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The Seduction of Emily

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  540 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Seduction is a wicked game, and no one plays it better than the devilish Will Samson in Rachel Brimble's captivating new novel...

Since girlhood, Emily Darson has accepted that she will marry Nicholas, the son of her father's trusted business partner. The marriage contract safeguards her family legacy, Emily's fortune, and everything she values--except her independence. Onl
Kindle Edition, 226 pages
Published April 4th 2013 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2013)
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Andrea Guy
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the first historical romance by Rachel Brimble that I've read. Earlier this year I read her novel for Harlequin Superromance, Finding Justice and loved it. I have to say that though The Seduction of Emily made me very nervous at times, while reading it, I enjoyed it just as much.

Now why was I nervous.

Nicholas Milne was such a nasty character that I really thought something terrible might befall Emily. He was an abusive, nasty, evil, no good, jerk of a man. You have to hate him. You also
Harlie Williams
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
When I had the opportunity to review The Seduction of Emily, I jumped at the chance. If you have never read one of Ms. Brimble’s historicals, you need to. She brings a richness to the genre that few authors can. Why?

A couple of things:

1) She is British and Bath is her backyard

2) She doesn’t muddy the waters with all the detailed trappings of the genre. She tells a story that is relatable to modern times and with characters that we can like and understand.

3) Without all of the pages and pages o
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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A lovely romance! The Seduction of Emily is a sweet romance that will charm readers.

Emily was a wonderful heroine. She wasn't one to let others rule her. For a while, however, I did get frustrated with her stubborn determination to martyr herself into marriage with Nicholas, even after she saw the first hints of his bad character. She kept saying that she had to preserve her father's legacy but her father was telling
Judy Tuck
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great read

Kept me interested and affected me in so many ways. truly enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone.

Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cute story. Different from other historical romances. Liked how her mother was a feminist whom died trying to protect women's rights while instilling the same in her daughter. There were moments I wanted to smack her (Emily). I was over her marrying a tyrant because he would receive her father's legacy, but what she didn't comprehend, she was her father's legacy. There were some moments the language didn't mesh with that period of time. For example blah, blah, blah...good story. ...more
Terri Rochenski
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 - Goodreads really needs half stars!!!

It's been awhile since a historical romance grabbed my attention like this one did.

Ms. Brimble created a great character in Emily - a woman torn by her inner desire to be MORE than society allowed during that time. A great plot along with a memorable supporting cast makes this a book well worth the read.

Looking forward to reading more of her works!
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Dark, tense social statement

I have never read a book like this before. It has extreme tension, with death hovering, violence barely hidden, and of course, sexual awareness. Emily's apparent innocence, Will's anger, and the erstwhile mothers makes things a little awkward at places, but the insertion of the maid, Annie, overcomes that by giving Emily not only a confident, but also a friend. lovely way to start a day.

Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I rounded's a historical romance/thriller ...more
J.A. Kenney
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
While hardly what many might expect from a Victorian romance this story has a lot to offer.

A unlikely hero. Strong and united women. A story of love overcoming and an evil man getting the punishment he deserves.

Well worth the time and while I got the story free I will definitely consider other titles by this author in the future!
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Color me shocked-a historical romance I actually enjoyed!
Heroine: Finally one i could actually read. She was stubborn and free spirited and especially appealing for defying her time to do so. At the same time she was just enough a woman of the time to keep her from being totally out of place, with her attempts to keep her fathers legacy in tact.
Hero: how can you not love him. Sweet and protective with a dark streak that he tries to keep separate from the heroine. he has a dark past but valiant m
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nice story. Felt rather appropriate to read around Valentine's Day. I found it a rather love story. Some of the language seemed more "now" than 1800 but I read for the pleasure and how I can "see" the story in my minds eye. Ms Brimble writes rather descriptively. I felt I knew the cast of characters. I enjoyed the story. ...more
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, free
4 stars because i needed a really cheesy romance novel right now :)
Mindy Fields
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nothing like the strength of determined women. Good read,
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a quick read, which let me jump into a different world.
Julie Baker
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Cocktails and Books
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Seduction of Emily, was not your run of the mill regency novel. The Hero for was not very heroic in the beginning mostly going for the heroine as a means for revenge. In the beginning of the book I was a little nervous Emily's fiancée seemed to be a very shady character. Then you meet Will and at first he doesn't seem all that great either. But as the story progresses Will 's inattentions and love for Emily grows and becomes more then him seeking revenge against her fiancee. After the story ...more
connie reisdorf
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Predictable, but good!

Enjoyable book to read, but as most love stories...they will live happily ever after! This book was a little too predictable.
Dixie Brown
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Will is one of my favorite heroes ever! A man who respects women, no matter their station in life - he's got my vote! Emily is a lovely, smart heroine trying to live within the traditions of the times for women, regardless of how unfair.

The sexual tension crackles between these two, and I not only rooted for them as a couple, but turned those pages faster and faster to get to the happily-ever-after I craved.

Awesome story! I heartily recommend!
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great story from Rachel Brimble, she writes so that you can imagine your really there back in the past living the story. Lots of action and will they wont they moments to keep you reading. Lots of detail of the past of how Gerogian Bath was and a very believable hero to save the day. Loved it cant wait to read another of Rachel's books. ...more
Rachel (BAVR)
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
At times, this book is so much like Titanic (sans the sinking ship, unfortunately) that I'm suspecting it isn't a coincidence. The hero is poor and has a gift for drawing. The heroine feels pressured to save the family fortune. The Very Obviously Evil Fiance gives the heroine a necklace called The Heart of Kingston. FFS. Was I not supposed to notice this? I saw Titanic, like, 6 times at the movie theater because I was that 12-year-old girl. The major difference between this weird little book and ...more
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
Feb 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
From the moment the heroine winks at the hero I should have known this wasnt going to be enjoyable for me-and I was right. I guess I was firmly convinced of it when the hero takes one look at her and falls in lust.

The writing just didnt do anything for me but as I read on something else started bothering me even more. For example when the heroines (evil)fiancee buys her an emerald necklace and then goes on berating her for not being up to his standards I started to be reminded strongly of a cert
Blue Falcon
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: tbr-master-list
This review is of “The Seduction of Emily” by Rachel Brimble.

The book begins at an auction house in Bath, England, 1895, where an auction for an expensive piece of jewelry is taking place. Among those at the auction are Will Samson, the hero of the book, Nicholas MIlne, and his fiancee’, Emily Darson, the titular character and the heroine of the book. Will plans to kill Nicholas for personal reasons, but those plans are in jeopardy when he meets Emily and becomes attracted to her and she to him.
Apr 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Disclosure: I received a copy from the tour organizer as part of the book tour. Yes, this is an honest review.

There is a problem when your hero starts out with a less-than-heroic past and this is the case of Rachel Brimble's Will Samson. He is a former pickpocket and confidence trickster who is trying to reform. But how does one trust a con artist? How does one know if he is telling the truth? Rachel Brimble delves into this dilemma in her novel, The Seduction of Emily.

After discovering about h
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
THE SEDUCTION OF EMILY by Rachel Brimble is a feisty, exciting, and entertaining historical romance that you will not want to put down. Emily Darson is a heroine to be admired. Strong, intelligent, and loyal beyond all measure, she is willing to sacrifice her own chance at love, to bring peace of mind to her dying father, and preserve freedom of choice for whatever children she may have in the future, by marrying Nicholas. Nicholas chills her blood and yet he used to be her friend when they were ...more
Nancy Brady
Feb 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
A historical romance that features Emily Darson put in the position of marrying Nicholas, a green-eyed abusive man, to keep her inheritance.With no love between them, it is a relationship that is fraught with danger for Emily.

Enter Will Samson, a handsome man with a less than perfect past. He comes to Bath to avenge his mother's death at the hands of Nicholas. In his desire for revenge, he meets and falls in love with Emily. She feels the same, but before they can have their happily-ever-after,
Jun 01, 2021 rated it it was ok
This is just not my kind of book.
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun and refreshing historical romance. I like that Brimble set it in Bath, instead of London, and that she focused on middle class, instead of nobility. I found Emily and Will to both be delightful, well-developed characters. And Nicholas was a character you loved to hate--even without knowing why Will was there looking for him, from his very first interactions with Emily, I could hear his condescension and feel the revulsion that Emily had to feel in his presence. And yet her strong s ...more
Feb 25, 2013 rated it liked it
The Seduction of Emily by Rachel Brimble was a pretty good romance. The characters were entertaining and engaging. The hero was a pickpocket, con man who had his on agenda to perform. That was why Will Samson decided to seduce the beautiful young lady named Emily Darson. He wanted to get revenge on her fiance' Nicholas who done his family wrong. But can Will see that his one true love is Emily before there is a scandal? Your will have to read and see if there is a happy ever after for these to p ...more
Apr 04, 2013 rated it liked it
The Seduction of Emily by Rachel Brimble was a pretty good romance. The characters were entertaining and engaging. The hero was a pickpocket, con man who had his on agenda to perform. That was why Will Samson decided to seduce the beautiful young lady named Emily Darson. He wanted to get revenge on her fiance' Nicholas who done his family wrong. But can Will see that his one true love is Emily before there is a scandal? Your will have to read and see if there is a happy ever after for these to p ...more
Apr 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-of-2014
It was a fun and easy read. I liked how there was a kind of social message in from women' s rights to the defense of battered women. Anyway, good story. Liked the main characters, but the ending was a bit predictable. ...more
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I live with my husband and our two daughters in a small market town near the famous Georgian City of Bath. I'm the author of the Pennington's Department series (Aria Fiction), the Templeton Cove series (Harlequin) and now the Carson Street series. Book 1, A Widow's Vow, released in September 2020 with book 2 coming Mar 2021.

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