Monday, July 18, 2011

Lady of Seduction (The Daughters of Erin, #3) by Laurel McKee

Lady of Seduction (Daughters of Erin)
  • Title: Lady of Seduction (Daughters of Erin)
  • Classification: Adult Fiction
  • Genre: Historical Romance
  • Format: Paperback, 384 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; Original edition (June 1, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0446544779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446544771 

"I haven't even started learning who I might be." he had told her as they sat together in that freezing warehouse, kidnapper and captive bound together in the moments before the inferno. Bound together by an understanding that was strange and deep.

Several years ago Lady Caroline Blacknall had been kidnapped by Sir Grant Dunmore. In a plan to kidnap Caroline's sister, Anna, whom he wished to marry, Caroline had accidentally gotten ensnared by his trap as well. In that moment before all hell broke loose, she'd seen into his soul. To his true self. They had kissed. It wouldn't be for another year, while she'd been in the midst of planning her wedding, that she'd find out he'd survived....

"Why, Caroline?" he whispered, his voice filled with rough torment. "Why are you here?"
"Because I had  to see you again," she said simply.

A year after her husband had died, Caroline had set off for the tiny island of  Muirin Inish in hopes of convincing Grant to let her see 'The Chronicle of Kildare', a history of Ireland written and illuminated by Brother Michael of the St. Ceolach monastery. She was trying to write a book about the legends of Ireland and the book was vital to her work. That was the lie she told herself....

I absolutely loved this story. I didn't read the previous books, but wished I had. Not because I felt lost, because I most definitely did not, but because I wanted to know about the other stories that were just hinted at in this book. The beginning of the book was brilliant with an attention grabber that had me hooked from the start. I loved how Grant and Caroline's feelings couldn't be denied, yet were complicated by the fact Grant had kidnapped Caroline and her sister years ago. I liked how Ms. Mckee didn't immediately start Grant and Caroline's story up where it left off after the warehouse fire, cleverly avoiding the possibility of Stockholm Syndrome, which may have upset some readers. I loved seeing how Grant was determined to make up for his past sins, and how Caroline had to put her trust in him. I also loved the fact Ms. McKee created her own legend, that of The Daughters of Erin. I really adore that in a story, especially when it involves dragons. The chemistry between Caroline and Grant was incinerating and I love that their true emotions were first sparked in a warehouse fire all those years ago. Also, I appreciated that Ms. Mckee added an Author's note at the end. I had no idea about The Rising of 1803 which is the backdrop to this story. I love it when I can learn a little something about history in my romance novels. I  gave this book a 5 out of 5 roses.

Order of trilogy:

1. Countess of Scandal
2. Duchess of Sin
3. Lady of Seduction 

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