A Rakes Guide to Seduction (Reece Family Trilogy Book 3)

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Anthony Hamilton is the supposed bastard son of an Earl and has been labelled as scandalous way before he was even born. He's a brilliant example of how deep seeded issues with parents don't have to turn someone into a man-pain riddled douchebag. Anthony definitely has several insecurities borne from his less than favorable upbringing and that impacts his courtship - or attempted courtship - of Celia.

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But he decides to embrace the reputation he's been given and simply decides to make the most of it for himself. Most of the things written about him are complete fabrications, fueled by his refusal to ever refute or acknowledge a single rumor. He's a man you instantly want to know more about. Early on he tries to get premission from Marcus to court Celia but the moment he's told that she's already engaged his heartbreak is extremely well written. Even though you're barely a few chapters in you already start to feel like he's lost the love of his life, and that's the power of Miss Linden's writing.

The real romance starts when Anthony decides to live up to his reputation as a seducer to bring some joy to Celia. An once he begins his "seduction" of sorts it's impossible to put the book down. Because, well, he's hot. I'll just leave that there. It is the weight of personal fault that causes the pain, the feeling that but for being remiss in some, you might have achieved your goal. I couldn't for the life of me understand why it was needed. If I was to guess it was to show that Celia trusted Anthony implicitly and wouldn't believe lies people spoke of him.

I could perhaps understand the need of such melodramatic plot points to prove such a point, if the relationship and their connect hadn't been as well developed as it has been here. So hence, for me it just felt waaaay off the flow of the rest of the story and left me blinking in surprise. But still, a wonderful book!


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View all 5 comments. Shelves: historical-romance , Lady Celia Reece is enjoying her Season in London and her many admirers. She also encounters her brother David's old friend, the notorious rake Anthony Hamilton, estranged son of an Earl. When Lord Andrew Bertram proposes though she's swept off her feet and believes herself in love. Four years of bleak, disappointing, lonely marriage later and Celia is a widow. Yet she feels empty inside, hollow and sad. Although only twenty-two and just as beautiful as before, her melancholy casts a shadow. In an effort to lift her spirits, her mother, the Dowager-Duchess, Rosalind, throws a house party at the family estate, and David invites Anthony.

Anthony has always wanted Celia but was too late the first time. Now he's determined not just to make her laugh again but to make her his - if she'll have the most scandalous seducer in London. This book was a delight to read and more realistic than the usual historical romances. Firstly, her prose is effortless, completely lacking in pretension and manages to capture the tone and style of early 19th century prose without the stuffiness, and without trying too hard. There's a grim grittiness that doesn't normally work in historical romance but the way both Celia and Anthony mature and harden from their experiences, really spoke to me.

They felt very alive.

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Also, the premise and plot weren't contrived or silly. Often it's fun to read these outlandish premises that throw the hero and heroine together, but it's also nice to read one that seems perfectly natural - and less impossible. I found Anthony to be a very intriguing character, and Celia too was engaging and interesting. Linden had a superb hold on their characters and was able to achieve a lot within the parameters of the period. The only thing that I thought Linden should have taken more care with was her titles - Because Celia is the daughter of a Duke she is automatically "Lady Celia" and will be all her life.

Marrying Mr Hamilton wouldn't change that either. She never loses her title, she just can't transfer her title to her husband. It's a small quibble but for a book with such a subtle grasp of historical accuracy - by which I mean to say you never feel like Linden is a modern writer - it stuck out. Jun 21, Julie jjmachshev rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: steamy historical romance lovers.

Shelves: reads. Fabulous steamy historical romance from Caroline Linden.

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The hero is strong, complex, and misunderstood. The heroine grows into a woman who learns her own strength and stands up for and by her man.


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The plot flows as smooth as aged whiskey, and the ending will put an ear-to-ear grin on your face. Now, I'm off to make sure I have copies of Linden's other books to put on my keeper she Fabulous steamy historical romance from Caroline Linden. Now, I'm off to make sure I have copies of Linden's other books to put on my keeper shelf!

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View all 4 comments. Delightful story! Not exactly a tortured hero, but certainly a mistreated and misunderstood one. Yes, a rake, but also honest, caring, and proud of accomplishing so many things without the love and support of his mean earl of a father. He longs for Celia for years, but thinks he's not worthy of her love. Although she starts out as a typical girl having her first season, her unhappy first marriage matures her.

She takes a little too long to come around to accepting Ant Delightful story! She takes a little too long to come around to accepting Anthony, but once she does she's loyal to the core. The diary covering Celia's first marriage is well done -- heartbreaking, really.

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Well, I didn't like her depression, but I admired the author's ability to depict her feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. I don't really understand the reviewers who said the book was too depressing; that's really just one small part of the overall story. But what else would you expect from London's most accomplished lover?

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This felt tacked-on at the end much like the counterfeiting excitement in What A Gentleman Wants. What was the purpose, other than to show that Anthony and Celia were willing to risk their lives to save the other. She verged on becoming as annoying as Mrs. I would have enjoyed seeing a bit more of Celia's brothers and their wives. I expect it's hard for authors writing a series to get the right balance of old and new faces, but Mary Balogh has perfected the art, IMHO, in the Bedwyn series. Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot and recommend it. It works just fine as a stand alone and is by far the best of the trilogy, so you needn't bother with the first two.

Jun 24, Steelwhisper rated it really liked it Shelves: 4-lovely , strong-heroine , historical-romance , m-f , regency , infertility. This is my 6th Caroline Linden book, and like those before I liked the plot, the setting, the attention to historical details, the adorable hero and the strong heroine. However, once again the sex scenes were a few too many, and the sex too samey and slightly too modern.

Apparently it is "the thing" lately to write lots of clit-centric sex, even into historicals. Given that a mere 50 or so years ago the average male and female didn't have much of an idea what a clitoris was and to w This is my 6th Caroline Linden book, and like those before I liked the plot, the setting, the attention to historical details, the adorable hero and the strong heroine.

Given that a mere 50 or so years ago the average male and female didn't have much of an idea what a clitoris was and to which use it could be put, it felt strange reading about a man who constantly kept returning to the heroine's clit during sex oh, and any guy doing that to me during sex would earn himself a swift clout to the back of his head: not all women are clitcentric!

That's what cost this one a star. Feb 11, willaful rated it it was amazing.

An excellent character-driven Regency romance, slightly marred by an improbable villainous plot stuck on at the end. Anthony, though no real fault of his own, has a terrible reputation amongst society; Celia married for what she thought was love and discovered she and her husband actually had nothing in common. When Celia is widowed, the two old acquaintances have a second chance to find happiness.

The characters are both sympathetic and interesting and I would have been happy to read 4. The characters are both sympathetic and interesting and I would have been happy to read about the progress of their relationship without any additional plot elements. It was not the hothouse plant her affection for Bertie had been, but a strong and vibrant thing.

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She could never rip it out without ripping out a piece of herself. There may have been a few hiccups along the way, but none of it detracted from the beautiful love story that left me in a puddle of intense feels. At the tender age of nineteen, Celia came across as idealistic, romantic at heart and, not surprisingly, more than a little naive. She quickly becomes the toast of the season, with many eligible gentlemen vying for her attention.

One huge problem though: Celia marries someone else. But never fear dear readers!