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The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton (The Burgundy Club #3)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  987 ratings  ·  121 reviews
Being kidnapped is teaching Miss Celia Seaton a few things about life:

Lesson one: Never disrobe in front of a gentleman . . . unless his request comes at gunpoint.

Lesson two: If, when lost on the moors, you encounter Tarquin Compton, the leader of London society who ruined your marriage prospects, deny any previous acquaintance.

Lesson three: If presented with an opportunit
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Published July 26th 2011 by Avon
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I wanted to read this book because the back cover summary made it sound very interesting and fun and I think it did a good job living up to the 'lessons' described! Our story starts with Celia Seaton being held at gunpoint and being told to remove her clothes so she does not escape after being kidnapped. After her kidnapper leaves, she is able to escape her small room, clad only in her shift, and stumbles over a man who is unconscious. Oh, but not just any, it is the man that disgraced ...more
Mandi Schreiner
“Never get into a cart with a strange man.” And so our journey begins. Due to a set of unforeseen circumstances, Celia Seaton loses her job as a governess and hitches a ride with a stranger in a cart – trying to get to an acquaintances house to sort her life out. Most of Celia’s life was spent with her father in India, but after his death she came back to London to live with her wealthy uncle. But he died before he set aside provisions for her, alas she ends up a governess. She had spent her tim ...more
This book gripped me from the very beginning. I love a unique voice and strong opening, and this delivered both. I was supposed to be doing other things like, oh, making food for my family so they don't starve, but I my eyes were glued to my kindle!

The best thing about this book is the writing, which is witty and nuanced. I spent the first third of the book thoroughly amused, sometimes laughing out loud. After that, it took a turn for the serious, trading in some of the humor for poignancy.

The c
Foolish book, with a TSTL hero and heroine. I hated the heroine for lying to the hero about who he was when he had amnesia. It was supposed to be cute but it just made her seem cruel to do something like that to someone who couldn't remember who they were. To begin with, I hate amnesia story-lines so I should have never even tried this book but somehow I thought it had other qualities I would have been interested in. I was wrong...
Manda Collins
Jul 08, 2011 Manda Collins rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Dandy Heroes, road romances, regency trads
An utterly delightful regency romp that turns several romance tropes (the dandy hero, amnesia, road romance) on their ears. Witty, sexy and at times poignant, this third installment in the Burgundy Club series makes me wish I had the next one right now. Wonderful read.
Cecilia Grant
This was just a treat. Neville's ingenious use of a real 18th-century "erotic" work, The Genuine and Remarkable Amours of the Celebrated Author Peter Aretin, gave my brain sort of an extra dimension of enjoyment: not only did I giggle at every mention of the Amours's hero, Francis Featherbrain, but I got to think, "Good God, someone actually wrote this. Some real writer actually thought this rat-on-the-riverbank business was sexy." I guess you could say it pulled me out of the story a bit, but w ...more
3.5 stars
A fun, quick read. It's the first I've read in this series, but I imagine Tarquin was rather off-putting in previous installments. The toplofty dandy who puts others down is never an appealing character, but this book manages to humanize him. A very nice, unusual heroine and a terrific bit of 18th century erotica (which the author quotes from very entertainingly) made it a fun book.

This book also wins my prize for most inexplicable Kindle formatting glitch ever. For some reason, whenev
I really enjoyed this one, maybe not as much as the other two, but it was a close thing. I did like the naughty book, which was hilariously funny, and I also enjoyed the convoluted background of the heroine, who was great. In fact, I just like it all-round.

The ending was a bit cheesy-pie for me, so I guess it'd be 3.5 stars, but I like the way this author writes, so I bumped it up to 4.
Beth Yarnall
One of the most unique set-up of a story I've seen in a long while. Grabbed me right from the get-go and didn't let go. Well done.
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Things aren't going well for poor Celia. She's lost her fiance and her job as a governess. And there aren't many prospects for her future. But just when she thinks things can't get any worse, she is kidnapped. Her assailant steals everything she owns, forces her to strip down to her shift, and locks her away in a cottage. It's only by happenstance that Tarquin nearly stumbles upon her. Just before he does, Celia's kidnapper knocks him out and steals most of his clothes too.

When Tarquin wakes, he
Ann has a dirty mouth
This book was very sweet and very cute, and made me LOL more than a few times, especially about the name Terrence Fish.

I actually enjoyed the beginning of the book when they were wandering around the countryside stuck in their underwear having misadventures than I did the second act. The parts with the naughty book were especially hilarious- I nearly fell out of my chair when the author's note said that it was a real work from the period. Once Tarquin's amnesia cleared up,however, I didn't thin
Lover of Romance
I acquired this book, the third installment, from the library. Now I was a bit apprehensive about reading this since the past two books were enjoyable but didn't exactly have me hooked, in the way I like to be into a story. But I had heard great fabulous reviews about this story, so I was looking forward to it. I am delighted to say that I LOVED it! It was the type of story that completely pulls you in from the first few pages. Of late I never know if I will be into a story or not, so I was glad ...more
Booklover, Indianapolis
(March) 3.5*. This was a cute book, but something was missing. It was a bit boring at the beginning - it just didn't grab me. If it'd continued in that vein, I would have rated it a 2.5, but somewhere along the way it picked up. I did like both the hero and heroine, and the intimate moments were good. Not sure I'll continue (or go back) with the series - we'll see.
Miranda Neville writes romances I love to read!

See my review at Just Janga.
Chris Bennett
I just won this book and can't wait to read it ! Thank you so much!
May 07, 2012 Maddux marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Just won this book! Can't wait to read!
Oddly, I felt like I'd read the opening scene of this book before (and I'm pretty sure I have, as the *ending* to a different book, I just haven't been able to place it, yet). That kind of detracted from the rest of the story, for me (as well as the fact that the hero-with-amnesia bit has been SO overdone). That said, the conceit of Celia learning love from her purloined copy of Tarquin's "Genuine Amours" was delightfully funny-- I loved her commentary on the book.

I wish the beginning had been a
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I hate giving anything Miranda Neville wrote less than at least four stars, but I can't justify a higher rating for this book. I won't waste your time with a synopsis, but I'll just layout my opinion

I loved Tarquin in the other book. He's so arrogant and cocky you just knew his downfall was going to be volcanic...and it wasn't. The amnesia thing was nice because otherwise there is no way he would have been able to fit into this story. The problem is, even as Terrence Fish, he wasn't attracted to
When I first began this book and realized that the hero and heroine were on the run from kidnappers and that the hero Tarquin would have amnesia I was a little hesitant. I'm not the biggest fan of these kinds of tropes. Boy did this book prove me wrong. I loved this book. It was so enjoyable! In fact, my favorite part of the book is when they are on the run.

I completely fell in love with Terence Fish and was sad to see Tarquin regain his memory. I admit, that it took me awhile to warm up to Tar
Christy L
When it comes to Miranda Neville, I’ve come to expect great things. I’ve followed her since she made her debut on the romance scene a couple of years ago and I have loved every single one of her works.

This novel was eagerly anticipated as it is book 3 in this series about a group of male book collectors and the hero has always been one of the most interesting of the men. He is a dandy through and through and every romance reader knows a dandy is never hero material. Which is why I was so curious
Carrie Olguin
I loved this book because the hero and heroine have depth and human flaws. They seemed more real to me than most romance novel characters.

When we meet the heroine, she has nothing. She's lost her last family member, her fiance, her job, has just been kidnapped and is in the process of being robbed of her every last possession - except for her shift. She's locked up in the attic of an out-of-the-way small cottage. The theif leaves and promises to return.

The hero is on the way to his country home
Rose May
Note: This review, and all my reviews, comes from my blog - Romantic Rose's Bookshelf (

So here's a big thank you to the ladies over at Romance Reviews Today for getting me the copy of this book! My review is posted on their site here:

Book 3 in The Burgundy Club series

There was a lot of good and a lot of not-so-good in this book. In an effort to end on a positive note, I’ll start with what I didn’t like after a brief plot summary. Celi
I bought this book because it was on sale for next to nothing on kindle and I thought I'd give it a try, even though it is the 3rd book in The Burgundy Club series, of which I haven't read yet the first two. This can easily be read as a standalone, though I surmise we do re-visit characters from the previous books. This historical wasn't bad, but some areas were a bit disjointed and hard to follow. It's a convoluted plotline, but overall funny. A sweet road trip story involving plain Celia Seato ...more
2.5 stars? I guess?

I don't know what to make of this book.

1) For starters, the writing was a weird mix of bad and overcomplicated? Like, the language itself was very multi-syllabic, which is FINE! I LOVE ME SOME SYLLABLES. But the writing itself was just not well crafted. It felt as though it needed a severe beta, followed by an intervention that included ritual burning of thesauruses. Knowing big words is GREAT, but throwing them around in the middle of half-baked prose feels sloppy.

2) I coul
Tracy Smith
From a kidnapping to a little 18th century novel, comes " The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton."

From being kidnapped and stripped almost naked, to discovering a member of the ton who stripped her standing in society by uttering disparaging remarks with amnesia, Celia Seaton begins a journey filled with sweet deception, unknown passions, and past mysteries. She takes on all these obstacles with grit and determination as she learns the true character of this high society dandy and falls in love
Meg - A Bookish Affair
At the beginning of the book, Celia finds herself in the middle of nowhere in the moors of England after being kidnapped. Luckily for her, she's not all alone. Unfortunately for Celia, the man that she finds herself with is Tarquin Compton, the man who ruined her chances of finding a suitable husband during her debutante season. After realizing that Tarquin has a very convenient case of amnesia, Celia takes things into her own hands and fools Tarquin into thinking that they're betrothed and gett ...more
Amylynn Bright
Miranda Neville has written a delightful romance in The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton. I am absolutely delighted tell you I enjoyed the book because it was touch and go there for me in the beginning. Captivating right from the start, the author drops the reader right into the action, but I was then turned off almost immediately when she used the much overused narrative tool of amnesia. My instinct was to cringe because I had no desire to read AGAIN the angsty nonsense “should I tell him” or ...more
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Miranda Neville grew up in England, loving the books of Georgette Heyer and other Regency romances. She now lives in Vermont with her daughter and an immensely talented cat who made a book trailer for her novel The Importance of Being Wicked. Her historical romances published by Avon include the popular Burgundy Club series, about Regency book collectors, and currently The Wild Quartet.

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