Here's the blurb for Seduction of a Proper Gentleman by Victoria Alexander:
To break a centuries-old curse, beautiful, headstrong Lady Kathleen MacDavid knows she must ignore every rule of propriety by seducing—and marrying—the Earl of Norcroft. So she sets off for London, braving scandal and ruin to achieve her goal . . . until a crazy bump on the head makes her forget nearly everything.
The thrill of winning a bet—that he'd be the last of his set to wed—hasn't eased the earl's pain of losing his friends to marriage. Still, he'd be willing to settle down if he could meet someone worthy of his love—and desire. But he has met no such woman, until Kathleen is brought to him. Suspicious of her motives, he's determined to resist her seductive ways. But sometimes even the most proper gentleman finds it expedient to act improperly . . .
With this book, I really didn't know what I was getting into until I was reading it. I read the blurb, and I thought it had potential, and it also had a bonus point: Victoria Alexander. I have several of her books in my keeper shelf. And those keepers are actually the ones that I try to re-read every once in a while.
I gave it a try. And surprise (at least to me)! I actually enjoyed it. The amnesia doesn't appear until several chapters into the story. And the way the author wrote it, didn't make it sound silly or over embellished.
It had it all! A curse, amnesia, a reluctant hero, and endearing mother and a wonderful heroine. But mostly it had magic! The good type!
Seduction of a Proper Gentleman by Victoria Alexander (4/5) Historical Romance; Published: Avon (9/08); Series: # 4, Last Man Standing; 100 + Reading Challenge (74); Library book;