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Seducing Mr. Knightly (The Writing Girls #4)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  941 ratings  ·  115 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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
Save Your Money For 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
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
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
Elizabeth Bennet
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
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
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.
Valerie Bowman
A delight from start to finish. Utterly captivating and fun!
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
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)
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.
What do you do if the man of your dreams doesn't know he is just that? You sigh, you look at him, you smile but even though your feelings are obvious for everyone around you, the man in question still has no idea. Worse, he doesn't notice you. That's what poor Annabelle has to deal with every day for the last three years and finally, she can't take it anymore. Time to take matters into her own hands! But the girl is shy and inexperienced plus she has no family she can turn to for advice and reas ...more
Annabelle Swift, the fourth writing girl from Maya Rodale’s Writing Girls series, never much attracted my notice. Quiet, shy, and easily overlooked, Annabelle did not strike me as having much potential to be the heroine of a sassy or steamy romance like her counterparts, fiery Julianna, daring Eliza or confident Sophie. Having read and loved the first three novels in the series, I wondered what kind of romance would befall Annabelle. She’s been in love with the newspaper’s owner, Derek Knightly, ...more
Some things are simply true: the earth rotates around the sun, Monday follows Sunday, and Miss Annabelle Swift loves Mr. Derek Knightly with a passion and purity that would be breathtaking were it not for one other simple truth — Mr. Derek Knightly pays no attention to Miss Annabelle Swift.

We met Annabelle and her love for her boss in the previous books from The Writing Girls. The series tell the story of four women who work writing columns to a weekly newspaper, in the nineteenth century. It wa
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
Okay, so I know that Seducing Mr Knighly isn't going to win any prizes for originality, but I found it to be sweet, funny, sexy and rather charming.

While the story of "wallflower suffers unrequited love for gorgeous man she's known for years" isn't new, I did like the way that Annabelle decided to try to do something about it; in fact, it was rather refreshing to see a (supposedly) dowdy and unpreposessing character determine to get out there and change her life rather than bowing to the weight
My Book Addiction and More MBA
SEDUCING Mr. KNIGHTLY by Maya Rodale is an exciting historical romance. Book 4 in "The Writing Girls" but can be read as a stand alone with re-appearing characters. Follow Annabelle Swift and Derek Knightly on a journey to find love. Annabelle, one of Knightly's "Writing Girls",who has loved him from the first day she meet him.He has never noticed her until,she desires to seduce him totally and completely with a bit of help from her loyal readers. Filled with passion,desire,witty banter,jealous, ...more
A Recommended Read! Taken from my review at

For three years, six months and two days Annabelle Swift has been in love with her boss, Derek Knightly. Not for his good looks or sex appeal, of which he has plenty, but because he gave her a chance. He believed in her when she did not even believe in herself. She lives with her brother and his wife Blanche, who has made it plain that she does not like her. Since her brother Thomas married Blanche, Annabelle has gone out of her way
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