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Always a Temptress (Drake's Rakes #3)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  974 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
Major Sir Harry Lidge has done his duty. After losing too many good men in battle he's ready to live a life free of care. But first he has one last mission: kidnap the most outrageous woman in London--the same woman who betrayed him nearly a decade earlier--and find out what she's concealing before her secrets take down the crown.

Surrounded by ardent admirers and a few loy
Mass Market Paperback, 395 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Forever
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Jan 19, 2011 Yaseena rated it it was amazing
So looking forward to this one. After their brief interactions in Dreyer's first book in the series "Barely a Lady" I wanted immediately to read Harry and Kate's story.

September 2011, here I come!


Eileen Dreyer knows how to break my heart and but it back together. Love this series to bits.

Dreyer has officially become an auto-buy author for me. Her characters are always real and emotional and their struggles worth the read. More than anything I've come to realize that Dreyer's stories ar
Wow! This book is going directly to my re-read/keepers shelf! I realize that there will probably be more books in this series, at least I HOPE so. There are still a few loose ends and I am quite sure Drake and hopefully Ian will have their own stories. I just hope we will still see all the other characters, especially Bea and the assortment of characters in Kate's employ.
I am not going to go into what the story was about as there are so many good reviews here that I couldn't do them justice. I
Elis Madison
Kate Seaton, the outrageous young Dowager Duchess of Murther, has her share of friends but more than her share of enemies, and numbered among the latter is her own family. Her father hit her if she came too close, and her brother Edwin wants to lock her up in a sanitarium. All he needs is one more scandal to convince a judge…

And there's a scandal looming—a nudie painting with Kate's face is currently gracing the wall of a well-known gentlemen's club. Kate's not too worried about it—push comes to
Oct 02, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Lady Kate Seaton has put on a happy face for years. She is the daughter of a duke, the sister of a duke and the wife of a late duke which has made her bold, admired and envied by all...all that is except her brother and his wife, who are trying to commit her into an asylum to gain control of a home Kate owns. When her brothers latest attempt happens in the presence of Major Sir Harry Lidge, Harry steps in and says they are married so Kates brother has no control of her anymore. Harry is shocked ...more
Oct 08, 2011 boogenhagen rated it liked it
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May 12, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
This book only got these two stars because Lady Kate is pretty damn tough and likable. Sir Harry is a sort-of-spy and a HUGE alphole who absolutely drove me insane from the start of the book. He broods with poorly suppressed lust and hate for Lady Kate at the beginning, but as soon as a total enemy says "the whore" has a poetry line (a sort of code England needs), he and even her closest ally decide it's totally her because several people call her a slut. TOTALLY REASONABLE. On this premise, Har ...more
Oct 07, 2015 Keri rated it it was amazing
Wish I would have picked this gem up a while back. Not that I need another series to read. Just lately I have been reading mediocre romances. But this book certainly busted that streak. I loved Kate and knew her story was going to be heartbreaking and boy was it! I loved hard-headed Harry as well. My only niggle was the ending wasn't long enough. Yes we got an EPI, but I wanted to see Kate and Harry in the country trying with their various cast of household characters. Also what happened to the ...more
Eileen Dreyer’s writing is exquisitely visceral. With a pitch-perfect historical voice, gloriously human characters, and dialogue so smart it sizzles, Dreyer leads the reader on a emotional adventure that finishes with a satisfying happy ending. Always a Temptress made me laugh, cry, and finally sigh with happiness when I came to the very last page. Most definitely a keeper!
Oct 04, 2011 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is up on my blog at www.bookworm2bookworm.wordpress.comIn 2010 Eileen Dreyer introduced us to her Drake’s Rakes and to three of them, she gave a Grace for their very own.

In ‘Barely a Lady’, Jack found his Grace, Olivia Grace that is and in ‘Never a Gentleman’, Diccan couldn’t outrun his Grace, Grace Fairchild. And then Harry confronts Her Grace, the Dowager Duchess of Murther in ’Always a Temptress’ and their story, as the earlier two, had me spellbound and on the edge of my seat.

Oct 14, 2011 Gaby rated it really liked it
I've thoroughly enjoyed Eileen Dreyer's earlier novels with the Drake's Rakes (Barely a Lady and Never a Gentleman). In Always a Temptress, Dreyer tells us the story behind the beautiful, double Duchess Kate Seaton. Kate's the daughter of a duke and the widow of a duke. She's beautiful, high spirited, independent, outspoken, always on the edge of danger.

Harry'd met her when she was fifteen. She'd been his closest friend and he'd fallen for her deeply. His life had been turned upside down when he
May 25, 2011 Elena rated it it was ok
She ruined my favorite character. In the previous two books, Kate was my amazing. But in this book, Eileen Dreyer turns around and is all, "Oh, Kate's awesomeness and kickassery was all just a front! She is really a frail, broken woman who hides behind a mask of awesome but deep down is in desperate need of a man to come fix her."

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Oct 02, 2011 Melanie rated it it was amazing
In 2010 Eileen Dreyer introduced us to her Drake's Rakes, and to three of them she gave a Grace for their very own.

In `Barely a Lady', Jack found his Grace, Olivia Grace that is and in `Never a Gentleman', Diccan couldn't outrun his Grace, Grace Fairchild. And then Harry confronts Her Grace, the Dowager Duchess of Murther in 'Always a Temptress' and their story, as the earlier two, had me spellbound and on the edge of my seat.

How can I do this novel justice AND keep the `spoilers' out?! I want t
Fantastic book full of scandal, intrigue and redemption. Harry is back in England after ten years of being at war. He's ready to follow his dream of traveling the world, but has one last thing to do for his friend Drake. He has to kidnap Lady Kate and find out what she has to do with the group who is trying to bring down the monarchy. He will believe anything of her since she betrayed him when they were younger. Kate is a widow who spends her days courting scandal. She avoids Harry whenever poss ...more
Feb 15, 2014 Vilia rated it it was ok
Review from Backchatting Books

This court is now in session...

Henry Lidge hears that a foreign agent talked about 'the whore' before he died and automatically assumes it must be Lady Kate. Without further ado he kidnaps her and decides he's going to intimidate her into revealing a poem the baddies want to get their paws on. His technique involves deprivation of liberty, starvation and sexual harassment.

Case for the Prosecution

Henry comes across as a fairly brutish and vindictive thug even though
Over all, this is my favorite book of the series so far. We met Harry in book 2 and Kate in books 1 and 2. I love how the the plot continues on in to this story and certain clues in books 1-2 carry over to this book.

Harry and Lady Kate go a long ways back. They have a 10 year standing feud. They actually met when he was 20 and she was 15. They fell in love with each other, unfortunately, certain people had other plans for this couple and they are torn apart.

As the years go on, when they see eac
Karma♥Bites ^.~
Rocky start (sheesh! hear one thing but jump to completely different/wrong assumption) but ultimately, another smartly-written & relatively fast read (for me, more character-driven than plot). My few minor quibbles aren’t worth mentioning, given the wonderful combo of endearing characters (ah, Lady Bea!), witty dialogue, and heart-tugging angst. Have loved Kate’s character since book #1 so whilst not very surprised by her backstory, loved reading how she & Harry work their way back toget ...more
I really like this author's themes and while some of her previous plot twists have had readers wall banging, I think Ms. Dreyer is fearless. I was definitely waiting for Kate and Harry's story and it did not disappoint. There were a few times were I didn't feel much empathy for Harry -in fact wanted to kick his a** on more than one occasion. However, he redeemed himself nicely. Themes like abandonment, sexual and physical abuse are difficult to write with depth and not make the read harrowing.

Jan 02, 2012 Quinn rated it really liked it
Another great book in Eileen Dreyer's Drake's Rakes series.

Dreyer's characterisations are brilliant. I loved seeing beneath Kate's confident, carefree facade to the vulnerable woman beneath. Even more, I loved watching Harry and Kate finding each other again.

Always a Temptress is written with great depth and sensitivity. I'm really enjoying this author, and how wonderful to know that she plans nine books for this series.
KJ, Madame Librarian
Sep 21, 2015 KJ, Madame Librarian rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I am really, really enjoying this series. I poached it off of one of y'all's shelves and now I'm just blowing through it. It's not as good as Bourne's Spymaster series, but it's also very different in tone. It's more melodrama and the intrigue is less coherent.

That said, up late again finishing this one. Damn it, Dreyer.
Jul 23, 2011 Ing rated it it was amazing
My Synopsis:
When Kate Seaton was fifteen she fell in love with Harry Lidge and him with her. Harry's father was the squire and a good friend to Kate's father the Duke. Harry had spent lots of time with the Duke and Duchess and worshiped the Duke. The Duke had taken care of his family after his father had passed away. He didn't meet Kate until later and instantly they developed a friendship that turn into something special. Harry thought he would have a chance with the Duke's daughter until all h
Jan 24, 2012 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Seductive Temptation
Her reputation among members of the ton is scandalous, her admirers as legion as those tight-lipped matrons who decry her shamelessness. The always fashionable and easily bored Dowager Duchess Kate Murphy revels in her reputation. Inflames it whenever she can. And never lets a soul see the truth behind the gay smile and quick wit.

Sir Harry Lidge is furious and fed up. Still smarting from Kate's betrayal all those years ago, tormented by the horrors endured on the battlefiel
Lisa Creane
After the high point of Never a Gentleman, the series was bound to come down a notch (or two), and it does. Lady Kate becomes a pretty big bummer for most of this book after livening up the last two books.

Not that I blame her. Bad Things Have Happened.

But midway through both of the last two books (Chapter 14, to be exact), I was amazed by the stories. Halfway through this one, I was depressed. Even said that to myself--as in "when was the last time reading a romance was depressing? Hmm, can't
Morwa Pal
Oct 02, 2011 Morwa Pal rated it it was amazing
Drake's Rakes are at it again. Another twist in the attempt of the Lions' plot to takeover the British government. The clue to this villainous lot is locked in a verse no one can find. With his dying breath, one of the traitors divulges 'the whore has the verse.' In the Rakes' world, two women have that dubious title - a French mistress and Lady Kate Seaton. Kate, the widow of a duke and daughter of another, swans through English Society, surrounded by many admirers and few close friends. Always ...more

Always A Temptress
The Drake's Take # 3

By: Eileen Dreyer

4 stars

Reviewed by:Angels
Published: Brava
Source: Purchased Copy Gene:Historical Romance

Book Blurb/Synopsis-

Major Sir Harry Lidge has done his duty. After losing too many good men in battle he's ready to live a life free of care. But first he has one last mission: kidnap the most outrageous woman in London--the same woman who betrayed him nearly a decade earlier--and find out what she's concealing before her secrets
Michelle Randall
Jan 31, 2012 Michelle Randall rated it really liked it
This book was sent to me through the GoodReads First-Reads program, and it was book three in a series, and being the type of person I am, I just could not read it until I found and read the first two books in the series, so this is why it has taken me awhile since I received the book to actually get it read and reviewed, but it was so worth it!

The time setting is 1815, and Drake's Rakes are a small band of gentlemen of the ton that have set about to foil a plot by a side group calling themselves
Mary Gramlich
Oct 07, 2011 Mary Gramlich rated it it was amazing
Which is more difficult keeping your secrets or revealing them?

Major Sir Harry Lidge despite his affirmations that it is not true has loved Katie Hilliard since they were children. He has tried to deny it, run away from it, and even accused her of treason, yet he still cannot stop for the wanting of her even after being apart for ten years. Harry is a squire’s son that made something of himself through his Commission as a soldier, but having left Kate behind when she needed him the most has left
Aug 31, 2011 Erin rated it it was amazing
This book was very hard for me. At first I almost didn't finish. I had to put it down and come back to it. Harry was so cruel and tormented Kate, almost past the level I could tolerate. Initially, he thought her a spy and a whore and treated as such, locking her up and threatening to do bodily harm. What he didn't know was that her flirtatious and scandalous behavior was a front she used to hid her vulnerabilities. That Kate had a cruel and tortured past herself, created by her family and past h ...more
Feb 13, 2012 Crystal rated it liked it
Never A Gentleman was a sore disappointment for me after Barely A Lady. I found Always A Temptress to be the middleground between the other two books in terms of how much I enjoyed them and would recommend it for others.

Lady Kate Seaton has always been a character of interest for me from day one although she never overshadowed either Olivia or Grace when it was their turn. (Although I should qualify and say that's because Never A Gentleman spent so much time carrying on about Grace being worthle
Aug 22, 2011 Jaime rated it really liked it
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The scandalous Lady Kate Seaton is suspected to be working with the group trying to reorganize the monarchy. Drake’s Rakes will do anything from letting the lions succeed including kidnapping a well know lady of the ton. Major Sir Harry Lidge has always down what is needed of him. Now he must keep the woman who haunts him against her will. What they learn about each other and the past they both wished to forget will change their lives forever.

Eileen Dreyer has di
When I first started reading Always a Temptress, I wasn't exactly sure how I felt about it. Just that I was really angry at both Kate and Harry. Especially Harry! Just because Kate apparently "betrayed" him when they were younger, he finds fault in her at everything she does. It's the usual misunderstanding where Kate believes that Harry betrayed her and he believes that she betrayed him. But the most surprising aspect of this book in the beginning was of Kate's dark secret... about her marriage ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 01, 2015 07:42AM  
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New York Times bestselling, award-winning author Eileen Dreyer, known as Kathleen Korbel to her Silhouette readers, has published 28 romance novels, 8 medico-forensic suspenses, and 7 short stories.

2012 sees Eileen enjoying critical acclaim for her first foray into historical romance, the Drake's Rakes series, which follow the lives of a group of British aristocrats who are willing to sacrifice ev
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Other Books in the Series

Drake's Rakes (5 books)
  • Barely a Lady (Drake's Rakes, #1)
  • Never a Gentleman (Drake's Rakes, #2)
  • Once a Rake (Drakes Rakes, #4)
  • Twice Tempted (Drake's Rakes, #5)

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