Author: Nicole Jordan
Published: April 29th 2014
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Historical Romance
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The most charming Wilde cousin, Lady Skye has secretly loved the enigmatic Earl of Hawkhurst since girlhood, long before the tragedy that left him scarred both physically and emotionally. When Skye learns that the celebrated hero has returned to England from his self-imposed exile to make a cold marriage of convenience, she brazenly plants herself on his castle doorstep, determined to convince Hawk that she alone is his true mate and destiny.
An elite member of the Guardians of the Sword, Hawk has vowed never again to risk the pain of loving—but that’s before he deals with the most enchanting, annoyingly persistent seductress he’s ever encountered. One night of blazing passion leaves him impossibly torn. Will Hawk choose duty over love, or will he open his heart and let Skye’s healing light penetrate his darkness?
I've had little experience reading historical romances, but I enjoyed a few from what I remember. I was browsing around NetGalley one day and came across this one and thought, Hmm... should I give another one a go? It's been awhile since I read one. So I did... and I don't think it's possible to describe how quickly I got into this story.
Lady Skye is a different kind of heroine, not one of those mousey ones. She has her darkness, and a little bit of innocence, but she's a strong woman. I loved that about her. And then there's Hawk, who finds himself captivated with Lady Skye against his better judgment. He falls for her, as she does for him. While she wants it all, there's something that holds him back from giving in to her and being with her forever.
I adored Secrets of Seduction. ADORED. There was something about it that kept me engrossed, maybe because it was different than my usual romantic reads. Nicole Jordan certainly wrote a book I would love to revisit again and again, not to mention read more by her. If you love this genre, or even mildly intrigued, I'd recommend checking this one out.