Seducing Mr. Knightly by Maya Rodale {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 17 November, 2014 by Amanda / 10 Comments

Seducing Mr. Knightly by Maya Rodale {Amanda’s Review}Seducing Mr. Knightly by Maya Rodale
Series: The Writing Girls #4
Also in this series: A Tale of Two Lovers
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

He’s the only man she’s ever loved…

For ages it seems advice columnist Annabelle Swift has loved Derek Knightly, editor-owner of The London Weekly from a distance. Determined to finally attract her employer’s attention, she seeks advice from her loyal readers—who offer Annabelle myriad suggestions…from lower-cut bodices (success!) and sultry gazes (disaster!) to a surprise midnight rendezvous (wicked!).

She’s the only woman he never noticed…

Derek never really took note of his shy, wallflower lady writer. But suddenly she’s exquisite…and he can’t get Annabelle out of his mind! She must be pursuing someone, but who? For some inexplicable reason, the thought of her with another man makes Knightly insanely jealous.

Will Dear Annabelle find her happy ending?

But Knightly’s scandalous periodical has been targeted for destruction by a vengeful Lord Marsden, and the beleaguered editor now faces a devastating choice: either marry Marsden’s sister to save his beloved newspaper…or follow his heart and wed his Writing Girl.

Rodale had me snorting with laughter.

Thoughts on Seducing Mr. Knightly

Ever since I stopped caring about romance series order, I manage to pick up the last in the series. How does that work? Even so, I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything important, which is, actually, quite an achievement.

So. I heard about Maya Rodale a while ago, saw this book at the library, read the synopsis and promptly put it back. It’s not my kind of thing.

I went back recently, determined not to read the synopsis (even though I’d not forgotten the general idea of the book — apparently I thought willfully ignoring the synopsis this time would make it better, I don’t know), and picked it up. Again.

And I’m glad I did. Because Maya Rodale’s writing had me snorting with laughter. And I do so enjoy reading romances that don’t take themselves completely seriously.

Because I’m not always a fan of the unrequited love trope (um… Miranda Cheever and Michael Stirling, I’m looking at you two, since those are the two recent ones), I wasn’t sure how this would play out. And let’s just say: I liked the way Rodale handled it.

Let’s just say it that while it was often one-sided, it was not always one-sided one-sided. I’ll let you make of that what you will.

Definitely looking forward to picking up more Maya Rodale.


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10 Responses to “Seducing Mr. Knightly by Maya Rodale {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. My OCD won’t allow me to read a series out of other unless it’s PNR, and the author has assured me that it can be done, although it seems to be working out for you quite well. It’s great that this book was able to stand on its own, that you didn’t feel the least bit lost, and that you enjoyed it overall. I’d call that a win!

    • Yeah, I think most of what you lose in romance series if you read out of order (if you lose anything) is build up between characters… which in this case is actually okay. :)

  2. “And I do so enjoy reading romances that don’t take themselves completely seriously.”

    YES!!!! Me too Amanda, me too. It’s why I love Julia Quinn so much – I know I’m going to laugh as much as I’m going to swoon. I haven’t read anything by Maya, but I’m absolutely going to now!! Can’t wait:)

    • JENNY. Julia Quinn has a new novel coming out in January. Can it be NOW? (Until then, I guess I’ll content myself with Maya Rodale and other authors.)

  3. I LOVE being able to laugh through a romance. (It’s why I adore Kristan Higgins so much.) I feel it’s important for the characters to be all swoony in love but real life happens too and they should laugh together as well.

    I’m definitely adding Maya Rodale to my list of authors to check out.

  4. I liked this one. I thought it was really cute, and I also really like romances that don’t take themselves too seriously, either.

    Also, UGH, I really hated the Miranda Cheever book. The only JQ book that I actually disliked.

    • Yes! Pretty sure it was your review that convinced me to pick up the book (or the author). :D

      Miranda Cheever was tough. It was too much unrequited-ness, I think.

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