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No Choice But Seduction: A Malory Novel [Hardcover]

Johanna Lindsey
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June 17 2008 Malory Novels
#1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey's "mastery of historical romance" (Entertainment Weekly) takes center stage in her eagerly anticipated new novel of the aristocratic Malory family -- a passionate, witty, and high-spirited tale that provides startling new information about a prominent member of the family.

After her mother died, vivacious Katey Tyler fled her dull Connecticut town, hoping to meet her relatives in England and find adventure and romance on a grand tour of Europe. She had no idea that her life-changing travels would have both in spades -- as well as danger and intrigue -- when she catches the eye of ship owner Boyd Anderson and inadvertently stumbles upon a high-stakes kidnapping.

When Sir Anthony Malory's young daughter is abducted from London's Hyde Park, her kidnapper mistakenly sends the ransom note to the home of Sir Anthony's brother, James. With James and his wife, Georgina, in the Caribbean, the demands are received by their houseguest -- Georgina's youngest brother, Boyd Anderson. Searching for the girl with Anthony, the notoriously hot-headed American sea captain fully intends to make the foolhardy villain pay. But he hardly expects to find exquisite Katey Tyler, recently a passenger on his ship, at the center of the plot!

Little does Katey realize that in having caught the attention of Boyd Anderson -- and in meeting up with the Malorys -- she's about to experience more excitement than the typical young lady encounters on a grand tour, and her life will never be dull again. A multitude of surprises await Katey, from the startling truth about her mother's early life to the lengths a man will go to win the affections of a lady who has every reason to despise him -- but who can't resist the seductive, impassioned love he has to offer her.

With the delightful humor, lovable characters, and tempestuous passions that have placed Johanna Lindsey's eight previous Malory novels among the best-loved and most widely read romantic novels of our time, No Choice But Seduction sweeps readers away on an irresistible adventure that is as bold and charming as the heroine at its heart.

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Experience "Lindsey's mastery of historical romance." -- "Entertainment Weekly" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Johanna Lindsey has been hailed as one of the most popular authors of romantic fiction, with more than sixty million copies of her novels sold.  World renowned for her novels of "first-rate romance" (New York Daily News), Lindsey is the author of forty-eight previous national bestselling novels, many of which reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Lindsey lives in New Hampshire with her family.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down June 22 2008
Format:Hardcover
Hats off to Johanna once again! If you follow the Mallory's over the years this one is the best one yet. Funny, entertaining, and an unexpected twist that I did not see coming. A great read enjoyed thoroughly and could not put down until finished. Recommend highly if you are a Mallory fan! Even if you have not been following the family she still keeps you in tune to what has been happening with them over the years and would entice you to read the others.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother.. June 27 2008
By Jody Allen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I don't expect complicated stories from this author but she has created a wonderful family in the Malorys. However, this book was an incredible disappointment. Katey and Boyd's story was at best a nouvella plunked down in what appears to be a book of boring backstory telling the reader all about the family members and their stories at the expense of Katey and Boyd's. First off her loyal readers know those stories and it would only have been important to tell the uninformed reader if it was relevant to this couples' story but it wasn't. The problem then was she spent so much time in the backstory of the Malory clan and the absolutely incredible cliched story of Sir Anthony and Katey that she forgot about Boyd and his need to court his lady.

At best all the reader saw was Boyd's lust for Katey and her need to be part of a family, this isn't the stuff of good romance fiction and Lyndsey knows that as should her editor. As this was a romance, where was the sexual tension and the "ah" factor? No black moment, no sexual tension. Don't expect it in this book, it isn't there. Sadly she finally spent the last three pages of the book bringing Katey and Boyd together which was the biggest sellout to her loyal readers and after thought at best. This couple deserve their own book and this one clearly isn't it. Makes one wonder if she actually wrote this book or was it the last book on a publisher's contract.

I would say buy the book used later on, but Loyal readers know the Malory stories already and Katey and Boyd just don't have enough of a story to bother to purchase this one new or used.. So my suggestion is to read her back list if you aren't familair with the Malorys and hope her next offering is more judiciously edited by her editor.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Far from her best June 20 2008
By Beanbag Love - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I've enjoyed the Malory series and the off-shoot Anderson books, but this one just irritated me.

The interaction between the hero and heroine was rushed at first when the vital foundation of their attraction needed to occur and they spent the rest of the time alternating in treating each other badly. Both had moments where they were 'too-stupid-to-live' and, although the reader knows from his inner thoughts and motivations that Boyd is not a villain, some of his actions were beyond smarmy and inexcusable.

The Malorys appeared which is usually a bonus, but at one point Anthony and James (whose glib back-and-forth is becoming tiresome IMO) took over the entire story with a reveal that wasn't even hinted at until halfway through the book. Considering how much the characters involved appeared in the first half, that whole plot point (even with its importance) seemed like an afterthought. Boyd eventually dropped out entirely due to this story line and we didn't even check back in with him until three pages before the end when he showed up for the HEA.

During the Big Moment (similar to Danny's experience in 'A Loving Scoundrel') Boyd wasn't even there. It was Katey with the two Malory brothers and all of the chapters dealing with that business were long and detailed (in some cases taking pages to retell other Malory novels which is annoying to say the least when they weren't crucial to this story).

I'm very open to new things in novels. I don't need the traditional template. But this was unorganized and had a 'dashed off' feel to it. It felt as if the author had grabbed a few romance novel staples, strung them together and plugged a couple of decent characters into the creation. As a result, I didn't like either of their actions leading to the HEA and felt they needed more moments that were unsullied by manipulation.

I give it two stars because somehow I really did want them to end up together. And I could see why Katey came around and I was glad it finally happened. Otherwise I would have given it only one star.

I like Johanna Lindsay and I think she created two good characters here, which is very important, but then she did them a disservice by weighing them down with a top-heavy, disorganized story line.

And one last note. While I do enjoy seeing the Malorys I don't think it's necessary to retell each of their novels with so much detail. It takes away from the current story. They're just support characters at this point, so it's not necessary to refer to so many details that don't have an impact on the story at hand.

EDIT TO ADD: It's been brought to my attention and now I remember that the twist was indeed foreshadowed, however I never felt the connection itself had been set up. Possibly the feeling that it had dropped into my lap was the unnecessary nature of the twist along with the incredible coincidence involved in having it come about. But fair is fair, the hints did occur. I stand corrected. :)
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I could not stomach the hroine, not Lindesy's best... July 5 2008
By Mia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Johanna Lindsey has written some really good romance novels a la "Johnny Depp's Pirates of the Carribean". You know the story is far fetched, the characters are cartoon like in the fact that her hero can take on a half dozen men without a scratch and the heroine is always the most stunning beauty, but she is the last to know that. Nevertheless, I have loved most of her books as the characters were likeable and the rogues always fell head over heels in love and became model husbands. With regards to the Anderson family, my favorite story of course is that of Georgina and James in Gentle Rogue (coming on audiobooks this month). I also thought she found an excellent match for Drew in Gabi in Captive of My Desires and that Amy was what Warren needed to cure his broken heart in The Magic of You. This book however is a huge disappointment. Boyd, sweet gentle Boyd deserved better than a whiny, vindictive, lying woman such as Katie. I listened to the audio and turned it off 2.5 hrs before the story was over as I could no longer stomach this idiot woman. One moment she is having sex with Boyd and the next, she is furious with him. How many times is a person supposed to apologize before you give him a break. Her constant humiliation to him in public made her rude, lacking class and tact in my opinion. She was just very unsympathetic for me to root for her. If you want to read a good Lindsey book, grab "A Loving Scoundrel". "Captive of My Desires", "The Magic of You", "A Gentle Rogue" or "Marriage Most Scandalous". Stay away from "A man to call my own", "the Devil who Tamed Her" "Home For the Holidays" and "No Choice But Seduction". They are not Lindsey's best work.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Did I miss the chapter with the romance in it? June 28 2008
By Tams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Johanna Lindsey is a wonderful author, and is responsible for my love of the genre. Unfortunately, this book was missing the Lindsey magic. The thing I love most about a Lindsey novel is the interactions between the leads. Even if they fight and have a love/hate relationship the interactions always feed the attraction until they fall in love without realizing it. Sadly that was not the case with this book. The hero and heroine did not actually spend very much time together in this book, and their interaction with each other just did not seem to lead to love.

This book picks up after Captive of My Desires. It was introduced in that book that the hero of this work, Boyd Anderson, had already met and lusted after the heroine, Katey Tyler. This book did not go back and really explore their relatinship on board ship eluded to in Captive and merely passingly reaffirmed it happened in this piece, which would have been interesting had that time together been more deeply explored.

Already deciding he was ready to settle down and marry, Boyd was more than happy to marry Katey when she re-enters his life after his bad case of lust. The previous relationship not being more thourghly explored left you wondering why Boyd would be so eager to marry this particular heroine.

I also found very little likable about the heroine, and to be honest wondered why Boyd would even continue to bother with her. He mistakenly believes that she kidnapped Anthony Mallory's daughter when he finds them together after receiving a ransom note (which is constantly referred to as a blackmail note although their is no blackmail involved). Even though this would be a natural assumption on anyone's part at first. And despite Katey's explaining she had really rescued Judith, anyone would need some investigation in that situation to be satisfied. Still she becomes angry with the hero for believing her guilty. The heroine is not understanding about his mistake, even though, he allows her to escape believing she is the kidnapper. She feels he should know her better after the time they spent together, but we the reader don't get to see any of the bonds developed in their previous time together. In fact both character's think about how he spends most of that initial meeting trip avoiding her because she told him she was married. How exactly was the hero supposed to know her character so well that she would be uncapable of such a crime? This makes it hard to feel Katey's pain that Boyd did not initially believe her. Their whole back history is given as memoris from the h/h that are not detailed enough to give the reader a sense of any bond between them. Then she won't forgive his mistake, and claims he owes her so he should let her rent his ship to finish her tour of the world. Obviously this is an opportunity for the two leads to be able to spend time together right? And yet....

The two leads still spend little interaction time with each other aboard ship, and their is no "good" romantic tension build up between the two leads.

Final problem with the heroine. She has decided to go on this tour of the world to fill the boredom in her life after the loss of her parents, and rejection of her family. Although she has fallen in love with the hero she dosen't want to give up her tour of the world to start a family with him. Instead she wants him to wait for her until she's finished. He even offers to let her continue her tour of the world, and bring any children they have with them and share the world with them. But Katey dosen't think that is a good way to raise children. Then with a twist ending when she does find some biological family she is only to ready to give up her plans for a tour of the world, and decides to go ahead and marry Boyd instead of losing time and waiting. The hero again offers to share a tour of the world with her and any children, and now it is a great idea and grand gesture.

This is the only Mallory book that I have found disappointing.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Avid Reader June 21 2008
By ReadsAlot - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
How best to describe this book... Yawn! I've always liked Johanna Lindsey's books but this one misses the mark. The main characters, Katey and Boyd weren't really likeable; in fact I found them irritating. And the bickering between James and Anthony was carried too far. Add to that Judith, a seven year old child that carried on a conversation like a twenty year old.

I kept reading the book hoping it would get better but the story line was poorly created. I gave the book two stars just because I was able to finish it although I was skimming the pages towards the end.

If you want to keep current on what's happening with the Malory family then I would recommend reading this book but I would wait until it comes out in paperback.
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