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To Seduce a Stranger

(Runaway Desires #3)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  238 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Desire waylays the plans of a man with a mysterious past and a woman with an uncertain future, in Susanna Craig’s unforgettable series set in Georgian England.

After her much older husband dies—leaving her his fortune—Charlotte Blakemore finds herself at the mercy of her stepson, who vows to contest the will and destroy her life. With nowhere to turn and no one to help her,
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Published April 11th 2017 by Lyrical Press
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Robin (Bridge Four)
Apr 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sexy, 2017-reads
To Seduce a Stranger has one of my favorite tropes in Historical Romance, the fake marriage. I specifically look for plot lines that incorporate this into them.

The premise is pretty simple Edward has been away from his family home for a very long time and has finally decided to return to claim his inheritance and eventually confront the father he hated when he was a child. Charlotte on the other hand is recently widowed and needing to hide from her stepson for a while until the finances can be w
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
To Seduce A Stranger is a delightful read, it is a thoroughly enjoyable story of love, secrets and lies. Characters that are entertaining and highly likable – not to mention devilishly handsome! But apart from that this is a solid Historical Romance, Craig is a confident writer in field, her love for the genre just shines through and she is an author that I am looking forward to reading more of.

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Sissy's Romance Book Review
Review For: To Seduce a Stranger by Susanna Craig 'Review For: To Seduce a Stranger' by Susanna Craig is book Three in the "Runaway Desires" series. This is the story of Charlotte Blakemore and Edward Cary. I have read the other books but feel this is easily a standalone book. Edward left home when he was a child because he overheard his mother talking that she will leave her abusive husband once Edward is a away and safe at school. Edward knew he would leave for school for two years. So Edward ...more
Tracy Emro
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher*

Charlotte is having a bad day - her husband has passed and left her a fortune, but her vile stepson has made it his mission to take it from her. Desperate to get away, she trades places with her maid and ends up stranded at an inn with no money.

Edward Carey is on his way home after 22 years in Antigua. He doesn't know what he will find upon his return and decides to keep his identity a secret fo
Sissy's Romance Book Review
'Review For: To Seduce a Stranger' by Susanna Craig is book Three in the "Runaway Desires" series. This is the story of Charlotte Blakemore and Edward Cary. I have read the other books but feel this is easily a standalone book.
Edward left home when he was a child because he overheard his mother talking that she will leave her abusive husband once Edward is a away and safe at school. Edward knew he would leave for school for two years. So Edward thinks to leave to help make his mom safe. Now 22
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Charm, mystery and danger!

Unfaltering continuation of The Runaway Desires series. I must admit to guessing some of the storyline before things developed but that was fine.
This is the story of Tempest Holderin's plantation manager and close friend Edward Cary.
Edward returns to England after twenty years absence. A mystery surrounds him and his leaving England, and now that mystery will be revealed.
Half French, Charlotte Blakemore, the widowed Duchess of Langerton finds herself the focus of her st
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Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank Susanna Craig, Kensington Books, Lyrical Press, and NetGalley for allowing me to read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Charlotte Blakemore, Dowager Duchess of Langerton, is grieving the loss of not only her recently past husband, but the loss of the only person who’d ever cared about her. Her stepson is more concerned with gaining the assets the late duke had left to his much, much younger wife. He warns Charlotte he’ll do anything to get his entire rightful inherita
Barbara Rogers
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Delightfully entertaining novel! Talk about troubled people having a very bad day!!! Charlotte's much older husband passes away and leaves her a substantial bequest, but her very, very bad step-son threatens her and says he'll sue to invalidate the will, cause a scandal and drag her deceased husband's name through the mud. Yep -- not a good way to start your day. So, what does she do -- stand and fight? No way (then we wouldn't have this great book). She decides to flee and when she spots a man ...more
Amy Hay
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having read Susanna Craig's previous Runaway Desires books (although that isn't necessary to enjoy this book), I confess I have a thing for Edward. He's responsible but sexy, a little heartbroken, and somewhat of a mystery. He's the guy you have the secret crush on and hope will notice you. So I was excited to finally get to read his story. Well ... I cannot begrudge him Charlotte. These two really are made for each other, and they should have figured it out when they were prepared to fake a mar ...more
Melissa Polk
Jul 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I didn't read the description of this book. Not before I bought it, nor after. So when I realized it was about Edward Cary I was *beyond* excited. And then the cameo at the end? I. Love. These. Books. If Susanna Craig publishes it, I will buy it. ...more
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you like historical romance you will LOVE this book. The characters are all really developed and you will easily fall in love with them. The author's descriptive writing puts you in the heart of Gloucestershire estate, so much that you could almost smell the countryside. I am now a huge fan of this author and look forward to reading anything she writes! ...more
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
*I got this ARC one from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

The plot is really nice but the tempo of the book is too slow but the storyline itself is good. I really skipped a few pages because I couldn't bare it anymore and than suddenly over the last 50 pages every mystery is solved - but everything was quite predictable.
To Seduce a Stranger by Susanna Craig was the first book I've read by this author and book number 3 of the Runaway Desires series, but I read well as a stand alone novel. Charlotte and Edward make for a wonderful love story, and an especially well written sex scene which was written wonderfully and although the story is fraught with characters who have run away or escaped from something and nicknames, it was charming and interesting non the less. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC ...more
Cathy Geha
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*****FIVE STARS*****

Because I liked this book!
It took me away and into the lives of Charlotte and Edward.
It made me care about the characters both main and supporting.
It made me think, “What would I have done if…?”
It pleased me in more ways than one.

I forgot that I had read and enjoyed the first book in this series and wish I had not missed book two as I looked back and realized I was reading book three. This author seems to be able to hit my “like” button so I know I will be looking for
Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks?

Oh my goodness, there were so many secrets and so many lies, and I'll be honest, both of those things in abundance usually irk me in fiction, but in this case? It worked, and it worked well. Both Edward and Charlotte have survived on secrets and lies, and I guess that's the biggest reason why it worked so well. They did it for survival or self preservation rather than selfish reasons. The romance was just how I like it.. a lot of build up, a lot of cute, with
Nov 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a competently written book of its kind with many elements of a romance checked off but its characters left me unmoved, both singly and together. Edward had the personality of a Quaker with his "no violence under any circumstances" obsession (supposedly to avoid becoming like his father who was a wife abuser) and his farming mentality, no lord of the manor attitude though he was in fact born to the manor but working there incognito. Such people are solid citizens but not very exciting. C ...more
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
The third installment in this loosely linked series lacks a little of the sparkle of the first two books but is still a very enjoyable read. Very firmly rooted in all the traditions of modern Regency (well Georgian, but you know what I mean) romance it is full of lavish and interesting historical detail.
Edward Cary is a decent chap, an all round good guy, but love has some how passed him by. Returning to the inheritance fled an a young boy he meets another runaway with secrets to keep. Follow
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley.

Charlotte's elderly husband has just died after a very brief marriage, leaving her fairly wealthy. Her stepson, who inherits a generous amount too, tells her he is going to contest her marriage and inheritance on the basis that his father was insane when he married her. Charlotte believes that she is being watched by a man employed by her stepson and arranges to trade places with her maid to escape this surveillance, but unfortunat
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Susanna Craig draws you into the lives of her characters, such that you feel that you have known them forever. Her writing is descriptive and almost hypnotising. Even her secondary characters have a life of their own and not just to enhance those of the main characters. This is the story of Charlotte Blakemore, Dowager Duchess of Langerton, who having lost her elderly husband, fears that her stepson will denounce her to society by contesting her marriage. Charlotte quickly leaves, tr ...more
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A lot of twists and good turns

A young widow is on the run from her stepson, who has now inherited the title and will do anything to deny her settlement from his father's will. On the run and losing her funds, a dark haired stranger comes to her rescue. Only this is no ordinary stranger.
This my first book by this author and I'm already downloading another. Stayed up all night...damn good book.
Sep 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
This book is populated by perfectly nice characters, who unfortunately have very tepid interactions and minimal chemistry.

Charlotte is a duchess by marriage, who has recently become the widow of her much older husband, who married her merely to basically . . . be nice and offer her some protection? Unfortunately, he left her a crap ton of money, enough that her dickish son-in-law is trying to contest the will and generally bring shame upon her. She decides the best response to this situation is
Terre J
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I actually liked this book, though I found the recurrent theme of disappearing aristocrats a bit much. The H was heir to an Earl, and had disappeared over 20 years ago. He had a friend that had also been a vanished aristo, having left England to labor on a sugar plantation for a few years. The h is a duchess, who also "disappeared ", but for only the fortnight of the beginning of the book, so am surprised anyone noticed. Otherwise I liked the H and h, as individuals and as a couple. The action i ...more
Sharon Wagner
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved it

Wonderful book by Susanna Craig. Loved the whole story about Edward and Charoltte . Loved how they met and worked together at his estate even though they both kept secrets. Fell in love and found some of their family that they all gone.
Sharon Sackett
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I am amazed about authors writing stories. They are so gifted. Ms. Craig sure did do a fine job with this story. I was surprised with the ending is the story. Wonderful story line. Thank you.
Steve H
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
best of her books. Love the story line and how it unfolded. Maybe I'm just getting used to her style. I'm not a romance reader but this was really good ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it

More plot twists than usual historical novels. Good writing. Characters well developed. Delighted in the quick read. I recommend the book will delight in others byauthor.
Debra Morgan
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
New to me author! Enjoy reading!
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte feels like an outsider in eighteenth century British society, because of her birth and background. Many injustices are heaped upon her. "Nevertheless, she persisted." What a joy to find such a strong female character whose real secret weapon is her female friendships. Similarly, the hero, Edward, feels out of place because of his years spent in a kind of exile in the West Indies. And yet his genuineness, humanity, and loyalty earn him supportive friends as well. The clever plot line se ...more
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a good story i just adored watching Charlotte and Edward finding love together this was a good read could be a little slow at times but other than that i really enjoyed it and will be checking out the rest of the series.
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
After her much older husband The Duke of Langerton dies, leaving her his fortune, Charlotte Blakemore finds herself at the mercy of her stepson Robert, who vows to contest the will and destroy her life. With nowhere to turn and no one to help her, she embarks on an elaborate ruse,only to find herself stranded on the way to London with no money as she’s picked up the wrong satchel.
More than twenty years in the West Indies have hardened Edward Cary, but not enough to abandon a helpless woman at a
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Almost as soon as she could hold a pencil, Susanna Craig began writing stories. Today, she pens award-winning Regency-era romance novels that blend history and heart with a dash of heat. An English professor, wife, and mom, she’s currently finding her happily ever after in Kentucky while holding onto her Midwestern roots. Find her online at http://www.susannacraig.com. ...more

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