TITLE: How to Seduce a ScoundrelAUTHOR: Vicky Dreiling
INFO: Paperback, Fiction, 396 pages
PUBLISHED: Forever, 2011
SOURCE: Received from Publisher for Review and Blog Tour
Hawk reluctantly agrees to be Julianne's guardian for the season, but he's having trouble resisting his gorgeous ward. Worse still, she's taunting him by flirting with every scoundrel in London - and he's sworn to protect her! Certain she's learned her tricks from the authoress of that scandalous publication "The Secrets of Seduction", Hawk sets out to uncover the writer's identity. But he never expects to find the formerly angelic Julianne behind the mask - and between his sheets.
MY TAKE: I read and reviewed the first book in the series How to Marry a Duke back in January and completely fell in love with Marc and Julianne's characters. In fact I mentioned Marc aka Hawk, as being one of my favorite secondary characters in that story. When I was offered a spot on this blog tour, I jumped at the chance to finally get to find out how Julianne would snag her Hawk.
Vicky Dreiling is a master at setting the scene. Her descriptions of the ballrooms, the park and various locations throughout the book help the reader imagine they are right there with the characters. One of my favorite scenes is near the beginning of the story when Hawk and Julianne are waltzing. The author made time stand still for the reader as well as the dancing pair with everything appearing very clear in my mind's eye.
Humor is an element that I look for in a good story. I don't mean the knee-slapping, hee-hawing laughter type, but the subtle tongue-in-cheek quips and situations that make the reader grin and want more. The first book had this quality and Vicky has kept that undercurrent alive in How to Seduce a Scoundrel. Witty dialogue abounds without ever feeling silly or contrived. It fits the personalities of the players perfectly.
If you haven't read How to Marry a Duke yet, you will still enjoy this story immensely. It does well as a stand-alone read, but I highly suggest you try the first book as well. Strictly because it is also a treat. I'm already counting down the days for the next installment: How to Ravish a Rake. It will feature Hawk's roguish younger brother Will and Julianne's quiet friend Amy. Another shower of sparks awaits!
Good luck and...
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