Proof by Seduction (Carhart, #1)
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"She was his last chance for a future of happiness..."A gifted fortune-teller from a humble background, Jenny can make even the most sophisticated skeptic believe her predictions simply by batting her smoky eyelashes. Until she meets her match in Gareth Carhart, the Marquess of Blakely, a sworn bachelor and scientist.

"He just didn't know it yet"

Broodingly handsome, Gareth...more
Mass Market Paperback, 345 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by HQN Books (first published December 15th 2009)
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UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

There are so few authors who can make me wish that I could hurry and reach the end of their novel so I can find out what happens, and yet at the same time make me wish that the novel would never end, because that would mean I would have to close the book once and for all. Courtney Milan is one such author. Another rarity among authors is the ability to write emotionally complex characters and not sound “clinical” while doing it. Again, Courtney Milan met that challenge head on and came out victo...more
Rane
Gareth Carhart, Marquess of Blakely is anger and appalled when he finds out his cousin is getting taken advantage a “Madame Esmerelda” and is out to prove she’s a fraud to free his cousin from her gasp, only he didn’t count he- himself would fall under the spell of not Madame Esmerelda but the true woman behind the costume- Jenny Keeble
Jenny has made a living as a fortune teller, but instead of telling the future to her clients, she only tells them what they want or need to hear, but when she
...more
Beanbag Love
Many of my friends have reviewed this book and they've loved it, so I don't think I'll go into too much detail. Of course, every time I say that I follow up with about six paragraphs, so we'll just have to see what happens.

Courtney Milan is a very good writer. Her premise was very nicely laid out right from the first pages. We got action, tension, and a pretty good introduction to the characters in short order.

I thought Gareth's "problem" was both fascinating and heart-breaking. Who hasn't been...more
Ally72
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Katie(babs)
When I began reading Proof by Seduction I wasn’t sure what to make of it. We have our heroine, Jenny Keeble who is a fraud by playing the role of a fortune teller named Madame Esmerelda. She lives in near poverty but because she is skilled at deceit and believes she isn’t a good person and hasn’t been since she turned nine years old, she does what she has to do to survive. Jenny is not some virginal, innocent British miss but a mature woman of thirty. The only respect she gets is from her client...more
Nisha
This book rocked. The main characters are Jenny Keeble, an educated woman who masquerades as Madame Esmeralda, a fortuneteller, and Gareth Carhart, the Marquess of Blakely, a scientifically driven, cold, awkward man. Gareth tries to unveil Jenny of her fake identity since his cousin, Ned seems to take her word as law. And so begins the battle.

I loved both of the characters. Jenny was very real and essentially a modern independent woman, who carries her share of scars. She's exceedingly smart and...more
Amy
If you knew me personally, you would know I have not read HR in years! You would also know that I would be the last person to pick up a book with the main character being a fortune teller! But this year, thanks to authors like Charlotte Featherstone and Courtney Milan I have found a new love for going back in time with some very beautifully real, flawed and engaging characters.

Gareth, The Lord Blakley, is a stone cold realist. His past shows a stern upbringing and he is taught early on that a "m...more
Elizabeth
With a tender, passionate romance, a touch of sly humor, and a gruff and incredibly sexy hero, Courtney Milan’s PROOF BY SEDUCTION is a delicious read from the first page all the way to the very satisfying ending. If you love historical romance you must read this book!
Penny Watson
Proof by Seduction by Courtney Milan

This book is delicious.

It is the equivalent of a multi course meal at a fine dining establishment. I'm thinking, luscious creamy bowl of soup as an appetizer, filet mignon and baby vegetables for entree, and lemon tart with fresh berries for dessert. Don't forget an incredible bottle of red wine.

It is decadent, satisfying, surprising, lush and beautiful.

I put off reading this book because the blurb did not sound appealing to me. The whole Madame Esmerelda thin...more
Mandi Schreiner
Prior to getting Proof By Seduction, I heard a lot of buzz about this book and debut author Courtney Milan. I was eager to get my hands on a copy, and I was just as eager to see how this book would hold up to all the talk. I am happy to say it held up well, more than well. Courtney Milan writes a very smart, funny and romantic book.

Lord Gareth Blakely is a broken man, a cold, tortured soul. He was raised to take over his title, and it left little room for fun. He knows nothing of showing his emo...more
KatLynne
Gareth Carhart– Marquess of Blakely – scientist.
Jenny Keeble – Madame Esmerelda – seer and predictor of the future
Ned Carhart – Young cousin of Gareth and client of Madame Esmerelda

Surprisingly, I loved this book. I didn’t think I would. Reading the cover, it was hard for me to imagine I would like, much less love, a hero who was so “rigidly logical, a scientist who retreated behind scientific proof”. But you soon fall in love with this broodingly handsome, complex, intense man.

I loved Jenny,...more
Keri
3 1/2 stars. This is Ms. Milan's first book, as well as being a NTM author and I have to say I was impressed.

This is the story of two very lonely people finally finding the warmth of one another after years of being out in the cold of human touch.

Gareth our hero is about as emotionless as a human being as you can be, but with his background you understand it, eventually. He can't connect with his sister or his cousin, Ned. But now that he has found out that Ned has been giving his money to Mad...more
Jennifer
This is my third Milan book and the one I've enjoyed the most so far.

The novel immersed me into the characters such that, when I was reading in their POV, I felt I could truly understand what and why they were acting. I felt why they needed each other and the love they felt for each other.

Strangely, my example for how well Milan does this involves the secondary (tertiary?)character of White, Gareth's man of business. In the beginning of the novel, White is a faceless man in a suit scribbling awa...more
Pamela(AllHoney)
The first book in the Carhart series by Courtney Milan. Jenny Keeble AKA Madame Esmerelda makes her living at telling fortunes and making people feel good. Enter Lord Blakely who knows that Madame Esmerelda is a fraud and is determine to expose her.

I had this on my TBR shelves for a while and since it looked like a quick read I decided to grab it and see how it was. I was pleasantly surprised that I liked it as much as I do. I found myself enjoying the characters and rooting for them. I did find...more
Cheryl
Excellent debut novel by newcomer Courtney Milan! There are several very good reviews already written about this book so I'll keep mine very short!

This is one of those books that you have no idea where the author is going to take the story. The situations between the hero, Gareth the Marquess of Blakely, and the heroine, Jenny or Madame Esmerelda the fortune teller, are such that honestly you can't figure out how the two of them will ever end up together with their HEA. It will have you turning...more
Kathleen
I had a hard time reading this book. It was not because I did not like the character's, I did. The story to me was just not that good. While I was reading it, I liked it but when I'd put it down, I had a hard time wanting to pick the book back up. I kept waiting for it to grab me and it did the last part of the book was very good.

If you are thinking about reading this book and read my review, please do not not read this book because of my review. Most of the woman who read this book really like...more
Charlotte Featherstone
Wonderful! Sexy, and Gareth...YUM! This book was recommended by Amy, and the girl knows what she's talking about! Thanks so much!
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I like Courtney Milan's writing. I do. But I think it says something that my favorite pieces of her work have been her short stories. Her characters are phenomenal, her plots are interesting, sex scenes are hot without crossing the line into trashy, and I enjoy the fact that her stories aren't just a bunch of superficial fluff. Real people with real issues, not all of them pretty or petty. That being said, sometimes the characters allow their issues to run roughshod over their own existences, an...more
rameau
When an uptight scientist meets an alluring fortune-teller, a clash is unavoidable. Rich and dutiful Lord Blakely is ready to fight the conniving liar Madame Esmerelda for the soul of his cousin Ned Carhart. Who could have guessed that they'd end up fighting for something else instead?

Who indeed?

It's the basic set up for a historical romance novel. A powerful aristocratic man meets a poor but somehow exceptional woman who changes him irreversibly. Naturally he does the same for her. They meet, t...more
Lady Heather
It took me a few chapters to get into this story, but once there I was hooked. The story is about a women who has posed as a fortune teller for 12 years as a means to support herself, rather than being a governess or a mistress. Jenny wants independence and self worth. Gareth is a Marquess, and a scientist who is bent on proving Jenny a fraud, when He discovers the hold she has on his dependent cousin Ned. Jenny has come to genuinely like Ned, and what started out as a means of support when Ned...more
Joy
I'm one of the fortunate few who got a free copy of this ebook at LivingSocial through Facebook, and I'm glad to be one of the first few who had the chance to read and enjoy this before its official release.

I'm a big fan of historical romances, especially those set in the Regency era and this promising author exceeded my expectations. I loved both the hero (Gareth, Lord Blakely) and the heroine (Jenny, Madame Esmeralda). There was no case of lust at first sight, but they were clearly meant for e...more
Tiko Telia
i laughed so hard at moments :D this one was a jewel :D
Sabrina
First of all, I’m hugely behind in posting this review but didn’t want to not share my thoughts. If you’re like me, you don’t always rush out to buy new authors so maybe you’re still deciding on this one or somehow hadn’t heard about it yet.

This debut book by Courtney Milan was exciting to read since it introduced a wonderful new historical writer that should provide us with many quality romances in the coming years.

One reason I really enjoyed the book, was the intricate way that Courtney deve...more
Monica
Oh jeez, I don't even know where to start! GAH. I guess I'll start at the front. First off, I LOVE the cover for this book, its absolutely beautiful. I love the use of color and again, its just gorgeous. Lets see, I love everything about this book. I love how creative Courtney Milan is in coming up with a truly unique story line. I have never read a book with a plot or story scenario quite like this one, and it works, I adored it. I love how rich each character is as well. From Gareth, to Ned, L...more
Jane Stewart
Interesting characters, but I was unhappy with the talented & intelligent heroine doing stupid things for the sake of the plot.

STORY BRIEF:
Jenny was abandoned at four years old. An anonymous person paid for her to attend a school for ladies until she was eighteen. She was unable to get a job as a governess, so she became Madame Esmerelda, a fortune teller. She has great insight into people and is able to successfully support herself and save for the future. One of her clients Ned has depress...more
Jess
I stumbled on this book while looking through some amazon recommendations and after looking at some reviews from friends decided to give it a try. Which was a good decision on my part as I really enjoyed it. It was definitely a fun book, that had a charming and quirky side to it and left me tearing up in some places as well as giggling in others. Jenny was a lovely character, she was fiercely independent and also pretty lonely. Right from the beginning I was crossing my fingers hoping that every...more
Anachronist
Synopsis:

Gareth Carhard, the Marquess of Blakely et cetera, a gifted scientist, an aristocrat and a sworn, stone-cold bachelor, has just returned from Brazil to take care of the estate and the title left to him by his grandfather. He is bored in London but he must perform his duties. For example he must save his younger cousin, Ned, from the clutches of a skillful and fraudulent fortune-teller. Ned takes him to Madame Esmerelda (a.k.a Jenny Keeble) asap– poor boy thinks that woman is a god-sent...more
Angela
Cross posted from Touch the Night

Jenny Keeble, better known for the last 12 years as Madame Esmeralda, has never been one to let life get her down. Ruined, with no references to her name, and no desire to work in a (quite literal) dead-end position, she takes the one option she sees - become a Gypsy fortune teller. Here she meets Ned Carhart, and two years past she gave him hope, brought him back from the brink of self-destruction. And she continues to see him regularly.

But on their scheduled ev...more
cecilia
What truly impressed me were the characters in this book, especially Gareth. I don't think I have ever encountered a truly memorable and unforgettable hero such as the Marquess of Blakely. Probably because I have a weak spot for the scientific gentleman with awkward social grace, and Courtney Milan created him with delicious detail that I fell in love with him as he tried to befriend his manservant and failed miserably at first. Madame Esmeralda - or her English name Jenny - was also fantastic i...more
RomanceNovelNews.com
Milan delivers a delightful debut of dueling personas

“Proof by Seduction” (Historical, HQN, 383 pages, $7.99), by Courtney Milan: Courtney Milan’s debut, “Proof by Seduction," introduces Jenny Keeble, who was abandoned by her parents and sent to a boarding school at the age of four. Her tuition was paid for by an unknown benefactor.

Now at 30, she makes a living as the fortune-teller Madame Esmerelda, speaking in a mystic tongue, predicting the obvious and spouting generalities she claims are “d...more
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“Jenny: But surely Lord Blakely could not abandon his estates for so long.
Gareth: No. Lord Blakely could not. Not unless he had someone he could trust to run his estates in his absence. And Lord Blakely...Well, Lord Blakely did not trust anyone.
Jenny: Lord Blakely is talking about himself in the third person, past tense. Its disturbing.”
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“Miss Edmonton: I don't even know where to start. It's too horrifying to even speak of.
Jenny: Nonsense. Let's start with the basics. What did your aunt tell you?
Miss Edmonton: My aunt said that my husband will come into my room and pull my skirt up. And then he'll put himself inside of me. She said it hurts. She suggested I hold my tongue and pretend I am somewhere else until he is done.
Jenny: Yes. I should think it would hurt if you did it that way. Good heavens.”
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