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Seven Secrets of Seduction (Secrets #1)

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,458 Ratings  ·  177 Reviews

Scandalous and provocative, The Seven Secrets of Seduction is an intoxicating insight into the mind of men and the desires of women; and the book has all the ton talking.

Secret #1: Every good seduction begins with a baited hook . . .

Well-educated, but not part of society, Miranda Chase is just as captivated by the erotic pages as everyone else in London. Intrigued by the

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Mass Market Paperback, 372 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Avon
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Catherine
*Originally read 9/4/10*

I think whatever I say about this book won't do it nearly as much justice as I feel it deserves. When you think about the plot, it seems like it has been done to death and that it's just a cliche. But this author takes every expected outcome or reaction and twists it in an unexpected manner. When you would normally see a dramatic moment or a villainous character, you don't end up with the expected. It was so refreshing!

Miranda was a simply awesome character. She's a "lowl
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Juliana Philippa
~ A *must-read* with a wonderful story, two complex leading characters, and sizzling chemistry (4.5 stars) ~

[1820 - London, England:]
This is my first book by Anne Mallory and *oh my lord* - what a book it was!!! For some reason, Mallory's other books have never appealed to me and/or I haven't gotten around to reading them yet, but the premise of Seven Secrets of Seduction sounded interesting so I took a chance and pre-ordered it from Amazon. I am unbelievably glad that I did! The book starts off
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Rane
Jun 21, 2012 Rane rated it it was amazing


It's been awhile since I read such a sensual and there's nothing more sensual then Seven Secrets of Seduction, the words just burn off the pages and the batter between Maximilian, Viscount Downing and Miranda Chase was very fresh and never stilled.

Miranda is my favorite type of heroine, she's smart and clever, plus she's just a shopgirl, not some rich woman of the ton. Maxim was at times a true mystery as the author gave us more of Miranda view then Maxim until later, by then we're so in thra
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TJ
Oct 27, 2011 TJ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike many books, this one is exactly what the title suggests. Every paragraph, every page, every thought throughout the first half was about titillation, nothing more, nothing less. Maximilian is an expert at seducing young women for the sheer game of it and he always succeeds. So, when he decides to deflower and open the eyes of sweet Miranda, the idealistic but innocent bookstore worker, it is a given he will get what he wants - he always does. Miranda is supposed to be a smart, observant ye ...more
Quinn
Aug 29, 2015 Quinn rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Quinn by: Keri
Wow. I must say a great big thank you to my GR friend Keri for sending me this recommendation. I REALLY enjoyed Seven Secrets of Seduction by this new to me author.

Miranda Chase, an avid book-lover, works in her uncle’s book store. Unable to overcome her fears and fully embrace the world at large, she fulfills her dreams through the pages of her beloved books. One day, an irritating, confusing, devilish man enters the shop and proceeds to turn Miranda’s life upside down. Unbeknown to Miranda, h
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Keri
Aug 14, 2010 Keri rated it it was amazing
I hope that I can give this book a worthy enough review.

During the first couple of chapters I was irritated at the prose and at what I perceived as flowery writing. But slowly Max didn't only end up seducing Miranda, he was also seducing me. There began my love of the book. Ms. Mallory, eventually relaxed the prose and just let the book flow and IT DID! Miranda is a lowly shop woman in correspondence with two men..one an old crotchety curmudgeon and a hot new author that has just put out the Se
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Ruth
This is a very difficult book for me to review. There were some aspects which I really appreciated, that were quite honest and emotional, but there were also some aspects that had me almost putting it down unfinished at several points. I rated it 3 stars, but it's really 2.5 stars - halfway between "It was OK" and "I liked it".

Things I really liked about this one:-

- In some respects, it captures more of the cruelty of Society than all the books that include Almack's or virginal ladies of the Ton
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Ally72
Jun 29, 2010 Ally72 rated it really liked it
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Dinjolina
Jun 30, 2011 Dinjolina rated it it was ok
It was an ok book but very pretentious. It took a very long time before the characters got to any kind of business, and even after they did it was all written is such a philosophical manner that I wanted to take a cold cloth to my forehead. It's not that it was particualry hard to understand,it was just that that level of wanna be intelectual speach got on to my nerves. Why say 'Then she left' when you can say 'She drew her fingers over the juncture of the door, where the wood protruded, separat ...more
Gio
Apr 28, 2016 Gio rated it it was amazing
Character Driven
Dialogue Based Story
Emotionally Clever Dialog
Low to Almost No Angst
Low Drama
Bluestocking Heroine
Quick Witted Smart Heroine
Silver Tongue Hero
Devilishly Charming Hero
Wordplay
Verbal Sparring Literal Versus Figurative
Double Entendres
Seduction
Poetic Sentimental Writing
Slow Burn
Low Steam


Jane Stewart
Sep 03, 2011 Jane Stewart rated it it was ok
Shelves: regency-romance
I did not like it. Characters were not interesting. Plot didn’t do anything for me.

STORY BRIEF:
Miranda works in a bookshop for her uncle. She loved the book titled “Seven Secrets of Seduction.” She has been corresponding with Mr. Pitt who wrote a harsh criticism of the book for the local paper. Maximilian (Max) is a viscount. He visits the bookshop and begins flirting with Miranda. He then hires her to come to his home to reorganize his personal library. He begins seducing her. She tries not to,
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Katyana
Aug 22, 2010 Katyana rated it it was amazing
I really really enjoyed this book. At its heart, it is a simple story, but the characters are so wonderfully alive that it becomes very engaging. The interplay between the hero and heroine was wonderful, and I also loved the author's nod to classic Shakespearean comedy.

There were no villains in this book. And I loved that - too often that layer to HR feels false or forced to me. This was just a wonderfully fun story, told skillfully. I will definitely be looking into other books by Anne Mallory
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Elaine
Jan 29, 2016 Elaine rated it liked it
I had a hard time figuring out how I ought to rate this book. I think the author could have done so much with the set-up. I feel I was built up for this spectacular story and it quite didn't get there. I absolutely loved the heroine. She was perfect in every way. The hero was ok too, I just wish there was more from his POV so we'd get to know some more about the reasons behind his actions. I also felt like the ending was too abrupt and rushed. In my opinion the last chapter should have been 5 ch ...more
Nisha
I've read this book 1.5 times, considering how I started this book last year and had to reread it to figure out what's going on. The first time I read it, I was having trouble getting into the book. The 2nd time around, it didn't feel any different, except I really wanted to finish the book, so I am going to conclude that the first half of the book is kinda slow. But the fact is, the entire book is kinda slow. This doesn't mean that it was a bad book, but Ms Mallory relied on subtle emotion and ...more
Dina
Mar 25, 2012 Dina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FAN-TAS-TIC!!!
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Jul 03, 2011 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: historical romance readers
A seduction using wit, a brush of a hand, a whispered word...

The catalyst for this historical romance is a titillating book titled The Seven Secrets to Seducation written by a referred to character named Eleutherios. It's 1820 and Miranda Chase is a shopgirl working in a bookstore. Maximilian, Viscount Downing arrives at the bookstore to pick up a package. Miranda and Maxim thereby begin a lively and witty discussion about Eleutherios' great selling book. Eventually, these two characters make a
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Emily
Dec 20, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing
Miranda Chase works her Uncle's bookstore without any hesitation, for her love of books is her only true passion. Not one to step out in society, Miranda has chosen to live her life in a small literary circle, usually only reading about adventures.

When Maximilian, Viscount Downing enters the store while Miranda is fully emersed in a fascinating novel he is completely entranced by the woman with a firm tongue and independent streak. Maxim finds ways to get closer to Miranda, wanting to keep her c
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Emma
Jun 24, 2010 Emma rated it it was ok
After 100 pages I couldn't bring myself to read further. While I can definitely appreciate Anne Mallory's writing, I found the hero too annoying for words. Can you enjoy a book if you can't stand the hero ? Well, I know I can't.
Lover of Romance
Apr 21, 2013 Lover of Romance rated it really liked it
Miranda Chase, runs her uncle's bookshop, and has a passion for a good read. While totally captivated in the newest gothic novel, she is interrupted by a stranger who makes her think of silken sheets and temptation beyond her wildest dreams. When there is a mix up in his book order, she heads off to return his book to him. She there learns that he is none other than The Viscount Downing, the one man that is notorious for his sensuality and power. Miranda knows that she in trouble when she reluct ...more
Lady Wesley
Jan 11, 2012 Lady Wesley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just awful. I can't believe that this book was rated A on All About Romance. Rather than even attempt my own review, I'll just quote from my friend Moss:
Painfully slow, dripping with entendres that fall embarassingly flat, the limpest and most feeble of plots to prop it up, a hero and heroine who try to be much cleverer than they are and pitiful scraps of sexy times that whimper and drag themselves away with shame before your brain can process them.

I'd like to say I loathed this book, but the t
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Sofia Lazaridou
Sep 21, 2012 Sofia Lazaridou rated it it was amazing
#1:Every good seduction first begins with a baited hook.
#2:Once the hook is in place the lure must be set
#3:Pull forth or use the unexpected.Create havoc and relish in the chaos.Put her off guard even if she is on guard at the same time.
#4:Never lose control...and never let another pull your strings without your consent.Own your own thoughts.Know your confidense and she will fall at your feet.
#5:Some are more pipe for sedution cthan the others.But the sweetest fruit is the woman who doesnt real
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LuvGirl
The last book I tried by AM ,“Three Nights Of Sin” was underwhelming, so when I came across this book I was reluctant to invest my time and money, but I am so glad that I decided to give her another chance! Seven Secrets of Seduction was captivating! There were so many things to love about this book. I loved the hero’s mysterious demeanor. He gave you a little of himself at a time and left you wanting more. This might be a problem for some readers as you are left in the dark about his motives fo ...more
J. Leigh Hunter
Jul 05, 2013 J. Leigh Hunter rated it did not like it
Story and Writing Style
Blech. This book was so boring. There was just no conflict! It was one insipid, confusing roller coaster dialogue after another, and it was pointless to root through. It was as if “invigorating” dialogue was going to suddenly improve a tiresome story about a woman’s infatuation with a writer and the hero’s infatuation with her. And everything, it seemed, centered around his smile—how it curved, slid, spread across his face, tilted at the edges. It seemed every line surroun
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June
Jul 15, 2013 June rated it it was amazing
This is my first read from author Anne Mallory and I think I need more of her back list. The passions and humor blend nicely together in Seven Secrets of Seduction. I love Miranda's type, witty, dreamer, and a bit of fear to move forward, maybe I love her bacause I can see myself on her character (well excluding the fact that he got hot viscount wrapped on her finger, LoL.
Although Hero's POV in this book were very few, but I think it give air of mystery to his character. Okay, he's a jerk exrao
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Danielle
Sep 27, 2010 Danielle rated it it was ok
I gave this book two stars just because it had a satisfactory ending but all in all I did not like this story at all. The hero, Maximilian, aka Lord Downing was not a likable character. He was so full of himself throughout the story and treated the heroine, Miranda Chase quite shabbily. It was very hard to find some redeeming aspect in his character.

Sadly, the heroine Miranda Chase was no better in my eyes. The author initially described Miranda as a practical shop girl, who had a passion for b
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Nadia
The beginning was so fun but near the end it became such a sad story that I began to doubt in HEA for the heroes. And by the end I loved them both dearly. They was such a nice couple. Well, I'm not sure if I'm glad that author didn't show us how he broke the engagement or not. This way I can dream that is was Charlotte who broke it off cause she hoped for true love too. I'm romantic like that. I also was confused with her uncle. How he could be so negligent I have no idea. And what with all that ...more
Kit
Jun 08, 2010 Kit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adored
A mesmerizing romance. I agreed with some of the negative reviews about the hero viscount Downing- he was a prig. There was a time period realism to him that I thought was fascinating. I found him poignant and frustrating at the same time. When it came down to it. Miranda, brilliant with an ability to find joy in her circumstances (as Downing says, her vibrancy) and Downing trapped within the confines of his life expectations given his station and his parents influence became quite compelling. I ...more
Pamela(AllHoney)
The first book in the Secrets series by Anne Mallory. This one started slow for me and I even laid it down and went on to other books. I got it from the library and its due back tomorrow so I picked it up and forced myself to continue. It got better but not great.
Lady Heather
May 09, 2012 Lady Heather rated it it was ok
The story was good but, I found the writing confusing if not 'shallow' at time.
I had a higher expectation of this book, and felt 'jipped' I'm sad to say.
Katie(babs)
May 18, 2010 Katie(babs) rated it it was ok
The hero annoys the crap out of me. Can't understand his double speak entendres. So not sexy.
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