Review: How the Scoundrel Seduces by Sabrina Jeffries

How the Scoundrel Seduces - Sabrina Jeffries

Publisher: Pocket Books (August 19th 2014)
Paperback: 416 pages
Source: Netgalley
Series: The Duke’s Men #3
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Rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 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 the woman who will risk all to discover the truth.


Yay! Morton’s Investigation is on a new case! This time with Tristan as he meets his match, Lady Zoe. If you’ve read the first two books of the Duke’s Men series, you’ll have meet Tristan Bonnaud, our titular scoundrel, and his “scandalous” past and the feisty Lady Zoe (who seems to set Tristan on edge).

This story starts off with Zoe hiring Morton’s Investigation to look into her past for a gypsy lady and a secret that can ruin her whole future. And it seems the best person for the job is Tristan, and despite his initial friction with Zoe, he decides he can use this to his advantage. The mystery was engaging and sprinkled with secret pasts. I was pretty invested and the ending was pretty darn action packed with lots of revelations and surprises.

Zoe, unlike many women, will actually inherit her father’s title when he passes, but she soon finds out that there’s more obstacles than expected. I love that Zoe is strong and independent and will do what it takes to secure her future, and not just for herself, but because she thinks of all the people who depend on her.

Tristan on the other hand, is a  bastard son, and with a pretty evil half-brother bent on destroying his life, Tristan uses this investigation to the gypsy camp to find the secret that would help him get his revenge on George. Tristan admits that his profession is a be a chameleon, and he definitely tries to hide his more sensitive side and sweet side with seduction and suave. But in the end, it’s easy to see that Tristan is a passionate man with a lot of love to give.

The romance ~ It was pretty irresistible. Tristan and Zoe started off their relationship with some big presumptions about each other which weren’t the most favourable (and you know what they say about when you assume – you make an ass of u and me). So there was lots of spark, banter and teasing.

“Her heart? No, certainly not. She would never be foolish as to give her heart to that… that officious, pigheaded, surly scoundrel!”

But of course, as they delve deeper into the investigation, the more they realize there’s more to each other, and there’s a deeper connection.  I actually loved that once Tristan decided he liked Zoe, he was pretty straightforward about it.

“[…], you were raised an heir to a kingdom…a princess, if you will. And princesses can have whatever -whomever- they damn well please.” His voice lowered to a fierce rasp. “So have me.”

Overall, I found with this novel, Jeffries wrote a very compelling story with a lovely balance of mystery, action, and romance. There was rarely a dull moment. Oh and did I mention how excited I am for the next book!? It’s Dom and Jane’s story and Jeffries has been teasing us for far too long now, and I neeeeeeeed their HEA.

{* Thanks to the Pocket Star and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

PS. Reviews of: What The Duke Desires (book 1) & When the Rogue Returns (book 2)


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Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Review: How the Scoundrel Seduces by Sabrina Jeffries”

  1. Squee..agreed Cyn. I loved their interactions and yes I am so excited for the next book!

    1. They were so cute. Hope you enjoy it!!

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