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    Historical Romance

    Seducing Mr. Sykes by Maggie Robinson Cotswold Confidential #2 In Puddling on the Wold they take in people to be cured of problematic issues – at least awkward to their families. When a person is in need of adjusting Puddling promises to fix them and has done so for quite some time. Sarah “Sadie” Marchmain has been sent for the cure by her father who wants her married and his debts paid off. Sadie is doing everything in her power to prevent the marriage by remaining uncured. When a fire occurs in the house Lady Sarah is staying in she is forced to move to Sykes House where more and more of her time is spent with Tristan, the man in line to one day be a Baron and the owner of said house. When a compromising situation leads to a forced and unwanted marriage between Sarah and Tristan the situation becomes more complicated. With misunderstandings due to lack of honest communication, the appearance of an execrable father, unwanted fiancé and blackmailer things are complex indeed. In the beginning the story was “told” more than experienced. I was told how the characters were feeling and about their personalities and would have perhaps liked to have experienced these things and concluded them through their behavior and interactions with others. About half way through the action and interactions picked up as did my interest in the story. By the end of the story I was rooting for both Sadie and Tristan and felt that perhaps they would find happiness in the future. I found Tristan rather pompous and Sadie obnoxious in the beginning but at the halfway mark things came a bit more into focus and as Tristan began to understand Sadie, her motivation and then he met her father his understanding became crystal clear. There was some muddling along but in the end I felt I had read a good story and now want to find out who will star in the next book of the series. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books-Lyrical for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3-4 Stars
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    Loved it

    'Seducing Mr. Sykes' by Maggie Robinson is book Two in the " Cotswold Confidential" series. This is the story of Lady Sarah Marchmain "Sadie" and Tristan Sykes. Sadie has been pretty much ignored her whole life by her father. Sadie grew up having the house servants as friends and family. Which has brought her knowledge to do allot of domestic things. But now that she is older her father thinks to marry her off to take care of money he owes. But Sadie isnt' having it...and starts to act out in crazy ways. She has even hit some of her suitors. Sadie feels if she can just keep single until she turns 25 she can inherit money that was left to her. But her last stunt has made her father take her to Puddling Village where they take in people who need a last restore before going to jail or the asylum. But Sadie actually likes the small village in Pudding and gets in trouble so that they won't yet release her to her father's custody. In addition, it keeps people away from her. Although she has always been lonely she still keeps people away. Then one day while pulling a stunt Tristan walks in to the store. Tristan thinks he knows what is going on with Sadie and that preconception takes a little while to drop before he starts to know the real Sadie. This was such a fun and exciting read. I really could not put the book down. Love this series and Ms. Robinson writing! "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
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    Delightful Regency Romp!

    This is the first book by this author that I have read and I have really been missing something because the humor in her writing is extraordinary and wonderful! I am already looking forward to reading other romances by Ms. Robinson. The hero (Tristan Sykes) and the heroine (Sarah “Sadie” Marchmain) met in Puddling-on-the-Wold where Sadie was sent by her father to stay until she had mended her stubborn ways (i.e., not marrying as her father dictated). Tristan was the leader/director of the Puddling Rehabilitation Foundation that was intended to retrain the spoiled, socialite residents that came to stay at the Rehab Foundation. While Tristan at first recoiled from the hoydenish tendencies of Sadie, he soon came to respect her and the reasons she acted the way she did. And then it became a courtship of sorts with ups and downs because of Sadie’s distrust of Tristan’s motives in being kind to her but which merely made Tristan try all the harder to win her affections. Hilarity ensued throughout the ups and downs of this courtship and I laughed out loud at both Tristan’s and Sadie’s antics while they journeyed to their happy ever after. In short, it was a truly delightful book to read!
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