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Three Lessons in Seduction

(Shadows and Silk #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  505 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Paris, September 1824

Lord Nicholas Asquith needs his wife. Too bad he broke her heart ten years ago.

Can he resist a second chance at the love he lost?

When Mariana catches the eye of the man at the center of an assassination plot, Nick puts aside their painful past and enlists her to obtain information by any means necessary, even if it means seducing the enemy agent.

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Kindle Edition, 267 pages
Published September 27th 2017 by Soul Mate Publishing, LLC
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With those parting words, he was out of the door. And out of her life for all she knew.
There is no reason to involve you.
No seven words better encapsulated the story of their marriage.

5+ stars!!

So far, 2020 has been a year of some really amazing reads and this novel by Sofie Darling has absolutely made that list! I've owned this novel on my kindle for a while, and it's been calling my name recently so I decided to finally pick it up. And guys, I am beating myself up for waiting so long as this
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Mariana has come to Paris to bring her husband's body back to England to give him a proper burial. The only problem? Nicholas is very much alive, triggering passion she purged ten years ago, and drawing her into his web of spies. There's a plot to overthrow the Parisian government and after an attempt is made on his life, he must go into hiding. With Mariana's arrival brings an interesting proposition: have her seduce the enemy agent to get information he needs. She needs tutoring in the act of ...more
Inn Auni
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Lady Mariana received a letter from the Foreign Office that her husband of 10 years, Lord Nicholas Asquith (Nick) was either missing or dead. She left Lavinia, her 10 years old daughter in the care of her sister Olivia and Geoffrey, her 10 years old son at boarding school, and took a passage to Paris. She wanted closure with her estranged husband. If he's alive, then she'll leave Paris and if he's dead, she wanted to bury his body back home.

From the blurb, we knew that Nick was alive and well. B
Debra Martin
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This book had a great premise and the first chapter drew me in although there's way too much flowery language in this story. The author chose to use so many unusual descriptors that it detracted from the beginning of the book. I almost stopped reading, but decided to keep on and see what happened.

I thought Lord Nicholas Asquith was well developed and I felt his anguish when he couldn't tell his wife so many things about his life as a spy that had happened in the last 10 years. I thought Mariann
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Another "I'll let you think the worst of me, but it's for your own protection" plot.

At least (view spoiler)

Susan Berger
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Just, Wow! The author completely seduced me. Brilliantly written book. I hated putting it down each night. The seduction scenes are....(Sigh . . .Waving fan)
Ten years of separation created a chasm wider than the English channel between Lady Mariana Asquith and her Lord. All they have in common are their twins. Until Nick needs Mariana's help in foiling an assassination plot. I love Nick and Mariana. The author has left room for another story which I can't wait to read.
Frances Law
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Spies, lies and secrets.

I found this book to be strangely compelling. It is a complicated story of a marriage gone wrong, misunderstandings, espionage, secrets and lies but most of all love over all.
This isn't a frivolous historical romance that you can pick up and read for a few hours and then forget it. My only gripe is that the ending was too abrupt. It took me totally by surprise.
Still an excellent read!
Jade Wilson
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. it was unexpected and sweet. the people felt real. the lust and love between them palpable. I'm supposed to be doing revision for my exams but instead I was reading. what was ment to be a short break turned into many long ones. ...more
Barbara Rogers
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: iblog, author-arc
Series: A Shadows and Silk Novel #1
Publication Date: 9/27/17

WOW! I can hardly believe this is the author’s first novel. I’ve seen many novels by very experienced writers who haven’t done nearly as well as Ms. Darling has with her first. It is excellently written and the characters are fully developed, likable, and they make you want to get to know them better. I’m already looking forward to the next book in the series.

The book is set in 1824 Paris, so what is not to love. The wars are over, but
Jun 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
It was hard for me to read this book. The plot outline did intrigue me to read the book. I was very excited about it. After getting through 46% of the book, questioned where the excitement of the spy realm. What happened to the chase and conspiracies? There was a lot of talk about other stories that really had no relation to the couple, Nick and Sophie. I thought sure Nick was going to seduce Sophia in her room, just a little, but that was a disappointing no. Then, I thought the married couple w ...more
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Sofie Darling's book, and won't be my last. I think this was her debut novel. Bravo! This Historical Romance is gorgeous! This is a beautiful second chance at love. Nick and Mariana's story is beautifully written, complex, fun, sexy, and captivating. They are both strong characters. They share a sizzling chemistry. The storyline is intriguing, filled with mystery, secrets, and twists and turns. I loved to follow them on this adventurous and enticing journey. Mary Sarah did a gr ...more
Amber Bangsund
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Title: Three Lessons in Seduction

: Sofie Darling

Genre: Historical Romance

Blurb: Lord Nicholas Asquith needs his wife. Too bad he broke her heart ten years ago.

Can he resist a second chance at the love he lost?

When Mariana catches the eye of the man at the center of an assassination plot, Nick puts aside their painful past and enlists her to obtain information by any means necessary, even if it means seducing the enemy agent.

Even if the thought makes his blood boil.

Only by keeping his dista
Lynn Reynolds
Where does Three Lessons in Seduction rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the voice actor as she took me on a historical adventure that our author weaves. And I can see this being on my list of books to listen to again.

Who was your favorite character and why?
I would have to say that Mariana became my favorite character. She has a strong spirit that won't accept what she's been told. She's willing to pull up her boot straps and become a part o
Lori D
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Can ten years ever be bridged between a husband and wife? Can feelings be put aside for the good of a country? Lord Nicholas Asquith is in Paris trying to obtain information needed with the aid of his wife Mariana. The problem is he has stayed away from her for ten years, trying to keep her safe. Thrown back together in this complex tale of mystery and suspense, Nick has to stop an assassination plot and really needs Mariana's help. Can two souls come back together after so long? The spark is de ...more
Sandra Spicher
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mariana and Nick have been apart for years, but the spark of attraction that got them together in the first place doesn't take too long to reignite. Mariana admits her desire for her husband but it's only the call of country that keeps them together at first—she's bait for an assassin that Nick has been tracking. It's no spoiler to say that of course they are meant for each other! Written in a gorgeous voice with an intricate plot that hits all the right notes. ...more
Sahar Husseini
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I Betrayed You Because I Love You

This is a fabulous romance that will keep you turning the pages. I was hooked from the first page. She went to Paris seeking out her dead husband. They have been estranged for ten years. Does true love ever die? What would cause him to betray her despite his love for her? Read this excellent story of romance and intrigue and find out the answers.
Judith A. DePrisco
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing, charming and touching

Caught in love at first sight, married in joy, then separated by doubt and duty, this is a perfectly wonderful love story. Multidimensional characters that you like instantly and a conspiracy plot that threatens those characters on several levels, this is a book well worth reading. Highly recommended. And, I have to say, I appreciate that this book has been carefully edited, which has become more and more rare in this genre.
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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From the moment Mariana met Nick theirs was a combustible pairing of instant attraction that would defy the odds. From a whirlwind marriage based on love, to a set of twins to solidify their bond, nothing seemed capable of tearing them apart...until something did. Ten years of Nick choosing love of country over his love of Mariana led to hurt feelings and a final chance to reclaim a love that’s never died in this tale of second chances and political intrigue.

Mariana knew the moment she met Nick
Ally Swanson
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
---3.5 Stars---

This book was a fun, charming, intriguing, and entertaining historical romance read!

This book is set in 1824 and is about Nick and Mariana, an estranged husband and wife that rarely keep in contact after their split over a decade ago. However, when Mariana receives a letter stating that her husband is missing and presumed dead she fleas to Paris to help find him or bring home his body.

Mariana is relieved when she learns that Nick is actually alive. It turns out that Nick is a spy
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

“Three Lessons in Seduction” by Sophie Darling is set during the upheaval of the last days of the reign of King Louis XVIII. An estranged couple, Lord Nicholas Asquith, and his wife, Mariana, reunite in Paris and get involved in a dangerous game of spies, royal intrigue, and politics, not to mention the risk of finally destroying their precarious ties to one another.

This adult historical romance with political intrigue elements provides a glimpse of the machinations involved in change
Diana Aden
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mariana and Nick have been separated for ten years. She thought he had been unfaithful to her. He spent most of his time in France doing spy work for the government. Mariana travels to France to visit with an aunt but becomes caught up with her husband again when he asks her to help him in the plot to catch an assassin. The story becomes more complicated at this point. She doesn't want to open her heart and risk getting hurt again, and Nick wants to keep secret that he only left because he wante ...more
Deb Diem
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Three Lessons In Seduction by Sofie Darling is a second chance historical romance. Ms. Darling has provided us with a book that is entertaining and packed with fantastic characters. Nick has been in France for years, as a spy for England. Mariana received a note that her husband was missing, presumed dead, so off she went to France to search for him, or his body. Mariana and Nick's story is packed with drama, humor, sizzle, suspense and action. This is a fun read and I enjoyed reading Three Less ...more
Jennie Rosenblum
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
When I first started the book I could not get into it. I spent the first few chapters trying to figure things out and I was having very little success. I stopped and thought about just ending my reading at Chapter 6. But then I started to wonder about Mariana, was she what she appeared? Could she lock away all her emotions? Did I care to find out? Well apparently I did because I went back to reading but this time instead of trying to figure things out I just let the author take me wherever. Once ...more
Heather C
I always love romance novels where the characters are married right from the beginning. It brings a very different tone between the characters than that of two characters that are just meeting for the first time. In this case, Mariana and Nick are not at all happily married, they actually have had very limited interactions over the last few years and are brought together surprisingly to them both. How they find their way through the web of lies and intrigue that have existed between them to dete ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Verbose trash. If you're looking for porn, you've found it.

Verbose trash. If you're looking for porn, you've found it. As if more repetitious phrases could change the fact that this is nothing but thinly disguised porn. The plot is so minimal it is almost nonexistent. Characters talk but never say anything meaningful. There are a lot of clever quips and the author might even have a gift for dialog if it didn't drown in sheer verbiage. Even the sex scenes were boring as I slogged through marshes
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great story - intrigue, the discovery of spies, love, lust. Mostly redemption, forgiveness when a wife discovers her estranged husband after 10 yrs of being absent. Now the wife gets tricked into becoming a spy and who is her teacher. Her husband Nick.
Will Mariana be able to forgive her husband for the lies, secrets, and deceptions. Especially when she finds out that her brother in law is alive for as long as Nick has been gone.
Can desire, lust & love win over, anger, anguish? For them to have
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sofie Darling's debut novel is a sizzling spy thriller set in Paris 1824. From the first chapter you are plunged into a plot of intrigue and seduction. The book doesn't disappoint as you unravel the complex relationship of Lord Nicholas Asquith and his estranged wife Mariana. It is packed with rich descriptions which transport you to famous sites around the city. The characters are compelling with the right amount of sensuality and depth of personality. More importantly, this book is filled with ...more
Dee Jay Blaylock
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A rocky road

For a loving marriage to suddenly be torn apart seems unusual. Lord Nicholas Asquith fears that his marriage my turn out the same vitriolic union that his parents have. He jumps at the chance to work for the foreign office on the continent and leave his wife and children behind telling himself it is to protect them.
What happens after ten years when Mariana receives a note saying that Nick is missing and she goes to Paris to find the truth is the story that keeps you guessing.
Kri Wood
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The flow of the flashbacks seemed almost effortless. Descriptions of Paris and London was so picturesque and made you feel as if you were there with Mariana or Nick. The language was daunting but a little footnote of translations could keep a lot of readers going in my opinion since they either are not using a kindle or have a hard copy. Just a thought! So i am comfortable giving this book 4 out of 5 star review. :) 
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Sofie Darling is an award-winning author of historical romance. Her debut novel, THREE LESSONS IN SEDUCTION, won the Writers’ League of Texas’ Manuscript Contest in the Romance Category in 2016.
She spent much of her twenties raising two boys and reading every book she could get her hands on. Once she realized she simply had to write the books she loved, she finished her English degree and embarked

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