Seven Secrets of Seduction

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Seven Secrets of Seduction
Anne Mallory
June 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-157915-8

Back cover blurb

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 layers she sees beneath the book’s surface, she writes an editorial about it, never realizing that her passionate words will draw an actual viscount to her uncle’s bookshop.

Maximilian, Viscount Downing, has very particular ideas about passion and sees truth only in desire. He freely flaunts his sensual power and seeks nothing more than another conquest – the one that could justify his entire debauched existence. But Miranda’s blend of innocence, trust, and love cause a strange thing to happen on the way to this seduction. Something that just might threaten the very fabric of his jaded heart…

*NOTE: This book will be a straight historical. No paranormal elements.

Excerpt

His eyes held hers, dark and hot.

Nothing for it but to succumb. A lazy, languid feeling stole down her limbs, mixing with the anxiety and anticipation.

“Organizing books is a much more perilous diversion than I’d thought,” he said in his husky, edged voice, warm and dangerous. “But equally rife with opportunity.” He gazed at her lips. “Do you surrender?”

“Surrender to what?” It was as if she couldn’t catch her breath.

“To whom.”

“To whom?” The words barely formed on her tongue, heavy and low.

He smiled, a long slow pull of lips, and leaned down. A hint of bergamot combined with the smell of the books surrounding them, spines triangled, pages fanned apart, allowing the scent of fresh bindings and musty parchment to linger.

She licked suddenly dry lips, only an inch from his. “What are you doing, my lord?” A rational question surfacing from somewhere amidst the chaos.

His gaze traveled her face. “I’m embracing the beauty around me. Or under me, as it is.”

Extras

Miranda Chase’s Seven Secrets for nabbing a viscount:
#1: Keep up with your correspondence. Don’t let letters languish unanswered.
#2: Read! Enjoy a good book.
#3: When you find out that the man you’ve been flirting with is a peer, do not gape.
#4: When you gape anyway, try to do so while still looking witty and wise.
#5: If a man possesses a large library, it is a truth universally acknowledged that he likes books.
#6: Even if he says he does not.
#7: When you discover that you are falling for a most unsuitable man…make sure he is falling right along with you.
…and make sure, whatever you do, that you don’t forget #1!

Maximilian, Viscount Downing’s, Seven Secrets for securing a bookworm:
#1: Keep up with your correspondence. Don’t let letters languish unanswered.
#2: Have a library. A large one.
#3: Destroy said library and hire said bookworm to redo it for you.
#4: Discover her most closely kept secrets. Seduce her amidst paper and ink. Make her dreams come true.
#5: Don’t let her discover YOUR secrets.
#6: When she discovers your secrets anyway, try to still look witty and wise. If impossible, grovel. A lot.
#7: Once you secure your bookworm – never let her go.
…and make sure, whatever you do, that you don’t forget #1!

Georgette Monroe’s Seven Secrets for helping one’s best friend find the right man.
#1: Don’t let your friend’s shyness inhibit her. Push her to take risks.
#2: Peruse the gossip columns for possible matches. The more times a man’s name appears, the better.
#3: When you find a good match, give your friend a gentle shove. Two, if needed.
#4: Stress that a woman’s appearance is important, but it’s what is underneath that counts.
#5: Let her know a sprig of lavender tucked into one’s unmentionables will help him discover what is underneath.
#6: Peruse the gossip columns some more. The more times *her* name now appears, the better.
#7: No matter what happens in the course of her courtship, always be there for her.
…and make sure, whatever you do, that you don’t forget #1.

Georgette Monroe’s Nine Rules for nabbing a man for herself (Georgette wrote these up to help celebrate Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean!):

#1: Wear the perfect bonnet.
#2: Read the gossip columns – avidly.
#3: Learn what a “wile” actually is.
#4: Walk in the park – frequently.
#5: Make the men on their horses lean down to admire the curve of your lips.
#6: Never underestimate the power of a good pair of shoulders on a man.
#7: Never underestimate the young, gangly shop clerk. In a few years, he very well might be the experienced, utterly *sinful* shop clerk.
#8: After dazzling him with your smile, make sure he dazzles you with his head and heart.
#9: And whatever you do…make sure that you don’t forget #1.

Sequel talk

There will be at least two more books written in the Secrets universe. The first will be published in March 2011 and will feature Charlotte Chatsworth, the other woman from Seven Secrets of Seduction, as the heroine. I hadn’t planned on making Charlotte my next heroine, she was simply planned as a secondary character in Secrets, but after I finished writing the book, she wouldn’t let go. And I hope you will enjoy her story as much as I enjoyed writing it. :)

Reviews

Romantic Times – 4 stars – “With wry wit and clever plotting, Mallory delivers a book as seductive as its title. It teases and engages readers with its original plot and unconventional characters’ insight into romance.”

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