I was given a copy for review purposes, but opinions expressed in the following review are my own.
What they say (blurb & book info): Even if he is the catch of the season, Charlotte Livingston has a low opinion of the wildly handsome Marquess of Camryn. He’s an industrialist who thinks nothing of replacing workers with machines, depriving them of an honest living. Camryn is everything a social reformer like Charlotte detests. Besides, her loyalty belongs to another man.
Yet, as a violent machine-breakers rebellion rages across England, an undeniable attraction flares between the passionate adversaries. Camryn vows to destroy the rebel movement, unaware that the spinster who has captured his heart, harbors a secret - a shocking connection to one of its leaders that could shatter them both.
- Published by Entangled Publishing. The ebook has 222 pages.
What I say: The historical fiction genre is often very hit or miss. There are dozens currently available, and with Amazon offering many historical romances for free download the selection is huge. However, as a whole most of these are really bad, but luckily Seducing Charlotte is not one of them. Seducing Charlotte is an interesting read with a fun and believable heroine, and an equally charming hero.
On to the story - Set in the early beginnings of the Industrial Revolution, Seducing Charlotte focuses on Charlotte Livingston, the unmarried daughter and sister of a Baron. Unlike many women of her time Charlotte values truth and intellect rather than fancy dresses and marrying well. Charlotte is very conscious of the social inequalities between the working class and the gentry. She stands up for worker rights and believes that education should be readily available for all.
Charlotte could quite easily have been standoffish or condescending, but she is neither of these. Diana Quincy has created a forward thinking leading lady, who is really likeable.
The story is also told from the POV of Arthur 'Cam' Stanhop, the Marquess of Camryn. Cam may be a Lord but he is also a factory owner, an industrialist who believes machines are the way forward. Very early on Cam, a former rogue, decides that he wants Charlotte and is unrelenting in his pursuit of her.
There are many twist and turns, several misunderstandings, a scheming social climber and a whole load of heat. Charlotte's forthrightness makes for an interesting read because she says and does many things polite young women should never think, let alone do or say. This often lands her in hot water (I won't go into detail as this is quite spoilery).
I hadn't expected to like Cam, I was expecting your typical controlling, rich Lord, but he is so much more than that. Yes, he sufferers from jealousy (hello Nathan) and fights the urge to be controlling, but he genuinely cares about his employees and seeking justice. The sexual tension between Charlotte and Cam is immense and the romance is really sweet.
4 Stars in my Sky!
My fav non-spoilery quotes:
- "I went riding with the lady." Cam scowled at his brother. "I didn't ravish her."
- Opening her eyes, she smiled weakly. "Don't worry, I shan't take advantage of you."
- "I find am I drawn to magnificent creatures who appear untamable."
- "Don't push me. You've no idea what I'm capable of." Charlotte slammed the dressing room door on the woman's flushed, outraged face.