Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Seducing Charlotte by Diana Quincy + Featured Freebie

Seducing Charlotte

Even if he is the catch of the season, Charlotte Livingston has a low opinion of the wildly handsome Marquess of Camryn. He’s an industrialist who thinks nothing of replacing workers with machines, depriving them of an honest living. Camryn is everything a social reformer like Charlotte detests. Besides, her loyalty belongs to another man.

Yet, as a violent machine-breakers rebellion rages across England, an undeniable attraction flares between the passionate adversaries. Camryn vows to destroy the rebel movement, unaware that the spinster who has captured his heart, harbors a secret - a shocking connection to one of its leaders that could shatter them both.

My Rating: 5 Roses
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Loved this book! Seducing Charlotte is a different historical romance and that's what made it so great.

I love how this book was set in the conflict of industrialism versus reformists. That's a very interesting time, full of conflict, tension, and the beginnings of the modern world. The fact that the hero and heroine are on different sides of the conflict made this very fun to read and gave an element of tension in the romance.

Charlotte is staunchly reformist. From the factories she has seen, she has decided to be a firm supporter of traditional methods that preserve workers' livelihood. I liked that she was so strong in her opinions and so determined to defend them. However, I thought it was unfair of her to be so quick to lump Cam into the group of cold-hearted industrialists who didn't care about their workers. He repeatedly told her that his factory was different and that she should see it before making judgments, but she was intent on thinking badly of him. But, this was only a small annoyance, quickly forgotten when she finally gave Cam a chance. Overall, she was a great heroine-strong, determined, and willing to admit she was wrong. By the end, I really liked her.

Cam was just as wonderful. He might be an industrialist, but he wasn't an indifferent owner who cared only about profit. He was a forward thinker who tried to do what was best for both the factory and the workers. That alone made me like him. But, he was also very sweet and the kind of man who wouldn't betray his morals. Despite some evidence to the contrary, he was a true gentleman. He was definitely an easy hero to adore.

The romance in this book was brilliantly done. I really liked that, despite being on opposite sides of a conflict (at least in the beginning), they still fell for each other. They were sweet together. And the sparks between them had me fanning my face ;)

There is another important character, but I don't want to give away too much about him or his role. Let's just say he was a game changer. I really liked his character and how he was portrayed. 

The plot was fast paced. There were surprises and secrets. I was totally hooked the entire way through, unable to put down this book. And the ending was perfect. 

Seducing Charlotte was a wonderful historical romance. If you like this genre, you should totally read this book. 

*Thanks to Netgalley and Entangled: Scandalous for a copy!
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Nathaniel, the new Baron Felston, awakes from a fever to discover he’s a prisoner on his own estate. At first, certain he’s gone insane, Nathaniel learns potent opiates are the cause of his strange vision. But, barricaded in a small room, he can’t outwit his mysterious jailer.

Determined to steal back one of her father’s swords, Florrie Cadero gets more than she bargained for when she breaks into the baron’s mansion. The dashing, drugged man in the locked room soon sweeps her into his story—and his bed. When she discovers they’re trapped together, she devises a clever escape. Addicted to his captor’s drugs and bent on revenge, Nathaniel seeks out the feisty thief who freed him. Florrie, now a shopgirl, has foresworn her life of adventure. But Nathaniel’s offer of employment intrigues her. Together they must break his addiction and expose the villain who would destroy his life.

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