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All About Seduction

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  202 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
She had never known passion like this...

Caroline Broadhurst is about to take a lover—at her husband's command. For fifteen years, Caroline has done everything her much older husband has desired—except provide an heir. Now he has given her an ultimatum: seduce a suitable gentleman and bear a son. Caroline would never think of bowing to such a shameful order, but then she me
Mass Market Paperback, 373 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Avon
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Oct 18, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing
When I picked up this book, I didn’t remember anything about the plot. So when I first started reading this, I was feeling very (VERY) iffy about the plot, as it’s one of my least favorite premises. But I was surprised at how much I loved the characters.

Caro is unhappily married to a man who has outlived his first two wives. Desperately wishing for an heir (let’s be clear: a girl child is unacceptable), her husband has given her an ultimatum: sleep with another man and get with child, or lose yo
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
Jul 30, 2012 Lisa - (Aussie Girl) rated it really liked it
All About Seduction starts off with an interesting premise... an aging mill owner who finds out he is infertile and desperate for a son to inherit forces his much younger wife to be unfaithful with men of his choosing. This plan comes unstuck when John Applegate an intelligent but uneducated and impoverished mill worker is injured and nursed back to his health by the said lady Caroline Broadhurst. The two had already been drawn to each other despite the differences in their wealth and standing ...more
Oct 02, 2012 Nonieღserenity2bliss rated it really liked it
I like how different the story is. It's bold, dark and twisted. Caroline's husband deserves to be burn alive for his actions but alas, he got off way too easily.

I'm surprised at the rating this book is getting. I think it deserves higher than 3.33 (at the time of writing).
Katie Michaels
Oct 28, 2011 Katie Michaels rated it liked it
Poor Caroline really took one for the team when she married old Mr Broadhurst. She was only 15 years old and he was 40 years her senior. Basically, her father sold her off and Broadhurst has been helping the family with finances ever since. In exchange, Caroline has forced herself to submit to his attentions for the past 15 years. Twice a week, every week, he has come to her bed, but never did she take pleasure from it --and never has it resulted in pregnancy.

Now that her husband is 70 years-old
I'm giving up on this one. What started out as a possible gem turned into frustration.

The premise was interesting, Caroline Broadhurst wants a child. Her husband a heartless man in business and his personal life wants to force Caro into having an affair so he can get his heir. After all he became a successful and wealthy businessman (it was hinted at that this was probably not obtained honestly). Even though he had money he couldn't gain acceptance from the ton. He was tolerated once he bought
Jan 16, 2012 Limecello rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
More like a B- but hey - guess that's 4 stars! :D
Cassidy J.
May 24, 2016 Cassidy J. rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The story was well-written and and kept me gripped from about halfway onwards. The plot was really good and though this is, of course (as if the title doesn't say it all, let alone the cover) a romance, that element somehow seemed woven into the greater plot rather than just throwing a bit of plot in to make the romance interesting - do you know what I mean? Don't get me wrong: this is first and foremost a romance, but I loved that the author had taken the time to ...more
Sep 15, 2011 Spencer rated it really liked it
Shelves: romantic
Blue Blooded Caroline Broadhurst was basically sold as a 15 year old to Mr. Broadhurst to be his bride as long as he continued to support her family. After 15 years of marriage Caroline still has not had a baby and she assumes she can not get pregnant. One day Mr. Broadhurst confronts Caroline stating that he is the reason they have not had a baby and he wants her to seduce a gentleman and give him an heir to leave his fortune to. If she doesn't abide by his plans she and her family will be ...more
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Let me preface this review by asking you, who have read this book and loved it, to please don't tear me a new one. It's not that I didn't like this book, it just started off way too disgusting for me. This is the first time, to my knowledge, that I've read a book with this plot.

Basically, Caroline has been married for 15 years to Mr. Broadhurst and never once, have they conceived a child. Okay, you're thinking, maybe she's infertile. Nope, Mr. Broad
Amy Jacobs
Nov 10, 2011 Amy Jacobs rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This was my first book by Katy Madison. I am still conflicted in my feelings towards this book even though I still liked it overall. There were some good things and there were some bad things but it balanced out enough to make me want to read more by Katy Madison.

When Caroline is summoned to her husbands office one day, she never expected to hear the proposal he brought to the table. He wants a child --which Caroline also desperately wants -- but he is sterile. After fifteen years of marriage, C
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My feelings are torn when it comes to this book. I liked it, don't get me wrong, but I'm not sure just how much I like it. The synopsis grabbed me, drawing my inner hopeless romantic out. All About Seduction was written with a historical theme, where opportunities were not freely given to women. It was a time set where women were married off to families who wanted prestige and sons. I can never fathom a time where a woman's ability to bear a child sets the future of the mar
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Caroline Broadhurst gave up everything for the sake of her family. When she was just 15 years old, she was married off—to a wealthy mill owner who was old enough to be her grandfather. For years now she has suffered his attentions. And worse she's never once gotten pregnant from them, the one thing she's always wanted. Suddenly her husband's health begins to take a turn for
Oct 19, 2011 Natasja rated it it was ok
Caroline Broadhurst married her husband, who is 40 years older when she was only fifteen years old. Her marriage was arranged between her father and her husband, because the family needed the money and Mr. Broadhurst needed their connection in the ton. After 15 years of marriage Caroline is still child less, so her husband gives her an ultimatum. He wants an heir before he dies or every property and money will go to someone else.

Mr. Broadhurst tells her that he is the problem in this matter and
Tracey Jago
Aug 31, 2011 Tracey Jago rated it it was amazing
All About Seduction – Katy Madison

Caroline Broadhurst is about to take a lover -- at her husband's command. For fifteen years, Caroline has done everything her much older husband has desired -- except provide an heir. Now he has given her an ultimatum: seduce a suitable gentleman and bear a son. Caroline would never think of bowing to such a shameful order, but then she meets Jack Applegate.

Jack has longed for the beautiful, untouchable Caroline for years, but the chasm between them was too wid
Jan 19, 2012 Nimue rated it liked it
Historical Romances and me, that's a very long love story. When this book came up for review on NetGalley I was especially fascinated as it is playing in and around a cotton mill. I visited one of the biggest cotton mills still standing, which was built in the early 1800s, this summer during my holiday in Scotland. Really fascinating! And indeed the author didn't disappoint me. The historical settings are perfect and the descriptions very accurate.

The heroine Caroline is in a moral dilemma. Her
Oct 12, 2016 Melanie rated it it was amazing
I'm afraid to even start telling you about ALL ABOUT SEDUCTION. You might find me tripping all over myself while gushing and praising this author that, low and behold, I NEVER read before!

What an oversight on my part!

The blurb adequately describes the story, and while this plot has been done before and as recently as Loraine Heath's WAKING UP WITH THE DUKE, Ms. Madison's take on the plot is still unique and surprising. I found the story well written, characters three-dimensional, as well as th
Redheads Review it Better
I am not a big historical romance fan but I am starting to get into them recently and this was the first that made me want to read more.

Caroline's husband (who is in his seventies), he demands she have an affair and produce a child, and it must be a son, that will become heir to her husband's mill. Caroline is appalled at her husband's request. She has been nothing but a good wife for the past fifteen years and wants to be a free woman and take over the mill after her husband dies but she will
Wicked ♥  (Wickedly Bookish Reviews) aka Bat-Jess
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Caroline Broadhurst is a loyal wife and has been since the day she married her MUCH older husband at 14. Now that she is 28 and he is nearing his end, Mr. Broadhurst desperately wants and heir. After years of being unable to conceive not only with Caroline, but also with his two previous wives, he has a proposal for his dutiful wife. Become impregnated by a well standing gentleman or lose everything that should be right
Aug 18, 2011 Nicole rated it it was ok
The premise of this book was pretty interesting to me. It is set in a time where birthright was everything and obtaining heirs was one of the primary motivations for marriage. It's almost unimaginable that any wealthy man in this society would intentionally scheme to have his wife become pregnant by another man (although I've since read another book that takes place in this time period and has much the same motivation behind the meeting of the protagonists - review forthcoming). As in many ...more
(Nat) Reading Romances
Jan 17, 2016 (Nat) Reading Romances rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
*Contains a few spoilers*

It’s very predictable to know what will happen with our hero and heroine right from the start. In spite of having to read some scenes that I didn’t agree with the author’s solution, we get to see Caroline dealing with her fears and surrendering to the hero, who helps to heal her from a terrible marriage and finally achieve the deserved happiness.

The plot isn’t fresh, and other couples in that situation at that time would blame the wife till the end. Some of the decisions
Deborah (LoveToReadRomance)
All About Seduction

This ebook was courtesy of NetGalley and Harper Collins Publishers.

She had never known passion like this…

Caroline Broadhurst is about to take a lover— at her husband’s command. For fifteen years, Caroline has done everything her much older husband has desired—except provide an heir. Now he has given her an ultimatum: seduce a suitable gentleman and bear a son. Caroline would never think of bowing to such a shameful order, but then she meets Jack Applegate.
Jack has longed for t
Caroline has been married to her husband for 15 years. He is old enough to be her grandfather, has had 2 previous wives who have died in rather 'unusual' circumstances. Now, after all this time Mr. Broadhurst has decided he wants and heir to pass on his wealth and business to. Unfortunately for Caroline, he's unable to provide her with the means to do so.

Behind her back, her husband contacts her brother. He enlists his help in organizing a party with men who might just help with their cause. The
Dec 15, 2011 April rated it really liked it

ALL ABOUT SEDUCTION by Katy Madison is an interesting historical romance set in Regency England. This is an interesting and tender story of love,sacrifice,betrayal,secrets,sweet sensuality,danger,and murder. It is the story of Caroline Broadhurst and Jack Appleton. Caroline married to an much older weathy man,fourty years her senior,is now told by her husband after fifteen years of marriage and no children, she MUST seduce a suitable gentleman.become with child,in order to gain anything at his d
Sep 23, 2011 Laura rated it did not like it
I'm very grateful to the publisher for letting me read an advance copy of this book on NetGalley. For this reason, I wanted to finish the book and write a good review, but I just can't. I got about 1/4 of the way through and just can't make myself go back to it. The heroine of the book is Caroline Broadhurst, who married a factory owner in order to improve her own noble family's fortunes. Unfortunately, her husband is sterile and she has not had any children. He needs an heir so he decides to ...more
Resti  Triyuliandha
Aug 12, 2011 Resti Triyuliandha rated it did not like it
Shelves: e-book, netgalley
first of all, i have to tell you that i can't speak English fluently. so forgive me if i my words in this reviews is not good. and thank you for the publisher who gave me this ebook.

just finished this a minute ago. i had a mix feeling when i read this.

I really like the cover. very beautiful. but i did not like the story. I know that the situation pushed them to do that. I understand about Caroline position though I did not like it. I was bored and i had to skipped few pages. I hate Mr.Broadhurs
Just Me
Aug 26, 2011 Just Me rated it liked it
Ahh, the romance of Jack and Caro. The story takes place in England right before the Civil War in the states begins.

Caroline is married to an older man who wants an heir. If Caroline fails to produce the required heir, she and her family will suffer financially. Reluctantly Caroline agrees to her husband's plan. Meanwhile, Jack an employee of Caroline's and her husbands is injured while at work. Jack ends up recovering at Caroline and her husbands home, where the "plan" is taking place.

The book
Sep 01, 2011 Brittany rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this read. It was well written and the plot was well laid out. I felt bad for Jack, he had so many bad things happen and I so wanted him and Caroline to have their happy ending. And they do, but not before a lot of crap first. It all starts off with Caroline's husband demanding she take a lover to get pregnant an have a son. She doesn't want to and after a few failed attempts that did nothing but humiliate her she turns to the one man she is attracted to Jack. He was injured in a mill ...more
Sep 29, 2011 Margaret rated it did not like it
i have to say that i really did not enjoy reading this book. i liked the storyline and everything, but i did not like the main characters.i can understand that for the time period the characters have to act and be a certain way, i just did not like it.
i did like how the characters had their happily ever after, i just did not like now long it took. i thought that the story was a little drawn out.
the plot did flow from chapter to chapter, it however did not make me want to go on reading as much a
Feb 01, 2016 Brenda rated it liked it
This book is about a heroine trapped in a marriage to a man who will kill her if she doesn't provide him with a child--reminded me of King Henry VIII a little--and he insists she have "affairs" with men he invites to the house for parties. She is reluctant, yet cares for a mill worker who injures himself and is forced to recuperate at her home. He offers a solution to her "problem". Of course, they fall in love. Adultery is a theme but the characters are repentant and fighting for their ...more
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