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Lucien's Fall

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  284 ratings  ·  30 reviews
A part of him was lost forever...until she came into his life.

A Master of Seduction

The sinfully appealing Lord Lucien Esher, London's most accomplished rake, believed there was no woman born who could not be seduced. But his hard-hearted facade hid a tragedy that was slowly devouring him from within.

A Woman of Strong Will

Determined to save her treasured ancestral home, Mad...more
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 28th 1995 by HarperCollins Publishers
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The plot: Madeline is the boring uptight step- daughter of a slutty countess whose the daughter of a dressmaker. So she thinks, but in fact Madeline is the boring uptight daughter of a slutty countess whose the daughter of a dressmaker. For some reason the slutty dressmaker countess has never fessed up to motherhood probably because she's lying about her age so that she can have s&m sex with men her daughter's age. Anyway, slut countess has invited a notorious rake home who is bent on seduci...more
Really good Georgian romance. I didn't consider Lucien that much of a rake, especially compared to Madeline's own mother and her boyfriend Johnathan.

Best deflowring ever. Boy knows his business!

And yes, very romantic ending. I loved it.
I just couldn't get over that the fallen rake in this book had couldn't get over his demons...his demons being that he could write music. Really? Really?

And then there was the love story. I hate, hate, hate books where innocent people get hurt. When I realize this is the direction the wind blows I usually stop reading and I didn't this time and I should have. Plus the plot was a little convoluted...consumption? The mother trying to seduce the love interest to prevent a marriage?

This one came hi...more
Mary B.
I absolutely loved it. Certainly not every moment of this book is perfect. There are definitely moments of frustration in which the reader just wants to scream out at the main characters to do one thing or another. But - I finished the last 75% of this book in one day. I couldn't put it down, and I loved the ending. One of the most romantic conclusions for a book that I can possibly imagine. I completely devoured it. Another great one by Barbara Samuel.
This is my least favorite of any Samuel book that I have read, not because it wasn't well written, not because the characters were flat, not because the book was boring since none of the above is true. I just had a difficult time forcing myself through it because the people and circumstances of the plot really just didn't interest me. I feel about it like I did Les Liaisons Dangereuse--just a bunch of idle rich wastes of skin with nothing productive to do with their lives except play cruel manip...more
I honestly didn't find anything romantic about Lucien, I found him immature, spoiled, and manipulative. I personally can't find anything romantic about literally being hauled out of a dress shop where I'm getting fitted for my wedding to another man, for a freaking booty call.

As for the heroine, for being supposedly more worldly and mature, she couldn't seen to seperate lust and love and didnt seen to understand consequences, little alone care about the feelings of others. I also hated that sh...more
when i first started this i really didnt think it would be all that but somehow the writer drags u in by bringing Lucien and Madeleine to life. yes its about a rake trying to seduce a virgin girl that needs to marry into a rich family but its got so much pacted in one novel, the writer makes u feel this deep passion between the 2 and lets u understand both their side, not just them but the mother and luciens best friend.
its got all the naughtiness that goes on during that time, widows that has m...more
Denise Agnew
I read Lucien's Fall when it first came out in paperback many moons ago and it quickly went on my list of all time favorite historical romances EVER. First of all, Barbara Samuel's writing is exquisite. There are those authors that I read and say things to myself like, "Oh, my God. I wish I had written that." Many writers are great at telling a story, but Barbara's writing has something extra. A lyrical, delightful way that is so unique. Her voice is highly distinctive.

Moreover, I loved the hero...more
Sep 01, 2014 Jenn rated it 2 of 5 stars
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I like a historical romance. But this one annoyed the hell out of me. Okay, Lucien's so tortured. He's a rake and he's got such demons in his past. What demons? He can write music. Yes, really. Madeline loves her estate and needs to marry to get the money to keep it up. Her (step)mother invites people to see them in the country, including 2 rakes. The reason is that the rakes bring more people to their house, so if they have people at their house, t...more
This was a great read. At first I thought I would not like it but that changed pretty soon and I don't want to spoil the story. The end of the story surprised me with like and unlike at the same time but I thought it came out great. I really liked the 2 main characters, both very likeable, and I had a hard time putting the book down ...... I mean shutting the Kindle off ;-)
(Could be a *SPOLIER*) I had to stop reading this one. It was too much of a turn off that the heroine's mother was trying to seduce the hero so he would leave her daughter alone.(yuck!) The sexual innuendoes between them was also disturbing! Having mom involved in the love triangle was not cool!
Totally outlandish and over the top and wildly melodramatic. Also kind of a good time!

Heroine is the lovely step-daughter of an "aging" (=36) countess - now that the father is dead, they're running out of money and the daughter must marry well. The step-mother has found a good match for her - a pleasant and wealthy, but not handsome marquess. (A surprisingly good character, by the way.)

Alas, the heroine just spotted the hero galloping around with his hair loose and is instantly smitten. Most o...more
Liz Fielding
A classic rake who more than meets his match. Anything by Barbara Samuel/Barbara O'Neal is a must buy for me.
Kay Bolton
Jul 05, 2013 Kay Bolton rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kay by: Historical Romance Fans
Review taken from my Blog Post (#372) in July 2010:

I wouldn't for one moment say that I didn't like this book, but it failed to engage me at any deep level - it may be that I'd had higher hopes from the description than the actual writing delivered.

By no stretch of the imagination was this ever going to be a Did Not Finish (DNF) though.

Having tried to analyse why it missed the mark a bit, I think it might have been that the characters were one dimensional, Lucien more than Madeline actually.

The story had strong character development, a realistic conflict, and interesting secondary characteristics. I did not want to put this down. I wanted to see all the characters get their HEA. I will definitely read the author's backlist.
Although Lucien is a rake, he is a very tortured man who gets terrible headaches until he writes down the music that is in his head - which he then burns. This is because his father beat him over his love for music (when he was just a young man/boy) and made him promise to abandon it. Madeline is a very sensible girl who loves her mother but doesn't like the way her mother lives. Of course, it is inevitable that the good girl falls for the rake who then changes to a better man because of her lov...more
Very well written but I find Dangerous Liasions types of plots distasteful. This lack of integrity and bad behavior rewarded with a happy ending offends me. Personally, I was voting for the archaeologist, (the only one who had any personal integrity).

Yes, I'm a prude.

Btw, this e-book has an incredibly beautiful cover illustration. Especially compared to the original edition which is very dated AND ugly.
Morgan C.
So much angst, manipulation, and backstabbing. Who needs enemies when you have friends like these? Regardless, I loved how Lucien's internal struggles were described. They were beautifully written. It reminds me that there's beauty in the breakdown.
I enjoyed this book, but it left me feeling melancholy because I didn't get closure on some of the other story lines. Ha.
Finished Lucien's Fall by Barbara Samuels. I almost DNF'd it. It took me till 50% before I felt halfway interested and then I felt, what the heck? Y'know...sometimes things just don't jell.
Julie Burns
It was ok.
No supernatural stuff !! Just a rake trying to seduce a maiden, and falling in love.
But I did fall for Lucien, he tried so hard to ignore his heart. And his personal demons were driving him hard.
And the secondary story was one of lust, love and betrayal.
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A historical romance with Lucien who is a brooding character. He is unable to write his music due to a previous betrayal from a former lover. Madeline has the ability to sooth him and he is able to release his music (pun pun lol) when she is around.
What a wonderful author. This is the 1st historical book by her that I've read. Loved it. My only quibble is that I find it hard to believe that Madeline could so easily forgive Juliette after the trouble she caused. I loved Lucien, though,sigh....
Anna Bowling
Wonderful tortured musical prodigy hero of English and Russian heritage, beautifully angsty older woman/younger man secondary romance, and an ending that may work its way into my top ten romance novel endings.
This was a fun read - the characterizations helped overcome the stereotypical rake/virgin trope. Or maybe not. I am a sucker for that theme, and like her writing style too much to care!
Ashley Mayer
This book was a bit redundant. He wants her, she doesn't want him, she wants him... over and over again.
As always, I enjoy reading Barbara Samuel' s books and this holds true for Lucien'Fall.
Jan 28, 2012 Jemidar marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

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Barbara Samuel is a multiple RITA award-winning author with more than 38 books to her credit in a variety of genres. She has written historical and contemporary romances, a number of fantasy novellas with the likes of Susan Wiggs, Jo Beverley and Mary Jo Putney. She now writes women’s fiction about families, dogs, and food as Barbara O’Neal.

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