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            Fielding Grey, Viscount of Eldon, spends his life recovering fabled antiquities–and turning them over to anyone willing to pay for the priceless pieces of human history.  The son of an explorer, he uses his expertise to live well and to pursue vengeance against the shadowy men of Solomon’s, a secretive society he blames for his own father’s death.

When members of Solomon’s approach him with a quest of their own, he seizes the opportunity to work for them while he establishes which of the men will be held accountable for the life of misery he and his mother lived after a cave-in kept his father from returning home.

In spite of Fielding’s previous triumphs, since as recovering the lost Library of Alexandria, he’d dubious about the reality of Pandora’s Box, his new grail, and more skeptical still that the box could harm humanity.

Finding the box becomes momentarily one of his easiest accomplishments–except for the nearly nude woman hanging from manacles guarded by the Raven’s henchmen–the thiefs who found the box first.

Esme Worthington at “seven and twenty” years knows she will never marry, never interest a man.  She’s too smart, offers no prospect, and has been shunned by her own sister.  Unable to compromise her love of books and knowledge and simper and flirt just to net a husband, Esme’s studies have made her a leading expert on Pandora’s Box.  Unfortunately, they also made her the target of a kidnapping, and forced her to accept protection for her aunt and herself from Viscount Fielding Grey.

Worse still, she falls victim to one of the curses and suddenly can’t control her own lustful nature as she works with Fielding Grey to recover the box and save her own life, if not her virtue.

Confronted by the villainous Raven, Fielding and Esme deal with the worst elements of London society while fighting growing physical attraction and the soul-deep scars both carry from their damaging childhoods.

DeHart’s Seduce Me is brilliantly written, a fitting cornerstone for her Legends Hunters series.  De Hart’s witty dialogue evokes occasional chuckles and frequent smiles, while avoiding those sudden, jarring modernisms that often pop up in historical fiction.  The plot takes unexpected twists, and she uses painstaking detail to paint vivid pictures of the movie-worthy action and the sizzling sexual tension building between Fielding and Esme.

The night I finished Seduce Me, I dreamed of a dark, gorgeous man gamboling through…wherever he was.  I seldom remember dreams these days, and when I do–I dream of Secretariat or have recurring bad dreams about past jobs.  Never do I dream of dashing, heroic men.

I can’t say that the man in my dreams was Fielding Gray.  I can’t say he wasn’t.  But I can say that Seduce Me totally captivated my imagination.

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