough as a premise, but it devolves quickly because the niece is rather unsympathetic. Actually I hated her. It didn't take long for me to want her to be left to her fate with the loser who would eventually make her life miserable. I wanted Laura to just wash her hands of the brat ans say, "oh, well, this is what you wanted. I tried to warn you." and let her make her own mistakes. But this is a romance, and Laura is a heroine, so she has Romance Novel Heroine disease, which means she is almost too nice and selfless.
There was some amusing comedy-of-errors aspects of the story that result in some cute plot twists, especially as Laura lies outrageously to a couple she meets and she and Ross must make everything come out right. But in places there was a bit of a kitchen sink feel to the plot. In addition to keeping the young lovers apart, there is some domestic drama with Laura's sister, a resolution of the old scandal and a spying subplot as well.
Still the writing was good and the story flowed. And it was an amusing way to spend an afternoon.
This is a very well-written, enjoyable Regency. There's more sex than Heyer ever included in her novels, but it's sex which is neither violent nor coercive (a trend in modern "romance" novels that I find disturbing), but rather joyful and loving.
I think you'll like this novel, and I'm off to see what else this author has written.
The characters are so real that you forget they are fictional, with everyday situations and problems that draw you into that time and the story. She always manages to throw in a bit of a murder mystery or some-such (and done very believably!) but first and foremost, her stories are romances ... very good romances. =) I loved Laura and Ross and loved watching their regard grow.
(I bought an earlier version of this ebook ... so even though it doesn't say "Amazon Verified Purchase", I did buy it here and read it on my Kindle. And, I have no connection to Ms. Connolly other than being a fan.)