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More or Less a Temptress

(The Somerset Sisters #3)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  381 ratings  ·  102 reviews
A beautiful debutante in Regency London seems destined to make a good match. But the Somerset sisters have made courtship and matrimony a deliciously scandalous affair . . .

Hyacinth Somerset’s debut is the most anticipated event of the season, as it will be the reclusive young lady’s first public appearance. But within moments of being asked to dance by a dashing stranger
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by Lyrical Press
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I really love Anna Bradley, but More or Less a Temptress felt a bit lackluster, especially coming after the previous two great Somerset Sisters books.

Anna Bradley's writing is always solid, but I didn't like Hyacinth Somerset from the start, which is sort of a problem... it's kinda a good thing if you enjoy your heroine.

Hyacinth was tiresome and underdeveloped, and while she was made to be meek and coddled by her overprotective family, I didn't like how she just... let them. She got better as
My least favorite in the series so far, which means everyone else will probably love this. But for me, it was one star for the beginning, five for the middle, and one for the end...

"I want her to see out her season, if only to prove to herself that she can. What kind of life will she have if she runs away every time there's some sort of unpleasantness?"

Hyacinth Somerset is the youngest of three sisters. Naturally shy, she has been cossetted and over-protected to the point where she tries to vani
Joanna Loves Reading
After three novels, I am feeling more and more confident diving into an Anna Bradley novel. They are easy to read and do not feel like a chore to get through. In other words, they are solid. And this one was of the same vein. It didn't knock me off my feet, but it was nice. I enjoyed the writing and characters.

Hyacinth Somerset is a unique heroine among more recent historical romances in that she is timid and quiet. She is afraid of most things and suffers from anxiety when she tries or thinks t
4.5 stars - Historical Romance

Loved this one! Lachlan is a gruff, broody, swoonalicious hero with a heart of gold and the romance between him and kind, shy Hyacinth is sweet and beautiful, especially the way he brings out her inner strength.

The audiobook narrator, Heather Wilds, is absolutely fabulous, and she did an amazing job voicing the Scottish characters. My only complaint is that I really wanted an epilogue. I can't wait for Isla's book, The Wayward Bride, and I really hope she writes a
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hyacinth Somerset is the youngest of the Somerset sister, so it is only natural that her older siblings have stepped into the role of protectors since their parents passed on. She, in turn, found it easy to fall into her assigned role of fragile youngster of the family, sheltered and cocooned by those around her until her family became her shell and she rarely had to expose herself to the outside world. This is the year though, when she is about to finally commence her debut Season and her famil ...more
I do enjoy this author's writing style and am glad I found this fresh voice in historical romance.

I'm rating Lachlan and Hyacinth's path to a HEA a four libraries-are-sexy stars...but their journey was not a smooth one. And at times, early on, I just did not think they could ever suit.

Right out of the gate, Lachlan's backstory breaks my heart. The betrayal of a much loved parent, in the Ramseys sibling's case their mother's deathbed confession, was a real hard limit for me. Not my fave plot pus
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mayhem on the ballroom floor!

When Scotland and England meet on the field of love there's always a bit of ruggedness, duplicity and in romance novels, sweet sweet endings. The surprising Miss Hyacinth Somerset meets Lachlan Ramsay and right from the beginning all goes dreadfully wrong. What with Hyacinth swooning and calling Lachlan a murderer the Ton's all a titter, and it seems the reclusive Hyacinth's debut is doomed from the start. And so are Lachlan's chances to bring his sister into society
Barbara Rogers
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, iblog
Series: The Somerset Sisters #3
Publication Date: 11/13/18

I thoroughly enjoyed this third book in the Somerset Sisters series. It is excellently written and the characters were very likable. I say that with just a little surprise because I had read some of the reviews and had expected to thoroughly dislike the heroine. That was not the case, but maybe that is because I actually knew a person with many of the anxiety and panic issues with which our heroine dealt. It wasn’t a situation she chose, i
Larami Scialfa
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Meh multiplied by 2. Boring. The hero and heroine were not inspiring and there was alot going on with so many other people that I lost interest midway.
Blodeuedd Finland
I felt bad for Hyacinth. Reading the blur I thought she would be some idiot, but I do get why she did the mistake she did. She had been sheltered and then she saw something that truly shocked her. When she then saw the man again she accused him of being a murderer. Because she was scared! Yes an idiotic thing to do. Where is the body? Maybe have some evidence first. It really was her grandmother's and sisters felt. They had coddled her, thinking she was some wilting flower and she had let hersel ...more
Regency romance story with a brooding man and a timid debutante. The mystery aspect kept me wondering until the end but I found it hard to connect with the characters, especially Hyacinth. I don't know if it's because I'm starting to find meek debutants tiresome or it was this heroine in particular that I din't like. Lachlan was ok for the most part but there were instances when I thought his surliness was over the top. I also found the pace a little to slow for my taste and the end was not my f ...more
Iza Brekilien
I usually adore everything that Anna Bradley writes, but that particular book just didn’t do it for me and even if it mostly had to do with the heroin, but not only.

Hyacinth was shy and had always been overprotected, but she wished to show the world in general - and her family in particular - that she could stand up for herself. Yet she took her sweet time to make it happen, I felt it was too much and the way her family reacted around her ? Too much also. I couldn’t believe people who ever react
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
On his mother Elizabeth Huntington Ramsey death bed she tells Lachlan Huntington that he is not a Ramsey!! His real father was the deceased Marquess of Huntington. Elisabeth tells Lachlan after her burial to take his half brother Ciaran and half sister Isla to Huntington Lodge and for him to introduce himself as the whole and legitimate brother of Phineas/Finn Huntington the Marquess of Huntington. It's never really explained why Elizabeth left her husband the Marquess of Huntington and her youn ...more
Maggie Whitworth
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love reading this series its funny, and romantic, and the characters are so believable.
This is Hyacinths Hea , she’s been matched with Lachlan and a more unusual and less likely pair you never seen, at least in the beginning , they develop and melt together wonderfully.
Great writing, characters and storyline.
Can’t say better than that .
I received an advance copy of this book and chose to submit a review
Caitlyn Lynch
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency-georgian
Youngest of the Somerset sisters, Hyacinth is delicate, vulnerable, protected. Smothered. While she was only fifteen when her parents’ death sent her into a state of silent shock, she’s older now and constantly being told she’s weak, frail, vulnerable… it’s taken its toll on a girl who is far stronger than she herself realises.

Lachlan Ramsey may be the most intimidating man in London… and that’s even if Hyacinth hadn’t seen him been a man to death and hide the body just a couple of nights before
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! I'll admit, at first I found Hyacinth to be a bit trying and tedious, but I thought she redeemed herself at the end! To me, it made her feel more human. This book may have started a wee bit slower than its two predecessors, but I really enjoyed it, especially the last couple chapters that had me laughing out loud! I love Anna Bradley's books and cannot wait to read more! ...more
Rose Blue
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars as reviewed at Roses Are Blue:

This has been the worst of times for Lachlan Ramsey. He recently lost his father, and his mother is on her deathbed. While protecting his sister, Isla, from a brutal attack, the incident turned tragic, causing him and his family to be ostracized in their home village. If all this weren’t bad enough, his dying mother reveals an earth shattering truth to him, one that turns his world upside down. Lachlan takes his younger siblings wit
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars
Hyacinth Somerset’s debut is the most anticipated event of the season, as it will be the reclusive young lady’s first public appearance. But within moments of being asked to dance by a dashing stranger, Hyacinth calls him a murderer, then faints dead away! Now all the ton is a aflutter over Hyacinth’s baffling shun of their most intriguing newcomer—the wildly handsome Lachlan Ramsey. Recently arrived from Scotland, Lachlan only wishes to claim his place in society to secure his sister’
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Hero, Lachlan Ramsey is shaken after he learns from his dying mother that he not Scottish but in fact English and the brother of Lord Huntington. After being shun by everyone in his village, he and his half-siblings at the bequest of his mother, travel to London in hopes of being taken in by his brother and starting a new life after an unfortunate incident that has labored Lachlan a murderer.

While staying at an inn, Hyacinth Somerset who has been labeled as one who swoons at the drop of a di
Cathy Geha
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
More or Less a Lady by Anna Bradley
The Somerset Sisters #3

Hyacinth Somerset has always been seen by her family as weak and in need of being protected to the point that she is losing sight of who she could be…until Lachland Ramsey comes on the scene, that is. Lachland runs into Hyacinth at a ball and the first words out of her mouth, followed by her swoon, make things a wee bit more difficult for all of them. But surprisingly enough it is Lachland who sees her inner strength and promotes it in wa
Sissy's Romance Book Review
More or Less a Temptress by Anna Bradley is book Three in The Somerset Sisters series. This is the story of Hyacinth Somerset and Lachlan Ramsey. I have read the previous books, but feel you can make this a standalone book.
Hyacinth has lived a very family protective life due to her taking the death of her parents so hard that she lost her voice at one time. Now she struggles with stuttering and her shyness. Lachlan learned on his mother death bed something that can change him, his sister and br
Lori D
Regency London at it's best engages our senses with this delightful story full of romance and humor as a young debutante makes her debut. Hyacinth, the youngest of the Sommerset sisters, engages in her first dance with Lachlan, newly from Scotland. He has come to claim his rightful place in society but receives a startling accusation from the young miss! To say their first meeting started with a bang is telling it mildly! This pair, although seemed to be so different, were really meant for each ...more
Candace N
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
More or Less a Temptress by Anna Bradley was a completely riveting book, and I could not put it down! I was completely sucked in from very beginning and was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire story. It flows nicely, full of emotion and believable. I love the storyline, it is fast paced, unpredictable and exciting! The story is full of wonderful characters. Ciaran and Isla are very magnetic characters and intrigued me from the get go, I’d really like to hear their stories. I was complet ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
More or Less a Temptress in book three in the Somerset Sisters Series by Anna Bradley. Out of the three books, this one is the weakest in my opinion. I had a difficult time liking the hero Lachlan Ramsey. He was too hard, harsh and gruff to fit with a delicate creature as Hyacinth Somerset. “She’d thought him terrifying enough when she saw him beat another man to a bloody pulp, but he was far more frightening up close. He was the most enormous man she’d ever seen-a veritable giant-with shoulders ...more
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don’t take to Hyacinth at first because of the way she allowed her family to fuss over her. Although she was shy and did tend to hide away, she also managed people. I liked her more when she became a stronger person, the side of her character she hadn’t shown to her family. Lachlan was quite the opposite, he didn’t hold back but he had a very caring side and he was able to see through Hyacinth’s disguise. I liked the way their romance developed. Although a little slow at the start, it turned o ...more
Isha Coleman
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Somersets don't make love easy, but they sure do keep society interested. More or Less a Temptress is Hyacinth's turn to shine. Instead she stirs up a ruckus that could impact more than her reputation. It could end with her losing her heart. Always bold, never boring and hard to resist, this group of sisters make showstopping fun. ...more
Amy Vida
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of More or Less a Temptress in exchange for an honest review. This was definitely one of the better historical romances I've read recently. Anna Bradley did a great job capturing the reader's attention with a family secret on her deathbed. The characters were well written, and the pace was perfect. I would definitely recommend this book to friends and family. ...more
Sandi aka Maudley
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway, hist-rom
Although I have not read the previous books in this series, I enjoyed Hyacinth's story and hope to read about her two sisters. This giveaway was the only bright spot in a rainy day. ...more
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindlefire, regency
I have only read about 3 or 4 books by Anna Bradley, but the more I read, the more I love this author's writing. I absolutely adored Lachlan and Hyacinth, and the storyline was fab.
I am going to buy all of her books now and start reading!
Darlene Foster
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm in disbelief, this can't be the end of the series. I'm invested in the Sutherland/Somerset families. I like them, want to be friends and have house parties. I know they're not real but our best friends are often imaginary.

Do you like the strong, silent, Scottish type? If so, then Lachlan Ramsey is for you (and me too). As his mother is dying she reveals a life altering secret. Lachlan is the son of her first husband, the late Marquess of Huntington. To add insult to injury he's not Scottish
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Anna Bradley is an award-winning author of steamy Regency Historical Romances. Anna lives with her husband and two children in Portland, OR, where people are delightfully weird and love to read.

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