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Proof by Seduction | [Courtney Milan]

Proof by Seduction

A gifted fortune-teller from a humble background, Jenny can make even the most sophisticated skeptic believe her predictions simply by batting her smoky eyelashes. Until she meets her match in Gareth Carhart, the Marquess of Blakely, a sworn bachelor and scientist. Broodingly handsome, Gareth is scandalized to discover his cousin has fallen under the spell of "Madame Esmerelda", and vows to prove Jenny a fraud.
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Publisher's Summary

She was his last chance for a future of happiness...

A gifted fortune-teller from a humble background, Jenny can make even the most sophisticated skeptic believe her predictions simply by batting her smoky eyelashes. That's until she meets her match in Gareth Carhart, the Marquess of Blakely, a sworn bachelor and scientist.

He just didn't know it yet

Broodingly handsome, Gareth is scandalized to discover his cousin has fallen under the spell of "Madame Esmerelda", and vows to prove Jenny a fraud. But his unexpected attraction to the fiery enchantress defies logic. Jenny disrupts every facet of Gareth's calculated plan - until he can't decide whether to seduce her or ruin her. Now, as they engage in a passionate battle of wills, two lonely souls must choose between everything they know...and the boundless possibilities of love.

©2010 Courtney Milan; (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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    Book Worm Merrillville, IN 01-13-10
    Book Worm Merrillville, IN 01-13-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Well Written And Passionate"

    A very well written and passionate historical romance. Garreth is a proud, lonely marquis who only believes in science and numbers, and sets out to prove his cousin's psychic is a fraud. Madame Esmeralda, a.k.a. Jenny, makes her living as a fortune teller. She has learned some hard lessons because of the circumstances of her birth. But she is still hopeful and resilient. She's also very perceptive and kind of heart. When Garreth and Jenny meet, they start a teasing, cat and mouse game that eventually leads them to a passionate romance. These two made a great pair, the subtle wit and humor, and their fiery arguments definitely made this story interesting. By the end, both characters have grown. Even the secondary storylines of Garreth's sister, Laura, and Garreth's cousin, Ned, are very well done. I highly recommend this book and will definitely read more by this author.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    reasonable critic United States 01-08-13
    reasonable critic United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyable Read."

    Courtney Milan delves more into complexities of characters than most romance novels. Ending is predictable, but the journey to the end is an enjoyable blend of sophisticated dialogue, introspection, and sensual interaction.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Loreta NEW YORK, NY, United States 05-04-13
    Loreta NEW YORK, NY, United States 05-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Just fabulous"
    What made the experience of listening to Proof by Seduction the most enjoyable?

    Great story and great narration. Full of exchanges between characters with much emotional impact (not just romantic, but also of friendship, compassion, etc). The allusion to one of the main secondary character's depression was also moving - and unusual for an historical romance. The narrator struck the right note throughout the production.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a credit, as well as the time spent listening to it. Recommend it highly, and now look forward to reading the "sequel", Trial by Desire.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Durham, NC, United States 03-26-13
    Christine Durham, NC, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2008
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    "The good and the bad of Courtney Milan"

    I re-read (re-listened to) this book recently and found that it had all the things I love as well as all the things I kind of hate about Courtney Milan books. First, the hate: it dragged. The ratio of action--which I would define as anything at all happening, if only a conversation--to interior monologue and exposition of the characters' thoughts and motivations was just too low. The story ground to a halt all too often. And this from me, a person who loves Mary Balogh's books, a writer who spends a lot of her time describing the same events from everyone's perspective and then rehashing reactions and motivations, so I actually have a very high tolerance for slow paced, cerebral romances.

    I have also come to the conclusion that the novella is Courtney Milan's best format. She writes such beautifully crafted shorter works that it always feels to me that her novels are bloated by comparison. That is definitely the case in this, her first novel.

    My other major problem was how isolated Jenny was. For all we're told of what a warm person she is, we don't see any evidence that she had any friends in London. The Madam Esmeralda persona might have made it difficult to allow anyone too close, but it's hard to believe there was no one besides Ned she'd really consider a friend, particularly since she schools Gareth in the art of friendship.

    As for the good, well, she writes beautifully and does an almost too-good job of conveying lower class poverty and desperation. She also does a particularly nice job of depicting a socially awkward hero, not someone whom we diagnose in hindsight with our 21st century knowledge (as opposed to Ned, who is clearly bipolar), but someone who is simply ill at ease with small talk and never has known how to relate to people. I also loved how she shows that as a fortune teller, far from being a fraud, Jenny actually provides a valuable service to her customers in acting almost as a therapist, decades before such an idea would even emerge. I'm glad I revisited this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 06-09-12
    Kimberly ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 06-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "This is why I have an audible account!"
    What made the experience of listening to Proof by Seduction the most enjoyable?

    Excellent character development! The narration added so much to the story - elegant, yet passionate, varied character voices, excelllent job! Ned's story continues with a novel I have already heard ...I'm not sure of the title and i don't think Audible listed the books as a series. Why? I would have preferred to hear the stories in order. Anyway...a great use of my credit. Loved it!


    What other book might you compare Proof by Seduction to and why?

    Not sure of the title. See review above.


    What about Priscilla Carson???s performance did you like?

    Nuances between characters' voices. Articulate yet emotional at the right times. Excellent!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!...but I don't have that kind of time!


    Any additional comments?

    More by this author and narrator, PLEASE!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dalia Kuwait, Kuwait 12-30-11
    Dalia Kuwait, Kuwait 12-30-11 Member Since 2010

    Audio-fiction ADDICT !

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    "My first of Milan. Not the last :)"

    That was my first book for Courtney Milan. She is. Talented writer ! Artistic in her writing . I liked it ! Sensual and funny . Loved the story and characters. The narrator was good but not as splendid as others like Rosalyn Landor . She needs to work more on animation to add life to the characters .
    The book is highly recommended

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer NJ, USA 02-23-14
    Amazon Customer NJ, USA 02-23-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Great story, mixed performance"
    What did you love best about Proof by Seduction?

    The characters and the story were original compared to most romances. Lots of good tension and character background.


    What other book might you compare Proof by Seduction to and why?

    There have been other books where the hero tries to discredit a mystic or fortune teller but everything else is unique.


    What three words best describe Priscilla Carson’s voice?

    Versatile. Misguided.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I read it in print. I found it touching as I do most by this author. I did not cry, however.


    Any additional comments?

    The character of Ned is a young man but the voice is that of a 12 year old. He may be naive and needy but he is 22 as the book begins. Why does he sound like a little boy? Very distracting in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 01-08-14
    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 01-08-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Witty, Funny and refreshing!!!"

    OMG!! Super funny and such a clever story. I absolutely LOVED this book. I am soooo glad I purchased it. I never really laugh out loud when reading a book and the story has so many funny moments that I could not help myself. When I read the reviews and saw 4.1 I bought this book with hesitation but boy am I glad I did. This is one of the wittiest books I have read in a LONG time. The narrator does a good job, perhaps not a 5 but a definite 4.2, but I gave her a five because I did not want her performance to affect this book’s quality. Do not miss a chance to be delighted!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 05-31-13
    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 05-31-13
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    "Story was OK, Narrator was so slow."

    Well, the story was pretty decent, not the the best I have read, but not the worst either. Had some good hot and steamy sex scenes so its not a rated G book, but the sex did not happen until half way through the book. Not sure I am a Courtney Milan fan, but this book was okay. The narrator was fine if you listen to it on your audible app at 1.25 x speed, otherwise it was unbearable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Hope Mills, NC, United States 03-07-12
    Kindle Customer Hope Mills, NC, United States 03-07-12 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself! What can I say I love Books, All kinds of Books, especially Romance.

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    "I very much liked this audio book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Proof by Seduction to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the book but I very much liked it beeing read to me by Priscilla Carson


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both the Hero and Heroin and the Heros cusin


    Have you listened to any of Priscilla Carson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I liked very much Priscilla's reading


    Any additional comments?

    I very much enjoyed this story and the reading of the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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