"An exciting Victorian romance"
In 1842 Kent, Dominick Carlisle makes love to the
seductress wearing the domino, but is shocked to realize
she had been a virgin. After she leaves, he finds the
handkerchief she left behind containing the monogram A.S.
Dominick thinks he made love to Annabelle Sutherland, but
in actuality it was her sister Parris. Dominick becomes
engaged to Annabelle only to catch her in bed with his
brother. Dominick makes her call off the engagement.
After being away as a soldier for the next eight years,
Dominick comes home. When he sees Parris, he
realizes the mistake of almost marrying the wrong woman, as
he wants her by his side. He is also determined to unmask
Lady Scruples, a female avenger wrecking havoc on the
libidinous male populace. He concludes Scruples is Parris,
which adds fervor to his need to seduce Parris into
marrying him. He now knows which sister he always has
loved, but to persuade her that he desires her, not her
sibling, will take all his skills.
THE ART OF SEDUCTION is an exciting Victorian romance that
stars two wonderfully intelligent lead charcaters.
Dominick and Parris are the strength of the novel yet their
acumen is also the flaw as the problems between them seem
too trivial for such astute individuals. The absorbing
story line contains clever exchanges between the
protagonists that will amuse sub-genre readers, who will
appreciate Melanie George.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 17, 2002
Parris Sutherland cares little for the gossip swirling about
her after she is left at the altar. She is far too busy with
a new project: masquerading as "Lady Scruples" and exacting
justice on philandering men. If only she could resist the
desire aroused by her childhood protector, Dominick
Carlisle, recently returned home after eight years.
As the new Duke of Wakefield, Dominick has no interest in
the aristocratic duties foisted upon him. He'd rather unmask
Lady Scruples - especially if it distracts him from his
long-suppressed feelings for Parris and the dreams that have
haunted him since a sultry night with a mysterious girl so
long ago. But when Dominick discovers that all the women on
his mind are one and the same - Parris - he vows to teach
her a lesson by seducing her all the way to the altar.