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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Seduced By His Touch

by Tracy Anne Warren
Marry a young woman because he lost a bet? Unreformed rake Lord Jack Byron would do anything to get out of it. But the rich merchant who holds his debt insists Jack lead his on-the-shelf daughter to the altar…and make her believe it's a love match. With no options, Jack agrees, thinking he'll be shackled to a closed-in spinster.
But Grace Danvers is no milk-and-water miss. When he first encounters her in a London bookstore, Jack is struck by her tempting sensuality and soon becomes determined to bed - and - wed her (in that order!). Yet though he plans to seduce her with his touch, he never dreams he'll also want to win her with his love.
Book reviewed by Valarie Pelissero
The first half of Seduced by His Touch was slow and oh so sweet as the reader gets to watch these two come to know one another over the course of months. But I wasn't bored by the lack of conflict because every so often Ms. Warren would throw in a surprise that kept me rapidly turning the pages. I loved that the entire book took place during a period of a year and a half. This wasn't some quick seduction, wham, bam and they're married within a week. What made this book so special was the time it took for these characters to know each other. And during all the time Jack is courting Grace her insecurities about her looks and her social class are still there, they don't just magically disappear because a handsome man is focusing his attention on her. Grace never automatically believes that suddenly she is desirable, nor does she ever dream that his intentions could be honorable, which was a really nice change of pace in a romance. But all good things must end and at about the halfway point, six days before her wedding - the happiest day of Grace's life - all hell breaks loose when she discovers the plot her father and Jack have hatched.

Well, it couldn't be all sunshine and lollipops, where would the fun in that be? What ensues is perfection, but you will just have to read it yourself to see what unusual twists and turns the author throws at these two and how Grace tortures Jack for his deception. The book finishes with a perfect mix of conflict and romance with a hero to die for and a heroine you root for, and it couldn't be better.

Tracy Anne Warren has surpassed my expectations of her by writing a poignant, heartbreaking, funny and sigh-worthy romance, and I can't wait for more of these mad, bad Byrons. Warren just keeps getting better, so don't miss Seduced by His Touch, or any of these fabulous Byron's.


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