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The next exquisite Regency romance from Raven McAllan, The Lord’s Persuasion of Lady Lydia will whisk you off your feet and sweep you into an opulent world of scandal, secrets and desire! Seducing the wallflower… Over the years, Lydia Field has perfected the art of being a wallflower. It’s the only way to avoid the attention of unwanted suitors – and the perils of a co The next exquisite Regency romance from Raven McAllan, The Lord’s Persuasion of Lady Lydia will whisk you off your feet and sweep you into an opulent world of scandal, secrets and desire! Seducing the wallflower… Over the years, Lydia Field has perfected the art of being a wallflower. It’s the only way to avoid the attention of unwanted suitors – and the perils of a convenient, loveless marriage! Instead, she dreams of the day she can leave London’s high society behind her, trading the glamorous balls and afternoon teas for a quiet life in the country.But in an unguarded moment, she finds herself catching the eye of notorious rake ‘Handsome Harry’, Lord Birnham. Now that he’s glimpsed the wildness and fire that lurks beneath Lydia’s demure exterior, Lord Birnham will not rest until he has unleashed the full extent of her passion!For if there’s one skill that Lord Birnham is known for, it’s the art of persuasion… Praise for Raven McAllan: ‘McAllan has written another winning historical.’ – Too Many Romances‘Lies, deception, secrets, scandal and passion brings this story to an interesting end.’ – My Book Addiction and More’Wonderfully written and easy to sink into – I’ll definitely look to read more from Raven McAllan!’ – Paris Baker Book Nook Reviews‘A truly delicious step back in time that has left me hungry for more. If you're a regency fan, then I suggest you delve into this, it will tease and tantalise until the very last page!’ – Becca’s Books


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The next exquisite Regency romance from Raven McAllan, The Lord’s Persuasion of Lady Lydia will whisk you off your feet and sweep you into an opulent world of scandal, secrets and desire! Seducing the wallflower… Over the years, Lydia Field has perfected the art of being a wallflower. It’s the only way to avoid the attention of unwanted suitors – and the perils of a co The next exquisite Regency romance from Raven McAllan, The Lord’s Persuasion of Lady Lydia will whisk you off your feet and sweep you into an opulent world of scandal, secrets and desire! Seducing the wallflower… Over the years, Lydia Field has perfected the art of being a wallflower. It’s the only way to avoid the attention of unwanted suitors – and the perils of a convenient, loveless marriage! Instead, she dreams of the day she can leave London’s high society behind her, trading the glamorous balls and afternoon teas for a quiet life in the country.But in an unguarded moment, she finds herself catching the eye of notorious rake ‘Handsome Harry’, Lord Birnham. Now that he’s glimpsed the wildness and fire that lurks beneath Lydia’s demure exterior, Lord Birnham will not rest until he has unleashed the full extent of her passion!For if there’s one skill that Lord Birnham is known for, it’s the art of persuasion… Praise for Raven McAllan: ‘McAllan has written another winning historical.’ – Too Many Romances‘Lies, deception, secrets, scandal and passion brings this story to an interesting end.’ – My Book Addiction and More’Wonderfully written and easy to sink into – I’ll definitely look to read more from Raven McAllan!’ – Paris Baker Book Nook Reviews‘A truly delicious step back in time that has left me hungry for more. If you're a regency fan, then I suggest you delve into this, it will tease and tantalise until the very last page!’ – Becca’s Books

30 review for The Lord’s Persuasion of Lady Lydia

  1. 4 out of 5

    Romancing the Book

    Reviewed by Amy W. Book provided by Raven McAllan Review originally posted at Romancing the Book If there is one thing I like about an author, it is versatility. Raven McAllan blew me away with the skillful way she delivered a Regency romp in The Lord’s Persuasion of Lady Lydia. As someone who has read some of her rather spicy offerings, I found this story to be a fantastic example of how an author can successfully explore other genres. Lady Lydia gets props for holding her ground by not wanting t Reviewed by Amy W. Book provided by Raven McAllan Review originally posted at Romancing the Book If there is one thing I like about an author, it is versatility. Raven McAllan blew me away with the skillful way she delivered a Regency romp in The Lord’s Persuasion of Lady Lydia. As someone who has read some of her rather spicy offerings, I found this story to be a fantastic example of how an author can successfully explore other genres. Lady Lydia gets props for holding her ground by not wanting to simply become a man’s chattel. Instead, her focus is on retiring to the country where she can live a simple life. I loved how the author delivered a strong female lead character. It was interesting to see the façade that Lydia adopts in order to keep potential suitors away. Lord Birnham, while technically considered a rake, provides an excellent match for Lady Lydia. As the storyline progresses, their verbal sparring adds a refreshing touch to liven up this delightful Regency tale. The heat level meshes well into the storyline, although it’s definitely not of the same intensity that I had associated with the author in her non-historical books. A strong undercurrent of drama and intrigue surrounds the couple as they deal with the Lord Birnham’s heir who is causing all sorts of trouble. With the ton breathing down their necks, Lady Lydia and Lord Birnham wrestle with the idea of a potential happily ever after. Not only did I enjoy the main characters and their interactions, but the secondary characters also added a memorable layer of depth to the story. From the Pickle brothers to Jem, I was thrilled with the development of these characters and how they enhanced my reading experience.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Fed up with the idea that she should marry, Lady Lydia is counting down the days till she reaches the age where she can move to the country to live her life away from the ton. Lord Birnham, Harry, as he wishes to be called, is drawn to the shy Lydia that he briefly meets at yet another party. He was sure he never wanted to marry but after meeting he knows he’ll do anything to convince her to marry him. She’s adamant she won’t marry and have children because she fears she will have a marriage like Fed up with the idea that she should marry, Lady Lydia is counting down the days till she reaches the age where she can move to the country to live her life away from the ton. Lord Birnham, Harry, as he wishes to be called, is drawn to the shy Lydia that he briefly meets at yet another party. He was sure he never wanted to marry but after meeting he knows he’ll do anything to convince her to marry him. She’s adamant she won’t marry and have children because she fears she will have a marriage like her parents. She turns down any potential suitors, and does her best to avoid all the parties she is invited to. When Harry learns that his cousin is determined to marry Lydia he knows he must convince her to marry him. His cousin is fixated on her and will do anything to make her his, even blackmailing her family. When Harry learns Lydia has fled the city he knows he must find her before his cousin. Once he does he realizes that someone is impersonating him and stealing from him and when they both receive word that his cousin has become unstable they must come together to stop him. I loved the suspense in this book, it kept me on the edge of my seat. The strong willed Lydia was a treat as well. She knew what she wanted and never backed down just because that’s what society wanted. Very few authors can write historical books that make the reader feel like they are living in that era, but Raven McAllan has that ability.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Blondie

    The Lord's Persuasion ... Honestly I got just over half way through the book and I couldn't stand Lydia any longer I didn't like the way she treated her parents or anyone else. I was curious about the scandal Jeremy the heir had up his sleeve but and that is the only reason I kept reading as long as I did. I do know that this is a personal problem and not every reader will feel the same but sadly this was not my only problem with the book. It also needs an editor. I spent a few minutes looking up The Lord's Persuasion ... Honestly I got just over half way through the book and I couldn't stand Lydia any longer I didn't like the way she treated her parents or anyone else. I was curious about the scandal Jeremy the heir had up his sleeve but and that is the only reason I kept reading as long as I did. I do know that this is a personal problem and not every reader will feel the same but sadly this was not my only problem with the book. It also needs an editor. I spent a few minutes looking up what a book jack was when what was meant was boot jack which made me laugh atm but other errors kept coming up and early on Lydia goes on for a paragraph about how she can't stand Jeremy and for the next chapter of so they go on like she didn't say anything at all. Some might think I am being picky but If the last 200 books I read I have dnf 2 including this one and I have rated maybe 3 books less than 3 stars and I read more free books than purchased (this one was not free) so I am not hard to please normally.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Sholders

    I have found another new author. I chose to read her to see if her books were interesting. Raven has given us a very deep and busy story line. Lydia is a wallflower to hide the fact that she is smarter than the rest of the TON. Lydia will be 26 on her birthday and she wants to move to her cottage in the country to live alone and run her own life. Everyone thinks she is just talking. Harry, an Earl, picks her out to concour. Spoiler. There are lots of troubles with Lydia refusing to marry and Har I have found another new author. I chose to read her to see if her books were interesting. Raven has given us a very deep and busy story line. Lydia is a wallflower to hide the fact that she is smarter than the rest of the TON. Lydia will be 26 on her birthday and she wants to move to her cottage in the country to live alone and run her own life. Everyone thinks she is just talking. Harry, an Earl, picks her out to concour. Spoiler. There are lots of troubles with Lydia refusing to marry and Harry finds there is someone stealing goods from his ships. Jeremy, Harry's heir, shows up, wants his money and wants Lydia too! If you like books like this then you should check this one out. I liked this story. It was a bit different in this story line. I would recommend you to read this book. I have volunteered to read and review this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sissy's Romance Book Review

    'The Lord's Persuasion of Lady Lydia' by Raven McAllan is the story of Lydia Field and Harry , Lord Birnham. Lydia has her mind set on being a spinster and has the date of her birthday as the day she can leave town for the country where she enjoys living. But her mother has other thoughts! Harry's trouble sum Heir has set his sites on Lydia and he thinks at first Lydia is going along with this. So he goes forward to confront her but finds that Lydia isn't what she seems. Harry hadn't really take 'The Lord's Persuasion of Lady Lydia' by Raven McAllan is the story of Lydia Field and Harry , Lord Birnham. Lydia has her mind set on being a spinster and has the date of her birthday as the day she can leave town for the country where she enjoys living. But her mother has other thoughts! Harry's trouble sum Heir has set his sites on Lydia and he thinks at first Lydia is going along with this. So he goes forward to confront her but finds that Lydia isn't what she seems. Harry hadn't really taken notice of her as been Lydia's plan for the town. But now that Harry has confronted her he is finding she is more that meets the eye. Great enjoyable historical read. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."

  6. 5 out of 5

    SandyL

    Lydia Field is determined not to marry - she just wants her 26th birthday to arrive asap so she can get control of her funds and move to a cottage she inherited in Devon. After seeing so many marriages that seem to be in name only, she knows that's not for her - she'd rather be an old maid! Harry, Lord Birnham also doesn't want to marry (at least not now) - he's happy with his liasons. Then he meets Lydia and something about her (she's learned the art of being a wallflower, but really isn't) int Lydia Field is determined not to marry - she just wants her 26th birthday to arrive asap so she can get control of her funds and move to a cottage she inherited in Devon. After seeing so many marriages that seem to be in name only, she knows that's not for her - she'd rather be an old maid! Harry, Lord Birnham also doesn't want to marry (at least not now) - he's happy with his liasons. Then he meets Lydia and something about her (she's learned the art of being a wallflower, but really isn't) intrigues him. This book started out well and I did enjoy most of it, but the ending was so cartoonish that it left me rolling my eyes. There was something going on with Harry's reprobate cousin, and we are left hanging through most of the book, but the conclusion just didn't do it for me. 3 stars.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I received this book from net galley for an honest review. Thank you!! This was an enjoyable read. I liked the characters and the story line. Lydia Field does not wan to marry and plans on living a life in the country as soon as she turns 26. She has deliberately foiled suitors by pretending to be someone she is not. She meets Harry, Lord Birnham. He realizes Lydia is hiding her true self and catches glimpses of the real Lady Lydia. However, Harry's heir, Jeremy, has decided he ants to marry Lydi I received this book from net galley for an honest review. Thank you!! This was an enjoyable read. I liked the characters and the story line. Lydia Field does not wan to marry and plans on living a life in the country as soon as she turns 26. She has deliberately foiled suitors by pretending to be someone she is not. She meets Harry, Lord Birnham. He realizes Lydia is hiding her true self and catches glimpses of the real Lady Lydia. However, Harry's heir, Jeremy, has decided he ants to marry Lydia. Harry finds out that Lydia has no desire to marry and finds Jeremy annoying, among other things. As they get to know each, both develop feelings for each other. Harry at first tells Lydia he wants her and he can bed her but not wed her. Then Harry tries to change Lydia's mind about marriage to him, while Lydia denies him, believing she needs her independence and marriage will hinder than. Her parent's own marriage has set her on such a course. Lydia will eventually realize the depth of her feelings, but leads Harry on a merry chase. Harry has to solve a mystery with his shipping business, for certain things in his shipment have disappeared. The culprit is a bit obvious but it still leads for a good story. Romance, mystery, and a female character who definitely shows her independence and the man who loves her for it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Over the years, Lady Lydia Field has perfected the art of being a wallflower. It’s the only way to avoid the attention of unwanted suitors. No way does she want a convenient, loveless marriage! Instead, she dreams of the day she can leave London’s high society behind her, trading the glamorous balls and afternoon teas for a quiet life in Devon & plans to do so as soon as she obtains her inheritance on her twenty sixth birthday in a few weeks time But in an unguarded moment, she finds herself catc Over the years, Lady Lydia Field has perfected the art of being a wallflower. It’s the only way to avoid the attention of unwanted suitors. No way does she want a convenient, loveless marriage! Instead, she dreams of the day she can leave London’s high society behind her, trading the glamorous balls and afternoon teas for a quiet life in Devon & plans to do so as soon as she obtains her inheritance on her twenty sixth birthday in a few weeks time But in an unguarded moment, she finds herself catching the eye of notorious rake ‘Handsome Harry’, Lord Birnham. Now that he’s glimpsed the wildness and fire that lurks beneath Lydia’s demure exterior, Lord Birnham will not rest until he has unleashed the full extent of her passion! Harry’s cousin & heir Jeremy Mumford insists he’s going to marry Lydia but Lydia dislikes him. This was a lovely story, no flash of lightning & the pair were in love but a gradual awakening to the fact that they loved each other. Lydia fought it harder than Harry & she did lead him on a merry dance. There was the mystery to solve as to who was stealing from Harry. The characters were well rounded, their verbal sparring was very entertaining & the attraction between the pair grew until it sizzled. I certainly recommend the book & I look forward to reading more of the authors work I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessi

    Lady Lydia has worked hard to make herself known as a wallflower. At twenty-five, she only has a couple more weeks until she inherits her own money and can finally leave London to live in the country on her own. Unfortunately, she's lately come under the notice of Lord Harry Birnham. What brings her into his notice is first an encounter where one of his friends accidentally clocks her and he realizes that she may be hiding more fire than is shown by her outer mask. Secondly, his heir declares tha Lady Lydia has worked hard to make herself known as a wallflower. At twenty-five, she only has a couple more weeks until she inherits her own money and can finally leave London to live in the country on her own. Unfortunately, she's lately come under the notice of Lord Harry Birnham. What brings her into his notice is first an encounter where one of his friends accidentally clocks her and he realizes that she may be hiding more fire than is shown by her outer mask. Secondly, his heir declares that he is going to marry Lady Lydia without ever having talked to her. This makes Harry rather suspicious since he is also getting reports that his heir has run up big debts and is currently telling everyone that he's about to come into some money which means he's either going to marry or that he's planning to bump Harry off. I liked the beginning of this story but the back half fell off for me. It felt like it just wasn't as tightly edited as the start of the story. Suddenly Lydia and Harry are engaged after incredible lengths not to get engaged and there's no real reason for Lydia to have changed her mind. The denouement with the nephew is a bit squirrelly and it just felt unfinished. But it was an overall an okay book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (Rae)

    The interactions between Lydia and Harry were great and they provided plenty of entertaining moments. It was fun to see them dance around each other as Harry begins his pursuit of Lydia. Harry was so much fun and extremely likeable and it was definitely amusing how Lydia's character kept him on his toes throughout the book. It was great to get to know the real Lydia especially as her mask begins to slip and her true personality breaks through. The story progresses at a good pace, I didn't find a The interactions between Lydia and Harry were great and they provided plenty of entertaining moments. It was fun to see them dance around each other as Harry begins his pursuit of Lydia. Harry was so much fun and extremely likeable and it was definitely amusing how Lydia's character kept him on his toes throughout the book. It was great to get to know the real Lydia especially as her mask begins to slip and her true personality breaks through. The story progresses at a good pace, I didn't find any slow parts however I have to admit there were some parts of the story that grabbed me more than others. I enjoyed the slow build up in their relationship as I guess it felt more natural and less forced. I would say by half way through I was invested in the story and couldn't wait to see how things would play out. I found myself smiling throughout the story as Harry and Lydia spar, with Lydia totally determined to carry out her plan. Will Harry be successful in his pursuit of Lydia? The Lord's Persuasion of Lady Lydia is a light hearted and entertaining story! Four stars from me! Thank you to HQDigitalUK & Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Leslie OBrien

    Shh, don’t tell anyone. I have a secret love of Regency romances. Uh, make that GOOD regency romances. I absolutely adore the period costumes, the expectations and protocols, the dialogue…make that witty repartee. And there’s all that and more in Raven McAllan’s “The Lord’s Persuasion of Lady Lydia”. ‘Horrible man. I hope he gets nibbled to death by ducks. Or maimed by an outraged husband.’ I adored Lydia. Seriously. With internal thoughts like that, and they get oh so much better, what’s not to Shh, don’t tell anyone. I have a secret love of Regency romances. Uh, make that GOOD regency romances. I absolutely adore the period costumes, the expectations and protocols, the dialogue…make that witty repartee. And there’s all that and more in Raven McAllan’s “The Lord’s Persuasion of Lady Lydia”. ‘Horrible man. I hope he gets nibbled to death by ducks. Or maimed by an outraged husband.’ I adored Lydia. Seriously. With internal thoughts like that, and they get oh so much better, what’s not to love? One of the things that McAllan is truly successful at is her ability to craft winning dialogue (and internal thoughts) that not only drive the story but make for incredibly likeable characters. In case you haven’t bitten yet, you really want to be #teamHarry. So, what are you waiting for? If you have a love of well-written period romances that will have you both chuckling and swooning, then you definitely want to check out this author. You won’t be disappointed.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Lord Birnham's heir has declared that he is going to marry Lady Lydia Field. That has Harry, Lord Birnham curious as to why Jeremy is so insistent upon marrying a wallflower. Once Harry meets Lydia, he discovers that there is more to this wallflower than what meets the eye. As Harry is a notorious rake, he has determined that he is going to be the one that marries Lydia. It was a nice read. I liked the characters and found the plot to be fun. I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this Lord Birnham's heir has declared that he is going to marry Lady Lydia Field. That has Harry, Lord Birnham curious as to why Jeremy is so insistent upon marrying a wallflower. Once Harry meets Lydia, he discovers that there is more to this wallflower than what meets the eye. As Harry is a notorious rake, he has determined that he is going to be the one that marries Lydia. It was a nice read. I liked the characters and found the plot to be fun. I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book provided by NetGalley and the publisher. Thank you.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I enjoyed this book well enough while I was reading it, but it's not about to become a favourite in the historical romance genre. Parts of it felt a bit too contrived, and although I appreciated Lady Lydia's position and independence as a woman in this era, it felt a bit overdone at times. The mystery element was a bit unique and the parts set in the countryside were nice too, but unless this is your favourite genre to read, I wouldn't necessarily recommend this book. Thank you to Netgalley for I enjoyed this book well enough while I was reading it, but it's not about to become a favourite in the historical romance genre. Parts of it felt a bit too contrived, and although I appreciated Lady Lydia's position and independence as a woman in this era, it felt a bit overdone at times. The mystery element was a bit unique and the parts set in the countryside were nice too, but unless this is your favourite genre to read, I wouldn't necessarily recommend this book. Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this book!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Katherina

    ★★★½ The first and the last thirds were great, I loved the interactions between Harry and Lydia. In the middle, I got a bit bored, but I do get bored quite easily... Lydia and Harry are both great characters. If you like your heroine mature and with a bit of spunk and your heros manly and intelligent, this book is a good bet. For more romance reviews, check out my website: https://katherinasbooks.wordpress.com ★★★½ The first and the last thirds were great, I loved the interactions between Harry and Lydia. In the middle, I got a bit bored, but I do get bored quite easily... Lydia and Harry are both great characters. If you like your heroine mature and with a bit of spunk and your heros manly and intelligent, this book is a good bet. For more romance reviews, check out my website: https://katherinasbooks.wordpress.com

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amy Alvis

    I really enjoyed Lydia and Harry's story! I loved watching Harry convince Lydia that they should get married when she is determined to remain unwed and retire to the country. The bantering between these two had me laughing out loud. Definitely one I would recommend reading! I really enjoyed Lydia and Harry's story! I loved watching Harry convince Lydia that they should get married when she is determined to remain unwed and retire to the country. The bantering between these two had me laughing out loud. Definitely one I would recommend reading!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Heather andrews

    Dang when Lydia is out for blood it's up to Harry to settle her down: ‘Lydia, my love, you did promise to curb your bloodthirsty tendencies,’ Harry said with a laugh. Lydia scowled. ‘Damn, so I did.’ I really liked this book, Lydia knew how to give Harry hell. Dang when Lydia is out for blood it's up to Harry to settle her down: ‘Lydia, my love, you did promise to curb your bloodthirsty tendencies,’ Harry said with a laugh. Lydia scowled. ‘Damn, so I did.’ I really liked this book, Lydia knew how to give Harry hell.

  17. 5 out of 5

    poppy

    A great romance, I really liked the characters and the story line a lovely read by a great author a super read for a lazy weekend recommended to all

  18. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Thomas

  19. 5 out of 5

    carol e forret

  20. 5 out of 5

    RomLibrary

    Seducing the wallflower… Over the years, Lydia Field has perfected the art of being a wallflower. It’s the only way to avoid the attention of unwanted suitors – and the perils of a convenient, loveless marriage! Instead, she dreams of the day she can leave London’s high society behind her, trading the glamorous balls and afternoon teas for a quiet life in the country. But in an unguarded moment, she finds herself catching the eye of notorious rake ‘Handsome Harry’, Lord Birnham. Now that he’s glim Seducing the wallflower… Over the years, Lydia Field has perfected the art of being a wallflower. It’s the only way to avoid the attention of unwanted suitors – and the perils of a convenient, loveless marriage! Instead, she dreams of the day she can leave London’s high society behind her, trading the glamorous balls and afternoon teas for a quiet life in the country. But in an unguarded moment, she finds herself catching the eye of notorious rake ‘Handsome Harry’, Lord Birnham. Now that he’s glimpsed the wildness and fire that lurks beneath Lydia’s demure exterior, Lord Birnham will not rest until he has unleashed the full extent of her passion! For if there’s one skill that Lord Birnham is known for, it’s the art of persuasion…

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Jeanette Bustard

  23. 5 out of 5

    Winnie

  24. 5 out of 5

    Donna

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen McGurl

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christina Healey

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rae-Louise Hetzel

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rae-Louise

  29. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne Cash

  30. 5 out of 5

    Valerie Walker

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