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How The Scoundrel Seduces (Thorndike Press Large Print Romance) Hardcover – Large Print, October 22, 2014
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- ASIN : 1410473066
- Publisher : Thorndike Press; Large Print edition (October 22, 2014)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 509 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781410473066
- ISBN-13 : 978-1410473066
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,966,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Just so you know how it’s going, I am grateful for the continuous scroll function in the kindle app on my phone. I just wish being able to skip over all her insufferable inanity minimized the rage that she inspires in me.
I will start by saying that I fell in love with Tristan Bonnard in book one. I have a thing for the underdog. His circumstances conspired against him and his sister, Lisette but that never stopped him from turning a wrong into a right. They were the bastard/natural children of a Viscount. Their father's legitimate children, George and Dominick Manton,took two different paths in accepting their siblings. George developed hate and Don developed love and compassion for their half siblings.
Lady Zoe Keane was introduced at the end of the last book. She was owed a favor by the Duke's Men (which is really know as Manton Investigations, run by Don). after she interrupted them while trying to avenge and apprehend an enemy. She kept her mouth shut.
Now Lady Zoe is calling in her favor. The chemistry between her and Tristan and both character's being stubborn, leads to humorous quarrels between them, as they try to up-do the other. Zoe speaks her mind and her mouth gets her in trouble. Even though it was annoying at the end of the last book, it worked like a charm here.
Lady Zoe has a secret but it isn't even "her" secret. It is the secret that her father and aunt kept upon her mother's death. She realizes that she doesn't look like her "family". Could she have been adopted? Is she really Lady Zoe? In what manor can Manton Investigations help her to get her answers when she isn't even taken seriously by them?
Ahh... Wouldn't you like to know? Of course you would.
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Lady Zoe is Romany. We know the term as being a gypsy. However, at the end of the book the author explains the misconceptions that society had at that time with the English not understanding their ways and how they were discounted as people, much like the American Indians. All prejudices are based on misunderstandings.
Once the truth is discovered, will she lose her title? YES, I said TITLE because it was rare for a woman to inherit property that wasn't entailed, let alone entailed. Will it go to a male relative instead? Not if Tristan has anything to say about it. As I mentioned above, Tristan will right any wrong that he can. Fate brought two bastard children together and he won't let her lose her happiness, the way his way taken from him years ago.
Then enter Zoe's father, who really isn't and the secrets come out. If she marries her cousin, she can't lose her estate because he is next in line if the secret is discovered. What happened to Drina, her birth mother and why was she abandoned?
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Everyone has secrets in this book. As the author unravels each and every one will the reader feel compassion towards what we were led to believe, or will we forgive and understand their motives?
To be determined...by you!!
This was a wonderful story and I felt so much emotion for both Zoe's adoptive father and some of her other relatives that I didn't include in the spoiler section. I won't give away any crucial details of the story because you will be happy to find them out on your own.
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!
Review courtesy of Wit and Sin