Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Review & Tour: Three Lessons in Seduction by Sofie Darling

Title: Three Lessons in Seduction
Author: Sofie Darling
Genre/Age: Historical Romance/Adult
Series: None
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Format: ebook via Goddess Fish Promotions
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisParis, September 1824 

Lord Nicholas Asquith needs his wife. Too bad he broke her heart ten years ago. 

Can he resist a second chance at the love he lost? 

When Mariana catches the eye of the man at the center of an assassination plot, Nick puts aside their painful past and enlists her to obtain information by any means necessary, even if it means seducing the enemy agent. 

Even if the thought makes his blood boil. 

Only by keeping his distance from Mariana these last ten years was he able to pretend indifference to her. With every moment spent with her, he feels his tightly held control slipping . . . 

Can she trust the spy who broke her heart? 

Mariana spent the last decade forgetting Nick. Now she has the chance to best him at his own game, an opportunity she can’t resist, even as her view of him begins to shift. Increasingly, she wants nothing more than to seduce her own husband . . . 

It’s only a matter of time before mad passion ignites, a passion never convincingly extinguished. A passion that insists on surrendering to the yearning of the flesh and, quite possibly, of the heart. 

“A girl like you is a girl one could marry,” he murmured. They were heedless and dangerous words that fell from his lips, and he couldn’t understand why he spoke them.

“A girl like me?”


“One could marry?”


“Careful,” she whispered into the space between their lips. It was the only space that mattered in the universe. “I might hold you to such words.”

“I might hope you do.”

Again, words fell from his mouth of their own accord, and he’d proposed to her. There had been no biting it back.

And he hadn’t wanted to.

At least, not for another five seconds.

He’d proposed to Lady Mariana Montfort, a girl he didn’t know.

That wasn’t precisely true.

In the ways that mattered, he knew her.

Sofie spent much of her twenties raising two boys and reading every book she could get her hands on. Once she realized that she was no longer satisfied with simply reading the books she loved, that she must write them, too, she decided to finish her degree and embark on a writing career. Mr. Darling and the boys gave her their wholehearted blessing.

When she’s not writing heroes who make her swoon, she runs a marathon in a different state every year, visits crumbling medieval castles whenever she gets a chance, and enjoys a slightly codependent relationship with her beagle, Bosco.



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When you don't know someone as well as you'd thought...

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Mariana isn't sure what her estranged husband has been up to since she only sees him on holidays when he visits their children. The rest of the year, he lives in France and leads a separate life. So when she receives a letter stating her husband is missing and presumed dead, she isn't sure what to think. Only that she needs to get to France. Either to find him or to recover his body.

Nick isn't dead. But he has been in hiding since suspicious things have happened recently. It's just part of his job as a spy and his current mission is a big one. So when his wife shows up in Paris, he knows he can't avoid her forever. And when he realizes she might be an asset to his assignment, he recruits her.

Her mission is to get close to a man Nick suspects is involved in an assassination plot. And she needs to gain information by any means necessary. While Nick gives Mariana lessons in how to seduce the target, he silently struggles with the idea of his wife with another man. And as the couple get deeper into the assignment, they realize it might be time to give their marriage another chance. If it's not too late.

This was a pretty good read and I found it hard to put down at times. It had some mystery with the spy plot and a few mysterious characters. The lessons in seduction were pretty entertaining, especially the poker scene. It also had a lot of sexual tension, which is always a nice addition to a romance book.
For a while, I wasn't sure if I liked Nick. From the first mention of the opera singer, I was sure there was more to the story. Yet, I hated the way Nick had so easily chosen his life of espionage over his family. He wasn't being forced to do it. He just decided to give up the woman of his dreams. It was hard to swallow that fact, especially since I liked Mariana so much.

And boy was Mariana a great character. She was no weak-willed woman. She had the guts to go chasing after her supposedly dead husband and even more courage to go along with his terrible scheme. She didn't bow down to him in any capacity and she went head-to-head with him at every turn. I really admired her tenacity and intelligence.

At some point, things started to turn in Nick's favor for me. I think it was even before he revealed the truth about the opera singer. I began to see him in a different light and hoped he would come to his senses and see the amazing woman that was right in front of him. I tell you what, if this had happened to me, that man would have had to beg on his knees for me to forgive him. Mariana was a stronger woman than I.

In closing... 
Spies, assassins, and strip poker. Sounds like a good way to spend an evening. Four suns!

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