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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Roz started some smack in the last book that rebounded fairly epicly on Olivia, since SN has a great sense of either fair play or she just likes to torment her h's, it is Roz's turn to take her whacks. Roz has a serious stalker when the book starts and a politician's wife had a heart attack in Roz's hotel roo Re A Lesson in Seduction - Susan Napier's final book in her Marlow Family Series tells the story of actress Roz - who is the non-identical twin sister of Olivia, the h from Winter of Dreams.
Roz has a serious stalker when the book starts and a politician's wife had a heart attack in Roz's hotel room where there was a large wad of money scattered around and the Press thinks they have a Right to Know what exactly is going on. The wife of the politician had to be carted away in an ambulance and Roz has decided to keep her mouth shut in the mode of the Never Complain, Never Explain mindset. Even the very intruding and interrogatory combined might of the Marlow Family Patriarchs, namely Roz's parents, aren't enough to get Roz to give a clue as to what is up.
There is nothing to do then, but ship Roz off to a distant island resort and wait for the dust to settle and hope the die hard members of the Press Corp will stop hounding them. Roz gets to the airport with her brother in law from the prior book and they meet a techie kinda geeky guy who the brother in law knows, his name is Luke.
He gets sorta drafted as a companion to Roz on her island excursion and Roz decides that he needs to learn how to woo a woman. There is some testing of boundaries and getting to know you conversation, Roz makes a few assumptions about Luke's unworldliness that aren't entirely accurate - tho Luke is not a lady buffet sampler and doesn't do a lot of flirting with women.
We get island life HP travelogue and some Roz and Luke touristy excursions, while Roz takes Luke's wooing of women education in hand. There are seekrits seething under the surface tho, Roz has cause to believe that Luke may actually be her stalker, but the big lurve club extravaganza clears Luke of that, Roz is relying on her intuition that tells her Luke is not the stalker is hiding from.
Roz and Luke are still reluctant to share their innermost thoughts, until word comes that Roz's stalker is dead. Apparently he committed suicide a few weeks earlier and his body was recently found. This prompts Luke to reveal that the politician's wife who collapsed in Roz's hotel room is actually Luke's aunt and he wants to know what is going on between her and Roz. Roz still won't say anything, she gave her word to the poor politician's wife when it seemed like she was gasping out her last breath, and Roz doesn't EVER go back on her word.
Roz decides a future with Luke is hopeless, his aunt's seekrit could be very damaging, so she flees back to New Zealand to see if Luke's aunt is recovered enough to talk yet. Roz loves Luke by now, but she doesn't think she can have him. Luke is an orphan and wants a family and Roz is sterile after a bout of pelvic inflammatory disease. Plus there is Luke's aunt's deep dark seekrit and Roz can't bear to keep seekrits from the man she loves.
In Roz's estimation, it is all sharing or nothing and she can't share the aunt's plight with Luke. After a 30 hour flight to get back, Luke is waiting outside the aunt's hospital room when Roz finally arrives. He got direct connections.
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Roz still won't tell Luke what the big seekrit is, but Luke figures most of it out for himself. The big seekrit is that Roz's stalker is Luke's aunt's seekrit son that she had as a teenager and ended up adopting out. Luke's uncle, the aunt's husband, is a big time Family Values Politician and the aunt is very scared that news of her illegitimate child could either ruin his political career or break up her marriage.
The news that he turned out to be a creepy stalker of a famous actress would also make everything ten times worse. The money came from the stalker guy and when Roz met the aunt, she wanted to give the aunt the money to give it back. Roz feels bad for having a stalker, she feels like his stalking may be her fault, something Luke tries very hard to talk her out of believing.
The aunt was really agitated when she talked to Roz, probably because she had just found her son's body, and then she collapsed and the whole situation went pear shaped. Roz had to flee and then met up with Luke and they fell in love, but Roz doesn't really see a future for them unless the aunt wants to confess all. Luke decides that he doesn't care what Roz can't see, he loves her, she loves him and tho his aunt may never reveal her deep dark seekrit, Luke wants to be with Roz and she admits she wants to be with him, so we leave the two of them declaring they believe and trust in each other for the big HP HEA.
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This one was interesting, but I thought it was a bit melodramatic. Then again Roz is an actress and she obviously likes drama, her big goal, which she is in the process of achieving, is to play Lady Macbeth. Luke was a very nice H and tho I am not really a fan of tutoring H's in the arts of love, Luke was very Alpha when he needed to be and I thought he and Roz worked well together for the most part. The tone of the story jumped around a lot too, but it is the final Marlow book in the series and worth a read if you run into it for an okay HP outing with a rather abrupt HEA.
View all 6 comments. When famous actress Rosalind attracts a stalker along with a scandal, her family convinces her to take a vacation to the famous islands of Tioman. Reluctantly agreeing to go along for the sake of her twin, she meets an awkward accountant at the airport named Luke James. Initially amused, she soon realized he is smarter than he seems.. Soon his naivety coaxes her into being his teacher, but as secrets start being revealed, can she maintain her trust in the handsome stranger?
Honestly, the book started out excellent. An eccentric and loving Marlow family manipulates the wild child into taking time off. She meets the hero and their initially banter is very meet cute. Aug 19, Leyns rated it liked it. I'm a little confused at how I feel about this book. I still don't quite know what to make of the hero. He really annoyed me at times acting like a condescending know-it-all and then I admired him at others he was loyal and quite brave at the very end. I feel like all the issues were not fully resolved.
I guess I'm just supposed to accept that love conquers all. May 20, Maura rated it liked it Shelves: contemporary-romance , geeky-hero-love , harlequin-style , series , library , aussie-nz , oldskool. Rosalind "Roz" Marlow got herself into a pickle by being in the wrong place at the wrong time and now has a secret that isn't hers to tell. But the media is hounding her and she's been receiving letters from an obsessive stalker, so she accepts her parents gift of a trip to Tioman, a tropical island resort.
On the way she meets Luke, who comes across as an awkward geek.
She takes it upon herself to teach him the art of flirting and eventually learns that he seems to be hiding his true personalit Rosalind "Roz" Marlow got herself into a pickle by being in the wrong place at the wrong time and now has a secret that isn't hers to tell. She takes it upon herself to teach him the art of flirting and eventually learns that he seems to be hiding his true personality, or maybe she'd just made assumptions.
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At one point, Roz even suspects that Luke might be her stalker. But, as they get to now each other, they become lovers. Luke does have an agenda and reveals that he has a secret, but one that he'll reveal when she explains the secret she has. The more I read Susan Napier, the more certain I become that I could pick up a book of hers without knowing the author and be able to identify her as the author. Her heroes have a certain feel to them That feels like Luke in a nutshell. Even though we'd periodically get his POV, I still couldn't pinpoint what his agenda was, nor his feelings toward Roz.
At the beginning he seemed angry - later he clearly wanted her secrets by the why of it wasn't clear.
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I can't say for certain if I liked him, but he definitely intrigued me. Especially when he does reveal his secret and you take everything in retrospect - it had me wondering if they really could have a future together.
Roz was not a boring heroine either. She was initially annoying with her jumping to conclusions and assumptions about people, but she does seem to learn her lesson especially about Luke as time passes. She's definitely a flawed heroine, which ultimately makes her more likeable. She also reveals herself to have some serious integrity. And like me, she also seems to question how she and Luke could possibly have a future together after the secret is out.
But Luke's speech, his argument for why they should be together, in the end, was awesome.
It was heartfelt, it was convincing and I believed him wholeheartedly. There were moments when I questioned if he could possibly love her, given his attitude, but he convinced me. Dec 16, Helen Moulden rated it really liked it. A sweet story but the ending was disappointing for me anyway. This leads to some very speculative headlines in the tabloids, and Roz finds herself b 4 Stars! This leads to some very speculative headlines in the tabloids, and Roz finds herself between a rock and a hard place, as she cannot say the real reason behind the private meeting.