Jordan, Nicole. To Seduce a Bride.(New York: Ballantine, 2008). ISBN – 9780345494610.
Main Characters: Lilian Loring and Heath Griffin, the Marquess of Claybourne
Related Works: This book is part of Nicole Jordan’s The Courtship Wars series. The books include the following: To Pleasure a Lady (the story of Marcus Pierce, Earl of Danvers and Arabella Loring), To Bed a Beauty (the story of Andrew Moncrief, the Duke of Arden and Rosyln Loring) and To Seduce a Bride (the story of Heath Griffin, Marquess of Claybourne and Lilian Loring).
Description from book:
Spirited beauty Lilian Loring believes that love is too risky a venture and that marriage is best avoided entirely – even if her unwanted suitor comes as deliciously packages as Heath Griffin, the Marquess of Claybourne. The charismatic rogue has never met a woman who can discourage his advances, and after a show of resolve Lily too melts under Heath’s sensuous kisses. Perhaps that is why she decides to hide out in the last place a gentleman would look for a lady: a house of scandalous repute.
In bold pursuit, Heath discovers his enchanting spitfire cheerfully instructing the demimonde in the art of deportment. Now the thrill of the chase is exceeded only by his powerful need to possess Lily as his bride. For Heath, victory in their game of passion means nothing less than winning Lily’s elusive heart . . .
Big sighs! I thought Nicole Jordan’s The Courtship Wars was a wonderful trilogy. I loved every minute of all three stories. I fell a little bit in love with all three of the heroes, Marcus, Drew and Heath. The Loring sisters were an interesting trio. They had an unpleasant upbringing due to their battling parents and their philandering father. In this series, it is the women who are wary of men and marriage. Each sister is resistant in some way to the idea of marriage. Marcus, Drew and Heath realize long before Arabella, Roslyn and Lilly that marriage is what they want.
In this particular book, Lily Loring is quite determined never to marry. She has no desire to be under the thumb of a husband. She has some particularly abhorrent memories of her parents relationship and has no intention of ever being in the same position as her mother. I will admit that after a while I did get a bit annoyed with Lily’s stubbornness in continually rejecting Heath. I did want to shake some sense into her at one point, but I knew it would all work out in the end. However, this mild annoyance did not take away from my overall love of the book. I got a kick out of Lily and her relationship with the courtesans – Fanny, Chantel and Fleur.
This book was a great ending to Jordan’s series about the Loring sisters. These are books that I will be keeping on my favorites shelf for easy reach. One thing, I do SO hope that Nicole Jordan tells us more about Lady Eleanor Pierce. I need to know that she finds her true love – and need to know how it happens. Please!
Read first March 2008