Review of The Seduction of Emily by Rachel Brimble

The Seduction of EmilyThe Seduction of Emily by Rachel Brimble
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Seduction of Emily is an engaging tale of a young woman and her growth as a daughter, a woman in a changing society and as a lover. It has all of Rachel Brimble’s usual charm and style, as well as her ability to vividly portray a bygone era.
Emily is an amiable heroine, both loyal and mischievous, and the hero, Will, reminded me somewhat of Robin Hood. He may not rob the rich to feed the poor but he has had to fight to survive and though his past may not be perfect, he was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth, so he did what he had to do to get on in a society where money equalled power.
The tension between Emily and Will sparks, crackles and builds to a very erotic seduction which is composed in Ms Brimble’s usual tender yet passionate prose. There is also humour in the author voice, which makes the novel all the more enjoyable. I could imagine Ms Brimble smiling as she created some of the scenes. One in particular, where Emily hurts her ankle and has to be carried by Will, had me laughing out loud!
The ‘villain’, Nicholas Milne, is a character the reader wants far away from our heroine, yet despite his crimes, there are questions that arise about him which could be answered in a sequel. I would also love to see more of Annie, the maid, because she was an adorable secondary character and I can see how her story has lots of potential. This is another element of the novel that I loved; the secondary characters do not take over the plot but they are strong enough to warrant their own stories being told in the future.
I thoroughly enjoyed the novel! I was seduced by the intricate weaving of the plot, the sights and sounds of Bath that was, the building romance between characters I grew fond of and the conflicts that I yearned to see resolved.
The only disappointment is that I have to wait until 2014 for the sequel! 🙂

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