Giveaway and Review: "How to Seduce a Scoundrel"

"How to Seduce a Scoundrel"
 by Vicky Dreiling

Publisher: Forever
Release Date: July 1, 2011

Source: ARC sent by publisher

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
 

Summary from goodreads.com:

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 Review:

I really loved the first book in this series, "How to Marry a Duke." It was witty, fun, and had a sweet romance with great characters. Maybe I had my hopes set too high, but this installment fell flat for me. 

The parts I enjoyed the most starred the supporting characters, mostly Julianne's friends from the first book, Amy and Georgette. I also loved Aunt Hester and I had a real soft spot for the young 'cub', Osgood. As for the leads, I liked Julianne but I didn't like Hawk and really didn't buy their relationship.

The difference in maturity between the leads was a big hurdle for me. Usually, I'm a fan of different ages in relationships but this time it came down to maturity. I'm with Julianne's brother, Tristan, on this- Julianne isn't ready for marriage. She was extremely naive and sheltered and spent most of her time at slumber parties with her bff's. I loved those scenes, but it just made Julianne seem so young. Then Hawk was so controlling of her every move. He nixed other men as her beaux because he thought they would take advantage of her and then he did the same exact thing! To me, Hawk just came across as sleazy and taking advantage of a young girl.

Hawk was supposed to have reformed, but he never seemed to do anything especially honorable in my opinion. Just because he stopped taking mistresses doesn't mean he's that great of a catch.

Is it just me, or was some of the advice in the pamphlet a little outdated as to gender roles? I'm not a fan of "The Rules" and I'm not sure how empowering to women it is to trick your man into marriage. At least the sweet, innocent, and awkward Osgood agrees with me on this!


Main Characters: 3/5 (Julianne 4, Hawk 2)
Supporting Characters: 4/5

Setting: 3/5

Romance: 2/5

Uniqueness: 3/5
Cover: 3/5
Writing: 4/5



Bottom Line: This one wasn't up to par with her last book, mainly because I didn't like the hero. I'll still read her next book because I like the supporting characters and Dreiling's witty style.



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22 comments:

June M. said...

I have been wanting to read this and see how Julianne tempts Hawk. Thanks for this giveaway.

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Blodeuedd said...

Eh dunno. I mean I do not mind an age difference if they are mature, but she sure seems young like you say. And then if he gets her into bed when he swore to protect,

Allison said...

hmm...I actually really did like this one! But I haven't read the first of the series yet, I wonder if that really did make the difference?

Liz @ Cleverly Inked said...

It sounds good, despite the few flaws.

Alex (A Girl, Books, OtherThings) said...

Aww, that Hawk guy does sound a bit like a sleazeball
But I love the idea of slumber parties! LOL :).

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Looks great! gfc follower

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elaing8 said...

I have the first book so I'd really like to win the 2nd.Thanks for the chance to win it.


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Barbara E. said...

How to Seduce a Scoundrel sounds like a fantastic book. I always enjoy the brother's best friend scenario, and it sounds like Lady Julianne is going to make sure she gets what she wants.

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Cialina at Muggle-Born.net said...

Oooh! I've seen a couple of reviews for this one and I think I might enjoy it! :) Sorry to hear that you weren't a fan of the hero though. I'd love to win this book! But I should probably read the first one, especially since you said that you liked it a lot more.

Thanks for the review.

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Misha said...

I am sorry that this book fell flat for you. I think I wouldn't like the hero either.
Thanks for the honest review!

Jenn of Frequent Reader, Infrequent Blogger said...

I like how you break down the review rating each thing individually, that's neat. I have a hard enough time figuring out an overall rating for the book. I don't think I could ever do each thing individually. Interesting review.

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mbreakfield said...

I'm hoping that I will enjoy this one more than you did. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Margay said...

Would love to read this book!

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winnie said...

Thanks for sharing your views on this book! I would love to read it myself to see how I'll like it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Stephanie @ Once Upon A Chapter said...

There seems to be a lot of differing opinions on this book! I'd love to read it!

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Melissa said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Gina Hott said...

This looks awesome! I loved your review.
Please, enter me in your drawing: reginahott at gmail.com

Kathy said...

Hi thank you for posting the give away for Temptation Of A Highland Scoundrel by Sue-Ellen Welfonder. The link didn't take me anywhere so I am posting here.

krystal-larson said...

I would love to win this book :) The review is great! edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom GFC Krystal Larson

Jessica (Peace Love Books) said...

This book looks so good! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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Emma said...

This sounds like a great book.Please enter me in the giveaway.Thanks for the chance! augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com

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