Title: How to seduce a Scoundrel (Book 2 in a series)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Vicky Dreiling
Publisher: Grand Central, 2011
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
Miss Julianne Gatewick is in a pickle. It started when her brother’s best friend-for whom she’s long nursed a secret tendre-agreed to act as her guardian for the Season, only to seduce her with a risqué waltz. But when the music stopped and the expectant ton waited for Marc Darcett, Earl of Hawkfield, to claim her as his own, he made his disinterest clear. Rather than succumb to humiliation, Julianne does what any self-respecting, recently discarded young miss with a wicked sense of humor would do. She secretly pens a lady’s guide to enticing unrepentant rakes . . . and it becomes the hottest scandal sheet in London.
Every honorable rake knows that friends’ sisters are forbidden. But suddenly Julienne has a spark of mischief in her eyes that Hawk can’t resist. Try as he might to push her away, he spends his days listening for her laughter and his nights dreaming of kissing her senseless. He’s always avoided innocents and their marriage-minded mothers, but has the man least likely to wed finally met his match?
I fell in love with Hawk in Vicky Dreilling’s first book in this series, HOW TO MARRY A DUKE. He is the best friend of the hero of that first book. They are a couple of regency rakes. Tristan needs a wife and Hawk is sidestepping that particular issue.
In this delightful book Hawk is coerced into acting as a guardian for Tristan’s sister’s fourth season on the marriage-mart. Hawk takes his role way too seriously causing Julianne many moments of frustration as she tries to enjoy the attentions of beaus and her season in London.
In the beginning I thought Hawk came off as a bit over bearing and not like the love of my heart from book #1. But we begin to understand that he feels an overwhelming obligation to protect Julianne because of his friendship with her brother. He knows he is attracted to her and he continually overcompensates for his imagined shortcomings. He is also tormented by a past mistake that makes him feel that he is not honorable enough to marry.
Julianne has been biding her time waiting for Hawk to fall in love with her. She has loved him since they were children. When he starts acting so tyrannical, she is all but ready to give up on him . She is naïve and innocent and becomes more mature throughout the story.
These characters are well known to us because of Dreilings first book and that is why I recommend this series be read from the beginning.
Vicky Dreiling’s series:
1. How to Marry a Duke (reviewed on Monday, August 6, 2012)
2. How to Seduce a Scoundrel
3. How to Ravish a Rake (reviewed on Friday, Aug. 10.2012)