Review: Scoundrel by Zoe Archer

Filed in Review , The HEA Lover , Zoe Archer Posted on October 4, 2010 @ 10:00 am 2 comments

Format Read: E-ARC from the Author
Number of Pages: 320 pages (411 pages on my Reader)
Release Date: October 5th 2010
Publisher: Zebra
Formats Available: Paperback, ebook
Purchasing Info: Author’s website , GoodReads , Amazon, Book Depository UK, Book Depository US

Book Blurb:

The Blades of the Rose are sworn to protect the sources of magic in the world. But the work is dangerous—and they can’t always protect their own…

Ready For Action

London Harcourt’s father is bent on subjugating the world’s magic to British rule. But since London is a mere female, he hasn’t bothered to tell her so. He’s said only that he’s leading a voyage to the Greek isles. No matter, after a smothering marriage and three years of straitlaced widowhood, London jumps at the opportunity—unfortunately, right into the arms of Bennett Day.

Risking It All

Bennett is a ladies’ man, when he’s not dodging lethal attacks to protect the powers of the ancients from men like London’s father. Sometimes, he’s a ladies’ man even when he is dodging them. But the minute he sees London he knows she will require his full attention. The woman is lovely, brilliant, and the only known speaker of a dialect of ancient Greek that holds the key to calling down the wrath of the gods. Bennett will be risking his life again—but around London, what really worries him is the danger to his heart…

My Thoughts:

Sea, Sex & Magic! (Yes this is a reference to French singer Serge Gainsbourg). This is exactly how I would sum up this book. I really enjoyed reading Warrior, the first book in the Blades of the Rose series…but Scoundrel…ohhhh Scoundrel was just fantastic! I’m thinking it has to do with the fact that the world, the magic was already known to me, so it took me less time to get into the book. But of course, I’m lying. The real reason lies elsewhere. From the first page, I fell in love with the hero.
I LOVE Bennet Day. There, I’ve said it. How can I not love him? We start the book with him trying to escape a very angry husband. And all the while, Bennet jokes about it. Ben is a libertine, and I have a thing for naughty libertines *grin* (nahh he’s not that bad guys don’t worry). And most of all I love his sense of humor. I should stop now because seriously I could go on and on and on about how I love this hero.
There is not one page I didn’t like in this book. The story is fast paced and I kept being surprised by all the things happening. This is a real adventure book, I felt like a treasure hunter on a mission. It was FAN-TA-STIC! Zoe Archer mix legends and myths with her own world, and the result is gripping. I had a very hard time closing this book.
Ahem…of course I feel I should warn you…the smex is SO HOT it’ll melt you down on the spot! lol Our heroine is not a pure little virgin flower, oh no she knows how to have fun lol. The smex was very steamy, there’s this one scene in a temple on an altar… O_O *sits on ice* Ok I can’t tell you more but seriously this book will help you stay warm throughout the Winter. *g*
The secondary characters are worth mentioning, and it was pretty funny to see Athena and the Captain always arguing. At the end of the book we meet Catullus Grave, and I can’t wait to read his book. But the next book in the series , Rebel, is not about him, it’s about Astrid. So I’ll have to wait a little longer to read his book. *wink* 
Scoundrel is a fantastic (yes I said that 3 times already!) adventure. When I finished it, I felt like I had been sunbathing in Greece with our heroes, and roaming the seas on their boat (with the advantage of not being seasick LOL). Zoe Archer has a talent for making you feel like you really visited all those exotic countries. I can’t say it enough, I can’t have enough of these books.

I give Scoundrel 5 Bookies

PS: That cover is just Nom Nom Nom

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About Caro The HEA Lover

Caroline is a HEA loving, yarn addicted French who's desperately hoping to get a HEA of her own. If she's not reading then she can be found knitting while listening to Audiobooks or watching Tv shows. Her secret addiction is reading websites that make fun at other people's expense (DYAC, Failbook)! Caroline also blogs at the Secret HEA Society with Susi.

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  • LSUReader October 4, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Thanks for the review. This series is definitely on my TBR list (and not just because of the covers.) Yours is the second review of Scoundrel I've read today and both make me want to drop my PC and head to the bookstore right now!

  • pattepoilue October 5, 2010 at 2:07 am

    @LSUReader I'm glad to hear that! I am seriously becoming addicted to this series. I'm already itching to start book 3. I hope you pick up those books and enjoy them as much as I did =)

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