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His Wicked Seduction (The League of Rogues) by [Smith, Lauren]
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Can the League’s most wicked rakehell be tamed? Or has this Rogue fallen too far?

The League of Rogues, Book 2

Horatia Sheridan has been hopelessly in love with Lucien, her brother’s best friend, ever since he rescued her from the broken remains of her parents’ wrecked carriage. His reputation as London’s most notorious rakehell doesn’t frighten her, for under his veneer of cool authority she has glimpsed a man whose wicked desires inspire her own.

Lucien, Marquess of Rochester, has deliberately nurtured a reputation for debauchery that makes every matchmaking mother of the ton quake with fear. His one secret: he is torn between soul-ripping lust for Horatia, and the loyalty he owes her brother.

That loyalty is put to the test when an old enemy of the League threatens Horatia’s life. With Christmas drawing near, he sweeps her away to his country estate, where he can’t resist granting her one wish—to share his bed and his heart.

But sinister forces are lurking, awaiting the perfect moment to exact their revenge by destroying not only whatever happiness Lucien might find in Horatia’s arms, but the lives of those they love.

Warning: This book contains an intelligent lady who is determined to seduce her brother’s friend, a brooding rake whose toy of choice in bed is a little bit of bondage with a piece of red silk, a loyal band of merry rogues and a Christmas love so scorching you’ll need fresh snow to extinguish it.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (11 November 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,107 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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DNF 50%. The writing was okay. Humour was a bit forced and slapstick rather than subtle witticism, which I prefer. Heroine doing all the chasing and the hero was more than happy to be the recipient despite his token resistance out of respect for her brother, his good friend. He certainly wasted no time, tying her up after the first few kisses. In fact there was no signs of gentle consideration and affection for her, only lustful and salacious fantasies that he soon acted out. Heroine was happy to get his leavings, lapping up his cold and hot behaviour in equal measures. The undignified and irresponsible behaviour seems to run in the family, with her younger highly sexualised sister, even less inhibited in her behaviour. I guess, I did not realise this is an erotic historical romance as opposed to the usual HR I read, where there actually is romance.
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This story was really a quick read for me, I wanted to know what happened too badly to put it down!
Horatia has had a crush on Lucien for quite some time. He is her hero! And her brother's very good friend.
This fact has made it harder on her to ignore her feelings for him. Of course it started when she was younger and not really of any interest to him.
But now that she is older, could he ever return her affections? Probably not. He is always so cold to her. She can't understand it at all!
She must not be the type of women he likes. For she knows he has a terrible reputation as a rake (Yes, please) But she really does not believe
all the rumor and conjecture. Not her Lucien.

But, he is not her Lucien at all. He is the Marquess of Rochester, he is a member of the "League Of Rogues." A bear in the woods at a girl scout retreat, so to speak. All the matchmaking Mamas want to keep their virtuous daughters far away from him and he is very happy with that situation. He has no intention of getting leg-shackled like his friend Godric. Though he seems perfectly happy. Lucien's only problem is that he really isn't a rake. He just wants everyone to think he is so he can hide from the Mamas and also hide the fact that he lusts after Horatia. And has done for quite a while! His loyalty to her brother has prevented him from ever acting on that lust. He is torn, Horatia is beautiful and smart, not a missish simpering kind of girl. What is he to do?It becomes apparent that someone is trying to harm either him or Hoartia. He really can't let anything happen to her, even if she does not believe she is in danger, but an old nemesis of the "League of Rogues," as they are called, has come back to haunt them! Putting her in danger and him in the role of Hero once again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars 14 January 2016
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I liked most of this book, but some parts were annoying:

1) Lucien has numerous, repetitive thoughts about why he can't marry Horatia because her brother won't allow since a) he has dark desires and b) the league's code says no seducing sisters. Then he won't marry her because he's not the marrying type. Then he thinks he'll marry a nice, quiet girl so Horatia can move on and get over him. Too much waffling and too much repetition.

2) The author's explanation for some of her character's behavior doesn't match my experience of human psychology. An author like Mary Balogh has such a strong grasp of psychology that her characters actions and thoughts always make sense. This book was just a little off. The villain, Waverley, is a spymaster for the British government and feels strongly about protecting his country, but he views the heroes of this book as a threat so he must kill them? I had trouble integrating those two sides of the villain - honorable and patriotic, yet vindictive and socio-pathic - it was just a bit off. There are other similar examples of the hero's thoughts and actions not quite meshing, and that gave me pause several times, taking me out of the enjoyment of the book.

3) This is a modern historical. I had the impression the author is fully aware of 1820's proprieties, but the characters pretty much do whatever they want to do anyways. Horatia goes to a pleasure house to meet Lucien, they spend the night in each others' beds, they spend many hours alone together, not to mention Horatia's sister Audrey and her scandalous behavior. And there's a lot of physical contact - Audrey whacking her brother's friends, the friends throwing her over his shoulder, etc. - typical behavior by today's standards. Though the author seems self-aware, I wouldn't recommend this book to readers looking for authenticity in manners.

4) Lucien's hot and cold treatment of Horatia is frustrating and unappealing. He treats her like a yo-yo and is almost cruel to her then kissing her and telling her how much he wants her. He does this for about 85% of the book. Very annoying.

The friendships and family relationships between the characters are excellent and are the strength of this book. The plot is pretty good and there are some very charming scenes, like the snowball fight. The overall plot is good and the writing is fluid.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rogues and their Rebellious Ladies !! 11 November 2014
By Lesia Chambliss - Published on
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Wonderfully sexy, and romantic! What I love about this series is ALL the sexy heroes, and their awesome female counterparts. The plot is great, it keeps the reader entranced, along with all the wonderful characters that make up the league of rogues, and, now this is funny, "The Society of Rebellious Ladies", that's what Horatia, Audrey, and Emily came up with to call themselves! Ha, ha, ha, I love that! Of course this wouldn't be the league of rogues without plenty of danger involved. His Wicked Seduction is a wonderful read! I hope you'll buy this book and enjoy it as much as I did.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED this book 12 November 2014
By Kiltsandswords - Published on
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I LOVED this book. I LOVED the characters. I LOVED the intrigue and mystery. I loved it so much that I have already purchased the first book in the series and can’t wait to start reading it.
This book has everything in it that you want. Unrequited love, passionate sex scenes and a villain out to destroy a close group of friends. I haven’t yet read the first book, but it was no problem picking up on the plot and what the current state of affairs are.
Horatia and Lucien have danced around each other for years. He is her older brother’s friend and a rake of the first order. He has been coolly disdainful of her since an immature incident years ago. She harbours a deep love for Lucien and has remained unmarried and unwilling to change that status as no one has ever tempted her as he does.
One night she pulls the ultimate prank and winds up at a pleasure garden, served up to Lucien as his new plaything and bedmate for the evening. Lucien knows exactly who it is right away. We know that he is not an unaffected as he pretends. He is cold and distant to her because he is scared to death of the feelings Horatia provokes in him. When she lands in his lap as a tasty morsel, he can’t resist. Although he leaves her technically a virgin, he gives in to the losing battle of ignoring her and sets them both aflame with passion.
The League of Rogues is being plagued by a former school mate. He is out for revenge and nothing is off limits. In the book, we see this evil villain do despicable deeds and go after family members. He bribes staffs, pokes and prods his way into the lives and households of the League members. His threats prompt the men to take action and they split up. Horatia and Lucien, along with their families end up in Kent for the Christmas season to take shelter from this nefarious foe. However, it also means that Lucien can’t run away from Horatia and must face what is between them. It helps that his mother is firmly on her side and plots her own intervention, which was hilarious.
While Lucien and Horatia figure out what is between them and what they want, they also must contend with her brother Cedric. He is opposed to any match between the two and knowing this makes it harder for the two to come together.
While in Kent, it seems like a fairy tale. They waltz; they kiss in libraries and steal away to a Gardener’s cottage for romantic interludes. Lucien is changing. He is no longer the libertine who seeks his pleasure in devious ways. He still maintains some of his kink, like his red ribbons, but he is learning what a real relationship is and that he has been wasting his time not claiming Horatia. I adored the interplay between the two. Such high emotions and crashing lows as they struggle to come together. It was so well written that I had a pang in my chest when Lucien would turn cold and away from the love Horatia was offering him.
The cast of characters in the book make it so appealing. The League members were featured and some background provided that I am sure will be elaborated on in future novels. We see how happy Goderic and Emily are (from the previous book) and that married life suits them just fine. I adored Lucien’s family and his brothers were great comedic relief. Horatia’s brother and sister provided a sounding board for her emotions and her past. They also were great characters in the story and I became invested in their lives and happiness too.
The sex scenes are steamy hot! Lucien likes control in the bedroom. He has honed his skill as a lover and puts it to full use seducing Horatia. However, just as he is adapting to new emotional needs, he is learning to become a different type of lover. He cherishes Horatia and their lovemaking was amazing. These scenes were so well written. When I first read that he likes red ribbons to tie up his lovers to feed his need of dominance, I thought it had shades of fifty in it, but it was not designed that way. He is just a dominant man who as head of his family, a Lord of the realm and fierce lover and needs to be in control.
This book blew me away. It was too short! I wanted more! I can’t wait until the next story comes out which I believe will be about Cedric, Horatia’s brother. He has suffered a terrible injury and there seems to be a particular lady that can help him regain his life. Can’t wait to read more by this author. This was a grand slam in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Loved It! 12 November 2014
By Trudy - Published on
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The League of Rogues is a group of close friends who have rules they must abide by. But what do you do when one of those rules prevents you from the one person you want more than anything? Lucien's unorthodox desires and that one rule have him struggling to stay away from the one woman he wants most, Horatia. Horatia wants him just as bad and isn’t going to let that one rule stand in the way. The sparks between these two made it fun to read. I found myself wanting to smack Cedric, Horatia's brother, upside the head at times. I laughed at the conversations between Lucien's family...especially his mother.

The danger that stalks the League of Rogues kept you guessing as to what was going to happen and when. This was wonderfully written and I honestly can't wait to read the next story....especially after how this one ended. Want to know? Read it, you will love it!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These “Peers of the Realm” are all bad boys, rakehells and seriously fun men 12 November 2014
By Julie cressall - Published on
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League Rule #2: “One must never seduce another member’s sister. Should this rule be broken, the member whose sister was seduced has the right to demand satisfaction”. Alas, in HIS WICKED SEDUCTION by Lauren Smith, that rule is broken and put to a test!

Who knew a league of Rogues would have rules? These “Peers of the Realm” are all bad boys, rakehells and seriously fun men!! Poor Horatia has been in love with Lucien, Marquess of Rochester since she was a teenager. He did save her life after a tragic carriage accident, which took the lives of her parents. Lucien reacts by being cold towards her, because he knows she is a lady and an innocent. Plus, she is his friend Cedric’s little sister! Horatia tries countless ways to seduce him and make him hers, but he likes his women, should we say, a tad wanton? He likes control and pleasing his women with a little bit of bondage and fun. Red silk ties come to mind!

The League’s arch nemesis and enemy, Hugo Waverly is still on the loose and he soon threatens Horatia’s life. Lucien sweeps Horatia away to his family’s estate for safety. That’s when the action really begins. Who would guess that spending the Christmas Holidays in the quiet countryside would be so hot and fun! The men in the League of Rogues are all great characters and they make appearances throughout the novel, but Lucien and Cedric’s families take center stage!

Audrey is Horatia’s little sister and is so cunning and full of life. She wants to get married, but with Cedric as her guardian, her suitors are all scared off! In her quest to change her brother’s mind, she even scares some League members in her attempts to be “ravished”. I can’t wait to read her courtship! She is a master manipulator, but in a delightful and stylish way! My favorite secondary character is Lady Rochester! You don’t think she is a mother of four sons, who are all wild and a daughter without having a hand in their development? As the saying goes, the “fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree”! She hides in cupboards to eavesdrop on her children and then jumps out at them. She is determined to get her brood married, because she wants grandchildren and lots of them! She admits that while her late husband was mild and good natured, she was a “hellion” and all of her children take after her! What’s a mother to do? She has some clever ways to get Lucien and Horatia together. Plus, she plans the greatest activities. They have a snow fort fight, men against the women and it was hilarious! I will reread this book for this chapter alone!

Horatia proves to Lucien throughout this novel, that she can keep up with him and that she enjoys his “wicked desires”, but they must keep their relationship a secret from Cedric, or else that Second Rule must be honored! The last chapters are action packed with danger, betrayal, villains, forgiveness and most of all, LOVE! I can’t wait to for the next Rogue to fall!

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