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Then Comes Seduction (Huxtable Quintet #2)

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Mary Balogh's The Secret Mistress.

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bestselling author Mary Balogh sweeps us back in time to an age of scandal and glittering society—and brings to life an extraordinary family: the daring, passionate Huxtables. Katherine, the youngest sister—and society’s most ravishing innocent—is about to turn the tables on the i
ebook, 448 pages
Published March 24th 2009 by Dell (first published January 1st 2009)
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Mar 28, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
Mary Balogh does it again! "Then Comes Seduction" is a perfect read if you like bad-boy-redeemed-by-good-girl stories. There's more to it than that, of course, but I figure if this is your type of book...that's enough to get you interested.

On his 25th birthday, Jasper makes his most infamous bet. He will seduce the virtuous society virgin of his buddies' choice. They select none other than Katherine, cousin to his brother-in-rakehellness, Constantine. All proceeds according to plan, until the fi
While I enjoyed reading this book, it wasn't all that amazing. There was something missing, and for the life of me, I can't figure it out.

The story is about the 3rd Huxtable, Katherine and the disreputable rake, Jasper. Their meeting begins as a wager, in which Jasper must seduce the chaste Katherine, completely. Yes, ladies, as in, enough to ruin her. But somehow, during their hot and heavy make out scene, Jasper grows a conscience, and decides to back out, losing his first wager. Of course, K
This one reminded me of Liz Carlyle's The Devil You Know, not so much because of the storyline, although there is a similarity there as well (marriage of convenience between a rakehell and a proper heroine), but mainly because of the atmosphere and style. In both books the hero is apparently a happy, selfish, womaniser rakehell, who surprisingly has a touch of decency deep down, but he also has a tortured past, which is always hinted at, but revealed fully only in the end. However, the heroine i ...more
Lady Wesley
Feb 19, 2015 Lady Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
As I began I noted that this audio book was not by my fave narrator, but definitely one of my fave authors. Now that I've finished listening, I must join my friend Caz in declaring Anne Flosnick not my cuppa.
Mar 26, 2009 seton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: rakephiles
Shelves: wager
IMO, this was Balogh's best book in 7 years.

Katherine came across as empty white space in the previous book and she really isnt much more interesting here but this book reminds me that Balogh gives good rake. She dont do them too often but when she does, they always seem to be pretty effective.

Now, is this book as good as the Balogh of the Signet regencies?


Balogh's style is more steamline now and my emotions were not in the least engaged. However, intellectually I can recognize that this w
Liz (Kindles & Wine Book Blog)
This certainly wasn't a BAD book. It was good. It was fine. Oh my, it was boring. This is the second book in the Huxtable Family series. The Huxtable family was poor-ish. Mostly poor. They could afford food and whatnot. But they couldn't really afford new clothes and they scrimped and saved so that they could send the only boy in the family to a good school when it was time (a year or two?). Its 3 sisters and a brother. Anyways, they're living their poor but happy life in this teeny little town, ...more
Ana T.
Apr 23, 2009 Ana T. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a bit worried about starting this one. The first book in the series wasn’t exactly a favourite and the characters I really want to read about are Margaret and Con. However, Balogh still is one of my favourite authors and I do like to read series in order so I picked it up.

Right in the first few chapters one scene annoyed me tremendously. Jasper is a rake, since he sets out to ruin a young, innocent girl, who never did anything to him, on a whim is enough to see that he is one of the worst
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
Please don't ask me to read another page of this bok...Because I just Cant...No seriously..... please dont make me do it.

Just No.

BJ Rose
Apr 01, 2009 BJ Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-regency, keepers
This is really a 4.5* book, and would have been a 5* if there had been more to Katherine in the first 1/3 of the book.

At 25, Jasper is a good-for-nothing rakehell, with no apparent reason for his selfishness. We quickly discover that he does have a conscience, but silly Katherine is scared enough to run home to the country for 3 years. When she returns she should be older & wiser, but it takes a social disaster that could ruin her family before she thinks of anyone but herself. I know that I
I love a predatory rake and the hero in this story fits the bill. He's cynical, unfeeling, arrogant and totally debauched. He's also totally irresistible. It's possible that he is somewhat modelled on Sir Percy Blakeney played by Trevor Howard in The Scarlet Pimpernel - outwardly uninterested in everything, with a scathing wit, but with a hidden soul and deep sense of responsibility, and underneath it all just a naughty boy, really. The story was nice enough for the first half, but really picked ...more
Jul 14, 2015 fleurette rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to fleurette by: Becky
It was a nice and easy read, probably not the book I will remember for ages but definitely a fun read it was a pleasure to spent my time with. I have read many other books by Mary Balogh and I mostly enjoyed them. This one was not an exception.

What I liked the most are the characters. They are so charming I instantly liked them. And I love the interaction between Katherine and Jasper, especially the witty dialogues between them, they made me laugh my head off so many times. It was a nice and sw
This book is definitely a matter of taste. Balogh's writing is good and there was nothing "wrong" with the book. My issue was that it's very fluffy and there's little to no action. Lots and lots of discussion of semantics and cute banter. I like kittens and towels to be fluffy, but prefer my entertainment to be more edgy or at least extremely witty. I was quite honestly bored out of my mind.

I don't want to spoil it, but will say this. If you read the book description you may think this is about
Feb 09, 2016 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
Ok, I really enjoyed this.

I loved the set up (which honestly could have gone awry easily, but was handled well) and the fact that something that started as a public challenge became a personal issue between them. The time lapse, too, was nicely done.

Jasper himself was balanced well and I liked how his complications became clearer to the reader and to Katherine as the book moved along.

Also, the verbal sparring, especially the semantics, between them was really fun for me.

There were some slow
Apr 26, 2009 Aelel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I picked this book up because I liked the dress on the cover, and I was looking for a little bit of light, mindless reading. I must say, however, that I enjoyed this book. At first I was rather suspicious, because the plot was starting to resemble something right out of Dangerous Liaisons (which no one has a right to steal), but it thankfully turned courses and was just a fun read about two people denying their feelings in a stuffy British society.

Jasper is a Baron and womanizer,
Jul 14, 2010 Jessi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary: In a night of drunken revelry, Jasper Finley, Baron Montford, gambles his reputation as London's most notorious lover on his ability to seduce the virtuous Katherine Huxtable. For Katherine, Jasper's offer is irresistible: to make London's most dangerous rake fall in love with her. Then Jasper suddenly ups the ante by asking her to become his wife. -- JCPL Catalog

First Line: Jasper Finley, Baron Montford, was twenty-five years old.

This novel didn't have perfect flow, but it did address
The second novel in Balogh's "Huxtable Quintet", which follows the romance of youngest sister Katherine with notorious rake, Jasper Finley, the Baron of Montford.


The book opens where a drunken Jasper wages that within a fortnight, that he can seduce an innocent maid. His friends pick Katherine, who is renowned for her beauty as well as her innocence. Jasper nearly succeeds, but at the last minute stops himself and reveals to Katherine the nature of his seduction. Three yea
Jun 07, 2010 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I am a long time Regency reader, I had never read a Mary Balogh book until I received First Comes Marriage as a Goodreads Giveaway. I enjoyed the book so much, I had to read the rest of the series.

Book two starts out with a thoroughly unlikeable hero. While foxed, Lord Montford makes a wager to seduce an innocent . . . specifically, the youngest Huxtable sister, Katherine. Although I could have forgiven him for making the wager while drunk, he planned to follow through even after he was
I tried to read this all in one sitting. I really tried. Alas, that proved impossible as I had started the book close to 1 in the morning, but by all that matters on heaven and earth I really did want to finish this in one sitting.

Because this book has easily found its way onto my favorites list, for more than one, two, even three reasons. Now, shall we count the ways...?

1. Katherine. Katherine. Katherine. Katherine! I thought she was awesome. More than awesome. Cool, principled, headstrong, in
I liked this one better than the first in this series. Although I did feel that Katherine's character changed. She seemed much younger and more exuberant in the first book, and this one she was much more mature, which could be because it was 3 years later, but it seemed like more than that. Sort of like her personality changed a little with her maturity.

I really liked Jasper, even though you never knew if he was being honest or putting on a show. He was good at being charming. I liked that after
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Aug 25, 2013 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency-romance
The second installment in the Huxtable series is the story of Katherine (Kate) Huxtable and Jasper Finley, Baron Montford. This story ticks all the boxes: a beautiful heroine, a handsome rake, outrageous wagers, scheming relatives, ton gossip leading to possible ruination of reputations.
Kate and Jasper are caught in a scandalous situation, and the only way to salvage their reputations is to marry. Much of the book deals with a wager between Kate and Jasper , and this part of the book drags. The
This book was an average read for me. There was just something missing...a real connection that would make feel as if I understood this people or what they were going through. The hero was fun but his reasons for not believing in love were totally bogus. And the heroine was so obsessed with love that it became tiresome. I know, I know what you'll say...of course in romance heroines are always thinking of love but this woman was demanding love. She even said at some point that there shouldn't be ...more
Beth Johnson
May 09, 2015 Beth Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hea, 2015-reads
I liked the OTP in this novel almost from the beginning; however, I found the heroine's romanticism and the hero's cynicism tiring. Balogh seems to do a really good job at beating a theme into the ground. The best moments were when he would open up about his life or when she would just let go and feel. I'm glad that the subplot was pretty minor, although it was kind of entertaining (even though I hate the "shrill older relative" trope a little). I'm still interested in the Huxtables, but I'm not ...more
Dec 24, 2009 Mommalovesbaby rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a disappointment. I had previously liked books by this author (the Simply series), however, I have been unimpressed with the Huxtable Quintet series.
There is very little plot or intrigue. There isn't much drama between the couple. There isn't much suspense, tension, or even romance.
Both of these books in the series are a watered down plot of "First Comes Marriage, Then Comes Seductions. Both books have the theme in common that the couples are just trying to find love and are unsur
Juletta Gilge
Cute and a fluffer book. Cheesy and romantic, you know, the usual.
Ugh. Just as bad (worse?) than the first. I doubt I'll ever read another book by this author.
Aug 27, 2015 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Baron of Montford was issued a dare on the night of his 25 birthday. He was an already notorious Rakehell but this dare would make him legendary! He was to deflower Katherine Huxtable within a fortnight. Within a few days Monty found a way to get the delectable Katherine Huxtable alone at Vaxuhill when her family was out of town and the Viscount's mother was suppose to be watching her. He set out to slowly and deliberately seduce her so by the time she realized what she was doing it would be to ...more
Zel Polev
Aug 18, 2015 Zel Polev rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Lisa Creane
Boy did Balogh set herself a high mark with this redemption tale. Jasper, like Sebastian in Lisa Kleypas's Devil in Winter, is a blackheart in truth, not an honorable man whose actions make him look like one (such as Duncan in At Last Comes Love). What he does to start the book is pretty despicable.

But villains certainly have the most room for growth, and Balogh doesn't skimp on the self-reflection and mining of childhood traumas to find both the source and the cure for Jasper's flaws. Each tim
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Mary Jenkins was born on 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK. After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high-school English, on a two-year teaching contract in 1967. She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting. She also enjoys watching tennis and curl ...more
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Huxtable Quintet (5 books)
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