How to Seduce a Scoundrel

How to Seduce a Scoundrel

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By (author) Vicky Dreiling

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  • Publisher: FOREVER
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 106mm x 171mm x 25mm | 212g
  • Publication date: 4 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0446565385
  • ISBN 13: 9780446565387
  • Sales rank: 121,856

Product description

Miss Julianne Gatewick is in a pickle. It started when her brother's best friend-for whom she's long nursed a secret tendre-agreed to act as her guardian for the Season, only to seduce her with a risque waltz. But when the music stopped and the expectant ton waited for Marc Darcett, Earl of Hawkfield, to claim her as his own, he made his disinterest clear. Rather than succumb to humiliation, Julianne does what any self-respecting, recently discarded young miss with a wicked sense of humor would do. She secretly pens a lady's guide to enticing unrepentant rakes ...and it becomes the hottest scandal sheet in London. Every honorable rake knows that friends' sisters are forbidden but suddenly Julienne has a spark of mischief in her eyes that Hawk can't resist. Try as he might to push her away, he spends his days listening for her laughter and his nights dreaming of kissing her senseless. He's always avoided innocents and their marriage-minded mothers but has the man least likely to wed finally met his match?

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Author information

Vicky Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the UK allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle

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By Ruth Hill 30 Dec 2011 3

I am normally a fan of old-fashioned romances. I tend to enjoy a good Regency romance where the lovers struggle, and the end, everything works out the way you want it to. This book definitely falls into this predictable genre, and was definitely a light, fun read.

The author created two very likeable characters. Hawk steals the show even though he is a rake. I love the fact that we get to see him grow and mature as he comes face to face with his desire for Julianne. I always love the passion that a man like Hawk brings to a story like this. I loved the genuine chemistry and relationship that he and Julianne enjoyed. I always love to see a couple who can play together like they do. I personally think that if a relationship does not have a degree of fun to it that you just may as well give it up. I often think of romances way back in the day were austere and emotionless. I am so grateful for authors like this one who can change that perception.

Thankfully the adult words and mild profanity were not too horrible. I felt like I could basically stomach that since it was not too rampant. Do realize that there may be some offensive language but not nearly as much as many romances I have read this year.

There are really only two things that keep this from being a 4-star rated book, in my opinion. I think that the blossoming romance between Hawk and Julianne is too rushed. But then again, I did not read the first book in the series. The main thing that rubbed me the wrong way was the intimate scenes between the two. Granted, my moral fiber never enjoys the fact that two characters have sex before marrisge. I was glad the intimate scenes were not any more detailed than they were, but I could have done with less detail. In the bedroom, less is always more. (I like the way that sounded!)

In conclusion, I can definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good romance. I was glad to see some moral fortitude from the characters--Hawk especially.

I won a copy of this book and was not financially compensated for my review. All opinions are 100% mine.

By Kati R 10 Sep 2011 5

The book summed up in a limerick that I wrote... (inspired by Hawk and his unfinished limerick)

There once was an Earl of Hawkfield
Who used humor and wit as a shield
He tried to keep up his guard
But fell in love with his ward
And in the end, they did yield.

By Maria Guajardo (GABY) 15 Jul 2011 3

How to Seduce a Scoundrel sounded so good! The best friend with the little sister? Sounds naughty!

Julianne have been in love with Hawk since she was a kid. So when he agrees to be her guardian for the season, she's excited and wants to use this opportunity for him to notice her.

Hawk agrees to be Julianne's guardian because he cares for his best friend and her. After all, she's like a sister to him. Of course, he wasn't expecting to feel something more for her...

Hawk was the typical bad boy, alpha male. He expects everyone to do as he says, specially Julianne. Obviously he's going to change at some point of the story, but I wasn't expecting such a radical change! He doesn't want to marry and prefer to live an irresponsible life, but he starts to have feelings for Julianne and he really wants to be with her.

Julianne is young and beautiful, but sometimes a little childish. She thinks Hawk is going to fall in love with her immediately, but when she realizes he isn't what she thought, it's disappointing. She's angry, with herself and him, and decides to write "The Secrets of Seduction", so women like her can have any men they want.

I really wanted them to be together. They had a spark, and I loved how naughty was Hawk with her. But I was disappointed with the love scenes, I thought they could have been more romantic, or longer. I hate reading a scene and feeling like it's a biology description. I prefer sensual descriptions, as where he touched her o kissed her, etc. I know this is extremely difficult, but the author was doing a great job with the previous kissing and touching.

But the plot was good. It had many twists, most of them surprising and it didn't let me sleep until I finished it. I was expecting more of Julianne's publication, since the synopsis of the book says "Hawk sets out to uncover the writer's identity", but that was kind of overshadowed by other things that happened to the characters.

Overall, I enjoyed it. I understand this one is a sequel to How to Marry a Duke, but you don't need to read it first to understand it.

Review quote

"A delicious read! Better than chocolate! Sexy, fresh and witty, Vicky Dreiling is an author to watch!" -Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author