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DARK SEDUCTION Flora Kidd Was he her salvation or her destruction? Dark, foreign and satanic-looking, Vittorio had ap. The Innocent's Dark SeductionJennie LucasLia was innocent. Or at least she had been. Until Roark possessed her. As soon as Roark Navarre sets eyes on Lia. The innocent's dark seduction. byLucas, Jennie. Publication date For print-disabled users. Borrow this book to access EPUB and PDF files.
He did an adequate grovel in his mind when he realized what he had lost after the heroine left him - and he did express some of this to the heroine. Original Title. In the beginning I definitely wanted to punch Roarke for his attitude about Lia in the beginning and his treatment of her as it was undeserved. We want your feedback! Believe me. Welcome back.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Roark Navarre is ruthless and relentless. He wants beautiful Lia, and he will have her! When he discovers that she is a virgin, taking his prize becomes even sweeter. But the innocent's dark seduction has only just begun! Many years ago, Lia was the innocent victim of Roark's merciless financial ruin of her father.
But it's too late for regrets—soon she finds she's carrying Roark Navarre is ruthless and relentless. But it's too late for regrets—soon she finds she's carrying his child. She doesn't want Roark, her bitter enemy, to know. Because surely he will do what he's always done—exact his price!
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Harlequin Presents fans who don't mind the obvious plotlines. This book is full of Harlequin Presents' most tried and true tropes, and I wanted to punch the hero Roark's lights out in the first page, and that only changed on a few of the pages in this book. But somehow, I ended up liking this book.
This book is not for a hardened cynic who cannot appreciate some of the silly aspects of Harlequin Presents novels when used to good effect in a story. I don't feel that the approach was at all silly. This was a book that kept my interest and engaged my emotions This book is full of Harlequin Presents' most tried and true tropes, and I wanted to punch the hero Roark's lights out in the first page, and that only changed on a few of the pages in this book. This was a book that kept my interest and engaged my emotions.
Not to mention a heroine who was married for ten years and is a virgin widow, has a baby in secret and keeps it from the hero because he said he didn't want a baby and because he ruined her family's life.
And why is it she has to turn into Play-Doh because of his kisses, even though she cries "I hate you," when they come up for air? Lastly, but not least, there's the marriage and bedding for revenge. At times I rolled my eyes at Roark's antics, and Lia's foolishness, but I ended up getting sucked into this world. They were human beings, not robotic automatons that don't make mistakes or act silly.
The love scenes were very passionate and steamy, and the dialogue was interesting. I really do like the way Ms. Lucas writes dialogue. Roark had a backstory that was a lot more intriguing than most of the HP heroes. His father was a Spanish-Canadian ice road truck-driver who married a New York heiress. That's kind of different. And although he pissed me off for most of this book with his arrogance and ruthless sense of entitlement, I did feel that the dumb lug came to his senses and went after what was important to him.
Lia wasn't one of those heroines who never acknowledged the wrongness of what she did. She realized that it was wrong to hold the knowledge of baby Ruby from her father. And she had the courage to go after what was important to her also.
I think Ms. Lucas is fully cognizant that she is writing within a genre and series that has some established expectations, and she embraces it. She might have her checklist of what must be included, but she does a great job of writing a dramatic, engrossing romance that you can't quite dislike, despite some of the obvious patented story elements. Thus I have to give this book 3.
View all 21 comments. Apr 04, Vintage rated it it was ok Shelves: Wackadoodle fest with a mean hero and a virginal, take it on the chin, heroine. The H shows up at a fancy schmancy party to persuade the hostess, a newly widowed h, to sell the parcel she says she wants to put a 26 acre park in NYC to honor her dead sister.
He's sure he can convince her as she must be a gold digger to marry an old guy. Eye roll. H bids a cool million to dance with her, kisses her in the middle of the dance floor.
She melts into a disgusting mess of HarleyLand heroine trope at the Wackadoodle fest with a mean hero and a virginal, take it on the chin, heroine. She melts into a disgusting mess of HarleyLand heroine trope at the kiss two weeks a widow then she runs, no, sprints out of the fundraiser all the way to Italy.
The stalker hero follows her to Italy and has sex with her. She's a virgin! Too bad she's also the daughter of the man he hounded out of business which led to her father's heart attack which led to her sister dying of a brain tumor which led to her mother committing suicide so she doesn't really like him.
They have words, and he wins as his words are nastier. Excellent sex, again. She lies; he discovers what happens when a virgin has unprotected sex with a Harley hero. A baby. Once he finds out he has a plot moppet, he goes from seductive Rico Suave to Cruel Asshat. They marry and he treats her like an official bootie call. It was all fun and games until he found out about the baby he never wanted.
He's cruel, he's dismissive, he's arrogant. View all 4 comments. Sep 01, StMargarets rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
His cruelty at the end was a huge turn off - especially when he was to blame for her father's financial ruin which led to his death, her sister's and her mother's. He already had a lot to answer for and the heroine keeping the child a secret wasn't enough of a sin for the way he treated her after they married. Yes, JL has shown his motivation was fear of being close to anyone after losing his entire family in house fire as a child - but come on - he wasn't too afraid when he offered marriage the first time.
I did like the fire at the end so the hero had a bit of trauma as payback. He did an adequate grovel in his mind when he realized what he had lost after the heroine left him - and he did express some of this to the heroine. The white wedding at the end was necessary, I thought - but he's going to have to continue to work to balance the Karmic ledgers.
View all 8 comments. Aug 16, KatieV rated it it was ok Shelves: I have no problem with a heroine who starts out as a doormat. Who hasn't been a fool for love?
Especially if it's your first time around, you're going to give your all. I also have no problem with a hero who acts like a real SOB. It definitely adds tension and I love it when they have to face the error of their ways She left him and he pretty much immediately realized he loved her, went to find her and she took him back with open arms. Yep, that's it. No groveling, I have no problem with a heroine who starts out as a doormat. No groveling, no proving himself, nothing.
Nov 08, Ivy H rated it it was amazing Shelves: Review of a book read years ago. I think this was my favourite Jennie Lucas romance. The one thing that stands out for me is the fact that the author gave this couple their own 'couples love song'. It was so romantic. The hero and heroine danced to Etta James' super romantic, timeless treasure of a song called 'At Last'. I think that was a first for a harlequin author. Be still my beating heart. This romance had angst, hot sex, gorgeous MC's, an adorable secret baby girl, more hot sex, a h Review of a book read years ago.
This romance had angst, hot sex, gorgeous MC's, an adorable secret baby girl, more hot sex, a hero who felt forced to safeguard his heart after all the pain he had experienced as a child and teen, more hot sex, super sex What a romantic novel! View all 3 comments. The hero had no right to be pissed at her after he said he hate to have a child with her. Where does he get the nerve to mad about her keeping it from him when he was such a little asshole about it. She was the one who was inexperienced!
If he did not want kids used an condom dumb ass!!!! Wtf and she just takes it!!! He did not deserve her at all!!! Even then end he needs to be more grateful that she loves his sorry ass.
However I rated it 3. Wow I love that song and I am glad they included a classic in this book. So well written just wished the story line was better but the writing is second to none. Bravo Jennie. I really didn't enjoy the first half of the book and it only got interesting to me once the hero found out about his daughter and started treating the heroine like an on tap, traveling booty call.
As much as a jerk the hero was, the heroine put up with his bad behavior. I would have went off on the hero when they were hosting a party in Moscow for New Years Eve and he was flirting with other women.
You can love someone and still say to them, you're treating me wrong and I'm not going to take it.
The heroine put up with months of bad treatment from the hero before she finally said enough is enough. I also felt that the heroine should have told the hero she was pregnant. She was rich and influential and if the hero had chosen to suggest that she got an abortion which he never did he could not have forced her to do so.
I thought it was silly that the heroine thought she could keep the baby a secret considering her assistant and his best friend were married plus, she was a high profile person. The beginning of the book when all of those old men were lusting after the heroine at the charity ball was OTT.
My husband is older than I am and I appreciate the fact that there is maturity that comes with his age however, not with the older men in this book. They were all acting like little boys going through puberty after having their first wet dream. It was a major turn-off for me. The real story in this book is not about the heroine keeping their child a secret, it was about the hero getting over his fear of loving and losing someone.
Why I like Jennie Lucas as a writer is that she writes her books in a way in which, the true story is not obvious from the outset.
This wasn't just a secret baby trope book, it was the story of a alpha hero who was afraid of getting hurt and losing his loved ones. It's not a bad book but Jennie Lucas is a great writer and storyteller and I have come to hold her to a much higher standard than other writers. This was a solid 3 Star book. View 2 comments. Aug 26, Lady Jaye rated it it was ok Shelves: Why, Jennie Lucas, why? And why do the editors think it is a good idea to publish stories like these in , for the love of all things holy?!
View 1 comment. Nov 14, sbf rated it it was ok. I really disliked this one. The hero was terrible and I never warmed to him. I didn't think this guy had either. I also thought that the heroine's total helplessness in resisting the hero physically was way over the top -- again, I don't mind s I really disliked this one. Finally, I just couldn't stand the hero's giant, prolonged pout over the fact that she didn't tell him about the baby when he had done so many terrible things before that.
Jan 01, Lynsey A rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This was my first read by Jennie Lucas and I really enjoyed it. This book had the angst I like in it. In the beginning I definitely wanted to punch Roarke for his attitude about Lia in the beginning and his treatment of her as it was undeserved.
However, in the middle of the book he changed and Ms. Lucas did a great job of showing the reader how he changed. His treatment towards Lia near the end was understandable because of his hurt concerning her keeping Ruby's birth a secret. I liked how the This was my first read by Jennie Lucas and I really enjoyed it. I liked how the hero showed a vulnerable side for a brief moment and you don't see that too much in Presents titles. He wasn't a jerk through the whole book and the times when he was horrible to Lia were due to the hurt she caused and his own fears.
The end was pretty predictable as others have said but overall I really liked the book as it kept my interest throughout the whole story and didn't drag in any place. Anyone who enjoys baby themes will like this but for those who hate it when the heroine keeps the baby from the hero will not. It doesn't bother me as much as I know it bothers some.
I will definitely continue to read books by Jennie Lucas. Mar 18, lily waheed rated it it was amazing. Roark and Lia , OMG. View all 5 comments. Nov 16, Jenny rated it really liked it. Very sweet love story. Jennie Lucas never fails to capture me with her sweet, warmhearted heroines and her dark but vulnerable smitten heroes!
Plus the secret baby plot is my weakness! Mar 24, Farah rated it it was ok Shelves: Sometimes I really hate those Harlequin villains heroes!! Roark was really cruel.. I hated him and Lia was a push over. The last scene was good but Roark didn't quite redeem himself. Mar 01, Danielle rated it really liked it Shelves: This reviews contains major plot spoilers and plot points. Lots of thoughts and opinions on certain scenes in the book and go into a little bit of detail.
That's your warning I originally thought I was going to give a quite different review than I am going to give currently because honestly the first portion of the book I was not digging or feeling at all, but once I got more deeply in the story then I began to have some feels that made me change my opinion of the book totally hence the four This reviews contains major plot spoilers and plot points. That's your warning I originally thought I was going to give a quite different review than I am going to give currently because honestly the first portion of the book I was not digging or feeling at all, but once I got more deeply in the story then I began to have some feels that made me change my opinion of the book totally hence the four star review.
For the most part the reason I didn't like the beginning was because their first time together happened just a wee bit too quick for my liking. I got that they were attracted to each other the moment the met with both never having felt like this about another person before. Well, at least on Roark's part who was a renowned playboy. While Lia had been a virgin with nothing to compare it too, though she did know that Roark made her feel heat as well as other emotions for the first time in quite awhile.
Her older husband had just died and left her alone in the world so she was grieving, but she also felt empty and numb and kind of was the walking dead.
She even referred to herself as being dead until Roark came along and awoke her to the pleasures of life and what pleasure of the flesh had to offer to her, but she only had the urge with Roark and no one else.
So their first meeting was just an explosion of emotions, though I didn't really feel that while reading it and kind of felt like it was forced or something was off. And I definitely didn't like their first time together and didn't feel right to me. Well, really I didn't like how quick it was like I said and how it was executed.
And how Roark took her like that in her garden without much preliminaries or even a "hi. Granted he didn't know that at the time, but still. It made me feel that he was just treating her as an object to slake his lust then treating her as a living flesh and blood woman, and I didn't like that. I got it was suppose to be uncontrollable passion, but it didn't do it for me and I didn't like the scene, which made my eyebrows a bit and roll my eyes because it just felt so unrealistic and kind of forced as well.
I just wasn't feeling it. For me, I like a more build up throughout the book and have this tension there between the main characters until they could contain themselves no longer and they have to give in. Now that happened in this book, but it just happened way too quick so there was really not a lot of building up of sexual tension, which I like to see in a romance.
Plus with it being drawn out, it makes the scene more passionate because they had been denying themselves so long of what they really wanted. With this book there was no delayed gratification, which is half the fun of passionate hot romances. Now Roark was not the only one in that first time scene, Lia was a full participate and completely willing. Which begged to answer the question. What was she thinking? Giving her virginity to a stranger? I know it happens probably every day in real life, but her.
I would have expected more. Plus it just seemed totally out of character for her as well. I get that all these emotions overwhelmed her and she wanted that feeling of being alive again, which she felt in his arms and his arms only, but still I don't think she would have given her virginity to him that easily especially her first time. But she let him. And her responses to him were kind of unrealistic as well, and I just didn't feel or believe it.
Plus to top it all off, she didn't even know his first name when they were going at and was completely unaware that Roark was the reason that her father lost his business because Roark did a complete takeover of her father's company, which lead him to have a heart attack and since they didn't have money they couldn't participate in an experimental trial for her sister, who had a brain tumor that left untreated so she died then Lia's mother overdosed on sleeping pills and died, leaving Lia all alone.
And he figured it who she was while they were going at it after and planned not telling her who he was until she forced the issue then once she did then she hated him and never wanted to see him again. And she was so angry that she gave her virginity to Roark. So again, would she really have slept with him if she didn't know him name. I'm not so sure she would have, but that's just me. And if that wasn't bad enough, she believed that the only reason that Roark slept with her was to get her to sell her land to him that was the reason he pursued her at the ball and bid on her for a dance so he could talk to her and convince.
And he wasn't beyond using seduction to get his way, which I didn't like. Though he did truly desire her once he saw her for the first time and wanted her badly. So that just made it doubly worse and she just felt so used by him, making her regret her decision even more.
And to take the cake, Roark was an absolute jerk to her afterwards. Granted she made some harsh accusations, but I couldn't really blame her especially since all the evidence pointed to his guilt?
Plus it was her first time, she didn't know how to handle it. Right after they were done doing the deed, she was happy in the afterglow and felt more alive then ever and she seemed to enjoy what they did while for him after they were done, he just pulled away from her and began acting coolly towards her pretty immediately.
Strange how, in the past two weeks, so many men had suddenly decided to write large checks for the benefit of the park. Andrew held on to her hand, not allowing her to easily pull away. Allow me to get you some champagne. Thank you, but no. She looked away. I appreciate your kindness, but I really must greet my other guests. The ballroom was packed with people; everyone had come. The twenty-six acres of railyards and broken-down warehouses would be transformed into a place of beauty, right across the street from where her sister had died.
In the future, other kids staying at St. Let me stay by your side tonight, Countess. Let me support you in your grief. I know it must be hard on you to be here. Do me the honor of allowing me to escort you, and I will double my donation to the park.
Triple it—. Lia looked up with an intake of breath. A tall, broad-shouldered man stood at the base of the stairs. He had dark hair, tanned skin and a hard, muscular shape beneath his perfectly cut tuxedo. And even as he spoke to Andrew, he looked only at her.
Could you go and get me some champagne, please, Andrew? Would you mind? He gave the stranger a dark look. But what about him? Of course, Andrew said with dignity, and went down the stairs toward the waiters carrying flutes of champagne. You have exactly one minute to talk before I call security, she said, walking down the stairs toward him, facing him head-on.
I know the guest list. But when she stood next to him on the marble floor, she realized how powerfully built the dark stranger truly was. At five-seven, she was hardly petite, but he had at least seven inches and seventy pounds over her. And even more powerful than his body was the way the man looked at her.
His gaze never moved from hers. She found herself unable to look away from the intensity of his dark eyes. He moved closer, looking down at her with an arrogant masculine smile. Struggling to control the force of heat spreading through her body, Lia raised her chin. And just what do you think I desire?
He gave her a sardonic smile. A shame to waste money after you worked so hard to get your hands on it. He was insulting her at her own party! Calling her a gold digger!
And the fact that it was partially true…. Not when the brief touch of his fingertip against her skin caused a riot of sensation to sear her whole body. This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue? Upload Sign In Join.
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She might appear like some kind of do-gooder, but I know a gold digger when I see… His voice trailed off as he focused on a woman entering the ballroom. Strangely shaken, Roark breathed, Who is that?
Nathan glanced behind him and gave a sardonic smile. That, my friend, is the merry widow. Maybe there was something to the rumors that the old count died in her bed of too much pleasure. He swallowed. Countess Lia Villani was a goddess. Not by a long shot. Wolves circling? And Roark suddenly wanted her with an intensity that shocked him. This woman that every other man wanted, Roark would take. Along with the property, of course. She pulled her hand out of his clasp. I must go.
No, I really— Let me stay by your side tonight, Countess. He had a gleam in his dark, expressive eyes that made her feel strangely hot all over. And this was different. Do I know you? He gave her a lazy, smug smile. Not yet. Please, Andrew.