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Seducing an Heiress on a Train
Lauren Smith, author
Seducing an heiress has never been easier… Roguish Oliver, Viscount Conway, desperately needs money to save his family’s estate from debt collectors, and he knows just what to do - marry an heiress. When he sets foot on a train leaving London, he bumps into Rayne, the most bewitching woman he’s ever met, and as luck would have it, she’s an American heiress. The woman swears she won’t marry, especially a fortune hunter. Oliver must win her for his bride at any cost, even if it means compromising the lady on a train and stealing her heart. Avoiding fortune hunters has never been harder… Rayne Egerton is happy to escape the New York ballrooms to travel with her father through England while he tends to business. What should have been an enjoyable Christmas vacation turns upside down with a moment of unexpected passion when a stranger in the cabin next to her steals a scorching kiss. The mysterious Lord Conway is everything that Rayne desires and fears in a man with his sinfully good looks, wicked smile and devastating kiss. As heiress to her father’s fortune, she isn’t going to give up her freedom for any man unless he can love her without her money. As the train rolls through snowy English countryside, she starts to wonder if Oliver may be the Christmas gift she’d been secretly hoping for.
Plot/Idea: 6 out of 10
Originality: 4 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 6 out of 10
Overall: 5.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Set during the Victorian era, this story of seduction and money depicts a common practice of the period, a transactional love affair agreeable to both parties. Historically authentic, and at times interesting, the romance is infused with dated expectations and archaic perceptions.

Prose/Style: Sound editing and a coquettish way with words may be the novel’s best qualities, along with an undeniable talent for subtle humor that will clearly appeal to aficionados of Victorian fiction. Appropriate pacing and descriptive enhancement of a predictable scenario provide sufficient entertainment for an escapade into social mayhem.

Originality: Suspected duplicity in a somewhat contrived plot detracts from the originality of a popular, though structured, romance sub-genre. Filled with tenderness and sincerity beneath the ulterior motive, the book sparkles yet fails to shine bright.

Character Development: Heavy on sultry passion, light on substance, this ebullient narrative adapts to the time in which the protagonists are living, allowing their choices and preferences—no matter how contradictory—to guide their actions. Lighthearted moments reveal deep emotion, while the obligatory resolution of problems and fulfillment of societal expectations threatens to override natural expression.

Date Submitted: April 01, 2020

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