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Then Comes Seduction (Huxtable Quintet #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  6,857 Ratings  ·  373 Reviews
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Mary Balogh's The Secret Mistress.

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bestselling author Mary Balogh sweeps us back in time to an age of scandal and glittering society—and brings to life an extraordinary family: the daring, passionate Huxtables. Katherine, the youngest sister—and society’s most ravishing innocent—is about to turn the tables on the i
ebook, 448 pages
Published March 24th 2009 by Dell
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I didn't enjoy this book and I haven't enjoyed this author for a while. I liked the idea of a rake making a bet to seduce a virgin but in the process fell in love with her.
The execution of this romance dragged and the dialogue between Jasper and Katherine was boring.
I wanted to feel this chemistry but it didn't resonate with me. Katherine was weak and actually liked Jasper most of the time.
Julie (jjmachshev)
Sep 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
Mary Balogh does it again! "Then Comes Seduction" is a perfect read if you like bad-boy-redeemed-by-good-girl stories. There's more to it than that, of course, but I figure if this is your type of book...that's enough to get you interested.

On his 25th birthday, Jasper makes his most infamous bet. He will seduce the virtuous society virgin of his buddies' choice. They select none other than Katherine, cousin to his brother-in-rakehellness, Constantine. All proceeds according to plan, until the fi
The back half or so of this book saved me from having to do the unthinkable: give two stars to a Mary Balogh.

I cannot claim to have read all of Balogh's books. I've done the whole survivors series and books one and three of the Huxtables and maybe a Mistress or two back when I first started reading romance, but I think this book probably ranks amongst her weakest.

It is entirely generic for that first half. Not helped admittedly, by my general dislike of the rake trope in romance. Could there b
While I enjoyed reading this book, it wasn't all that amazing. There was something missing, and for the life of me, I can't figure it out.

The story is about the 3rd Huxtable, Katherine and the disreputable rake, Jasper. Their meeting begins as a wager, in which Jasper must seduce the chaste Katherine, completely. Yes, ladies, as in, enough to ruin her. But somehow, during their hot and heavy make out scene, Jasper grows a conscience, and decides to back out, losing his first wager. Of course, K
Fani *loves angst*
This one reminded me of Liz Carlyle's The Devil You Know, not so much because of the storyline, although there is a similarity there as well (marriage of convenience between a rakehell and a proper heroine), but mainly because of the atmosphere and style. In both books the hero is apparently a happy, selfish, womaniser rakehell, who surprisingly has a touch of decency deep down, but he also has a tortured past, which is always hinted at, but revealed fully only in the end. However, the heroine i ...more
Mar 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: rakephiles
Shelves: wager
IMO, this was Balogh's best book in 7 years.

Katherine came across as empty white space in the previous book and she really isnt much more interesting here but this book reminds me that Balogh gives good rake. She dont do them too often but when she does, they always seem to be pretty effective.

Now, is this book as good as the Balogh of the Signet regencies?


Balogh's style is more steamline now and my emotions were not in the least engaged. However, intellectually I can recognize that this w
Lady Wesley
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
As I began I noted that this audio book was not by my fave narrator, but definitely one of my fave authors. Now that I've finished listening, I must join my friend Caz in declaring Anne Flosnick not my cuppa.
I loved book two in this series. The characters really came to life. I also loved the story. I laughed, and also felt sad at times, and felt it had all it needed to keep me reading, until the end..This was the story of Kate, another sister, and how she finds love, or perhaps is talked into it. Jasper is a rake of the highest order, but it seems he can also be a considerate gentleman, and I loved some of his attempts at persuasion, and how Kate responded. The book was great fun...Charming..but th ...more
Megan Altorfer
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Baron of Montford was issued a dare on the night of his 25 birthday. He was an already notorious Rakehell but this dare would make him legendary! He was to deflower Katherine Huxtable within a fortnight. Within a few days Monty found a way to get the delectable Katherine Huxtable alone at Vaxuhill when her family was out of town and the Viscount's mother was suppose to be watching her. He set out to slowly and deliberately seduce her so by the time she realized what she was doing it would be to ...more
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Entretenida pero esperaba algo más!!
Ana T.
Mar 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a bit worried about starting this one. The first book in the series wasn’t exactly a favourite and the characters I really want to read about are Margaret and Con. However, Balogh still is one of my favourite authors and I do like to read series in order so I picked it up.

Right in the first few chapters one scene annoyed me tremendously. Jasper is a rake, since he sets out to ruin a young, innocent girl, who never did anything to him, on a whim is enough to see that he is one of the worst
BJ Rose
Mar 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-regency, keepers
This is really a 4.5* book, and would have been a 5* if there had been more to Katherine in the first 1/3 of the book.

At 25, Jasper is a good-for-nothing rakehell, with no apparent reason for his selfishness. We quickly discover that he does have a conscience, but silly Katherine is scared enough to run home to the country for 3 years. When she returns she should be older & wiser, but it takes a social disaster that could ruin her family before she thinks of anyone but herself. I know that I
Liz F
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This certainly wasn't a BAD book. It was good. It was fine. Oh my, it was boring. This is the second book in the Huxtable Family series. The Huxtable family was poor-ish. Mostly poor. They could afford food and whatnot. But they couldn't really afford new clothes and they scrimped and saved so that they could send the only boy in the family to a good school when it was time (a year or two?). Its 3 sisters and a brother. Anyways, they're living their poor but happy life in this teeny little town, ...more
Kate McMurry
A rake publicly accepts a bet to seduce a gently bred, virtuous virgin, our heroine. I'm not personally a fan of anti-heroes who are outright villains, as this male protagonist is.
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Apr 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I picked this book up because I liked the dress on the cover, and I was looking for a little bit of light, mindless reading. I must say, however, that I enjoyed this book. At first I was rather suspicious, because the plot was starting to resemble something right out of Dangerous Liaisons (which no one has a right to steal), but it thankfully turned courses and was just a fun read about two people denying their feelings in a stuffy British society.

Jasper is a Baron and womanizer,
I love a predatory rake and the hero in this story fits the bill. He's cynical, unfeeling, arrogant and totally debauched. He's also totally irresistible. It's possible that he is somewhat modelled on Sir Percy Blakeney played by Trevor Howard in The Scarlet Pimpernel - outwardly uninterested in everything, with a scathing wit, but with a hidden soul and deep sense of responsibility, and underneath it all just a naughty boy, really. The story was nice enough for the first half, but really picked ...more
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Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
Ok, I really enjoyed this.

I loved the set up (which honestly could have gone awry easily, but was handled well) and the fact that something that started as a public challenge became a personal issue between them. The time lapse, too, was nicely done.

Jasper himself was balanced well and I liked how his complications became clearer to the reader and to Katherine as the book moved along.

Also, the verbal sparring, especially the semantics, between them was really fun for me.

There were some slow
Dec 13, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a disappointment. I had previously liked books by this author (the Simply series), however, I have been unimpressed with the Huxtable Quintet series.
There is very little plot or intrigue. There isn't much drama between the couple. There isn't much suspense, tension, or even romance.
Both of these books in the series are a watered down plot of "First Comes Marriage, Then Comes Seductions. Both books have the theme in common that the couples are just trying to find love and are unsur
Dec 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to fleurette by: Becky
It was a nice and easy read, probably not the book I will remember for ages but definitely a fun read it was a pleasure to spent my time with. I have read many other books by Mary Balogh and I mostly enjoyed them. This one was not an exception.

What I liked the most are the characters. They are so charming I instantly liked them. And I love the interaction between Katherine and Jasper, especially the witty dialogues between them, they made me laugh my head off so many times. It was a nice and sw
This book was an average read for me. There was just something missing...a real connection that would make feel as if I understood this people or what they were going through. The hero was fun but his reasons for not believing in love were totally bogus. And the heroine was so obsessed with love that it became tiresome. I know, I know what you'll say...of course in romance heroines are always thinking of love but this woman was demanding love. She even said at some point that there shouldn't be ...more
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historicals
I was looking for a good series to read and I just wanted to give this one a shot. This review is for book 1-3. I enjoyed this series a great deal. I loved the stories a great deal and all of the characters. The only reason I did not rate it higher was the writing style. Sometimes it just came across very disjointed. I do want to finish out the series just to see what happens I just wish It would flow better.
Amarie Avant
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always loved Mary Baloghs books but this one captivated my attention in waves. There were times were Jasper Monty was to die for and the description of him and his mannerisms... yum! Toward the end, he was a little too much. I understand that they got together on the premise of a wager but his asking if Kate loved him after telling such a compelling story almost ruined it.
Though this isn't one of my favs, it was still pretty good
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
Please don't ask me to read another page of this bok...Because I just Cant...No seriously..... please dont make me do it.

Just No.

Aug 09, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
The premise here is that a rakish nobleman of some sort makes a PUBLIC bet to seduce/sleep with the youngest daughter in this series (raised in the country, now the sister of an earl), which means I noped out of there big-time. Totally gross.
Sep 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the evolution of the h/h relationship. I love how they both had to get to know each other on a deeper level for the marriage to become a real marriage. This one flowed a lot better than the first one.
Manda Collins
Wonderful, character-driven story. Balogh at her best. Even better than First Comes Marriage, and I liked that one quite a bit. Can't wait for the third one in this series.
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Mary Jenkins was born in 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK. After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English, on a two-year teaching contract in 1967. She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting. She also enjoys watching tennis and curl ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Huxtable Quintet (5 books)
  • First Comes Marriage (Huxtable Quintet #1)
  • At Last Comes Love (Huxtable Quintet, #3)
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