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A Game of Persuasion

(The Naughty Girls #2.5)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  349 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Publisher's Note: This story is continued in the full-length novel The Art of Ruining a Rake, and is intended as bonus content or as an introduction to the Scandalous Spinsters Series.

Miss Lucy Lancester has loved her brother’s best friend, Roman Alexander, for as long as she can remember. So devotedly, she’s vowed never to marry anyone else. Bu
Kindle Edition, 146 pages
Published July 20th 2015 by Intrepid Reads
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Maggie Whitworth
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A young girl with a crush on her brothers friend , a story of unrequited loved .
Wanting those taboo feelings to be returned, to experience love between a man and woman .
Lucy want all this but only with one man Roman .
This book has emotions in abundance . Poor Lucy I really felt for her . I wanted to grab Roman and shake him so he could see her .
I felt their pain bless them .
It’s a great prequel to the next book which I can’t wait to read ,
Soon I hope x
Natalie Alder
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Page turner

This story keeps you on the edge of your seat. It has you cheering for and feeling for a woman with passion.
Margaret Sholders
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is the Prologue of The Art of Ruining a Rake. Lucy has loved Roman for years. He never paid attention to her even though he is his her brother Ash' s best friend. Lucy really doesn't have much patience. She wants to go to the grown up balls not the over chaperoned balls. She goes to a lightskirt for advice as she wants to have a Girl's school. Ash had really fallen for her but then found she was a Courtesan. There are a few spoilers and this leads into Lucy and Roman' s story-The Art ...more
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reads
if you've read the first book in the series, The Trouble With Being Wicked, you'll be very familiar with the plot of this novella already. This is an extended prologue for the following book, The Art of Ruining A Rake. It retells the story of Lucy Lancester, who enlists the help of former courtesan Celeste Gray to seduce her girlhood crush, Roman Alexander. While we already got the gist of what happened through Celeste's and Trestin's eyes, it was pretty interesting to find out the rest of the d ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audiobook, which provided an excellent performance of a well written story. The female lead is well developed. I didn't feel there was sufficient backstory to develop the male lead. I assume this is because it was written as an extended prologue and not a stand alone book. Marion Hussey's performance is outstanding. She voices characters distinctly and consistently. She imbues them with emotion consistent with the story. It did its job of making me want to hear the rest of the ...more
Sharon Eikenberry-Deary
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What to do when your love isn't returned

Lucy has love Roman since she was a young girl. He never knew she existed. At what lengths will Lucy take to get what she wants. She loves Roman yet she doesn't want to hurt him like her mother hurt her father.
Kim Cooper
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great novella

Love the story of how Lucy seduced Roman, her love from childhood. You got a glimpse of the story from the first book in the series but now you know more details. Can't wait to read the next one to see how it goes for these two.
Paulette Hilton
Oct 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Such a good story

This was s much a good story but it h as d the stupidest ending I have ever read. I usually 'read the reviews before I buy a book but I didn't this time and I played for it.
Kristen Fortuna
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Wonderful story, would have liked a longer ending, more about the school.

Left to much hanging at the end, I like more closure of the story line, I didn't feel satisfied with the outcome for Lucy
Silver Marie
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fun prologue

This long teaser will have you at the edge of your bed and then fall from it... You'd be hoping, crying, anxious, laughing in triumph and huffing in frustration. Definitely a fun read that leaves you wanting more of Lucy and Roman's cat and mouse game.
lakeds washington
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing

She was young and unknowing of what she was doing she should have listened to her friends more when they said to think on it
Devika Fernando
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Entertaining and engaging, at turns intriguing, clever and sensual. Not too slow- or fast-paced, with a bit of suspense and a nicely fleshed-out heroine as well as an irresistible hero.
Jun 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
No Happy Ending

I could not believe the ending. We are left hanging with all the characters in the middle of their problems after a long book. UGH!!
Unbelievable story for the age
Unlikeable characters
Will I read the sequel? NO! Too much better stuff to read
Debbie Scott
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing

With sisters like Lucy and Delilah, no wonder Trestain abstained from women for seven years. Lucy had a plan and she was determined to succeed. Will one night be enough for her, for him? Thank you for an engaging story, Danny Scott.
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This e-novella is the prequel to Emma Locke's The Art of Ruining a Rake, and chronicles Lucy's planned seduction of Roman Alexander. Lucy has loved Roman from childhood, and, on the cusp of her spinsterhood, she has decided to take matters into her own hands and has planned for her one glorious night with the man of her dreams. Many would use this to lure men to marriage, but there's something different with Lucy's plan -- she plans to leave and begin her new life as headmistress of her own scho ...more
Michele Lacroix
this was an enjoyable novella which is a prequel.
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* A copy of this book was provided by the author for the purpose of an honest review.

So basically the story goes: Roman is Lucy’s brother’s best friend and a notorious rake but Lucy has been in love with Roman since she was 15 but at the same time she herself acknowledges that he isn’t worth her love. Still, she wishes Roman would do more than just politely see through her so she develops a plan that would give her what she wants before she becomes a s
Mariel Hoss
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
*ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

This is a prologue for the Art of Ruining A Rake and it sets up Lucy and Roman's story beautifully. This novella captures the history/backstory that gives you the primal feelings and motivations that propel them into the situations of the next book.

This prequel focuses more on Lucy's feelings, intent and plans. Lucy has been in love with Roman (a well-known rake and her brother's friend) since she was a young teen but she understands that
Dec 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book was told from Lucy's POV only and sadly it did not do her any favors. Truthfully by the end of the book I felt complete dislike for Lucy. For a woman of nearly twenty-five years she did not conduct herself in a mature fashion at all. As much as she claimed to "love" Roman, the more she blathered on about it the more I became annoyed. She did not love him. Did she care for him? Yes. Was she attracted to him? Definitely. However, she was not in love. She was obsessed or infatuated, or ev ...more
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: regency, ebook
Turns out I went into this book with all the wrong expectations. I thought it was a novella within that series, but readable as a stand-alone. But the expected happy end won't come until I read a proper novel of the series.
Then again, looking at the story, how it developed, the characters, a romantic happy end just didn't fit.
Now I have to live with not knowing, because I didn't like it well enough to buy and sit through a 300+ pages story.
Sissy's Romance Book Review
This is book three in "The Naughty Girls Book" series. I am reading these books out of order and have read book 4 before reading this book. I didn't really find it a problem for me and felt it was a standalone book. I will say it does kind of leave you hanging somewhat as you wait for book 4. It also had some of the continued story from the previous book that left you hanging in that book. I am still enjoying the series and I love the author but looking back I do think I wish I went in order of ...more
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucy has loved Roman since she was young . She use to follow him around with her brother . He was her brothers best friend . Fast forward a few years to her come out . She sees Roman at few parties ( he is a marquees. Thing is he ignores her . Soooo she devices a plan how to use him and leave him ... Just how he does to woman . She asks Celestial (who you meet in book one ) how does Lucy Entice Roman to make love to her . After a few lessons she goes to a masquerade ball and she and Roman make l ...more
Jan 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This novella is the extended prologue to The Art of Ruining a Rake and comes after The Trouble with Being Wicked. The 3 books are closely related, more so than the other books in the series, and it is hard to appreciate Lucy and Roman's story if you read them out of order or if you skip this novella entirely. However, this novella is itself a hardly gratifying reading experience. The hero's point of view is sorely missed, especially when a big event occurs, and with so much tension from multiple ...more
Jan Goodard
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucy has been in love with her brother's best friend forever and she plans to do something about it. She only wants a night, one night to give her memories when she runs a school for young ladies. She does not plan on marrying, especially not to Roman, he is not even remotely husband material. Her father was a man like him and her parents marriage ended tragically. What's an innocent girl to do? Seek advice from her friend, her brother's former love interest before he discovers she had been a co ...more
I thought reading this book would give me the back story and help me understand and like The Art of Ruining a Rake more. Well it did one of those two things. It did help me understand the back story much much better. I wish I had read this first. I would have enjoyed Ruining a Rake more, but that being said, it still would not have made me fall in love with the story or the characters. I still have the same issues even after reading this story. Oh well, guess this series just is not for me.

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Deb Diem
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Game Of Persuasion by Emma Locke is an entertaining read. Ms Locke has delivered a well written book. The characters are great in Roman and Lucy's story, with plenty of sizzle and drama served on the side. I enjoyed A Game Of Persuasion and look forward to reading more from Emma Locke in the future. This is a complete book, not a cliff hanger...but the story doesn't end here. I'll call it a happy for now ending.
Mandy Saial
Emma Locke is a new author to me , so I have yet to read any of the other books in this series .
That being said this is a companion prologue for the upcoming full length novel.... The Art of Ruining A Rake. It's only about 130 pages long ,but it was Intriguing .
I enjoyed reading about Lucy & her love & devotion to her brothers best friend Roman who doesn't seem to know she exists..... Or does he ??

Cannot wait to read all of the books in this series .

Tina Ullrich
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Prologue for more

I have not read The Art of Ruining a Rake yet as it is in my TBR stack. I will now as this has been very enlightening prologue and what a story chat her it is. I know Celeste and Tristen book will be just as wonderful. Hopefully we will be treAted to a short on Delilah's back story with her Mr Conley. I like how all of the characters are given a point of view in the short story.
Sally Hannoush
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was happy that I was able to read this story because it is a huge chunk of story. I read "The Art of Ruining a Rake" right before this one and am not sure if I would have liked to read this one before or after-like I did. This is a one-sitting read that can be read as a stand alone. Enjoyed seeing this point of view.
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Emma Locke is a USA Today Bestselling Author of smart, sensual Regency romances. Her current books make up the Scandalous Spinsters series, a double trilogy featuring three courtesans and three country hoydens who marry into the notorious Alexander family. She is also an engineer living in the Pacific Northwest, where she loves hiking with her dog, hot yoga and riding out the annual 330 days of ra ...more

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