A Lady of Persuasion Mass Market Paperback – Sep 29 2009
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About the Author
Tessa Dare a part-time librarian, full-time mommy, and swing-shift writer. She makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a dog.See all Product Description
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With just over two months until their wedding date, Toby must promise Bel anything she asks. Otherwise, Bel would break their engagement. This is how Sir Toby ends up promising to run for a seat in the House of Commons, though the very thought of possibly winning horrifies him. But as Toby's passion for Bel deepens into something more powerful, Toby must choose between a miserable political life or a miserable private life without Bel.
*** THREE STARS! An entertaining story that is perfect for warm, indoor reading on a rainy afternoon. Joss, Bel and Gray's widowed brother, is part of a romantic sub-plot with a physician's daughter. So readers will have the pleasure of two romances within this story. Tessa Dare's future as a romance writer looks bright indeed! ***
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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I found Toby to be BORING. He was such a shallow character to me. I get it...he was the perfect gentleman but lazy and now his wife wants to make him a better man and he wants to try for her. And then the wife who is too perfect and giving and loving and shy but encouraging in bed. (YAWN)
I read the first 2 books in 2 days. It took me almost 2 weeks to finish this book. The plot was boring and the characters were almost like afterthoughts..."I have to write a trilogy, I have plot for 2 books...guess I'll throw the sister and the jilted groom together and see what happens." The end was a bit redemptive and the reason it got 3 stars instead of 2.
The best parts were revisiting the characters from the first 2 books. Loved hearing about Lucy's pregnancy and how Sophia and Gray were doing together in London.
I HIGHLY recommend Surrender to a Siren and Goddess of the Hunt. But you can probably skip this one.
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I agree. The last chapter was great for getting to know how everyone is doing in the future. So...go ahead and open the book and read the last chapter.
During her first date with the hero she turned down all his overtures to go places because of... "I can't eat this, someone suffered making it", and "We shouldn't spend when others have nothing", or "Those were stolen from their original owners" (marbles in the art museum) This was all in one outing. I can't understand why the hero put up with it. It was too soon for him to be in love with her considering he only met her the night before. Maybe he was just a glutton for punishment.
He asked her to marry him (on a whim? for revenge?) after an hour of knowing her, and she agreed thinking that his social position would help her change the world. I'm not sure why she feels that only a husband can do this for her. IMO any decent heroine would start off on her own, and get the hero's help along the way. This one seems to feel that she's only worth something with a man.
All in all, I found her too annoying and whiny, and he was too willing to take it. I won't ever find out what happens at the end, because it's simply not worth my time to get there.
I love all of Tessa Dare's other novels. It's a shame this one didn't turn out great as well.
I've been a HUGE fan of Tessa Dare ever since I read "Goddess of the Hunt" and as you all know I do not give ratings where ratings aren't due, and I'm not going to start now.
This author built two perfect and entertaining characters in her previous books...And I can't believe this is how she decides to tell their stories. We all get to know Sir Toby in "Goddess" and I found myself in awe of him...I liked Toby from the start but when Dare shows us his true colors in this novel she turns him into a yappy tripping over his own feet drooling no guts of a man...
Isabel Grayson is even worse than Toby. She's an exotic beauty; Dare really had a way of showing us how glamorous she was, but reading about her is literally like watching paint dry (I'm not kidding)... It's been a long time since I've disliked a character so much.
I'm still so confused at how this story went so wrong. But boy did it ever. The only bright side to this book was the secondary story of Joss and Hetta, I was hoping they would get a book of their own, but they didn't.
I do however realize that not all books in a complete series can be 5 Star reads, but to let a story go so carelessly?! That wasn't very smart. LoL! Can you tell I'm really upset about this?. I'm crossing my fingers tightly that this is a fluke incident by this author. I will read the next in the series, but if it's anything like this one I'll not spend my hard earned book money (*smiles*) on this writer again.
Tessa Dare does have the stuff to make it in this book filled world...She proved that with the first two in this series (Both 5 Stars), but if she keeps writing like this she's in trouble before she's even given herself a chance.
This book was greatly disappointing to me, mostly because I found the heroine prissy and dull. She had a holier-than-thou-attitude that is off-putting in romance novels. I just couldn't believe that her lover Toby would continue to put up with her ridiculous and annoying requests.
I was also disappointed because Dare hastily writes in the romance of Josiah Grayson and the doctor. I was hoping that their romance would merit a novel of their own. I found them to be more likable than Isabella and Toby.