Seduction and Surrender by Amanda Quick

Hardcover: 710 pages - Publisher: Wings (June 1, 2004) - Language: English - ISBN-10: 0517223538 - ISBN-13: 978-0517223536

Hardcover: 710 pages - Publisher: Wings (June 1, 2004) - Language: English - ISBN-10: 0517223538 - ISBN-13: 978-0517223536

Seduction and Surrender

by Amanda Quick

Surrender all prior engagements and get ready to be seduced by two deeply passionate and engaging love stories, SEDUCTION and SURRENDER. Filled with romance, history, intrigue, and adventure, these novels will instantly transform you into an Amanda Quick fan.

SEDUCTION

Meet Julian, Earl of Revenwood, an untamable man with a legendary temper, and country lass Sophy Dorring, the strong young lady determined to conquer him.

People in town thought Julian was the devil – his first wife’s untimely death aroused suspicions of foul plan and it was rumored that Julian had drowned her in Ravenwood Pond. Now indomitable Sophy is to wed Julian in a marriage of convenience. While Julian is marrying so that he can produce an heir, Sophy has more passionate goals in mind: vengeance and love. Sophy hopes she can use him to find the man responsible for her sister’s murder while she teaches the dreaded devil Julian to love again.

SURRENDER

The allure of a moonlit escapade can be impossible to resist, especially when accompanied by a striking new suitor. For Victoria Huntington, who longs for risk and adventure, Lucas Colebrook, Earl of Stonevale, seemed like the perfect match. Unlike the fortune hunters who had previously tried to woo Victoria, Lucas appeared disinterested in Victoria’s vast fortune. Their wild, midnight rendezvous gave way to love, but love soon gave way to danger. After a hasty marriage, Victoria finds herself being stalked by dark secrets from her past. Now these ghosts from long-ago threaten to ruin her life, her honor, and the one man she truly loves.

Review: You’ll definitely become a fan!

SEDUCTION: Justin needs to marry again; he needs an heir for Ravenwood. Sophy, now twenty-three, has been in love with Justin, from afar, since she was eighteen. But Sophy is no fool – she knows what marriage entitles, and she refuses to lose her independence. But if she was to be married to Justin, with his name attached to hers, she just may be able to flush out the man who seduced, impregnated her sister, then left her, causing her sister to take her own life. For Sophy, that’s the same as murder, and she’s determined to find out who it is. Barganing with Justin, she agrees to marry him. Only, things don’t go as planned for either of them. Justin does not want a repeat of his first marriage – his first wife had married him for convenience and did everything to make his life miserable, including infidelity. He doesn’t want another wild woman on his hands and does everything he can to tame Sophy. What he ends up realizing – Sophy is nowhere like Elizabeth, and comes close to losing her to the man who’d murdered Elizabeth. Sophy believes she made a mistake when she admitted to Justin that she loved him. She vows to be the dutiful wife Justin wants, even if her love isn’t reciprocated. But can Justin now convince Sophy that he loves her the way she is?

**A beautiful story. I loved the history and the intrigue. Justin, domineering alpha male, wants everything out of Sophy while giving nothing in return. Sophy wants equal ground with her husband, and fights hard to get it, much to Justin’s dismay. I loved watching them come together, to love each other and accept each other for who they truly are. While Justin’s dominance bugged me a little, I could understand it. For in that era, that’s the way it was. LOL, I can say I’m glad I don’t live in those times – I’d resent being ordered about.

SURRENDER: Heiress Victoria Huntington refuses to be married. After her father died while she was still a child, her mother had remarried to a man who only wanted her money, one who became violent when he was drunk. Her mother’s death while out riding had been deemed an accident, but Vicky was convinced that her stepfather murdererd her and did the unthinkable to get a confession: pretending to be a ghost, she flitted about the estate in her mother’s gown, driving her stepfather to come after her. While he did so, with a knife, and a confession, another accident occured, and he died after falling down the stairs while chasing her. She’s kept this her secret and vowed never to be married. Meanwhile, having been hurt and left for dead on battle grounds, Lucas Colebrook has recently inherited Stonevale and the title of Earl. The only problem? His uncle drove the estate into the ground. Lucas desperately needs to marry and heiress, and sets his sights on Victoria. Vicky loves her life the way it is; she loves to take risks unbecoming a lady, and Lucas appoints himself the one to help her. But Vicky has fallen in love with him, and after being caught after their one night of passion, a hasty marriage ensues, and Vicky finds out the truth: Lucas wants her money. Now Lucas is trying to convince her that she can no longer take the risks she was taking. Vicky is furious, for all the reasons she’d refused to get married are being thrown at her. And now, her past is coming back to haunt her; for little things are starting to pop up, convincing her that her stepfather is back from the dead. Both want to find out who it is that is trying to drive Vicky mad. And while Vicky is still in love with Lucas, she refuses to acknowledge it. And now Lucas has to convince her that he’s just as in love with her.

**An excellent story! I liked the history and intrigue in this one more than the first. And while I felt the ‘distaste’ between two of the charactes, I never concluded who it was that was after Vicky until it happened. I really felt for Vicky, for after she and Lucas married, everything she didn’t want was being thrown at her, and I could feel her anger and frustration. I loved how Lucas indulged her when he could, doing what was necessary to protect her, but I did find him a little unfair at times. Even if that was how it was back then, I still felt that Lucas could have gone about it in a different way. I loved watching them together. And the synopsis was right: once you read Seduction and Surrender, you will definitely become a fan of Amanda Quick’s historical romances.

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