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The Rules Of Seduction (Rothwell Brothers #1)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  1,619 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Dangerous. Sensual. Handsome as sin. Meet Hayden Rothwell, the shamelessly erotic hero of The Rules of Seduction and author Madeline Hunter’s most irresistible alpha male yet: a man of extraordinary passion and power, a man who can bring out the seductress in any woman.…

He enters her home without warning or invitation–a stranger of shadowy motives and commanding sensualit
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Dell (first published January 1st 2006)
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I haven’t read many books by this author, and judging from various reviews I’ve seen, she can be a bit hit-and-miss for many, but I enjoyed this, and was particularly impressed with the way she utilises a specific historical event (the stock market crash of 1825) to provide both background detail and impetus for her story.

Lord Hayden Rothwell, brother of the eccentric Marquess of Easterbrook is a highly successful and skilled financier, as well as being a mathematical genius on the quiet. He is
Mais uma vez esta autora não desilude. Os meus agradecimentos à editora ASA pela excelente aposta nesta autora e pelo cuidado na tradução (realizado por Isabel Alves).

No entanto é de lamentar que a editora tenha optado por não publicar esta tetralogia pela ordem correcta.

Desta vez acompanhamos uma jovem mulher, Alexia Welbourne, cujo destino lhe ditou que perdesse a fortuna e o estatuto devido a maus negócios por parte de seu pai. Desta feita, Alexi
The best thing about this book was the ending. The two main characters, Hayden and Alexia, are happy and in love as the story ends but the journey to get to that ending is plodding and tedious. Throughout the novel, Alexia blames Hayden for the ruination of her family and he is honor bound not to tell her the truth; that her two cousins, one of which she was in love with, are criminals. Throughout the plot the couple wonders if the other hates them and it is not until the very last pages that th ...more
Author: Madeline Hunter
First published: November 2006
Length: 404 pages, 5324 kindle locations
Setting: Late Georgian (George IV) / Pre Victoria. Around 1825 (see below).
Sex: Reasonably explicit. Caring. Intimate.
Hero: Has a gift for numbers, and an obsession for them. Gets lost in his calculations.
Heroine: Fallen from grace - was once a lord's daughter, became a penniless cousin, and finally a companion/governess.
Includes: Excerpt from "The Lessons of Desire" by Madeline Hunter.

So we know going i
Mishelle LaBrash
Hmmm... Not sure of this one.

It started out promising, than diverted to your typical tall, dark and brooding rogue, seducing an innocent, down on her luck, lady of good breeding. Oh and let's not forget she isn't your typical english rose, but rather plain, and firmly on the shelf....

Original? Not so much.

I will admit, 3/4 of the way through, it captivated me. There was a rather intelligent twist, that I didn't see coming. (Which is annoying, as I pride myself on my ability to guess the secret
Penny Watson
Quickie Review of The Rules of Seduction by Madeline Hunter

I attended a fantastic workshop at the New Jersey RWA conference this October, which addressed the importance of conflict in romance. Madeline Hunter gave the kicky-ass lecture, and made me curious about her own novels. So, I had a nice little chat with her at the book sale, and purchased The Rules of Seduction, a historical romance. It has a no-nonsense heroine with violet eyes (like it!), a tortured, mathematically brilliant hero (love
Um livro cheio de romance e erotismo, em que Madeline Hunter nos apresenta, como muito bem sabe, as regras da boa etiqueta dentro e fora da cama.
O que mais gosto nesta escritora é que ela nos transporta para a vida das personagens e nos faz querer acompanhar cada minuto desta.
À semelhança de Nora Roberts, esta autora pode pecar por dar tanto protagonismo ao casal principal, mas este facto é muitas vezes o que mais nos cativa, principalmente para quem gosta deste género de escrita e de história.
The Rules of Seduction is like a heavily tarnished gem; you'd have to look past all its flaws to see its beauty and value. It was just too long and its pacing was too slow that I wouldn't blame those who abandoned it halfway through the story. God knows I nearly did.

But I'm glad I didn't.

Things only picked up at around the 70% marker, but what happened after then was worth the long, agonising wait.

I liked Hayden from the very start, but it was near the end that I really fell for him. He turned o
This is really 3 1/2 stars. I loved Hayden in this book and felt that he got painted the villain and was never vindicated. I am glad though Alexia figured it out for herself. Hayden and Alexia were a good match, but the metaphorical writing got tedious as times.
My first book by Madeline Hunter, I heard many good things about her.

I definitely liked the characters, especially Alexia who is not a typical historical romance heroine. She is completely capable of dealing with her problems and usually says what she thinks. Though, some of her actions seemed strange to me. The same with Hayden. I generally liked him but as a reader I was lacking on the insight into his feelings. Still, I appreciate that it is him who first says about his feelings. That is unus
ZaBeth  Marsh
Sadly, I read this book while recovering from an illness. I think it could have been a page turner but I could not hold my concentration that long. Having said that though, there were periods when I was able to completely lose myself within its pages which really is the highest compliment one can give any book and an author.

Alexia Welbourne is a classic romantic female. She is a poor relation dependent on the kindness of her cousins for her wellbeing. She does not let her situation get her down
Estefânia Botelho
Esta é a história de Alexia, cuja família, em decadência, faz com que tenha de viver em casa de uns primos. Apaixona-se por um deles e quando este morre tem uma forte desilusão.
Passado algum tempo também os primos entram em falência e tudo aponta para um responsável: Hayden. Este entra na vida de Alexia de forma abrupta e , de feitios totalmente diferentes, nada faz prever que acabem por se apaixonar!!Mas é mesmo isso que acontece.
Cada um movido pelo seu próprio interesse, Alexia e Hayden, proc
Tempo de Ler
Alexia vivia para recordar um antigo amor que lhe escapou tragicamente.
Hayden não era um homem que perseguisse mulheres, muito menos uma que não gostava minimamente dele e que o culpava de actos terríveis…mas o desejo tem vida própria e a falta de medo e embaraço desta mulher cativou-o desde o primeiro instante…

Ela acaba por descobrir que a austeridade deste homem sensato e eficiente não encerra fúria…mas sim ira - um fogo que a fazia constantemente esquecer que devia, acima de tudo, odiá-lo…
I was looking foward for this book. Something about the cover and the synopsis drove me to read it. However, the story is plain awful! It is well written, I can't deny it. But the plot is a big fat cliché, giving me that feeling of permanent déjà vu. It's that kind of story where de main characters disagree and dislike each others at the begining, but end up in each other's arms after a big proof of love and passionate love making.
I may not have liked Rules of seduction, but I see there are a lo
Nicola O.
The romance between the main characters of this book didn't work well for me. By the end, I was bought into it, but the early phase of courtship/desire just didn't work. There is a common pitfall with setting up the hero as someone the heroine has reason to fear or despise, and this book falls smack into it: I am just not convinced that the heroine could actually overcome her perfectly reasonable (from her POV) initial dislike of the hero quite so early on.

As a subject for character growth, I th
I didnt like this book and had crossed ms hunter off my author list. Happily I read one of her medievals and suggest you try something else by this author, as it was quite good.

Big misunderstanding. He evicted her crooked cousins w/o explaining their less than straight shooting. Even her dead beloved, his old friend, ends up revealed a scoundrel, but naturally not revealed to her. Will anyone in her life that she trusts actually be worthy of it? Will she live in the dark forever? Since He's the
I find Madeline Hunter books confusing, I've realized. While I'm reading them, I generally find them quite good. Afterward, however, I completely forget about them. I don't know what is going on there.

Premise: Alexia Welbourne is the poor relation of a family of prosperous country gentry-turned-bankers. A bunch of financial shenanigans suddenly and dramatically ruin her family, and Alexia initially blames the hero, Lord Hayden Rothwell, brother to the Marquess of Easterbrook, and partner in the
This has to be my favorite in the Rothwell series, by far. Alexia was far less annoying than her cousin, Roselyn, and Hayden is my favorite Rothwell. There is something about his severity and compassion (that still seems a severe mercy) that really makes me love him as a character. Alexia is practical and blunt and a good match to him. Lovely!

I'm a bit sad that I'm whizzing through Hunter's bibliography so quickly. I just may have to read her Medievals once I finish with her Regencies.
Ana Zuky
Voltando aos romances de época(hahahahahahaha),devo dizer que gostei bastante do enredo que levou este livro,porem ele na categoria dos outros já lido e lançados pela editora arqueiro,devo dizer...este foi algo mais para morno do que quente.O romance continua bem clichê,mas achei que faltou algo nele que o deixasse na categoria dos outros,talvez tenha sido por causa do triangulo amoroso.Sim tem algo que leva ao triangulo,por Alexia gostar do primo,mesmo sabendo o que ele fez(e digo que não foi a ...more
This is one of madeline hunters more sex saturated books. Still wonderful, and she keeps the sex scenes from getting boring (ususally) and the seduction part is just HOT. I also liked her exploration of how we can love and hate at the same time, and her embracing of her heroines practicality. The characters were well developed, the plot and conflict well maintained. Another great book by Hunter.
Madeline Hunter apresenta neste romance histórico com um toque de erotismo duas personagens com personalidades muito fortes: Lord Hayden, um homem com uma divida de honra que apresenta um ar frio e Alexia, uma jovem sem fortuna mas com uma inteligência e frontalidade sem igual.
O futuro dos dois é irremediavelmente alterado após um encontro onde a paixão leva Alexia a entregar-se ao homem que arruinou a sua família e Hayden a baixar as suas defesas como antes nunca o fez.
Esta paixão leva Alexia a
This story begins slowly then picks up speed with Hayden Rothwell's propositing of Alexia Melbourne. He wants. She needs. So now rules are enacted to balance their coming and going. Rothwell knows very little about the enigmatic Alexia. Alexia knows even less about the elusive Hayden Rothwell. Each comes with their own baggage including eccentric family members who add mystery and intrigue to the developing story. Rothwell's brothers get an honorable mention; however, they're not mentioned in th ...more
This is a keeper. I loved everything about it. Great characterization, great H/h, great love story, great writing.
HERO is a Performer, indifferent about anything outside his family and his mathematical endeavors,until he falls passionately in love.
GENRE/TONE: historical/drama
LENGHT: 412 pages
Sofia Oliveira
E como o prometido é devido, aqui estou eu, quatro meses depois de ter lido Lições de Desejo, a escrevinhar sobre aquele que é o primeiro de quatro livros sobre os irmãos Rothwell.

Quando comprei o Lições de Desejo não sabia que se tratava de uma tetralogia, na realidade foi mais o seu preço convidativo e capa cativante que me fez trazê-lo para casa e dar uma 2ª oportunidade à autora. Porém, algumas páginas depois estava rendida a Elliot Rothwell e, quando terminei o livro, não via a hora de reto
Filipa Monteiro
Foi um livro que me custou um pouco a ler, a história não me prendeu. Pode ser que goste de outros livros da autora.
Clã dos Livros
Passada durante o período da regência, essa é a história de uma moça órfã e pobre, que pede abrigo aos primos, depois da morte dos pais e a partir daí vive tormentos e maravilhas com os quais nunca tinha sonhado.
Sem casa e condições de se sustentar Alexia precisa da ajuda da família e pede para morar com seus primos. A partir de então passa a nutrir por estes uma enorme gratidão. Porém apesar do afeto que devota a seu primo Benjamim Longworth , que morreu durante o retorno da guerra, por quem al
Jane Stewart
I liked it, but I wouldn't rush out to get it. I liked the characters, especially Alexia's open honesty, logic and views of life.

I would have preferred more understanding of Hayden's emotions. He could control himself and was rational enough to have any mistress checked out by a doctor before being with her. Yet, he did not do this with Alexia. What was missing for me were Hayden's feelings and emotions. I wanted to know what he was feeling when with her and when not with her. I wanted to know w
The Rules of Seduction, Madeline Hunter (A) - In keeping with the previous posts, I just finished this Hunter book and loved it. I wanted to read it as I had read Lessons of Desire first, out of order, and so backtracked a bit. I liked this one slightly more than Lessons though both are really good. In general I like that Hunter doesn't shy away from confronting gender politics in her books. Alexia lacks agency as consistent with 19th-century women's predicament, but additionally, she's an impov ...more
Paty Hamdan
Madeline Hunter sabe como nenhuma outra autora juntar a escrita formal dos clássicos de antigamente, com a sensualidade peculiar dos textos românticos de hoje em dia. O livro As Regras da Sedução é um exemplo clássico disso.

Durante a leitura do livro, a escrita elaborada e floreada da autora consegue nos envolver num mundo de belas carruagens, bailes e da vida em Londres na época da regência, com personagens tão característicos que parece que estamos vendo filmes antigos ou lendo algum romance d
Joana Marta
Apr 14, 2013 Joana Marta rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people that love romances
Shelves: romance, chick-lit
Apesar de me fartar com facilidade, gosto de ler romances, e gosto deles especialmente quando têm uma intriga que fazem qualquer pessoa ficar inebriada por eles. No entanto este foi um livro que me deixou algo a desejar, tinha uma expectativa diferente no que toca ao enredo do livro e ao seu desenvolvimento...

Quando Hayden surge na vida de Alexia, portador de uma realidade que muda tudo aquilo a que ela e os primos se habituaram, vêem-se numa situação, que julgam ser criada por Hayden, que os le
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Madeline Hunter is a nationally bestselling author of historical romances who lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. Her books have won two RITA awards and seven nominations, and have had three starred reviews in Publishers Weekly. In a parallel existence to the one she enjoys as a novelist, Madeline has a Ph.D. in art history and teaches at an East Coast university.
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