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With Seduction in Mind (The Girl-Bachelor Chronicles) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 2009

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (1 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061456837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061456831
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,073,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

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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By Book Gannet TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Sept. 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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I'm thinking, and here's a fresh thought, that 'underlines' in my Kindle book aren't so great. Erm, so sorry and this review may not be read by other Kindle readers but are you to deny us our voice? It's insulting and intrusive for you to do that. What's up with that?

I only hope the person reading this will forward my note. Regards, Marjorie
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Very disappointing and rather unsatisfactory. Not a patch on the other books of Laura Lee Guhrke I have read. What really annoyed me was the repetitive use of the word 'Petal' from the H to the h. I'm no expert but very much doubt the word 'Petal' was used as an endearment in those days! The relationship between the H and the h seemed to be very shallow and, unfortunately, the Hero came across as rather unsavory.

Punting and a rather unsatisfactory book
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This series is quite fun and, as has been pointed out by other readers, it is nice to have a setting other than Regency. However what spoilt the book for me were some editing inconsistencies, which was ironic as the book was about writing and editing. Things like the heroine took the hero's shirt off and two pages later, he took his shirt off; she looked up the train times and saw there was one the next day but somehow ended up on a night train. Picky I know but irritating!
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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 . . .
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Slow start but pretty good story" 16 Mar. 2010
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This was a unique kind of romance story. Sebastian (hero) and Daisy (heroine) were truly compatible characters. The story starts off kind of slow. However, towards the middle it picks up a bit. If you enjoy romance stories where the hero and heroine slowly builds a relationship and eventually fall in love, then this story is for you. I like the fact that there was not many characters involved in the story. The author maintained a lot of attention on the hero and heroine who were both very likable characters. The one thing I didn't like was there is only one sex scene in the entire story and that does not occur until almost the end of the book. LLG I love your work but a little more excitement wouldn't hurt. There were plenty of opportunities to make this a more sensual and exciting read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 19 Oct. 2016
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Loverly written, such a nice and creative idea and the characters lovable. Guhrke is a great author, reading through the book wad so easy and wonderful, I loved it! (it even brought tears to my eyes:))
5.0 out of 5 stars great read! 22 Oct. 2009
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This is probably one of the best romance novels I've read this year. I'd say that the reason for that is that the characters are well-developed. Both were likable; though one is endlessly optimistic and the other deeply cynical, their philosophical clashes propelled the story keeping the back and forth between characters sharp. The author explored the process of writing; revealing the trials, hardships, exhiliration and doubt that comes with it. Overall, the book was a great read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 Oct. 2016
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Great read!
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