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

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  627 ratings  ·  76 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

Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Pocket Star
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Jul 15, 2012 Amy rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nobody
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Elise Rome
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.
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Jamie Heustess
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
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
Connie Fischer
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
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
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Fifi LaFleur
love the main couple of Olivia and Harrison but Olivia's sister makes me want to punch her in the face.
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.
Utterly delicious! Olivia and Harrison have secretly been in love with each other for over six years. Trouble is...she's an aristocrat who is also Harrison's boss. As if that wasn't an untenable affair, Olivia's sister, Alexa, gets pregnant while on a continental tour. Who's the daddy? She refuses to say. So Harrison steps in to save the day and a roller coaster of events occur....Olivia's husband dies, she gets evicted, Harrison gets fired, Alexa is confused, the servants are also ...more
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
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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
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Erin H
Feb 23, 2013 Erin H rated it 3 of 5 stars
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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
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
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
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
This book should have been titled "A Series of Truly Unfortunate Events". This book is depressing until the last 2 or 3 chapters and at times just plain hard to read because your imagination cannot conjure up what tragedy will happen next. I have to give the book 5 stars though because I've not read or listened to (I listened to audio version of this book) another Regency Romance that has a plot anything close to this book. I think this book is truly an original.

The audio book was narrated by J
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
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
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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There was some closure for the series; in that the jewels mystery was solved but it was anticlimatic. The story was OK at best. I did not like the heroine raped by her husband and abused and her seeming passiveness. The Hero was a wimp. The premise was a bit strange with the H/H both in love with each other and no clue revealed until the story unfolds. I have read the other two books in the series and as a whole I rate the series a 6 out of 10. I also did not like that Keira is portrayed as a ba ...more
jackie frye
Harrison Tally fell in love with Olivia the first time he saw her, but she was married to Marquis Carey . . . it was not a love match. Carey was a cruel man who was drunk daily. When Olivia’s 18 year old sister came home from a tour of Spain unmarried and pregnant Carey refused to lend his support. To give the child a name Harrison volunteered to marry her and she accepted after she found out Harrison was going to be an Earl.

This book was good. It was filled with drama and suspense; I kept turni
I have to start by saying that this was a really good book. It was at times a very dark book, with the heroines husband (not the hero) was verbally, physically and sexually abusive, he was a drunk and crazy! The hero Harrison was secretly in love with the heroine Olivia, and you see from the start how much he loves her, there is never any doubt in his mind who he loves. It was a nice change to have the hero know from the first that he loves the heroine! Olivia is a very at times sad heroine and ...more
I absolutely despise the younger sister, Alexa. I understand that she is to be there as a foil, but I hate her, hate her, hate her! I hope something horrible happens to her. What a selfish bitch. My loathing increased every time she was in the chapter.

Ok, I am further on in the book now. AlI can say is, what a damned immature slut. Alexa is ruining this book for me. Won't someone please kill her?!

I did cheer loudly when the ass of a husband died.

This book would have been 4 stars, but because o
Jun 28, 2015 SandraE rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
A well paced book that will keep you entertained
The sister in this story was pretty annoying. Overall a good book.
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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)
  • Between the Duke and the Deep Blue Sea (Royal Entourage, #1)
  • How to Ravish a Rake (How To Series #3)
  • My Wicked Little Lies (Sinful Family Secrets, #3)
  • At Your Pleasure
  • Desired (The Scandalous Women of the Ton, #5)
  • How to Romance a Rake (Ugly Ducklings #2)
  • The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne (Fairbourne Quartet, #1)
  • A Gentleman Undone (Blackshear Family, #2)
  • When a Scot Loves a Lady (Falcon Club, #1)
  • A Duchess to Remember (Ministry of Marriage, #3)
  • Confessions from an Arranged Marriage (The Burgundy Club, #4)
  • Trouble at the Wedding (Abandoned at the Altar, #3)
  • Master of Sin (Courtesan Court, #4)
  • Scandal Wears Satin (The Dressmakers, #2)
  • Beguiling the Beauty (Fitzhugh Trilogy, #1)
  • A Scandalous Countess (Malloren, #12)
Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of more than a two dozen romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular Secrets of Hadley Green historical romance series, as well as the new Cabot Sisters historical series, including The Trouble with Honor, The Fall of Grace, and The Perils of Prudence. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, includ ...more
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The Secrets of Hadley Green (4 books)
  • The Year of Living Scandalously (The Secrets of Hadley Green, #1)
  • The Revenge of Lord Eberlin (The Secrets of Hadley Green, #2)
  • The Last Debutante (The Secrets of Hadley Green, #4)
The Hazards of Hunting a Duke (Desperate Debutantes, #1) The Book of Scandal (The Scandalous Series, #1) The Devil's Love The Dangers of Deceiving a Viscount (Desperate Debutantes, #3) The Perils of Pursuing a Prince (Desperate Debutantes, #2)

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