Friday, November 4, 2011

Free-Wheeling Friday--How to Seduce a Scoundrel by Vicky Dreiling Review

Summary from goodreads: When Lady Julianne Gatewick realizes the rake of her dreams thinks of her as practically his sister, she decides it's time to get even. The charming Marc Darcett, Earl of Hawkfield, is every lady's fantasy, but he's determined to evade virgins and their matrimonial traps - especially his best friend's sister. 

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 rating: 3 of 5 stars
I am normally a fan of old-fashioned romances. I tend to enjoy a good Regency romance where the lovers struggle, and the end, everything works out the way you want it to. This book definitely falls into this predictable genre, and was definitely a light, fun read.

The author created two very likeable characters. Hawk steals the show even though he is a rake. I love the fact that we get to see him grow and mature as he comes face to face with his desire for Julianne.  I always love the passion that a man like Hawk brings to a story like this.  I loved the genuine chemistry and relationship that he and Julianne enjoyed.  I always love to see a couple who can play together like they do.  I personally think that if a relationship does not have a degree of fun to it that you just may as well give it up.  I often think of romances way back in the day were austere and emotionless.  I am so grateful for authors like this one who can change that perception.

Thankfully the adult words and mild profanity were not too horrible.  I felt like I could basically stomach that since it was not too rampant.  Do realize that there may be some offensive language but not nearly as much as many romances I have read this year.

There are really only two things that keep this from being a 4-star rated book, in my opinion. I think that the blossoming romance between Hawk and Julianne is too rushed.  But then again, I did not read the first book in the series.  The main thing that rubbed me the wrong way was the intimate scenes between the two.  Granted, my moral fiber never enjoys the fact that two characters have sex before marrisge.  I was glad the intimate scenes were not any more detailed than they were, but I could have done with less detail.  In the bedroom, less is always more.  (I like the way that sounded!)

In conclusion, I can definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good romance.  I was glad to see some moral fortitude from the characters--Hawk especially.

I won a copy of this book and was not financially compensated for my review.  All opinions are 100% mine.

About the Author

Vicky Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the UK allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle.  That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname her “Trouble.”
When she’s not writing, Vicky enjoys reading, films, concerts, and most of all, long lunches with friends. She holds degrees in English literature and marketing. A native Texan, she shares her home with her daughter and a spoiled mini-lop rabbit that lives in a slightly gnawed cardboard cottage. 


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