Then Comes Seduction by Mary Balogh
Hurray for family series romance! The second installment in the Huxtable series has redeemed the series. After reading what amounted to a rehash of an older title in First Comes Marriage, I was hoping that Balogh would make a break from her familiar plotlines and do something different. I wasn't disappointed with Then Comes Seduction.
The second in the Huxtable series is a huge departure in both style and characters from the first in the series. It is also less stiff and formal than Balogh's stories normally are. That is not to say that her characters lack depth--they never do--but BOTH characters are of a general type I don't recall Balogh using before: the overly genial/ennui plagued nobleman and the "diamond" of high virtue.
My only gripe, really, is that the initial "almost" seduction in the very beginning seems to be just a little bit unbelievable. It strains credulity that a proper young lady would allow the extreme liberties taken without protest and without really knowing the gentleman in question. Sure, she fancies herself in love, but the acquaintence is of such short duration that it doesn't ring true to me. There is no plausible foundation for what amounts to an overwhelming attack of lust on the part of the heroine.
Still, it was a much better story and much more fun to read than the first in the series. I am looking forward to the next installment, which from the preview looks to be just as good as this one.