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What a cute little story this is This series is centered around a village called Puddling, which is known as a rehabilitative place that families can send their loved ones for care Whether it s because of a traumatic event, or just need of a reputation repair, the people who work at this foundation put the patients in a strict regime Puddling was known as a famous reputation restorer, a place to rusticate and recalibrate Prominent British families had sent their difficult relatives here for What a cute little story this is This series is centered around a village called Puddling, which is known as a rehabilitative place that families can send their loved ones for care Whether it s because of a traumatic event, or just need of a reputation repair, the people who work at this foundation put the patients in a strict regime Puddling was known as a famous reputation restorer, a place to rusticate and recalibrate Prominent British families had sent their difficult relatives here for almost eighty years.I didn t read book one but I think Seducing Mr Sykes is very much a stand alone read Our heroine, Lady Sarah Marchmain, has been sent to Puddling by her father because she absolutely refuses to marry the man he has selected for her A Duke, he is in need of funds, and he needs his daughter securely married But Sarah is an absolute spitfire She not only refuses marriage, but she knows how to make big, dramatic scenes Her father hopes her attitude and reputation can be restored and she will be sent back to him a lady When we meet Sarah, she is lying on the floor of a candy shop, howling her head off just to be a brat I think her father is going to be disappointed.This is also how our hero, Tristan Sykes finds her Tristan is a local baronet s son, who is running this foundation while his father is out of the country Tristan has seen many spoiled rotten people come to his town and is nonplussed by Sarah s behavior When a fire breaks out in the house she is staying in, Tristan reluctantly agrees to let her stay on his property While Sarah is loud, prefers men s clothing, very tall, and extremely chaotic, he is drawn to her She fascinates him she holds nothing back She is always looking for trouble.Trouble finds them both when Sarah s dad arrives, unannounced, and witness Tristan patting Sarah s bottom It s a long story, ainnocent story, but Sarah s dad will not hear of anything but a marriage announcementYou look fine I m sure you won t encounter so much as a tweenie on the back stairs Hurry up And for some reason, Tristan patted her bottom By God, it was soft, so he did it again And that act was how the ninth Duke of Islesford discovered his difficult daughter and her apparent lover.Sarah does NOT want to get married Tristan just finds it all exhausting but wants to do right by her and not let down his town by bringing a scandal Off they go to the altar one groom, and one bride in handcuffs did I mention it s a long story winks Sarah is such a fun heroine she really, truly could not care about getting into trouble She will do anything not to marry the man her father selected, or any man for that matter, so when she is compromised and forced to marry Tristan, she does everything she can to make a scene Trying to run away, wearing men s clothing to embarrass him, theft etc Tristan is a good guy, just trying to keep Sarah s reputation somewhat intact and his village s reputation intact Having been divorced from a woman who was tended to be violent, Tristan isn t looking to marry Sarah, who isn t violent but isn t calm and collected either But he likes her and she secretly likes him and they do their duty and get married and then deal with living together Their physical relationship starts off very awkwardWhat the devil did you think you were doing His voice was as frozen as snow He fished out a handkerchief and was blotting his lips as if she d contaminated him, the rotter I wasn t thinking Obviously And I certainly didn t mean to really kiss you No Then why did your mouth touch my face That s it I only planned to kiss your cheek A friendly gesture As if you were my grandfather He snorted I pity all the grandfathers you ve tried to bamboozle I know your sort, Lady Sarah You are here on sufferance, and I l not be tricked by your feminine wiles Feminine wiles How absurd She d not made the least effort to extract them from her arsenal In fact, her wiles were on the dusty side, virtually atrophied.But things progress very well indeed A roughened fingertip lifted her chin She wouldn t look.At first she wasn t sure she d understood him correctly His mumbled words vibrated against her temple, causing a chilly lick down her spine.God help me.This was an odd time to pray, wasn t it Maybe I would have liked a fewquiet scenes between just Tristan and Sarah where I really felt like they fall in love I believed in their HEA but there is a lot that happens towards the end of the book, and it takes a little bit away from their romance But otherwise, this is cute.Grade B What an absolutely fun introduction to a new to me author and series Romance, comedy, and charm come through loud and clear in this thoroughly delightful addition to the Cotswold Confidential series This is definitely a series I will be following Sarah Marchmain Sadie was sent to Puddling On The Wold, a quaint village in Gloucestershire where wayward sons and daughters of Great Britain s finest families came for reputation restoration Or in Sadie s case, a place to think and repent for he What an absolutely fun introduction to a new to me author and series Romance, comedy, and charm come through loud and clear in this thoroughly delightful addition to the Cotswold Confidential series This is definitely a series I will be following Sarah Marchmain Sadie was sent to Puddling On The Wold, a quaint village in Gloucestershire where wayward sons and daughters of Great Britain s finest families came for reputation restoration Or in Sadie s case, a place to think and repent for her behavior Her father, the Duke of Islesford, saw her as nothingthan a bargaining chip to improve the family finances Since her first season, he d attempted to marry her off to whoever had the most funds Determined not to marry, Sadie had learned ways to repel men and keep her independence even if society thought her mad Her father had used the last of his funds to lock Sadie away, hoping she d acquiesce Sadie much preferred Puddling On The Wold to being under her father s thumb but patrons were only sent there for a month So Sadie looked for ways to appear happily unhinged to prolong her stay and avoid marriage Tristan Sykes was an architect but was overseeing Puddling On The Wold in his father s absence After his first marriage, he d learned all women were trouble He d known Sadie Marchmain was trouble from the moment he saw her howling on the floor He d just never anticipated how much trouble He knew he should be cycling her out to allow forpatrons to begin their stay Puddling s future depended on it But there was something about this woman who created scandal wherever she went She made him feel annoyed and, regrettably, something else This madwoman should not appeal to him Tristan found Sadie cunning, headstrong, devious, and unbelievably beautiful He d never felt such a violent, desperate desire for a woman, and he was fairly sure it was reciprocated And it was Sadie found Tristan haughty and grumpy But he was also compelling, arresting, and the most handsome man she d ever seen But all men were prigs and it would be harebrained to fall for him But when the two find themselves in the center of potential scandal, Tristan knows they will have to marry to protect their reputations and that of Puddling On The Wold Sadie refuses to be any man s duty though and fights him at every turn What follows is a whirlwind of explosively funny events before Tristan and Sadie realize they can find love in each other without losing themselves I can t wait to readof this series Ms Robinson has such a witty writing style Sadie and Tristan were delightful and the wonderful supporting characters will keep you laughing I adored Sadie I couldn t help but envision a young Maureen O Hara in her with a fiery temper to match her tresses She was the mistress of her own heart, body, and mind, and was determined to remain so She wanted Tristan but wanted to be her own woman too Her antics were hysterical After honing her skills of deterring men, it was so much fun to watch her try to get ones attention Tristan was a solid, good man He saw that Sadie needed someone to listen to her and value her But he had been made a fool of by his first wife and was afraid of his feelings for Sadie It was so much fun to see them question their appeal to each other when the chemistry between them was so obvious I think I giggled from the crazy wedding all the way to the end of the book This was just a FUN story, fast paced, beautifully written, strong characters, and the perfect blend of steamy and witty I can t wait to readfrom this author and will definitely be reading the first in this series as well I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader s Copy of this book B , so 3.5 stars rounded up.Readers return to Maggie Robinson s fictional Cotswold village of Puddling on the Wold for the second book in her Cotswold Confidential series, Seducing Mr Sykes It s a mostly lighthearted romantic comedy in which a determinedly unconventional young woman who doesn t want to get married finds herself strongly attracted to a rather starchy young man who is intent on keeping his head down and living a quiet life It might not win any prizes for originality, bu B , so 3.5 stars rounded up.Readers return to Maggie Robinson s fictional Cotswold village of Puddling on the Wold for the second book in her Cotswold Confidential series, Seducing Mr Sykes It s a mostly lighthearted romantic comedy in which a determinedly unconventional young woman who doesn t want to get married finds herself strongly attracted to a rather starchy young man who is intent on keeping his head down and living a quiet life It might not win any prizes for originality, but it s a nicely written, undemanding and fun read that kept me engaged and entertained for the time it took me to read it.The small village of Puddling on the Wold has for some decades, been used as a kind of rehabilitation centre for members of the nobility who have gone off the rails With a calmly ordered programme of healthful exercise and diet and a lack of anything vaguely stimulating, the village offers a simple, quiet environment for those sent there to take stock and make changes to their lives All the villagers are party to the reasons their visitors are sent there and are in on the cures, and the place is now so popular as to be able to provide a decent living for the people who live there Puddling s board of trustees is now run by the absentee Sir Betram Sykes, whose son, Tristan, takes his responsibilities to the place very seriously When a fire at one of the cottages means that the inhabitant Lady Sarah Marchmain must quickly find somewhere else to stay, he is not enamoured of the idea that she moves to Sykes House while the cottage is repaired and made habitable again It s not that Tristan is especially worried about the proprieties he doesn t actually live in the house, preferring to reside at a small folly in the grounds which he, an architect by profession, has modified to suit his own taste and comfort But Lady Sarah Sadie is a handful of tall, well endowed, red haired impetuosity and Tristan whose scandalous divorce some years previously from a woman of similarly high spirits has left him somewhat wary of women in general wants as little to do with her as possible.Sadie has been sent to Puddling by her father, the Duke of Islesford, whose regard for her extends only as far as she can be useful to him Being a man who keeps a lavish lifestyle and likes to gamble, he s in debt and looking to sell his daughter who stands to inherit a substantial fortune on her twenty fifth birthday to the highest bidder Sadie s hoydenish behaviour has already frightened off a couple of would be suitors, and the duke is getting desperate Puddling is his final attempt to get her to toe the line before he commits her to an asylum and takes control of her money Most of the village s guests stay for a month before returning home, but Sadie has already been there for an extra week and continues to behave outrageously in the hope that she will be able to prolong her stay while she searches for a means to escape her father The problem, however is that the all too handsome Tristan Sykes seems to have seen through her scheme to extend her stay and is completely wise to her attempts to make herself appear unstable and still in need of treatment So in a way, the fire which wasn t her doing is a blessing in disguise as it will get her out of the village, away from the watchful eyes and perhaps give her a chance to make her escape.Things take an unexpected turn, however, when Tristan comes upon Sadie in a state of undress while she is exploring the attics looking for something to wear all her clothes were lost in the fire and is shortly followed by her father, who immediately accuses Tristan of compromising his daughter and insists the two of them get married Appalled, the couple tries to tell the duke that nothing happened, but he insists, threatening to blacken Tristan s name, brand him as unfit to have charge of a rehabilitation facility and ruin Puddling and its community in the process.Maggie Robinson has crafted an entertaining and rather charming opposites attract story which, for all its surface light heartedness has some darker undertones Sadie hasn t known any warmth or affection since the death of her mother when she was a child and her father s plan to put her in an asylum was, sadly, not an unheard of one at the time, when locking away troublesome females was an easy solution when a woman didn t fit the accepted pattern or do as she was told Tristan s status as a divorced man had a deleterious effect on his life and career and now all he wants is to live a quiet life, without the sort of tempers and tantrums his first now deceased wife was prone to He fights his attraction to Sadie at first, because her behaviour leads him to believe that she is unstable which, to be fair, is what she wants him to think but as he comes to know her and to know her story, he realises he has misjudged her and that he wants to keep her close.The author has a deft touch with the humour and has created two likeable characters who have to leave behind their emotional baggage if they are to make a life together They have strong chemistry and the love scenes are sensual and well written, but I have a couple of reservations overall that prevent me from rating the bookhighly One is that Tristan so easily takes comments made by Sadie s father and former fianc at face value, and the other is that while Sadie s behaviour is understandable given the way she has been treated by her father, her mulish, immature antics continue way past the point at which my understanding gave way to irritation.With those provisos in mind, if you re looking for a fairly light hearted, amusing and sensual historical romance, I d venture to suggest that Seducing Mr Sykes might fit the bill I am so deathly tired of the abuse of the English language in books If I want to hear the language butchered I can take out my earbuds at work and listen for five minutes It s not just in early reviewer copies, though obviously it scommon there it s not just in self published books This one is to be published by Kensington Books, which is pretty legit, right Yet here Our Hero reflects on being slayed by Sadie s regal presence , and vocal chords , and Our Heroine makes a sinuous t I am so deathly tired of the abuse of the English language in books If I want to hear the language butchered I can take out my earbuds at work and listen for five minutes It s not just in early reviewer copies, though obviously it scommon there it s not just in self published books This one is to be published by Kensington Books, which is pretty legit, right Yet here Our Hero reflects on being slayed by Sadie s regal presence , and vocal chords , and Our Heroine makes a sinuous trip up the staircase , carried up in the Hero s arms Usually one can figure out through context what a word is supposed to be, but this baffles me If you re not completely sure of the meaning of a word, either look it up or don t use it And if you re a book editor, for God s sake take a fine toothed comb and EDIT the damned things ahem That being said, this was kind of fun It was absurd taking place in a sort of Victorian Victorian rehab village where wealthy families send their troubled scions to reform via fresh air, exercise, routine, and a lack of unseemly stimulation The place is run by the Sykeses father, currently abroad and I take it that s a book unto itself , and son , and everyone in the little village is engaged in the task of looking after the Guests to see to it they are looked after and that they behave The latter is the problem with Sadie, Sarah Marchmain, who has been dumped in Puddling on the Wold by her father because she is bucking at the prospect of marrying the man he has chosen for her Someone s husband, a local baronet called Sir Colin Sykes, had taken her in hand as best he could once they were married Sadie was determined never to be taken in hand So naturally when she has a meet cute with Mr Sykes the Younger, he is horrified at what she is wearing stolen plaid trousers and she is mulishly determined to buck any authority she comes up against So, naturally, I knew they would end up together Well, it is of course given away in the title which doesn t kick in till almost three quarters of the way in The how and why doesn t matter much This is, after all, a romance novel, and there isn t much new under the sun in getting a couple from point A to bed or marriage or whatever the goal is The primary thing here is characterization, and enjoyable writing and Maggie Robinson does a really pretty good job with these I may not believe in Puddling on the Wold, but I was adequately convinced by Tristan and Sadie and their background cast Now, as to the writing apart from what I already mentioned, and quibbles like detailed descriptions of what color something was when it had already been specified that all the lights were off and it was very dark oh, and yes of course I got cranky when Frankenstein was conflated with his monster I laughed when the eleventh Doctor confessed that he couldn t make a decent meringue because neither can I Whipping up egg whites into a froth is harder than it looks Similarly, creating a book that is decently frothy and light and yet stands up on its own is apparently really hard, because so few people manage it successfully But this comes darned close The silly plot romps along, pulling in a few serious details along the way to give it a foundation but not to dampen it, and by the end the main characters are surprisingly solid and rounded Some of the froth wassticky than I would prefer Sadie continues her mulish eccentricity beyond what really seems a reasonable point, for example, and in fact just about everyone behaves at least slightly unreasonably but on the whole it pulled it off And I did enjoy quite a few turns of phrase Sadie s old late governess is described as at this moment no doubt giving the devil a lesson on evil and grading him harshly After a shock, Tristan tries to pull himself together Let s see To speak, one opened one s mouth Arranged teeth and tongue in familiar combinations Pressed one s vocal chords sic into service Breathed too, somehow All of that was quite beyond him at the moment My favorite line, though, which made this just a littlethan simple froth and which should in fact be everyone s motto Let s be kind to each other and see where the journey leads The usual disclaimer I received this book via Netgalley for review Seducing Mr Sykes by Maggie Robinson is book Two in the Cotswold Confidential series This is the story of Lady Sarah Marchmain Sadie and Tristan Sykes Sadie has been pretty much ignored her whole life by her father Sadie grew up having the house servants as friends and family Which has brought her knowledge to do allot of domestic things But now that she is older her father thinks to marry her off to take care of money he owes But Sadie isnt having itand starts to act out in cr Seducing Mr Sykes by Maggie Robinson is book Two in the Cotswold Confidential series This is the story of Lady Sarah Marchmain Sadie and Tristan Sykes Sadie has been pretty much ignored her whole life by her father Sadie grew up having the house servants as friends and family Which has brought her knowledge to do allot of domestic things But now that she is older her father thinks to marry her off to take care of money he owes But Sadie isnt having itand starts to act out in crazy ways She has even hit some of her suitors Sadie feels if she can just keep single until she turns 25 she can inherit money that was left to her But her last stunt has made her father take her to Puddling Village where they take in people who need a last restore before going to jail or the asylum But Sadie actually likes the small village in Pudding and gets in trouble so that they won t yet release her to her father s custody In addition, it keeps people away from her Although she has always been lonely she still keeps people away Then one day while pulling a stunt Tristan walks in to the store Tristan thinks he knows what is going on with Sadie and that preconception takes a little while to drop before he starts to know the real Sadie This was such a fun and exciting read I really could not put the book down Love this series and Ms Robinson writing My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC provided to me by Netgalley and the publisher I am LOVING this series This story in particular is the perfect combination of fun and romance, but it doesn t slide into silliness OK, maybe a little silliness but it is well done it is emotional and touches on some serious issues, but it doesn t lose it s lighthearted air.Lady Sarah Marchmain aka Sadie has been sent to Puddling on the Wold to come to her senses and agree to marry the man her fathe I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC provided to me by Netgalley and the publisher I am LOVING this series This story in particular is the perfect combination of fun and romance, but it doesn t slide into silliness OK, maybe a little silliness but it is well done it is emotional and touches on some serious issues, but it doesn t lose it s lighthearted air.Lady Sarah Marchmain aka Sadie has been sent to Puddling on the Wold to come to her senses and agree to marry the man her father the duke has chosen for her Sadie is a lonely woman, she is resentful that her father is using her for his own gain and has basically ignored her for her whole life and now that he can sell her to the highest bidder, is finally paying attention to her Sadie has decided that love is a myth and all men are pigs She is due to inherit a sizable fortune on her 25th birthday or her marriage, whichever comes first and Sadie is determined to stay single She acts like a hoyden and has been successful in remaining unwed But now her father has borrowed money from her current suitor and is demanding that Sadie marry him or he will have her declared insane and seize her fortune.Sadie is a force of nature she has been in Puddling Village for well over the normal 28 days and is still causing problems with her antics she is walking a fine line she wants to appear uncured but can t step over the line to incurable and therefore insane She meets Tristan Sykes when he comes into the store she is in having crawled into the back room through an open window to get to the telegraph machine oh and she is dressed in trousers that she stole.Tristan is appalled and fascinated by this woman she is strikingly beautiful, tall, redheaded with an impressive bosom not that he is looking and she is currently on her knees howling He is temporarily taking over his father s position on the board of governors and refuses to let this woman ruin the town s stellar success rate He puts an end to her nonsense and proceeds to walk her back to her cottage.They arrive to find her cottage in flames and has no choice but to let her stay at his father s house When these two are caught by her father in a compromising situation they are forced to marry Tristan has not had the best of luck with wives and Sadie wants no part of being married The events leading up to the wedding and the actual wedding are hilarious Tristan begins to hope that the marriage can become a real marriage and just when it seems like things are going to work out with these two, the author throws a wrench into their HEA.Sadie has decided that she wants to keep Tristan and thought things were going along swimmingly but all of a sudden he has turned into the prig she met in the grocer s She realizes that she will have to seduce him if she wants to keep him Again, it looks like things are going to fall into place and then BAM another twist is thrown at them.I really enjoyed this book, it has a lot of depth, is paced well, the writing is wonderful, the love scenes steamy, the problems quickly resolved, it has laugh out loud moments and a fantastic epilogue I did think that Sadie was a little over the top at the beginning of the book, but as I got to understand her motivations and her past I realized that the real Sadie was a truly warm, loving person and that her behavior was really the armor she used to protect herself and not who she really was.I would highly recommend this book it is the second in the series, but it could easily be a stand alone title .FREE DOWNLOAD ♊ Seducing Mr. Sykes ☢ In Maggie Robinson s sparkling new series, the quaint village in Gloucestershire is where the wayward sons and daughters of Great Britain s finest families come for some RR and good old fashioned rehab But sometimes they find muchNo one at Puddling on the Wold ever expected to see Sarah Marchmain enter through its doors But after the legendary Lady s eleventh hour rejection of the man she was slated to marry, she was sent here to restore her reputation and change her mind It amused Sadie that her father, a duke, would use the last of his funds to lock her up in this fancy facility she couldn t be happier to be away from her loathsome family and have some time to herself The last thing she needs is romantic distractionAs a local baronet s son, Tristan Sykes is all too familiar with the spoiled, socialite residents of the Puddling Rehabilitation Foundation no matter how real their problems may be But all that changes when he encounters Sadie, a brave and brazen beauty who wants nothing than to escape the life that s been prescribed for her If only Tristan could find a way to convince the Puddling powers that be that Sadie is unfit for release, he d have a chance to explore the intense attraction that simmers between them and prove himself fit to make her his bride I liked the first one in this series better I missed the influence of the cute Cotswold town and its people Although the characters were interesting, I didn t always understand their motivations. Seducing Mr Sykes by Maggie RobinsonCotswold Confidential 2In Puddling on the Wold they take in people to be cured of problematic issues at least awkward to their families When a person is in need of adjusting Puddling promises to fix them and has done so for quite some time Sarah Sadie Marchmain has been sent for the cure by her father who wants her married and his debts paid off Sadie is doing everything in her power to prevent the marriage by remaining uncured When a fire occurs in Seducing Mr Sykes by Maggie RobinsonCotswold Confidential 2In Puddling on the Wold they take in people to be cured of problematic issues at least awkward to their families When a person is in need of adjusting Puddling promises to fix them and has done so for quite some time Sarah Sadie Marchmain has been sent for the cure by her father who wants her married and his debts paid off Sadie is doing everything in her power to prevent the marriage by remaining uncured When a fire occurs in the house Lady Sarah is staying in she is forced to move to Sykes House whereandof her time is spent with Tristan, the man in line to one day be a Baron and the owner of said house When a compromising situation leads to a forced and unwanted marriage between Sarah and Tristan the situation becomescomplicated With misunderstandings due to lack of honest communication, the appearance of an execrable father, unwanted fianc and blackmailer things are complex indeed In the beginning the story was toldthan experienced I was told how the characters were feeling and about their personalities and would have perhaps liked to have experienced these things and concluded them through their behavior and interactions with others About half way through the action and interactions picked up as did my interest in the story By the end of the story I was rooting for both Sadie and Tristan and felt that perhaps they would find happiness in the future I found Tristan rather pompous and Sadie obnoxious in the beginning but at the halfway mark things came a bitinto focus and as Tristan began to understand Sadie, her motivation and then he met her father his understanding became crystal clear There was some muddling along but in the end I felt I had read a good story and now want to find out who will star in the next book of the series Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books Lyrical for the ARC This is my honest review 3 4 Stars The second book in the Cotswold Confidential Series is just as enjoyable as the first one What I really enjoy about Maggie s books is the humor and the lengths that the characters take to avoid each other when it is plain as day that they are made for each other The old adage Opposites Attract is the main trope to this series.Sadie is sent to Puddling by her father to punish her and make her capitulate to his plans for her to marry Sadie wants nothing do do with the men of the Ton and the The second book in the Cotswold Confidential Series is just as enjoyable as the first one What I really enjoy about Maggie s books is the humor and the lengths that the characters take to avoid each other when it is plain as day that they are made for each other The old adage Opposites Attract is the main trope to this series.Sadie is sent to Puddling by her father to punish her and make her capitulate to his plans for her to marry Sadie wants nothing do do with the men of the Ton and the longer she can avoid, in her mind, a fate worse than death, maybe her father will give up and leave her alone Her plan is to stay in Puddling as long as she can get away with it Unfortunately she doesn t count on Tristan, our Hero who is a member of the Puddling Board that evaluates it s visitors and decides when they are rehabilitated and can leave to resume their normal lives From the beginning Tristan knows that Sadie is nothing but trouble, but he simply cannot resist her.The only thing they do not count on is the fierce attraction that develops between them This is a story full of hi jinks, witty dialogue and moments of hilarity Maggie knows how to write a beautiful love story Her characters are amazingly complex and the plot is intricate and flows at a great pace This is a truly original story Maggie writing is smart and sexy I cannot wait to read the next one in the Series