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From five-time RITA Award winner Jo Beverley comes an exciting new novel set in the scintillatingly wicked Georgian age. Two lives are thrown into chaos by a centuries old feud and a wicked curse.Seduction In SilkPeregrine Perriam, son of an earl, has no desire to marry, but when he’s named heir to Perriam Manor, he finds he has only a month to persuade a stranger, ClarisFrom five-time RITA Award winner Jo Beverley comes an exciting new novel set in the scintillatingly wicked Georgian age. Two lives are thrown into chaos by a centuries old feud and a wicked curse.Seduction In SilkPeregrine Perriam, son of an earl, has no desire to marry, but when he’s named heir to Perriam Manor, he finds he has only a month to persuade a stranger, Claris Mallow, to the altar or the property will be lost to his family forever, and his line will be cursed.Having survived her parents’ tormented marriage, Claris prefers poverty to any husband. When a high-born stranger demands her hand, she drives him off at pistol point.Perry finds weapons of his own, however, and soon Claris is compelled to accept his proposal. But she does so on her own terms—especially that the marriage be in name only. Once mistress of Perriam Manor, however, she discovers she isn’t immune to Perry’s charms. Perhaps a real marriage might be worth the risk—including a real marriage bed…...

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Seduction In Silk Reviews

  • Jacob Proffitt
    2018-12-29 11:04

    Unlike the previous two, this one really does reward experience with other books in the series. Perry interacts with many of the Mallorens, so the more you know about them, the better you're probably going to be with those relationships. Also, the book has a seriously poor start. Indeed, the first half was very frustrating (which is a shame because I had so looked forward to Perry's book).All of the problems with the first half are down to Claris. It's not just that she has negative motivation (i.e. she's motivated not to do something—in this case, have anything to do with men), it's that her motivation never makes any sense at all. I half expected it to come out that she had been raped or abused or something, so extreme was her reaction to anybody male(view spoiler)[—to the point that she pulled the trigger on a gun she thought was loaded while it was pointed at a man she barely knew who posed zero immediate threat whatsoever to her (hide spoiler)]. Since I started the novel half in love with Perry from the previous two books, this made her extremely unsympathetic and made me impatient for her to get over herself and move on to some other mode of operation.Perry was everything we knew he would be. Which meant that Beverley spends less time with him, actually, which was further frustrating. So for the first half of the book, we had too little Perry and Claris was dead to me for her blatant stupidity. The second half, once Claris pulled her head out of her ego, was much more enjoyable. This was where the background story should have become foreground and carried us to the conclusion. Unfortunately, the background story turns out to be rather meh and never became anything I cared about, either. Add that Beverley kept the stupid "curse" thing going almost to the end and you have a story that was unnecessarily dilute and with less chance for Perry to really shine than I wanted.All that said, this really wasn't a bad read. It's certainly better than many of the three-star reviews I've posted. Unfortunately, while the ending pushed it up to a solid 3.5 (view spoiler)[(Perry standing up to his father and coming together with Claris as a true team was outstanding!) (hide spoiler)], it wasn't enough to overcome that poor start and diluted plot to round up to four stars. Which makes this a disappointment, but not a tragedy.A note about Steamy: This is in the middle, maybe low-middle, of my steam range. There are kind-of-three explicit sex scenes, but the second is pretty short and the third almost brief. They were tightly tied to the emotional arc, though, so they felt well integrated.

  • herdys
    2019-01-02 15:05

    Found it in my grandpa's building library. It wasn't awful and while I'm a aucje for marriages of conviniece this one didn't feel that romantic by the end of the book.

  • Erin
    2019-01-03 11:12

    I have never really read a historical fiction novel so I wasn't sure what I would think of this book, but it sounded interesting. I was hooked from the very beginning! I couldn't put this book down! The author did a great job with character development! I love Claris, a strong willed woman who looks after her twin brothers after her mother's death. Peregrine (Perry) Perriam, is the son of an earl, who has no plan to marry. But when his cousin names him the heir to Perriam Manor, under the condition that he marries Claris (who at this point was a stranger to him) to break the curse on the family.What starts out as two people who butt heads constantly, ends up being two people who learn to work together. There is a lot of action in this book that really grabs your attention, especially the attack on Dun Street! Perry really shines and ends up being quite the brave and chivalrous man! I absolutely loved this book!I received a copy of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

  • Ilze
    2018-12-26 15:08

    An enjoyable read, although there is little conflict or angst in the story. A bit slow in the middle section, but picked up again when the hero and heroine go to London and do some investigation of the heroine's family. I thought the hero's counterspy work on behalf of the Marquess of Rothgar (the head of the Malloren family and a fabulous character in several of Jo Beverley's novels) could have had more space in the book ... But the descriptions of town and country life in the Georgian era are wonderful - such a refreshing difference from "historicals" that are really set in an alternate universe.

  • Melanie
    2019-01-02 17:43

    I haven't read a book by this author that wasn't anything but awesome - always waiting for the next release!

  • Elis Madison
    2019-01-18 18:07

    Claris Mallow…(probably not what JoBev pictured but with a name like Mallow, it was hard to resist)…is the eldest daughter of a “hellfire and damnation” kind of country vicar and his mean-spirited wife. Both of whom are fortunately quite dead…leaving Claris to raise her two younger brothers. She has some help in the form of her eccentric grandma Athena and companion Ellie. Lately Athena has been trying to persuade Claris to think about marriage, but given what Claris has seen of the institution …she wants none of it. She’s happy to continue living in a little country hovel, scrabbling to make ends meet. Of course she does worry about how her brothers will go to school….Enter Peregrine a/k/a Periam (pick either name and shorten to Perry). His family has been divided and feuding since the Tudor era when the family estate was divided by a King's writ between an elder line and a younger one. The only way to reunite the estate is if the younger line ends without male issue.…And Giles Perriam (head of that younger line) is dying, and he has no sons, cousins, or footmen who could pass legal muster as an heir. It pisses him off to have to give up Perriam Manor to his hated relations, but he's found a few loopholes in the writ and he'll make it as messy and miserable as he can. To wit: 1) Nothing in the writ requires that he will the property back to the actual earl, so he wills it to Perry, thus setting the youngest son against his father and older brothers. 2) He has legal power to add stipulations to his will—nothing so onerous as to be overturned by the courts, but little, annoying things are entirely allowed. So…First, Perry, who loves Town life, will have to spend at least 30 days each year at the estate—if he fails to do so, the writ is voided and the property can be passed to a friend of Giles's—someone unrelated to the Perriam clan. Second, it seems Giles fake-married a young lady years ago and left her pregnant and ruined when he disclaimed the marriage. Before committing suicide she cursed him. The curse said Giles and his children and wives would die young and he'd burn in eternal fire. The only way to break the curse would be to marry Claris Mallow, who was a child when he learned about this "out." He didn't buy it then, but after three wives and four kids die, and he's now dying young himself, Giles is convinced. So, within 30 days of Giles's death, Perry must marry Claris and thus remove the curse. Or, again, the writ is invalidated, and the estate passes outside the Perriam line forever. There's really no choice. By the time Giles's will is challenged in the courts, the thirty days will be long since passed. So Perry locates and proposes to Claris. And for her part, Claris shoots him (gun fortunately loaded only with powder). Now he actually kind of likes her. Go figureShe reluctantly marries him after he promises that he’ll give her the estate and let her run it as she chooses, and then go away—far, far away, for, like, ever.Yeah, well, he didn’t quite tell her the whole story, did he? He saves a few truths until they’re well and truly wed. Claris is furious to learn that he won’t be quite so “gone” as he promised. And there are more unpleasant truths yet to come. Meanwhile, Perry is becoming more and more fond of his prickly thistle, as he calls her. Meanwhile, every time he does anything nice, she hates him for it. There came a point where Claris's defensiveness felt mean-spirited.Meanwhile, it turns out Perry's business in town is the investigation (at the behest of the crown) of some government leaks that have ended up in French hands. He needs to find out who is leaking info and what they have thus far leaked. I kept waiting for the "spy" part of the story and the “romance” with Claris to dovetail(view spoiler)[but it didn’t happen (hide spoiler)] Meanwhile, Claris has reason to become more concerned about that curse, and starts doing some investigating of her own.This story can't seem to decide whether to be a romance-only romance, a spy/adventure romance, or a Gothic/witchy romance. As always, JoBev writes well and I liked the characters (except when Claris was being all hatey for no reason). JB tosses in some real (and rather obscure) history along the way, which usually wins her stories at least half a point. I’ll give this one 3.5, but the .5 is a squeaker. She’s written other stories I like a whole lot better. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Susan
    2019-01-04 15:07

    Not my favorite of Jo Beverley's books. There's usually a bit more conflict and suspense in her books that just wasn't there in this one. Perry has been left Perriam Manor by his cousin, under the condition that he marry Claris Mallow. He doesn't want to marry anyone, but he doesn't want to lose the house, so he goes off to convince Claris. Meanwhile, she has no desire to marry either. Her parents had a miserable marriage and upon their deaths she is raising her twin brothers. There isn't much money but they are getting by. When Perry shows up to get her to marry him she doesn't want anything to do with him and chases him away. But she can't deny that marrying him would have benefits that would make life easier for her family so she gives in. She has demands of her own regarding the marriage and Perry is desperate enough to give in. It isn't long before both want more from the marriage that the business arrangement they had agreed on.I have mixed feelings about Claris. I really liked her independence and the strength she had to have to make a life for herself and her brothers, grandmother and friend. I loved the scene where she used the pistol to chase Perry away. She did end up agreeing to marry him after realizing how the marriage would help her make a better life for her brothers. It bothered me a little that she seemed to give more weight to the goodies Perry provided than the benefits to her brothers. Claris worried that marriage to Perry would see the end of her independence. She was somewhat reassured by his actions as he kept the various promises he made, though she seemed to be constantly expecting him to go back on his promises. She had a tendency to take almost everything he said or did the wrong way and accuse him of breaking his word. Even though she had insisted on a marriage in name only, she decided that she wanted a child of her own and told Perry of her change of mind. I liked the way that she didn't hold back once she made that decision. Claris had been very nervous going into the marriage feeling that she was not up to the task of being a nobleman's wife. She was helped along the way by Genova Ashart (Winter Fire) and began to feel a bit more confident. I really enjoyed seeing her grow into her role as lady of the manor, but she still seemed a bit on the whiny side to me. I enjoyed her trip to London to see Perry and loved the way she stood up to a couple of the snotty ladies. Perry's inheriting of Perriam Manor was a complete surprise to him. The conditions to do so were unpleasant but he was determined to do it to keep the manor in the family. He was terribly overconfident when he went to Claris the first time and it wasn't really a surprise to see him get shut down fast. I liked his sense of humor about it and loved his conversation with Genova Ashart about how to win Claris. I really liked the way that he was willing to give her complete control over the manor. It was fun to see him realize that he was attracted to her and bemoan the fact that he had agreed to a marriage in name only. I liked the way that he is kind to Claris and her family and does whatever he can to make the transition a smooth one. Perry is an usual hero in that he has no interest in the managing of the estate and admits that he has no clue as to how to do it. He insists that he is a Town guy, but he sure seems to like his time in the country with Claris. He has his duties in the city, most of which are tied to positions gotten for him by his father. One thing that bothered me about Perry was how he was under his father's thumb. I didn't like the way he caved in regarding the disposition of the manor. I liked seeing the work he did for Rothgar and thought a little more could have been done with that. When Claris came to visit Perry in London it caused him to think even more about the effect she has had on his life and how important he finds it to do things that make her happy. I liked the way that he finally took control of his life.Secondary characters were done well within the story. Claris's grandmother was a pretty good foil to show Claris's goodness. Athena was not the most pleasant of people and showed up to be pretty selfish. I liked her friend/companion Ellie and was rooting for good things to happen with her. I loved Claris's brothers. They were a great mixture of good and mischievous. I liked the way they tried to watch out for Claris. They also enabled Claris to see a different side of Perry.

  • Lake County Public Library
    2018-12-31 15:05

    Most of the book was new to me, but a few plot points - especially at the end - were deja vu!-- Karen, Merrillville Branch

  • Alexis Franco
    2019-01-03 13:54

    I have to say, this story sent me on an adventure. It drew me in from the very first encounter between Perry and his soon-to-be bride. I enjoyed reading about a woman that knew her own mind. She went through a lot in her young years. She raised two healthy twin boys as her own and deserved a new start. One thing I don't understand is why there was mention of all those politics. I usually love reading about history in book but this particular part did not seem to interest me. I still love this book and would read it again given then chance. I would also recommend it to friends. then ending was superb. Thank you for letting me be one of the first's to read it.

  • Michele Lacroix
    2019-01-10 16:47

    What to say about this book? It was fantastic!! The only thing I found wrong, was that I was disappointed in the mystery of the Heroine's family. I've only read one other book in this series and now have to find the others.

  • Kimberley
    2019-01-02 16:48

    This is the 1st book by Jo Beverley that I have read.All I can say is that I'm hooked. I can hardly wait to read the next one.

  • Kiki Belle
    2018-12-28 11:59

    Yet another Jo Beverley novel where the "hero" is imperious and makes demands and is overall pretty unlikable to the point where I was rooting for the heroine to genuinely shoot him. Also, I resent novels where everyone either wants or roots for the heroine to end with this guy. True, she didn't need to pull a gun on him, but guess what? He didn't need to be high-handed. His entire demeanor is revolting when he goes to see her.

  • ksstannard
    2019-01-01 14:56

    A curse, a marriage of convenience p!us true loveClaris and Perry seek their truths in a straightforward manner, but complications ensure us an engrossing read. Jo Beverly has not missed yet, and this was the tenth Beverly novel that I finished in a couple of weeks.

  • Marisa
    2018-12-23 15:53

    Creo que me he saturado, pero esta es la de las que menos me han gustado de la serie

  • Ti
    2019-01-19 13:13

    A decent plot though there are parts that don't hang together as well as I have come to expect.

  • Tomavalon
    2018-12-31 12:11

    I miss Jo Beverley. Re-reading her Malloren World / Georgian Romances! Excellent Escapism! Very Good Reads.

  • K McBride
    2018-12-28 15:53

    This story ended too soon, I would liked to have heard what happened after Perry arrived home!

  • Liz F
    2019-01-09 14:12

    Reviewed for Kindles & WineReview copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley*Please note: This was a DNF*I can see that Jo Beverley is an accomplished author and has written a ton of books and most (if not all) of those are historical romances. I love historical romance. I have no idea why I didn't enjoy this book. It sounds like it would be right up my alley but it just wasn't.First, I guess I didn't really connect with the characters. I thought the heroine, Claris, was absolutely unlikeable. I've read books that have a happy spinster for the heroine and enjoyed them and Claris is definitely happy with her spinsterhood. She sees no reason to marry and has no desire to do so. I like those kinds of female characters, ones who feel no compulsion to align themselves with a man just for convenience's sake. I guess I found Claris to be a little bit ridiculous and contradictory. Pulling a pistol on a man who hasn't insulted you in any way? Even for a crazy spinster, that would be pushing it and Claris is not crazy and she's barely a spinster! I also found her to be entirely too argumentative. If something can be misconstrued or taken the wrong way, Claris immediately jumps to any possible negative meaning. It was exhausting and, quite frankly, a little boring.Claris' intended, Perry, wasn't as bad but I spent most of time feeling sorry for him. I liked him well enough because he seemed a nice enough guy but he was entirely overshadowed by Claris and her gloomy opinions. I made it about halfway through the book so its possible that there is more of a focus on Perry later on. I really feel it should have been sooner though because Claris is absolutely no fun to read. It may actually be the reason that I had to quit this book so soon.Claris' grandmother, Athena, and her grandmother's companion, Ellie were characters that had plenty of time in the story but I felt that they didn't add much. I really didn't care for Athena or her attitude at any point in the story. There is some allusion to Athena being highborn and possibly living in higher style but I never found out if that was the case. To be honest, I didn't like her enough to care. On the up side, Claris' little brothers were adorable and I thoroughly enjoyed any scene they were in. But, like Perry, there wasn't enough of them and they weren't enough to pull me back in to the story.Second, there was an overabundance of description and internal monologue. I understand that we need to get to know these characters to care about what happens to them and the way to do that is to get into their heads. But I just felt like the story was dragging on and on. I mean, I think there was 2 or 3 pages dedicated to Claris thinking about tea and how her mother had trained her to perform a tea service. I was about to pull my hair out. When the family moves to Perriam Manor, I was glad to get a feeling of what it looked like but after a while it started to feel like an endless discussion about how gloomy all the ivy covering the manor's walls and windows made the interior of the house! I couldn't believe how ecstatic I was when Claris, Perry and what seemed to be the rest of the town, came over to tear down the ivy!! Save me from getting excited over yard work! LOL!Lastly, I'm not sure what the term is but I felt like saying, "What's the point of all this?!" I didn't really see what the author was trying to get me to feel or experience. I was distracted by the language the characters used and the way they spoke. Yes, its set in the late 1700's and I've read books from this time frame before but I had a hard time getting over the language. You know how, in that time, sentence structure was different... like, "Getting on well, are you?" You see how it's sort of backwards from how we speak now? Usually, I can automatically translate that but in this book, I couldn't. I don't know if it was how much it was used or what but it made my brain hurt!I could go on and illustrate more examples of what I did or didn't like but I think you get the point. Since this author has such an extensive back list, I'm sure to try something else she's written. I think this book just wasn't for me. The characters felt flat and uninteresting and it didn't seem like there was much more going on. I wouldn't recommend this book if you're new to this author; I would suggest choosing something else or possibly a book from earlier in the Malloren series (this is #13).

  • Melinda
    2019-01-12 12:13

    I received an ARC through GoodReads.This is the second book by Jo Beverley that I have read.As I was reading this book, I found that Jo had used a similar story formula as her "Forbidden Magic" book. Although there formulas were the same I had high hopes that this book would be just as exciting. The basic formula seems to be impoverished female lead seeking to improve the lives of her family, handsome and wealthy male lead required to marry within certain time frame, both parties arrive at the alter with a lot of resistance, eventually both parties fall in love, and happy ending. I found that this book makes a fairly decent light read. I rather enjoy the set up in Georgian England and the descriptions of places and items. Right from the start, I rather admire Claris' temper and courage, especially when she pulls the pistol out at Perry. I enjoyed reading and getting to know a little bit more about the secondary characters, Athena and Ellie are very interesting. Like I said, it’s a decent light read, but nothing more than that. (view spoiler)[There were a few points that I was rather disappointed with. First, I felt like Claris did a complete 180 after she and Perry spent the night together. Claris became a whiny and insecure female, awaiting the company of her husband. To me that felt like the complete opposite of the independent and headstrong Claris that we got to know in the beginning of the story. Also, after sleeping with Perry, Claris immediately considers having a child, what happened to her wanting to be her own mistress and lack of hesitation (to the whole marriage deal) that was present earlier in the book? Second, there’s no sudden twist or climax, if there was it was very anti-climatic, leaving me rather bored for the remaining ⅓ of the book. Actually, for the most part, everything that happened at Perriam Manor and in London was basically all domestic stuff. Third, it would have been nice if some of the secondary characters’ backgrounds were expanded a bit more, like Athena and Ellie’s adventures over the last few decades. Fourth, I didn’t understand how the whole espionage and investigation that Perry was conducting was sufficient enough to be considered as a subplot. I found it rather pointless, perhaps a slightly different subplot would have worked better to explain Perry’s role at court or something else to add an element of danger. And finally, I didn’t feel that the full story of the sisters were fully fleshed out, I think a twist to that part of the story would have been nice, like if Claris was actually the daughter of Clarrie and Giles therefore she is the natural living heir of the Perriam Manor, that way the original will that Perry signed (leaving the manor to his oldest brother) would be null and void.(hide spoiler)]Overall, it’s a decent light read. It passes the time, but after a while it doesn’t hold your attention where you feel the need to find out what happens next. The story could use a bit more fleshing out of characters and storyline. Truthfully it's pretty much been there done that, full of the usual cliche.

  • Paranormal Romance
    2019-01-04 17:00

    Summoned to the death bed of his distant cousin, the hero is shocked to learn that the man has given him the family estate in his will. The hero knows that the man has done this to cause a divid in his already horribly divided family. The hero is told that not only can he not just give the house to his tyrant father, but he's also requested to marry the granddaughter of the woman who put a curse on the family. The hero, a bit weak willed but determined to do his duty, sets off to the loathsome countryside to find his bride. The heroine grew up with a mean mother and a fire and brimstone preacher father. Now, they're both dead but they've left their children very little to live on. When the hansom, slick tongue hero comes to her and offers her marriage and a new life, her pride makes her chase him off- quite latterly, she pulls a gun on him. But he is nothing if not persistent and eventually it's the idea of a better life for her twin brothers that finally make her succumb but only under the agreement that theirs will be a marriage in name only. The hero readily agrees has he wants his life in town. They wed and for the first little while, the agreement stands. They develop an understand and even a friendship. Until the heroine begins to catch feelings. Not that anyone come blame her, the hero was charming and jolly and easy going. She also wants a baby and that's the catalyst to their tumble deep into the wilds of love. I can say that this book was absolutely nothing like what I expected it to be-but unfortunately not in a good way. Reading the reviews from other users I came to expect a romance historical adventure but really it was very boring. Sure there was such spy intrigue towards the end and the search for the origins of the curse but 90% of the novel was very slow paced without any drama to speak off. Firstly the heroine was horribly annoying. She was so many different characters rolled into one that she became muddled and hard to predict. She was a lady. She had manners and the sophisticated speech if not entirely understanding social interactions of the time. But she was bitter and prickly and would often snap at those around her or just be a real bitch towards the hero for no good reason. Sure, he himself was selfish with no spine to stand up to his father-instead eagerly doing everything the man wanted of him to avoid conflict. But to the heroine he was kind and uplifting-treating her with nothing but respect, yet she gave him nothing but attitude. It really made me distance myself from understanding where she was coming from. Also, she had an insane temper and had a habit of pulling guns or threating the hero which I thought was absurdly melodramatic and didn't fit with the laid back tone of the story. They had zero chemistry. For most of the book I honest believed the hero felt nothing towards her. He gave no hint at any deeper feelings than friendship so when he was suddenly so in love with his wife I didn't believe it. Also, the weird mismatch of romance spy intrigue and mystery was off putting and made no sense. Over all, this was a vast disappointment.

  • Amy Alvis
    2018-12-25 13:50

    Originally reviewed for: Historical Romance Lover blogPeregrine Perriam has been named heir to Perriam Manor, but he must marry a stranger or lose the property forever. That stranger is Claris Mallow, who after living with her parents, would prefer living a life of poverty over being married to anyone.Peregrine (Perry) has a month to convince Claris that marrying him would make her life better. He has been told that this is the only way to end the family curse that Claris's aunt has put on the Perriam family.He soon learns that it will not be an easy task when Claris pulls a gun upon him at their first meeting. Peregrine uses the advantages that he can give her twin brothers to persuade her to accept his marriage proposal. Claris agrees to the marriage on the condition that she is the one in charge of the property and that their marriage will be in name only. Perry agrees knowing that he will spend most of his time in London.Claris soon learns that Perry must spend a month each year on the estate as a condition of the will. She wonders what other things he is not telling her and how he might try to control her life.After spending time away from Peregrine and mingling with her new neighbors, Claris decides she wants a child. Perry isn't about to say no to his wife and quickly consummates the marriage. Of course he goes back to London and Claris starts to miss him and wonders if they can have a real marriage. She decides to take her brothers to visit London as they need to broaden their horizons before heading off to school soon. It's also the perfect time to learn more about her family and how her aunt came to put a curse on the Perriam family.As Perry and Claris seek out the truth, they become closer. Will Claris get the real marriage that she is hoping for? Can Perry live a life outside of London?I've been a huge fan of Jo Beverley for years. I've read all the Malloren books and count them amongst some of my favorite. I think this book feel a little short. Claris is so against marriage for the first half of the book and then as soon as she and Perry consummate their marriage, she becomes a winey girl pining for her lover. I just don't buy the complete change in character. It was nice to re-visit some of the previous characters. Unfortunately, it's been so long since I read any of the other Malloren books that it was hard to recall their stories when they were mentioned. Something would be said and I would get a smidgen of a recollection of their story. That is one reason I like to read series book all together. That is one draw back to reading an author that has a huge series like the Mallorens. I hope the next book Jo Beverley puts out is back up to her normal standard of writing!

  • Janell Sutherland
    2019-01-18 16:51

    This review also posted on Red Hot Books.This is a story about a house. Once upon a time, a family estate passed to one daughter, with the exception of Perriam Manor, which went to the other daughter. The two family factions fought and argued through the years until the last holder of the Manor is on his deathbed. With no direct descendants, he has to return the manor to the other family line, but he is a crazy, cranky sort, and puts conditions in his will that a younger nephew inherit the manor only if he marries a certain young woman.That nephew, Peregrine Perriam (Perry, for short, and what a horrible name that is to be saddled with), sets out to marry Claris Mallow, who lives in a cottage with her younger twin brothers, her grandmother, and the grandmother’s paid companion (who never turns out to be grandmother’s secret lover, darn it all). Claris is doing just fine, thank you very much, and she runs Perry off with a gun. But Perry’s family needs that house to restore their legacy, so he buys Claris some fancy foods and silk stockings, and promises that she can be the boss of the house because he’ll almost never be there. For the sake of providing for her brothers, Claris agrees.Then Claris and family move to the manor and clean out cupboards and tear down ivy. She sees a woman with a baby and decides she’d like one, and since Perry is “such a pleasant companion,” she asks him to get her pregnant. “You can’t imagine me unwilling,” he says. It’s all very polite.The crazy dying uncle claimed that he had been cursed by Claris’s aunt, and that Perry’s marriage would break the curse, so there’s some investigation into Claris’s family history. Perry also works for the king, looking for French spies, so he has to spend a lot of time in London. These are the main conflicts: will Claris be happy? Will Perry find time away from his London duties to hang out with Claris in the country? What will Claris do with the creepy memorials to dead babies out in the garden?I didn’t feel that there was a lot at stake. The storytelling incorporated a lot of narration, especially about Perry’s spy hunting. It went: telling, telling, dialogue, telling, telling, some descriptions of clothes, snippets of Claris and Perry getting along, telling. I wasn’t engaged enough.For a historical novel (and it’s the Georgian period, not the Regency period, if that’s important for you) it had some nice details and snippets of history. But for a romance it didn’t pull me in all the way. I didn’t feel the need to root for the couple because they were both nice and resourceful so I knew they’d be fine, and that doesn’t make for an exciting story.Grade: C

  • Kit★
    2019-01-12 13:43

    3.5 Stars!

  • Gayle Pace
    2019-01-12 14:56

    REVIEW This book is a little more serene than Ms. Beverley's books. Perriam Manor has been left to Perry by his cousin. There is one condition, he must marry Claris Mallow. Perry didn't want to marry anyone, but he also didn't want to lose the property. He's not the only one who doesn't want to get married. Claris doesn't either. She raised her twin brothers after her parents died. They had a terrible marriage. She realizes that marrying him had it's advantages and has her own demands about the marriage. Perry is desperate enough to marry her under her demands. It isn't too long and the business arrangement became more, much more. Claris was a strong, independent woman. She had struggled to make a life for herself and her brothers, grandmother and a friend. Perry had a real sense of humor which probably helped him and Claris to get through the struggles and demands they had to go through.Perry is a good man. The author wrote the characters so that they were real. You could almost place yourself in their lives. There were a lot of secondary characters which only added to the interest of the story. Ms. Beverley gave the reader a wonderful adventure that will keep you captivated from page one. It's nice to find a woman that is comfortable in her own skin. She knew what she wanted and wasn't afraid to go after it. I would recommend this book to anyone. It started out with an adventure and ended in romance, with history added in. Grab yourself a copy and go on the ups and downs with Perry and Claris. Quite an adventure! This book is a keeper to read again another day.I would give this book 4 RINGS.I was given a complimentary copy of SEDUCTION IN SILK by Jo Beverley from Manic Readers for my honest opinion. No other compensation took place.

  • Amanda
    2019-01-02 12:53

    For a book whose title is "Seduction in Silk" I certainly expected more seduction... and for silk not to be considered evil for at least half the book.By 45%, the hero and heroine had done nothing more -- not even in thought -- than hand kissing. And even that, the heroine acted all scandalized. Heaven forbid your fiance should want to kiss your hand!I might have cheered her if she hadn't already gotten on my nerves. She was stubborn to a fault and she didn't endear herself to me at all. I couldn't even feel dismay at her being goaded into marriage.By 50%, they were married and finally -- FINALLY -- hero thought about kissing her. Which was the first sexual inclination he'd shown beyond kissing her hand the entire book thus far. There's slow romance and then there's... this. Which was more like a whole lot of nothing until hero decided he wanted to kiss his wife and his wife -- who'd avoided her husband and resented him the entire time -- decided she wanted a baby.Ugh.Then, as one would expect, everything progressed rapidly from there, but by that point, I was so disillusioned and annoyed by both hero and heroine that I didn't much care. The whole curse thing -- especially in regards to her parents marriage and the twins -- was ever resolved to my satisfaction either.

  • Regina
    2018-12-26 11:45

    I really liked this one, although not as much as the previous book involving the hero's sister. The characters were great, and the research was outstanding. The sticking point of the book is inheritance and how property can be left, and it's clear that the author did her homework. I thought that the hero and heroine made a good congenial married couple, where the parties don't necessarily love each other, but are clearly of a similar disposition and work well together. I can understand Claris's growing infatuation with Perry, after all he's been kind to her and has pulled her out of a hard and loveless life. What I don't understand is that about 40 pages before the end of the book Perry suddenly declares himself madly in love with Claris, when before he clearly liked her, but seemed OK to go back to London and getting on with his subplot (which had nothing to do with the main action of the story and was a bit disconcerting). The ending seems a little bit thrown together, and honestly I would have liked to see the book a little bit longer to really wrap things up.

  • Linda
    2019-01-13 13:50

    I give it 4.75 Stars Jo Beverley writes such well thought out stories. I believe I have read them all and I cannot remember any ever disappointing me. I love reading Jo Beverley because she does such thorough research, and I always learn something new. Seduction in Silk flows so well that I never wanted to put it down, I was always anxious to read the next chapter. The story brings a unique twist, to a couple who are forced by circumstances, into an unwanted marriage. The characters are fascinating, well defined, and very likeable. She places them in believable situations, allows them to work out their problems, without rushing them or ending too abruptly.This book, a part of the Malloren series, can most definitely stand alone. Do not worry if you haven’t read any of the previous stories. Although there are characters from previous books, they are included in such a way that you should not feel that you are missing anything important to this story

  • Elizabeth
    2019-01-11 13:49

    I have very mixed feelings about this book. It kept me turning the pages, and that is good, but nothing truly dramatic happened. I was waiting for Claris to get kidnapped to distract Perry and it never happened, then I thought maybe something would happen to the twins and that would bring the two of them together and that didn't happen either! That made me sad. However, I found the overall story to be exciting and I liked how strong Claris with most of the characters- she could have been stronger with her grandmother, Athena. I also like how Perry eventually realized what he needed to do in order to be happy- that was a good part- but again, not as dramatic as I expect a romance novel to be. I really did enjoy the book though. The characters are believable, and the storyline is believable, I just felt like it was missing a little something. Oh and the twins are adorable and I loved them and Ellie.

  • Nia
    2019-01-02 16:58

    Once again Jo Beverly does not disappoint. Oftentimes I drink historicals up like water however I do not feel any real affinity for the characters. They either fit into some pre-established mold. (Oh gee, look.. I am the over intelligent female lead, or hark.. I am the broody tall dark and handsome man with a giant ass chip on my shoulder.) Those books are fun to read but you can't tell one from the other.Not with Jo Beverely. I love her books because all the characters are unique. I can tell Chasity from Claris from Felicity from Genova from Eleanor from Anne. Just like I can tell Nicholas from Lucien from Cyn from Rothgar. Each character is intricately crafted so as to be a treat and thus when every new book comes out, it's like insta-buy. The only two other authors that can do this to me are Lauren Willig and Julia Quinn.I recommend all of her series. Both the Company of Rogues as well as the books set in the Malloren world.

  • Daisy
    2019-01-18 17:49

    2.5/5A solid read but nothing amazing to be honest. The premises of the book was interesting and but in a way I felt a quite detached from the characters. There was too much telling from Beverley and far more emphasis placed on the "curse" than necessary. Sadly I felt no emotional connection with Claris' determination to stay independent and in control. Initially I liked her independent nature but at times it seemed unjustified and just plain reckless. On the other hand Perry was a rather underwhelming hero. He was simply an amicable person and that I think is why I became disinterested. Furthermore, Perry's work in London unearthing French spies seemed to be an irrelevant addition, along with Mistress Fox and other various ladies who would have played the role of the jealous ex-mistress type but just didn't really fit into the storyline properly at all. Overall it was a light read, but not exciting enough for me.