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Dark Seduction

(Masters of Time #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  3,331 ratings  ·  216 reviews
Malcolm of Dunroch is a newly chosen Master, a novice to his extraordinary--and dangerous--powers. But he has already broken his vows--and a young woman's death is on his hands. Malcolm is determined to fight his darkest desires, denying himself all pleasure...until fate sends him another Innocent, the beautiful bookseller Claire Camden. Since her mother's murder, Claire h ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by HQN (first published January 1st 2007)
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Feb 19, 2008 rated it did not like it
I had to surrender reading this book. I don't mind sex in books but when I read about her wetness dripping down her legs about 10 times in the first 1/4th of the book, it gets to be distracting to the point that there is no storyline.
Laura the Highland Hussy
I know this review is a little late, but a friend of mine just read it, and we chatted about it today. I wanted to see what I'd written, and surprise surprise...I hadn't written anything!

So, this is the beginning of the Masters of Time. The concept is AWESOME! there are these incredibly sexy, sensual Highlanders who can "jump" through time, but only for the greater good, so to speak, they have to live out their lives in their own centuries...usually 13-1600s, depending on which book in this seri
Apr 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: a friend not akin to blushing about explict sexual language.
Recommended to Unapologetic_Bookaholic by: No one. Found on book search, liked the preview.
An introdution (and believably so)of time travel to the Scottish Highlands. The warrior makes other hero’s pale in comparison to strength, duty, honor and virility. I could be addicted to the accent and that’s that but really I enjoyed the painstaking care Brenda Joyce took in setting the scene for every thought, feeling and emotion created for the characters. What was most important? The Sex? Yes. The duty to protect he Innocent? Yes. To find what was (supposedly) taken? Yes. All the while each ...more
Monica **can't read fast enough**
This just wasn't a good read for me. This story is what happens when tropes get thrown into over drive. The story makes sense, it just wasn't well done. Through sheer force of will I finished Dark Seduction, but I believe this will be re-donated to the thrift store. I am sure someone will get some enjoyment from it, I just didn't.
Nissie Lambert
I really liked this, but I'm thinking maybe I have a different version. Maybe a censored edition. (PG-13) Most of the reviews and comments I read talked about how much sex was in it and how graphic it was. What I read was nothing at all like that. Not complaining. Just saying...
Shari Kay
Jun 23, 2017 marked it as maybe-maybe-not
Oh man. I remember this author from way back in the day with her Historical romances. I may give this a try for old times sake
Stacia (the 2010 club)
You would think that any book featuring time travel, hot highlanders, mystery, conflict and great lovin' would be a recipe for success. Unfortunately, this one just didn't do it for me.

It started with a prologue that felt too old-school "bodice ripper" to me. Now this isn't saying that all bodice rippers are bad. I just wasn't expecting this particular type of vibe in a book that was published within the past couple of years. Then on top of that, we were in a prologue, but in the past, but aren'
Mar 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Okay I admit to loving all things Scottish, all things Highlander and pretty much all things Paranormal.. Put them all together in one book and I am a happy camper!
Author Brenda Joyce has basically combined "He-Man" with "Conan The Barbarian" in this series she released back in 2007. The premise of traveling through time to protect the Innocent is not necessarily something new but has been presented in a new way. Malcolm of Dunroch being a Medieval Highlander from the 15th century in no way detr
Donna (BLHmistress)
Dec 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying I chose this book for several reasons, one being hot cover, two I loved the premise and three I have been aching to get back to my original love which is historical romance. This book covers all that which I love and missed, Highlanders(my new found addiction), a bit of paranormal(well if you want to call Good vs Evil)Time Travel, and History(Yay!). It had been so long since I have read anything to do with history that when I turned the first page, I felt like I jus
Wendy F
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
There was very little that I can rave over in this story, but I didn't want to hot poker my eye's anywhere in it so it gets a 2 star/okay rating.

My negatives...

I never connected to Malcolm, and I really did not like Claire. He was mostly boring and just a little too condescending and arrogant for me. I know it's odd that I would say that and I'm head over heels for Barrons, but the difference is that Barrons is arrogant and condescending but he's also got a really distinct sexy unique personalit
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Meh. I love romance books, the steamier the better. I love paranormal romance. This was.... meh.

The brogue used throughout the dialog was too thick. I had a hard time reading it, and it seemed that making the characters sound a certain way was more important than what they were actually saying. The male characters were too gorgeous, too macho, too romance novel perfect. I can't believe I just wrote that, but it's true.

I would definitely put this in the beach read category. The characters were k
Kelly~Got Fiction?~ Oakes

First, I must say thank you to my good friend Laurie who recommened these books to me!

I found Dark Seduction very enjoyable, fast paced and sexy.
The entire premise that the Masters of time have an insatiable appetite for pleasure is quite intriguing...They feed on the ecstacy itself. The Masters are a disciplined and secret brotherhood that exists to ensure the safety of innocents and protection of humanity...

Please visit my blog for the rest of this review
Taria Reed
May 05, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-hated
1hr into the book - It's no secret that I feel any and all books featuring highlanders should be narrated by a man. This book is no acception, this REALLY REALLY REALLY should have been narrated by a man........le sigh. Ps - the narrator's brogue SUCKS!!

Back to the book....

ok the narrator really started to bug me and I just couldn't get into the book. I'm going to skip this and listen to some other books that I really do want to read and try this one again in a week or so.

2.5hrs into the book an
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Jul 25, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Not a soul
This book is so bad I got halfway through and then skimmed the rest, merely to find out if the bits at the beginning would ever make sense, and just to see if what I'd predicted would happen, happened. Surprise surprise, it did.

The premise is interesting enough but what book am I talking about here: An American woman called Claire goes back in time to the Scottish Highlands and falls in love with a big Scottish warrior? Yes, it does sound awfully like Outlander, doesn't it? Joyce could have at
Feb 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Once I started reading this, I thought for sure I wasn't going to like it. The overall story is about a group of super-men, called Masters, that are descendants of the old gods. Ok, so far not too bad, but there's a catch. One of their many powers is the power to mesmerize women and have their way with them (this is a romance), and if they lose control, or if they are just super evil bad guys, they can drain their sexual partner of life and use it to temporarily give them more power. This was th ...more
May 09, 2011 rated it liked it
This was a new genre for me! Although not new to the "modern woman time travels back in time" element, the voracious sex took a bit getting use to. I did appreciate the protagonist as a modern educated, independent woman with high morals. Claire, a scholar of medieval Europe and owner of a book store that specialized in rare and valuable antique books, finds herself face to face with a medieval Highlander one night. She is swept back in time by Malcolm Laird of Dunroch, a Master of time and prot ...more
Poppy Fields
Mar 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, steamy, fantasy
Okay, this is not a book to recommend to your mother or any teens. Racey but with a really clever story. Time travel, hunky Scots, romance, and the battle between good and evil, what more could you want!
Questo è il paranormal romance,meno romance che abbia mai letto fino ad ora!
Non so se sia colpa di una pessima traduzione in intaliano,oltre che di tagli,ma accade tutto talmente in fretta che è quasi imbarazzante da leggere.
Tutti i personaggi,sia buoni che cattivi,sono freddi e non mi hanno trasmesso alcuna emozione; si scopre il "mistero" della pagina perduta dopo pochissimi capitoli e anche la storia d'amore non regge proprio ( Malcolm,il guerriero Highlander, si rotola sul pavimento con la s
Alejandra Manzanilla ramírez
En realidad 3.5

El último cuarto del libro fue lo que más me gustó. En sí la historia se me hizo lenta y el tema del poder tan desmesurado de atracción sexual se me hizo demasiado. Todo gira en base al sexo, se me hizo un poco chocante al principio un exceso. Pero esto es ficción así que qué se puede esperar. Sin embargo después se puso interesante, tantos misterios y por Dios, Aidan se me hace súper interesante y ya quiero leer sobre él. El final me gustó, espero las historias mejores. No fue ma
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
E' quando leggo un libro come questo che poi mi dico che con questo genere io dovrei metterci una pietra sopra e dichiarare incompatibilità.
Come Harmony, Dark Seduction fa il suo lavoro in maniera sufficiente (oddio, la stragrande maggioranza delle scene hot erano di una noia mortale, incapaci di darmi la minima connessione emotiva, e con la parvenza di essere scritte solo per raggiungere il quorum minimo condizione sine qua non per la pubblicazione, ma non stiamo a guardare le sottigliezze), ma
Jun 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Although, Brenda Joyce is best known for her historical romances (the deWarenne Dynasty series), the introduction of The Master of Time (MoT), a series of paranormal romances feature some of her more ambitious works.

Having enjoyed reading the Rose Trilogy, which is part of the MoT series, I decided to reacquaint myself with the paranormal with Dark Seduction. Within the initial pages, the writing was immediately gripping and erotic, which is a departure from what is usually a demure beginning t
Romanticamente Fantasy
4,5 stelline

“La loro bellezza è incantevole. Il loro potere senza limiti. Per secoli la solitudine ha dato loro la caccia, ma all’improvviso un raggio di luce illumina le tenebre della loro esistenza con la promessa di un amore destinato a durare per l’eternità.”

Da oggi vi parlerò di una serie paranormal romance di Brenda Joyce che è stata pubblicata tra il 2007 e il 2009 e si compone di 5 titoli, autoconclusivi ma intrecciati tra loro dove, via via, incontreremo e conosceremo più nello specifi
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Dark Seduction – FOUR STARS

A big shout out to my girl, Laurie who recommended this to me. I knew it had to be good when she tells me that its HAWT! I love historical romance, I love highlanders and who doesn’t love a bit of Time Travel every now and again – this was bound to be good. Also this was my first Brenda Joyce book, so yes, I was a virgin. There was so much good in this book, I loved our hero, I liked our Heroine but I mainly wanted to jump the hero’s half brother, tie him to a bed and
Geovanna Maya
En un principio la historia me llama la atención y comienza bien con ambos protagonistas, primero esta Claire que se muestra fuerte y determinada en las situaciones nada normales que se le presentan, y por otro lado, Malcolm, un hombre grande, que sudaba masculinidad y es atractivo (?), para mi fue un buen inicio al conocer a ambos protagonistas y la historia que cada uno tiene, sobre todo Malcolm el cual me llamo la atención por lo que puede hacer con sus poderes. Todo era interesante hasta el ...more
Lover of Romance
Claire Camden, has made an effort to make a life for herself in the city as a bookseller, but she is greatly afraid of the dark. Ever since her mother's death, she has been careful, but nothing could prepare her for meeting a sexy master, who oozes sex appeal, one who takes her back through time, Malcolm is determined to make sure Claire, an Innocent and whom he has vowed to protect.Malcolm even though young and tormented is ever more determined than ever. But Malcolm has a enemy who is one of t ...more
May 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
After having read Moning’s Highlanders I was craving for some Highlanders who could entice me the way they had….and I’ll be looking no further. Brenda Joyce has provided them with the Masters of Time-series.

This was Charmed meets Highlander in a sizzling paranormal debut of historical romance author Brenda Joyce.
I haven’t read any of Joyce’s historicals but if they are only half as good as this paranormal debut, they are definitely worth a try.
Dark Seduction was a brilliant mix of suspense, ma
Apr 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
I chose this book from the library shelf based on the theory that since it was beat up, a lot of people had read it and thus it must have something going for it. I probably should have put it back when I discovered it involved time travel, because time travel plots often make my head hurt. Sometimes they can be delightful, though, so I took the chance that this one would be. It was not, at least for me. This a romance novel, not science fiction, so the time travel aspect is not really explained ...more
Rachel Fetters
Mar 07, 2011 rated it liked it
This is the first book I have read by Brenda Joyce. This is He-man meets Braveheart, meets the Time Traveler. I love time travel books. This one was pretty steamy right away. I would have enjoyed it better if there was a little more character development and a lot less steam.

This book starts with Malcolm who is a Master of Time. The Masters are guardians who protect innocents from evil, sometimes traveling through time to do so. Malcolm is from Scotland and is the grandson of a Gaelic goddess.
Jul 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
I think this was one of the worse books I read this year, top 5 at least!
The main characters are awful!, the writing is so poor and... how can they publish this??!
Malcolm is a chauvinistic pig who "doesn't mind if you love him, it'd actually be kind of nice!"... he thinks it's ok to read your mind and has no problem at all with hypnotizing you so you'll have sex with him... oooh and don't forget his huge, massive penis... the girth and the lenght!!!... pah!
But even Malcolm's annoying self ca
Miss Lily
Oct 29, 2008 rated it did not like it
I returned it to the library unfinished. I'm not a big fan of literal time-travel plots in novels, even romance novels, because ultimately I feel they become trite and cheesy. If you read enough of them, you have to re-read all the cheesy "What do you mean I/you aren't from this century?!" 'revelatory' stuff all over again. In this case, the setting (magical Scottish Highlands mystics and esoterics) just struck me as even more absurd in its execution than the supernatural romances I've been read ...more
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