THE ART OF SEDUCTION
Dominick Mercer, Marquess of Ellsworth, leads a double life. In public, he’s one of the most respected peers in England. But in private, he’s notorious Italian painter Domenico Vincenzo, a man known as well for his scandalous lifestyle as his visionary paintings. He’s determined to paint a masterpiece and put his real name on it, thus freeing him from this dual existence that’s becoming difficult to maintain. The problem? His model is the most unusual woman he’s ever met and the only one fit for his masterpiece. And she’s keeping secrets of her own…
Eve Winslow is determined to live life to its fullest by bouncing from one madcap escapade to another. So when a misunderstanding brings her to Vincenzo’s studio, she simply cannot refuse the adventure of being his model, or his rakish charms. Soon Eve’s adventure turns into scandal, and the only person who can save her is the same man who causes her downfall—a man who refuses to put anything before his art, including love.
“Top pick! Sensual and arousing. Harrington spins her tale with care as she gives her memorable characters a lively plot and depth of emotion that captivates her fans, who can’t wait for the next chapter.”—RT Book Reviews on When the Scoundrel Sins
"The characters are fabulously crafted and gloriously complicated…the author balances the dark with a light, witty humor and a sexual tension that adds sizzle to every scene…How I Married a Marquess is intense, satisfying, and cleverly unpredictable. Consider me a freshly minted fan of Harrington’s style of happy ever after.”—USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog on How I Married a Marquess
“Harrington creates fast-paced, lively romances with unconventional characters and plot. For her second novel, she adds heated sensuality and a gothic twist. There is little doubt that she is fast becoming a fan favorite.”—RT Book Reviews on Along Came a Rogue
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4-4.5 Stars!! This is the 5th book in the ‘Capturing the Carlisle‘s’ series! I’ve read one other book in this series(#4) but I really want to read the rest!! This is a really great series & this book was so entertaining, I could hardly put it down! I would have liked to know more in the epilogue though, like what the backlash was with society at the end of the book!? I don’t know a lot about painting but it seemed like the main character, Dom, was a bit fanatic about his painting. I guess that’s just the way artistic people are! Great read! Definitely recommended!
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Loved this Story
When I read a book by Anna Harrington, I need to set aside time because I know once I turn the first page I will not move until the end! Wow, can I say it again? Prepare to be taken into a seductive story running the gamut of emotions with all of the ingredients for a perfect historical romance. This is an excellent example why I love them! Dominick Mercer is a man leading a double life, but wanting to merge them together. A passionate Italian painter whose work has made him famous, he also lives a life of self indulgence. But when he gains the title of Marquess when his brother dies, he has to keep up appearances without everyone knowing his true vocation. Eve Winslow jumps from one scandal to another and is barely on the edge of being acceptable. When she meets Dom he mistakes her for his new model and she begins to spend time with him. The author is a master at bringing the story alive with her wonderful descriptions and almost three dimensional characters. This is an emotional and intense story with suspense, drama, strong emotions and of course romance that will have you sighing as you turn the last page. I highly recommend this book and even though it can be read as a standalone, you do not want to miss this rest in this series!!
Finding His Muse
This is the story Dominick James Mercer, Marquess of Ellsworth (also the notorious Italian painter Vincenzo), and Evelyn Winslow, daughter of a wealthy tradesman, is a Hellion Extraordinaire. They meet when she come to his studio to pick up a painting for her sister and brother-in-law and he mistakes her for his new model. Seeing an opportunity for an adventure, Eve agrees to be his model. They spend much time together and begin to fall in love. There are a few tiny minor obstacles in the way of happily ever after. Neither knows who the other really is. Eve is plagued by scandal (an almost elopement). Dom lives with secrets and an obsession to find his muse (maybe he should open his eyes). Throw in a greedy jealous former model/girlfriend bent on blackmail and a vengeful greedy former suitor and you have more adventure than even the Winslow sisters can handle.
This is a beautifully written passionate story. The story line is emotional and complex. The description of the studio, the smell and appearance allows you to see it as Dom does and understand his fascination with his work right along with Eve. Dom and Eve are perfect for one another. Dom is strong and caring, and Eve needs that. Eve is sweet, adventurous, and unpredictable. Both are determined and stubborn. Mariah and the Carlisles make an appearance. Mariah is supportive and protective of Eve, and the Carlisle family of both of them. Eve’s father Henry is here to offer sage advice on several matters. I have already described the villains, a couple of nasty pieces of work. This is a wonderful story with some drama, a bit of angst, suspense, adventure, and discovery, and romance. I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend this exciting addition in the Capturing the Carlisles series.