- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Zebra (3 Dec. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0821778242
- ISBN-13: 978-0821778241
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.3 x 17.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,416,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Southern Seduction (Zebra Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – 3 Dec 2007
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About the Author
Brenda Jernigan is a bestselling author. Her books have been nominated for many awards - Book Seller’s Best Award, The Maggie Award, and The Holt Medallion Award. Publisher’s Weekly said, “Brenda Jernigan writes Romance, Adventure and Magic.” THE CHOICE finished in the top 100 - Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award CHRISTMAS IN CAMELOT has been on the Amazon Bestsellers list - #1 in Mythology, #1 in Medieval, #3 in Historical, and #4 in Holiday. She grew up living the life of a tomboy – climbing trees, playing ball, and excluding starry-eyed romance from her daily repertoire. Brenda discovered the love of books while taking her son to Story Hour at the local library -- she was hooked. She set an ambitious goal and began work on her first novel. She continued to write six more novels in rapid succession. She figured having the same birthday as Ernest Hemingway couldn’t hurt. She is a member of RWA, NINC, PAN, PASIC, and Outreach International Romance Writers. Her books have been printed in several languages and her last book “Southern Seduction” written under the name of Alexandria Scott was printed in Russian. Web Page - www.brendajbooks.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Travis is a strong alpha male, with a soft heart deep down. Labeled a bastard and made to take the blame for poor choices his mother made when she was young, he sees the plantation as an opportunity to disprove the naysayers and maybe gain a bit of respect from his mother and grandfather. Brooke is smart, sassy and level-headed. Able to thwart Travis' dismissal of her, she finds kindness goes a long way in winning over the stubborn southerner. I sympathized with Travis and Brooke. They are two lost souls desperately in need of love, forgiveness and acceptance. Little by little, as they set aside their rivalry, I found myself cheering for them and wishing for them to find happiness after a terrible tragedy during their honeymoon voyage on a Mississippi riverboat threatens to destroy the love they've found with each other.
The characters and story captured me from the very first page and I am so excited to see where it goes from here.
The only complaint I have with this book is the editing, it was horrible. I found in a couple of places in the book that the same pages were repeated, which was certainly confusing. At about midpoint in the book a whole section of the story was missing. I still enjoyed the story and I plan to read the next book in spite of issues in the first one.
Brooke begins her journey in America with the thought that she never needs a man and she is the mistress of her own destiny. Her last protector, a Duke, the one who gave her the mansion, was an old man who never slept with her. We find out that Brooke has always had very old men as her protectors, supposedly so she would not have to grace them in bed too much, but still the thought of an eighteen year old with a man old enough to be either her grandfather or great grandfather was not appealing.
When Brooke arrives at the plantation she is in for a rude awakening because she does not solely own it, seems that her protector had an illegitimate son who owns half the plantation also. The will states that if they marry, Travis, the Duke's son, gets a lot of money plus ownership of the plantation, if Travis marries someone besides Brooke and produces an heir or a pregnant wife within a year Travis gets sole ownership of the plantation. Travis is enraged by these terms as he has been working the plantation since he was sixteen. Fortunately, he is already engaged and luckily for Brooke,his fiance is up North buying her trousseau. This gives Brooke the opportunity to seduce Travis into marrying her. Since she does not want him to know she was a courtesan and not a virgin, she lies and says that she is a widow, then she tries in not so subtle ways to attract him.
Travis falls quickly in lust with Brooke. His commitment to his fiance is nothing short of a joke and he has some major anger issues with his family of proud Creoles. It seemed all his decisions were made in anger.
Brook claims adamantly she has never lied to Travis but what about that fake husband. That seems to have slipped her mind.
So many things in this novel never added up. For instance if Brooke was a courtesan to a Russian prince and the toast of London, then how is it she was never provided for at all. Did she never ask for a settlement with these old men, how ridiculous. Also I never could figure out what year this novel took place, obviously before the civil war as there were slaves at the plantation. Although most were free, it never made sense that very British Brooke would not raise a hue and cry over the ones that weren't. Didn't most Brits loathe slavery?
Finally, there is a mystery toward the end of the book which was not needed, there was enough going on with Brook trying to calculate how to seduce Travis and Travis being unable to control his lust for Brook. But the main problem with Southern Seduction was it lacked emotional depth between the characters.