A Seduction in Scarlet
Sara Bennett
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A Seduction in Scarlet
Sara Bennett
384 pages
December 2007
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Lady Portia Ellerslie is the widow of a famous war hero, a confidante of Queen Victoria, and a woman with vast responsibilities because of her husband's memory. She is also a woman of 28 with her own needs now that her elderly husband has died. When she decides to spend a night with a man, she doesn't realize what difficulties will arise.

Marcus Worthorne was Portia's childhood infatuation. He's grown into a feckless rake, but when Portia chooses him for her night of passion she begins to uncover a slightly different Marcus, one who is learning to fight for what he wants. But the barriers between them are enormous - Marcus is a nobody, and Portia someone whom the British nation loves because of her dead husband. Is there any way they can be together?

This pleasant-enough read significantly focuses on the love affair but also a small assassination plot on the side. Portia is well-portrayed as a Victorian-seeming woman whose emotions are mostly kept in check and who considers her sense of duty important. Marcus is sometimes a little difficult to like; he does seem feckless and self-indulgent. The villains of the book are somewhat pantomime-evil in their portrayal, but overall it is a good read.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Helen Hancox, 2008

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