First off I think I should start out with why I chose this book…well b/c Ames told me to! ;o) lol Yes I do everything my little buddies tell me to do! But boy was I ever glad I did! Not to mention…HELLO look at that cover! HAWT!
***Warning: review contains spoilers. Read at your own risk!***
She is his last chance for a future of happiness . . .
Jenny Keeble has never let her humble upbringing stop her. She’s made her way in the world as a fortune teller, one who convinces her clients her predictions are correct by telling them what they most want to hear. Business is good… until she meets her match in the form of Gareth Carhart, the Marquess of Blakely, a scientist and sworn bachelor.
He just doesn’t know it yet.
Broodingly handsome, Gareth is appalled to discover his cousin has fallen under the spell of "Madame Esmerelda," and he vows to prove her a fraud. But his unexpected attraction to the fiery enchantress defies logic. Jenny disrupts every facet of Gareth's calculated plan— until he can’t decide whether to ruin her or claim her for his own. Now, as they engage in a passionate battle of wills, two lonely souls must choose between everything they know . . . and the boundless possibilities of love.
Ames: Ok, Proof by Seduction. What did you think? Overall, I really enjoyed it! The romance was good, I liked the banter, back and forth between the h/h, trying to outsmart each other. But most especially I liked the fact that Jenny wasn't your typical virginal heroine, daughter of some duke or earl - she was a woman alone doing what she could to survive - she relied totally on herself through work. I really liked that part. All her worries, those seemed real.
Monroe: YES! It was a very “real” book for me too. Both didn’t have perfect lives yet they stood up and survived! I loved this book! Gareth was such a typical guy that needed to learn a few lessons…of course it was no problem with Jenny being there to guide (and aggravate) him. ;o) Also I love how Jenny really learned a lot about herself. She learned that there are other options in life and that you just gotta make it happen! :o) You know what I didn’t expect? Ned to NOT really fall for Lady Katherine (was that her name?). The entire time I was like ok they will SO fall for eachother…but it ended up being more of a friendship and a acceptance. Idk I wish they would’ve REALLY fell in love.
Ames: I don't think we're done with Ned and Lady Katherine. I hope we see some more from them. But friendship is ok, it can turn into love. :P And yes, Jenny did learn a lot about herself. I like that the fact that she can rely on herself no matter what was reaffirmed for her. Yeah shitty things are going to happen, but she knew she was strong and that she could survive. Now Gareth. I felt bad for Gareth. His past and how his grandpa treated him. I liked his interactions with White, trying to befriend him. And how all his servants didn't know what to do with the fact that he was smiling. Haha!
Monroe: Ya that thought crossed through my mind…it would make a good book. Forced into a marriage, falling for the first time, yet they are already married! :o) I felt bad when Gareth didn’t know how to talk to his sister! OMG when they finally made up and he hugged her I grinned so big! I loved how touching that part was. And ya what his grandfather did was CRAZY, yet I guessed it showed his girl that she was a hizzo! ;op You know what part I REALLY enjoyed? How Ned and Jenny cut their hands to be brother and sister! :*) I loved their relationship. How she was like an older sister to him. They both really loved each other! OH and when Ned punched Gareth for treating Jenny wrong! HA!
Ames: Oh yes, they really were like brother and sister. I like when she confronted him in the gaming hell - sitting on the table and betting everything she had against everything he had. I liked that. I also like that Gareth saw how his actions affected Ned, and that it wasn't all about his winning and being right. I liked Laura too - imagine month after month, going through that horrible tea with your horrible older brother. LOL But I like how despite the way he acted, Jenny whittled down that hard outer shell and revealed to his own self that he was human. That's why I liked this book - because Jenny and Gareth in the end were better people for having known each other. Awww.
Monroe: Yes I love when even just having the other person touch into their life changes them! :o) I love how Jenny approached everything she did. Just like you were saying with Ned, she knew how to get his attention and pull the right strings. When she gave up everything she had just to save and prove something to him, well that was remarkable! He truly learned his lesson and straightened back up! I LOVE the convo where Jenny talks to Laura about sex! Lol I DIED!
“The thing he puts in me, is it big?”
“If you're lucky,” Jenny promised.
“And he’ll make me do it every night? Sometimes more than once?”
Jenny tried not to think of Miss Edmonton’s older brother.
“If you're lucky.”
“And he'll want me to do all sorts of wicked things with my mouth?”
“If you're lucky, hell do them back.”
I giggled like a little girl!
Ames: Yeah! That's was a good talk too. And then telling her to rely on herself, that she's stronger than she thinks. Jenny was such a good character.
Monroe: Oh yes I really loved Jenny! So overall this book was great! I was SO happy it wasn’t the typical historical romance! It was super refreshing and I give it a solid B+. How about you?
Ames: Yeah, I'm giving it a B+.