Jun 13, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: Annabelle Swift has loved Derek Knightly, editor and owner of The London Weekly, for three years, six months, three weeks and two days, all without his notice. She has decided that now is the time to change this and asks the readers of her column, Dear Annabelle, for advice on gaining the attention of a man that pays you no mind.
The answers pour in and Annabelle sets about trying out some of the suggestions. After a variety of attempts; lower bodices, smoldering glances, forgotten objects Yet, he is courting a society lady, the last piece he needs to right the wrongs of his past. Knightly is confused to his new found feelings for Annabelle and his duty not just to himself, but also to his paper which is coming under heavy suspicion of fraud.
Annabelle and her fellow Writing Girls decide she needs to attempt one last final grand gesture but when happiness finally seems attainable, the newspaper scandal blows up and it forces Annabelle to make a rash decision. How can Knightly show Annabelle the truth of his heart while holding on to all that he has built with his newspaper? I just adore Maya Rodale's writing and Seducing Mr. Knightly is no exception! If you have read the previous books in this series, I'm sure you have been eagerly anticipating this story and, for the most part, it delivers.
I loved watching Annabelle shed her quiet 'don't notice me' shell I mean really, her family is just plain horrible to her and bloom into a daring, courageous woman. Her attempts at seduction are both heart warming and amusing and she shares it all with her readers. Knightly for his part, comes out of his unobservant shell and starts to wonder if he could be the man Annabelle is questing after, which I was happy about.
It was not a quick about face but a slow, realistic change and you can see them falling truly in love with each other, past the initial love at first sight. They both want to belong and together they find a way to find that with each other. With how smoking hot the cover is, I was a bit surprised that the heat factor is a bit on the lower side The romance is slower and sweet with delicious sexual tension and the payoff is wonderful.
I really did not care for the ending and Annabelle's decision she made but oh, Knightly's attempt to fix it A solid conclusion to a fun, sexy series and I am a bit sad that we are saying good bye to these characters. Maya Rodale is on my auto buy list with this series due to her fabulous storytelling filled with charm, humor, sass, characters you can relate too and swoon worthy romance. View all 4 comments. Oct 23, Gina rated it liked it Shelves: My historical romance binge continues with Seducing Mr. I haven't read the other books of this series. To the best of my recollection, this is also my first Maya Rodale.
I had no trouble reading it as a stand alone and enjoyed it enough I'll seek out the prior books. Fans of Cinderella type stories will enjoy it.
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Knightly is the bastard son of an Earl. He has managed to find fortune and My historical romance binge continues with Seducing Mr. He has managed to find fortune and influence as the head of a popular paper but still wants entry to the ton as denied him by his birth. Annabelle has loved her boss from afar for more than 3 years. She is tired of waiting to be noticed, so she reaches out to her loyal readers for advice on how to attract a man's attention. This begins an attempt at romance by a shy woman to a man who has his own problems - big problems like reporters being arrested and newspapers under attack by the government.
Will Annabelle's attempts work? Will Knightly save his paper? Better get a copy of the next addition of The London Weekly to find out.
Seducing Mr. Knightly (The Writing Girls, #4) by Maya Rodale
I enjoyed this book a lot. I liked Annabelle and the female friendships between all the women who work at the paper, "The Writing Girls. Unfortunately, this is the next book in a long list from this year where I've wondered if a first draft was accidentally published instead of a finished, edited copy. Phrases and descriptions are repeated numerous times. A few times for emphasis are OK, but at some point it becomes the set up for a drinking game. I found some jarring typos, such as "congratulations" used instead of "congratulate.
Fans of Tessa Dare should check this out. Apr 17, Jess the Romanceaholic rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic. October 30, Publisher: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Unrequited Love Pet Peeves: Still, it was very much in keeping with the overall tone of the series, and I enjoyed it greatly. Nov 03, Nicole rated it really liked it Shelves: I absolutely loved her! Her little schemes and plots were hilarious to read about and I just can't tell you how much fun I had reading about her.
But yeah, derek was an oblivious nodcock and no one special but at least he got his act together by the end. Sep 04, Caroline Linden rated it it was amazing. Annabelle was overshadowed in all the previous Writing Girl books by the other Girls, who are all more daring and outgoing. But her story is a lovely, charming one about a shy girl coming out of her shell and finally going after the man she wants. And yeah, he's sexy.
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A perfect light, romantic read for a summer day. Nov 12, Lindy rated it it was ok. Too bad because it had a great premise! Quiet, shy Annabelle is sick to death of pining away for her clueless, sexy, self-made Editor and decides to take charge and seduce him. It had so much potential to be wonderful, but never actually rose to the occasion sadly. There just didn't seem to be any real connection between these cha DNF. There just didn't seem to be any real connection between these characters. Annabelle is crazy in love with the H, but the only reason we're given is that he hired her and gave her a chance when no one else did.
Knightly's motive in hiring of her and her fellow gal writers at the paper is purely commercial rather than altruistic- to sell papers. Knightly's driving ambition in life is wealth and recognition, he's wooing a blue blooded lady so he may gain acceptance from his half brother. Knightly starts noticing Annabelle when she starts wearing low cut tops and getting attention from other guys and gets hit with a flood of jealousy and lust- even if I could with-hold my eyeroll at this cliche'd plot device,by the time these two about to hit the sheets, and there was still barely any development- I had to stop reading.
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If you're looking for something with a similar plot, but with more substance, I'd recommend Laura Lee Ghurke's "And then he kissed her. Sep 19, Caz rated it really liked it Shelves: Okay, so I know that Seducing Mr Knighly isn't going to win any prizes for originality, but I found it to be sweet, funny, sexy and rather charming. While the story of "wallflower suffers unrequited love for gorgeous man she's known for years" isn't new, I did like the way that Annabelle decided to try to do something about it; in fact, it was rather refreshing to see a supposedly dowdy and unpreposessing character determine to get out there and change her life rather than bowing to the weight Okay, so I know that Seducing Mr Knighly isn't going to win any prizes for originality, but I found it to be sweet, funny, sexy and rather charming.
While the story of "wallflower suffers unrequited love for gorgeous man she's known for years" isn't new, I did like the way that Annabelle decided to try to do something about it; in fact, it was rather refreshing to see a supposedly dowdy and unpreposessing character determine to get out there and change her life rather than bowing to the weight of oppression. The hero and heroine were - for the most part - engaging characters apart from when Derek the Nodcock suggested Annabelle use her womanly wiles in order to keep Lord Marsden off his back ; and while Knighly's transformation from single-minded newspaper baron to a man prepared to throw it all over for the woman he loves may have happened a bit quickly, it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story overall.
Maya Rodale writes with a light touch and a great deal of humour.
With thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for the review copy. There's a good story somewhere in this book, but for this reader the story was overwhelmed by the modern language and behavior, the repetition of the characters' thoughts, and the author's unsuccessful efforts to be as funny as Tessa Dare. It's too bad, really, for the main characters are very well drawn -- Annabelle, the invisible, dowdy spinster and Derek, the bastard son of an earl who yearns for acceptance by society.
The other characters, however, are mere stereotypes. I mean, if you're going to be wrong, at least be consistently wrong. I believe that I could have overlooked the inauthentic speech and behavior if not for the repetition. I just skimmed many pages, skipping over the internal dialogue until I could find some action. Thus, it's highly unlikely that I'll be reading any more Maya Rodale titles. Sep 25, Ang rated it it was amazing. I just finished the last book in this series and I'm sad to leave the Writing Girls - they are a fun group of intrepid females working in Regency era London for a paper that is progressive enough it hires females.
All the books in the series are good, but I liked this one best because we have been lead to it throughout the first three books. We are made aware of Annabelle's infatuation with Mr. Annabelle has been a I just finished the last book in this series and I'm sad to leave the Writing Girls - they are a fun group of intrepid females working in Regency era London for a paper that is progressive enough it hires females. Annabelle has been a prominent friend to the other girls and her character developed superficially.
In this book, we get some surprises and it's very entertaining. He's been portrayed as a ruthless editor willing to do anything for a great story in prior books but he is Annabelle's focus in this book and we learn a lot about him.
I loved this story - so funny and sweet. The entire series was great and will most likely read again! Apr 22, Alissa rated it really liked it Shelves: Well, I just loved this one. Sep 08, Danyka rated it really liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The fourth book on the series Writing Girls by Maya Rodale. The story is centered on Annabelle Swift, the last Writing Girl that still remains unmarried. She is in love with Derek Knightly, Chief and owner of the newspaper she is working at and her secret only to Mr.
With that short introduction you know what it follows As Annabelle is a very shy girl, she has to overcome her own timid personality and start to woo the person she loves. So all starts after a note she receives from Derek to present her next column and as she doesn't have a clue as to how gain his attention, she asks her readers for advise. What follows is the most interesting and funny advises that people could give her. I gave 4 stars to this novel because we see the development of Annabelle, from a shy and timid woman to one with more spine and decision.
She gains self-confidence and even still soft spoken, she knows that she is in love and that she cannot be waiting all her life for that love to call on her door, that she has to pursue and win it with her own beautiful self as there is family that treats her as a mere maid, since she is living at her brother's with his family, a bit cinderella-ish What I also like is after every time she tries to gain some attention from Derek, she doesn't cow and gives up, she knows that it will be hard, but to conquer you have to fight.
As for the Hero, Derek is a self-made man, he started his newspaper and has everything he wanted until some difficulties with a scandal with disguised reporters starts a war between the nobelty and newspapers. Distracted by this, he needs the help of a noble, here comes Lord Marsden. With his empire in danger, he is a bit distracted to pay attention on Annabelle's campain to win him over and a very public one, as he is publishing it on Dear Annabelle advises section.
Because of his background his only worry is his empire, so that makes it more credible the level of difficulty that Annabelle has to face. I think her writing is interesting and fast, well made descriptions, funny and witty dialogues, not a boring word as I was reading. I read it because of the plot, and it was even more than I hoped. I gave 4 stars and not 5 for the only reason that one time or two I was having murderous intentions toward Derek or at least to hit his head for being so hard-headed as to keep his empire before the sincere love of a good woman.
I sincerely recommend the lecture of this book. Sep 10, Danielle rated it it was amazing Shelves: When I read Seducing Mr. Knightly I was in a reading slump and it quickly pulled me out and has definitely made my list of favorite books for This book was superb and it just reminds me why I love Maya Rodale's work so much. I couldn't seem stop myself once I started reading this book. It was just so consuming and just so very good.
Determined to finally gain his attention, she writes to her readers asking for their advice on how to attract his attention.
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With all of the suggestions pouring in, Annabelle quickly begins to take action. From wearing more enticing gowns with lower bodices to pretending to faint into his arms, Annabelle is willing to try anything to get Derek's attention. Derek has never really noticed Annabelle outside of the fact that she was one of his infamous lady writers. But for someone reason lately she's been starting to stand out and he can't seem to get her off of his mind.
When it's brought to his attention that Annabelle has sought out help from her readers to gain the attentions of a certain "nodcock" he can't help but wonder who exactly she is pursuing and why does the thought of her with another man seem to make him jealous? I loved, loved, loved these two together. I found the build up to their relationship to be sweet. Annabelle has been in love with Derek for what seems like forever and I loved that everyone knows but him. I liked that their relationship wasn't rushed and we were able to see the growth between them.
I liked that this book had quite a lot of humor in it. Some of the scenes with Derek and Annabelle are really quite hilarious and I found myself laughing out loud quite a few times. Both characters were fun to read and I loved getting to know them both. Like I said before, this book is definitely one of my favorites of the year and I definitely can't wait to read more from Mrs.
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I just love the way she is able to mix humor in her books while still making it feel sexy and romantic. How do you get the man you are in love with to notice you? Knightly was the well-loved bastard son of a member of the Ton. He has worked hard to establish himself within their ranks by making his newspaper successful. The final item on his to do list is to marry well into the Ton to complete his transformation. There is drama in the publishing world, writers are being arrested all over London for unethical tactics they are using to get inside information for stories.
Knightly has the chance to marry the daughter of the man spearheading these arrests, thus solidifying his newspaper and also completing his marriage goal. Things seem to be coming together for him, that is until he begins to notice Annabelle. Knightly is a delightful, feel good novel, that will make you laugh out loud and will leave you smiling long after the last page has turned.
I read this story before realizing it was the fourth in Ms. This entire series is phenomenal and the books do not have to be read in order to be enjoyed! Aug 14, Cocktails and Books rated it it was amazing Shelves: Annabell writes for London Weekly giving out advise. And does everything her sister in law asks of her. Always trying to help others. Knightly is the owner of the London Weekly. Aspiring to become part of high society were he feels he belongs. Annabell has been in love with Knightly for several years, but never really being noticed.
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