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How the Scoundrel Seduces

(The Duke's Men #3)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,375 ratings  ·  321 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 19th 2014 by Pocket Books
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Sammy Loves Books
Totally enjoyed this one! This series has been so much fun.

He laid her hand on his jutting cock. "This beast is what I want to put inside you, Princess. It will hurt you I fear and you will never be the same."

Tristan Bonnard is the bastard son of an Earl. His entire adult life has been a struggle ever since his half brother cheated him out of his inheritance and accused him of theft.
Nov 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: aar, arc
I've given this a C+ at AAR, so 3.5 stars

This is the third book in Ms. Jeffries’ current series, The Duke’s Men , the name which is loosely applied to Manton Investigations, the firm built and run by Dominic Manton and his half-brother, Tristan Bonnaud.

Towards the end of the previous book, When the Rogue Returns, Dom and Tristan were working an investigation involving a theft and kidnapping when they were literally stumbled upon by the spirited Lady Zoe Keane. In return for keeping quiet and
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
3.5 stars
My copy received from publisher via NetGalley with thanks.

Author: Sabrina Jeffries
First published: 2014
Length: 4604 locations
Setting: 1829, London. Late Regency.
Sex: Explicit. Infrequent.
Hero: Illegitimate son of Viscount. Private Investigator.
Heroine: Countess-to-be. Searching for her true parents.

One of the great joys of historical fiction is the ability to learn something whilst being entertained. Jeffries obviously embraces history. One gets the distinct impression she enjoys the research an
Lover of Romance
Tristan Bonnaud, has one goal in life, to get revenge against his brother, that almost destroyed him and his family who had to flee the country and live in France for a time. But Tristan is part of a investigative business, and is good at it. Then a woman walks through the door needing his help that coincides with finding his own justice and searching for his long time gypsy friend. Zoe Keane, is searching for the truth of her birth. When her aunts makes allegations to her, hinting that she was ...more
I've given this an A for narration and B for content at AudioGals. I liked it better in audio :P

In the first book in this series, What the Duke Desires, we learned that Viscount Rathmoor had two families – two sons (George and Dominick) by his late wife, and a son and daughter (Tristan and Lisette) by his French mistress of twenty years. The viscount’s failure to provide for all his children leads to a last-ditch death-bed attempt to add a codicil to his will, but he is thwarted by George, who d
I was hoping this book would be about Dom and Lady Jane from What the Duke Desires. Oh well...

I still cannot wait for this book! Especially now since Dom and Jane have a book coming out in January! :)
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sabrina Jeffries was my gateway drug into the historical romance genre. I jumped into it after I finished my master’s degree and have never looked back. Ever since stumbling upon Jeffries’ novels, she has been one of my favourite and go-to authors in historical romance. To date, A Notorious Love is my favourite Jeffries book, but she is an author that never disappoints, and How the Scoundrel Seduces is no exception.

The latest installment in The Duke’s Men is about Tristan Bonnaud (brother to
Rose Blue
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lady Zoe Keane’s world is turned topsy-turvy when her aunt tells her that she is not the biological child of her parents. Zoe’s father is an earl, and the title is a rare one that can pass to a female child if there is no male heir. Since she has no siblings, she’s in line to inherit, and is very afraid that, if her aunt’s claim is true, a scandal could occur if the knowledge is made public. In order to get a definitive answer, Zoe hires the discreet investigators known as the Duke’s Men to find ...more
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Five reasons to grab an iced coffee and lose yourself in How the Scoundrel Seduces

1. The Duke’s Men run an investigative agency on Bow-street and they are all yummy, unique, complicated, noble and totally swoon-worthy! Jeffries has fleshed them out with interesting histories and plenty of snark and wit.

2. Lady Zoe Keane is feisty, and daring. I love how independent and persistent she is. On more than one occasion she made me giggle, and I loved her gypsy spirit. The passion shown towards her fam
Jan 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Pretty good book. Didn't require a lot of deep thought, which can be relaxing. The characters could have been a bit more developed, but maybe I needed to read more in the series to connect. Unfortunately this is the only one on overdrive. As usual overdrive skips a few books in a series. Anyway, not the best narrator voice. Her American accent was cringe worthy. So skip that and just read the book. ...more
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Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
We first met Tristan in the first book, What the Duke Desires, as co-owner of Manton Investigations with his second half brother and got some of his background. Tristan and his sister are the illegitimate children of the late Viscount of Rathmoor. Tristan's father died when Tristan was seventeen, after writing out a codicil to his will that would ensure that Tristan and his family were taken care of. Unfortunately, immediately after the man breathed his last, Tristan's oldest half brother, the n ...more
Sandy S
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

About the book: Release Date August 19, 2014

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 t
Readers of Jeffries's Duke's Men series first met Tristan Bonnaud in What the Duke Desires and I, for one, have been intrigued by him ever since. He is the illegitimate son of a viscount who was cast out of his childhood home (along with his mother and sister) after his father's death. After years of working any job he could get a hold of, Tristan is now a professional investigator working alongside his half-brother, Dominick Manton. He has always been wary of getting involved with the aristocra ...more
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
I am normally an avid reader of Jeffries' books, and I have enjoyed the rest of the books in this series, but I'm having a hard time enjoying this book because I find Lady Zoe (and Lisette to a lesser degree) and Tristan to be just really, really annoying characters. There's a difference between a character that is bold, "dashing," honest, headstrong- and maybe a little nosy, and a character that is aggravating and annoying. Tristan annoys because he continually capitulates to Zoe, and Lisette, ...more
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sabrina Jeffries is one of my all time favorite Historical Romance authors. I really enjoyed this book. Review to come soon!

This is the third book in The Duke's Men series and I it's my favorite so far. The chemistry between Tristan and Zoe is fantastic. Not only is there chemistry but the plot is really interesting with some great twists and turns. I really enjoyed how Ms. Jeffries did not create the typical regency heroine. Zoe is robust, colorful and not afraid to get the job done. Her stren
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance-regency
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Jul 30, 2017 added it
“Sometimes a woman must resort to subterfuge
to get things done.”

Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it
A light summer read
Patty McKenna Van Hulle
The title should be How The Lady Seduces the Scoundrel because Lady Zoe truly TAKES her Scoundrel any & every way she can!

Tristan Bonnaud is the illegitimate son of his Viscount dad & French mom & he was raised on the estate will his sister & his half brothers, George the heir & Dom. George has always hated his Father's illegitimate kids & Dom. When their dying father wrote a deathbed amendment to his will to provide for his illegitimate family, George burned it after their father breathed his
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Third in the "Duke's Men" series, this one follows the story of Tristan Bonnard. We learned of much of his plight during the first book where he and his sister where kicked out of their home by their half brother and legitimate heir to the title after their father died. He's vowed to get back at George for all the suffering he and his family had to go through. After reading the first book I really hoped that George would remain a true villain and would not have his own story in subsequent books ...more
Ermione Pickwick
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I adore this series, the Duke's Men, and, even though What the Duke Desires is still my favourite, followed by the prequel 'Twas the Night after Christmas, this one is amazing as well...and to be honest I haven't found Jeffries' real misstep yet.

Tristan is, I would say, loveable, I like kind heroes but, let's be honest, the ones like Mr Bonnaud are utterly charming, and this particular one is amazingly so.
I've been interested in his personality since What the Duke Desires, he's fascinating in
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story. I love how Sabrina Jeffries has written this book. The tit for tat between Tristan and Zoe was great. I like how Zoe held her own with Tristan. I was very happy that Tristan had his brother Don there for him during the whole family diabolical.
Man George was a psycho. The crime, mystery, suspense and romance in the book was wonderful.
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I do love a reformed rogue and Tristan Bonnaud delivered. Tristan was a delicious man to read about. He’s tough yet insecure. He’s funny and smart. He’s a scoundrel with a heart of gold. The story begins with Tristan’s father dying and his evil half brother forcing him to flee the country. Years later he comes across Lady Zoe Keane who is in need of his assistance. She hires him to find out the truth about her parents. Zoe learns she might be adopted and has to learn the truth or risk losing her ...more
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I may be totally biased, but I love this author, and this series is just fabulous. I will say, this series seems a bit edgier, a little darker than her previous, but it's still light-hearted enough to feel like a typical SJ novel. This series blurs the line between the classes, but it's at a time during the regency era when things are beginning to change. It also helps that even though the characters are in different classes socially, they are just a half step apart. We're not talking about the ...more
Jan 07, 2015 added it
Shelves: bailed, arc, series, romance, sexy
I managed to read 11 chapters or 186 pages of this before I couldn't stand it any longer!!

It was so so so awful!!

I swore I had read another book in this series--I did have an arc floating around my house of
What the Duke Desires (The Duke's Men, #1) by Sabrina Jeffries
before I moved and now I'm guessing the first one was as awful as this one and I just completely blocked reading it from my memory. I wish I had left enough of a memory to remind me not to pick up this volume so I didn't waste the whole afternoon thinking it would get better.

In my def
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, netgalley
This book was just ok. I've read other books by Sabrina Jefferies and enjoyed most of them. On the whole, I find her to be a very good writer and her books are usually fun with interesting main characters and a detailed historical setting. This particular book suffered from secondary character syndrome. By this I mean that one of the main characters in this book (the hero Tristan) was a secondary character in one of Jefferies previous books. He wasn't all that compelling in the first book and wa ...more
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was provided an advance reader copy of this book by the author for an honest review. This book had mystery, suspense & a wonderful love story. Lady Zoe has just found out that the parents who raised her may not have been her real parents. She hires Tristan, who is an investigator, to try to get to the bottom of the story. Tristan had a sad tale of childhood & a brother who inherited the title & was out for revenge against Tristan. Together, they go on a journey to discover the truth and right ...more
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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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