To deliberate would demean my love, which blossomed at first sight. Of course she didn't. He was handsome and a wonderful dancer, and she probably would have let him steal a chaste kiss on the cheek, but adore him? She wished she hadn't let him lead her all the way out here. What on earth was she to do now? He resisted her gentle attempts to pull free of his grasp. If it is fear of your family's disapproval, I understand.
You have but to say one word, and I will wait a thousand years for you. We could be married before the end of the Season, my dearest Lady Celia. Euston followed, pulling her toward him, now gripping her one hand in his two. She was never going to dance with Lord Euston again. What a wretched first kiss this would be. Lord Euston released her at once, recoiling a step as he spun around toward the intruder. Celia put her freed hands behind her, suddenly horrified at what she had done.
Goodness—she was alone, in the dark, with an unmarried gentleman—if they were discovered here, she could be ruined. Celia closed her eyes, relief flooding her as she recognized her savior. Surely he, of all people, would understand and not cause trouble for her.
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A pleasure to see you again. He didn't look nearly so handsome anymore. Good evening, Lady Celia. Lord Euston jerked, darting a suspicious glance at Mr. Celia swung around, bracing her hands on the balustrade that encircled the terrace. That had not turned out at all the way she had expected. Why had her mother approved of him? Hamilton, leaning against the balustrade beside her, "may be the worst marriage proposal I have ever heard.
She closed her eyes, and took a deep breath. The giggles bubbled up inside her, and finally burst free. She pressed one hand to her mouth. It would quite ruin my reputation. Celia sighed, sipping more champagne.
Celia looked at him in shock, then burst out laughing. Walking out with Lord Euston, with her mother's permission, was one thing; lingering in the darkness with a man—let alone a notorious rake her mother strenuously disapproved of—was another. She stopped in the act of turning to go. He was still facing the gardens, away from her, but after a moment had passed and she said nothing, he glanced at her. He turned, now leaning on one elbow, his full attention fixed on her. She didn't know another gentleman who could appear so approachable.
She had forgotten how easy he was to talk to. It was," she protested as his mouth curved. He sighed, shaking his head. Perhaps you, as a pillar of propriety, can tell me how to escape their pernicious notice. No one will say a word about you then. He glanced at her from the corner of his eye, then grinned. Don't try your matchmaking on me. I'm a hopeless case. Anthony gave a sharp huff. We've had very fine weather this spring, don't you think?
Anthony seemed shocked as well. His head whipped around, and he stared at her with raised eyebrows. Heat rushed to her face. His gaze was riveted on her, so dark and intense Celia scarcely recognized him for a moment. Goodness, it was just Anthony, but for a moment, he was looking at her almost like….
She burst out laughing again, relieved that he was merely teasing her. That expression on his face—rather like a wolf's before he sprang—unsettled her; it had made her think, for one mad moment, that he might, in fact, spring on her. And even worse, Celia realized that a small, naughty part of her was somewhat curious. She might have let Lord Euston kiss her, but only for the satisfaction of being able to say she had been kissed. She had never expected to be swept away with passion by Lord Euston, who was, as Anthony had said, a dreadful bore. But a kiss from one of the most talked-about rakes in London…now, that would be something else altogether.
As proof, I must point out that you've stood out here with me for some time now, trying to make me feel better after receiving the most appalling marriage proposal of all time. David would have laughed until he couldn't stand upright, and then retold the tale to everyone he met. She was glad he couldn't see her blush. I suppose you'll continue to skulk in the shadows out here, and be appropriately wicked?
Celia laughed once more. Perhaps if she could make her mother see the humor, and idiocy, in Lord Euston's proposal, Mama wouldn't ask too many questions about where she'd been ever since. Seventeen steps, and then she was gone. He folded his arms on the balustrade once again, taking a deep breath. The faint scent of lemons lingered in the air. He wondered why she smelled of lemons and not rosewater or something other ladies wore. Anthony smiled and held out the untouched glass sitting next to his elbow. I gave away mine. Fanny, Lady Drummond, took it with a coy look.
Euston was giving her a spot of trouble. Rumor holds her marriage portion is two hundred thousand pounds. Anthony tightened his lips and said nothing.
A Rake's Guide to Seduction (Reece Family, book 3) by Caroline Linden
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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This was a re-read, and I liked it just as much the second time around It's actually one of the best historical romances I've read in awhile. This one was all about missed opportunities and timing in the lives of the leads Anthony and Celia which actually turned out in their favor as it gave them four more years to grow, gain life experience and realize what they could have in each other by the time they re-connected for their HEA. First love scene was astoundingly halfway through the story, but it still felt well-paced and that love scene and the others that followed were made even more steamy and romantic because of the anticipation of them.
One person found this helpful. I read this book a few years back and in those days I wasn't writing reviews. I recently reread it because someone said that this H is her favourite. I liked the book but it isn't all that memorable and I wasn't entirely keen on the premise. I like this author though and there is some good stuff in the middle.
As the others have said the premise is that just as the H was getting ready to court the h, after he decided he'd had enough of his rakish ways and wanted to marry the h, the h marries another. Fast forward 3 years and the h is a widow and disillusioned by love. The main characters are thrown together at a house party and the H begins writing the h anonymous letters that are really very sweet. I liked the middle of the book once things got moving. Both main characters are very sweet and the story is nice enough but just not magic.
I'm happy this book was recommended to me. I've tried three other Linden novels and just couldn't get through them. This one, though, did not disappoint. It kept me turning pages which is a victory in itself. I loved the diary - so poignant, and the notes -tender and romantic. I loved Anthony and Celia, two wonderful people.
I liked the secondary characters the "villain" doesn't count. I had to laugh while reading one review expressing great annoyance with the Dowager, comparing her to Mrs. Childress should have just left and joined his fellow deadbeats on the Continent. I didn't need Gothic melodrama. For some reason when I started this book I expected it to be a tale of seduction - one in which a rake seduces a poor, innocent miss and ends up falling head over heels for her.
That is certainly not the case, although it did not lessen my enjoyment of the story. I had a bit of a difficult time getting into the story in the beginning because our heroine, Celia, marries someone other than our misunderstood hero, and is then widowed and falls into a melancholy state, which was a little depressing.
Anthony, the "rake" of the hour, has known her since childhood and has been attracted to her for some time. He is disturbed by her withdrawl from friends, family, and society. He sets to sending her anonymous love notes, telling himself he is doing this to cheer her up, and in the process ends up anonymously baring his heart to her. And this is where I object to referring to his actions as seduction, as, in my mind, it is strictly romantic - his initial intentions were not to seduce.
His intent to cheer her works, and as she grew more cheerful and content, my enjoyment of the story grew. It is no secret that I do not like to read stories of simpering, withdrawn misses who have no will of their own, and that is probably why I began to like it more as Celia's vivacity returned. Ah, but then our impatient miss, suspecting and hoping Anthony is her mystery correspondent, asks him to reveal his identity and as a result they are caught in a compromising position by her family and gossip abounds.
Celia's mother, Rosalind, is determined to save her daughter from heartbreak and does what she can to keep Celia and Anthony apart. It really is the best characterisation of what it looks like for the sufferer I've seen. Likewise her descriptions of the hero's insecurities are excellent.
So, from the caring, but extremely irritating mother, to the gossipy, obnoxious friends, I really enjoyed it. OK, the last little plot twist was a bit unnecessary, but it didn't annoy me either. This author is now an auto-buy for me. 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. 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.
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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: Fabulous steamy historical romance from Caroline Linden. 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. 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! View all 4 comments. 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 A 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. 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? 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.
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. Aug 27, Michelle Cunliffe rated it it was amazing. Anthony Hamilton cannot help it. The way he looks, the way he lives, his past--it all conspires to make him a man men fear, women desire.
His name fills gossip circles in a seemingly endless, lurid drama. But he's never forgotten the only woman he's ever truly wanted--yet could never have. Celia Reece knew Anthony well before he forged his scandalous reputation. The young man she remembers spoke kindly to her, made her laugh, and his devilish good looks always quickened her pulse. But Celia's mother had other designs--designs that didn't include marriage to Anthony.
Now, Celia is widowed, and her mother is intent on finding her a new husband. Refusing to let any obstacle stand in his path this time, Anthony sets out to win Celia's heart by using the same skills that made him London's most irresistible rake My Thoughts This book was first released in and is being reissued, I have read many of Caroline's other books but this is the first time that I have read this book. I can recommend this book I found it a enjoyable read.
In society Anthony Hamilton is known as a rake and a gambler and sometimes he likes the wealthy widows and matrons. I found Anthony to have a kind heart and when he finds love he gives it wholeheartedly, its such a shame his father never saw any of this, to society Anthony's father never repudiated his wife or son, but in private it was a whole different story. Anthony and his mother spent most of their time away from Linley Court and Anthony was asked to leave three schools for fighting and once for cheating a professor at cards.
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Throughout the book I was always routing for Anthony I could see the good in him, when most people was always trying to discredit him. When we first meet Celia she is enjoying her season, gossiping with friends and dancing with young men. She has known Anthony before when she younger and he was friends with her brother David, but because Rosalind Celia's mother didn't like him, he wasn't allowed back at the family home. Then at the ball after Lord Euston made a rather impromptu offer of marriage, and Anthony comes to Celia's rescue. So from here the story then changes Celia marries Bertie and for four years her marriage isn't what she thought it would be, especially when Bertie's friends visit and Celia is then left with her father in law, who only wants to have a grandson to keep the family name going.
But when Bertie dies Rosalind brings Celia back to the family home. Which is were she meets Anthony again, because Rosalind has arranged to have a house party. Rosalind comes across as very caring but she is trying to hard with Celia, and of course she still doesn't like Anthony.
But that does change and for the better. There was one character that I did like and that's Lord Warfield Anthony's uncle. He is constantly standing up for Anthony much to Rosalind's annoyance. But in the end Rosalind agrees that Anthony is a good man, and even Rosalind and Lord Warfield start to like each other. I recieved this book from Netgalley for a honest review.
Jun 24, Steelwhisper rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 which use it 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: That's what cost this one a star.
Nov 01, Nanou rated it it was amazing Shelves: Et heureusement qu'il y avait lord warfield pour la calmer un peu c'est le scotish power. Jan 02, Vintage rated it liked it Shelves: A Rake's Guide to Seduction is a ridiculously silly if not eye-catching title to this spicy Regency. Yes, the H is a rake but more through gossip and circumstances. When it comes to his behavior he's quite the honorable Sir who wants to do what's best for the heroine even if it means denying himself.
The H and his Scottish uncle won my heart. It starts out where our sweet, kind and winsome virginal heroine is testing the bounds of propriety by walking unchaperoned in a garden with a real Oh well.
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It starts out where our sweet, kind and winsome virginal heroine is testing the bounds of propriety by walking unchaperoned in a garden with a real lunkhead. He pops out an awkward proposal when all she was thinking of was m-a-y-b-e a kiss. The H swoops in and and chivvies the suitor away. The H is close friends with her brother. They both have terrible rakish reps, but the H is shunned by his father as a cuckoo in the nest and his rep is almost beyond the pale. The h is very fond of the H as he's always been kind to her. She's known him since she was a child and has never seen any aberrant behavior not that she would know what aberrant behavior is.
She's a real sweetheart, and it disturbs her so many people shun him including her rather irritating mother. Over the next few weeks, the H realizes she is what he needs and approaches her older brother to court her. He has more money than people think and pledges to make her happy. Unfortunately, the h was now engaged and the H leaves. The h's marriage is not quite the love match she though, and via diary entries we see a lonely life.
Her husband conveniently dies, and the h makes it back home to mama. She's sad and disallusioned by the concept of love which is worsened when she meets up with friends. Their unions are no happier than hers was and she's emotionally exhausted and cynical. Her mother, who vacillates between being a loving and concerned mother and a Managing Martha, thinks the best thing is to get her married off again so a big house party is arranged with the h's now annoying friends and tons of single men.
The h eye-rolls herself as single man after single man is trotted out. The only one she's remotely happy to see is the H. Her mother is furious he was invited, but her stepson insisted. The mother is further aggravated as his rather large Scottish uncle was invited as well, and he calls her on the carpet for preferential treatment of the other single men while snubbing his nephew horribly. This is a brief moment, but I enjoyed it immensely. The Uncle really ruffles the mother's feathers, and who doesn't love a Scottish accent.
The h is glum; her friends gossip non stop and most of it is about the H and his dastardly reputation: No actually it was Bath, but the rumors are rampant. One of her friends even plots to get him into bed. Suddenly the h starts getting little notes on her morning tray. They amuse her and she responds. She gets out of her funk and figures out the H is really the only one that could have written them. She asks him to meet her in the library. She rationalizes that if it's one of the other suitors, she'll tell them to stop writing, but if it's the H who knows what will happen.
It is the H who struggles with going to the library. Of course he does go. They get really cozy, and I need my fan whew, and they get caught. The onus falls on the H despite the fact the h was the one that invited him. Here is where the seduction kicks in. The H is still on the fence as to whether he's worthy or not he is , and his waffling drops the story a star, but he loves her and wants her.
There is more to the story, but it falls into spoiler territory and I have certainly written enough. Secondary characters I really want to read more about are the stable boy who is quite the charmer in the little that we see him as well as the aforementioned uncle. Not the most historically accurate Regency, quite steamy, but very enjoyable. It was not the hothouse plant her affection for Bertie had been, but a strong and vibrant thing. 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! Worthy of mention is the diary she kept during those four years which gave us a window into what marriage is really like for those who discover all too late that they have not made a worthy match. Celia reluctantly agrees and soon finds herself unexpectedly reunited with one, you guessed it, Anthony Hamilton, who had never forgotten her, nor she him.
This is when all the good stuff happens, trust me. Anthony was what I like to call a huggable hero. I just loved him.
Misconceptions and gossips regarding his private and public life led him to being virtually shunned and everyone believing the absolute worst in him. Except one well two if you count me. Celia does struggle doing just that, though. But falling in love with Anthony gave her confidence and assurance that had been missing in her previous marriage. As a result, she never doubted Anthony, or herself. Not once, and that made all the difference in the end. His grip tightened on her hand. From the moment of his birth, he was seen as less than. And that feeling of inadequacy carried on into adulthood when he was left on his own with no money, no family, nothing.
But Anthony strove ahead, making his own way in this often cruel, unforgiving world. Can you imagine how hard that was for him? Hearing strangers and even supposed friends see the worst in you no matter how much you try to prove otherwise? He thought, what was the point? People would say what they wanted, believe what they wanted and there was nothing he could do or say to change their opinions. But Celia would have none of that nonsense.