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Thursday, September 12, 2013

To Seduce a Scoundrel by Darcy Burke


The Run Down

  • Hero/Heroine = 4
  • Supporting Characters = 3
  • Plot = 4
  • Setting = 4
  • Originality = 3
  • Romance = 5
  • Sex = 4

Total Score


The Gist of the Thing


Reputations at stake and hearts on the line. Phillipa wants to marry for love, but time is up. With the clock running down, Phillipa falls for Lord Sevrin. The scoundrel with the heart of gold, can he be redeemed?

Technical Details


  • Published by Intrepid Reads on July 2nd, 2012 
  • I received a digital ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 
  • 351 pages
  • Historical romance
  • Secrets and Scandals #3

Back Blurb 


A lady on the brink of disaster
Quintessential debutante Lady Philippa Latham is determined to avoid scandal at all costs so that she may marry well. When her mother’s outrageous behavior threatens their family’s reputation, Philippa unwittingly follows her to a party no unmarried Society girl would risk attending. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Philippa is “rescued” from disaster by England’s most notorious scoundrel, which sets them both on a path to public and personal ruin. 
A scoundrel in need of seduction 
Lord Ambrose Sevrin is infamous for ruining his brother’s fiancĂ©e and refusing to marry her. Content to remain among the fringe of the upper ten thousand, he is an intriguing enigma to London’s elite. Philippa thinks she’s met the true Ambrose—a gentleman who would fight to defend her and help her secure a husband before it’s too late. But he can’t be that husband, even for her. He won’t tolerate redemption—or love—for his crimes are far worse than anyone can imagine.

What I LIKED about this book.

Sevrin is a scoundrel because he is guilty of doing something pretty bad BUT he had an abrupt about face. The public still sees him as being immoral but he has been living like a saint for the most part. One of the most non scoundrel scoundrels I have ever read.

What I DISLIKED about this book.

Phillipa's parents, her father in particular. 

Full Review


The redeemable scoundrel is not uncommon in historical romances. If you read this particular sub genre, then you have probably read it half a dozen ways. It works, so we read it. This book has the same formula. Phillipa has an iron will. She feels that Sevrin is hers. He would rather she gave up on him. The back story on Sevrin's scandal was sad to read. No one wants to hear about the tragedy someone suffered. I felt like Some of Sevrin's guilt was misplaced but it made 100% sense. In his situation, I would have reacted the same way. 

Sevrin wins points for how hard he fights to keep Phillipa from making a mistake in picking him. Like I said, least scoundrel like scoundrel ever. 

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