“Caroline Broadhurst married her husband, who is 40 years older when she was only fifteen years old. Her marriage was arranged between her father and her husband, because the family needed the money and Mr. Broadhurst needed their connection in the ton. After 15 years of marriage Caroline is still child less, so her husband gives her an ultimatum. He wants an heir before he dies or every property and money will go to someone else.
Mr. Broadhurst tells her that he is the problem in this matter and he wants her to seduce a gentleman and get with child he can claim as his own. Caroline is not happy about it, but goes along with this plan, only because she wants to hold on to the mill.
When one of the mill workers Jack Applegate gets injured during his job in the mill, Caroline takes him into their home so she can supervise his recovery. In the meantime she is trying hard to seduce one of the gentlemen from the hunting group her brother brings over. But there is only one man who’ll start a fire inside her and hopefully he will help her out with the plan.
All About Seduction by Katy Madison is the first novel I read by her and I have to say that I have some mixed feelings about this book.
The storyline was good, but for some reason it didn’t captured me. Sometime I really wanted to put the book down and stop reading, but the curiosity won and I kept reading. I really believe the main characters Caroline and Jack were both weak in this book. Of course I know that the settlings takes place in the regency time and that the behaviour of men and women are different then we have now. But I just expected more between them.
One thing I didn’t like was the marriage between Mr. Broadhurst and Caroline. I understand that her marriage was arranged and that there was no love. But the way he treats her and she just take it, was more than I could handle. I also don’t understand why the heck she keeps calling him sir or Mr. Broadhurst, they have been married for 15 year. You would think that in private you call your husband by his first name.
I can understand that Caroline goes along with the plan her husband demands of her, but when she finally seduce Jack, the man she really loves, she doesn’t follow her heart and tell him.
The love story between Jack and Caroline took too long to develop. To me the story was more about Caroline getting blackmailed by her husband, then her finally fall in love for the first time.
I have to be honest, I’m not really sure if I want to read something else by this author, especially if she keeps writing in this line.”