Friday, April 23, 2010

A Lady of Persuasion

A Lady of Persuasion is the third book in Tessa Dare’s first historical romance trilogy. From the back cover.~

Only one thing could convince Sir Tobias Aldridge, and incorrigible libertine, to profess undying fidelity to a woman he’s just met. Revenge. What better way to get back at an enemy than by stealing the scoundrel’s sister? Not that Toby finds it a chore, seducing a beguiling, sultry beauty freshly arrived from the West Indies. When the prize is Isabel Grayson, vengeance is doubly rewarding.

Isabel is determined to marry a wealthy, powerful lord and become a lady of influence, using her rank and fortune to fight social injustice. Sir Toby, with his paltry title and infamous reputation, is unsuitable husband material-but he makes her blood race, her heart pound, and her long-buried passions come to the surface. If she can reform the charming devil, she’ll get exactly what she craves: society’s respect. But it’s a dangerous gamble. For if Toby wins this battle of persuasion, Isabel could lose her heart.

As much as I loved the first two books in this series, A Lady of Persuasion is my favorite of the three. Isabel knows exactly what she wants out of life and has no bones about going after what she wants. Toby, initially only wants Isabel because she is Gray’s sister, but very soon into their relationship I could see his feelings turning real. This book moved really fast, and felt like I was visiting with old friends, as we got to see Lucy and Jeremy and Sophia and Gray throughout much of the book. My favorite part of the book is when Isabel actually realizes how much she loves her husband and giving into her passion for him is not only ok, but wonderful and fun.

I read this series back to back to back, which is my favorite way to read a series. Always hate having to wait months for the next book to come out. Luckily, the next series by Tessa Dare will also be released back to back to back this summer, so not much waiting between books.

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