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A Dance With Seduction

(Spy in the Ton #3)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  145 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Vivienne Le Fleur is one of London’s most sought after opera dancer and one of England’s best weapons: the spy known as the Flower. When a French agent pressures her to change allegiance by abducting her sister, Vivienne is forced to seek the help of the only man in London who doesn’t want her.

Maximilian Westwood, retired code breaker, doesn't like surprises or mysteries a
ebook, 408 pages
Published July 24th 2017 by Entangled Publishing, Select Historical (first published July 14th 2017)
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Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a B at AAR.

It’s been a few years since I’ve seen a new novel from Alyssa Alexander, so I eagerly pounced on A Dance with Seduction, which, while released by a different publisher, is a continuation of her A Spy in the Ton series. I enjoyed her last book, a tightly written, sexy historical thriller and looked forward to more of the same. The plot – which pairs a female British spy with a bookish former code-breaker (I do love a nerdy hero!) – is intriguing and well put-together, a
Barbara Rogers
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Series: A Spy In The Ton #3
Publication Date: 07/24/17

Rating is actually 3.5 Stars

This is my first book by Alyssa Alexander. After looking at reviews of the other books in this series, I may go back and read them.

I seem to be all over the place with this book. I love spy stories and I think code-breakers are some of the unsung heroes of war. This book has both and the premise of the story was a good one. I just felt that it frequently moved too slowly.

Maximilian Westwood is a second son who makes
Sissy's Romance Book Review
'A Dance with Seduction' by Alyssa Alexander is Book Three in the " A Spy in the Ton". This is the story of Max and Vivienne. I have not yet read the other books, so for me this was a standalone book.
Vivienne is a spy they call Flower...and someone wants her to turn her spying to their purpose. When she refuses they kidnap her younger sister. Vivienne needs help breaking the code they have left her and she turns to Max who at one time they did a job together and she trust him as much as she can
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Alyssa Alexander returns to her world of spies and intrigues in A Dance With Seduction, matching a code breaker hero with a seductive agent of the crown. It’s a mix of danger, drama and just the right touch of deception to draw readers in.

Vivienne Le Fleur was literally plucked from obscurity to become one of England’s best spies. Hidden in plain sight posing as a courtesan, Vivienne uses her beauty and charms to learn men’s deepest secrets. Throughout the war with Napoleon she was the Home Offi
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Maximilian has retired from code breaking for His Majesty’s Secret Service, he is now a translator. One evening, Vivienne La Fleur, whom Maximilian knows a little, creeps into his study and asks for his help. Vivienne, is officially an opera dancer, but is in fact a spy for the Crown: the Flower. Vivienne’s sister has been abducted as leverage, and Vivienne cannot tell her handler and protector, Henri. What Vivienne knew would be a perilous endeavour soon becomes a matter of life and death.

Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this book from net galley for an honest review. Thank you!!

This novel was a good read. It brings together code breakers and spies during an era where trouble is constantly being diverted and manipulated. There is also romance in this story, but there is also much deception.
Vivienne Le Fleur is an opera dance who is also a spy known as the Flower. She had to make a choice as a young girl to commit to this life of espionage. She does her job well. Her handler is also her "protector", bu
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's another amazing historical fiction novel. It's a historical mystery, Maximilian is a retired code-breaker and now he works privately, translating for his clients. Vivienne is a spy, she working with her handle Henri. She has a younger sister to look after and to protect her sister she is willing to do anything. She doesn't trust anyone, but when she finds herself in trouble she must trust Maximilian. Together they must work together, soon realizing that they are attracted to each other, the ...more
Caz's review says all the important things about this, though she is more forgiving than I about the heroine's inability to pull her head out of her hindquarters. Instead, Vivienne either sprawls around in flimsy silks or minces through shadowy streets in black, but never thinks of mentioning her problems to any of the people who could Actually, y'know, Help Her. Wuss.

Nominally set in the Regency period--I know this only because the Prince Regent has a walk-on part (actually he sprawls around to
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Sally Hannoush
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This story wasn't for me. It went too slowly for my taste. I felt that even at 50% in we were getting nowhere- not much has happened. There are spies and kidnapping and other misadventures. I'm sure other people who have more patience than I do would enjoy the story. It is well written and I can picture everything clearly in my head. ...more
Maria Dariotis
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book!!

Vivienne Le Fleur is a woman with many facets like a diamond she's beautiful, strong and fearless. She's also a French opera dancer/spy who will do anything for her family. When her younger sister is abducted by an unsavoury French spy to force her hand in switching sides, she has no choice but to turn to Maximilian Westword. Maximilian is a second son and nothing like his rapscallion brother, she knows she can trust him they have worked together in the past - he's a code breaker and
Debra Martin
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! Ms. Alexander has a flair with words that convey such deep emotions without going on and on. I appreciate that as I'm not a fan of authors who keep repeating the same internal dialogue over and over again. This story revolves around Vivienne Le Fleur, a French opera dancer and spy and Maximilian Westword, a second son, who works as a code breaker and translator. These two have a complicated relationship; Maximilian hates mysteries and Vivienne is the biggest mystery ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I find it hard reviewing this book. On the one hand, I absolutely love spy novels. On the other, I was on the fence about Vivienne. I understand her need to try and save her sister and that is the thing that brought me around to caring about her. Maximilian is great in this book. He is a beta hero which I am not normally attracted to but in this he makes it work. The spy story is also very good.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Maximilian Westwood is a much sort after code-breaker, even now that he's retired. But when the lovely Vivienne La Fleur comes to him because she needs his help in breaking a coded message, he decides to help her, because there's no way he'd turned away a woman in desperate need of his services. However, when Vivienne's sister is kidnapped, the stakes are upped. Will they be able to rescue the young girl without getting themselves in trouble they may not be able to get out of, or will their chan
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When I saw the cover, it was love at first sight. I love the coloring of the dress, and title sounded intriguing. So, it was a must read. However, when I started to read the start to read, I was a little disappointed. It didn't grab my attention as the cover did. Then I was frustrated with the heroine, because Vivienne was a spy who couldn't read. It never made any sense to me. Plus, her character pissed me off a lot through the book. Even after I arrived at the end I w
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Publisher's Description:

She was the only code he couldn't break...

Vivienne Le Fleur is one of London’s most sought after opera dancer and one of England’s best weapons: the spy known as the Flower. When a French agent pressures her to change allegiance by abducting her sister, Vivienne is forced to seek the help of the only man in London who doesn’t want her.

Maximilian Westwood, retired code breaker, doesn't like surprises or mysteries and The Flower is both. When she sneaks into his study in th
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Dance of Seduction is a book that I enjoyed reading as a result of a phenomenal premise, with suspense, mystery and a good deal of romance. From the start, the book was realistic in regards to both characters and plot. These characteristics along with a refreshing new take on spies made A Dance of Seduction an excellent novel in comparison to other historical mysteries.

Both Vivienne and Maximillian, were fascinating characters to read about. Maximillian, not Max, was a government code-breaker
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars
Vivienne Le Fleur’s life is multi-layered an opera dancer, a mistress & the spy known as the Flower. When her sister Anne is abducted by a French spy, the Vulture, Vivienne knows she is being pressured into becoming a double agent is forced to seek the help of the only man in London who sets her pulses racing.
Maximilian Westwood is a second son, retired code breaker who now earns a living deciphering messages & doing translations, he doesn't like surprises or mysteries and The Flower
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
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Key Points:

historical fiction
spies and code breakers
kidnappings and misadventures
romance and mystery

Vivienne, a spy who masquerades as an opera dancer, her commander as her "protector". Maximilian, an ex-code breaker and second son, who now works as a translator. Knew each other a bit in the during the war where they both worked for the British government. ..When Vivienne, also known as the Flower, gets a coded message there is only one place she can go. Maximilian at first wants no part of it,
Rebecca Austin
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Maximillan Westwood is a former code breaker who now works with translations. He is loyal to the English government and when he is surprised by a request by Vivienne La Fleur he is hesitant until she agrees to pay his price.

Vivienne La Fleur is a dancer for the opera but also a spy known as The Flower. When she is asked by the spy, the Vulture, to double cross the English government she doesn't want to but when her sister, Anne, is kidnapped she knows she is in trouble.

Seeking help from Maximill
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it

OUR HERO is a man who skirts around the fringes of espionage, government secrecy and political war - a Code Breaker. I can imagine he's a rather fine, sturdy looking man who looks at life a little too seriously and never haves fun, but that doesn't mean he isn't a MAN. The only woman who vexes him is the Flower, a
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
My favourite kind of hero. Max is intelligent – fluent in many languages (he admits to himself that Persian is a rather difficult language to master!) and to top if off the best code breaker in all of England. The kind of man who has no patience for the frivolity of the ton. The second son, while not impecunious, neither is he wealthy but makes his own way with his translation work. Hard working (there is an amusing part in the book when he tells himself to ‘relax” then finds himself totally at ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
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3.5-4 stars.

Well, this was fun.

I don’t read that much HR, but this one was right up my alley.

I LOVED Vivienne, such a kick ass girl in such a male-dominant world. I loved her fierce side, yet I also liked seeing her vulnerable and softer. I mean, underneath her tough exterior there WAS a woman who longed for someone to help her carry the weight of the world. ‘Cause boy, did this girl have responsibilities or what, constantly being pulled in every direction. I felt so bad for her, constantly on g
Brittany (The Crafty Engineer's Bookshelf)
A Dance with Seduction is book 3 in Alyssa Alexander's A Spy in the Ton series. It's the first book I have read by her and these can be read as standalones.
Maximilian was a code-breaker in His Majesty's Service when he met Vivienne, a spy know as The Flower. He has since retired from code-breaking and works as a translator when she shows up at his house. Vivienne needs him to decipher a code that was left for her which wants her to basically commit treason. When she refuses this person, they ki
Cathy Geha
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Dance with Seduction by Alyssa Alexander
A Spy in the Ton #1

Given the choice between prison, hanging and becoming a spy – which would you choose?
If your younger sister was kidnapped and her life threatened to force you to become a double spy – what would you do?
If you had a coded document needing to be deciphered - who would you go to?

Faced with such questions and not knowing which way to turn was not easy for “The Flower” but her first stop was with code breaker Maximilian Westwood. After t
Dec 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the third book of the series, ‘Spy in the Ton’ Vivienne Le Fleur known as ‘The Flower’, with her beauty and mystique, is able to uncover secrets in her role as a spy for the English. Yet when the Napoleonic war ends, Vivienne must do all that she can to protect her young sister. However, when she is contacted by The Vulture, a French agent, who threatens her sister’s life unless she spies for the French, she turns to Maximilian Westwood, a code breaker to help her reveal the coded messages sh ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Vivienne Le Fleur is one of London’s most sought after opera dancer and one of England’s best weapons: the spy known as the Flower. When a French agent pressures her to change allegiance by abducting her sister, Vivienne is forced to seek the help of the only man in London who doesn’t want her.

Maximilian Westwood, retired code breaker, doesn't like surprises or mysteries and The Flower is both. When she sneaks into his study in the middle of the night with a coded message, he’s ready to push her
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not your typical spy meets love happily ever after romance. A Dance with Seduction has detailed complex characters. Flower, a spy, dancer, sister, forced into a world of intrigue to discover she thrives in this world. Maxmiliian (love this name) ex-soldier/codebreaker now translation expert. When a spy needs a code breaker to decipher a code after her (secret) sister is abducted could something more develop. Flower's whole existence is based on lies so is she a spy? a dancer? English? French? Ma ...more
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mademoiselle Vivienne LaFleur is a spy, but for England not France. Her cover is as an opera dancer and her protector is her commander. Unfortunately for her someone else has discovered who she is and this puts her and her family in grave danger.
Maximilian Westwood is a translator now, but was a code breaker during the war. He has decoded messages for the Flower many times. She fascinates and confuses him.
This is a wonderful , intrigue filled story. Our heroine is a strong and brave young woma
Anna Swedenmom
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A definite buy buy buy book. Arguably a five star however, due to some little quirks I went four.
This was a spy story romance. one that actually caught my attention and held it through out the story. I loved all the characters and the way the plot unfolded. I would of wished for a faster pace at times it seemed like it dragged. On the other hand, it is undoubtedly a good plot line and well written to keep your attention. Just as I got irritated at the pace it picked up again. All in all it is a
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