Title: The Seduction of Emily
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Rachel Brimble
Publisher: Kensington, April 4, 2013
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
Since girlhood, Emily Darson has accepted that she will marry Nicholas, the son of her father’s trusted business partner. The marriage contract safeguards her family legacy, Emily’s fortune, and everything she values—except her independence. Only when a sinfully handsome scoundrel enters her life does Emily realize quite how much a loveless match will cost her.
Will Samson has advanced from expert pickpocket to confidence trickster of the highest caliber. Now he has come to Bath to exact vengeance on the man who destroyed his mother—the man Emily will soon marry. But from his first glimpse of the enemy’s bewitching, spirited fiancée, Will’s plan changes.
Amid the ballrooms and salons of elegant society, heated glances explode into scandalous kisses. Revenge is sweet, but surrender will be irresistible…
Will Samson is a tortured, handsome, rake of a man hell-bent on vengeance. The evil man who raped and beat his mother is about to marry beautiful Emily Darson. Will has determined that he will bring down Nicholas Milne and destroy the man, either killing him or having him sent to prison. Emily does not believe she has anything to fear from Nicholas although she has resigned herself to a loveless marriage in order to preserve her father’s financial legacy. She is also unaware of Nicholas’ history of beating prostitutes and his mistress, that is until she meets Will and he determines to save her from Nicholas.
The premise of this story is a good one. Nicholas is a truly evil man and Will is truly heroic. Emily is not as likeable since she does not appear to be very smart with her unrelenting insistence that Nicholas would never harm her. She frequently makes decisions that are not in her best interest.
For me this was an okay read. The plot kept me reading to see if Nicholas would indeed get his comeuppance and how Emily and Will would manage a relationship. Both of those points were addressed satisfactorily for this reader.