Romantic Tuesday Review: The Scoundrel’s Seduction by Jennifer Haymore

Romantic Thur & TueIt’s Romantic Thursday Tuesday with Bookmunchies! So what is Romantic Tuesday you ask!? The same as Romantic Thursday, but now with the added being on Tuesday too.

So why is Thursday ( & Tuesday) romantic? Because I like Thursday (& Tuesday) and I like romance! Basically, I just love romance, in YA books, in adult, contemporary, historical, whichever the genre and sometimes I’m too lazy to write full reviews but I do love sharing fun quotes or just gushing about characters. So that’s what Romantic Thursday is for! To share my love. May it be through actual full reviews, quick reviews, or just fun quotes.

…………………………

The Scoundrel's Seduction - Jennifer HaymorePublisher: Forever (May 27th 2014)
Paperback: 368 pages
Series: House of Trent #3
Source: Netgalley
Add on: Goodreads
Rating: 3.5/4 of 5 stars

Temptation Knows No Bounds…

Undercover agent Sam Hawkins has devoted his life to protecting king and country. So when he receives orders to assassinate a ruthless traitor, he doesn’t question his mission. But Sam didn’t know his deed had a witness—the beautiful and mysterious betrayer’s wife. Now he has no choice but to take her as his prisoner—one he can neither trust…nor resist.

Élise, Lady Dunthorpe, will do anything to escape her powerful captor—including seducing him senseless. She didn’t know of her miserable husband’s crimes, but she has secrets of her own—secrets that threaten everything she holds dear. With his piercing dark eyes and gentle touch, Sam inflames Élise’s deepest desires, but how could she ever trust a man who won’t let her go? Caught between the crown he’s sworn to serve and the woman he’s come to love, Sam will risk his heart—and his very life—to keep her safe.

Review:

Another lovely read from Jennifer Haymore! This is third book in the House of Trent series, featuring the base-born big brother to the duke, undercover agent Sam Hawkins. The poor guy has had a pretty rough going for most of his life and it’s definitely nice to see him get his happy ending. Our heroine, is the lovely yet misunderstood French-born Élise. She’s had a pretty terrible time in life, too.

So the story is pretty action packed. After an assassination, Sam finds that he has a witness (Élise), and from there, it’s a kidnapping, a truce, a runaway, an understanding, some romancing, some steamy moments, more kidnapping, some full blown action and finally a happy ending. The romance was quite cute, though it did feel just a teeny-tiny insta-love-ish (and kinda mushy sometimes). But at the same time, I was just so happy that they found each other, and some happiness, that I was okay with it (they both really had sad pasts!). I appreciated that there were a very tangible conflict that would have kept Sam and Élise apart, and that they actually worked to overcome it (instead of stupid reasoning like, “oh, she’s French, I would never be with her, oh but I love her, but I can’t be with her” etc. etc. for example). I also really liked the friendship between Élise and Sam’s undercover partners, very sweet.

Oh and we get to check up on all our favourite Trent family members, which is always fun. And from the previous books in the series, we also get to delve more into the mysterious disappearance of the dowager duchess (aka mom) that was an overlying arc though the series, and learn a little more of the past, too.

Overall it was an enjoyable read with a sweet romance and action to keep you on your toes. I love that Sam and Élise got their happy ending because they’re characters that you totally just want to root for.  The Scoundrel’s Seduction is a great addition to Haymore’s House of Trent series, and I definitely look forward to more.

“Some eggs? Ham?”

“Yes and yes,” she told him gratefully, sliding into the seat. Laurent took the last empty chair, and using a large spoon, piled food onto her plate and his.

Hawk had laid his newspaper on the table. “Would you like a bun? With butter? Jam?”

“Thank you,” she murmured. “Both, please.” Dieu, these men certainly were intent on feeding her. It was charming, in a bizarre kind of way.

{*Thank to Forever & Netgally for the ARC in exchange for the an honest review.

—————-
Find Jennifer Haymore:

Website | Goodreads | Twitter

Purchase the book:
Book Depository | Barnes & Nobles | Chapters Indigo | Amazon.ca

Author: Cyn

noun. a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

0 Comment

  1. Yay, more romance! It’s always fun to see other family members/friends in series make an appearance isn’t it. I’m glad The Scoundrel’s Seduction was a nice addition to the series. You know I love a good romance, so I’m excited to read more of your reviews, Cyn! 🙂

    1. Definitely one of the highlights about reading romance series is seeing old characters again! It was a lovely read! I still need to read the first book, but definitely a good series! Thanks for stopping (:

  2. I do not think I have read Haymore at least no titles come to mind. This sounds fun.

    1. I’ve only read her House of Trent series, but I think she’s definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for more romance 😉

Leave a Reply