Then Comes Seduction - Huxtables, Bk 2 Author:Mary Balogh Jasper Finley, Baron Montford, is twenty-five years old and bored. He is London's most notorious daredevil and much admired by his male peers. He has never lost a wager, though he has taken on some hair-raising ones. But there seems to be no new challenge left to him and life looks empty and dreary as it stretches before him. He is also very... more » drunk following his birthday celebrations-as are all his male friends. And so from the depths of the forbidden a new challenge is both suggested and accepted. Jasper is to seduce a virtuous female within two weeks, something beyond the pale of decency even for him. And the virtuous female is to be Katherine Huxtable, the beautiful, virtuous, and naïve sister of the new young Earl of Merton.
It seems like a wager too easy for his considerable skills. When Jasper sets out to win it, though, he finds the challenge far more difficult than he had expected-though not for any predictable reason. Chagrined and humiliated at his failure, he withdraws to the country and does not encounter Katherine again for three years.
At the start of this book they meet again to mutual embarrassment and hostility, though soon there is a new wager between them more challenging than anything Jasper has ever experienced or Katherine contemplated. Even that pales into insignificance, however, before a growing scandal that erupts into open disaster and threatens to ruin both their lives.« less
I was surprised...I really liked this book (I thought the first one was all right, not good). At first, I was thinking this guy is a jerk when I read the part about the bet. He bets his friends that he can take Katherine's innocence in a mere 2 weeks. Then at Vauxhall Gardens you begin to see that he is not all he seems to be and you start to like him a bit. I liked how Katherine was able to help him come to terms with his awful childhood and teach him how to recognize love. Even if you have yet to read the first book in the series, this book is still a good read. There are a couple of mentions of things that happened in the first book, but nothing that affects the plot, and the reader's enjoyment, of this book.
england 1800s . Loved this book. An introduction between the hero / heroine at the very beginning makes you wanting more, only to have to wait 3 years for their romance to begin. But the time makes the story so much better as their characters have developed the traits necessary to make this book and their relationship grow so well. A little predictable with the protagonists, but it doesn't take away from the happily ever after.
The second Huxtable sister Regency romance is a charming tale starring two delightful lead characters who gamble on love. Jasper and Katherine are a perfect pairing as each raises the stake in what turns into a scandalous love affair enhanced by overarching family issues. Mary Balogh is two for two with one sister left and a younger brother who deserves that magical Balogh historical touch... Then Comes Seduction is the second novel in Mary Balogh's newest series featuring the Huxtable family. While each of the four novels will stand on its own, those who prefer to read a series in order should start with the first book in the series, First Comes Marriage, as it sets the stage...
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Helpful Score: 2
Are you a Mary Balogh fan? Then you will not miss this offering. Still the same formula, that works, and an interweaving of the characters from the previous books in the series. It is always better to read these in order.
Again, in this second installment of the Huxtable kids, a bit tame and predictable. Good characters that were well developed and multi-dimensional, but the plot seemed a bit thin. Maybe I was expecting too much or was bored by the lack of intensity in the romance dance Jasper and Kate were performing... A decent story.