The Seduction of Lady X by Julia London

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This was my first Julia London book and I don’t think I’d read her again.
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The third book in the “superbly entertaining” (Booklist) Regency historical series from New York Times bestselling author Julia London.

The would-be Earl of Ashwood sets his romantic sights on a forbidden prize in the enchanting third novel from Julia London’s addictively sexy new series.

The surprising news that dashing steward Harrison Tolly, illegitimate son of the Earl of Ashwood, is the rightful heir to his father’s estate comes at a most inopportune time. With a wedding on the horizon and a baby on the way, a new life of privilege and prestige would be a blessing but for one problem: his heart belongs to another woman.

Harrison keeps his desires for his employer’s wife, Lady Olivia Carey, so hidden that even she does not know of his devotion. Her callous husband, Marquis Carey, went into a rampage after Olivia’s troublesome younger sister returned from her tour of Spain pregnant, and Harrison impulsively stepped in to save the entire family from scandal. Now, like Olivia, he is trapped in a loveless arrangement. When a tragic accident claims the marquis’ life soon thereafter, can Harrison seize his chance and cast aside one sister for another? Or will doing so expose the Carey family’s darkest secret—and ruin his only chance to win Olivia’s heart?

About Julia London

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Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Dangers of Deceiving a Viscount, The Perils of Pursuing a Prince, The Hazards of Hunting a Duke, Highlander Unbound (a finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award for Best Historical Romance), Highlander in Disguise, and Highlander in Love (also a finalist for the RITA Award) — all published by Pocket Books and Pocket Star Books. She is also the author of Guiding Light: Jonathan’s Story, the New York Times bestselling novel based on the Emmy Award–winning daytime drama Guiding Light. Don’t miss her short story “The Merchant’s Gift” in the anthology The School for Heiresses and watch for her new short story in the holiday anthology Snowy Night with a Stranger, coming soon from Pocket Books. A native Texan, Julia lives in Austin, Texas. You can write to her at P.O. Box 228, Georgetown, TX 78627, or email her at
Published March 27, 2012 by Pocket Books. 402 pages
Genres: Romance, History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Joan Hammond

With a hero and heroine who touch readers’ hearts, London pens a tale of forbidden love in the third book in her Hadley Green series

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Reviewed by Dabney Grinnan

I was disappointed in this book. It’s unconvincing, awkward, and inconclusive.

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Reviewed by Elise on Apr 04 2012

There were times that certain plot points seemed to become very tiresome and repetitive, but overall this is a book that I would highly recommend to anyone looking for something very romantic and out of the ordinary.

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Reviewed by Sarah W. on Jun 18 2012

THE SEDUCTION OF LADY X is not always a happy romance but it is a story with strong characters that will have you rooting for them throughout their trials.

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Reviewed by Terri on May 04 2012

This was my first Julia London book and I don’t think I’d read her again.

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Reviewed by Tin on Jun 19 2012

Julia London has created a scandalous but compelling set of characters -- these are not saints or paragons, but they are lovable, flaws and all.

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Reviewed by Blonde Unicorn on May 12 2012

Two characters and a plot with so much potential that quickly became tiresome when it dragged on needlessly.

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Reviewed by Sidney Kay on Apr 13 2012

I have great respect for Julia London, and believe that with this book, she has ventured into some very intense writing.

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Reviewed by Harriet Klausner on Mar 05 2012

The storyline uses too much happenchance in rapid fire, but fans will enjoy the delightful Seduction of Lady X.

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