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A Lady of Persuasion

(The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy #3)

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  2,986 ratings  ·  290 reviews
Only one thing could convince Sir Tobias Aldridge, an incorrigible rake, to profess undying fidelity to a woman he’s just met. Revenge. What better way to get back at his enemy, than by stealing the scoundrel’s sister? Not that Toby finds it a chore, seducing a beguiling, sultry beauty freshly arrived from the West Indies. When the prize is Isabel Grayson, vengeance is dou ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 345 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Ballantine Books
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chan ☆
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
2 clueless main characters = 2 star read

this one at least kept me interested to the end, unlike the second book in the series. but it was also worse??

i really wanted to like toby, and i initially really liked isabel. but the more the story went on the more irritated i got at the lack of communication. i get ppl were more private with their childhood trauma & emotions or whateva but the constant lack of understanding between the two of them was pretty unbearable to read about.

toby was constantly
I loved the first two books.
And Toby?
I just could not wait to read about him!

But Bel annoyed me so much I could not even read it to the end.
I just skipped it all and read the epilogue.

She was a horrible whiney person.
Yes, charity is admirable,and your faith in God is a good thig.
But please don't be a darn Mother Teresa if you are not one.
We had the constant motive of her oh-so-sizzling Spanish blood that clashes in a big CAA-BOOOM! with her want to be all prim,proper and saint like.
I hate
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A sign that a book isn't working for you is when you start skim-reading quite early on. I was so tempted to DNF it, but since I adore Tessa Dare's work so much I decided to stick with it.

It didn't get better. I couldn't connect to the characters and the plot bored me.
I just didn't care.
Rachel (BAVR)
Warning: GIFS and light spoilers ahead!

Blergh di blah crap.

There are no words to describe what a tedious experience reading this book was. I have no one but myself to blame. Well, I suppose a portion of the blame can fall on my GR buddy Karla for this buddy read. We went into it for the LULZ and suffered instead, the blood of bad romance staining our hands forevermore. Our mistake, I guess.

A Lady of Persuasion isn't much of a story. Reading it was like watching one of those reality shows where
Oct 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
It's official: Tessa Dare has become one of my (very few) auto-buy authors. Three books, three winners. What else could I ask for? Just keep 'em coming, Ms. Dare. If you write it, I'll read it. :)

Note: I have no time to write a review now, but I'll try to get back and do it eventually.
Sep 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
What happens when the well known and infamous rake Sir Toby Aldridge and a reformer for all causes in need of help Isabel Grayson surprisedly fall in love!

The last in the trilogy by Tessa Dare, A Lady of Persuasion was a wonderful ending to this amazing trilogy. Bel Grayson (The sister of Gray hero from Surrender the Siren) is a true do- gooder willing to help any and all causes while at the same time fighting down her passions and feelings due to a harsh life lesson by her mother whom went ma
Beanbag Love
Dec 14, 2009 rated it liked it
This one actually only rates 3.25 from me.

Isabel and Toby are somehow the title for this series, and their story really doesn't deserve to be elevated that high. While I still love Dare's writing, I was disappointed in several aspects of this book.

First of all, Dare loses one star right off the top for squeezing Joss and Hetta's HEA into a tiny side story. Their back stories and their personalities, the difficulties inherent in an interracial marriage during the Regency era, are enough to fill
Oct 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
2 Stars...It was just ok

I'm so very disappointed...and very very shocked!

I've been a HUGE fan of Tessa Dare ever since I read "Goddess of the Hunt" and as you all know I do not give ratings where ratings aren't due, and I'm not going to start now.

This author built two perfect and entertaining characters in her previous books...And I can't believe this is how she decides to tell their stories. We all get to know Sir Toby in "Goddess" and I found myself in awe of him...I liked Toby from the sta
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
After being jilted by his fiancee, Sir Tobias Aldridge finds himself at loose ends. When his former fiancee, Sophia, comes back to town with a new husband, Toby wants revenge against the man who married the woman he considered his own. What better way than to marry the man's sister. Isabel Grayson is looking to marry a powerful lord that will allow her to become a lady of influence. She fights for the poor and knows she needs wealth and power to make a statement. Toby doesn't have the big title ...more
4 stars for the side couple. 2 stars for the main couple. The side couple literally only had like 4 short scenes together throughout this whole book, but they were everythinggggg. On the other hand, I have to say the main couple and this book as a whole were rather dull. The characters didn’t feel particularly endearing in my opinion. The protagonist’s passion for justice was beautiful, but not executed in a way where my heart was engaged. It all felt so vague to me, and as a result, the protago ...more
Oct 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Lady of Persuasion is the third and final book in this marvelous trilogy by Tessa Dare. Tessa has written a beta hero who is a gentleman in public but quite the tiger in the bedroom. This is quite the change from those heroines who embody the Madonna/Whore complex. They are women who are polite and proper in public, but when they are alone with the men they desire, off goes their proper mask and out comes a seductive and lustful woman who will do whatever they want with the hero in terms of bedr ...more
Courtney Milan
Jul 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A Lady of Persuasion is the final book in Tessa Dare's trilogy, and it’s the story of Toby—Lucy’s school-girl crush from Goddess of the Hunt (which you should have already purchased). It’s also the story of Bel, Gray’s sister, from Surrender of a Siren. Which, y’know, you should already have purchased, too. Sorry. Not trying to make you feel guilty.

But speaking of which, A Lady of Persuasion is a book about guilt. It takes Isabel, a lady who is afraid of feeling good, and in fact, feels guilty w
For me a heroine can make or break a story & in this one I thoroughly disliked the heroine. There was nothing special about her and I don't know why the hero put up with her. ...more
God, how I hated this heroine. She was absolutely obnoxious. I could see how she came to be that way, but I still found it hard to care for her. *insert random muttering and grumbling*

This book is a perfect example of why romance trilogies/series often piss me off. I liked the hero in the previous two books, he was a charming rogue. But then, in time for his own book, he got a personality transplant, and became this boring, eager to please, sappy wuss. WHY??? Was that really necessary, Dare? *in
Maureen Feeney
Mar 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Jilted and now scandalous rake,Sir Toby Aldridge, sees his ex-fiance sophia and her husband Gray at a ball. He sees Gray's beautiful dance partner, and seeking revenge he whisks her away. When realising its Gray sister Isabel he does something rash, he proposes.

Isabel Gray while dancing with her brother is swept out on the balcony by a beautiful stranger. Isabel has a plan, she must marry a titled man with money, and political views. This way she can become a influential member of society so th
I really didn't care for this one. I think with 3 stars I'm being really generous, since it was only by an incredible effort, and a lot of page skimming, that I managed to finish it.

I loved the hero, Toby. He's a perfect physical specimen, and blessed with the ability to not only charm ladies, but also to get on with them as well. He's perfectly happy to drift through life enjoying himself and making the lives of those around him more pleasant.

I have to admit, though, that I really disliked the
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Forging steadfastly ahead past the first few shaky chapters with their weird setups, awkward characters' thoughts, and iffy premises, this book went from a rocky 2 star start to 4 star end. I've not read an author that pulled off a"Most Improved" in the middle of the actual book before.

Toby is a darling. It's been a while since I've encountered such a light hearted, charming yet deeply caring, open hearted lead male character. I love that his family was not the usual angsty variety too. I also
Trigger warnings: death of a friend, death of a spouse (in the past), difficult childbirth, slut shaming?? Sort of???, gun violence, lying.

Definitely my least favourite of the three, and possibly my least favourite Tessa Dare book overall. Bel was...kind of insufferable with her relentless dogooding, and Toby was. Hmm. Not exactly controlling, but he spent a lot of time being all "WE ARE GOING TO GET MARRIED" and then lying to get out of the conditions that Bel wanted if they did get married. Or
What a disappointment. After a really good first part and a second solid, I felt rather let down by this final part of the trilogy. I just didn't like it. I never felt any sort of attachment to the (main) characters. I didn't understand any of their "problems" or motives, and the "drama" part was too shallow. It felt as if there wasn't any resemblences of plot at all. Everything happened so fast, I was always waiting for something big to happen, some event that might give this story some directi ...more
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
I've read some of Dare's other books & enjoyed them. I just couldn't get into this one. Lots of skimming! I wanted to kick Mr. Nancy-pants (Toby) in the teeth. Bell was a walking/talking contradiction. She's run out of charitable causes, so she decides she's going to marry for a title and money -then use her new status to take do-gooding to a new height. I guess she feels like it's okay to be a fortune hunter if you're going to use your husbands status & money to make a real difference in the wo ...more
It's a good book, but I got a little tired of Isabel's angelic nature. Honestly, I prefer a heroine with a little more spunk.
Missy Ann
Made it almost a third of the way in. I can't stand it. It's awful. I want to choke the life out of Bel. It's a shame, I really like the first book - but this one was a waste of time.
Allison Merkey
May 02, 2019 rated it liked it
A haiku review

Bel is too preachy
Toby is a whiny boy
Side stories are good

Thank you.
Zel Polev
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Oh dear lord. Here I am again. A Lady of Persuasion is officially my least favorite Tessa Dare book, and hopefully that will remain the case. There are still some awesome, unique things for a historical romance, but also I unship the main ship, which is sort of hard to get around.

Here’s the problem: I don’t like Toby much. He puts women on a pedestal and he’s a flirt, which is fine, except that he’s a smarmy flirt. Also, he sets out for Isabel because she’s dancing with Gray and he wants to get
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
I found this book really disappointing, mostly because I found Isabel borderline insufferable. For all her so-called angelic goodness, she was completely selfish and very self-centered. She was a know-it-all and self-righteous and I spent half the book wanting to give her a good shake. Every time she started nagging Toby to do these things that she wanted without thinking about him at all? I went a little nuts. She was also sort of hopelessly naive, and I didn't understand that at all. How can s ...more
Oct 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
I'm disappointed... This series started so well, but with each book the rating went down one star... :(

I was so curious to read Toby's story... but it just didn't live up to the expectations!

Toby was really immature. I couldn't get why he didn't want to do anything with his life! He had a wonderful family, didn't have an abusive father, a shrew of a mother, odious sister/brother... So why???? He was like a butterfly: very decorative a nice to look upon, but without substance.

And Isabel... She wa
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, romance
Before starting this massive Tessa Dare re-read, I'd actually managed never to read this one. It's... not my favorite. Mostly because the hero, Toby, spends the entire book lying to the heroine under the assumption that as soon as he gets her with child, all of her ambitions will disappear. Yuck. Also, the heroine, Bel, is disturbingly isolated (home girl has no friends, really) and has disturbing ideas about marital relations.

There are a couple of scenes that are really interesting (the cravat
Sep 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, Loved this series, and Love this new author!! I actually won this book from Tessa Dare's website and she wrote a little note in it and autographed it! This book was my favorite of the three in the trilogy.

Toby was so sweet, funny, charming and such a gentleman! I am so glad he got his happy ending! I have been able to relate to the leading females in each of the three books in one way or another. It was so wonderful reading their stories and watching them grow and work through
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
For a character who wasn't Catholic, she sure had a lot of Catholic Guilt™
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