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A Rake's Guide to Seduction (Reece Family Trilogy #3)

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Anthony Hamilton is the most scandalous man in London, a gambler, a fortune hunter, an infamous rake. Celia Reece is sure he's never had one thought of her, except as his friend David's younger sister. Who would ever guess she's the only woman he's ever loved—and can never have…
Paperback, 351 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Zebra
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Sonya Heaney
Originally posted HERE .

What’s with the ridiculous way historical romance is marketed? This book isn’t about a “guide to seduction”. I question whether it’s even about a rake!

In all the years he had known her, he had never once touched her except very properly on the hand, on the elbow, and once on the back, when he had helped her into a carriage.


Caroline Linden is one of my favourite authors in this genre because she is one of the few who actually captures what life was like back in the Geor
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Jacob Proffitt
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, steamy
This is part of a series and characters from the others feature prominently here. I recommend reading the others first, though the second, David's story, has some problems.

I was looking forward to Celia's story as I enjoyed her naïve, lightening presence in the other books. Her brothers were so serious and had weighty issues to overcome and I looked forward to the more lighthearted story I thought this might be. Only then Linden took the story off the rails a bit early on when Celia marries some
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Ruth
I loved this book! The plot, the characters, the darkness.. It was wonderful!

It is a story about self-worth, depression, abandonment, and yes, finding the one person who really understands you and loves you. It looks at what can happen when marriages go wrong, and I particularly like that there is no one really to blame - the heroine and her first husband are not suited and not in a position to cope.

The hero is wonderful. I loved him within the first two paragraphs and just loved him more and mo
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Jan 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Shannon (Giraffe Days) by: Julie (jjmachshev) Anderson
Lady Celia Reece is enjoying her Season in London and her many admirers. She also encounters her brother David's old friend, the notorious rake Anthony Hamilton, estranged son of an Earl. When Lord Andrew Bertram proposes though she's swept off her feet and believes herself in love. Four years of bleak, disappointing, lonely marriage later and Celia is a widow. Yet she feels empty inside, hollow and sad. Although only twenty-two and just as beautiful as before, her melancholy casts a shadow. In ...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
Jun 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: steamy historical romance lovers
Shelves: 2008-reads
Fabulous steamy historical romance from Caroline Linden. "A Rake's Guide to Seduction" explores the story of a woman who learns the difference between infatuation and love. The hero is strong, complex, and misunderstood. The heroine grows into a woman who learns her own strength and stands up for and by her man. The plot flows as smooth as aged whiskey, and the ending will put an ear-to-ear grin on your face. Now, I'm off to make sure I have copies of Linden's other books to put on my keeper she ...more
willaful
Feb 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. An excellent character-driven Regency romance, slightly marred by an improbable villainous plot stuck on at the end. Anthony, though no real fault of his own, has a terrible reputation amongst society; Celia married for what she thought was love and discovered she and her husband actually had nothing in common. When Celia is widowed, the two old acquaintances have a second chance to find happiness. The characters are both sympathetic and interesting and I would have been happy to read ...more
Steelwhisper
This is my 6th Caroline Linden book, and like those before I liked the plot, the setting, the attention to historical details, the adorable hero and the strong heroine.

However, once again the sex scenes were a few too many, and the sex too samey and slightly too modern. Apparently it is "the thing" lately to write lots of clit-centric sex, even into historicals. Given that a mere 50 or so years ago the average male (and female) didn't have much of an idea what a clitoris was and to which use it
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Nanou
Aaaaaaawwwwww Anthonyyyyyyyyyy *dégouline de coeurs* *craque des tablettes de chocolat* soupirs.....

Anthony est parfait, du moment où il se rend compte que Celia n'est plus "la petite soeur de David" jusqu'a la 2eme balade en bateau, en passant par les lettres anonymes, et les conseils conjugaux donnés à Percy xD

Il fait partie de mes héros doudous lui !!

Dans les deux premiers tomes j'aimais beaucoup la maman de Celia mais là je l'ai trouvé too much... Et heureusement qu'il y avait lord warfield
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♡Karlyn P♡
Oct 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, steam-warm
A compelling and well written historical, but the feel of the story was so morose and depressing through much of the book it made for quite an emotional ride. The heroine deals with depression, and while the author did a great job keeping it real I don’t think I was in the mood to read something so dark.
Vintage
Oh well.

A Rake's Guide to Seduction is a ridiculously silly if not eye-catching title to this spicy Regency. Yes, the H is a rake but more through gossip and circumstances. When it comes to his behavior he's quite the honorable Sir who wants to do what's best for the heroine even if it means denying himself. The H and his Scottish uncle won my heart.

It starts out where our sweet, kind and winsome virginal heroine is testing the bounds of propriety by walking unchaperoned in a garden with a real
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Ally
Do you ever think I'm not sure if I really love this book, but I think I do?

le sigh

Like I really really really love this book, but then I don't. What is wrong with me? Usually, I am so much more forceful in my opinions.

Setting / Time / Genre: Regency

Series: I do believe it is although I've not read any of the others in the series.

Sexy times: Sure. It's Caroline Linden. She writes excellent "busy scenes" without being overboard or too overly descriptive. Probably, three or four in total and there is n
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Lady Wesley
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, lendable
Delightful story!

What I Liked
*Anthony! Not exactly a tortured hero, but certainly a mistreated and misunderstood one. Yes, a rake, but also honest, caring, and proud of accomplishing so many things without the love and support of his mean earl of a father. He longs for Celia for years, but thinks he's not worthy of her love.

*Celia. Although she starts out as a typical girl having her first season, her unhappy first marriage matures her. She takes a little too long to come around to accepting A
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Kusanagi
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, regency, 19-ème
C'est même plus 4,5

J'ai bien aimé cette romance, la façon dont cela se met en place, le côté un peu mélancolique à un moment. C'est une romance mais c'est aussi, un peu, un roman d'apprentissage.... on a Celia, une jeune fille de 17 ans qui a sa première Saison et qui, joie bonheur trouve un époux dès cette Saison. Le jackpot. La Celia du début est l'archétype de ces jeunes filles qui débutaient, mignonne, enjouée, pleine de rêve, d'espoir et.... il faut bien le dire un peu vide.

Et puis 4 ans p
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Megan
Apr 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Oh, my favorite of the trilogy. Celia and Anthony were fleshed out, realistic, and UNIQUE characters. They had depth that was not depicted in their appearances in the previous books, but said depth did not contradict how they were presented previously (I love when authors successfully do that!). I loved that Anthony consistently was so concerned with making Celia laugh (even when he was bleeding and in pain!) and how that didn't change as the years passed, and how Celia's depression was presente ...more
Ang
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well, Caroline Linden is really at the top of her game in this book. Review to come.
Leaa
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
The third and final installment of The Reece Family and I loved it. Either this one or the first installment is my favorite. It's pretty tough for me to decide. It was so terribly romantic. I'm not one for too much mush but this was just right. As I was reading I was constantly going "Oh..That's a good line." while by heart did a little sigh. I feel like a lot of romance novels are missing that lately when the main purpose usually is to just get them to bed.

First off! Celia Reece! Loved her as
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Jennifer (FFT Reviews)
4 Stars

I found A Rake's Guide to Seduction to be an entertaining and sweet historical romance. The hero, Anthony, is a misunderstood rake who has been in love with his friend's sister for years. There is so much catnip for me in that sentence and that is the main reason I read this. Besides Anthony's plight, I also enjoyed reading about Celia's development from spoiled debutante to loyal, mature widow. This is a couple that works best because they have both had time to grow up and become better
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HMichaele
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
I loved this story between Anthony Hamilton and Celia Reece. Anthony has loved Celia for years, even asking her father for her hand. But she had already been promised to another. After her husband's death, Anthony works to kindle a relationship between them. I love unrequited love stories, so this is definitely going on my keeper shelf!
Nanette
Jan 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Anthony (a rake who is not accepted in many circles) and Celia (widowed); the book is great and annoying simultaneously; great character development but sometimes the decisions they make dont make sense; great love scene. story of a woman who learns the difference between infatuation and love. The hero is complex and misunderstood.
Louise Allen
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Caroline Linden is a new author for me and, on the strength of this, I will certainly be looking for more of her books. I enjoyed the darkness of some of the plot aspects, the fact that Celia had real issues to overcome and that Anthony was a rake with depth. The dramatic incvident near the end felt a trifle out of place, but that aside,a compellign read
Melliane
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mon avis en Français

My English review

Quand j’ai demandé le livre, je n’ai pas fait attention au fait que c’était un troisième tome mais je pense que cela ne pose pas de soucis et il est possible de lire chaque tome séparément. Il est vrai que je suis assez curieuse de voir ce qu’il se passe pour les autres personnages mais c’était intéressant cette fois ci de suivre Anthony et Celia.

Celia est une jeune femme en quête d’un mari et par chance, sa mère lui laisse le choix de son époux (chose qui e
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Susana
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Jm
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quelle belle découverte ! Caroline Linden nous offre une très jolie romance historique, traitée de façon intelligente et un sujet peu lu. Elle est clairement une auteure à suivre.

Celia Reece est une jeune débutante à la recherche de son futur époux. Belle et intelligente, elle refuse de juger le scandaleux Anthony Hamilton, l'ami de son frère David, qu'elle connaît depuis son enfance. Rejeté par son père, le jeune homme tente de survivre en gagnant de l'argent aux tables de jeux et en en investi
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Felita Hardigaloeh
Anthony ini contoh korban gosip kalangan Ton.

Dilahirkan anak haram, dan berkelakuan tidak sesopan pria lainnya sudah cukup untuk dicap negatif. Anthony ini sudah tertarik ama Celia sejak remaja. tapi dia ragu apa Celia juga menyukainya karena statusnya. sampai di pesta dansa malam itu, komentar ga sengaja yang diucapin Celi menguatkan tekadnya untuk mendekati Celia. pertamanya Anthony minta izin dulu ke Marcus, abang sulung Celia.

sampai di depan Marcus, Anthony berapi api menjelaskan tekadnya da
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Erin
Jul 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to reading more by Caroline Linden, but it definitely wasn't in my top ten or fifteen for romances. I liked Celia and I liked Anthony a lot, but I felt like it was a little too... frustrating. I thought it was really smart that Celia has to grow up before she and Anthony could really be together, but I felt like a lot of it was contrived because Anthony goes from not noticing her at all to being totally infatuated in about two and a half chapters. I ju ...more
Alicia (aka Rozzie) Chamberlain
This was a really awesome historical romance. I would say anyone who isn't use to reading these types of romance should read it. Since I do usually read historical romance, I sort of fit that category. The reason I say this is because, this book really helps you understand the society in this time frame. Where girls marry young with only dreams of marriage. When they dream of landing a respectable man, with plenty of riches. Where gossip plays a big part of the society, because it can make or br ...more
Jackie
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Far sweeter, and far more engaging, than I expected from the book's cover blurb. Lady Celia Reece marries young for love, but love fast turns to indifference and even pain when her equally immature husband grows bored with the country life dictated by his father. After her husband's death, Ceila spends a year mourning with her father-in-law, losing more and more of the vitality and spirit that made her the spark of the ton ballroom. The friend of Celia's older brother, Anthony Hamilton, who has ...more
Liviania
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I won an ARC in this novel through a contest at Dear Author. I must say I love those ladies for giving me the chance to read this book. Between the title and the blurb (neither of which describe the book very well), I never would have picked it for myself. But Jayne's favorable review and the chance to read it for free moved it up on my list.

One of the best parts about reading A RAKE'S GUIDE TO SEDUCTION were the many parts where Linden had a chance to include a Big Misunderstanding or other rid
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Ann Marie
I love Caroline Linden’s stories and it was never a question if I would read this book. Of course I would. But I was a little nervous going in as so many reviews, both pro and con, made mention of how dark the story was. Well read it I did. And I loved it! Maybe it was my frame of mind going in but I did not think it was that dark.

I’ve loved Celia since we first met her in What a Gentleman Wants and I was sad to see her so melancholy in her first marriage and afterwards as a widow. Celia did se
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Julia
Today I want to read a romance. So I went to my to be read shelf and look to see what was there. That's where I found this book. I did read the other two in the series quite some time ago, but the characters actually resonated well. As soon as I reencountered Celia her personality popped into my brain as similar to lots of other younger sisters who eventually go on to get their own book in the series. She's outspoken, kind and of course the belle of the Season.

Enter Anthony. He and I connected w
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 14, 2015 08:58AM  
  • Lord Ruin (The Sinclair Sisters, #1)
  • Scandal of the Season (The Spinster Club, #4)
  • Her Notorious Viscount (Stoneworth, #1)
  • In the Thrill of the Night (Merry Widows, #1)
  • One Week As Lovers (Somerhart, #3)
  • Wicked All Day (Lorimer Family & Clan Cameron #5)
  • Confessions from an Arranged Marriage (The Burgundy Club, #4)
  • Simply Scandalous
  • The Perfect Kiss (The Merridew Sisters, #4)
  • Marrying The Royal Marine (Channel Fleet, #3)
  • Trial by Desire (Carhart, #2)
  • Notorious Pleasures (Maiden Lane, #2)
  • In For a Penny
  • My Irresistible Earl (Inferno Club, #3)
  • A Season to Be Sinful (Grantham, #1)
  • Masquerading Mistress
  • Midnight's Wild Passion
  • Silk and Shadows (Silk Trilogy, #1)
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Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a degree in mathematics from Harvard University and worked as a programmer in the financial services industry before realizing writing fiction is much more exciting than writing code. Her books have won the NEC-RWA Readers' Choice Award, the JNRW Golden Leaf, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and RWA's RITA Award, and have been translated into ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Reece Family Trilogy (3 books)
  • What a Gentleman Wants (Reece Family Trilogy, #1)
  • What a Rogue Desires (Reece Family Trilogy, #2)

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