by Leslie LaFoy

December 2003
ISBN: 0-312-98763-3
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Mass Market Paperback

Deep in the South American jungle, an expedition has failed to return home, with a profound impact on some of the residents of Belize. For Seraphina Treadwell, it means that she is probably a widow, but more importantly, it means that the three young girls in her care must be returned to England. With the last of her funds, she manages to finance their passage and travels to the home of their paternal uncle, Carden Reeves.

Carden Reeves has always enjoyed the freedom of being the youngest son. He has an occupation he enjoys and has supported himself for many years. His lineage affords him entree into the Tonís social functions, but he has no pressure to marry. He is free to enjoy all of the delights and none of the duties. These days are numbered. A delightful specimen of womanhood has just arrived at his doorstep, not only with his nieces in tow, but with the unwelcome news that his brother Arthur is missing and presumed dead. That makes Carden the new seventh Earl of Lansdown.

Author Leslie LaFoy brings life to a group of intriguing characters in The Perfect Seduction. Sera and Carden circle around each other like prizefighters, each unwilling to admit that the attraction they feel is a deeper emotion. Cardenís friends are charming and his stepmother is steel in a lace glove. The little girls are enchanting, with remarkable depth of character and maintain a firm grip on their place in the book. It would have been simple to have them lurking in the background, but Ms. LaFoy puts them front and center, demanding the adults' attention and care. This is a deft touch which only adds to the humanity of the main characters.

As the plot takes all of the characters deep into a mystery and a very deadly game, The Perfect Seduction encompasses a full range of emotion. The love scenes are hot and the danger is thrilling. I enjoyed this book very much and will be on the lookout for the next title, The Perfect Temptation.

Reviewed in April 2004 by Paula.

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