Title: Seduce Me
Author: Robyn DeHart
Redonk Nutshell: Treasure hunter and scholar team up to track down Pandora’s box, encountering curses that bring them tantalizingly close.
Official Synopsis: Fielding Grey is the second son of the Marquess of Eldon and fortune hunter by night. He’s on a mission for the Legend Hunters–a group of wealthy, titled, and heart-breakingly gorgeous men, each of whom are after the find of the century–he has his eyes set on obtaining the illustrious Pandora’s Box. But before he finds it, he encounters an equally alluring treasure–the woman bold enough to look inside. Esme Worthington can’t resist taking the tiniest peek inside when fate drops the real Pandora’s Box in her lap. Thus, she unleashes one of Pandora’s irresistible curses: the curse of lust. Now, both Esme and Fielding must deal with this passionate curse–or blessing?–before unknown implications of Pandora’s Box overpower them both.
This was another book sale find for me, and man I am SO glad I found it. This book was so much fun. It’s not as well written or poetic as, say Loretta Chase or Anne Stuart, but the plot, oh my the plot, was a blast. It felt almost like a cross between Indiana Jones and The Mummy. It’s a wonderful fluff read, one I imagine I’ll pick up again in the future when I need something fun and fluffy.
Fielding Grey is commissioned by Solomon’s, the elite men’s club for treasure hunters, to help track down Pandora’s box before their nemesis, The Raven, gets his hands on it. Fielding has an advantage – he’s The Raven’s nephew and former employee, so he’s familiar with how to go about beating his uncle’s henchmen to the punch. What he encounters at the supposed site of the box is not what he expects. With two of his uncle’s henchmen is a woman, a woman that is shackled as an obvious prisoner. He quickly helps to rescue her, grabbing the treasure in the process, and together they manage an escape.
Esme Worthington is a scholar on Pandora’s Box, and has been obsessed with its history. Which is why the two men kidnapped her in the first place – they needed her to confirm what it was, and also to help open it. When Grey swoops in to her rescue, she’s relieved. She’s intrigued by her hero, but guardedly so. She’s more interested in getting her hands on the box. When she does, her curiosity gets the better of her, and she opens it, inadvertently enchanting herself with one of its cursed bands. The gold band clasps around her wrist and is marked with what looks like the Greek inscription of “lust.” Grey & Esme soon find out that they have a short amount of time before the curse of Pandora’s box takes the lives of all those wearing the bands. The only way to remove them is to get all of them together in one place.
Thus begins the journey of gathering the bands and their wearers, each cursed with their own distinct curse: greed, plauge, lust, and hope.
The pacing in this book is superb. It’s fast and intriguing. The dynamic between Fielding Grey and Esme Worthington is wonderful. They’re immediately attracted to one another, and their ridiculous predicament puts them in entertaining situations. I particularly loved Fielding. He’s ridiculously calm and level headed, so much so that Esme’s random outbursts of frank perusal are just down right hilarious. Esme is a refreshing heroine – smart, witty, and independent. The two of them together make a wonderful combination.
This was a delightful read. I definitely foresee myself picking up the next few in this series in the future.
Romance: 3.5/5 Raunch: 3/5