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The Problem with Seduction

(The Naughty Girls #2)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  182 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Elizabeth Spencer needs a man. Preferably one who won’t be too picky about the morality of her proposition, or his reputation. Lord Constantine Alexander can’t afford another trip to debtors’ prison, which makes him the perfect candidate. She doesn’t expect him to have a heart of gold, or to hold up his end of the bargain—particularly when his high
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Published January 31st 2013 by Intrepid Reads
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What would happen between them next, he couldn't say, but then he never been one to think too far ahead. It ruined the surprise.

Another winner!

For the first part of this book, I was actually dancing around in my apartment with glee. Con is the best hero ever! I am in love!

He is funny.

"I wasn't expecting you."
He inclined his head sheepishly. A roguish smile twitched his lips, though he still wore that slight frown between his eyes. "If you are referring to your suggestion that I leave your house
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a beautiful courtesan approaches Lord Constantine Alexander with the offer of ten thousand pounds for his aid in getting her son back, it seems like an easy 'yes'. After all, all he needs to do is cast doubt of the childs paternity and then be on his way... but that would be too easy. Lady Elizabeth Spencer's former paramour, after being embarrassed into giving the child up, starts to cause a ruckus about his son being stolen away from him. And then there is Con's family. They want him to d ...more
Mandi Schreiner
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Elizabeth is a wealthy former courtesan who has an infant son. She was mistress to Captain Nicholas Finn who is the father of the baby. The problem is, Finn demands the baby come live with him and his wife, leaving Elizabeth devastated. So she comes up with a plan. Lord Constantine Alexander is a penniless fourth son in a family that can barely scrape any money together. He has already been to debtor’s prison (his twin brother has a huge gambling problem in which Con takes the fall for often) an ...more
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in the Naughty Girls series by Emma Locke, and was just as enjoyable as the first. I was concerned that a story focused on Elizabeth, former courtesan yet to the manor born, would be less enjoyable than the first: her character was grasping and jaded, not particularly empathetic. When she lost custody of her child to her former protector, and the child’s father, she needed to make some life changing decisions and alterations and this book details those.

Elizabeth was in crisis
Jeanne Murray
Great plot and characters, hideous grammar
“The Problem with Seduction” is both an exciting and frustrating find in the world of historical romances. Worthy of 5 stars is the unusual plot and engaging characters. The unlikely hero, Constantine Alexander is kind, indolent, boyish and aware that he is fairly worthless. He has little money, no profession, and has spent his adult life drifting around. He has done some kind things in that he supports some orphanages (sadly, a plot element not explored
Mariel Hoss
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ooh...this was good. I didn't particularly like Elizabeth (heroine) when she first appeared in "The Trouble with Being Wicked" - a little to self-absorbed for my taste. But she developed real well in this book...a transition for a selfish tart (pun intended) to a woman worthy of a good man...and the hero, Con, is a good man. Con is a little naive and, dare I say, doltish at the beginning but is revealed to have a deeper character and morale fiber as you read through.

The characters in this book
Isha Coleman
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
The Problem with Seduction has a scenario that has been explored many times in the romance genre, a relationship of convenience. I had a pretty good idea how it was going to end having read so many of these stories. Yet for me it was the in between journey of how they got to their happily ever after that made me take notice. My outlook on this story is that Con and Elizabeth rescued each other not just from the circumstances that lead them to each other but from a life longing for the companions ...more
Kelly  The Sassy Book Lover
*I was provided a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.

I loved that this one picks up from the first book. The whole time I was wondering when someone was going to pop up and ruin their plans. I loved that they both didn't want to marry, but kept being thrown together by everything and everyone. I did not expect her family to be the way they were or his family to be the opposite in ways. I got teary eyed in the end because of how everything happened and worked out.

Elizabeth has
Maggie Whitworth
Not often do I read a book and want to give the hero a massive hug, but Con , he has me reaching my hands out to him in nearly every chapter , what an angel.
Elizabeth is an ex cortisan , one with a child .
The child’s father is wanting Oliver in his hands and away from her , how can she keep him when all rights are the fathers not the mothers .
Enter our knight in shining armour Con .
He claims the child is his , for a price , so Elizabeth’s rights are protected .
But that’s where the adven
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Emma Locke's Lord Constantine Alexander is simply the fourth son and spare to the spares of his brother, the current Marquis of Montborne Constantine would be happy with his meager allowance, struggling investments and quiet life, except he has to constantly keep his twin brother, Darius, out of trouble. All of London sees Constantine as another feckless Alexander boy with too many debts, too many entanglements and too many complications -- and this is exactly the kind of man Elizabeth needed.

Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
Thank you, Ms. Locke, for resolving the storyline that was left on a cliffhanger last book!! In book one, we all met Elizabeth, whose illegitimate child was taken from her by his father and her ex-lover. In this book, she devises a plan to try to convince Captain Finn that another man is her son's father, essentially tricking him into giving the boy back.

Without giving too much away, I can say that the story was really well written, with several twists and a lot of emotion. I'm really pleased w
Kim Cooper
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You met Elizabeth from the first book but her character was hidden from the readers. She definitely shines in her story. She proposes to Constantine to help her get her baby back. Knowing he can't go back to debtors' prison he accepts her offer. This was a very long drawn out story that probably could have ended 4 chapters before the actual end. I did like the development of their characters as you read on, but it moved kinda slowly.
I would have liked to give more stars than this. It was well-written, with complex characters and plenty of angst.

The problem is that the plot depends on two elements that are historically incorrect.

If this doesn't matter so much to you, read it. It's a good read. But for me, I kept gritting my teeth and saying, "But it's not right."
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this!

I read the first book in the series and automatically had to read the second one once I finished. It was just as good as the first one. Similar theme of course but totally original. Can’t wait to read #3!
Jen Pezzotti
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I honestly did not think I would like this book I didn't like Elizabeth in the first book but I could not put this book down. Can't wait to read the next one.
Sarah McGregor
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was enjoyable, somewhat too implausible for my taste.
This book wasn't bad by any stretch of the imagination. For me, it didn't quite work because the custody of a child was the central problem of this book. This conflict jolted the book out of the romance fantasy that I need as a reader. Nicely done, otherwise, though.
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an arc of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was very interested in reading this book because I felt the first book in the series had some great elements despite being uneven. Locke has a knack for creating interesting and complex main characters. The problems I had in the first book were not present in this one. The pacing was good throughout the entire book and the supporting characters were handled better (with one small exception that I'll address later i
Vania Nunes
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vania by: Intrepid Reads (publisher)
This is the story of Celeste's best friend, Elizabeth.
In the previous book Elizabeth had gone in the countryside with Celeste, abandoning the life of courtesan, having gathered enough money. But unlike Celeste, Elizabeth was pregnant by a married man and this man, Captain Finn, had deceived him, only returning to take her son. After that incident, Elizabeth would do anything to get her son back. That's where this story begins and we know Con Alexander.

The only way to Capt. Finn believe that the
With the Problem with Seduction Emma Locke shows us why we should never write off a series just because we didn't like the first book. I found the Trouble with Being Wicked ridiculously hard to get into and finally just gave up. But when Intrepid books sent an invitation to me to read this second book, I decided to give it a try. Am I glad I did!!

Constantine Alexander is one of those Alexanders, handsome, charming and oh so poor.. With a father who actually died in Debtor's Prison it's hard for
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
Rating 4.5 Stars
Originally posted on What I'm Reading

Today I just finished The Problem with Seduction by Emma Locke. So let's just dive into the story and my thoughts.

The last time we saw Elizabeth Spencer, she was falling apart over the lost her child Oliver. Really heart-breaking. However, she came up with an hair-brain scheme to get her child back from her former-lover Captain Nicholas Finn. What better way than ask someone who might be in need some of some funds?

Lord Constantine Alexander h
Adria's Musings and Reviews
Originally posted on Adria's Romance Reviews

The opening to The Problem with Seduction is quite an attention grabber. Who wouldn't pay attention when the hero politely tells another man that the baby he has in his home actually belongs to him? And all because the heroine, a courtesan, has offered the hero a large sum of money to do so! The possibilities for this story were endless!

Elizabeth Spencer has changed drastically from the first book (The Trouble with Being Wicked) to the second. Gone is
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, romance, ebook
Elizabeth Spencer needs a man. Preferably one who won't be too picky about the morality of her proposition, or his reputation. Lord Constantine Alexander can't afford another trip to debtors' prison, which makes him the perfect candidate. She doesn't expect him to have a heart of gold, or to hold up his end of the bargain—particularly when his high-in-the-instep family gets involved. Nor does she expect to find him irresistible, because while she needs a man, she doesn't particularly want one.

Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2015
The Problem with Seduction by Emma Locke from The Naughty Girls series is just your typical regency romance novel.

There is a heroine - Elisabeth Spencer, who is born to the upper class but her family has disowned her when she run away with a captain at the age of fifteen and she become a courtesan. She has been very successful in her occupation and after her latest protector - who she believed she was in love with - leaves her and takes with him their newborn son, Elizabeth comes up with a sche
Tracy T.
May 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 star story, kinda Meh.. Fantastic Narration by Marian Hussey (audible review)

Well this was better than the first book in the series. I am not a fan of the courtesan's for historical romance books. I also thought the hero was a bit too young or naive or immature or something. He just wasn't a very good hero for a historical romance. Elizabeth was okay I guess. Nothing great about her character or personality really.

The chemistry between these two was barely okay, it didn't seem too real or gen
Apr 29, 2014 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I had such high hopes bc both characters are so atypical in an HR. I really liked that he wasn't perfect. Though handsome and charming, he also was effected by the thoughts and actions of his family. He was shaping up to be a considerate sexy beta. But the book lost me when the heroine, who's been estranged from her own family since she ran off with a man at age 15, and became a courtesan until her recent 'retirement', decides to pop in on the parents she hasn't seen in years w no notice and wit ...more
Mar 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the second book in the Naughty Girls series. Elizabeth can be very deceitful but it stems from her past as a courtesan and being raised in a cold, unloving home. The book is centered around the paternal rights of the father of her child and the heartache she suffers when the father claims his heir. Elizabeth concocts a scheme and had to find the perfect man to help her. That's when we meet more of the Alexander family in this book, especially Constantine. Elizabeth finds out that there ...more
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Emma Locke's regency romances. They have a nice bit of sizzle alongside complexity and great characters. They are books I pick up and read in one go. Fans of Courtney Milan ? And Grace Burrowes should give her a try. Having said that, Elizabeth's character was a difficult one and at times it was hard not to feel unsympathetic but the author dealt with the story well and allowed Elizabeth to be appealing to the reader without completely altering her character from Book 1. 4.25 - 4.5 stars!
Courtesan Elizabeth Spencer struck a deal with Lord Constantine Alexander, in exchange for enough money to keep him out of debtor’s prison he claims her infant son is his. What should have been a simple exchange has turned into an embroiled with her ex-lover who still believes the child is his, Con’s family demands to see the child, and Elizabeth is not quite fond of the idea of letting him borrow the child. Not to mention the spark of growing attraction that seems to escalate when in each other ...more
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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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The Naughty Girls (4 books)
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