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The Seduction of Lady X (The Secrets of Hadley Green #3)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  729 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
The would-be Earl of Ashwood sets his romantic sights on a forbidden prize in the enchanting third novel from Julia London’s addictively sexy new series.

The surprising news that dashing steward Harrison Tolly, illegitimate son of the Earl of Ashwood, is the rightful heir to his father’s estate comes at a most inopportune time. With a wedding on the horizon and a baby on th
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Pocket Star
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Alba Turunen
No sabía muy bien cómo calificar éste libro, porque la verdad es que me ha gustado, y es tan simple que se lee sólo. Pero es de ésas novelas que son para leer, pasar el rato y olvidar.

Los personajes me han gustado, pero creo que les ha faltado chispa, son algo sosos, y la historia tarda bastante en aparecer, y cuando aparece te sabe a poco. Al principio del libro odiaba a Alexa, pero hacia el final fue creciendo y madurando, creo que es lo único bueno y destacable que puedo sacar de sus personaj
Jul 15, 2012 Amy rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody
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Elise Rome
Mar 17, 2012 Elise Rome rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

First time I've read a Julia London book, and I'll definitely be reading another. Very unique and fresh and romantic.
Jamie Heustess
May 31, 2012 Jamie Heustess rated it really liked it
The third installment of the Secrets of Hadley Green series is another winner for Ms. London. Harrison Tolly is in a difficult position. He is the steward of the estate for Lord Carey and his family. He also happens to harbor a hidden love for the mysterious Lady X, who just happens to be Lady Carey. Although she knows nothing of his feelings, she does have an immense tenderness for him. To her, Harrison is a bright spot in her lonely days. Her husband is abusive- verbally, emotionally, and phys ...more
Mar 28, 2012 Karen rated it liked it
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Connie Fischer
Jan 20, 2013 Connie Fischer rated it it was amazing
When Lady Olivia Carey married Lord Edward Carey, she was a lovely and innocent young girl taken with the idea of marriage to a man who appeared to be a gentleman. She quickly found that not to be the case. Instead, Edward was a drunkard who came to her bed to rape her in an attempt to get an heir. Often, the whiskey kept him from being able to perform. He constantly insulted and abused her. She felt that this was to be her lot in life and she did all she could to cajole Edward and put up a brav ...more
Mar 19, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it
I just love Julia London romances! The Seduction of Lady X had me crying often, but smiling at the end! One of the better HEA romances I've ready recently! London's H/H characters are deeply drawn for the reader making the journey they travel one that is completely shared by the reader. Even the side characters make an impact and are far from being superficially done. I also enjoyed reading a romance where the hero was not the wealthy, powerful aristocrat of the story, or the mighty, physically ...more
Apr 08, 2012 Amanda rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
I was so disappointed with this story. It was all about a family that was not introduced in either of the first two books, which makes me wonder if this really fits the definition of a trilogy. But, the first two stories were all about a set of jewels, and the their fate was very anti-climatic. My main critique of the story is that the characters are strong and play the hand that they are delt, but this is mostly a reactionary story. The characters only react to situations beyond their control. ...more
Mar 29, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
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Jennifer Daniel
Oct 22, 2015 Jennifer Daniel rated it really liked it
Now this is what I'm talking about when I want a bit of fluff to read! A good bodice ripper is needed in one's life every now and a gain. I loved Olivia & Harrison's unrequited (for a while atleast) love. And Alexa with her Spanish baby drama thrown in to convolute matters. Edward was a perfect villan and the household staff rounded out the cast of characters. It still amazes me just how far women have come since those powerless days.
Jess the Romanceaholic
I'm a bit torn on this one. There was some beautiful unrequited love, and quite a bit of delightful angst, and yet there was also explicit rape and spousal abuse, which is not something I had anticipated going in.

While it was well-written and enjoyable story that certainly kept my attention, I think there was just a tiny bit too much "heaviness" to it for my tastes right now.

3/5 Stars.
Apr 12, 2016 Olga rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
La verdad es que se me ha hecho pesado ,lento y hasta a veces aburrido... lo unico que me ha gustado es que por una vez se muestra el maltrato psicologico y hasta fisico de la protagonista en aquellas epocas... porque parece que todo era maravilloso en esa epoca y verdad es que las mujeres estaban sometidas a los padres y luego a los maridos!!!!
Sep 12, 2016 20012206 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016-120
Que desespero la hermana de la protagonista, china consentida, y la protagonista con alma de martir, después de sufrir con un matrimonio desastroso va y pretende todavía permitir que su hermana se case con el hombre que ama, porque pobre va a sufrir ... déjela para que aprenda que no todo el mundo va a solucionar sus problemas.

no me gusto, solo puedo decir eso
El argumento me ha resultado bastante original, amor, sacrificio, lealtad... con un tema duro de transfondo. Buenos personajes, tanto los protagonistas como los secundarios, y muy bien desarrollados.
Una historia sosegada pero que atrapa con un buen ritmo
Christa Schönmann Abbühl
I remember Julia London very fondly as the writer of a book I really loved. Sadly, this one did not work very well for me. There was no one thing I did not like, and I did finish the book. But no big feelings of happiness ensued ;-)
Fifi LaFleur
Feb 10, 2014 Fifi LaFleur rated it it was ok
love the main couple of Olivia and Harrison but Olivia's sister makes me want to punch her in the face.
Apr 13, 2012 SidneyKay rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-regency
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Galena Sanz
3.5 en realidad.
La verdad es que cogí este libro porque vi que era la continuación del que estaba leyendo, aunque no empezase por el primero (no me atraía la sinopsis) y no esperaba que me fuese a gustar mucho. Estaba dispuesta a darle una oportunidad, pero no sabía si me gustaría ya que lo que contaba la sinopsis no me atraía demasiado.

Sin embargo, me ha gustado más que el anterior, lo he disfrutado mucho y me sorprende que esta sea la misma autora que leí hace tiempo en un libro de highlander
Feb 02, 2013 Tina rated it really liked it
This is my first time reading Julia London, and I have to say-what a smashingly good novel! The Marquis Carey, a cold-hearted son-of-a-you-know-what, is married and seeking an heir. Drunk most of the time, rude all of the time, and prone to violence and egotism, Carey is the perfect villain.
Enter Lady Carey, or Olivia as she is known to her friends. Kind, gentle, a warm-hearted mistress to her household and devoted wife to the undeserving marquis, she spends most of her time trying to please her
I've enjoyed this series so far, although this one was for the first time not set in Hadley Green and overall spent very little time in the village. It was nice to see some of the past leading characters again. The mystery of the jewels which was still left at the end of the last book do not play a very big role and was a little bit anticlimactic to be honest. I'm sure we will here about them again in the next book.

As far as our romance goes I liked both leads well enough. They are in an unfortu
Jan 31, 2016 Angela rated it liked it
2.5 stars. There were a lot of things about this book that made it a tedious read.

The pros: I liked Harrison's character; he was genuinely kind, but in a humble way (we find out he's paying the rent for an injured worker through a third party, in passing - things like that). Olivia's marriage was sad, but added a lot to the story. Her husband's alcoholism and mistrust were believable, and he made for the perfect bad guy.

The cons: This story was about as predictable as they come. [spoiler remove
Aug 08, 2012 Gunda rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
The author really has a talent for creating unlikeable main characters (here: the bratty younger sister).
I'm a sucker for flawed protagonists, but they should have at least one redeeming quality. And Alexa, the bratty sister from hell, has none: there will never be a person she will love more than her own spoiled self.
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Mar 12, 2012 Margaret rated it it was ok
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Aug 07, 2012 Shh I'm reading! rated it it was ok
If you enjoy angsty, drawn out tales of forbidden love complete with greedy, self-absorbed siblings and abusive husbands then this is the tale for you. The problem for me wasn't the fact that the heroine is married, because very little happens between them beyond a kiss and their rising feelings. The problem was for a romance, Olivia, Harrison, and Alexa (the sister) spent more time looking hopelessly at their situations and whining about the unfairness of it but striving to be stoic for the sak ...more
Apr 10, 2012 Elle rated it really liked it
London sets up an impossible situation in this book, which nicely rounds out her Secrets of Hadley Green series. Harrison Tolley is the long-lost heir to the Earl of Ashford (conveniently, all the laws of entailment are rendered irrelevant by a royal writ, so that a bastard son and/or adopted daughter can claim the title and lands). Thing is, he's working as a steward for the horrible, abusive Marquis of Carey, and Harrison doesn't want to leave. Seems he's in love--with his employer's wife, and ...more
Jul 27, 2012 Dawn rated it really liked it
Shelves: london-julia
A nice wrap up to the Hadley Green trilogy. It was not necessarily always a pleasant ride. The circumstances of Lady Olivia Carey and the family steward, Harrison Tolly, appeared to be all but hopeless.

She was in an abusive six-year marriage. Harrison had loved her since she arrived to marry Lord Carey. But he had kept his feelings to himself never dreaming that she would ever be available to him.

When Olivia's sister arrives from Spain pregnant and unmarried, Harrison steps up and offers to marr
Erin H
Feb 23, 2013 Erin H rated it liked it
Shelves: rpo
Olivia was such a brave heroine for dealing with Edward. I liked how strong she was and how she took care of her little sister Alexa when she needed her the most. Harrison was a great hero. Loving Olivia knowing that he could never truly have her because she was married made me hope that they would get their happy ending sooner than they did. The author surprised me with this book. When Harrison offered to marry Alexa I couldn’t believe it but it showed what an honorable man he was, honorable en ...more
Jan 07, 2013 Marsha rated it really liked it
Romances have grown up in the past decades. No longer simply about simpering maids who have no concept about what sex is or young girls desperate to get married and the rakehells equally desperate to avoid it, today’s romance features both arousing sex and the mundane troubles that ordinary (or not so ordinary) people endure.

This novel is definitely a cut above as it begins where many end—with a woman already in a marriage. But marriage isn’t necessarily the end-all and be-all of life and this o
Apr 15, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Julia London did not disappoint in her latest addition to the Hadley Green series! My only regret is that because I read the back of the book I knew before hand the Olivia's husband would die. Because of this I do not believe I was as sympathetic or connected to Olivia's character as I should have been. I spent a lot of the book waiting for him to die so things would progress.

Beyond that, Olivia's character is amazingly strong and selfless and I liked that she and Harrison had known each other
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 27, 2015 12:58PM  
  • Rules to Catch a Devilish Duke (Scandalous Brides, #3)
  • Forever and a Day (The Rumor, #1)
  • At Your Pleasure
  • How to Romance a Rake (Ugly Ducklings #2)
  • Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea (Royal Entourage, #1)
  • Desired (The Scandalous Women of the Ton, #5)
  • How to Ravish a Rake (How To #3)
  • Bride by Mistake (Devil Riders, #5)
  • My Wicked Little Lies (Wicked Family Secrets, #3)
  • A Duchess to Remember (Ministry of Marriage, #3)
  • Master of Sin (Courtesan Court, #4)
  • The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne (Fairbourne Quartet, #1)
  • How to Capture a Countess (The Duchess Diaries, #1)
  • A Summer Seduction (Legend of St. Dwynwen #2)
  • Beguiling the Beauty (Fitzhugh Trilogy, #1)
  • A Gentleman Undone (Blackshear Family, #2)
  • Seductive as Flame (Bruton Street Bookstore, #4)
  • When a Scot Loves a Lady (Falcon Club, #1)
Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of more than two dozen romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular historical romance series, the Cabot Sisters, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, including Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming R ...more
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