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The Seduction of Sarah Marks (Those Magnificent Malverns #1)

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England, 1857

After a blow to her head, Sarah Marks awakens in a strange bed with a strange man and no memory of how she got there. Her handsome bedmate, Lord Eastleigh, tells her she's suffering from amnesia, and the best course of action is to travel home with him until she recovers her memory.

Lord Eastleigh has his own reasons for helping Sarah and keeping her close. Rea
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Published June 9th 2014 by Entangled: Scandalous
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Virginia Boylan
Jul 07, 2014 Virginia Boylan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, historical
I thought I was getting tired of Regency romances. Turns out, I was just getting tired of the same old stories. This is not one of those. Though I had trouble accepting the extreme coincidence of an amnesiac running into another amnesiac purely by chance, the couple in this story are thoroughly likable and believable, convenient amnesia and all. The crisis scene in the river seemed to lack sufficient tension, and the title is thoroughly misleading, since there is only one seduction scene and we ...more
Lauren Christopher
Jun 08, 2014 Lauren Christopher rated it it was amazing
With all its twists and turns, clever dialogue, giggle-worthy wit, and delicious hero, The Seduction of Sarah Marks was a fabulous read that kept me up, turning pages, way past my bedtime. The twists were so clever I didn’t see them coming, and I kept flipping through the pages eager to see what would happen next. The story’s incorporation of “megrims” and amnesia, as dealt with in the time period, was so fun and interesting. I also love a little humor in romance novels, and Ms. Bittner-Roth del ...more
Farrah
May 28, 2014 Farrah rated it it was amazing
A lovely and enjoyable historical romance, The Seduction of Sarah Marks was a fantastic read. I absolutely loved this delightful book. With sweet romance and shocking secrets that managed to take me by surprise, this book was wonderful.

Sarah was a lovely heroine. Despite being stuck in a chaotic situation, she kept herself together. She was quietly strong and resilient, considering how she handled everything she went through (before and after her memory loss). I thought she was great and I reall
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Caz
Jun 28, 2014 Caz rated it liked it
I've given this a C+ at AAR, so 3.5 stars.

The Seduction of Sarah Marks is the first in a new series from this author. It’s an enjoyable read overall, though some of the plot points were overly contrived and the writing, while generally good, felt rather rough-edged and unpolished in places. But the book did hold my interest, and there were some engaging characters clearly being set up to feature in future books that I may seek out.

The story opens with the eponymous heroine waking in a bed not he
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sraxe
My first read from this author and I really enjoyed it. While I had a feeling about one of the twists part of the way into the story (view spoiler), I still enjoyed the reveals (view spoiler).

I adored Eastleigh's character. He was so patient and understanding and I just found him to
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Amy Alvis
May 26, 2014 Amy Alvis rated it it was amazing
Sarah Marks wakes up to find herself in a strange bed with a man she does not know. That man is Lord Eastleigh. He tells her that she was hit over the head when someone attacked their carriage. Other than her name, Sarah can't remember anything of her past, including what she was doing in the carriage with man that is in her bed. Eastleigh says the best course of action is to go back to his home where a doctor can help her with the amnesia.

As Sarah and Eastleigh spend more time together, they ha
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My Book Addiction and More MBA
THE SEDUCTION OF SARAH MARKS by Kathleen Bittner Roth is an interesting Victorian Historical Romance set in 1857 England. " A Those Magnificent Malverns " series. First in the series, I believe and what a beginning!
This is Augustus, Viscount Eastleigh, and Miss Sarah Marks who has amnesia.
A mysterious, sensual tale of love and romance!
Well written with engaging characters, secrets, PTSD, an intriguing storyline, and trauma that brings two people together with an over-bearing family in the mix. W
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Samantha Sparks
Jun 08, 2014 Samantha Sparks rated it it was amazing

I LOVED this story - seriously!! I couldn't put it down and was totally shocked by the twists and turns! Great tension and suspense that made the steamy bits very enjoyable!! I really felt like I knew the characters and cared about them. I enjoyed being with them. I loved the author's description of Eastleigh's estate and the surrounding countryside. I could see it. This is my first romance novel and I'm hooked! I want Eastleigh - or his hunky cousin!

*I received a complimentary copy from the pu
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Diana Quincy
May 22, 2014 Diana Quincy rated it it was amazing
Kathleen Bittner Roth's debut is a self-assured, well written story that draws you in from page 1 when the heroine wakes up in bed with a strange man and has no memory of who she is or how she ended up there. The revelation of her identity and how they ended up together threw me totally for a loop and is well worth waiting for. I'm looking forward to more from this author.
Melody
Jun 18, 2015 Melody rated it really liked it
Love this story, but wish it had been longer to include more delicious details! There were times when I felt like I missed something in reading. With that exception.... Great story with Miss Bittner Roth's usual unexpected twists. I hope to see and learn more about these characters in future books.
Aoi
Jul 21, 2014 Aoi rated it really liked it
Shelves: hf-england
Well written, fast paced debut. The characters are as intriguing without being anachronistic, the narrative keeps the reader on tenterhooks till the very end. I loved the author's assured handling of the plot- she manages to give us a HEA without tying things up too tidily.



Nikita
Dec 07, 2014 Nikita rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Clever, funny, and with endless surprises. I could not put it down and cannot wait to read her next book.
Cindy Larson
Mar 24, 2016 Cindy Larson rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!

Great story; not like the typical romances. I found the twist in the story to be incredibly written and made the story even more fantastic!!
Patty McKenna Van Hulle
The Seduction of Sarah Marks by Kathleen Bittner RothKathleen Bittner Roth

This review is going to be different from my usual review because this most excellent adventure just screams for it. To understand this tale, you most learn of the extraordinary Malvern clan, which is ruled by the Matriarch of the clan, Mum. Why Mum do you ask, it's simple, she thinks her daughter, Lady Millicent, is the Queen of England, so she naturally is the Queen Mother. Mum has lived an usual life, for a lady of 1800s, she traveled for many years with her BF Lady Stan
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Lindsay
Mar 19, 2016 Lindsay rated it really liked it
3.75 I think. Overall, I liked this. I had already read Portrait of a Forbidden Lady, so I was familiar with the Malvern family. The leads in this one, Eastleigh and Sarah (view spoiler) are both damaged people who manage to find one another, only to have to overcome many more obstacles. They are both likeable, and most of their actions and decisions are hard to find fault with. I thought Sarah (view spoiler) ...more
Gigi staub
May 28, 2014 Gigi staub rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
England, 1857

After a blow to her head, Sarah Marks awakens in a strange bed with a strange man and no memory of how she got there. Her handsome bedmate, Lord Eastleigh, tells her she's suffering from amnesia, and the best course of action is to travel home with him until she recovers her memory.

Lord Eastleigh has his own reasons for helping Sarah and keeping her close. Reasons he cannot tell her. As they struggle to restore her memory, their undeniable, inadvisable attraction grows—until Sarah f
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Lisa
Jun 07, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: bur-2014
Augustus Malvern, Lord Eastleigh, has come home from the war missing a large part of himself. He no longer enjoys being in London and the whirl that goes with it. He now enjoys the relative quiet of the country, spending time with his family. He has a large, loving and boisterous family. He is handsome and has a charming chipped front tooth that he worries when he is feeling stress.

“Sarah Marks” is very quiet, afraid of men and being touched, and does not know who she is. Her past is missing, b
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Melanie
Mar 02, 2015 Melanie rated it it was amazing
This story is Kathleen Bittner Roth’s debut and I loved it!

The book blurb gives you enough of the storyline, so I’m going to tell you what I liked about this story and why I think you’ll like it too.

First, let’s talk about our hero. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this man and the reason for it is because he is such a flawed and complex character that you have no choice but to care for him, even though at times you want to smack him. But most of the time, you just want to hug him!

As for our
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Heather Ashby
Jun 09, 2014 Heather Ashby rated it it was amazing
Well, I’ve been reading all day because I could not put this book down until I found out everything! What a brilliant debut novel by Kathleen Bittner-Roth! Actually, it’s hard to believe this is her first novel as it reads like an old pro – but with bite! Ms. Roth has a unique voice and an absolutely delightful cast of character! If I wasn’t already hooked by the hero and heroine, who both have their share of scars and amnesia – with a side of wit—the secondary characters utterly and totally loc ...more
Nicole Laverdure
Jun 13, 2014 Nicole Laverdure rated it it was amazing
If you believe in the magic of love, then this book will be perfect for you! This author was new to me, but now that I have read her novel, I’ll be checking her next books for sure! Kathleen Bittner Roth's new book The Seduction of Sarah Marks, is a beautiful historical romance to enjoy! This is the love story, of, two wounded persons, Sarah Marks, who awakens in a strange bed with a strange man and no memory of how she got there and Lord Eastleigh, who suffers from PTSD and past amnesia caused ...more
Maria
Jun 02, 2014 Maria rated it liked it
Amnesia is a tricky device in fiction. At its best, it’s a clever way for a character to learn about herself and her life as the reader does. At its worst, it’s completely unbelievable and unrealistic. I was doubtful about it at first when I read Sherry Thomas’ wonderful Tempting the Bride a few years ago (which uses this trope) but, in a good writer’s hands, it can be done well. And Kathleen Bittner Roth does it well, too.

Sarah Marks—not her real name—wakes up at an inn, in bed with a handsome
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Stacy Reid
This was a wonderful read. Lilith and Eastleigh were wonderful together and separately. Lilith was a very endearing character. I loved the blend of vulnerability and quiet strength she possessed in the face of her situation and her father's abuse. The hero was scrumptious, very sweet and dashing. His patience with her, his tenderness and how much I loved him really took my by surprise. Normally if my hero is not dark and broody I feel a little cheated. Not so with Eastleigh at all. He was pretty ...more
CassandraG
Jun 27, 2014 CassandraG rated it really liked it
It was a fun read with a lot of fun characters you liked a lot. Sarah was just one of the many fun characters and even though she had amnesia, she coped as best she could. Especially, since she was trapped in a hotel room with a strange man and then that same strange man takes her to his residence.

She meets his family, some she didn’t take to right away and others she got along fabulously with. Lord Eastleigh,turned out to be a good man with a few secrets and demons of his own and his family wa
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Wendy
Jun 14, 2014 Wendy rated it it was amazing
"The Seduction of Sarah Marks" is a beautifully crafted historical romance that deftly blends the mystery of an amnesia victim's true identity with the love that takes root between two strong-willed souls. When Sarah Marks awakens in a strange bed next to a handsome man she doesn't know, it's definitely not love at first sight. Confused and understandably distressed, amnesia victim Sarah is aided by the stranger, Lord Eastleigh, and travels with him to stay at his home until she regains her memo ...more
Tammy
Jun 10, 2014 Tammy rated it it was amazing
Such a fun romantic read. Viscount Eastleigh, came back from the war broken. He has been living on his estate with his very quirky mum and receiving treatment for the injuries as well as the amnesia. However, he feels that something is missing from his live and he goes in search of a wife and then travel. However, life has other plans. Sarah jumps in front of him during a robbery and wakes up unconscious lying next to a man she doesn’t even know and is informed the door is locked. Lord Eastleigh ...more
Sandy
Jun 02, 2014 Sandy rated it it was amazing
This is my first book from Kathleen but I enjoy it immensely. The mystery as to who Sarah Marks is intrigue me throughout the book. Throughout the book, I kept wondering why Sarah Marks and Lord Eastleigh would even ride together. Even though there was someone else with them, it was still not right but it cleared up in the end. I did not expect anything when she regain her memories though. I didn't even think of that while reading the book. Both Sarah and Lord Eastleigh were something. Lord East ...more
Samantha Sparks
Jun 08, 2014 Samantha Sparks rated it it was amazing

I LOVED this story - seriously!! I couldn't put it down and was totally shocked by the twists and turns! Great tension and suspense that made the steamy bits very enjoyable!! I really felt like I knew the characters and cared about them. I enjoyed being with them. I loved the author's description of Eastleigh's estate and the surrounding countryside. I could see it. This is my first romance novel and I'm hooked! I want Eastleigh - or his hunky cousin!

*I received a complimentary copy from the pub
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Averil Reisman
Jun 24, 2014 Averil Reisman rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. From start to finish, this beautifully-written story kept me intrigued and turning pages as the author poignantly told the story of a hero and heroine both suffering from the same affliction—amnesia—and the doctor overseeing the health of both. The hero’s family, the Malverns, are a delightful lot, especially Mum, Eastleigh's eccentric grandmother, and I’m eagerly awaiting stories about these most interesting characters. I highly recommend this book and I look forwa ...more
Melissa
May 30, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. I was hooked from page one when Sarah woke up with amnesia next to a strange man. I liked how the story involved the hero and heroine but also introduced his quirky family. I loved Mum and felt like she was a great addition to the story. I would love to have such a eccentric and worldly grandparent of my own. :) This story contained adventure, mystery, suspense and lots of romance. I would recommend you giving it a shot. :)
Lily
Apr 07, 2016 Lily rated it it was amazing
Another great read from Kathleen Bittner Roth! I wish I had read this book before Portrait of A Forbidden Lady since it chronologically comes first and sets things up nicely for Rob and Georgie's story. Both Goodreads and Amazon have no information on the order of the novels. That being said, I enjoyed this story immensely. KBR is so good at developing characters, I've come to love all the Malverns and the people who come into their lives. This novel is filled with surprises, torment, secrets an ...more
Inishowen Cailín
May 02, 2016 Inishowen Cailín rated it it was amazing
A great start to the series.
I quite enjoy the amnesia trope in regency romances and I felt that the author used it in an entertaining and refreshing new way. I didn't imagine that the story would unfold the way it did and I enjoyed every twist and turn that came my way.
Having read book 2 in the series and loving it even more than Sarah's story, the author, Kathleen Bittner Roth, is now firmly on my auto buy list.
I can't wait for more those Malverns!

I received a copy in exchange for an honest rev
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Brittany
May 31, 2014 Brittany rated it it was ok
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This story was very confusing and hard to follow in the beginning. It was all over the place. The end was pretty good but other than that just not my thing. I love historical romances and this one has a good premise to it but the execution was lacking.
Kathy Bunbury
Dec 29, 2015 Kathy Bunbury rated it really liked it
Intriguing story

Good storyline, interesting plot with several intriguing characters. The author does a good job depicting amnesia, how the affected react and the way it affects those around them.
Ashlyn Macnamara
Jun 09, 2014 Ashlyn Macnamara rated it it was amazing
Two damaged souls find each other in this tale packed with twists and interesting secondary characters. The hero's family, from the matriarch to his siblings and cousin, is a force to be reckoned with.
Anastasia
Nov 19, 2016 Anastasia rated it really liked it
This is a very engaging read. I am glad that I stayed with it, as initially I was annoyed by the heroine. It was light on the romance in my opinion, but it was extremely well written and an overall very good story.
Negar Arvanaghi
May 21, 2014 Negar Arvanaghi rated it really liked it
Holy sexy midnight snack!

Wow what a plot twist. Well done. I would have never suspected that.

I loved how Ridley grew on me.

Mum was great!

The bit of suspense was very exciting, and nerve-wracking at the same time.
Janell Sutherland
Jun 12, 2014 Janell Sutherland rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Reviewed by Jen & Janell
Jen: I can’t remember the last time I had to struggle so much to make it to the end of a book. I was intrigued by the blurb about a woman who wakes up next to a stranger without her memory. As she tries to remember her life, she travels home with the handsome lord, who has his own stake in her recovery. In theory, it sounds interesting. In execution, for me, it just didn’t work.

Janell: Sarah Marks wakes up in a strange bed, next to a strange man, with no memory. Histo
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Book Gannet
Having recently enjoyed the second book in this series (Portrait of a Forbidden Lady) I was keen to see where this family of intriguing characters first made themselves known. Amnesia plots aren’t my favourite, but I didn’t let that deter me. Perhaps I should have, because I found this book a struggle to get through.

Largely because of the heroine. Sarah is so insipid at the beginning. I know she’s lost her memory and all, but she’s a priggish bore, prone to fits of propriety, and I found her exc
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Maggie Hesseling
Jun 22, 2014 Maggie Hesseling rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
What a great twist! I didn't see that coming, which only means that it needs an extra star! Great dialogue and characters that mill make you want to read this novel in one sitting, so make sure you've blocked out some time! And the author's note in the end makes it all the more interesting- she dreamed the entire novel! I can't wait to read more by this author! She's made it exciting to read the genre again with this jewel.
Gloria Sparks
Jun 08, 2014 Gloria Sparks rated it really liked it

This was a book with many interesting twists; it was a good study of people with different backgrounds, who could enhance each others lives.
I enjoyed the period the story covered, and learned at the same time. In my opinion, after a bit of a slow start, it was an entertaining read.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Ashley York
Jan 08, 2015 Ashley York rated it it was amazing
I don't read a lot of regency. I say that and then can tell you at least ten I've read recently. But I loved this story. It has everything you want in a regency but a story you HAVE NOT read before. It has twists and turns and it's very hard to put it down-even to go make supper! I look forward to reading more from this author.
Laura
Jul 04, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing
Sarah Marks wakes up with a strange man in her bed, then finds out she has amnesia due to a hit on the head from a coach robbery. This book was a wonderful read from beginning to end. Please read my full review at my blog: http://letague.blogspot.com/2014/07/t...
Tamra Baumann
Jun 26, 2014 Tamra Baumann rated it it was amazing
Kathleen Bittner Roth’s debut novel, THE SEDUCTION OF SARAH MARKS was an entertaining story filled with twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages deep into the night. The fully drawn characters were as engaging as the story. Kathleen has moved onto my ‘must buy’ author list.
Danette
Jun 30, 2015 Danette rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I ever read by this author. I have been blown away. I am very anxious for the next book after this! It's such a beautiful story, and has good meat to the plot!
Andrea
Dec 26, 2015 Andrea rated it it was amazing
None stop read!

A relationship by letter seemed like a good thing, but just like internet relations it's not all what it seems.
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