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

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He Must Rely On His Talents In The Bedroom...

Anthony Hamilton cannot help it. The way he looks, the way he lives, his past--it all conspires to make him a man men fear, women desire. His name fills gossip circles in a seemingly endless, lurid drama. But he's never forgotten the only woman he's ever truly wanted--yet could never have. . .

To Make Her Fall In Love. . .

Cel
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ebook, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Zebra
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Ruth
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
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Sonya Heaney
Originally posted HERE .

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 Geor
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Jan 24, 2009 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it really liked it  ·  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
willaful
Feb 11, 2011 willaful rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing  ·  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
Nanou
Aaaaaaawwwwww Anthonyyyyyyyyyy *dégouline de coeurs* *craque des tablettes de chocolat* soupirs.....

Anthony est parfait, du moment où il se rend compte que Celia n'est plus "la petite soeur de David" jusqu'a la 2eme balade en bateau, en passant par les lettres anonymes, et les conseils conjugaux donnés à Percy xD

Il fait partie de mes héros doudous lui !!

Dans les deux premiers tomes j'aimais beaucoup la maman de Celia mais là je l'ai trouvé too much... Et heureusement qu'il y avait lord warfield
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Steelwhisper
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
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♡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.
Kusanagi
Oct 30, 2015 Kusanagi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, regency, 19-ème
C'est même plus 4,5

J'ai bien aimé cette romance, la façon dont cela se met en place, le côté un peu mélancolique à un moment. C'est une romance mais c'est aussi, un peu, un roman d'apprentissage.... on a Celia, une jeune fille de 17 ans qui a sa première Saison et qui, joie bonheur trouve un époux dès cette Saison. Le jackpot. La Celia du début est l'archétype de ces jeunes filles qui débutaient, mignonne, enjouée, pleine de rêve, d'espoir et.... il faut bien le dire un peu vide.

Et puis 4 ans p
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Lady Wesley
Mar 26, 2012 Lady Wesley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, lendable
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
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Leaa
Sep 15, 2011 Leaa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Chloe Harris
Mar 01, 2010 Chloe Harris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Megan
Apr 17, 2011 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Felita Hardigaloeh
Anthony ini contoh korban gosip kalangan Ton.

Dilahirkan anak haram, dan berkelakuan tidak sesopan pria lainnya sudah cukup untuk dicap negatif. Anthony ini sudah tertarik ama Celia sejak remaja. tapi dia ragu apa Celia juga menyukainya karena statusnya. sampai di pesta dansa malam itu, komentar ga sengaja yang diucapin Celi menguatkan tekadnya untuk mendekati Celia. pertamanya Anthony minta izin dulu ke Marcus, abang sulung Celia.

sampai di depan Marcus, Anthony berapi api menjelaskan tekadnya da
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Jackie
May 08, 2015 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Far sweeter, and far more engaging, than I expected from the book's cover blurb. Lady Celia Reece marries young for love, but love fast turns to indifference and even pain when her equally immature husband grows bored with the country life dictated by his father. After her husband's death, Ceila spends a year mourning with her father-in-law, losing more and more of the vitality and spirit that made her the spark of the ton ballroom. The friend of Celia's older brother, Anthony Hamilton, who has ...more
Ilze
Apr 26, 2014 Ilze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
www.oldcountrymarket.com/

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
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D.A.
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
Jan 03, 2013 Louise Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nanette
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.
Yun Zhen
Dec 10, 2015 Yun Zhen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Somehow I couldn't stop reading and stayed up late, very late, just to finish this book. In the selection of regency romances, I felt that this was a very refreshing take. A jaded and disillusioned young widow and a bastard son who is weary of society's gossip. The realism and wariness with which they treated romance made their romance one which needed mutual understanding of each other. It is darker than most regency romances, but that's what makes it good.

The side thing going on with Lord War
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Liviania
Jun 12, 2012 Liviania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Erin
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
Julia
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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Melliane
Sep 06, 2013 Melliane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mon avis en Français

My English review

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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Susana
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Alicia
Jan 10, 2011 Alicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Wendy
Apr 20, 2011 Wendy rated it really liked it
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
Jm
Nov 13, 2013 Jm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Anne Ardeur
Dec 02, 2010 Anne Ardeur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
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
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Alyssa
Jun 09, 2013 Alyssa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 14, 2015 08:58AM  
  • Scandal of the Season (The Spinster Club, #4)
  • Lord Ruin (The Sinclair Sisters #1)
  • Simply Scandalous
  • A Rake's Guide To Pleasure (Somerhart, #2)
  • Marrying The Royal Marine (Channel Fleet, #3)
  • In the Thrill of the Night (Merry Widows, #1)
  • Her Notorious Viscount (Stoneworth, #1)
  • Lord and Lady Spy (Lord and Lady Spy, #1)
  • Confessions from an Arranged Marriage (The Burgundy Club, #4)
  • One Forbidden Evening (Grantham, #2)
  • Like No Other Lover (Pennyroyal Green, #2)
  • The Perfect Kiss (The Merridew Sisters, #4)
  • Before the Kiss (Book Club Belles Society, #0.5)
  • Midnight Scandals
  • Midnight's Wild Passion
  • Practically Wicked
  • After Dark with a Scoundrel (Lords of Vice, #3)
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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 fourteen books, she lives in New England.

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Other Books in the Series

Reece Family Trilogy (3 books)
  • What a Gentleman Wants (Reece Family Trilogy, #1)
  • What a Rogue Desires (Reece Family Trilogy, #2)

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