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Song of Seduction (Seduction #1)

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Tormented by guilt. Haunted by scandal. Freed by love.

"Austria, 1804"

Eight years ago, composer Arie De Voss claimed his late mentor's final symphony as his own and became an icon. But fame has a price: fear of discovery now poisons his attempts to compose a redemptive masterpiece. Until a new muse appears, intoxicating and inspiring him...

Mathilda Heidel renounced her own
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ebook, 384 pages
Published June 7th 2010 by Carina Press (first published May 26th 2010)
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Katie(babs)
Jun 18, 2010 Katie(babs) rated it it was amazing
January 1804 in Salzburg, Austria is a cold and unrelenting. Composer and musician Arie De Voss feels the cold deep down in his bones. His guilt eats away at him because he feels he is living a lie. His most famous composition, Love and Freedom, that has given him great accolades, haunts him. De Voss stole the composition from a man he respected and is waiting for someone to find out and accuse him of being a fraud. Arie performs like monkey, remaining silent and doing whatever he is bid. This i ...more
Melissa
Jun 13, 2016 Melissa rated it liked it
I wanted so much to love this book, and I went into it with high hopes. I was excited to read a historical romance set in an unusual setting -- 1804 Salzburg -- instead of the usual Britain, and I liked that the hero and heroine were musicians, not the typical aristocrats you find in HRs.

For some reason though, I couldn't get into it. I never got swept up in the lives of the characters or felt all that concerned about the outcome of their problems and their romance. I felt kind of detached and u
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Wollstonecrafthomegirl
Jul 30, 2015 Wollstonecrafthomegirl rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite things about reading romance is discovering an author for the first time and being engrossed and engaged and surprised by what they’ve written. Just when I think there can be nothing new about the genre (which isn’t necessarily a criticism) a little gem like Song of Seduction comes along. I have gone back and forth on the rating and settled on the full five stars, probably rounded up from 4.5. This is an ambitious book which demands a little more from the reader than the typi ...more
♦Jennifer♦
May 28, 2010 ♦Jennifer♦ rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: historical romance readers
Shelves: read-in-2010
For me, Song of Seduction has become a testament to reading beyond what I’m comfortable with. It just goes to show you that once you give something a chance, it may be surprising how much you like it. The romance was everything I expected and so much more. Regular historical romance readers will be enchanted with this, and I urge people to read Song of Seduction even if they’ve had bad experience with the genre in the past. I know that’s were I was coming from, and now thanks to this eye-opener ...more
Giedre
Jul 07, 2015 Giedre rated it really liked it
In a subgenre filled with England and Scotland set books, Song of Seduction is a real find—not only it is set in Salzburg, but the setting feels authentic. What's more, the protagonists of the book aren't members of nobility. In fact, Song of Seduction tells the story of the romance between a Dutch composer and a widowed violin prodigy. Arie and Mathilda are compelling characters, and they definitely kept my interest throughout the book. I admit, the resolution of the conflict of the book felt a ...more
Hilcia
Mar 30, 2011 Hilcia rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Hilcia by: Won copy on DIK Holiday Giveaway
(A-)

What is there not to love about Song of Seduction by Carrie Lofty? There's love, passion, angst, a different and gorgeous setting, excellent historical details and beautiful writing to top it all off.

In Song of Seduction, Lofty weaves a story where both main characters are flawed and in need of redemption and/or forgiveness in one way or another. They need to be accepted and loved as they are, for whom they are and forgiven for past injuries to others. I've always thought that flawed charact
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Christy B
Austria, 1804. That right there tells you this is going to be a unique story. It gets better, though. Eight years previous, Dutch composer Arie De Voss has become a music icon through his symphony Love and Freedom. However, this is a lie, Love and Freedom was written by De Voss' dying mentor and he has claimed it as his own. And now, in 1804, Arie is trying to prove to himself that he can write his own symphony, but the guilt and fear of discovery has halted his ability to do so.

Mathilda Heidal
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Samantha
Jul 15, 2010 Samantha rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Arie De Voss is carrying a secret; one that can change how he is perceived. He’s been living with the guilt that he claimed the critically appraised composition “Love and Freedom” as his own, stealing it from his long-time mentor. He knows the day will come that everyone will know he is a fraud. Dreading the moment he has to go to Lord Venner’s party, he reluctantly attends in hopes of obtaining students to get money. What Arie does not expect is to meet Mathilda Hiedel.

Mathilda Hiedel is coming
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Lydia Presley
My mother always taught me that if I can't say something nice, I shouldn't say anything at all. So, I'd like to take this moment to encourage her, if she's reading this, to head over to Facebook or somewhere else more pleasant where I will be nice and kind and promise to listen to her.

I wanted to say nice things about this book. I wanted to praise it, to talk about its pretty cover and I wanted to read a fascinating book that revolves around two musicians. What I got was a two-dimensional love s
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Molly Mirren
Jun 24, 2015 Molly Mirren rated it liked it
It was okay. It had a promising start, but there didn't end up being much plot, just lots of internal musing and sex. Also, the author used personification way too much. Some examples of what I mean:

"Silence blanketed the room. An exotic force borne of sensation claimed the right to govern her will."

"Unbidden questions doused his passion. Certainty folded into hesitation...Force of will did not compel him to release her hands; fear did. And greed."

"Excitement warred with guilt. Need and shame ha
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Dani St. Clair
5 stars
Altered from a review posted on Romancing the Social Sciences

Song of Seduction by Carrie Lofty was a beautifully crafted romance set in Salzburg, Austria in the early 1800s. Arie De Voss is a composer, renowned for his Love and Freedom symphony. Unfortunately for Arie's conscience, he didn't actually write it. Widowed Mathilda Heidel has always done her best to fade into the background. Her talent at violin set her apart from other young women, so she never pursued it, until her frien
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Lisa Jo
Aug 27, 2011 Lisa Jo rated it it was amazing
Carrie Lofty’s Song of Seduction is a novel of sheer perfection. Her talent and writing transcends the limits of art and emotions that can be conveyed through words on a page. Never has a book so eloquently stated the influence of music and the bond it creates between two people.

Arie is a musician who enjoys solitude and music. At the beginning he is a shallow, hollow form of a man, trapped in guilt and shame of past transgressions but still possessing a burning desire to compose music. Such det
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Sonya Clark
Aug 27, 2010 Sonya Clark rated it it was amazing
Song of Seduction caught my eye for a couple of reasons. One, it's an unusual setting for a genre (historical romance) that's usually overflowing with Regency-era minor royalty and kilt-clad Highlanders. Two, it's about music.

Arie is a composer and musician who is harboring a secret that is tearing him apart. Tilda is a gifted violinist who gave up music to marry and live a quiet life at odds with the scandal of her parent's marriage. Now widowed, she meets her idol Arie De Voss and … finds him
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Layla
Aug 01, 2010 Layla rated it it was amazing
This was a perfect romance novel with surprising depth-- even more so because it defied many of the conventions of the genre. I was intrigued by this book because while it is a historical romance, the premise seemed out of the common rut. The main story line is sweet, sad, hot and very satisfying. Neither Tilda or Arie will fade into my memory of characters, but rather will retain their integrity and shine in my recollections. I am already re-reading! But what impressed me beyond the main story ...more
Anna
Mar 05, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Respectable widow Mathilda Heidel gave up her violin when she married, much to the dismay of the friends closest to her. For years they've tried to convince her to pick up her music again, but it's not until she's introduced to her musical idol that she's inspired to play.

Arie De Voss has heard so many empty adulations over the years he's become more than a little jaded. The respect and delight in Mathilda's eyes is something new, though, and a part of him wants to be able to rise up to become t
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Jen
May 26, 2011 Jen rated it really liked it
I was teetering on how to rate this one. On the one hand, for Carrie Lofty's elegant prose and lovely flow, I wanted to give it five stars. For the story, I leaned more toward a 3.5 or 3.75. I settled on four, and I do think it's a solid four.

Arie De Voss is complicated and strange, and yet he's a respected composer in Salzburg. Even those who know him don't know him well. Mathilda Heidel holds him in the highest regard. She's a young widow, quiet and unassuming. But she loves music, and she's n
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Abby
Jun 28, 2012 Abby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, ebook
There were so many things I loved about this book. So so many. It's going to be tough going to write an objective review since all I really want to do is squee all over the place and make everyone I know read this book. So, with an attempt at coherence and objectivity, here's what I liked:

1) The setting: Salzburg, Austria 1804. (This books is set just before Portrait of Seduction.) Its mostly winter and damn, Lofty can pick a great setting. It's fresh, new and interesting. She made me feel as th
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Andita
Jun 28, 2016 Andita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost a five...

Because it was such an entrancing story. It's not a five yet because the length would put me off reading it a second time. I only give fives for the stories that are excellent and I will enjoy reading again. Carrie has a gift and I'm looking forward to more by this author.
Paula
Aug 22, 2016 Paula rated it really liked it
Very good, took me a little while to get into but I loved the romance between them, and their confidences in each other.
Holly
Jun 06, 2010 Holly rated it it was amazing
I've always been fascinated by musicians - true musicians, who live and breath musical notes. My brother is the type to always have some kind of music running through his body - his hands always moving in some strange, unconscious rhythm.

The book encompasses everything I find fascinating about musicians and wraps them in a beautiful melody of angst, pain, betrayal, acceptance and love.
Laine
Aug 24, 2012 Laine rated it it was ok
i did try my best to finish the book. i was not really interested in the musical aspect theme in a book because i am not familiar with it. the story between arie and mathilda were quite good and indeed they do have the chemistry when they are together. i was in awe of how these two are so physically attracted to each other.
Lori
Jun 27, 2010 Lori rated it it was amazing
As someone who spent the first 25 years of her life immersed in music, as a performance major, this read like a homecoming to me. Giving life not only to Arie and Tilda, but to Beethoven and Haydn (albeit the younger), I was riveted by this story of love, betrayal, acceptance, forgiveness, and redemption.
Teresa
Feb 13, 2016 Teresa rated it it was ok
Disappointed that I couldn't get into this book more. Was excited to read another Carrie Lofty novel, but thus one bored me. Wish I could have found the characters and story more interesting. It has received some good ratings, so probably was just me.
Susinok
Jun 22, 2011 Susinok rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, romance
Set in Vienna in the 1700s. One of the best books I read in 2010. It is unique in the exotic setting and the passion of the characters. Loved it.
Marg
Sep 30, 2010 Marg rated it really liked it
4.5/5 - first book I read on my ereader!

Loved the music, loved the setting. Will definitely be reading more from Carrie Lofty
RIF
Mar 30, 2013 RIF rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I enjoyed the unusual setting of Austria but got a little bored with the ups and downs of the matyrish H/h.
Gloria75
May 18, 2012 Gloria75 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Storia un pò noiosa, essendo pubblicato nella serie Seduction mi sarei aspettta molto di più.
Tanya
Aug 09, 2013 Tanya rated it did not like it
This is another one I bought a few years ago for my eReader and just got around to. HATED IT. I feel like it was written in Esperanto. I had no connection to the characters. The sex scenes were ridonkulous. Oh, and Beethoven makes an 11th hour appearance to save the day! Yay for Ludwig. Sadly, I would have rather read a book about his earwax. NEXT!
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