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How the Scoundrel Seduces by Sabrina Jeffries
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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 aristocracy so his world turns upside down when Lady Zoe Keane asks for his help.

I really liked both Tristan and Zoe. Tristan has had some hard times in his life and isn't very trusting with anyone besides his immediate family. But, he can't resist his protective nature as well as his hidden attraction to Lady Zoe. I was a bit afraid that the author would overdo it on the "I'm illegitimate and therefore not worthy of you" theme that is used so often in these types of stories, but, thankfully, it was a minimal issue.

For her part, I liked how devoted Zoe was to her family's estate and the people who relied on its success. She did have some reckless moments that made me shake my head, but she usually admitted her errors and learned from them. I also enjoyed the fact that she didn't let Tristan's past define his character. While she was constantly given reasons why he was such a scoundrel, she always gave him the benefit of the doubt.

Besides the romance, Sabrina Jeffries also provides readers with a mystery: Lady Zoe's birth parents. She hires Manton Investigations to figure out if she is truly the daughter of the Earl of Olivier and this causes a whole subplot which, of course, ends up connecting to Tristan's family. I did think the mystery was a little obvious, but that didn't ruin the enjoyment of seeing Tristan and Zoe work together. I also liked the respectful way that the author depicted the Romany culture.

It was also great to see more of Tristan's brother, Dominick, whose future was destroyed upon the old viscount's death as well. There is definitely still some tension between him and his former fiancee and I am excited to read their story next. And, finally, we got to see some resolution on the horrible deeds that Dominick and Tristan's brother, the current Viscount Rathmoor, has been doing the entire series.

All in all, I did enjoy How the Scoundrel Seduces and the way that it sets up for the conclusion of the entire series. Zoe and Tristan were very easy to root for and I thought their romance was entertaining. Another success for Sabrina Jeffries!

I received a free e-galley of this book from Pocket Books via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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Reading Progress

November 27, 2013 – Shelved
November 27, 2013 – Shelved as: not-yet-released
March 1, 2014 – Shelved as: historical-romance
August 18, 2014 – Shelved as: tbr-review-books
August 18, 2014 – Shelved as: edelweiss
November 26, 2014 – Started Reading
December 9, 2014 – Shelved as: 2014-reads
December 9, 2014 – Shelved as: alpha-hero
December 9, 2014 – Shelved as: regency-england
December 9, 2014 – Finished Reading
December 15, 2014 – Shelved as: reviewed-on-blog

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