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Seven Secrets of Seduction

(Secrets #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  2,830 ratings  ·  209 reviews

Scandalous and provocative, The Seven Secrets of Seduction is an intoxicating insight into the mind of men and the desires of women; and the book has all the ton talking.

Secret #1: Every good seduction begins with a baited hook . . .

Well-educated, but not part of society, Miranda Chase is just as captivated by the erotic pages as everyone else in London. Intrigued by the

Mass Market Paperback, 372 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Avon
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*Originally read 9/4/10*

I think whatever I say about this book won't do it nearly as much justice as I feel it deserves. When you think about the plot, it seems like it has been done to death and that it's just a cliche. But this author takes every expected outcome or reaction and twists it in an unexpected manner. When you would normally see a dramatic moment or a villainous character, you don't end up with the expected. It was so refreshing!

Miranda was a simply awesome character. She's a "lowl
Juliana Philippa
UPDATE: December 2016 — new rating: 4 stars
Reread and enjoyed (almost just) as much as the first time! Lowered rating from 4.5 to 4. Such a terrific read, but I have to admit that sometimes, it seems like Mallory is trying way too hard to write flowery and pretty prose—so much so that I finish the sentence or paragraph or page and have no idea what the f*ck I just read lolol. I hate to say it, but it's true!! I consider myself a reasonably intelligent person, so I really don't think it's me. So
Oct 26, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike many books, this one is exactly what the title suggests. Every paragraph, every page, every thought throughout the first half was about titillation, nothing more, nothing less. Maximilian is an expert at seducing young women for the sheer game of it and he always succeeds. So, when he decides to deflower and open the eyes of sweet Miranda, the idealistic but innocent bookstore worker, it is a given he will get what he wants - he always does. Miranda is supposed to be a smart, observant ye ...more
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing

It's been awhile since I read such a sensual and there's nothing more sensual then Seven Secrets of Seduction, the words just burn off the pages and the batter between Maximilian, Viscount Downing and Miranda Chase was very fresh and never stilled.

Miranda is my favorite type of heroine, she's smart and clever, plus she's just a shopgirl, not some rich woman of the ton. Maxim was at times a true mystery as the author gave us more of Miranda view then Maxim until later, by then we're so in thra
Sep 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Quinn by: Keri
Wow. I must say a great big thank you to my GR friend Keri for sending me this recommendation. I REALLY enjoyed Seven Secrets of Seduction by this new to me author.

Miranda Chase, an avid book-lover, works in her uncle’s book store. Unable to overcome her fears and fully embrace the world at large, she fulfills her dreams through the pages of her beloved books. One day, an irritating, confusing, devilish man enters the shop and proceeds to turn Miranda’s life upside down. Unbeknown to Miranda, h
This is a very difficult book for me to review. There were some aspects which I really appreciated, that were quite honest and emotional, but there were also some aspects that had me almost putting it down unfinished at several points. I rated it 3 stars, but it's really 2.5 stars - halfway between "It was OK" and "I liked it".

Things I really liked about this one:-

- In some respects, it captures more of the cruelty of Society than all the books that include Almack's or virginal ladies of the Ton
Jun 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I hope that I can give this book a worthy enough review.

During the first couple of chapters I was irritated at the prose and at what I perceived as flowery writing. But slowly Max didn't only end up seducing Miranda, he was also seducing me. There began my love of the book. Ms. Mallory, eventually relaxed the prose and just let the book flow and IT DID! Miranda is a lowly shop woman in correspondence with two an old crotchety curmudgeon and a hot new author that has just put out the Se
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
It was an ok book but very pretentious. It took a very long time before the characters got to any kind of business, and even after they did it was all written is such a philosophical manner that I wanted to take a cold cloth to my forehead. It's not that it was particualry hard to understand,it was just that that level of wanna be intelectual speach got on to my nerves. Why say 'Then she left' when you can say 'She drew her fingers over the juncture of the door, where the wood protruded, separat ...more
Feb 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Jane Stewart
Sep 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: regency-romance
I did not like it. Characters were not interesting. Plot didn’t do anything for me.

Miranda works in a bookshop for her uncle. She loved the book titled “Seven Secrets of Seduction.” She has been corresponding with Mr. Pitt who wrote a harsh criticism of the book for the local paper. Maximilian (Max) is a viscount. He visits the bookshop and begins flirting with Miranda. He then hires her to come to his home to reorganize his personal library. He begins seducing her. She tries not to,
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Character Driven
Dialogue Based Story
Emotionally Clever Dialog
Low to Almost No Angst
Low Drama
Bluestocking Heroine
Quick Witted Smart Heroine
Silver Tongue Hero
Devilishly Charming Hero
Verbal Sparring Literal Versus Figurative
Double Entendres
Poetic Sentimental Writing
Slow Burn
Low Steam

Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3-5-stars, gr2016
“You consider me some sort of challenge?”
“I consider you the answer to a question that resides in my very soul.” His eyes held hers, an intensity there that she didn’t understand.

Miranda Chase loves books and reading. Especially the gothic romances that are the latest rage. She loves losing herself between the pages of books, especially the book by a most intriguing author, Seven Secrets of Seduction. It’s hidden layers and meaning captivates her. Her passion for her books soon gains the atte

Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This review can be also found on my blog!

4.5 seductive stars

“You will be my conscience, and I will be your shame.”

I am a little bit in love with this book. When it comes to romance it is hard to convince people that a book sometimes is not about romance but people. For example, the first kiss in "Seven secrets of seduction" does not happen until very far into the book; characters simply seduce each other with their intelligence. But there's nothing simple about such kind of seduction.

The sto

Aug 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I really really enjoyed this book. At its heart, it is a simple story, but the characters are so wonderfully alive that it becomes very engaging. The interplay between the hero and heroine was wonderful, and I also loved the author's nod to classic Shakespearean comedy.

There were no villains in this book. And I loved that - too often that layer to HR feels false or forced to me. This was just a wonderfully fun story, told skillfully. I will definitely be looking into other books by Anne Mallory
I've read this book 1.5 times, considering how I started this book last year and had to reread it to figure out what's going on. The first time I read it, I was having trouble getting into the book. The 2nd time around, it didn't feel any different, except I really wanted to finish the book, so I am going to conclude that the first half of the book is kinda slow. But the fact is, the entire book is kinda slow. This doesn't mean that it was a bad book, but Ms Mallory relied on subtle emotion and ...more
Jan 10, 2016 rated it liked it
I had a hard time figuring out how I ought to rate this book. I think the author could have done so much with the set-up. I feel I was built up for this spectacular story and it quite didn't get there. I absolutely loved the heroine. She was perfect in every way. The hero was ok too, I just wish there was more from his POV so we'd get to know some more about the reasons behind his actions. I also felt like the ending was too abrupt and rushed. In my opinion the last chapter should have been 5 ch ...more
Lover of Romance
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Miranda Chase, runs her uncle's bookshop, and has a passion for a good read. While totally captivated in the newest gothic novel, she is interrupted by a stranger who makes her think of silken sheets and temptation beyond her wildest dreams. When there is a mix up in his book order, she heads off to return his book to him. She there learns that he is none other than The Viscount Downing, the one man that is notorious for his sensuality and power. Miranda knows that she in trouble when she reluct ...more
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: historical romance readers
A seduction using wit, a brush of a hand, a whispered word...

The catalyst for this historical romance is a titillating book titled The Seven Secrets to Seducation written by a referred to character named Eleutherios. It's 1820 and Miranda Chase is a shopgirl working in a bookstore. Maximilian, Viscount Downing arrives at the bookstore to pick up a package. Miranda and Maxim thereby begin a lively and witty discussion about Eleutherios' great selling book. Eventually, these two characters make a
Mar 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Miranda Chase works her Uncle's bookstore without any hesitation, for her love of books is her only true passion. Not one to step out in society, Miranda has chosen to live her life in a small literary circle, usually only reading about adventures.

When Maximilian, Viscount Downing enters the store while Miranda is fully emersed in a fascinating novel he is completely entranced by the woman with a firm tongue and independent streak. Maxim finds ways to get closer to Miranda, wanting to keep her c
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
I gave this book two stars just because it had a satisfactory ending but all in all I did not like this story at all. The hero, Maximilian, aka Lord Downing was not a likable character. He was so full of himself throughout the story and treated the heroine, Miranda Chase quite shabbily. It was very hard to find some redeeming aspect in his character.

Sadly, the heroine Miranda Chase was no better in my eyes. The author initially described Miranda as a practical shop girl, who had a passion for b
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I was divided between 4 and 5 stars
It's lovely story, and characters definitely had chemistry,
and I loved both Miranda and Maximilian, especialy Maximilian he was such a broken soul and I just wanted to hug him.

The only thing that I would change is that I wanted to see more of Maximilian thoughts.
The first book in the Secrets series by Anne Mallory. This one started slow for me and I even laid it down and went on to other books. I got it from the library and its due back tomorrow so I picked it up and forced myself to continue. It got better but not great.
Avid Booker
May 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People Who Want Something Description-Heavy
I didn't like it.

The heroine was working class and gave into the hero so easily after making a bet that he couldn't seduce her. She was seduced when she met him, it was a bet easily lost.

The hero was both boringly suave. He spoke pretty and wanted to make her his mistress.

The were too much damn background and descriptions. No one gave a fuck about. It was soo boring.
There wasn't a plot here.

There was sex scenes in here. They weren't crazy but surprisingly for this author, they were here. I didn'
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un livre qui avait du potentiel mais je suis resté sur ma faim avec cette fin un peu bâclée et trop rapide
Sofia Lazaridou
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
#1:Every good seduction first begins with a baited hook.
#2:Once the hook is in place the lure must be set
#3:Pull forth or use the unexpected.Create havoc and relish in the chaos.Put her off guard even if she is on guard at the same time.
#4:Never lose control...and never let another pull your strings without your consent.Own your own thoughts.Know your confidense and she will fall at your feet.
#5:Some are more pipe for sedution cthan the others.But the sweetest fruit is the woman who doesnt real
The last book I tried by AM ,“Three Nights Of Sin” was underwhelming, so when I came across this book I was reluctant to invest my time and money, but I am so glad that I decided to give her another chance! Seven Secrets of Seduction was captivating! There were so many things to love about this book. I loved the hero’s mysterious demeanor. He gave you a little of himself at a time and left you wanting more. This might be a problem for some readers as you are left in the dark about his motives fo ...more
J. Leigh Hunter
Jul 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
Story and Writing Style
Blech. This book was so boring. There was just no conflict! It was one insipid, confusing roller coaster dialogue after another, and it was pointless to root through. It was as if “invigorating” dialogue was going to suddenly improve a tiresome story about a woman’s infatuation with a writer and the hero’s infatuation with her. And everything, it seemed, centered around his smile—how it curved, slid, spread across his face, tilted at the edges. It seemed every line surroun
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is my first read from author Anne Mallory and I think I need more of her back list. The passions and humor blend nicely together in Seven Secrets of Seduction. I love Miranda's type, witty, dreamer, and a bit of fear to move forward, maybe I love her bacause I can see myself on her character (well excluding the fact that he got hot viscount wrapped on her finger, LoL.
Although Hero's POV in this book were very few, but I think it give air of mystery to his character. Okay, he's a jerk exrao
Lady Wesley
Dec 03, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just awful. I can't believe that this book was rated A on All About Romance. Rather than even attempt my own review, I'll just quote from my friend Moss:
Painfully slow, dripping with entendres that fall embarassingly flat, the limpest and most feeble of plots to prop it up, a hero and heroine who try to be much cleverer than they are and pitiful scraps of sexy times that whimper and drag themselves away with shame before your brain can process them.

I'd like to say I loathed this book, but the t
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