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Seducing Mr. Knightly (The Writing Girls #4)

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,253 Ratings  ·  137 Reviews
He’s the only man she’s ever loved…

For ages it seems advice columnist Annabelle Swift has loved Derek Knightly, editor-owner of The London Weekly from a distance. Determined to finally attract her employer’s attention, she seeks advice from her loyal readers—who offer Annabelle myriad suggestions…from lower-cut bodices (success!) and sultry gazes (disaster!) to a surprise
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Avon
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Sep 11, 2013 MRB rated it really liked it
3.5-3.75(-ish) stars!

So I had all these thoughts to share about this Maya Rodale book, only to realize that I already shared most of these exact same thoughts while reviewing two other Maya Rodale books! While my opinion of some authors' work varies rather wildly from one book to the next, depending on plot, theme, tone, etc., it seems I have a surprisingly consistent opinion on what I love about Maya Rodale----and what I don't.

Maya Rodale's writing style is, for lack of a better adjective, Te
Jacob Proffitt
Apr 03, 2016 Jacob Proffitt rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, steamy
What a disappointing end to a guilty-pleasure series. If you've read the others, you already know about (or don't care about) Rodale's handling of the era and the fantastical setup of the newspaper. You also know about Annabelle and Knightly because that's been going on from the start. I wasn't exactly looking forward to the resolution, but I finally took the time to track the book down and give it a shot. Sadly. Because pretty much any story I could come up with in my head would have been bette ...more
I know, it's so unexpected that I disliked yet another genre romance!

If we read romance in hopes to self-insert, well, Seducing Mr. Knightly should have been my shining fantasy moment. A shy lady writer who dresses badly, has a rich romantic life (entirely in her own head) and thinks she will end up alone? Idly dreaming about the older, more powerful guy at work, frequently while at work? Pretty much every single iteration of my life as a working woman has been this story. I had my journal at th
Oct 23, 2015 Gina rated it liked it
My historical romance binge continues with Seducing Mr. Knightly. I haven't read the other books of this series. To the best of my recollection, this is also my first Maya Rodale. I had no trouble reading it as a stand alone and enjoyed it enough I'll seek out the prior books. Fans of Cinderella type stories will enjoy it.

Annabelle Swift is the Dear Annabelle for The London Weekly, a newspaper run my Mr. Derrick Knightly. Knightly is the bastard son of an Earl. He has managed to find fortune and
I've given this a B for narration and a B- for content at AudioGals, so I'm leaving it at 4 stars.

Seducing Mr. Knightly
is the fourth and final book in Ms Rodale’s Writing Girls series, in which each of the four heroines are columnists for one of London’s foremost newspapers, The London Weekly.

Heroines 1-3 are now happily settled, so it’s the turn of number four, Miss Annabelle Swift, who pens the weekly advice column for the paper. She’s quiet and unassuming, wears ill-fitting, drab clothes, an
Lady Wesley
There's a good story somewhere in this book, but for this reader the story was overwhelmed by the modern language and behavior, the repetition of the characters' thoughts, and the author's unsuccessful efforts to be as funny as Tessa Dare.

It's too bad, really, for the main characters are very well drawn -- Annabelle, the invisible, dowdy spinster and Derek, the bastard son of an earl who yearns for acceptance by society. The other characters, however, are mere stereotypes.

I don't demand 100% a
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

Expected Release Date: October 30, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Avon
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Edelweiss
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4, Writing Girls Series
Series Best Read In Order: Yes
Steam Level: Steamy
Favorite Tropes: Unrequited Love
Pet Peeves: “Noble Sacrifice” that does nothing but hurt everyone involved.

I’ve been waiting on this book ever since I picked up the fir
Oct 20, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
Annabelle Swift has loved Derek Knightly, editor and owner of The London Weekly, for three years, six months, three weeks and two days, all without his notice. She has decided that now is the time to change this and asks the readers of her column, Dear Annabelle, for advice on gaining the attention of a man that pays you no mind. The answers pour in and Annabelle sets about trying out some of the suggestions. After a variety of attempts; lower bodices, smoldering glances, forgotten ...more
Nov 04, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it
4 Stars (only for the heroine)

Yes, the hero is a huge nodcock but the heroine stole the show. I absolutely loved her! Her little schemes and plots were hilarious to read about and I just can't tell you how much fun I had reading about her. Two words: utterly adorable. But yeah, derek was an oblivious nodcock and no one special but at least he got his act together by the end.
Huma Rashid
Aug 14, 2012 Huma Rashid rated it liked it
Annabelle Swift is Writing Girl #4 - a cute little gimmick thought up by newspaper tycoon Derek Knightley, who happens to be the illegitimate older son of a late Earl (whose ton-family understandably despises him). Derek is nothing if not a savvy newspaperman, and one of his cardinals rules is that scandal equals sales. Girls writing is scandalous - girls chasing down stories, writing the stories down in their own words, with their own unique voice, and being paid for their endeavors is not some ...more
Nov 12, 2012 Lindy rated it it was ok
DNF. I got about 70% through simply because I needed something to read to get me to sleep since exams is stressing me out but sadly this one just didn't cut it for me. Too bad because it had a great premise! Quiet, shy Annabelle is sick to death of pining away for her clueless, sexy, self-made Editor and decides to take charge and seduce him.

It had so much potential to be wonderful, but never actually rose to the occasion sadly. There just didn't seem to be any real connection between these cha
Jennifer (FFT Reviews)
I loved seeing Annabelle and Knightly finally get their happily ever after! I wasn't sure about my feelings for Annabelle at first because she always seemed too mild. But, I really liked learning more about her. Her quiet strength and resolve was very admirable especially once the truth about her home situation came out.

Knightly did get a little on my nerves with his obliviousness to Annabelle's feelings and I thought his feelings came about a little too quickly for my taste It was fascinating,
Oct 20, 2012 Danielle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

There aren't enough words to express just how much I LOVED this book. When I read Seducing Mr. Knightly I was in a reading slump and it quickly pulled me out and has definitely made my list of favorite books for 2012. This book was superb and it just reminds me why I love Maya Rodale's work so much. I couldn't seem stop myself once I started reading this book. It was just so consuming and just so very good.

Annabelle works as a advice columnist
Cocktails and Books
Aug 14, 2012 Cocktails and Books rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cnb-reviewers
Annabell writes for London Weekly giving out advise. And does everything her sister in law asks of her. Always trying to help others.

Knightly is the owner of the London Weekly. Aspiring to become part of high society were he feels he belongs.

Annabell has been in love with Knightly for several years, but never really being noticed. Until Annabell makes a bold move asking the readers of Dear Annabell advise on how to attract the attention of the man she loves. advise starts pouring in make her art
Lover of Romance
And then he kissed her.
Knightly. Kissing. Her.
She felt sparks, she felt fireworks. Her first kiss. A Once in a lifetime kiss. With the man she loved.
She had waited for this. She had fought for this. She earned this. She was going to enjoy every exquisite second of it.

Annabelle has loved Derek Knightly from afar ever since she first started working for him. Annabelle, knows that he barely even notices her, and she wonders if she will ever be loved in return. So after waiting for what seems lik
Save Your Money For Books
Nov 06, 2013 Save Your Money For Books rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
How do you get the man you are in love with to notice you? That is the question advice columnist Annabelle Swift asks the readers of Dear Annabelle in the London Weekly Newspaper…

Annabelle is the quiet one of Mr. Knightly’s Writing Girls. She has lived with her brother’s family since she was orphaned in her early teens and is treated more as a member of the household staff than as family. Her family thinks
Jun 01, 2014 Amanda rated it it was ok
This heroine is awful. At one point, one of her friends says something along the lines of "you've deemed yourself 'she who loves Knightly'". I'm glad someone said it. She is the worst Mary Sue I've ever seen. I know she is supposed to be wishy-washy and then grow a spine, but we are given nothing that defines her as a human being. She's a shy, romantic in love with her boss. She is so self-sacrificing, she tells her boss over whom she almost killed herself to go marry another woman in order to s ...more
Natalie E. Ramm
Jun 25, 2013 Natalie E. Ramm rated it liked it
I’ve read others in Maya Rodale’s Writing Girls Series and enjoyed them, but there is always something about them that bothers me. Seducing Mr. Knightly is by far the best that I’ve read. Annabelle is likeable and engaging and funny. But my main problem with this is that the hero isn’t that great of a hero. He only notices the heroine because she starts wearing low cut bodices and doing her hair differently. Up to that point, he is a miserly workaholic, who seeks any opportunity to climb the soc ...more
Nov 07, 2012 Katie(babs) added it
Shelves: dnf-award
DNFed by page 150. How many times do we have to read about the shy, spinster heroine living with her over the top cruel sister in law (who's just mean to be mean), but gets away with being sneaky that no ones notices anything because she's so unnoticeable?

And why is it the moment she lowers her cleavage, unwinds her tight bun and does a little flirting, the hero who still has issues about being on the wrong side of the blanket now wants the heroine when before he barely gave her a second look, l
Jul 01, 2015 Shen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical Romance, Shy female becomes brave, sweet romantic relationship
4 Wonderfully Defiant Stars

“Well, 'I'm sorry' is just a thing to say, you see. I'm trying not to be so apologetic and obsequious all the time. It's just such a habit ...”

Yay Annabelle!!

The final book in the Writing Girl series finally tells us how the sweet, timid, unassuming Annabelle finally gets her guy. She has loved Mr. Derek Knightly, owner of The London Weekly, for ‘Three years, six months, three weeks and two days” and counting, while he has never noticed her. Her soft sigh when Knigh
Elizabeth Bennet
Mar 25, 2015 Elizabeth Bennet rated it it was amazing
That is how long Annabelle has known and longed for Derek Knightly, her boss. I got this book from my library and was delighted immediately upon reading this. I hesitated after reading several of the reviews, but with some encouragement from some dear, fellow readers I decided to throw caution to the wind. So glad I did. :)

The idea of the story is a plain-Jane (Annabelle Swift) who writes a newspaper column for the love of life/editor (Derek Knightly). He is her heart's desire but never notices
Sep 18, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it
Ever since I stopped caring about romance series order, I manage to pick up the last in the series. How does that work? Even so, I didn't feel like I missed out on anything important, which is, actually, quite an achievement.

So. I heard about Maya Rodale a while ago, saw this book at the library, read the synopsis and promptly put it back. It's not my kind of thing.

I went back recently, determined not to read the synopsis (even though I'd not forgotten the general idea of the book -- apparently
Apr 17, 2016 Soph rated it really liked it
3.5. I honestly loved this book. although this was the first book in the series that I read, I lived the premise where the woman was chatting the man for a change. it has a while bunch of tropes in this novel. which made it very entertaining. when I read the reviews of the other books in the series I didn't know if it would be to my taste but this book has definitely converted me. I want to know what happened to the other writing girls. I felt the ending was a bit anticlimactic. I would've liked ...more
Sep 10, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romantic-reads
For some reason, this never got marked down as read. And I did read and review it back when it came out.

Perhaps not a solid 4-star, but I loved Annabelle's columns.
Jessica Grogan
May 31, 2016 Jessica Grogan rated it really liked it
The first 3/4 of the book were by far more entertaining. I enjoyed it and will keep reading Maya Rodale.
Valerie Bowman
Aug 31, 2014 Valerie Bowman rated it it was amazing
A delight from start to finish. Utterly captivating and fun!
Apr 27, 2014 Laurie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I always enjoy Maya Rodale's books because of the humor, but the editing leaves a lot to be desired. By the time a book goes to print, mistakes like the use of "taught" vs. "taut" really ought to be fixed! Also, I was particularly annoyed in this book that the characters kept referring to Lord Marsden's sister as "Lady Marsden" when her proper title would have been "Lady Lydia." I know these are minor annoyances in the grand scheme of things, but they are irritating enough that they jar me out o ...more
Jan 29, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Ahhh, this! This wonderful, romantic story! This is why I read
romances! And in this endearingly sweet story of a shy, writer in love with her boss who never notices her, who wants to belong despite his illegitimacy. At first, Annabelle seems too weak, not whom one might root for, especially since she slides back into the obliging Annabelle. But once I realized how her battle to get Derek Knightly's attention was changing her and pushing her boundaries of being invisible Annabelle, I was right t
Allison (The Allure of Books)
Seducing Mr. Knightly is fourth in Maya Rodale’s Writing Girls series. I’ve only read one of the other books in the series, but I didn’t at all find myself at a disadvantage. The characters are interesting and made the book a blast to read!

You guys, the beginning of Seducing Mr. Knightly took me back to high school (in a good way). You know…back in the days where you have a crush on the really hot guy but don’t have the guts to do anything about it? Well, Annabelle Swift has had enough of that.
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Nov 10, 2012 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it really liked it
You don't have to be a longtime reader of Maya Rodale's Writing Girls series to enjoy this romance. But if you've been following along, you know it's about time for sweet and quiet Annabelle to finally get her HEA with the man she has been pining over for years: her boss, the completely oblivious Derek Knightly. After suffering through the pangs of unrequited love for so long, she finally decides to take matters into her own hands to win him over.

Annabelle writes an advice column for the paper.
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