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Amore in gioco (Georgian #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  154 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
È la giornata peggiore della sua vita. Alden Granville-Strachan, visconte di Gracechurch, si è appena giocato tutto in una mano a carte e ha perso. Tutto: la proprietà di famiglia, la rendita, i gioielli, le armi. Ma il suo avversario propone di risparmiargli la rovina se riuscirà a sedurre l’inavvicinabile Juliet Seton, una donna che ha imparato a proprie spese che le rel ...more
Paperback, 327 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Mondadori, i Romanzi Passione (first published March 2nd 2004)
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Ilze
Feb 14, 2012 Ilze rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: julia-ross
Amazing! The first half of the book is the seduction of the title, but the hero/seducer and the lady being seduced, unbeknownst to them, are actually just pawns in a horrible game of revenge controlled by the lady's enemy, her former fiance. The seduction itself is pure poetry. The second half of the book is a new game between the hero and the heroine's enemy, with their lives and honor as the ultimate stakes. Brilliant use of the chess metaphor in both parts of the story. Even more brilliant de ...more
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
I was really torn what rating to give this book, which doesn't usually happen to me. The things that were really good about this book were that it was a Georgian book with language and setting and everything that you should expect but usually don't get in novels set in that period. The author was able to make you feel you were set in that time with the language and grace and costumes of that time which was quite magical. And I thought the language of the book was really wonderful. I read some ot ...more
Blackjack
The Seduction, Julia Ross - I greatly enjoyed so much about this novel, not least of which is the Georgian setting. The Seduction feels very authentic and representative of the period in which it is set and there is great care taken of the role of a person's attire and the relevance of courtly manners and social hierarchies. The novel itself almost reads as two distinct acts, and I did actually prefer the first half of the book a bit more than the second half, as it focuses on the tense battle o ...more
SidneyKay
Dec 08, 2014 SidneyKay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-georgian
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Mmeguillotine
Oh mercy, mercy, mercy this was a good one. First, I am a sucker for a Georgian hero dripping in lace and more than confident and masculine enough to totally OWN that.

"His appearance was both beautiful and witty, almost as if he celebrated the irony of hiding masculine muscle beneath such essentially feminine frippery. For a woman to put her hand on a man's sleeve and feel the hard tension of his arm beneath the silk was intensely erotic. Perhaps no age had ever been as blatantly sensual as thi
...more
Carolyn Crane
I was just looking at this book on my shelf and thinking about how much I just love, love, loved it and that I have to reread it. The conflict here is so taut and compelling, and the characters just sparkle. It is one of those hero-makes-a-wager he-totally-shouldn't-have-made books.
August
This was rather melodramatic, as Georgians tend to be. I suppose it is impossible to write something restrained and reasonable when the characters are swanning about in patches and powder and yards of lace. I tend to like that sort of thing, and there were several moments when the plot hit high points and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The problem for me was the hero and heroine's conversations, which are really the backbone of most romance novels. These didn't do it for me. They were always having the
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Cherry Dare
I loved the premise of this book, and the first half of the novel fulfilled its promise: well-written, vivid, and very sensual. Unfortunately, the second half brought in a lot of unnecessary and uninteresting plot elements. A romance doesn't need tons of plot: the idea of the seduction could have carried the entire book.

I notice that several readers on Amazon disliked the hero's "feminine" lacy handkerchiefs and so forth. That didn't bother me at all. It's a historical novel, and different time
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penelopewanders
At times this novel irritated me - but on the whole it's quite the moving read. The Georgian fashion is so outrageous, and as is emphasized in the novel, the contrast of masculine virility with a wash of lace and ruffles is arresting. The chess game/seduction, the pawns used and discarded, the symbolism of imagery - between the cats, the garden, and the costumes made this a rich and fascinating read. The irritation arose when the dithering to and fro went on too long for my taste. The intrigue w ...more
~Sara~
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Keri
Ms. Ross was not only able to turn it around for me and make me care of Alden. She also made me care about him and Juliet's situation. It was a lovely, well-written book. She writes metaphorically in some places, so you had to pay attention to what was going on. The last 1/2 of the book was full of suspense and the realization the Alden and Juliet loved each other, even though they both wanted to deny it.
Bluefly
Mar 25, 2012 Bluefly rated it really liked it
Una copertina volgare e al limite del porno, per un libro invece delicato e sensuale, dove ogni gesto del protagonista, tal togliersi la giacca a tagliare l'erba, diventa un gioco di seduzione che l'autrice riesce a descrivere in modo suggestivo e ipnotico. Ho trovato impossibile non lasciarmi affascinare da Alden, biondo libertino disperato ma non meschino. Meno simpatica lei, ma non si può avere tutto...
Manuela
Dec 24, 2010 Manuela rated it it was ok
Shelves: regalato, storico
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Suzanne
Aug 24, 2009 Suzanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not so good. The premise was charming, but it just dragged on. Plus the drama/conflict was all in her head, so it was just tedious.
Karen Hogan
A baron must seduce a beautiful young woman to save his manor. The story was a little slow, but it was pretty good anyway.
Evieb
Jun 03, 2011 Evieb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing was beautiful. However I thought the story was slow and dragged on a bit . This book is not a keeper for me.
Melissa
Oct 27, 2008 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent historical romance novel. A game of chess leads to seduction.
Evania
Apr 02, 2013 Evania marked it as gave-up-partly-through  ·  review of another edition
Reason I stopped reading: horrible and dramatic case of lust at first sight.
Beth
Poor writing + unlikeable characters = AVOID
Laura
Jan 02, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not bad for an easy smut read!
Moriah
Jul 18, 2013 Moriah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Damn near perfect.
Elle
Jan 09, 2016 Elle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Winner of the Rita Award for Best Regency, the Romantic Times Best Historical Romance of the Year Award, two Colorado Book Awards and The CRW Award of Excellence

Also writes as Jean Ross Ewing.
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“What did she think she understood about him? His gorgeous appearance was only the first layer, yet it was one that she savored now as if she had been hungry for it all of her life. Α wealth of lace and silk on a man was something she had always taken for granted. It spoke of power and social status, vital to the structure of society.

Yet Alden had turned it into something else

His appearance was both beautiful and witty, almost as if he celebrated the irony of hiding masculine muscle beneath such essentially feminine frippery. For a woman to put her hand on a man's sleeve and feel the hard tension of his arm beneath the silk was intensely erotic. Perhaps no age had ever been as blatantly sensual as this one. No wonder men like Alden reveled in it, reaping woman after woman like a scythe harvesting flowers.”
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