Series: Seduction #1
Author: Lori Brighton
Page Count: 223
Published: Lori Brighton, 2011
Source: Own Library
While book hunting, there have been occasions where I came across a theme or a character, or even a small scene-a quote perhaps- that tugged at something inside me, I don’t know what. I got obsessed with whatever that got my attention and I could never concentrate on anything else unless I read that one book or books in particular. Seduction series by Lori Brighton can definitely be counted as such an occasion. I got my hands on the last book of this series-oh the play of fate!- and upon reading the first chapter of book three, I decided to go way back and read the whole thing from the beginning. Why? Because when the series is about three male prostitutes who work for a woman nicknamed Lady Lavender, what is a gal to do? Especially when she discovers that not only each book has a story of its own, but there might also be a bigger, more general plot that revolves around these three men? Naturally I got curious and, risking being quite antisocial for the next couple of days, got my hands on a copy of the first two books.
This book is the introduction of this new world, and tells the story of Alex, the more gentlemanly member of the trio who works at Lady Lavender’s. I found Alex to be a good character to start the story off. As the most skeptic of his so called savior from poverty and life’s cruelty, Lady Lavender, Alex introduced me to a world where men were paid to pleasure women and didn’t necessarily enjoy it. He’s forced into this business from a young age and over years, he came to despise what he once considered as exciting in his adolescent mind. Things are different now, he’s a grown man and he knows what he does, or is forced to do, and he wants out. Enter, Grace, an almost on the shelf young lady who takes care of her little sister and sick mother on top of dealing with a step brother who’s intent on gambling away what little inheritance they have.
The turbulence that goes on in Alex’s mind is predictable. Although for some people I think this book could be considered long, I, for one, liked its pace. It’s already not easy to come to terms with one’s emotions in general, but add to that what Alex did for a living, I think it’s quite understandable the guy needed time to sort out his issues. He had a pessimistic personality but this was well balanced with Grace’s hopeful and lively demeanor. She was the opposite of Alex in how she viewed life, but it also helped them click in some way because where Alex saw despair and dead end, Grace was able to see happiness and light ahead.
The plot was very intriguing for a historical romance, what with it being about male prostitutes. I think the work they did was what got me curious about this series in the first place, but reading this first book and getting to know the characters, I’m not the least bit sorry to wonder about the words ‘male’ and ‘prostitute’ together. It was nice to read a story, a historical one at that, that revolved around men who’re not titled or wealthy or anything else they always are in historical romances. Don’t get me wrong, I love those men because no matter what, they’re always honorable and likable, but the circumstances these men faced just stuck with me. I had to know their stories.
As much as I loved the book and the characters, and even though I said the pace of Alex’s struggles was the right one, even I can admit that this book could’ve been a tad shorter. It’s still good as it is, but it wouldn’t hurt if it was perhaps a few chapters shorter, you know? But apart from all this, I say this was a great experience as a series first. It intrigued me enough to want to jump to the second book immediately, again, risking the life of a hermit, but I have a feeling it’ll be quite worth it.
I’m happily adding four spoonfuls of this lovely story into my hodgepodge and move on to the next one. I can already smell the spices!
Seduction series by Lori Brighton:
- To Seduce an Earl
- To Capture a Rake
- To Please a Lady