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A Rake's Guide to Seduction (Reece Family Trilogy #3)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  574 ratings  ·  62 reviews
He Must Rely On His Talents In The Bedroom... Anthony Hamilton cannot help it. The way he looks, the way he lives, his pastit all conspires to make him a man men fear, women desire. His name fills gossip circles in a seemingly endless, lurid drama. But hes never forgotten the only woman hes ever truly wantedyet could never have]

To Make Her Fall In Love]

Celia Reece knew Ant
ebook, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Zebra Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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I loved this book! The plot, the characters, the darkness.. It was wonderful!

It is a story about self-worth, depression, abandonment, and yes, finding the one person who really understands you and loves you. It looks at what can happen when marriages go wrong, and I particularly like that there is no one really to blame - the heroine and her first husband are not suited and not in a position to cope.

The hero is wonderful. I loved him within the first two paragraphs and just loved him more and mo
Sonya Heaney
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What’s with the ridiculous way historical romance is marketed? This book isn’t about a “guide to seduction”. I question whether it’s even about a rake!

In all the years he had known her, he had never once touched her except very properly on the hand, on the elbow, and once on the back, when he had helped her into a carriage.

Caroline Linden is one of my favourite authors in this genre because she is one of the few who actually captures what life was like back in the Georgi
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Jan 24, 2009 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shannon (Giraffe Days) by: Julie (jjmachshev) Anderson
Lady Celia Reece is enjoying her Season in London and her many admirers. She also encounters her brother David's old friend, the notorious rake Anthony Hamilton, estranged son of an Earl. When Lord Andrew Bertram proposes though she's swept off her feet and believes herself in love. Four years of bleak, disappointing, lonely marriage later and Celia is a widow. Yet she feels empty inside, hollow and sad. Although only twenty-two and just as beautiful as before, her melancholy casts a shadow. In ...more
4.5 stars. An excellent character-driven Regency romance, slightly marred by an improbable villainous plot stuck on at the end. Anthony, though no real fault of his own, has a terrible reputation amongst society; Celia married for what she thought was love and discovered she and her husband actually had nothing in common. When Celia is widowed, the two old acquaintances have a second chance to find happiness. The characters are both sympathetic and interesting and I would have been happy to read ...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
Jun 21, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: steamy historical romance lovers
Shelves: 2008-reads
Fabulous steamy historical romance from Caroline Linden. "A Rake's Guide to Seduction" explores the story of a woman who learns the difference between infatuation and love. The hero is strong, complex, and misunderstood. The heroine grows into a woman who learns her own strength and stands up for and by her man. The plot flows as smooth as aged whiskey, and the ending will put an ear-to-ear grin on your face. Now, I'm off to make sure I have copies of Linden's other books to put on my keeper she ...more
This is my 6th Caroline Linden book, and like those before I liked the plot, the setting, the attention to historical details, the adorable hero and the strong heroine.

However, once again the sex scenes were a few too many, and the sex too samey and slightly too modern. Apparently it is "the thing" lately to write lots of clit-centric sex, even into historicals. Given that a mere 50 or so years ago the average male (and female) didn't have much of an idea what a clitoris was and to which use it
♡Karlyn P♡
A compelling and well written historical, but the feel of the story was so morose and depressing through much of the book it made for quite an emotional ride. The heroine deals with depression, and while the author did a great job keeping it real I don’t think I was in the mood to read something so dark.
Lady Wesley
Delightful story!

What I Liked
*Anthony! Not exactly a tortured hero, but certainly a mistreated and misunderstood one. Yes, a rake, but also honest, caring, and proud of accomplishing so many things without the love and support of his mean earl of a father. He longs for Celia for years, but thinks he's not worthy of her love.

*Celia. Although she starts out as a typical girl having her first season, her unhappy first marriage matures her. She takes a little too long to come around to accepting A
The third and final installment of The Reece Family and I loved it. Either this one or the first installment is my favorite. It's pretty tough for me to decide. It was so terribly romantic. I'm not one for too much mush but this was just right. As I was reading I was constantly going "Oh..That's a good line." while by heart did a little sigh. I feel like a lot of romance novels are missing that lately when the main purpose usually is to just get them to bed.

First off! Celia Reece! Loved her as
Chloe Harris
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Oh, my favorite of the trilogy. Celia and Anthony were fleshed out, realistic, and UNIQUE characters. They had depth that was not depicted in their appearances in the previous books, but said depth did not contradict how they were presented previously (I love when authors successfully do that!). I loved that Anthony consistently was so concerned with making Celia laugh (even when he was bleeding and in pain!) and how that didn't change as the years passed, and how Celia's depression was presente ...more
I've been wanting to read this one for years and finally came across a copy of it in a wonderful UBS next to the Coombs Country Market in Coombs B.C. Well worth the long trip to Coombs!

The book is mostly a character-driven story of how Anthony, a somewhat tortured "rake" and self-made man, and Celia, the sister of the uptight and super-protective Marcus Reece, hero of the first story in the series, finally have a happy ending after some difficult years for Celia in her d
I enjoyed reading this book in the beginning and then at the end, but in the middle of the book, I found myself skipping pages. Perhaps it is a personal preference, but when I buy a romance book, I want to read primarily about the main characters and not as much about the supporting characters. To me, there was far too much time spent on the Dowager Duchess, Celia's mother, and various other characters in the book. I longed to see Celia and Anthony together more. I understand this was not possib ...more
Louise Allen
Caroline Linden is a new author for me and, on the strength of this, I will certainly be looking for more of her books. I enjoyed the darkness of some of the plot aspects, the fact that Celia had real issues to overcome and that Anthony was a rake with depth. The dramatic incvident near the end felt a trifle out of place, but that aside,a compellign read
Dec 07, 2013 Nanette marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Anthony (a rake who is not accepted in many circles) and Celia (widowed); the book is great and annoying simultaneously; great character development but sometimes the decisions they make dont make sense; great love scene. story of a woman who learns the difference between infatuation and love. The hero is complex and misunderstood.
I won an ARC in this novel through a contest at Dear Author. I must say I love those ladies for giving me the chance to read this book. Between the title and the blurb (neither of which describe the book very well), I never would have picked it for myself. But Jayne's favorable review and the chance to read it for free moved it up on my list.

One of the best parts about reading A RAKE'S GUIDE TO SEDUCTION were the many parts where Linden had a chance to include a Big Misunderstanding or other rid
I enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to reading more by Caroline Linden, but it definitely wasn't in my top ten or fifteen for romances. I liked Celia and I liked Anthony a lot, but I felt like it was a little too... frustrating. I thought it was really smart that Celia has to grow up before she and Anthony could really be together, but I felt like a lot of it was contrived because Anthony goes from not noticing her at all to being totally infatuated in about two and a half chapters. I ju ...more
Today I want to read a romance. So I went to my to be read shelf and look to see what was there. That's where I found this book. I did read the other two in the series quite some time ago, but the characters actually resonated well. As soon as I reencountered Celia her personality popped into my brain as similar to lots of other younger sisters who eventually go on to get their own book in the series. She's outspoken, kind and of course the belle of the Season.

Enter Anthony. He and I connected w
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Quand j’ai demandé le livre, je n’ai pas fait attention au fait que c’était un troisième tome mais je pense que cela ne pose pas de soucis et il est possible de lire chaque tome séparément. Il est vrai que je suis assez curieuse de voir ce qu’il se passe pour les autres personnages mais c’était intéressant cette fois ci de suivre Anthony et Celia.

Celia est une jeune femme en quête d’un mari et par chance, sa mère lui laisse le choix de son époux (chose qui e
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This was a really awesome historical romance. I would say anyone who isn't use to reading these types of romance should read it. Since I do usually read historical romance, I sort of fit that category. The reason I say this is because, this book really helps you understand the society in this time frame. Where girls marry young with only dreams of marriage. When they dream of landing a respectable man, with plenty of riches. Where gossip plays a big part of the society, because it can make or br ...more
This was my first Caroline Linden book - where did they have her hidden? This is a great story. Celia, the debutante, is the only person who can see beyond the gossip about Anthony Hamilton - the man who used to let her fish with them when she was younger, before he was a rake, before her mother banned her from speaking to him. Anthony finally gets up the nerve to ask for permission to court her only to be told that she has just accepted an offer. Seeing she is 'happy', he decides to step back. ...more
Quelle belle découverte ! Caroline Linden nous offre une très jolie romance historique, traitée de façon intelligente et un sujet peu lu. Elle est clairement une auteure à suivre.

Celia Reece est une jeune débutante à la recherche de son futur époux. Belle et intelligente, elle refuse de juger le scandaleux Anthony Hamilton, l'ami de son frère David, qu'elle connaît depuis son enfance. Rejeté par son père, le jeune homme tente de survivre en gagnant de l'argent aux tables de jeux et en en investi
Anne Ardeur
I enjoyed this story immensely. It is a fun, lighthearted romance without any extended Dramatic Plot Lines and with some nicely hot sex scenes and a feel-good ending. Though this is the third book in Caroline Linden's series about the Recce family, it is the first one I read, and compelled me to go buy the other two.

The Token Dramatic Plot at the end of the story felt a little tacked-on, as it didn't really tie into anything that had happened earlier - in fact, I didn't even connect Ms. F's name
I've read lots and lots of romance novels. Usually (in most books I've read) the story is about the guy being a womanizer and a jerk who always ends up hurting the girl. The girl, on the other hand, is always insecure (with herself and her relationship with the guy).
It's just refreshing to read something like this one where the girl puts all of her trust in the guy even if everyone is against what she believes in. She didn't lose her faith in him.
The guy, on the other hand is really dedicate

Don't go by name... I downloaded this book just as it was similar to superb books. I read the summary, I liked the story.
There isn't much of "seduction" except for few pages in te end. But, this story is worth it.
And it also has conversation in the Lady and Mr. terms. So awesome to read so :D
I liked it. And recommend it to my friends :)
Karen Wilson
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Joanne Veloria
I like the hero, Anthony but not much of Celia. And again, I don't know how many times do I have to say this on my reviews but the story is written in fast mode. Much to my surprise what I like about this is that I adore Rosalind more than Celia.
I enjoyed this book, it had a little more depth than many books in this genre. I picked it up expecting some light reading, and was surprised at how dark and depressing it was at some points.
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Caroline Linden earned a degree in mathematics from Harvard and worked as a programmer in the financial services industry before realizing writing fiction is much more exciting than writing code. Now the author of twelve books, she lives in New England.

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