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A Study in Seduction (Daring Hearts #1)

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  251 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
A Heart Divided

Blessed with an uncanny gift for mathematics, the lovely Lydia Kellaway can solve the most complex puzzles. The one thing she can’t figure out? How to manage the most infuriating man she’s ever encountered.

A Passion Multiplied

Alexander Hall, Viscount Northwood, has purchased a one-of-a-kind locket from a pawnshop, unaware of the priceless sentiment it holds
ebook, 400 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Forever (first published January 1st 2012)
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Wow what an awesome read and what a great first book. It is sometimes a scary proprosition to read a new author nowadays with so many people doing their own publishing. But NTM Nina Rowan has knocked it out of the park for me with her debut. When you read the back of A Study in Seduction, the book comes off as a lighthearted read, but it is so much richer and darker than that. There are some funny moments, but over-all a serious look at women of Lydia's timefram and how fragile their whole way o ...more
Lydia Kellaway knows her family finances are in dire straights but she is still shocked that her grandmother pawned her beloved mothers locket. With her quick wit, she finds out who bought it and arrives at his house to offer some sort of trade in hopes of getting it back. When she meets the dashing Alexander Hall, Viscount Northwood, though she is quickly drawn to him but is also perplexed at his refusal to trade back for the locket. Her pride doesn't allow her to just accept it back, so a play ...more
Aug 29, 2012 Stella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Study in Seduction is Nina Rowan's debut novel but she enchanted me so well with her captivating storytelling that I'm already counting back the days 'till the release of the next book in her Daring Hearts series!

I have to start with a warning though: I first fell in love with the absolutely stunning cover and then the flirty blurb reinforced my wish to read A Study in Seduction, but now that I had the chance to read the book I think that neither suits the story very well: the heroine is alway
Oct 16, 2012 Janga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rowan gives readers a romance that is different in many ways. First, there is Lydia, a nerdy, socially awkward heroine with a dark past. Then, there is Alexander, a hero who legitimately can be expected to evoke the exoticism and dangers of Russian Cossacks and steppes. Finally, there is the setting: London, 1854, just before England and France declare war on Russia. Lydia and Alexander’s story is complex and compelling, made more so by Alexander’s ties to Russia. The secondary characters—Lydia ...more
Sep 23, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lydia Kellaway goes to Alexander Hall, Viscount Northwood to ask for a family heirloom back. Her grandmother had pawned the locket, and didn’t have enough money to retrieve it, so the viscount bought it. She is a mathematician, so she agrees that if he can’t correctly solve a math problem she designed, he will give her the locket back. If he does solve it, she has to kiss him. She never expects him to win, however, he does solve the problem correctly. Instead of having her kiss him now, he says ...more
The Window Seat
As I sat down to write this review I knew that I liked portions of it as I read, and my rating for it on Goodreads was above an average book. However, in going through my notes, everything that I highlighted had little to do with the relationship of the main characters, so I think I liked it for all of the wrong reasons.

One of the things that I loved, and could probably spend too many paragraphs on, were the historical details Ms. Rowan included about the political climate in Europe during the m
Yellow Rose
This book was a huge disappointment for me. I thought the writing was plain and sometimes not reasonably fast paced. The author tended to jump from one idea to the next without really delving deep or explaining what was going on. I found the writing to be confusing. The plot was also confusing especially in the beginning, because we are not told what secret Lydia holds, and it gets annoying. Especially since the characters usually first react and only afterwards we are told why the characters ar ...more
Jul 14, 2015 DemetraP rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to read about a genius in mathematics as the heroine. Sadly, I didn't like the heroine's family.
Aaron the Werebear Writer
While it was no Sense and Sensibility with authentic British diction, my view is that an authentic work such as that is fine if one wants authentic historical fiction all prim and proper.

This book combines the best of reserved emotions vice steamy passionate erotic details. While the details are not phrased as erotica of the time, the descriptions allow for realistic expressions of thoughts and expressions of hot intimacy within the historical context. In many ways the use of less explicit langu
Aline Wirths
Mar 11, 2014 Aline Wirths rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jeder der Nächte schon mal durchgelesen hat, wird mich hier verstehen. Sage und schreibe sechs Uhr war es heute morgen, als ich seufzend die letzte Seite des Buches zu lesen hatte. Ich war nicht müde und wollte unbedingt weiter lesen. Und ja, was soll ich sagen. Das ist schon mal ein Highlight für mich dieses Jahr.

Bevor ich zum eigentlichen Buch komme, möchte ich noch erwähnen, das der Egmond-Lyx Verlag hier eine Reihe mit hoffentlich noch mehr folgenden Romanen herausgebraucht hat. "Das Rätsel
Janet Robel
Nov 18, 2012 Janet Robel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this book as much as I did. I haven't come across many historical romances that have been able to hold my interest lately. I was up late reading this and just flew threw the pages. I liked both the hero and the heroine and thought it was a good match.
Aug 12, 2012 Flora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nina Rowan's debut novel "A Study in Seduction" is one of the best books I've had the pleasure of reading this year! I cannot wait to read what she is calculating on giving us next!
Apr 03, 2013 Sharlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and really could not believe it was her first. It was a funny, and enjoyable read. Definitely one I would recommend putting on your To Be Read list.
May 24, 2014 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful début novel this is!

Nina Rowan must have had a blast writing this one. I certainly did reading it. Only a handful of authors out there are willing to gift their readers with strong, smart, complex and intellectual heroines such as Lydia. This woman with her brilliant mind adds a very unusual ‘equation’ to this well told story and I reveled in her wit and charm from page one.

As for Alexander Hall, Viscount Northwood, I honestly couldn’t have found anyone ... thanks for jumping to
Jan 29, 2013 Melanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Review to come.
Raquel Leite
Eu estava com altas expectativas em relação a este livro, no entanto fiquei um pouco desiludida em relação a ele.
Isto porque começando pela história que não é nada de especial, mas que por vezes se tornava confusa, principalmente por esta começar a meio e ter muitas coisas a acontecer no mesmo tempo, não termos muito a noção do que ficou para trás. Por vezes a escritora salta de uma ideia para a outra, sem explicar concretamente a anterior, o que não ajudou muito na sua leitura.
Começando por Ly
Nov 19, 2012 Lara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A Study in Seduction was a wonderful debut from Nina Rowan. I could not put down this quick read. The added element of mathematics was inspired and not something I have yet come across in any romance novel I have yet read. This element made Lydia Kellaway more dynamic and engaging on a different level. I think it makes her more bold in a time when women were more known for their um pleasing natures and not their minds. I laughed out loud at some of the interactions between Lydia and Lord Northwo ...more
Mar 27, 2013 Tin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Lydia Kellaway's world is defined by numbers and she is happy that way. There are no variables or surprises and there is always a solution to any problem. To retrieve a locket from Alexander Hall, Lord Northwood, she approachs her latest problem with the same mathematical strategy that has worked well her life so far: armed with her calculations and research, she approaches Alexander, confident in her methodology -- but she doesn't count on Alexander Hall to complicate matters for her.

Joy Johnson
Jul 31, 2014 Joy Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Alexander Hall, Viscount Northwood, had to deal with gossip and scandal surrounding his family, as well as from his own broken engagement. People thought of the Halls as "extraordinarily disreputable", as if that's not enough, his ties to Russia (his Russian blood, his trading business, family members still live in Russia) have become more of an issue in the midst of the political tension. Alexander has spent the last two years working hard to restore his family's r
Lynn Spencer
Oct 22, 2012 Lynn Spencer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Gee, that math is so romantic!" Um...yeah. I'm pretty sure I've never heard those words uttered. I like trying new-to-me authors, and I'm almost always up for reading historicals, so I decided to try out A Study in Seduction even if I feared the mathematician angle wouldn't exactly sweep me off my feet. Oh, how wonderfully wrong I was.

Lydia Kellaway is a mathematical genius, but perhaps not the most skilled in maneuvering through society. Keeping this in mind, one can understand why she might b
Nadine Jones
Jan 26, 2013 Nadine Jones marked it as may-or-may-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
This book starts out with the most exciting Author's Note I've laid eyes on prefacing a romance (yeah, that's a lot of qualifiers for one superlative, but hey ...):

I relied on a number of sources while researching the mathematical elements of this book, and the following studies form the basis of Lydia's theories about the correlation between love and mathematics. Clio Cresswell, "Mathematics and Sex," (Crow's Nest, Asutralia: Allen and Unwin, 2003); Sergio Rinaldi, "Laura and Petrarch: An Intr
Jamie Beck
May 20, 2013 Jamie Beck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the writing was very evocative and pretty. I liked that the heroine had her own ambitions, but was disappointed that part of her 'focus' on those ambitions had so much to do with healing/hiding. Didn't mind that the big secret was fairly obvious by the middle of the book, and genuinely liked the hero.

I can understand why those who prefer more 'realistic' historical depictions in their historical romances might take issue with some of this plot (especially the heroine's behavior, which
Vanessa Booke
Aug 22, 2012 Vanessa Booke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Study in Seduction was a fun and easy read! I really enjoyed this story and I loved Lydia, she's smart, feisty and a fun character. I really enjoyed this story because the attraction between Lydia and Alexander didn't just revolve around physical attraction but also personality wise. The two become friends and a chemistry begins to build more and more between them. I really appreciated that Rowan took great detail with her characters. Lydia's mind is what is valued above all. She's brilliant! ...more
Jan 25, 2014 Everalice rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Un roman moyen.
En tournant les pages, je n'avais qu'une envie : passer à autre chose, ce qui, comme chacun sait, est un bien mauvais signe. Il me semble qu'il vaut mieux le découvrir après une médiocre lecture, car je crois bien que passer d'une lecture extraordinaire (par exemple après du Courtney Milan) à ce petit roman de facture plutôt classique et un rien maladroite peut pousser à la sévérité à force d'exigence.
Indifférente, dubitative, quasi amorphe
Sep 06, 2014 Madhellena rated it liked it
I think this is the most accurate historical romance I have read in terms of behaviour of the characters. Most of the books I've read so far seemed a little forced - especially when it comes to the heroine's knowledge and reaction to men.
In this one, the heroine reacts naturally to her attraction and I enjoyed the fact that there are no maidenly vapors. Also, the grandmother added a realistic touch with her emphasis on the advantages of a marriage with the hero - without making them feel like sh
Apr 16, 2014 Kristel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good spin on an intellectual heroine, giving her a bit of twist in terms of how she view or balances life. And the twist in the mid story really good. I was speculating on what the secret was but I have to admit I wasn't able to guess or anticipate the "big revelation"
Apr 04, 2014 Oriane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cela se lit, bien que l'intrigue soit cousu de fils blancs, les délires mathématiques incompréhensibles pour le commun des mortels et l'entrée en matière un peu rapide .
Samia Ruponti
The begginning was a bit abrupt, but then the story picked up and the ending was awesome! going to read the second book now...
Sep 14, 2012 Arshia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was excited when I received a copy of this book for a review. The book is well written and the story hooks the reader from the beginning. However, there were just somethings that I didn't like. A) I am not a mathematician (I hate math) so the equations were very distracting to me. B) It seemed like the book started in the middle, there were too many things happening in the first scene. It was a little refreshing because I wanted to know what happened but eventually I lost interest. C) The book ...more
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I picked it up after listening to Sarah and Jane talk about it on the DBSA podcast, and I have to say I found myself agreeing much more with Sarah's take on the heroine than Jane's. Part of the problem for me might have been that the heroine shares a name with another nerdy heroine (from Meredith Duran's Bound By Your Touch) with whom I connected more closely. Oh well. 2.5 stars rounds up to 3, and I shall continue my search for nerdy ladies (an ...more
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Originally from California, Nina Rowan holds a PhD in Art History from McGill University, Montreal, with a specialization in 19th century French and Russian art. She began writing when she was an undergraduate at UCLA and lived a dual life as a student and a pseudonymous erotica author. She has studied Indian and Southeast Asian art and film, worked as a curatorial assistant at the Los Angeles Cou ...more
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