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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Review: Misadventures in Seduction by Robyn DeHart / @ScandalousBooks @RobynDeHart

Title: Masquerading Mistresses #3: Misadventures in Seduction
Author: Robyn DeHart
Publisher: Entangled Scandalous
Release Date: September 8, 2014
Genre: Historical, Romance
ARC Received From: Entangled Publishing

With five siblings to care for, Prudence Hixsby’s duty comes first, even if it means becoming a spinster. When the eldest – and most cherished – of her younger brothers decides to join the war, however, Prudence is determined to keep him safe. So she strikes a bargain with an old acquaintance: her body in exchange for her brother’s safety.

In the dead of the night, she slips into the bed of a man whose touch is both fierce and passionate… little knowing she’s just seduced the wrong man.

Harrison Carlisle, the Duke of Sutcliffe, never imagined that the lovely Prudence would honour his bed, or just how bewitching those lush curves could be. Yet he keeps a gentleman’s silence. After all, a spy for the Crown can ill afford to marry. But when Prudence’s brother is killed, they find themselves uniting to track down the traitorous murderer. And while death lurks within the shadowy world of espionage, there is also passion… and the unbidden thrill of a seduction!

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Well... Huh. I was torn between laughing and gaping in mortification when Prudence's mistake was revealed. Then I wanted to disregard Harrison altogether for not telling her the truth when he should have. But if that happened, there wouldn't have been much of a story, would there?

Prudence had the difficult task of being both a mom and a sister to her siblings, and bore the weight of knowing they would eventually leave home to venture out into the world. She also knew that leaving could very well place them in danger. It was that knowledge and the desire to protect them that she made a deal in hopes of keeping her brother safe. Oh, I understood her decision to bed Sir Fenton, but understanding didn't keep me from hoping that another solution would present itself.

At the beginning, I didn't care for Harrison too much for obvious reasons. But as the story went along, as I saw what he did behind the scenes for Prudence, my dislike turned into like. That he would do so much for her--taking her brother under his wing and then helping her (albeit reluctantly) find her brother's killer--showed how much he really cared about her.

This story had a little bit of everything: mystery, suspense, danger, sex, and romance. You'd think it'd be hard to pack all of that into about a hundred pages, but Ms. DeHart does it effortlessly. She knows how to pull me into her stories and keep me there with her incredible attention to detail and effortless storytelling abilities. This is definitely one short story I'll be reading again.

National Bestselling author, Robyn DeHart's novels have appeared in the top bestselling romance and historical romance lists. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages. Her historical romantic adventure series, The Legend Hunters, were not only bestsellers, but also award-winners, snagging a Reader's Crown and a Reviewer's Choice award. She had three releases in 2013 and 2014 will see four more, all set in the popular historical romance Regency and Victorian eras. Known for her "strong dialogue and characters that leap off the page" (RT Bookclub) and her "sizzling romance" (Publishers Weekly), her books have been featured in USA Today and the Chicago Tribune. A popular writing instructor, she has given speeches at writing conferences in Los Angeles, DC, New York, Dallas, Nashville and Toronto, among many others. When not writing, you can find Robyn hanging out with her family, husband (The Professor) a university professor of Political Science and their two ridiculously beautiful and smart daughters, Busybee and Babybee as well as two spoiled-rotten cats. They live in the hill country of Texas where it's hot eight months of the year, but those big blue skies make it worth it.

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