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Never Seduce a Scoundrel

(School For Heiresses #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  5,465 ratings  ·  270 reviews
"Be careful, Amelia -- you know how reckless you can be!" -- Mrs. Charlotte Harris, headmistress

Lady Amelia Plume has many admirers -- it's too bad they're all fortune hunters and fops who can't provide the exotic adventures she seeks.

But the ballrooms of Mayfair have become much more appealing since the arrival of Major Lucas Winter, an American wi
Paperback, 376 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Pocket Books (first published October 8th 2004)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
3.5 Stars

Never Seduce a Scoundrel was a cute, witty read. I am newer to Sabrina Jeffries. Having only read Hellions of Halstead Hall series last week, but so far I am really loving her writing style. When I finished Hellions of Halstead Hall series I still wanted to live in this world. So I of course went straight to goodreads and found this series. Which actually happens before Hellions of Halstead Hall, but it's all good. I really liked Amelia and Lucas and thought they made a cute
Jun 22, 2015 rated it did not like it

I don't know what to say about Never Seduce a Scoundrel. Sigh. "Wrong"--well, that's probably the right word to describe it. This book just seemed wrong to me. I didn't like Amelia and Lucas, at all. Amelia was too reckless--and too stupid--for her own good. She didn't have a sensible bone in her body, even though she was supposed to be intelligent. Her curiosity and desire for "adventure" bordered on stupidity and I positively cringed every time she took unnecessary risks with her reputation. Egad, did she even have a brain in that
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Major Lucas Winter is on the hunt for a woman (in a non-boner fashion) when he runs into Lady Amelia Plume who is on the hunt for adventure (boners optional). Realizing the Major is potentially trying to track down her mysterious stepmother, Amelia attempts to flirt information out him him; he attempts to naked information out of her. And thus the fertile ground for FEELINGS.

In Never Seduce a Scoundrel, Lady Amelia Plume is in her second season with no prospects in sight. And she rather likes it that way. As a graduate of the well known 'School for Heiresses' as it's called, she's well aware of what many fortune hunting gentlemen are really after so she's hesitant to marry. But in comes walking American soldier Major Lucas Winter. They are suddenly alone together by accident while Amelia is delivering a note on a dare. She's come across some papers in Major Winter's ...more
Lady Amelia is tired of the same old, boring balls and affairs in Mayfair and is desperately longing for adventure. On assignment in England with the United States Marine Guard, Major Lucas Winter arrives and Amelia finally gets her chance for some adventure.

I really enjoyed this book. Lucas was a "major" stud muffin! Amelia had a way of getting herself into some interesting situations, coming by it naturally because of her adventure-seeking personality!

My favorite part of the book
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: regency-romance
Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for a nice historical romance? I was looking forward towards starting a new series but this wasn't what I was expecting. I found the characters Lady Amelia Plume and Major Lucas Winters to be an odd match. The development of the characters themselves seemed hurried resulting in rather a two dimensional lack luster characters. You sort of saw who they were, but the concern and care for them as I went through the book just wasn't there. There seemed to be such littl ...more
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
How enjoyable this was!!! I loved Amelia and all her adventuresome ways. Lucas was a strong and protective hero, although he was definitely way too prideful. That was annoying. But still, he was honorable, Amelia was clever, and they made such a great pair! I loved how he was American, I don't know that I've read a historical with an English heroine and an American hero before this one. I liked it a lot. The story was intriguing too, though I did guess some things about why Lucas was after the p ...more
Another great series

Ms Jeffries has again started a series with a feisty heroine and a sexy alpha male. Great dialogue, character arcs and a well researched book.
Mar 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hist-rom
I enjoyed this one when I read it way back when! Thought it had plausible plotting, a hawt slightly tortured hero and an intelligent heroine.

I glanced through the reviews over at Amazon and it seems the complaints from the majority of those who left negative reviews were that the sex was to much like porn. Not so. (They obviously don’t read much out of the Historical sub-genre of Romance!) I thought the sex scenes were indeed spicy and more graphic then your average historical, but d
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
American Major Lucas Winter is in London posing as a diplomat. He is actually in England searching for Theodore Frier who stole money from the American Government. Lucas believes he has tracked down Theodore's wife, Dorothy, to a home in London. Now he must romance Lady Amelia Plume in order to get closer to her stepmother Dorothy. Amelia is bored with all of the balls and the fortune hunters who want to marry her. She stumbles upon Lucas' notes about this search for her stepmother. Pretending t ...more
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“Be careful, Amelia you know how reckless you can be!” Mrs. Charlotte Harris, headmistress.

I really liked this book, at first I didn't think I would, but the more I read the more I liked it. Lady Amelia Plume is a lady that craves adventure, and with the arrival of Major Lucas Winter, an American with a dark past and a dangerous air, she may have found more than she can handle.
I look forward to reading the next book.
Lani ⚔⚔  the Destroyer ⚔⚔
Something held me back from really loving Never Seduce a Scoundrel. It started off well enough but then about halfway it sort of fizzed out for me. I can't really say why because the action was all there so I think this is just a case of it being me and not the book.

This book would probably have been a 3.75 to 4* read without this reader. She made the hero sound like a pissed off A-hole the entire book! AARGG! :(
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fluffy, fun escape with a dash of hotness, a handful of sweetness and some interesting plot developments. Perfect for the snowy afternoon :)
Pamela Shropshire
I think this was the first Sabrina Jeffries book that I ever read. It's been at least 10 years since I last read it, though, and I wanted to see how it held up. It's the first book in the School for Heiresses series.

Lady Amelia Plume is in London, along with her best friend, Lady Venetia, for the season, chaperoned by Mrs. Charlotte Harris, the headmistress of the School. She has a persistent suitor named Lord Pomeroy, an older man who was an Army general. Amelia made the mistake of
Never Seduce A Scoundrel
4 Stars

Tired of the fortune hunters and the dandies of the ton, Lady Amelia Plume craves adventure, and the dark and mysterious American Major Lucas Winter is just the man to provide it. But there is more to Lucas than meets the eye and Amelia may just have bitten off more than she can chew.

Amelia is an entertaining heroine. Yes, she is too curious for her own good, and this often gets her into trouble, but she is also witty, caring and unpretentious. Lucas meets all o
Sara Reads (mostly) LOTS of Romance
Finally got to reading this one!! And I loved it!!! I feel like it's underrated tbh. Sabrina Jeffries has always been a hit or miss for me in the past but I'm so glad I gave her another chance!

I gotta say I love grumpy soldier heroes don't ask me why.
Rachel C.
This was very entertaining and fairly original (at least compared to what I've seen thus far) so I have to say it was well worth the read. I have to admit that I was somewhat disappointed by the somewhat contrived kidnappings etc. but it was still entertaining and I enjoyed Amelia, particularly, as a character. I'm curious if Mrs. Harris ever gets her own book... I would love to read that one.
Mar 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who like Regency-era romances
Shelves: romance
This is absolutely one of my favorite Sabrina Jeffries books ever! But then again, I could be biased, as I love all things Sabrina Jeffries and she is an auto-buy author for me. This book has tons of things going for it: a sexy American alpha marine, a high-spirited beautiful heroine, possible scandal, kidnapping, highway robbery and ransom, action, adventure, what else could you want?

One of the things I really love about this book is the love story between Lucas and Amelia. They tru
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book was just okay. The good elements were quickly overwhelmed by the bad.

Where things went well:
1. I like a good soldier story. I liked Winter's interaction with the British soldiers and his attitude that even though the war is over, the old scars and animosities remain. That strikes me as realistic.
2. I like that Amelia is very adventurous.
3. The H/H are generally likeable.

Where the wheels fell off the cart:
1. Okay, I get that Winter is American, but
Anita Reads
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rating: ★★★.5

This book follows Amelia who's a graduate from School for Heiresses. She's admired by a lot of gentlemen, but she knows to be careful, as a lot of them are fortune hunters. Suddenly at a ball however she meets the American soldier - Major Lucas Winter, a man with a dark past. She soon finds he's there to investigate Amelia's step mother. She tries to play a stupid girl who knows nothing, but it's difficult when she's always been a smart girl who can't say no
Jun 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
I enjoy this book every time I read it. Its all because SJ always makes her books so cute and funny, yet smutty to cater to that side of me. Honestly, the story isn't really all that interesting. Lucas is obsessed with his revenge and all, yet still finds Amelia interesting enough to court, even if her stepmother may be the criminal he's chasing. The real fun comes in their interactions. Always scandalous and very hilarious. I reread some parts just to imagine the situation, again.

Definitely wo
Dec 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
I can generally rely on Sabrina Jeffries for a fun, light read. Never Seduce a Scoundrel was possibly my favorite- there was some great tension between Amelia and Lucas. Lucas is a bit bullheaded for most of the book, but he comes around before I started to dislike him. The suspense and mystery are fairly predictable, so any interesting conflict is confined to Amelia and Lucas and whether or not their romance can survive the lies around them. I liked the scenes involving "The Scottish Scourge", ...more
Nov 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Other than the continued reference to a Baltimore drawl (which I found unbelievable and annoying), this story was well-written and quite a mystery. Of course, most of it was easy to predict but that doesn't prevent it from being entertaining. Good read!
I put it down once and I never picked it up again. *shrugs*
Georgina Parkin
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
2.5 stars.

I didn’t like this at the start, I even considered DNFing it. I don’t know if it was the writing or characters but I just wasn’t having it but I decided to give it a little more, and then I actually was enjoying reading it. My enjoyment faded again with the ‘obedient wife’ scene because it felt a little too rapey and I just wanted him to become a better person well before the last few pages but he definitely only clued in in the last few and I just wanted him to be better I
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t know why it took me so many years to read Sabrina Jeffries. I know she’s been on my TBR since I started reading HR and I’m kicking myself for not getting to her sooner. I haven’t been disappointed yet :)
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Sabrina Jeffries is the NYT bestselling author of over 50 novels and works of short fiction (some written under the pseudonyms Deborah Martin and Deborah Nicholas). Whatever time not spent writing in a coffee-fueled haze of dreams and madness is spent traveling with her husband and adult autistic son or indulging in one of her passions—jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, and music. With over 9 million book ...more

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