The Seduction of Lady Phoebe
eKensington / September 19, 2013 / $2.99 digital
Lady Phoebe Stanhope, famous for her quick wits, fast horses, and punishing right hook, is afraid of nothing but falling in love. Fleeing a matchmaking attempt with the only man she despises, Phoebe meets a handsome blue-eyed stranger who sends her senses skittering. By the time Phoebe discovers the seductive stranger is the same arrogant troll she sent packing eight years ago, she is halfway to falling in love with him.
Lord Marcus Finley last saw Phoebe striding regally away, as he lay on the floor with a bruised jaw and a rapidly swelling eye. Recently returned from the West Indies, Marcus is determined to earn Phoebe’s love, preferably before she discovers who he is. Determined to have Phoebe for his own, Marcus begins his campaign to gain her forgiveness and seduce her into marriage.
Can Phoebe learn to trust her own heart and Marcus? Or is she destined to remain alone?
In Ella Quinn's The Seduction of Lady Phoebe, it all starts with one unwanted boob grab. A drunken twenty-year-old bad boy, Lord Marcus Finley, is determined to sweep innocent young Phoebe off of her feet with a passionate kiss. He has nothing to lose because his father is going to banish him to the West Indies, and Phoebe will probably be married to someone else by the time he is able to return to England. The heat of the moment quickly dissipates when he scares Phoebe by caressing her breast, so she punches him. Very hard. Right in the face.
The hero and heroine are both young and crushing on each other, but they are both so immature. The humiliating kiss-to-punch situation haunts Phoebe throughout her young adulthood, and Marcus can’t think of anything else while in the West Indies. He realizes and accepts that he was an “arrogant troll,” but eight years later, he’s a reformed gentleman.
Now Marcus is back in town, and Phoebe is still feisty as ever. She runs into Marcus after he saves her from not one, but two mishaps. Half of the reading thrill is that she doesn’t recognize that he is the same drunken jerk from her youth, while everyone else is aware that it is him. She feels an instant attraction, and she wants to learn more about him, but she only recognizes his strong voice, and her intuition tells her that he is her “knight errant.” Eventually, Marcus’s actual identity is revealed to Lady Phoebe and her cloudy dream knight is suddenly her nightmare. To make her conflict even more complex, she’s attracted to the one man she swore never to be in her presence. She’s already told her closest loved ones that she can’t stand the sight of Marcus Finley, and now he is actively courting her—and doing a good job of it, too!
The comedy of this romance lies in Marcus’s pursuit of Phoebe and Phoebe’s dueling desires; stay away from Marcus, but run towards him and try to resist smothering him in kisses. One of the best stand-alone aspects of this novel is Lady Phoebe’s independence. She wants to be happy and in love, but she doesn’t want to feel beholden to anyone. She wants to drive her own whip, speak her mind about liberal politics, use a dagger and pistol to protect herself, and she especially doesn’t want to feel like property. The desperate pursuit for Lady Phoebe is the best part of this romance.
If you enjoy heroes who genuinely beg for forgiveness and stop at nothing to prove they are changed for the better, this is a fun read. If there ever was a true hero’s redemption romance, this one is it. You might have your doubts that a hero could prove himself in over 200 pages, but Marcus really goes above and beyond through his thoughts and actions to convince Phoebe that he really truly cares for her and she is the only one for him. This romance actually allows the reader to have serious doubts (again, that boob-grab-induced punch in the beginning) and then see how the relationship blooms. The couple is so honestly compatible together with similar interests and dreams (and not to mention the sexual chemistry), but there’s also a sprinkling of political drama and a lecherous villain to keep the plotline moving. Can Phoebe forgive him? More importantly, can they both resist keeping their lusty paws off of each other so she won’t compromise her values and he can prove he isn’t a total rake?
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Jena Briars is a California girl living in D.C., feeding her brain one romance novel at a time...When she’s not busy at work, or being distracted (sometimes ambushed) by her cat, she reviews romances on her website Throughout the Pages.