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A beautiful debutante in Regency London seems destined to make a good match. But the Somerset sisters have made courtship and matrimony a deliciously scandalous affair . . . Hyacinth Somerset’s debut is the most anticipated event of the season, as it will be the reclusive young lady’s first public appearance. But within moments of being asked to dance by a dashing stranger, A beautiful debutante in Regency London seems destined to make a good match. But the Somerset sisters have made courtship and matrimony a deliciously scandalous affair . . . Hyacinth Somerset’s debut is the most anticipated event of the season, as it will be the reclusive young lady’s first public appearance. But within moments of being asked to dance by a dashing stranger, Hyacinth calls him a murderer, then faints dead away! Now all the ton is a aflutter over Hyacinth’s baffling shun of their most intriguing newcomer—the wildly handsome Lachlan Ramsey . . . Recently arrived from Scotland, Lachlan only wishes to claim his place in society to secure his sister’s future. When that is threatened by the accusations of a hapless slip of a girl, he will do anything protect his family. Yet it appears Hyacinth has only damaged her own hopes, inspiring the label of hysteric—and ultimately inspiring Lachlan to shelter her from harm. Now if only there were a defense for the surge of feeling he has every time Hyacinth turns her gaze his way. If only there were a way to make her his—while keeping the true secret in his past from destroying everything—and everyone—he cares about . . .


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A beautiful debutante in Regency London seems destined to make a good match. But the Somerset sisters have made courtship and matrimony a deliciously scandalous affair . . . Hyacinth Somerset’s debut is the most anticipated event of the season, as it will be the reclusive young lady’s first public appearance. But within moments of being asked to dance by a dashing stranger, A beautiful debutante in Regency London seems destined to make a good match. But the Somerset sisters have made courtship and matrimony a deliciously scandalous affair . . . Hyacinth Somerset’s debut is the most anticipated event of the season, as it will be the reclusive young lady’s first public appearance. But within moments of being asked to dance by a dashing stranger, Hyacinth calls him a murderer, then faints dead away! Now all the ton is a aflutter over Hyacinth’s baffling shun of their most intriguing newcomer—the wildly handsome Lachlan Ramsey . . . Recently arrived from Scotland, Lachlan only wishes to claim his place in society to secure his sister’s future. When that is threatened by the accusations of a hapless slip of a girl, he will do anything protect his family. Yet it appears Hyacinth has only damaged her own hopes, inspiring the label of hysteric—and ultimately inspiring Lachlan to shelter her from harm. Now if only there were a defense for the surge of feeling he has every time Hyacinth turns her gaze his way. If only there were a way to make her his—while keeping the true secret in his past from destroying everything—and everyone—he cares about . . .

30 review for More or Less a Temptress

  1. 5 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    I really love Anna Bradley, but More or Less a Temptress felt a bit lackluster, especially coming after the previous two great Somerset Sisters books. Anna Bradley's writing is always solid, but I didn't like Hyacinth Somerset from the start, which is sort of a problem... it's kinda a good thing if you enjoy your heroine. Hyacinth was tiresome and underdeveloped, and while she was made to be meek and coddled by her overprotective family, I didn't like how she just... let them. She got better as I really love Anna Bradley, but More or Less a Temptress felt a bit lackluster, especially coming after the previous two great Somerset Sisters books. Anna Bradley's writing is always solid, but I didn't like Hyacinth Somerset from the start, which is sort of a problem... it's kinda a good thing if you enjoy your heroine. Hyacinth was tiresome and underdeveloped, and while she was made to be meek and coddled by her overprotective family, I didn't like how she just... let them. She got better as the story progressed, but at times she didn't even seem like the same character- her personality changes didn't ring true. And I couldn't see the person from the start of the book getting involved and reacting as she did to the (unnecessary) drama that happened at the end of the story. The male MC was okay, and I liked him more, but I think his character could have been taken even farther. I was really intrigued about him at the start, but the strange fighting scene seemed to peter out and not amount to much of anything by the end. I mean, the author made it seem like it was a regular thing and then... not really. I thought the plot moved along smoothly, and I enjoyed the story, but I just found this one to be less than the others in the series. *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review* goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Loves Reading

    After three novels, I am feeling more and more confident diving into an Anna Bradley novel. They are easy to read and do not feel like a chore to get through. In other words, they are solid. And this one was of the same vein. It didn't knock me off my feet, but it was nice. I enjoyed the writing and characters. Hyacinth Somerset is a unique heroine among more recent historical romances in that she is timid and quiet. She is afraid of most things and suffers from anxiety when she tries or thinks t After three novels, I am feeling more and more confident diving into an Anna Bradley novel. They are easy to read and do not feel like a chore to get through. In other words, they are solid. And this one was of the same vein. It didn't knock me off my feet, but it was nice. I enjoyed the writing and characters. Hyacinth Somerset is a unique heroine among more recent historical romances in that she is timid and quiet. She is afraid of most things and suffers from anxiety when she tries or thinks to try to overcome her fears. She is the youngest of five girls, and her family is in the habit of coddling her. Lachlan Ramsey discovers he is not the oldest of three and actually has a long-lost older brother, who is the Marquess of Huntington and Hyacinth's brother-in-law. The discovery could not have come at a better time as Lachlan and the siblings he grew up with are needing to leave Scotland. What I liked the most is Hyacinth's journey to shedding her shell. It was done in a mostly believable way, with her family having to leave her side due to other circumstances, and Lachlan seeing beyond the timid facade and coercing the more assertive side of Hyacinth out. If I am being critical, I would note that there parts of the plot that are sweeping and glossed over or conveniently explained as needed, but it didn't matter much to me because Ms. Bradley focuses on the characters and the romance. This is what makes it very readable and ultimately enjoyable to me. I probably least liked the "resolution" to the problems enacted by Hyacinth and Lachlan's sister toward the end. It probably could be classified as TSTL, in fact, I would say that it was. But all's well that ends well, and this does. *I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    My least favorite in the series so far, which means everyone else will probably love this. But for me, it was one star for the beginning, five for the middle, and one for the end... "I want her to see out her season, if only to prove to herself that she can. What kind of life will she have if she runs away every time there's some sort of unpleasantness?" Hyacinth Somerset is the youngest of three sisters. Naturally shy, she has been cossetted and over-protected to the point where she tries to vani My least favorite in the series so far, which means everyone else will probably love this. But for me, it was one star for the beginning, five for the middle, and one for the end... "I want her to see out her season, if only to prove to herself that she can. What kind of life will she have if she runs away every time there's some sort of unpleasantness?" Hyacinth Somerset is the youngest of three sisters. Naturally shy, she has been cossetted and over-protected to the point where she tries to vanish every time someone so much as looks at her. She comes a long way in this book, and her journey to realizing that she is worth something and the courage she summons up to stand up to everyone is the absolute best thing about this book. I really liked her and cheered her on in the middle part that focuses on her transformation. That part was really well done, and it was wonderful to see her find the strength she had without even realizing it. BUT... So, when she sees the man she thought she saw killing someone the night before (in fact, he and his brother where drunk and fighting) at a ball, she shrieks "murderer!!!" and faints away. Which is where all the trouble I had with this started. I get shy and over-protected. I get being sheltered and cosseted to the point of no self-esteem at all. But that just felt stupid to me. Never mind that yelling "murderer!" pretty much guarantees your next in line to die, but how dare she ruin an innocent's man reputation like that? And how dare EVERYONE else in that family go "oh, but little Hyacinth is just sheltered and has weak nerves, you can't blame her for this silly misunderstanding". Because excuse me, I can blame her plenty for that. Granted, she apologizes and tries to fix her mistake, which I really liked, but honestly. That premise is just not for me... Then there was the hero himself. If you like a tortured, scowling martyr who isn't worth of the pure heroine's love and is so big and strong and brutish, you are going to looooooove Lachlan. Me, not so much. I preferred his teasing pest of a brother, I hope he gets his own story soon! Then there was the obligatory last-minute drama which I so despise: (view spoiler)[Someone starts blackmailing the heroine with the hero's deep dark secret no one must ever find out, she discovers a piece of wax in his waistcoat, immediately knows he uses it to cheat at cards, and sets out to form a brilliant plan: lure the villain into a library, slip the wax back in his coat, get him to undress and let that piece of wax fall to the floor, only to have her friend and some guy walk in on them and discover him for a cheat! Call me sarcastic and unfeeling, but that plan pretty much is a recipe for disaster. Which, of course, ensues. And causes even more drama. Le sigh… (hide spoiler)] . I wish there was less of this in books these days. But since I seem to be one of the few people who mind it this much, what do I know… All in all, this was a nice addition to a series I am coming to really love. I really liked the first (except for some stupid drama towards the end), absolutely LOVED the second, and liked this one ok. *I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jultri

    Hyacinth Somerset is the youngest of the Somerset sister, so it is only natural that her older siblings have stepped into the role of protectors since their parents passed on. She, in turn, found it easy to fall into her assigned role of fragile youngster of the family, sheltered and cocooned by those around her until her family became her shell and she rarely had to expose herself to the outside world. This is the year though, when she is about to finally commence her debut Season and her famil Hyacinth Somerset is the youngest of the Somerset sister, so it is only natural that her older siblings have stepped into the role of protectors since their parents passed on. She, in turn, found it easy to fall into her assigned role of fragile youngster of the family, sheltered and cocooned by those around her until her family became her shell and she rarely had to expose herself to the outside world. This is the year though, when she is about to finally commence her debut Season and her family are tentatively encouraging her to spread her wings and fly, even though she is not to leap off very far from the ground and from their watchful eyes at all, and they have safety nets aplenty ready to cushion her. Lachlan Ramsey has just arrived from Scotland with his 2 younger siblings in tow to claim his place as the long lost, legitimate younger brother of an English marquess. He is running away from a scandal only to be caught up in another involving Hyacinth, the sister-in-law of his newly discovered elder brother. His first night in London sees Hyacinth falsely accusing him of murder in front of who's who of the ton, which is not a stellar way to make an impression and regain respectability for himself and his younger brother and sister. This murder accusation is easily cleared up as his supposed victim, his brawl-happy half-brother, is very much alive bar a few impressive bruises and cuts. However, there is another crime in his past not so easily dismissed. Likewise, Hyacinth is another presence in his life not easily dismissed, for beneath her timidity hides a woman with intellect and fortitude, a woman who has been hiding from everyone including herself for so long but whom he has no trouble seeing clearly from the first moment he laid eyes on her, even as she was doing her usual invisibility act behind a column in the ballroom. His big fingers toucher her jaw, and he held her still with her face centered in the looking glass. "No. Look." Hyacinth never lingered over her glass, but now, with his warm, gentle fingers holding her, she met her mirror reflection, and perhaps for the first time in her life, she truly looked... and it was her face - her brow, and her eyes, her nose and mouth, but somehow the sum of the parts now seemed to equal a different whole... This is the best book of the series for me. The characters were likeable. It was a sweet and well-written story, with no major drama, just a slow build up of affection between the protagonists with a great cast of secondary characters. Lachlan was wonderful - protective, masculine and ultimately decent. Hyacinth's strength was more subtle but no less impressive - visible only to those like Lachlan, who took time out to look, to see through her outward timidity and frailty. The author did not try too hard with the story line or insert inappropriately kinky scenes in. She just infused a simple story with a bit of humour and a dash of charm, and voila, we've got a winner. This was an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jujubee

    I do enjoy this author's writing style and am glad I found this fresh voice in historical romance. I'm rating Lachlan and Hyacinth's path to a HEA a four libraries-are-sexy stars...but their journey was not a smooth one. And at times, early on, I just did not think they could ever suit. Right out of the gate, Lachlan's backstory breaks my heart. The betrayal of a much loved parent, in the Ramseys sibling's case their mother's deathbed confession, was a real hard limit for me. Not my fave plot pus I do enjoy this author's writing style and am glad I found this fresh voice in historical romance. I'm rating Lachlan and Hyacinth's path to a HEA a four libraries-are-sexy stars...but their journey was not a smooth one. And at times, early on, I just did not think they could ever suit. Right out of the gate, Lachlan's backstory breaks my heart. The betrayal of a much loved parent, in the Ramseys sibling's case their mother's deathbed confession, was a real hard limit for me. Not my fave plot push *sigh* Plus, I didn't quite like Lachlan The Scowlish or Hyacinth The Overwrought for the first 25% of the book. Nor the brother, Ciaran The D-bag. But I did love the Ramsey sister, Ilsa The Sensible and, of course, there was Finn The Sensitive! Then the romantic magic truly began, and Hyacinth's quiet kindness bloomed, she found her backbone, and dared to live beyond the safety of her comfort zone.  Lachlan let go of his own guilt, prejudices, and secrets, making himself see his future in a different light. And these two began to really see each other *le sigh* This author can make her characters' wonderfully redeemable in the end! I enjoyed the library trysts!! #librariesaresexy *ARC received through NetGalley and the publisher for an honest review*

  6. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: The Somerset Sisters #3 Publication Date: 11/13/18 I thoroughly enjoyed this third book in the Somerset Sisters series. It is excellently written and the characters were very likable. I say that with just a little surprise because I had read some of the reviews and had expected to thoroughly dislike the heroine. That was not the case, but maybe that is because I actually knew a person with many of the anxiety and panic issues with which our heroine dealt. It wasn’t a situation she chose, i Series: The Somerset Sisters #3 Publication Date: 11/13/18 I thoroughly enjoyed this third book in the Somerset Sisters series. It is excellently written and the characters were very likable. I say that with just a little surprise because I had read some of the reviews and had expected to thoroughly dislike the heroine. That was not the case, but maybe that is because I actually knew a person with many of the anxiety and panic issues with which our heroine dealt. It wasn’t a situation she chose, it was just who she was. She was not my favorite heroine, but I loved seeing her grow and learn to handle her issues. Hyacinth Somerset is the last unmarried Somerset sister. All of her other sisters have married in love and scandal, but surely that won’t be the case for sweet, kind, loving, excessively shy and panic driven Hyacinth. Hyacinth had been extremely shy and reserved all of her life. She also had a stutter and was teased mercilessly by other children. Then, at the tender age of fifteen, the fragile and emotionally vulnerable Hyacinth lost her parents suddenly and tragically. Hyacinth just withdrew into herself. She even quit speaking. As she was rebounding from that tragedy, her sisters and grandmother began to coddle her – excessively. They were constantly making her rest or taking her to Brighton to keep her from being ‘overwrought’. After so many years, Hyacinth just bought into all of that, because her family loved her and knew her best, so surely they knew what was wrong with her – besides, it was just easier to go along than it was to actually deal with problems, people and issues. Lachlan Ramsey, his brother, Ciaran, and his sister, Isla needed to escape Scotland. A horrible event had ruined them in the eyes of their community. As their mother lay dying, she grieved for the tragedy that had engulfed her family, so she imparted some family secrets to Lachlan so he could save them all. That information shocked, saddened and dismayed Lachlan, but he had to share it with his siblings and then do as his mother asked. Ciaran and Isla were shocked to learn that their parentage wasn’t what they’d thought. Ciaran was particularly belligerent because his betrothed had just dumped him in a cruel and hateful way, and now he learns his family isn’t what he thought it was. Being a big, brawny Highlander who was constantly enraged, he started drinking to excess and brawling with Lachlan. Coincidentally, the Ramsey’s and Hyacinth’s family were at the Horse and Groom Inn as each family was making their way to London. As had become his habit, Ciaran got very, very drunk. Then, he accused a Lord of cheating at cards and Lachlan had to drag him out before Ciaran ended up in a duel. Ciaran chose to start a brawl, a brutal and bloody one, with Lachlan right in the Inn-yard. Hyacinth had snuck out of her room and stepped outside for some fresh air – just in time to witness the brawl. As she watches, both men become bloodier and bloodier. When one of them is finally knocked out, the other drags him off. Hyacinth immediately believes she’s witnessed a murder – there was just too much blood for him not to be dead – and he didn’t get up again. A couple of days later, Hyacinth is at a ball, hiding behind a large column, and she sees the murderer. He is staring right at her. Then, he starts toward her! Panic!!! Will he murder her too? Everybody in the ballroom seems to be watching and listening. Especially when Hyacinth says, “You… you k—killed him. You’re a m—m—murderer.” Then she promptly fainted. That was the beginning of Lachlan and Hyacinth’s relationship. It is hard to picture those two managing to get together and fall in love, but they manage to do it. What I loved was seeing Hyacinth’s struggle and growth and seeing Lachlan encouraging and supporting her. I thought it was a lovely, lovely story. Was it a perfect story? No. But I thoroughly enjoyed it and nothing about it troubled me overmuch. I thought Lachlan was a little too quick to forgive Hyacinth. Then, at one point, when explaining the Ramsey family, the author says that Ciaran is a bastard. That would NOT be correct – at least not legally. Ciaran’s mother was legally married and that husband did not renounce the child. So, legally Ciaran is the legitimate son of his mother and her husband, even though that husband is not the physical father. I also had trouble swallowing the details behind the Ramsey’s need to flee Scotland. Given what happened, I absolutely cannot fathom every person in that village turning violently against the Ramseys – especially those friends they had known and loved all of their lives. I just don’t buy it. There were a couple of other things – but – all were minor. I thoroughly enjoyed the read and absolutely loved Hyacinth’s journey into strength and self-reliance. Please check out my reviews at: Blog: https://flippinpages.blog/ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/flippinpages... Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlippinPagesRev Twitter: https://twitter.com/BarbBookReview "I requested and received this e-book at no cost to me and volunteered to read it; my review is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher."

  7. 4 out of 5

    JoRead

    Regency romance story with a brooding man and a timid debutante. The mystery aspect kept me wondering until the end but I found it hard to connect with the characters, especially Hyacinth. I don't know if it's because I'm starting to find meek debutants tiresome or it was this heroine in particular that I din't like. Lachlan was ok for the most part but there were instances when I thought his surliness was over the top. I also found the pace a little to slow for my taste and the end was not my f Regency romance story with a brooding man and a timid debutante. The mystery aspect kept me wondering until the end but I found it hard to connect with the characters, especially Hyacinth. I don't know if it's because I'm starting to find meek debutants tiresome or it was this heroine in particular that I din't like. Lachlan was ok for the most part but there were instances when I thought his surliness was over the top. I also found the pace a little to slow for my taste and the end was not my favorite either. Overall it was an ok read but unfortunately not the best in the series. * I received a copy of this book at no cost to me. This is my own opinion, not influenced by publisher or author.*

  8. 5 out of 5

    Iza

    I usually adore everything that Anna Bradley writes, but that particular book just didn’t do it for me and even if it mostly had to do with the heroin, but not only. Hyacinth was shy and had always been overprotected, but she wished to show the world in general - and her family in particular - that she could stand up for herself. Yet she took her sweet time to make it happen, I felt it was too much and the way her family reacted around her ? Too much also. I couldn’t believe people who ever react I usually adore everything that Anna Bradley writes, but that particular book just didn’t do it for me and even if it mostly had to do with the heroin, but not only. Hyacinth was shy and had always been overprotected, but she wished to show the world in general - and her family in particular - that she could stand up for herself. Yet she took her sweet time to make it happen, I felt it was too much and the way her family reacted around her ? Too much also. I couldn’t believe people who ever react this way. The balance wasn’t well done, even if I could understand where it came from. I couldn’t really relate to her or even much like her. I didn’t like Lachlan much also, he keeps brooding and scowling. I didn’t like his brother at the beginning, too (« I’m such a martyr, I have the right to complain about everything, just beat me »), but he got better near the end, fortunately. And the villain ? Oh please, I didn’t believe in this situation one single second ! The blackmail itself ? That the blackmailer chose her as a target of all people ? That he wanted to prevent her from doing the only thing that could provide her with the money ? And the thing that happened near the end to reveal him and *she* knows what that detail means ? Not one single second, I said ! Everything felt forced, the characters, the situation… However, I keep my faith in this author : you can’t write good books every time, she has the right to not be good sometimes and I bet the next will be absolutely great !

  9. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn Lynch

    Youngest of the Somerset sisters, Hyacinth is delicate, vulnerable, protected. Smothered. While she was only fifteen when her parents’ death sent her into a state of silent shock, she’s older now and constantly being told she’s weak, frail, vulnerable… it’s taken its toll on a girl who is far stronger than she herself realises. Lachlan Ramsey may be the most intimidating man in London… and that’s even if Hyacinth hadn’t seen him been a man to death and hide the body just a couple of nights before Youngest of the Somerset sisters, Hyacinth is delicate, vulnerable, protected. Smothered. While she was only fifteen when her parents’ death sent her into a state of silent shock, she’s older now and constantly being told she’s weak, frail, vulnerable… it’s taken its toll on a girl who is far stronger than she herself realises. Lachlan Ramsey may be the most intimidating man in London… and that’s even if Hyacinth hadn’t seen him been a man to death and hide the body just a couple of nights before. Or so she thinks. When she sees the killer right in front of her at her debut ball, she can’t stay silent, but it’s an embarrassing mistake that will have serious repercussions for both of them unless she can pull herself together and publicly demonstrate that she’s not only unafraid of Lachlan, but willing to welcome him into her extended family. An overwrought debutante accusing him of murder in front of half the Ton really isn’t the start to his London adventure Lachlan wanted, especially with his sister’s future at stake. For Isla’s sake, he has to put on a public face of amiability with Hyacinth. Being that close, though, he soon discovers there’s a lot more to the shyest Somerset sister than meets the eye. Lachlan’s a wonderful hero; protective of those he loves and determined to see them happy no matter what the cost to himself, he’s sharply astute and sees things about Hyacinth even her own family don’t notice. For her part, Hyacinth comes off as a study in contradictions; quiet, until she needs to speak up, shy until she has to be forceful, timid unless she has to be brave. Everything about Lachlan prods her out of her comfort zone, but the brilliant part about this story is Hyacinth’s slowly dawning realisation that she actually doesn’t LIKE her comfort zone. She likes the Hyacinth who can be outspoken, forceful and brave, and that’s the Hyacinth Lachlan gives her the strength to be. I loved the way this story turned out, the way Lachlan and Hyacinth were so perfect for each other despite such a disastrous beginning. The depths of their characters were really well explored. Also, I fell utterly in love with Ciaran, Lachlan’s gorgeous brother who made it his mission to dance with all the neglected wallflowers at balls. SWOON. Hoping for Ciaran’s story very soon! Five stars for a charming end to a series I’ve very much enjoyed! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"

    On his mother Elizabeth Huntington Ramsey death bed she tells Lachlan Huntington that he is not a Ramsey!! His real father was the deceased Marquess of Huntington. Elisabeth tells Lachlan after her burial to take his half brother Ciaran and half sister Isla to Huntington Lodge and for him to introduce himself as the whole and legitimate brother of Phineas/Finn Huntington the Marquess of Huntington. It's never really explained why Elizabeth left her husband the Marquess of Huntington and her youn On his mother Elizabeth Huntington Ramsey death bed she tells Lachlan Huntington that he is not a Ramsey!! His real father was the deceased Marquess of Huntington. Elisabeth tells Lachlan after her burial to take his half brother Ciaran and half sister Isla to Huntington Lodge and for him to introduce himself as the whole and legitimate brother of Phineas/Finn Huntington the Marquess of Huntington. It's never really explained why Elizabeth left her husband the Marquess of Huntington and her young son Finn? She also, was already pregnant with Lachlan why would she deprive him of the life he was born to the 2nd son of a Marques? On there way to Huntington Lodge Lachlan and Ciaran have a brutal fight. This fight is witness by Hyacinth Somerset. She is the youngest and the last unmarried Somerset sisters. Hyacinth believes she has witness a murder. So when Lachlan shows up unannounced at the Huntington Ball she accuses him of murder and faints dead away. This causes a scandal for Hyacinth. We all know the Ton is always looking for some scandal to chat about and this to them is a biggy. Why she just accused the brother of Marquess of Huntington of Murder!! Finn explains to his new found brother that this will cause Hyacinth to be shunned by the ton and that she must leave right away with her grandmother and hide in Bath until another scandal happens. My problem with the story is it was alot of banter/chatter with the characters. But there was very little romantic connection between the H/H. There is one sex scene at the very last pages. I wanted more courtship and romantic interaction between them. Also, I wanted to see a developing relationship between Lachlain and his brother Finn. There was no connection and getting to know each. There relationship is just dead, but Finn does welcome his new siblings into his home and family quickly. He even set them up with allowances and new clothing the entire works. Even though Ciaran and Isla are his half siblings. There just was No interaction between the Siblings none at all. This was just an Okay read for me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Cunliffe

    I received this complementary copy in return for a honest review. Anna Bradley is a new author to me and one I will be reading again. This is book 3 in the Somerset series, and I found you don't need to read the previous books. Oh wow what a man Laclan is, he's tall and very muscular and apparently his hands are huge, on the outside he can be menacing...but underneath is man who doesn't give heart to anyone...but when he does that when you see the real Laclan. Laclan has a very close relationship I received this complementary copy in return for a honest review. Anna Bradley is a new author to me and one I will be reading again. This is book 3 in the Somerset series, and I found you don't need to read the previous books. Oh wow what a man Laclan is, he's tall and very muscular and apparently his hands are huge, on the outside he can be menacing...but underneath is man who doesn't give heart to anyone...but when he does that when you see the real Laclan. Laclan has a very close relationship with his brother Ciaran and his sister Isla...but sometimes Laclan and Ciaran are known to fight each other. Laclan, Ciaran and Isla have left Scotland and are travelling to London, to see Phineas Knight the Marquess of Huntington, because on her death bed Laclan's mother said something to him which absolutely shocked him and its while they are staying over night in a Inn that Laclan and Ciaran are having one of their many fights...but unbeknown to them Hyacinth Somerset is watching them. Hyacinth on the outside is this sweet shy young lady...but don't let that fool you oh no she has temper and it takes a certain man to see the real Hyacinth. Hyacinth is the younger sister of Iris and Violet and its at Iris and Finn's ball that she comes face to face with one of the men that was fighting at the Inn and unfortunately for Hyacinth she makes a big mistake in front off all of Society. As you can imagine that didn't go down well. Overall this is a great book with plenty of laughs, especially from Ciaran who teases Laclan, Isla is outgoing and she doesn't take any nonsense from her brothers. I give this book 5/5 stars.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Whitworth

    ❤❤❤❤ 💋💋 I love reading this series its funny, and romantic, and the characters are so believable. This is Hyacinths Hea , she’s been matched with Lachlan and a more unusual and less likely pair you never seen, at least in the beginning , they develop and melt together wonderfully. Great writing, characters and storyline. Can’t say better than that . I received an advance copy of this book and chose to submit a review ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 💋💋 I love reading this series its funny, and romantic, and the characters are so believable. This is Hyacinths Hea , she’s been matched with Lachlan and a more unusual and less likely pair you never seen, at least in the beginning , they develop and melt together wonderfully. Great writing, characters and storyline. Can’t say better than that . I received an advance copy of this book and chose to submit a review

  13. 4 out of 5

    Roses R Blue

    4.5 Stars as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-PD This has been the worst of times for Lachlan Ramsey. He recently lost his father, and his mother is on her deathbed. While protecting his sister, Isla, from a brutal attack, the incident turned tragic, causing him and his family to be ostracized in their home village. If all this weren’t bad enough, his dying mother reveals an earth shattering truth to him, one that turns his world upside down. Lachlan takes his younger siblings wit 4.5 Stars as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-PD This has been the worst of times for Lachlan Ramsey. He recently lost his father, and his mother is on her deathbed. While protecting his sister, Isla, from a brutal attack, the incident turned tragic, causing him and his family to be ostracized in their home village. If all this weren’t bad enough, his dying mother reveals an earth shattering truth to him, one that turns his world upside down. Lachlan takes his younger siblings with him to begin a new life in England, leaving their beloved Scotland behind forever. His brother, Ciaran, particularly resents him greatly, as he was forced to leave his love behind, as she now rejected him. Ciaran’s drinking and bad temper causes the two brothers to brawl almost every day. To an outsider, it looks as if they are intent on murdering each other, and that’s exactly what a shocked young lady believes she is seeing. When Hyacinth Somerset escapes the stifling room she’s sharing with her grandmother for a much needed breath of fresh air, she is petrified to see two large men pummeling each other behind the inn. When one of the men drags the other off, she’s sure that she’s witnessed a murder. Too traumatized to tell anyone what she’s seen, she continues on her journey with her grandmother. To her utter shock, she encounters the same man at a ball, where she publicly calls him a murderer and faints dead away. Lachlan had entered the ballroom of his newly discovered brother, Phineas, the Marquess of Huntington. Before he had a chance to approach his brother and request an audience, he is taken aback by Hyacinth’s beauty, which seems to stand out among all the other lovely English roses. As he approaches her, she makes her shocking proclamation, and chaos ensues. Eventually, as the situation is sorted out, Hyacinth realizes her mistake. Not only that, but Iris, Hyacinth’s sister is married to Phineas, Lachlan’s brother, making them extended family. (sort of) Hyacinth is a very timid, fearful, anxious person. She has always been wrapped in cotton by her family, who insists on protecting her from any unpleasant situation. She has been of a mixed mind about her debut season, desiring it as almost every young lady does, yet dreading the social situations, where she tends to hide behind columns and avoid dancing. Lachlan is burdened by a secret he’s carrying, as well as the unhappiness he’s caused his family. His demeanor appears fierce and unfriendly, while his size makes him an imposing figure. Phineas accepts his new family, and tries to find a way to get society to welcome them. He also wants Hyacinth to be forgiven for her outburst and accusations at the ball, and to continue with her season. Surprisingly, it is Lachlan who sees the hidden strength and wit inside Hyacinth, something everyone else is blind to. As she fumbles through the season, enduring snubs, cruel jokes, and insults, it’s Lachlan who is her greatest champion. He’s the one who convinces her she has the strength to stay when her family would like to give it up and leave town. When Hyacinth made a scene at the ball, I honestly felt that there was no way I was going to like her, as my first impression was that she was immature and somewhat ridiculous. My opinion changed almost immediately as I got to know her, and I began to understand her fears. I could also see that she truly did have a beautiful heart, and a courageous spirit that she just had to bring forward. Lachlan is just the kind of hero I adore – big, strong, gruff exterior, tortured, and he fell so, so hard for Hyacinth. MORE OR LESS A TEMPTRESS is not only a passionate and tender romance, but a wonderful story of a fearful young lady finding her balance, and a devastated man finding forgiveness and a new home. I love Lachlan’s and Hyacinth’s journey to finding genuine love with each other. Hyacinth’s siblings are such dynamic characters, that I hope their stories are forthcoming. Anna Bradley’s writing just gets better with each book, and this whole Somerset Sisters series has been outstanding.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    4.25 Stars Hyacinth Somerset’s debut is the most anticipated event of the season, as it will be the reclusive young lady’s first public appearance. But within moments of being asked to dance by a dashing stranger, Hyacinth calls him a murderer, then faints dead away! Now all the ton is a aflutter over Hyacinth’s baffling shun of their most intriguing newcomer—the wildly handsome Lachlan Ramsey. Recently arrived from Scotland, Lachlan only wishes to claim his place in society to secure his sister’ 4.25 Stars Hyacinth Somerset’s debut is the most anticipated event of the season, as it will be the reclusive young lady’s first public appearance. But within moments of being asked to dance by a dashing stranger, Hyacinth calls him a murderer, then faints dead away! Now all the ton is a aflutter over Hyacinth’s baffling shun of their most intriguing newcomer—the wildly handsome Lachlan Ramsey. Recently arrived from Scotland, Lachlan only wishes to claim his place in society to secure his sister’s future. Yet it appears Hyacinth has only damaged her own hopes, inspiring the label of hysteric and ultimately inspiring Lachlan to shelter her from harm. Now if only there were a defence for the surge of feeling he has every time Hyacinth turns her gaze his way. This is the third novel in the series & could easily be read on its own. I’d eagerly awaited this novel as the books featuring the Sutherlands & Somersets' have been great reads & I loved Iris & Violets’ stories. Whilst I really enjoyed this book it wasn't my favourite & to begin with I was a tad disappointed but the further I read the more I became engrossed. Hyacinth has been molly coddled by her grandmother & sisters so it was very satisfying how Lachlan brought out the best in her. I loved how she grew in confidence throughout the book. Lachlan is a strapping Scot hard on the outside but with a soft centre. They are like chalk & cheese but gradually mesh perfectly together. There were parts that I found hard to believe but it’s fiction so leeway has to be given. I adored Ciaran & how he spent his time at balls only singling out the wallflowers, I hope he has his story. Isla also has to have her story. My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  15. 4 out of 5

    Debby "Piene Raven"

    The Hero, Lachlan Ramsey is shaken after he learns from his dying mother that he not Scottish but in fact English and the brother of Lord Huntington. After being shun by everyone in his village, he and his half-siblings at the bequest of his mother, travel to London in hopes of being taken in by his brother and starting a new life after an unfortunate incident that has labored Lachlan a murderer. While staying at an inn, Hyacinth Somerset who has been labeled as one who swoons at the drop of a di The Hero, Lachlan Ramsey is shaken after he learns from his dying mother that he not Scottish but in fact English and the brother of Lord Huntington. After being shun by everyone in his village, he and his half-siblings at the bequest of his mother, travel to London in hopes of being taken in by his brother and starting a new life after an unfortunate incident that has labored Lachlan a murderer. While staying at an inn, Hyacinth Somerset who has been labeled as one who swoons at the drop of a dime, witnesses Lachlan and Cairan his half-brother in a brawl and assumes that Cairan is dead after being knocked unconscious. Once they reach London, Lachlan appears the Huntington ball, and Hyacinth accuses him of being a murderer and causes a great scandal among the ton. I’ve never read any of Ms. Bradley’s novels, however I loved reading this story. ❤ The author had a way of oozing out the hidden secret of the Ramsey siblings. It was great writing from the author and I also loved the tremendous support that Lachlan devoted to Hyacinth when she did not know her own strength. In some ways, she grew stronger and he at times mimicked her nonself-assured personality. The pacing was good and the intimate scenes between the H/h were spot on. Totally recommend this read and plan to read the others in the series. Thanks to NetGalley/Author/Kensington Books for this read in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions contained herein are my own. 4.5- Stars

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    More or Less a Lady by Anna Bradley The Somerset Sisters #3 Hyacinth Somerset has always been seen by her family as weak and in need of being protected to the point that she is losing sight of who she could be…until Lachland Ramsey comes on the scene, that is. Lachland runs into Hyacinth at a ball and the first words out of her mouth, followed by her swoon, make things a wee bit more difficult for all of them. But surprisingly enough it is Lachland who sees her inner strength and promotes it in wa More or Less a Lady by Anna Bradley The Somerset Sisters #3 Hyacinth Somerset has always been seen by her family as weak and in need of being protected to the point that she is losing sight of who she could be…until Lachland Ramsey comes on the scene, that is. Lachland runs into Hyacinth at a ball and the first words out of her mouth, followed by her swoon, make things a wee bit more difficult for all of them. But surprisingly enough it is Lachland who sees her inner strength and promotes it in ways that make her realize that there is more strength within her than she once thought. This is a story of family and of doing what is best for those you love. It is the story of a woman coming into her own. It is also a love story and it was a fun one to read. Sure, there was a nasty female who though the belle of the season left much to be desired and a rather nasty man who was finally put in place but all in all it was the love story of Hyacinth and Lachland and a fun way to spend the day. It did leave me wondering about Lachland’s brother and sister and whether or not they would be getting stories of their own so I will be on the lookout because I do wonder who they will eventually end up with. Thank you to NetGalley and The Passionate Pen for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sissy's Romance Book Review

    More or Less a Temptress by Anna Bradley is book Three in The Somerset Sisters series. This is the story of Hyacinth Somerset and Lachlan Ramsey. I have read the previous books, but feel you can make this a standalone book. Hyacinth has lived a very family protective life due to her taking the death of her parents so hard that she lost her voice at one time. Now she struggles with stuttering and her shyness. Lachlan learned on his mother death bed something that can change him, his sister and br More or Less a Temptress by Anna Bradley is book Three in The Somerset Sisters series. This is the story of Hyacinth Somerset and Lachlan Ramsey. I have read the previous books, but feel you can make this a standalone book. Hyacinth has lived a very family protective life due to her taking the death of her parents so hard that she lost her voice at one time. Now she struggles with stuttering and her shyness. Lachlan learned on his mother death bed something that can change him, his sister and brother's lives. After his mother death he moves forward to move to the town. Lachlan brother who is dealing with being dumped by a women is drinking and gambling which leads to a violent incident at a Inn where Hyacinth bared witness too. Hyacinth is the last of the Somerset sister to be present to the town. Hyacinth fights to keep her shyness at bay along with her growing interest in Lachlan. Really have enjoyed this series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lori D

    Regency London at it's best engages our senses with this delightful story full of romance and humor as a young debutante makes her debut. Hyacinth, the youngest of the Sommerset sisters, engages in her first dance with Lachlan, newly from Scotland. He has come to claim his rightful place in society but receives a startling accusation from the young miss! To say their first meeting started with a bang is telling it mildly! This pair, although seemed to be so different, were really meant for each Regency London at it's best engages our senses with this delightful story full of romance and humor as a young debutante makes her debut. Hyacinth, the youngest of the Sommerset sisters, engages in her first dance with Lachlan, newly from Scotland. He has come to claim his rightful place in society but receives a startling accusation from the young miss! To say their first meeting started with a bang is telling it mildly! This pair, although seemed to be so different, were really meant for each other in the end. He helps Hyacinth gain her confidence, after being in the background of her older sisters. Following her as she slowly came out of her shell and seeing her and Lachlan together was a true delight. The characters came to life and brought a smile to my heart. Do not miss this third installment of the Somerset Sisters series. You will be glad you did.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Candace Nagy

    More or Less a Temptress by Anna Bradley was a completely riveting book, and I could not put it down! I was completely sucked in from very beginning and was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire story. It flows nicely, full of emotion and believable. I love the storyline, it is fast paced, unpredictable and exciting! The story is full of wonderful characters. Ciaran and Isla are very magnetic characters and intrigued me from the get go, I’d really like to hear their stories. I was complet More or Less a Temptress by Anna Bradley was a completely riveting book, and I could not put it down! I was completely sucked in from very beginning and was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire story. It flows nicely, full of emotion and believable. I love the storyline, it is fast paced, unpredictable and exciting! The story is full of wonderful characters. Ciaran and Isla are very magnetic characters and intrigued me from the get go, I’d really like to hear their stories. I was completely enamoured by Lachlan. He is everything a hero should be *swoon*. I wasn’t sure if I would like Hyacinth at first but I grew to love her too. The character development was fantastic. This story is beautifully written and one that you could read again and again. I highly recommend this book!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Suzannah

    More or Less a Temptress in book three in the Somerset Sisters Series by Anna Bradley. Out of the three books, this one is the weakest in my opinion. I had a difficult time liking the hero Lachlan Ramsey. He was too hard, harsh and gruff to fit with a delicate creature as Hyacinth Somerset. “She’d thought him terrifying enough when she saw him beat another man to a bloody pulp, but he was far more frightening up close. He was the most enormous man she’d ever seen-a veritable giant-with shoulders More or Less a Temptress in book three in the Somerset Sisters Series by Anna Bradley. Out of the three books, this one is the weakest in my opinion. I had a difficult time liking the hero Lachlan Ramsey. He was too hard, harsh and gruff to fit with a delicate creature as Hyacinth Somerset. “She’d thought him terrifying enough when she saw him beat another man to a bloody pulp, but he was far more frightening up close. He was the most enormous man she’d ever seen-a veritable giant-with shoulders wider than a doorway, straining at the seams of his coat, a wild shock of inky black hair, and hands the size of horse’s hooves.” I thought he was too cold and critical to be likable. Hyacinth is a sweet young lady who is consumed by fear. I am going to continue to read Bradley’s work. Book two in this series has been one of my favorite books of the entire year. This one missed the mark for me.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I don’t take to Hyacinth at first because of the way she allowed her family to fuss over her. Although she was shy and did tend to hide away, she also managed people. I liked her more when she became a stronger person, the side of her character she hadn’t shown to her family. Lachlan was quite the opposite, he didn’t hold back but he had a very caring side and he was able to see through Hyacinth’s disguise. I liked the way their romance developed. Although a little slow at the start, it turned o I don’t take to Hyacinth at first because of the way she allowed her family to fuss over her. Although she was shy and did tend to hide away, she also managed people. I liked her more when she became a stronger person, the side of her character she hadn’t shown to her family. Lachlan was quite the opposite, he didn’t hold back but he had a very caring side and he was able to see through Hyacinth’s disguise. I liked the way their romance developed. Although a little slow at the start, it turned out to be an entertaining read that I enjoyed very much. I received a copy and have voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Isha Coleman

    Somersets don't make love easy, but they sure do keep society interested. More or Less a Temptress is Hyacinth's turn to shine. Instead she stirs up a ruckus that could impact more than her reputation. It could end with her losing her heart. Always bold, never boring and hard to resist, this group of sisters make showstopping fun.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Darlene Foster

    I'm in disbelief, this can't be the end of the series. I'm invested in the Sutherland/Somerset families. I like them, want to be friends and have house parties. I know they're not real but our best friends are often imaginary. Do you like the strong, silent, Scottish type? If so, then Lachlan Ramsey is for you (and me too). As his mother is dying she reveals a life altering secret. Lachlan is the son of her first husband, the late Marquess of Huntington. To add insult to injury he's not Scottish I'm in disbelief, this can't be the end of the series. I'm invested in the Sutherland/Somerset families. I like them, want to be friends and have house parties. I know they're not real but our best friends are often imaginary. Do you like the strong, silent, Scottish type? If so, then Lachlan Ramsey is for you (and me too). As his mother is dying she reveals a life altering secret. Lachlan is the son of her first husband, the late Marquess of Huntington. To add insult to injury he's not Scottish, he's (ack!) English. There was a terrible accident and Lachlan killed his sister Isla's fiancée. Since all of the village has turned their backs on the Ramsey family, and he has a brother in England, he needs to pack up his siblings and move tout de suite. On the way to London the Ramsey brothers have a bloody fist fight in the courtyard of an inn. Unbeknownst to Lachlan, Hyacinth Somerset and her grandmother are staying at the same inn and the young lady has seen the fight and its aftermath. Hyacinth Somerset is the last of our sisters in this series. She's shy, meek, timid, name it and it's her. To placate her family she has agreed to a London season and is now terrified. It won't turn out well and she senses this. She's also the new sister-in-law of the current Marquis of Huntington, see where this is going? No one knows or understands that Hyacinth is hiding behind a façade, the most biddable young lady in London. The hidden Hyacinth is much braver, has a sharp wit and dreams of how wonderful her life could be. When the Ramsey's arrive in London they make straight for Lord Huntington's house and find a ball in progress. With much trepidation, Lachlan goes in alone to seek out his brother the Marquis and spots Hyacinth. He's dumbstruck, she's the most beautiful angel he's ever seen, golden hair, skin like porcelain and the most arresting blue eyes. As he makes his way over to her she turns pale (er), tells everyone he's a murderer and faints. Hello ton, nice to meet you. There is the obligatory meeting in the library where things are somewhat straightened out. Throughout his life Huntington has heard whisperings and rumors of family in Scotland so he accepts brother Lachlan and half siblings Ciaran and Isla into the family. After much talk, explanations, and plotting, it's decided that Isla will debut with Hyacinth, giving them each a shoulder to lean upon. Finn, the Marquis, is going to dower Isla, so hopes are high. Oh boy. Lachlan begins to see the true person behind Hyacinth's emotional wall and he likes her. He knows Hyacinth is scared and offers to dance the very first dance with her, getting it out of the way. Well, it's way hot and the kisses on the terrace are even hotter. They use tongue. Lachlan, being a man, thinks Hyacinth would be better off out of his reach. Hyacinth, a lady who really likes the guy, puts on a low cut gown for the next ball and rocks his world. Another Lord notices hot Hyacinth and THE dress. Lachlan is very jealous but being the silent type he just growls a lot. Turns out this Lord knows all about the Ramsey family and has blackmail on his mind, he wants Hyacinth's dowry money. Our girl won't stand for it, takes Isla into her confidence and plans a reckoning. It works, sort of, but Hyacinth and Isla are ruined. Is there ever a situation where the female isn't ruined? Lachlan takes responsibility and says he'll marry Hyacinth. I believe the word suffer is used. Worst proposal ever. It's a no go and he's an ass. The ladies are aghast and the men need a drink. The next proposal goes better and you should read it for yourself, it's sweet. If you haven't read this series please do yourself a favor and curl up with the Sutherland/Somerset families. They're fun, witty, tragic, impossibly good looking men and women, and each of their stories is as different as night from day. Temptress is a romance so we know there's a happy ending but the journey is lovely. Receiving an ARC is a privilege and being able to share my opinion is a pleasure. Both are free and without obligations. Happy reading.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    Review excerpted from my blog post over at FanSciHist (https://fanscihist.wordpress.com/2018...) My rating: 4 stars Library recommendation: Recommended for public library Romance collections. Warning: Hereafter, you chance spoilers. I will try never to reveal major plot points, but to review any book, you must reveal some parts of the story. ____________________________ Number of titles I have read by this author: 3 Love story speed: Slow(ish) burn Relationship dynamics: The Titled Second Son (H) / T Review excerpted from my blog post over at FanSciHist (https://fanscihist.wordpress.com/2018...) My rating: 4 stars Library recommendation: Recommended for public library Romance collections. Warning: Hereafter, you chance spoilers. I will try never to reveal major plot points, but to review any book, you must reveal some parts of the story. ____________________________ Number of titles I have read by this author: 3 Love story speed: Slow(ish) burn Relationship dynamics: The Titled Second Son (H) / The Hot Mess (h); elements of The Love Triangle. Sexual content: A smidge. Sex between H/h is romantic, “onscreen,” and explicit. Triggers: Some man on man violence (including by and against H); some description of unwanted advances and some vague description of attempted rape. Grammar/Editing: There are some grammatical errors and internal logic/consistency issues in the ARC that will hopefully be cleared up before it is published. Review: The writing in this book is consistent with that of the first two books in the series (see reviews here and here) and it, again, sticks to a similar formula. For the most part, this installment is well-written, aside from the internal inconsistencies noted above. The pacing is good and the historical details are of a consistent level of accuracy with the first and second books. Lachlan and Hyacinth are interesting characters and their relationship has a logical and steady progression. Lachlan is consistent, although strangely obtuse at times. There is a lot of focus on his temper and “scowlish” nature, but he is largely a steady and rational character. Hyacinth, by contrast, is a bit all over the map, but she acknowledges that she can be a very different person in different situations. It felt a bit like she was an amalgam of several different characters fighting for dominance. The characters from the previous books make appearances but, like with the second book, you don’t have to read the other books to appreciate this one. The new supporting characters, Ciaran and Isla, were definitely the highlight of the book for me. They were well-written and very intriguing. I have already seen that the next book will feature Isla’s story, which I will certainly read although, if it’s similar to the three Somerset Sisters books, I might not review it*. Junk food version: As with the other two bags of chips, I consumed this quickly, but then felt a little chipped-out. I switched to chocolate for a couple of months, came back to the chips and felt a lot better about them. Conclusion: best to consume these three bags of chips with a gap of time between to get the most enjoyment out of them. *As you might have guessed, I read this book, but didn’t feel that I could write a unique enough review having read the other two books really recently. I set it aside for a couple of months, hoping to get a second read in and review written by the time the publication date came, which I have thankfully done, right under the wire. Full disclosure: I received a free advance review copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    Hyacinth Somerset is finally going to have a season. She couldn't be dreading anything more, except for running into a man she is certain is a murderer. Before Hyacinth knows it, she is doing the unthinkable, and now she must face the consequences of her actions. Imagine her shock and embarrassment when Hyacinth discovers the man she branded a "murderer" at her debut ball didn't, in fact, kill anyone. It was all a misunderstanding. Could things possibly get any more awkward? Of course they can, Hyacinth Somerset is finally going to have a season. She couldn't be dreading anything more, except for running into a man she is certain is a murderer. Before Hyacinth knows it, she is doing the unthinkable, and now she must face the consequences of her actions. Imagine her shock and embarrassment when Hyacinth discovers the man she branded a "murderer" at her debut ball didn't, in fact, kill anyone. It was all a misunderstanding. Could things possibly get any more awkward? Of course they can, for the man before Hyacinth is none other than the brother of her sister's husband. Lachlan Ramsey and his younger siblings have left their home in Scotland to begin again in England. They have recently introduced themselves to the family they just learned they were related to. Part of that very family includes the woman Lachlan believed to be an angel, Hyacinth Somerset. Unfortunately for him, he had to discover that she is not the hard way, or is she? Lachlan is confused, but intrigued by Hyacinth. Underneath her wilting demeanor, he suspects there is a lady with a strong backbone. Lachlan made his newfound brother a promise, he will keep an eye on Hyacinth during her season. After all, Hyacinth has made sacrifices to see that he and his siblings are accepted by Society. How will Lachlan ever safeguard his secret around the woman he is, slowly but surely, falling in love with. Author Anna Bradley's SOMERSET SISTERS series is absorbing. It consists of three novels, MORE OR LESS A MARCHIONESS, MORE OR LESS A COUNTESS and MORE OR LESS A TEMPTRESS. Each sister is unique in her own way, but all are alike underneath it all. They are headstrong women who will fight for what they believe in. The men they set their caps for have not a chance. MORE OR LESS A TEMPTRESS, is the youngest sister, Hyacinth's story. Hyacinth's family for lack of a better word, babies, her. They all make decisions for her and she gives in to them meekly. I was so proud to see Hyacinth finally find her own voice. Once she does, nothing can hold her back. Lachlan is the perfect match for her. He makes Hyacinth see a whole different side to herself, one she thought she lacked. Historical readers won't want to miss MORE OR LESS A TEMPTRESS.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Connie Fischer

    Lochinver Scotland - 1818 Lachlan Ramsey is sitting by his dying mother’s bed. She is telling him that when she dies, he is to take his half brother, Ciaran, and sister, Isla, to the Huntington Lodge estate in Buckinghamshire. There he must see Phineas (Finn) Knight, the Marquess of Huntington. She reveals that he is Lachlan’s older brother. The late Marquess was their father, but the brothers don’t know one another. Aylesbury England - 1818 Hyacinth Somerset is traveling to London with her grandmo Lochinver Scotland - 1818 Lachlan Ramsey is sitting by his dying mother’s bed. She is telling him that when she dies, he is to take his half brother, Ciaran, and sister, Isla, to the Huntington Lodge estate in Buckinghamshire. There he must see Phineas (Finn) Knight, the Marquess of Huntington. She reveals that he is Lachlan’s older brother. The late Marquess was their father, but the brothers don’t know one another. Aylesbury England - 1818 Hyacinth Somerset is traveling to London with her grandmother, Lady Chase, for Hyacinth’s first season. Hyacinth’s sister, Iris, is married to the Marquess of Huntington and they will be joining her and her other sisters in London for the season. Hyacinth and Lady Chase are staying overnight at an Inn when Hyacinth creeps out of the room for some fresh air. Outside, she comes upon Lacklan and his brother, Ciaran, fighting. The Scots in Ciaran makes him want to fight when he’s had too much to drink. Lachlan knocks him down and drags him away while Hyacinth, witnessing it, thinks he has killed him. When Lachlan arrives at the Huntington London home, he pushes his way in to find Finn. When Hyacinth sees Lachlan, she calls him a murderer and faints away. It takes some explaining to resolve who Lachlan truly is. Finn readily accepts him and his half-siblings. Finn graciously suggests that Isla be a part of the season along with Hyacinth. He feels that it may also help Hyacinth with her severe shyness. After Hyacinth apologizes to Lachlan, he begins to tease her. Hyacinth has always been shy and lacking self-confidence. She used to stutter as a child, but has worked hard to overcome it. Although many people think that Hyacinth is delicate and cannot handle stress, Lachlan doesn’t agree. He sees her as a strong woman and is intent on making her realize just how strong she is. Soon, Lachlan is falling in love with Hyacinth, but he knows that he could never hope to win her because he is hiding a dark secret. This is yet another good book featuring Hyacinth’s story in Anna Bradley’s The Somerset Sisters series. I found the story easy to follow and enjoyed getting to know Hyacinth. Be sure to read this book and also learn a gambling trick I’m betting you knew knew about. I didn’t! Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Urban

    More or Less of a Temptress by Anna Bradley is a scandalous read. A Highland family is torn apart by death and scandal. They flee their only home they know and arrive in England. Their older half brother must find his true brother, a Marquess. Just upon their arrival they find themselves in a sticky situation. A young woman makes the mistake of calling their half brother a murderer. Thinking he killed his younger half brother, a lady faints telling everyone in the England ton he's a murderer. Bu More or Less of a Temptress by Anna Bradley is a scandalous read. A Highland family is torn apart by death and scandal. They flee their only home they know and arrive in England. Their older half brother must find his true brother, a Marquess. Just upon their arrival they find themselves in a sticky situation. A young woman makes the mistake of calling their half brother a murderer. Thinking he killed his younger half brother, a lady faints telling everyone in the England ton he's a murderer. But just as quickly as it escalated, it soon evaporates. The story was full of humor. The young Scottish brother adds to the intensity of the situations at hand. I could not stop laughing. He didn't know when to shut up or when to behave. But then he proved most charming and kind. Then there, the sister. She's a Scottish woman being welcomed into the England ton as if she were just any lady. Half the times, she wanted to punch her brothers and the other times, she spends defending their honor. Last but not least, is the older half-brother, Lach. He is surprised by the warm welcome from his older true brother. He didn't expect such kindness or trust. Yet that's exactly what he got. He is a rugged rough edged man with a big heart. He soon finds himself defending his sister-in-law. One who happens to be fussed over as a weak timid lady. However, Lach, finds her anything but weak. She never hesitated in calling him an ass. I found it funny when she did. Part of me wanted to hug for her boldness.  Anna Bradley created a story full of heat, passion, and enough action to keep me reading all night long. The characters were charming and full of life. I didn't want to stop reading. As soon as I started, I was instantly lost within the book. Overall, I would recommend this heartfelt entertaining story to all readers. 

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    I could barely put this book down. Seriously. I started it last night and didn't stop reading until 3 a.m. Then when I started reading this afternoon, I refused to stop until I was finished. Anna Bradley is definitely an auto-buy for me. I loved this story! It's the third book in the series, but can stand alone with absolutely no problem. Hyacinth is now a favorite heroine of mine. At first she was very shy and timid. Her family dearly loved her, but treated her as if she was made of spun glass, I could barely put this book down. Seriously. I started it last night and didn't stop reading until 3 a.m. Then when I started reading this afternoon, I refused to stop until I was finished. Anna Bradley is definitely an auto-buy for me. I loved this story! It's the third book in the series, but can stand alone with absolutely no problem. Hyacinth is now a favorite heroine of mine. At first she was very shy and timid. Her family dearly loved her, but treated her as if she was made of spun glass, fragile and ready to shatter from every small provocation. It obviously was not doing Hyacinth any favors. And then she met Lachlan...after seeing him at an inn at night and believing that she saw him murder someone. Lachlan, together with his brother and sister, came to England to escape problems in Scotland after the death of their mother. Before her death, she disclosed to Lachlan that his father was not really his father, and that he was the full brother of an English Lord. Arriving in London to meet his brother, he discovers there is a ball in progress, and he spies a beautiful woman...who proceeds to accuse him of murder and faints. Thus commences a beautiful story of secrets, change, family and love. This book brought tears to my eyes. It also made me snicker. I particularly found Lachlan's brother amusing. As for romance, Hyacinth and Lachlan were just perfect together. He saw her strength when no one else could. I don't want to give any more of the story away. Just read it! It was all things a good romance should be. I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Quintana

    Lovely Regency read I won this book from Goodreads. Even though this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. Lachland, along with his brother Ciaran and sister Isla, leave Scotland to move to England, not long after their mother's death. Lachland discovers that who he thought was his dad really wasn't and that they have a long, lost brother. Hyacinths sister hap0ens to be married to Lach's brother. She witnesses what she believes to be a murder and when she and Lach cross paths Lovely Regency read I won this book from Goodreads. Even though this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. Lachland, along with his brother Ciaran and sister Isla, leave Scotland to move to England, not long after their mother's death. Lachland discovers that who he thought was his dad really wasn't and that they have a long, lost brother. Hyacinths sister hap0ens to be married to Lach's brother. She witnesses what she believes to be a murder and when she and Lach cross paths again, she accuses him of being a murderer. After pointing out her error, Lach and his family don't know what to do and are afraid of having to be on the move again. In order to save face, Lach and his new brother Finn concoct a plan for not only for Hyacinth to keep her coming out season, but also for Isla to come out as well. Lach tries his best to stay away from Hyacinth , and when that doesn't work, he tries to think of her as his sister. Nothing works because they still feel drawn toward each other. It's only the threat of the past coming back to ruin everything that keeps Lach from claiming Hyacinth. When she discovers what really happened in their past, Hyacinth is determined not to let another lord ruin everyone's future. Her plan works but also backfires on her and Isla. Lach is furious with her but knows he also loves her. When he asks Hyacinth why she did what she did, her answer is not what he was expecting. This was a sweet story but I wish the ending had been better. The book definitely needs an epilogue to let the reader know what happens in the future.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I received a copy of More or Less a Temptress written by Anna Bradley from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. It is the last in her Somerset Sisters series but can be read as a stand alone. However, I recommend reading all three as they are wonderful stories. Hyacinth Somerset makes her debut in London. A quiet, reserved women, many in London are curious about her as her two older sisters were not quiet, or reserved. Within minutes of her debut however, she publicly accuses a stranger of mu I received a copy of More or Less a Temptress written by Anna Bradley from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. It is the last in her Somerset Sisters series but can be read as a stand alone. However, I recommend reading all three as they are wonderful stories. Hyacinth Somerset makes her debut in London. A quiet, reserved women, many in London are curious about her as her two older sisters were not quiet, or reserved. Within minutes of her debut however, she publicly accuses a stranger of murder and faints dead away. Lachlan Ramsey, appears at his brother's London home in the mist of a ball. Recently arrived from Scotland, he demands to see him. But when he is accused of murder by a slip of a girl, he lashes out at her. Lachlan has his secrets, and he means to keep them to protect his family. But to combat the scandal, Lachlan and Hyacinth team up together. With the time spent together, they learn about each other, and themselves. But, can Lachlan set his past aside to give them the HEA they both deserve. This was 3.5 stars for me. I wasn't a big fan of Hyacinth in the first two books, and it took awhile for her to grow on me in this book. She acts like a timid little girl that is pampered and that is exactly how Lachlan sees her. Anna Bradley did an ok job of showing Hyacinth growth throughout the book with Lachlan pushing her. But, the book makes it appear that Hyacinth is fighting from the beginning from being smother by her family and not once during the book does she have Hyacinth address her family about this. Also, it reads as Lachlan is looking for someone to take care of as a replacement for his family that will grow and ultimately move away. She does, however in my opinion, set up the next book with Isla and makes me curious about that outcome. #MoreorLessATemptress #NetGalley

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