Pocket, May 2004, 6.99, 384 pp.
In 1801 the Nash family mourns the death of their patriarch who died in Paris a few months ago but also worries about their impoverished state. Three men arrive offering to do anything for the four Nash females. Christian “Kit” MacNeill explains to one of the daughters Kate that he and his companions were betrayed while spying in France. Their father sacrificed his life for their freedom. Kate whose husband was a soldier who died while on duty rejects his offer of help as she remains angry with her father and leaders who send the young to die. She refuses to provide atonement for Christian, who feels guilty that someone else died in his place. Not long afterward her mom passes away.
Kate journeys to see a distant relative by marriage, who she hopes will support her and her sisters. On the trek she loses her driver, but Kit arrives insisting on taking her to her destination. As they travel together through wintry Scotland, they fall in love, but she rejects the notion of another military man and he knows the aristocrat she goes to visit is more suited for her station in life.
The first of three Regency romances starring honorable males who believe they have a debt to pay, MY SEDUCTION is a strong Regency romance that will thrill readers of the sub-genre. Fans will feel the frozen conditions warmed by the growing love between the two protagonists. Kate is almost shrewish in her vehement rejection of Kit who initially needs her absolution, but soon wants her love. These two make the opening gamut of Connie Brockway's Rose Hunters series a triumph for readers.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner