Lady Sara Carrington is a widow who was shamed by her husband's death, which occured during a tryst with his mistress. Lord Nick Montrose is a man with a torrid childhood and an illness of reoccuring migraines which he believes will kill him. Sara is sent to Bath to wait while her brothers decide on a husband for her, which she does not want. Sara decide to look for her own spouse in Bath, a man who will look the other way while she continues her wild escapades. Nick is one of her potential husbands that did not pan out, even though he is determined to have her as a mistress.
Nick offers to help Sara in her pursuit of a perfect husband by giving her lessons in seduction. One night Sara and Nick's lessons go to far, and seconds after they made love, they are caught by two of Sara's five brothers. Nick, who has vowed never to marry due to his illness and background, gives into the pressure of Sara's brother after he threatens to send Sara out of the country.
Nick and Sara have a rocky road to follow though due to Nick's illness and background. They also have to get past Sara's reservations over a cheating husband. Together their torrid passion blossoms into a passionate love and a beautiful marriage.
This report prepared by Angel Manners
Avon, Nov 2001, 5.99, 384 pp.
In 1815 London widow Saraphina Lawrence wants her older brother Marcus to just leave her alone instead of telling her how to behave. Sara simply embraces life and does not care what the Ton thinks so she seems always one step away from scandal. Marcus wants Sara married again, as he believes a woman especially a female under twenty-five needs a husband to protect her. Sara was disappointed in her first husband because of his mistresses so does not want to go that route, but if she must she will choose a spouse that she can control.
Earl Nicholas Montrose has just returned from Paris with a goal of overcoming his reputation as a “bad boy” so he can attain social respect. However, when he meets Sara, his plan goes out the window, as he desires her like he never wanted a woman before. She wants to use him to teach her seduction, but knows he is not malleable, as is her requirement in a husband. Love enters the relational equation, leaving both bewildered and wondering what to do next.
Regency romance readers will appreciate THE SEDUCTION OF SARA, a battle royale between the sexes. The story line is amusing as Sara and Nicholas struggle with an unwanted attraction. The lead characters are a delightful duet whose disconcertion is exacerbated by caring interfering secondary characters. With this tale and its prequel (see THE ABDUCTION OF JULIA) the historical romance audience will recognize Karen Hawkins as a rising enchantress.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner