Seductive Secrets

Rated 3.83/5 based on 13 reviews
Someone wants Alyce Hythe dead… Shunned from London society for being the daughter of England’s most notorious spy, Alyce Hythe desires only to clear her father’s name. Long has Lord Julian Casvelyn lived with guilt brought on when his brother was murdered by England’s most infamous traitor. Thrown together by fate, can the two find love to free them both? More

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Words: 84,460
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476315393
About Colleen Connally

Colleen Connally is one of the pen names of Jerri Hines. Under Colleen Connally, she writes historical romance riddled with romantic suspense and a touch of paranormal. The Secret Lives Series consist of Seductive Secrets, Broken Legacy, and coming in the fall 2013, Seductive Lies.

One can find other historical series under her name of Jerri Hines. She has a historical romance series, the Tides of Charleston: The Judas Kiss, the Promise, and Another Night Falls with Whiskey Creek Press. She also has a historical fiction series the Winds of Betrayal: The Cry For Freedom (free ebook), Embrace of the Enemy, Kiss of Deceit, and coming 2014, The Heavens shall Fall.

She began using a pen name, Carrie James Haynes, when she released the fantasy saga, Whispers of a Legend. Shadows of the Past (free ebook) is the first in the series. She is excited about Whispers of a Legend, a sweeping epic fantasy saga filled with adventure and romance. Whispers of a Legend, Part One-Shadows of the Past and Part Two- The Path Now Turned, Part Three- Vision of Destiny, and Part Four-Time of the Nuxvenom has been released. She also has released a paranormal suspense, Dreamscape

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Review by: Lionrhod on Nov. 10, 2013 : (no rating)
I am presently about halfway through the book and growing increasingly frustrated.

1) Only in the last 20 or so pages (again 1/2 way through) have I been given a clue who Sinclair (maybe a judge but had SOMETHING to do with the mystery) or Fennimore (her dad's secretary?) MIGHT be. Yet they've been referenced all through the book without a clue who they were or how they fit in. IF these things were referenced early in the book, it was so vague as to go unnoticed. I spent over a hundred pages asking "who are these people and why do I care and what do they have to do with the plot?" I highly suspect that the author just edited out some primary scenes near the beginning and then didn't even bother to summarize them.

IMO a mystery is created by offering clues and then obfuscating them, not by refusing to give ANY clues, including who the major players might be..

2) Where's the dog? In a far earlier chapter, the protag was gifted with a puppy. He made it into 2 scenes and then disappeared from the face of the planet (at least so far). Did he fall under the wheels of a carriage? If so I'd like to know. But the hero retrieves her clothing for her and not her dog? And more important, she doesn't seem to have noticed yet, several chapters later that her dog is missing. Okay maybe I'm dog crazy, as I'm the mom of 3 of them, but if my puppies were missing, the protag would be screaming for them - who cares about her damn replaceable dresses?

3) While I appreciate the plot that has the protag protecting her gay best friend, WHY did he have to be so CLEARLY freaking gay (I.e. dressed as a peacock) from the very first introduction of his character. I have SEVERAL gay male friends and only one or two of them might come off as flaming from page 1. Make him gay, great. But you had to make him a peacock dandy too?

4) About halfway through the book, the hero gifts the protag with drawing/sketching gifties. Except we've never seen her take up a pen/paper/crayon/brush before in the book. Again, was this editing that stripped out useful scenes or...? So as heartwarming as the gift might be, we can't figure out why he'd know she'd like that, since...well she never was an artist till that page where he made the gift. ARGH.

5) Already mentioned Sinclair and Fennimore (whoever the heck they are) but 90% of the book so far is an alphabet soup of people who we still don't know who they are and who MIGHT be the bad guys. Then there's some apoplectic looking guy. Could be Fennimore. Could be Sinclair, could be someone else. Seems to be important to the plot. No clue. But we get lots of characters that we can't keep apart. I'm not even sure when we are referencing her cousin? friend? Lissie and Lissie's mom in law half the time.

.I'll agree that the hero getting the heroine kissed and nipple-abraded and more in the first chapter was WAY soon. Okay he's the hero and he's sexy and all, but a 1780s or so virgin just lets some guy she's never met get away with that on the first meeting? Really? And puts up ZERO resistance?

Which brings me to the most confusing part - despite all this I'm still wanting (at least so far) to finish the book.

(Yet notice that I'm so frustrated that I have to rant halfway through.)

The writing is actually good. As far as literacy goes anyhow. There are a few typos, but I can dismiss most of them as actual typos. Since 90% of romances I've found here are written by people who just don't seem to understand the English language this is refreshing.

And despite all above, the story is still intriguing.

Won't rate it now as...*sigh* I guess I must finish the book.
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Review by: Bonnie R. on Oct. 03, 2013 :
First off if I manage to make it to the end and if by some miracle it gets better then the 65% I have finished my review might change. I got my free download on Amazon. So far I am struggling to finish the only thing keeping me going is to figure out who did it. I hate to say it but Alcyce or however her name is spelled is heavily annoying I just can't seem to shake that. How could she let a guy she does not know a thing about touch her so freely oh he came to her rescue but it was.utterly ridiculous perhaps if more time had progressed before his hand is on her bare flesh. I don't know if I can finish.
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Review by: Evelyn Sagrado Rodziewicz on May 09, 2013 :
I liked the story. It was entertaining.
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Review by: Jill Hamilton on April 27, 2013 :
I'm very divided on this book. It's not a Regency-era book. It's late-Georgian. There's only one reference to the period at the very end. This is not a happy, fluffy romance. It's not dark, but it is a mystery with conspiracies, political intrigue and a few deaths. That doesn't necessarily make it bad. There were some editing issues, but not many. I did not like the three, yes, three sex scenes. They really had plenty of time to get married. He had the special license in his pocket for a while, they just chose to never get around to it. Even the hero considered their time together a 'lapse in judgment.'

I don't know if it was all the sex, the writing style or the non-fluffiness of it all, but I couldn't love this book. I only finished it to discover who the murderer was.

I liked the 'voices' she heard and that whole aspect, although it was hard to follow at times. I loved that there was an epilogue. Too few books have them. Very nicely wrapped up.

Not horrible, but could've been a lot better.
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Review by: Crystal Dawn on April 09, 2013 :
A great romance for the avid reader.Good flow with many plot twists.
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Review by: Misikat on Feb. 07, 2013 :
An enjoyable read with a good plot and likeable characters. Nice steamy romance. The only real complaint I have is that it didn't seem to be edited very well, if at all. Many of the sentences were redundant or grammatically incorrect, and some of the structure of the sentences made it difficult to discern the author's meaning. I would definitely download more of her books if they were free, but because of the awkwardness in the editing, I doubt I would pay money for them.
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Review by: safiya x on Nov. 02, 2012 :
Great book
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Review by: safiya x on Nov. 02, 2012 :
Great book
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Review by: Sarah Empey on July 14, 2012 :
Its been a while since I've settled into a historical romance this good. Between the gripping mystery surrounding the scandal of Alyce Hythe's name and her passionate romance with Julian Casvelyn, Seductive Secrets had me hooked. Unpredictable catastrophe and suspicion followed Alyce throughout the novel, at every new page there seemed to be a new development to the scandal surrounding her and I absolutely loved it! Unlike so many other novels I was refreshed by the fact that Seductive Secrets was not predictable; I had no idea where the story was going to go next, every clue to the mystery was a surprise! As to the romance surrounding Alice Hythe and Julian Casvelyn... well lets just sa,y it was very steamy... in a good way. Overall I would definitley recommend Seductive Secrets to anyone who likes a novel where romance and scandalous mystery have a starring role.

-Sarah
http://laceandlavenderhints.blogspot.ca
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Review by: Jo Waite on July 04, 2012 :
I enjoyed this novel. It was well written and engrossing. A romance and mystery where the villain's identity and motive were not patently obvious.
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Review by: kerry cox on June 28, 2012 :
I read this fab book in one day. Once I started I just couldn't stop. Can't wait to read more from Ms Connally..excellent!
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Review by: Sylvie Msupa on June 27, 2012 :
I love it! Love the plot, love everything about it. Thumbs up Ms. Connally.
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Review by: Stephanie on June 17, 2012 :
I started this novella and couldn't stop reading it...finally at 0530 this morning I finished this gripping pre-Regency period piece. Such plot twists-worthy of Agatha Christie! Will definately be looking forward to more from Ms. Connally.
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