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Bold Seduction: The Hornsby Brothers #1 by Karyn Gerrard

Bold Seduction: The Hornsby Brothers #1 by Karyn Gerrard

Another in the “had it forever” pile – with apologies to Karyn Gerrard and the publisher. Please read on for my review of

Bold Seduction

I wanted to love this story – to jump in and have no questions unanswered, no situation too far beyond my ability to suspend disbelief.

Fortunately, for most of the story I was able to do just that… Philomena (Phil) and her brothel, wanting to settle down and get out of the business end of the business made sense. I could understand that. Where I had more problems was the 30 year old 3rd son of a Duke, Spencer. OK – the standard is that the third son is usually the wastrel rake… off doing his own thing and relying on charm and wit to get him out of the many scrapes.

But no… Spencer is a solid bookworm with low self-esteem, awkward social skills and no moment where he one, in his 30 years, ever bothered even to go to a brothel. He’s virginal and destined to stay that way until someone flips a switch. His story was sad but most probably not unusual – but I had a really hard time reconciling his behavior with his position. Totally on me.

Gerrard did most of what was needed to make things work…but I still had the feeling that several sub-plots were missing resolutions that didn’t feel convenient or felt ignored altogether. I couldn’t LOVE this book, but could enjoy it and appreciate the series, hoping for more to love in the next.

But no… Spencer is a solid bookworm with low self-esteem, awkward social skills and no moment where he one, in his 30 years, ever bothered even to go to a brothel. He’s virginal and destined to stay that way until someone flips a switch.  His story was sad but most probably not unusual – but I had a really hard time reconciling his behavior with his position. Totally on me.

Gerrard did most of what was needed to make things work…but I still had the feeling that several sub-plots were missing resolutions that didn’t feel convenient or felt ignored altogether. I couldn’t LOVE this book, but could enjoy it and appreciate the series, hoping for more to love in the next.

Bold Seduction: The Hornsby Brothers #1 by Karyn Gerrard

Title: Bold Seduction
Author: Karyn Gerrard
Series: The Hornsby Brothers #1
Genre: British, Historical Romance, Victorian
Published by: Lyrical Press
ISBN: B00QP3CZS6
Published on: 1 September 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 121
Rated: One StarOne StarOne Star
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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About the Book:

An Intriguing Proposition

Passion. Seduction. Pleasure. These are the qualities of any courtesan worth her salt. As owner of The Starling Club, London’s most notorious house of ill-repute, Madame Philomena McGrattan has seen it all, heard it all, done it all. There is little that surprises her anymore, and even less that excites her. So when she is presented a chance at an irresistible seduction, she can’t help but rise to the challenge.

A Dangerous Game

Studiousness. Practicality. Discipline. Such are the attributes of a good scholar, and such are the principles Lord Spencer Hornsby has built his life around. Alone in the Welsh countryside, with only his wolfhounds for company, Spencer has thrown himself into his work. There is little time for the pleasures of society, not even to think of the joys of the fairer sex. But when an unexpected guest arrives at his isolated hunting lodge, Spencer cannot help but be baffled by the presence of this dangerously beautiful woman. And when he discovers the reason for her arrival, and the pleasures she promises, he cannot help but find himself irresistibly intrigued.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Karyn Gerrard

Karyn Gerrard lives in a small town in the western corner of Ontario, Canada. She whiles away her spare time writing and reading romance while drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. Tortured heroes are a must. A multi-published author with a few bestsellers under her belt, Karyn loves to write in different genres and time periods, though historicals and contemporaries are her favorite.

As long as she can avoid being hit by a runaway moose in her wilderness paradise she assumes everything is golden.
Karyn’s been happily married for a long time to her own hero. His encouragement keeps her moving forward.

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