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Bold Seduction

(The Hornsby Brothers #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  163 ratings  ·  40 reviews
An Intriguing Proposition

Passion. Seduction. Pleasure. These are the qualities of any courtesan worth her salt. As owner of The Starling Club, London’s most notorious house of ill-repute, Madame Philomena McGrattan has seen it all, heard it all, done it all. There is little that surprises her anymore, and even less that excites her. So when she is presented a chance at an
Kindle Edition, 121 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Lyrical Press
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Karyn Gerrard Hi Cathy, I am planning three (since there are three brothers!) :) The next one is The Vicar's Frozen Heart and has a tentative release of March 2016.…moreHi Cathy, I am planning three (since there are three brothers!) :) The next one is The Vicar's Frozen Heart and has a tentative release of March 2016. The third book is not yet written or contracted so I doubt it will be out before 2017. :)(less)

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Nicole Laverdure
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sizzling! Sensual!

Bold Seduction, by Karyn Gerrard, is a beautiful love story, Gothic style, filled with hope and passion, with a touch of eroticism. The love scenes are explicit but very well written. I just love stories of courtesans! Bold Seduction was a real treat for me to read! I really loved the 1st story in this new series The Hornsby Brothers. What happens when the passionate courtesan, Philomena, agrees to a dangerous game, with the disciplined Lord Spencer Hornsby? Excitement and slow
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Gerrard is starting a new historical series and I'm loving it!

Here are the reasons I'm sure you'd love it too.

How many stories are out there with the virgin hero?! Not many, I'm sure, but every one of those that I've read, I've loved. I believe the reason for it is their vulnerability despite their obvious strength.

The heroine was someone you may have doubts at first, but just give a chance and you'll love her spunk and complex background.

As for the chemistry between the two?! Off the chart
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Ingrid Hahn
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Adorable. I'll definitely be reading more of this author.
Apr 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I really liked the premise of this - a brothel madam finding love with a reclusive, eccentric virgin - but I had a difficult time connecting emotionally with the characters, mainly Philomena. I didn't like that she was called "Phil", as every Phil I personally know is a middle-aged blowhard jerk; it just kind of brought me out of the story and my mind kept envisioning her as much older than 32, and frumpier than she was actually described. With her being a madam, a bit of crudeness comes with th ...more
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Madame Philomena agrees to an assignment to seduce a 30 year old virgin for his birthday. Taking on the task herself, she never expected her own feelings for the reclusive man.
Spencer is content with his life alone, then Phil comes along. But can anything come from this, can there be happiness for a lord and a madame?
Historical Romance, emotions and smutty fluff in a great combo.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a pleasant steamy surprise! New author for me, and I am glad to have found her. I was very hesitant to start this story as I normally do not like courtesan heroines, at all. But this story came across as believable enough, sweet and tender, and did not drag on forever. The only thing that slightly irritated me was that the heroine's name was shortened to be called Phil. Every single time I read that word, I would read it as a male name and keep getting confused that I was reading about the ...more
Iza Brekilien
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
A very good surprise !
I think I got this one as a freebie and didn't expect much of it, but as it has happened before, it was a very nice discovery.
The characters were very likeable, at the same time vulnerable and strong, the setting was original. I really took a liking to Spence and Phil and rooted for their happy ending, even though I know what happens after the end is going to be complicated, but nothing that can be overcome.
It's not an erotica, it's a spicy historical romance with a very s
I didn't want the book to end, I loved Phil and her scholarly virgin. Wow....just wow....this book reminds me SLIGHTLY of pretty woman in a way. Phil is a courtesan, her backstory is heartbreaking, (but you need to read it to find it out)but even as a young girl Phil was going to be the author of her story, despite what was done to her..she would make the best of it...

Spence is tall and wolly when Phil comes to his home...his backstory is also heartbreaking... a bullied nerd would be the words
Joann Maggio
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bold Seduction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Written by Karyn Gerrard
(The Hornsby Brothers)

This is an unusual story about two most unlikely people crossing paths and finding love. Philomena McGrattan is the owner of an infamous house of ill-repute. When Phil is asked to travel to Wales to deliver a sexual birthday gift, she finds herself intrigued by the idea. Phil has not entertained men personally for three years and wants to get away for a day or two.

Her assignment is to have sex with Lord Spence Hornsby also k
Verity W
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
************Copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review****

I'm quite conflicted about this book. I like the premise (Virgin heros are totally my catnip) and bits of the book did work for me. But I didn't feel that there was enough resolution to all the minor plot details which had been raised - Spence's anger management issues, Phil's relatives - and I thought the end of the book was rushed - there was no real explanation as to how the two of them would make it work. But then in this scen
2.5 stars

A courtesan heroine seducing and then falling in love with her virginal, yet sexy client? Count me in. However, for a romance about seduction I thought it needed more passion and emotion. The story could have been fleshed out more too as I wasn't completely convinced by Philomena's change of heart. (view spoiler)
Lisa Filipe
Jul 18, 2015 marked it as to-read
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Jenni Schell
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
This was a FANTASTIC little steaming novella. Wowza!!
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25% could not finish.

Not sure if this author should be writing historical romances. The dialogue read more contemporary than historical.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Historical English romance with a younger son of a Duke that finds love with a semi-retired Madame of a famous high end prostitution house in London. This story is set in the rural Welsh countryside at Lord Spencer Hornsby's country estate where he is busy researching a historical work when Madame Philomena McGrattan shows up to his isolated home as a birthday present from his school friends because he is a famous virgin. So Phil and Spencer become friends and then more as they share their lives ...more
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly Tender

Never judge a book by its cover (or title). I absolutely loved this book and the main characters. The story shows how people are shaped by what they experienced in their youth and that what we see on the outside may hide tender feelings, emotions, just waiting for the right key to open the lock to what lies deep inside. Well written, really nice read. Get it!
Sandra R
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I enjoyed the story and it was entertaining (and short) enough for me to read it in one sitting. I did think it finished abruptly though; I would have a liked a bit more at the end to round off the story. My only negative was that there were a few typos in the Kindle edition. Nothing that detracted from the story or my enjoyment of the flow of the book.
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spice-level-hot
I really enjoyed this book. I just wish the story has not been so rushed. I think Spencer and Philomena had great chemistry. I think that their love story could have been fleshed out a bit more. I love that Gerrard made the hero autistic. I think she did a great job of describing the many struggles involved with having Autism.
Liz Fricke
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Quintessential mommy porn. Entertaining, short and silly - just what I like to read on summer vacation.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this well executed, shortish story. Not your usual Victorian romance, though I have read others wherein a prostitute is sent to "heal".
Both Philomena and Spence are very unable characters; their interaction and how they fall in love did not seem too far fetched. There are explicit sex scenes, but none are vulgar.
Karen Darling
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: free, virgin-hero
Did not hold my interest.
This sensual tale was engaging, interesting, and even funny from start to finish. That special twist where the damsel is the one doing the seduction and the man was the first thing that caught my attention and I’m really glad it did.

Spencer has some sort of emotional issues that originated in his childhood. He was some kind of introverted and shy child, preferring books and time alone over the company of others. Kids his age saw this as an opportunity for bullying poor Spencer and that only mad
Gwyn Plummer
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Making the most of a profession she was forced into at a young age, Madame Philomena McGrattan has made the most of her not-a-little-girl’s-dream life. She’s bold, honest, and has a plan, one that does not include heading a brothel for the rest of her life. But to carry out that plan, she needs money – more money. So when two gentlemen approach her to free their 30-year-old friend of his virginity unbeknownst to him, she chooses to do the job herself, instead of sending one of her girls whom she ...more
Elle Christensen
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a quick and fun little read. It’s sexy as hell, and I definitely liked the characters, especially as seeing that 95% of the book is only Phil, Spence, and the dogs. It’s would be a disaster if I’d hated any of them! The book is definitely short, more of a novella length. Which isn’t a criticism, except to stay that the story developed much too quickly.
The back stories of Phil and Spence are both well thought out by the author. Due to the time limit in getting to know the characters, it
I wanted to love this story – to jump in and have no questions unanswered, no situation too far beyond my ability to suspend disbelief.

Fortunately, for most of the story I was able to do just that… Philomena (Phil) and her brothel, wanting to settle down and get out of the business end of the business made sense. I could understand that. Where I had more problems was the 30 year old 3rd son of a Duke, Spencer. OK – the standard is that the third son is usually the wastrel rake… off doing his ow
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a Regency read . Part 1 in the series . Will have you reading non stop .

Philomena (Phil) as she is called is a Madame . She owns the house of ill repute . She is approached by 2 men of Quality . They have an assignment for Phil and they will pay her well. The assignment is about Lord Spence . They tell her he is a third son of a Duke . And he is 30 years old . She listens to the Assignment . She decides to take it and keep the money instead of sending one of her girls .
Lord Spence is 30
Cathy Geha
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Courtesan and virginal scholar makes sparks fly! Two people that would seem to have nothing in common find much to pursue in this well-crafted story in which the woman is more sexually knowledgeable than the gentleman.

I loved the fact that though both Philomena and Spencer had issues to overcome in their earlier lives they became stronger individuals as a result of what they endured. I believe Philomena might have been more in tune with herself and definitely more worldly aware than Spencer but
#1 in a new Gothic-style Victorian Historical romance. "The Hornsby Brothers". Which is fast paced, and very passionate. A courtesan and a professor. An experienced woman of seduction and a virgin of seduction find their HEA.
Well written with a couple of Wolf Hounds, a dark, damp, secluded castle, a reclusive professor, a birthday present, a Courtesan, all added to the mix make an exciting, seductive read. The sensual scenes are erotic but not overly explicit. I read it in one setting. A powerf
Seanna Yeager
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
A short romance, between two unlikely people. I really enjoyed all of the details in this one by Gerrard.

Phil (Philomena) is an unlikely woman to fall for, she is a Madame at a house of ill-repute. She ended up there due to unexpected events in her life.

Lord Spencer Hornsby, prefers to go by the title of Professor Hornsby, a title he earned not one of accident of birth. He believes that he is content with constant research, isolating himself from the world and companionship.

Phil is hired by Sp
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Karyn Gerrard, born and raised in the Maritime Provinces of Eastern Canada, now makes her home in a small town in Northwestern Ontario. When she’s not cheering on the Red Sox or travelling in the summer with her teacher husband, she writes, reads romance, and drinks copious amounts of Earl Grey tea.

Even at a young age Karyn’s storytelling skills were apparent, thrilling her fellow Girl Guides with

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