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5.0 out of 5 stars My absolute favorite of her NOTORIOUS series.... stunning!
I've read this book twice in the past three months (yes, reading plenty of other things, too!) , and have begun my third reading of it.....
It takes a LOT to make me want to keep and re-read a book.
But there is a true and beautiful love story, completely believable, which happens to Damien Sinclair and Vanessa Wyndham. It's one of only two romances I've read...
Published on June 17 2004 by Mary K, Public Librarian

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3.0 out of 5 stars I must be getting old. This steamy love story bores me.
I'm somewhat reluctant to admit that I'm bored flat by the whole coochie of love scenes. The start of the book has a gratuitous scene of bondage-........ involving Damien and an actress, and that sets the tone of The Seduction - a no-holds barred hot, hot read. I must be getting older than I thought, because I was bored enough to start glossing over the many scenes...
Published on May 26 2000 by Mrs Giggles


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5.0 out of 5 stars My absolute favorite of her NOTORIOUS series.... stunning!, June 17 2004
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I've read this book twice in the past three months (yes, reading plenty of other things, too!) , and have begun my third reading of it.....
It takes a LOT to make me want to keep and re-read a book.
But there is a true and beautiful love story, completely believable, which happens to Damien Sinclair and Vanessa Wyndham. It's one of only two romances I've read where I feel the characters are so real and so compelling that I truly care, deeply, what happens to them... their story has moved me, very , very much.
Most romances I enjoy very much, then put them down when I've finished them, and think, 'wow, that was fun, I want to read another one'...
This one is more like : "Oh --- how beautiful -- thank God they found each other. This is perfect! I am so happy for them!" It's not at all the little fun smile you feel at the end of a romance novel. It's a feeling of complete joy.
He is not at all what he appears to be. Vanessa finds this out. And she also finds out, thanks to him, that she's loaded with passion and feelings she never knew she had. And he is so incredibly patient with her -- it's just gorgeous. Even though at times it 's maddening to have to 'wait' for the two of them to finally make love, the delays are completely believable , for both of them. Especially as he's promised her over and over again he will wait until she's ready . And boy , does he EVER make it worth her while that he waited for her (it was driving him crazy, too, but he was a complete gentleman....) It makes their eventual joining 1,000x as sweet and beautiful as your standard romance. WELL worth the wait. Then, the most utterly beautiful scenes, where he's in essence guiding her through her own brand-new feelings... I don't want to give all the book away, here... but he is so GOOD to her, you just fall in love with him. Talk about every woman's fantasy!!
The subplot with his sister Olivia and her brother Aubrey is also extremely well-conceived and carried out. I really grow to love both of them, despite not liking Aubrey much at all at first. But he does completely redeem himself. It's just one more great part of this amazing book.
I can't find any flaws in it. It just feels so very real. Of course I know it's fiction, but wow.... talk about being completely drawn into their world. I'm so thrilled to have this book, and to have had the immense pleasure of discovering it. They REALLY love each other, and are truly perfectly suited. None of them has been perfect in the past, but they grow and change so much in the book...
My deepest thanks to Ms. Jordan for an unforgettable reading experience.
I love the other four NOTORIOUS novels as well: The Passion (wow!); Ecstasy (to *die* for); Desire(yes!!); and The Prince of Pleasure (YOW! Sizzling!)...
I'm looking forward to THE LOVER, next on my list of Jordan books to read, and have already devoured 'Master of Temptation', another winner. I'll be a fan for life!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book, March 21 2004
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This was the first book I have ever read by Nicole Jordan, as soon as I was done with it I went out and bought three more of her books. This story was really two romance novels in one. Of course, you have the main couple Vanessa and Damien and they were a great couple! I always love to see a man change to the win the love of a lady. This book gave Damien a lot of depth and emotions of his own, which was great because a lot of times the heroes are left without a lot of depth. The only reason that I gave this book a four is because of some of the things Vanessa did, I did not feel drawn in by the fact that her brother had no problem with allowing her to become a man's mistress to clear-up his gambling debts. That whole thing was the weakest part of this story for me.
Olivia was a great addition to this story, she was a person that I found myself cheering on the whole time. When Vanessa first meets her and she is that dark room lying in bed her heart having been broken; I wanted to jump in the book and try to make her feel better. I felt that she was someone who was supposed to a subcharacter in the story, but ended up being a main chararter to me. Aubrey he was the least likable person in this book if he was my brother I would not have been as nice as Vanessa was about the problems his selfish behavior caused.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seductive., Feb. 5 2004
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MaryGrace Meloche (Ontario, Canada.) - See all my reviews
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Now this is brilliance. Candlelight, wine, roses, and a caring hunk, what more could a woman ask for? If you are looking for the ticket to sweep you into a land filled with fantasy and captivation, then unlock this portion of Nicole Jordan´¿s engaging ´¿Notorious Series´¿. Caution: lust and desire are sharing your first-class accommodations.
The widowed Lady Vanessa Wyndham is a resourceful sister. The reprehensible Lord Damien Sinclair is a loving brother. To soothe family difficulties they become players in a provocative agreement. Nicole Jordan effectively negotiates the terms and the winner is the delirious reader. The sex scenes are electrifying, but the author never allows these scenes to drift from the story. This is the novel´¿s strength.
Jordan does an attractive job on the personalities of her characters. Vanessa is strong, intelligent and kind. Although her first marriage was an ordeal, our heroine never appears the mangled ´¿butterfly´¿. This is refreshing. Damien is the typical English rake, but the author´¿s handling of his reform is a gift to behold. Well done Ms. Jordan.
The prologue is the book´¿s major weakness. I suspect most readers enjoy a little foreplay before the heavy intimacy spills onto the pages. Unfortunately, in this book´¿s introduction, the author shoves her unprepared audience, into the torrent, without a breath.
The author saturates the final pages with immense activity. The reader is traveling at warp speed; warning, buckle your seat belt. Viewpoint: Jordan should have slowed the conclusion and scrapped the prologue. Nevertheless, these are minor flaws. ´¿The Seduction´¿ is a good book -- for the keeper shelf.
Grace Atkinson, Ontario - Canada.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Where was the seduction?, May 19 2003
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The hero is a total twit. He tells her she has to sleep with him in order to make up for her brother ruining his sister's life with a thwarted elopement. As if ruining one woman is going to make up for it?
He treats her like a tart, and then wonders why everyone else does as well? He next agrees to tutor her in how to please a man so when he inevitably dumps her she will be able to get a higher price on the open market, when all he has to do is stop the vendetta against her brother so they can keep their home and fortune. He is a disgusting human being who leaves her open to scandal, ruin, VD, and rape at an orgy set up by his friends.
The heroine says it all when he attempts feebly to propose to her to try to keep her for his own selfish reasons. He is the kind of man she couldn't love. He doesn't know how to love. He is a rake and a user with no redeeming features except, as he says himself, an ability to make money, which he then throws at every problem.
In the last 20 or so pages of the book he then 'reforms' and gives her lavish gifts for her services rendered which any woman with an ounce of self-respect would refuse. The brothel scene is really the last straw. She is just an object to swive, not even with his own natural endowments most of the time, if you take my meaning. There was no love, tenderness or commitment in this book, and the saccharine sweet romance between the sister and brother is the only high point of this otherwise awful novel.
I would give it negative stars if I could. Spicy is one thing, but there is no romance. And the writing style is so poor that the word 'erotic' appeared on virtually every single page of every single sex scene. Of which there were way too many. Please can we have some characters that speak and develop and grow, not pieces of anatomy that go up and down, in and out, round and round etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seductive and Luscious, April 22 2002
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J. Austin "jodylync" (Dublin, OH United States) - See all my reviews
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Vanessa is in a quandry. Her foolish, younger brother has caused the crippling accident of the sister of London's most powerful and seductive rake. Damien Sinclair had every intention of destroying Aubrey Trent, the young fool who nearly killed his sister. He is surprised when Vanessa approaches him to plead for her brother's life and the estate where her mother and sisters reside. She offers to act as a companion to his devastated sister. Damien agrees with one small alteration. Vanessa must become his mistress. Vanessa is no virgin having been recently widowed, but her late husband's attentions were not pleasant and she has no desire to experience carnal relations again. With great reluctance she agrees, not realizing that Damien will plan for her a great seduction that will leave her yearning and begging for more.
Damien is a rake in the truest sense, living for lust and bordering perversion. Vanessa is reluctant, innocent, but strong and full of pride. Together they clash, sending off a shower of sparks that the reader cannot help to enjoy. This is my first book by Nicole Jordan. It will not be my last.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steamy Sex with lots of ROMANCE, March 13 2001
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Abbys (Moreno Valley, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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This is my first book of Nicole Jordan and gladly not the last. I've seen her books here in Amazon and decided to try her out. Luckily, I picked & read THE SEDUCTION first as it is the 1st book of the Notorious Series. I am now in the process of reading the 2nd book of the series, THE PASSION (Nicholas Sabine's story, an acquaintance of Damien Sinclair). The third book is originally named "Enchantment" but was later changed to "DESIRE" to make it sound sexier (I think its fitting too considering the first two titles of this series). DESIRE is the story of Lucian, cousin of Nicholas Sabine in the 2nd book. It is due out this coming November, 2001. I am hoping that the third book will have updates of the couples from the 1st two books.
SEDUCTION: Story of Baron Damien Sinclair and Lady Vanessa Wyndham.
When Damien's younger sister, Olivia, was injured and her reputation tattered due to a thoughtless young Viscount (who happens to be Vanessa's brother, Aubrey), Damien's swore revenge but since his sister made him promise not to put a bullet through Aubrey's heart, he deliberately challenged Aubrey to a high stake game cards he can't refuse. Aubrey, young and unexperienced to gambling, lost everything he inherited including his Rutherford estate where his ailing mother and 3 younger sister lived. Damien meant to ruin not only the young viscount but his family as well.
Upon hearing this, widowed Lady Vanessa Wyndham seeked out Damien pleading for compassion to at least partially forgive Aubrey's debt of honor but Damien had other terms in mind. She will become his mistress for the summer in exchange for the debts. Vanessa had no choice but to agree with his terms otherwise his ailing mother and two younger sister (including his reckless brother) would be destitute. Her only request is to make this arrangement as discreet as possible. She is a Lady, afterall and she have a reputation to maintain. Therefore, they have agreed that she will become Olivia's companion "for show" during the day but his mistress during the nights. Damien was attracted to Vanessa from the start but in all honesty, he didn't care about her reputation. Initially, she was all part of the revenge as well. Sorta like, an eye for an eye...
This is the first historical romance book I've read wherein the heroine wasn't a virgin and/or she was married once before... I was afraid I'd be turned off about that flaw but Nicole Jordan really made this story truly seductive. Not disgusting but utterly sweet and delightful. I like the way Vanessa carry herself. She's been through quite a bit of stir herself but her bitter 1st marriage and the scandals she was force to face not only made her stronger but smarter as well. Despite all her past trouble, she carried herself with pride and self esteem. She's sweet and endearing. Damien on the otherhand is a true handsome rake. I mean, really RAKE. I have read lotsa historical romance books where most heroes are described as such but none ever enumerates their rakish activities aside from having a lot of paramours and gambling. In this book, Nicole Jordan mentions activities such as debauchery. He is also a very smooth talker. I know one or two Amazon reviewers find it corny but his dialogue spoken in a soft deadly voice just awes me ( the way N.J describes it, i swear, i can hear Damien's voice :-) ). The words he uses and how he says it just heightens his rakish ways. Thoroughly seductive! I like it. Anyway, Damien's lifestyle will really make you understand why it was hard for him to accept his feelings for Vanessa. You will end up feeling sorry him instead of frustration (well, maybe a little frustration). He was confused because he has never paid much attention to LOVE. He snorts when that word is even mentioned. For him, love does not exist, let alone feeling it...
There is so many scenes in this book that i enjoyed. Aside from the H/H romance, Vanessa's friendship to the sweet-tempered Olivia is simply heart warming. Even the thoughtless Aubrey will warm your heart. Oh, i cried when Aubrey apologized and confessed to Olivia. Their love story is an added spice to this book. It's heart quenching! The powerful ending of this book is my favorite of all... What Damien did for absulotion... and when he realized that the person who he hated so much, Aubrey, is practically the mirror of himself. Overall, this book is stimulating, endearing and TOTALLY entertaining. A MUST READ.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading for hot Summer nights, Jan. 18 2001
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The Seduction surprised me. I began this book with very low expectations. I read the reviews and thought that I would give this one a try. I am glad that I did. I will read Nicole Jordan again; I just don't consider her a favorite author. The story begins with a rake and an almost innocent. Damien (the rake) must go home and help his sister deal with the repercussions of a horrible accident. In doing so, he "engages" the help of Vanessa (the almost innocent). I found it hard to like Damien to begin with. He was shallow, and self absorbed, but it was a nice change to watch the hero develop an awareness of his own actions and how they affect others. Vanessa is down on her luck due to the careless actions of her late husband and older brother. She must become a companion by day and a mistress by night. The love scenes are wonderfully explicit and make up for what I consider the lack of development in the characters. I enjoyed reading the story, I was interested and entertained, but at the same time, when I finished the book, I was finished. I don't have any attachment to the people in this story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensuality Incarnate!, Oct. 11 2000
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I picked up this book as a form of temporary diversion, but instead discovered a brilliant, talented, and immensely sensual author.
Nicole Jordan knows how to create a hero that envelopes you into his sensual embrace and takes you into a world of carnal delights, erotic escapades and tender, heart-wrenching, soul-searing promises...
Lady Vanessa Wyndham is enchantingly beautiful as she is witty, determined and inteligent...
Broadly known as Lord Sin, Baron Damien Sinclair is a dashing nobleman who among the polite society is notorious for his legendary conquests....numurous affairs...and rakehelish, libertine ways....no lady is said to be safe from his dark, silver-smoke gaze, devil-may-care smile and oozing sensuality...
Aside from that, he is dead set on vengeance against a young rogue (Aubrey, Lady Vanessa's brother) who has seduced his innocent sister Olivia and left her a cripple... Nothing short of his complete ruination would satisfy Lord Sin...
Having no other alternative, Lady Vanessa pleads with Damien Sinclair not to ruin her brother and leave her family destitute...Damien, on the other hand, makes her a brazen bargain that shocks her to her very core: she consents being his mistress and he spares her brother.
And thus the seduction begins....
This story is so richly written, characters wonderfully developed to a degree that you feel the lines between reality and fantazy diminish more and more as the novel progresses....
You fall deeply, irrevocably in love with Damien and Vanessa...As they each conquer their own demons and fears, and then finally....each other's hearts... This novel embodies passion and sensuality, true once-in-a-lifetime love and redemption.... I sincerelly hope that you will enter into the sensual world so expertly woven by Nicole Jordan and allow yourself to be swept away...if only for an instance.
Sequel to follow: THE PASSION
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4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this story, Sept. 26 2000
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Sarah "sssspro" (North East, USA) - See all my reviews
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Wow. This story really grabbed me. Damien is a great lead and Vanessa is his perfect foil. In most "reform the rake" books, the hero seems to mend his ways quickly and just can't help falling in love with our heroine. Ms. Jordan, it seems to me, writes a much more realistic or at least believable reform story. Damien goes down kicking and screaming all the way, never quite understanding his feelings for Vanessa (until the end). Damaged by his parents' horrific marriage and his father's obsession for his mistress, Damien has absolutely no desire to have a relationship with a woman beyond a quick affair. (He even ignores his sister). Damien's lived a pretty debauched life (as shown in the first few pages of the story) and makes no apology for it. He is not really looking for a mistress, but Vanessa and circumstances involving plans of revenge fall in his lap, so he takes advantage of them.
As happens in reality, Damien draws too close to Vanessa and pulls away, not understanding his feelings. He just assumes that he is becoming obsessed like his father, and hates himself for this. Vanessa, on the other hand is unusually pragmatic for a romance heroine. She will agree to just about anything to save her family. She had a disastrous first marriage and in no way wants to marry, or force her sisters to marry, for anything less than love. Throughout the whole story, we never see Vanessa feel sorry for herself or give in to self-pity for the circumstances she finds herself in. Although we, as the reader, know her heart is engaged in this affair (and she finally admits this to herself), Vanessa knows that Damien is not looking for a serious relationship. Not bemoaning her fate, she sets out practically to ensure for her future once her tenure with Damien is over.
The whole plot and way it was written just seems like a breath of fresh air to me. This might seem unbelievable since there have been many, many books written along this same theme (the most recent that I can think of is Barbara Dawson Smith's, Seduced By A Scoundrel , which I did not like at all). There is no doubt that this is a HOT book, with many fairly explicit love scenes, (it is called The Seduction after all), though I did not feel that it was quite so far out there as say a Susan Johnson, Beatrice Small or Robin Schone novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this story, Sept. 20 2000
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Sarah "sssspro" (North East, USA) - See all my reviews
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Wow. This story really grabbed me. Damien is a great lead and Vanessa is his perfect foil. In most "reform the rake" books, the hero seems to mend his ways quickly and just can't help falling in love with our heroine. Ms. Jordan, it seems to me, writes a much more realistic or at least believable reform story. Damien goes down kicking and screaming all the way, never quite understanding his feelings for Vanessa (until the end). Damaged by his parents' horrific marriage and his father's obsession for his mistress, Damien has absolutely no desire to have a relationship with a woman beyond a quick affair. (He even ignores his sister). Damien's lived a pretty debauched life (as shown in the first few pages of the story) and makes no apology for it. He is not really looking for a mistress, but Vanessa and circumstances involving plans of revenge fall in his lap, so he takes advantage of them.
As happens in reality, Damien draws too close to Vanessa and pulls away, not understanding his feelings. He just assumes that he is becoming obsessed like his father, and hates himself for this. Vanessa, on the other hand is unusually pragmatic for a romance heroine. She will agree to just about anything to save her family. She had a disastrous first marriage and in no way wants to marry, or force her sisters to marry, for anything less than love. Throughout the whole story, we never see Vanessa feel sorry for herself or give in to self-pity for the circumstances she finds herself in. Although we, as the reader, know her heart is engaged in this affair (and she finally admits this to herself), Vanessa knows that Damien is not looking for a serious relationship. Not bemoaning her fate, she sets out practically to ensure for her future once her tenure with Damien is over.
The whole plot and way it was written just seems like a breath of fresh air to me. This might seem unbelievable since there have been many, many books written along this same theme (the most recent that I can think of is Barbara Dawson Smith's, Seduced By A Scoundrel , which I did not like at all). There is no doubt that this is a HOT book, with many fairly explicit love scenes, (it is called The Seduction after all), though I did not feel that it was quite so far out there as say a Susan Johnson, Beatrice Small or Robin Schone novel.
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