The Art Of Seducing A Husband is the fifth book in the Improper Wives For Proper Lords series by Clair Brett. This is a heart-warming romance about a young bride that will go to any lengths to get her husband to embrace his love for her. Anthony Colcord, the Earl of Wolverton, has decided to keep his new bride at a distance so that he will never become a monster like his father. Lady Jemma was ripped from a convent school into society; however, with the help of new friends, including her husband’s ex-courtesan, Jemma will fight for her new life and her husband’s affection.
I liked how Anthony was portrayed. He was cold and emotionally shut off. However, his development didn’t end there. We learn of his tragic childhood and terrible father and have a window into Anthony’s soul. I saw a man who has fallen in love with his wife and is scared to death to show her and the ton his feelings. The author did a brilliant job of creating a complex, empathetic figure in Anthony.
Jemma was thrown into the lion’s den. From convent to the ton, she had no experience or training to prepare her for what was to come. Her husband avoided her; however, Jemma was not alone; she had the support of a wonderful group of ladies. I loved how these women surrounded Jemma with love and support. I often read about women in society being horrible to each other; this book was different in how it celebrated women building up other women. Jemma was a lovable, vivid character.
Anthony and Jemma’s journey is full of frustration, misunderstanding, and peril. Anthony puts up a good fight, but Jemma is relentless. Jemma finds she has an iron will, and I loved seeing her blossom into a woman who knows what she wants and goes for it. I felt the couple’s hard-won happily ever after was enchanting and beautiful. This was a medium-paced plot, and it flowed well. The story kept my interest; the characters captured my attention and held it.
Clair Brett has created damaged yet redeemable characters for whom I desperately desired happiness. Anthony and Jemma’s Romance was unconventional, unique, and utterly unforgettable! I enjoyed everything about this book!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Release Date: February 7, 2023