Series: The Duke’s Men, Book 3
Publisher: Pocket Books
Genre: Historical Romance
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The third deliciously sexy novel in the New York Times bestselling Duke’s Men historical romance series, featuring an investigator who sets out to find gypsies—and unexpectedly finds love.
Investigator Tristan Bonnaud has one aim in life—to make sure that his half-brother George can’t ever ruin his life again. So when the pesky Lady Zoe Keane, the daughter of the Earl of Olivier, shows up demanding that the Duke’s Men find a mysterious gypsy woman, he seizes the opportunity to also hunt for a gypsy friend who knows secrets about George. Tristan doesn’t expect to uncover Lady Zoe’s family secrets, as well…or end up falling for the woman who will risk all to discover the truth.
How the Scoundrel Seduces is a bright, light-on-its-feet romance with irresistible characters and a heartwarming romance. I can always count on Sabrina Jeffries to deliver an addictive, entertaining story, and Tristan and Zoe’s book is no exception.
As a young man, Tristan Bonnaud’s life was shattered when his father died and his legitimate eldest half-brother cast him out and tried to ruin his life. He has since rebuilt himself from the ashes and is now determined to do whatever it takes to get leverage over George. He doesn’t have time for some silly society girl and her claims of mysterious Romany parentage. But Tristan quickly finds out that Lady Zoe Keane is anything but silly and her case might just help him with his own cause. What Tristan and Zoe uncover, I’ll leave for readers to discover on their own. I will say that their journey to uncover secrets from their past leads them to danger, forces them to confront their fears, and – best of all – helps them find the love they yearned for.
What makes How the Scoundrel Seduces shine is its characters. Zoe is an unconventional lady; her impulsive nature, uncommon beauty, and tendency to dress with “dash,” make men who aren’t after her fortune shy away. Tristan – who has no love for aristocrats – quickly finds himself captivated by Zoe. I loved that Tristan not only saw the real Zoe, but adored her for it. Tristan, in turn, is a scoundrel in the very best sense. He’s got a roguish sense of humor, but don’t let his words fool you. Tristan carries internal scars he hides well, but Zoe sees the whole of him. Together, he and Zoe are a dynamic pair. The chemistry they have fairly crackles on the page and, quite simply, they made me smile.
How the Scoundrel Seduces is a lovely tale of owning who you are, regardless of what society thinks of you. Zoe, Tristan, and the beloved members of their families are all endearing characters who make the pages of the book fly by. How the Scoundrel Seduces is the third book in The Duke’s Men series, but it can be read as a standalone (though I highly recommend all four books). Historical romance fans, be sure to check out How the Scoundrel Seduces – you won’t regret it!
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.