“These are more sedate than some Regencies, but also more lackluster.”Jan wrote this review Tuesday, December 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Reviewed by Francesca & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
Even though I still liked book one better than this one, it still had a lot of great elements to the story. Ms. Julianne Gatewick is Tristan's sister. While Tristan is staying behind with Tessa, who is pregnant. Julianne goes off to have a season in London. Tristan assigns his best friend to be her guardian and watch over her. Marc, the Earl of Hawfield, knows that a major rule not to be broken is that you could never date your best friend's sister. But he soon realizes that he's seen Julianne as his girl for a long time.
While Julianne attends parties and fields proposals from other suitors, she is not only vying for Hawk's attentions. She is also writing a pamphlet on How to Seduce a Rake. This is a detailed guide on how women can attract and secure the affections of rakes all over London. She manages to finish it and get it published before the end of the season as an anonymous publication which causes great stir in London's society.
Marc has a big secret. He's hidden it from everyone for many years and still tries to hide it from Julianne as well. But nothing, not even something as important as this can change her mind. She's wanted and been in love with Hawk since she was 8 years old. And she wants to have him now, once and for all. She will stop at nothing to get him.
One of my favorite parts about this story is the fact that Julianne is part of a group of young friends, both male and female, enjoying the season in London together. It was nice to see their friendly dynamics. And of course we met the characters that will take center stage in the next book who are completely different than we've previously seen. I'm looking forward to reading it!”
“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.”
“A humorously riveting read I would highly recommend!”Lindsey Edwards wrote this review Tuesday, August 30, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“***original and expanded review can be found at Romancing Rakes***
Vicky Dreiling has done it again! I can't even begin to put into words how I feel about this book. Only that I can say: since downloading this galley, I've been grinning like a total idiot and my husband thinks I might be bound for Bedlam due to my sudden outbursts of laughter. Also, I wanted to start writing a review halfway through the book. I loved it THAT much! There's so much I want to say about this book but I don't want to give any spoilers.
So I will sum it up with this limerick inspired by Hawk's unfinished one at a reading salon (I woke up this morning with it floating in my head and had to get it written down):
There once was an Earl of Hawkfield
Who used humor and wit as a shield
He tried to keep up his guard
But fell in love with his ward
And in the end, they did yield.
Top Reason to Read This Book: Rule Number ONE aka Only Rule of Friendship. Never fall in love with your best friend's sister. Well ain't that a kick in the pants, er breeches? These are my favorite types of romances. It's absolutely forbidden but if there's enough spark, it's bound to explode.
Favorite Quote: “Feel my mighty sword.”
Overall: This book was an emotional roller coaster ride that I never wanted to get off of (I may need to seek professional help). I laughed, I loved, I sighed, my heart ached, I gasped, I yelled, I fangirl squealed, and I felt like I was let into a fun little secret. Let me explain this last part. I follow Ms. Dreiling on Twitter, and I've stalked er, thoroughly read her author website so any references in the book I remember hearing about made me grin a little more. You must listen to the playlist for this book. The first song ("Everybody Loves a Clown" by Gary Lewis and the Playboys) fits so well with Hawk's personality. I could go on and on about this book because once again, Ms. Dreiling has me wanting to know more about her secondary characters, but I won't. ”
“How do you seduce a scoundrel? If you are anything like me, you cannnot help but be drawn to the bad boy, the feverishly sexy guy you know you shouldn't want, but do anyways. Wouldn't you want to know HOW to seduce him, to make him yours, not just for now, but for always? Well, do you bat your eyes at him? Do you display your luscious bosom in a sexy but classy gown? Do you laugh at his witty remarks and play a little hard to get? Well, my fellow romance lovers, the answers are here for you in Vicky Dreiling's second novel,
"How to Seduce a Scoundrel".
Our heroine, Julianne Gatewick, needs to seduce a scoundrel, and not just any-old-scoundrel. We are talking about her brother's best friend, Marc Darcett, the Earl of Hawkfield (aka Hawk). How do you seduce a man that you've known since you were a little girl, a man who is reputed to be a complete rogue, a man whom you have loved since you were 9 years old? Julianne is determined to make Hawk hers, but how does she convince him that she is no longer his innocent little Julie-girl, but a beautiful, engaging woman?
Hawk had no idea that being the guardian for his best friend's sister would be such a task! She has young bucks surrounding her at all times wherever she goes, and Hawk, being a man, knows EXACTLY what is on their minds, and it's not sharing a game of lawn bowling! Soon enough, Hawk realizes that Julianne isn't a little girl, but a exceptionally beautiful woman with curves he would like to stroke and eyes he could loose himself in and hair that he could sink his fingers through. Wait. This is his best friend's sister. He cannot have these desires for his Julie-girl. It's not right...or is it?
I really enjoyed this book. In fact, I think I liked it more than the first book! I laughed at the banter between Hawk and Julianne and you could just feel the chemistry building between them. The scene where Julianne and her girlfriends get sloshed at an evening soiree is hilarious! The secondary characters are meaningful and memorable. I think Lady Rutledge stole the book. She is Hawk's aunt who is a no-nonsense, tell it like it is kind of gal. I loved her. She encourages Julianne to write a pamphlet to help the single girls catch a man, with many of the ideas coming from Lady Rutledge herself.
This is a great summer read where the characters learn and grow. With the help of Julianne's true love, Hawk learns to forgive himself for a grave mistake in his past. Julianne learns that there is more to love than just outward appearances. What's beautiful is on the inside of both a man and a woman.”
“Julianne is sweet but a handful and when she is scorned, she gets revenge! After being publicly disrespected by Marc, she starts an anonymous scandal sheet that reveals a lot of secrets. Marc has many secrets of his own and you wonder if he can ever see far enough to realize that Julianne is in love with him. I just thought this was a wonderful historical romance with wonderful contemporary touches. This book does contain some of the same characters as the first in the series, but I think it can stand on its own.”MaryinHB wrote this review Sunday, July 24, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No