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The Seduction of His Wife (The Hallaway Sisters #1)

3.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  462 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
Emma Hallaway has not seen her husband in twelve years—and that's fine with her. As a young girl, she'd agreed to a simple marriage of convenience, allowing her to pursue her private passion for painting. And though unknown to the rest of polite society, Emma is now one of the most daring and sought-after artists in London. However, when her secret is threatened to be expo ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 339 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Tammy Walton Grant
Jan 14, 2011 Tammy Walton Grant rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: readers of erotic historicals
The good news: I won a book! I won a book!!! (I received this book for free through the GoodReads First Reads). The bad news: 2 stars. Not for me, I'm afraid.

I really wanted to like this book. New author, a fellow Canadian, great plugs from other authors, the storyline is one of my favourites (older/spinsterish heroine and her long-away 'husband of convenience' fall in love), what's not to like? Quite a bit, as it turns out. A couple of 'bits' are big enough that I'm starting off with them, in
Lover of Romance
Emma Hallaway has been married for twelve years, and hasn't seen him since their wedding night. Emma is a painter, and has a talent for painting nudes, and is renown for her paintings. But when a man she thought friends, betrays her and threatens to reveal who she really is, unless she becomes his mistress, Emma is determined to make sure that never happens, because she would do anything to protect her sisters and keep them from scandal and ruin. But while in London, she runs across the one man ...more
Rating: 2.5/5

I have a soft spot for reunion stories, but this one didn't quite cut it for me. The pacing is dilapidated, so it was difficult to stay engaged. The sex is at odds with the prose — I don't think there's a need for purple euphemisms when you're using crude colloquialism at the same time!

That being said, there are gems in all this: it's a book that certainly has surprises—good and bad!
Historical Romance Books
“The Seduction of His Wife” by Tiffany Clare

Emma Hallaway loves to paint beautiful women in erotic poses as her hobby. When she was younger, she sold a painting of herself, that she painted, to a man that she befriended. Now, he is about to show everyone her painting and reveal that she paints nude women because she refuses to be his mistress. How is Emma going to deal with the exposure of her painting? She knows that her family name will be tarnished for life. She also knows that her younger si
May 30, 2011 Kay rated it liked it
Shelves: regency-romance
There were a lot of things I liked and some I didn't. The story was good if a little farfetched. The sex was hot. Here's the summary:

Richard was forced to marry Emma when he was 19 and she was 15. After consummation he leaves the Continent, for twelve years! No contact whatsoever with her or his father. He then builds an opium empire. He decides, 12 years later that it is getting too dangerous a profession and he and his partners are trying to sell their shares. He also thinks it is time to bege
Jo (My House of Books)
I had read Ms. Clare's previous/debut book, The Surrender of a Lady. While its premise was intriguing and unusual, I just could not connect with the characters, especially in the latter half of the novel. Thankfully I didn't have a problem with The Seduction of His Wife. Seducing one's own wife? I'm there!

Emma and Richard have what's considered a norm of the times: an arranged marriage. The snippets at the beginning of each chapter, I assume, are letters Emma wrote but did not send to Richard. I
Book Review Diva
Jan 11, 2012 Book Review Diva rated it really liked it
“The Seduction of His Wife” by Tiffany Clare

Emma Hallaway loves to paint beautiful women in erotic poses as her hobby. When she was younger, she sold a painting of herself, that she painted, to a man that she befriended. Now, he is about to show everyone her painting and reveal that she paints nude women because she refuses to be his mistress. How is Emma going to deal with the exposure of her painting? She knows that her family name will be tarnished for life. She also knows that her younger si
May 24, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
A surprisingly wonderful read! The last book that I read where the husband and wife had been separated for years was rather horrible. So going out on a limb I picked up this book and was more than just a little bit delighted with what I found.

Emma and Richard have been married for 12 years, and aside from there wedding night they have been apart for 12 years. While Richard has been out seeking adventure in the east, Emma has been making quite a name for herself (though no one knows that it is h
Mar 08, 2011 April rated it it was amazing
THE SEDUCTION OF HIS WIFE by Tiffany Clare is a delightful historical romance set in 1848 London. The hero in this story had an appearance in "Surrender of a Lady". This is a story of abandonment by a husband who returns after twelve years,of making sacrifices for love,being true to yourself,reacquainting with the person you left behind.After twelve long years of abandonment by her husband,Emma,has made a life for herself by painting erotic portraits unknown,and remaining a Lady. She is now bein ...more
Sep 14, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
Loved this story so much more than her first. Don't get me wrong, Surrender of a Lady was a good story, but I felt The Seduction of His Wife had so much more depth. We were introduced to the Earl of Asbury in the first story so automatically I'm not a fan of his to begin with. There was so much character development that had to happen on his end to make me learn to like and appreciate him. Emma had worked so hard to build up her life without her husband around and become independent without him. ...more
Shaguftaa Seher
May 12, 2011 Shaguftaa Seher rated it it was amazing
a wonderful clare just rocks!!!
the story goes about a heroine who lives in her own artistic world unawares of her hubby who suddenly returns into her life.........great plot.......very interesting........a must read for all the book-worms and romance lovers!
Fay Ann Hollcroft
Oct 23, 2013 Fay Ann Hollcroft rated it really liked it
GREAT READ!! The sisters are SOOOO hilarious! They are creative in challenging each other. Normally its the men but in real life it's male or female. It's finally time I was able to read about females just having FUN for a change.
Apr 14, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it
Just started 4/11/11 .
Good read bu those who have an aversion to somewhat crude/risqué language may find some parts offensive

I'd add this author to my A list!
Oct 21, 2011 Kelly rated it it was amazing
wow the intercourse was definitely there! Every page of the book! but the book was good. I thought it plot moved a little too fast!
Oct 15, 2012 Katrina rated it really liked it
I quite enjoyed this historical was a very easy read and the characters were likeable.
Plenty of steamy scenes!
Mar 15, 2011 Donna rated it really liked it
If you like historical romances with lots of drama, twists and turns, you will enjoy this book!
Sep 14, 2011 Angela9600 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never read this author before- will definitely be looking into other books she has written.
Guida Micael
Jun 17, 2012 Guida Micael rated it it was amazing
Tiffany Clare does not disapoint. The Seduction of his wife is funny and witty.
Dec 28, 2011 Sutton rated it it was amazing
Ms. Clare just gets better and better. Loved it.
Jan 22, 2011 Gannon rated it it was amazing
Another winner for Tiffany!!
Laura Wright
Jul 04, 2011 Laura Wright rated it really liked it
Love this kind of theme..
C'est le premier livre écrit par cette auteur que je lis, et à la lumière de certains avis négatifs que j'avais eus l'occasion de voir avant de commencer ce livre, j'ai trouvé cette histoire plus divertissante de ce à quoi je ne m'attendais pas.
Il s'agit ici d'une histoire de mariage arrangé où les époux séparés juste après la nuit de noces se retrouvent réunis après 12 ans.
L'histoire est assez originale par rapport aux romances historiques que j'ai eu l'occasion de lire: Emma, l'héroïne, est
May 01, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it
Fun read
May 20, 2011 Deboki rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I've finally gotten over my hatred of cheesy romance novel titles, so I was willing to overlook this book's title because the premise sounded intriguing. A man who has ignored his wife after their wedding night is suddenly interested in her. In his absence, the abandoned wife took up erotic painting and is now caught up in trying to shut up a potential scandal. The problem for me is that I didn't really care because the characters were just so...blah. According to the summary, the husband is int ...more
May 28, 2012 Regina rated it liked it
This was one of those gentle reads that easily moves from scene to scene without much excitement. I kept waiting for the story to pick up the pace, but it never really did. On the flip side, the sex was well done, rather on the spicy side, and a somewhat weird transition in writing styles.

Richard was not your typical hero with a womanizing past; instead, he dealt in the seedier side of the opium trade (a unique background for a hero). He didn't have a clue how to handle his wife, Emma, and all t
Sep 21, 2012 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I have a bit of mixed feelings about this book. It started out strong and the premise was very interesting and unique. I liked the wary/delicate dance that Emma and Richard do at the beginning trying to reconcile their misconceptions of each other and their current attraction. I appreciated how Richard had to come to realize and make up to Emma the last dozen years that he abandoned her and how Emma didn't let him off the hook. The explanation of his abandonment and her growth was real and fl
holly quigley
Mar 28, 2012 holly quigley rated it did not like it
Ugh. This book had a lot of promise in the idea. Unfortunately, everything else about it was an uneven mess. I'm so annoyed that I wasted my time on this wreck that I'm not sure I even want to bother explaining *why* it's such a mess. I'm thoroughly aggravated that I bothered to read the entire thing. It should have been a DNF, but I stuck it out in the hopes that it would get better. Instead, it got smuttier and more purple and florid than I can say. Which would have been fine, because hey - sm ...more
Denise Targaryen
Mar 11, 2013 Denise Targaryen rated it did not like it
The synopsis for this book is misleading. It talks about a marriage of convenience and that Emma was fine with her husband being gone because it allowed her to pursue her painting. When in fact, it was a marriage arranged by their parents, she was just 15 years old and her father said he wanted her to marry before he died seeing as his wife just died. Right after they were married, literally moments after consummating their marriage, Richard leaves and goes off traveling the world.

The rest of t
Emma Uribe
Jul 20, 2015 Emma Uribe rated it liked it
I liked the plot, but it was a little hard to read it through the end.
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