Series: Carhart #1
Also in this series: Trial by Desire (A Carhart Series Novel)
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Regency, Romance
It’s not easy for a woman with neither money nor family to make her own way in the world, but as one of London’s premier fortune-tellers, Jenny Keeble has managed precisely that. All she has to do is smile sweetly, listen carefully, and tell her clients precisely what they want to hear. It works...until Gareth Carhart, the scientifically-minded Marquess of Blakely, decides to prove that she’s a fraud.
At first, all Gareth wants is to free his gullible cousin from Jenny’s clutches. But he discovers that she’s clever, spirited, beautiful, and not at all the conniving liar that he initially imagined. Still, there’s nothing logical about his attraction to her, and so he refuses to give in to it. He’s vowed to ruin her, so he will—even if he has to break his own heart in the process.
Courtney Milan’s writing wrecks me perfectly.
Thoughts on Proof by Seduction
COURTNEY MILAN, WHAT DO YOU DO TO ME?
Without fail, I find myself wanting to simultaneously sob and speed read through Courtney Milan’s books. When people attempt to talk to me, I glare at them and rudely say, “I’m reading.”
I get all flustered and hot (surprisingly, not related to the sex scenes, but those are good too and worth getting hot over) because my emotions are always 100% engaged in the story.
Soooo, I read the prequel novella for this series (This Wicked Gift) and was interested to see what happened with Gareth. I wasn’t disappointed. (But has Courtney Milan let me down yet? NO.) There’s a reason Gareth is so scientifically minded, as the synopsis says, but Jenny’s able to see right through him.
And Jenny. Poor Jenny. I like her independent streak. She could have just let Gareth keep her, but that wasn’t what she wanted. She had the self-integrity and respect to say, “No. I’m worth more.” As we should all do.
Thankfully, I’ve got book 2, Trial by Desire, checked out from the library. We see a lot of Ned, hero in book 2, in Proof by Seduction, and I’m not very happy with him right now. I’d like to see him redeem himself.