Saturday, July 2, 2011

How to Seduce a Scoundrel by Vicky Dreiling

    How to Seduce a Scoundrel
  • Title: How to Seduce a Scoundrel
  • Classification: Adult Fiction
  • Genre: Historical Romance
  • Format: Paperback, 448 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; Original edition (June 28, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0446565385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446565387

Four years ago at her debutant ball Lady Julianne Gatewick fell in love. The object of her affection was Marc Darcett (Hawk), Earl of Hawkfield. He's her brother's best friend and she's known him for what seems like forever. In the four years since her debut, it seemed he only saw her as his best friend's little sister and nothing more. Then at a ball held by the Breresfords, her fairytale ending looked like it was within her grasp. During a waltz with Marc he couldn't seem to take his eyes off her. She felt like Cinderella at the ball dancing with the Prince. In an instant, however, the spell of the evening was broken. Not by the chiming of the clock at midnight, but by the words Marc would utter for all the ton to hear, "Lest you or anyone else harbor the wrong idea. I will set the record straight. Lady Julianne is practically a sister to me."

Utterly devastated, Julianne was determined to move on and forget about Marc. That was easier said then done as he would act as her guardian for the season. Marc's aunt Hester, who was sponsoring her this season, decided to take Julianne under her wing and give her the advice she would have imparted to her daughter, if she'd had one. While Hester might not be able to turn a pumpkin into a carriage, she did know a little something about landing a husband. She'd been married 5 times. Through Hester, Julianne, will learn the 'Secrets of Seduction.'

This was an enchanting tale that had me grinning from ear to ear. The chemistry between Marc and Julianne was flammable and only needed a spark to set it off. The interaction and bantering between the two was fun to witness. I loved seeing the way Marc tried to fight his feelings for Julianne since she was his best friend's sister.  Plus, there was an added dimension to the story because something happened in Marc's past which made him determined never to ever marry. Thinking himself unworthy of such happiness, Julianne had her work cut out for her.

Once again a book inspired a song to dance through my head. In this case, however, it wasn't just one, but two. Taylor Swift's songs Love Story and White Horse kept alternating at various times in my head. While no song totally fits a book snippets like "I'm not a princess, this ain't a fairy tale" and "it's a love story baby just say yes" danced in my head. I gave this one 5 out of 5 roses.

The order the trilogy should be read:

1. How to Marry a Duke
2. How to Seduce a Scoundrel
3. How to Ravish a Rake (tentatively coming late 2011 or early 2012)

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