A Dangerous Seduction – Jillian Eaton [Review]

A Dangerous Seduction is a historical romance novel, written by Jillian Eaton. This novel was published in 2017 by Bayhorse. It is the first book in the Bow Street Brides series.




A Dangerous Seduction by Jillian Eaton


When Lady Scarlett Sherwood’s husband is killed in a riding accident that turns out to be no accident at all, she becomes the number one suspect in a murder investigation that takes the ton by storm. Her accuser? None other than the dark, ruthless Sir Owen Steel, Captain of the Bow Street Runners… and the only man Scarlett has ever loved.


Owen was just the poor son of a baker when Scarlett spurned him for a highborn lord. Now he is one of the most powerful men in England, but he never forgot the woman who left him humiliated and heartbroken. He always vowed he would make Scarlett pay for her treacherous betrayal, and what better way to seek revenge than to see her imprisoned for murder?


But old passions are hard to ignore, and one kiss is all it takes for Owen and Scarlett’s sizzling chemistry to be reignited. Soon they find themselves swept up in an affair that could have dangerous consequences for them both. Because there is still a murderer on the loose, and he’s just found his next victim…


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*Although I received a free copy for review consideration, my opinions are my own.


Quick Review: Well-developed characters, good mystery, but I had a hard time getting into it


I enjoyed reading A DANGEROUS SEDUCTION, mainly because of the murder mystery.

The characters were fleshed out and interesting. However, I couldn’t connect to Scarlett, nor could I appreciate the writing style.

Scarlett wasn’t a likable character who I felt invested in, because she was too self-absorbed and antagonistic. Owen seemed better off without her, and I didn’t get into their romance, which seemed based more on lust than love. It seemed the author tried to show Scarlett as a changed person, but it didn’t quite work for me. And I didn’t understand how Owen went to being extremely hateful to extremely loving so quickly. I mean I understood that the love was there all along, but he just did such a 360 in his behavior that it threw me off.

The writing style was repetitive. For example, the author overused the word for way too much, making it seem like she was trying too hard to duplicate an older style of writing.

Also, I couldn’t visualize the settings. Most of the settings didn’t have descriptions. When they did, they were glossed over. On the other hand, the characters were described in excellent detail, as was the clothing and food.

Overall, I thought this was a good story, but it could have been a lot better if Scarlett spent less time regretting and more time trying to change. Also, I would have liked to have seen more of Owen’s investigation into the murder.

I might read another Jillian Eaton book in the future.


My rating: 4 out of 5 stars (B)
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