Tuesday, September 27, 2016

4 stars-- The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel (Seduction Diaries #3) by Jennifer McQuiston

A scoundrel and a bookworm. A man hiding deep pain and the woman who just might heal his troubled soul. Gah, yes! The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel was quite the adventure. Starting with a cute meet to end all cute meets. Yeah. The hero? He totally peed on her gate. And got caught doing so. ::snort::

The quick of it is that Mary has come to town to help her pregnant sister and, well, to have a little adventure. She's been hiding away in the country for too long and now London is at the tips of her fingers. So adventure she'll have. Assassination plots, scandal, scoundrels....yeah, that wasn't quite what her family had in mind when they encouraged her trip.
Alright so Mary and West. She's a spot timid and shy....he's brazen and every inch the ne'er-do-well. But they do have one thing in common. No one in their lives takes them seriously. Mary is given to flights of fancy--she just loves her torrid novels-- and Geoffrey is a total jokester. You just had to lovingly shake your head at each of them but they were pretty fun. Oh, she's a total bookworm, too! Woot!
The knowledge that there was a book-filled room somewhere, to which she might retreat--or hide, if need be-- made her feel a little better.
The romance was rather lovely in the end. They had some rocky moments along the way and, oh yes, they could butt heads. But I loved watching them pull together and try to eliminate a threat no one else would believe. They had some nice banter and chemistry and things got nicely heated as well. There was a good spot of humor in the mix, too.
"Damn it, Miss Channing," he growled, "What are you doing here?"

"I should think it would be obvious," She shrugged. "I am attending church."

"But why?"

Coy brown eyes met his own. "To pray for your depraved soul, of course."
The adventure was entertaining. The two overhear a nefarious assassination plot and because of each of their reputations not a damn person will take them seriously. Everyone figures she's just dreaming up another crazy storyline straight out of the novels she so loves and that he's just joking around pulling their legs. So it's up to the two of them to figure out who is behind the plot and save the day. While I did figure out most of it fairly early on it was still fun watching them piece things together and fall in love in the process.

All in all, a good time was had by all. McQuiston always tells an interesting tale with unique elements and captivating characters. The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel gave me all of that and left me smiling, too. Nicely done!

No one loves books more than Miss Mary Channing. Perhaps that’s why she’s reached the ripe old age of six-and-twenty without ever being kissed. Her future may be as bland as milk toast, but Mary is content to simply dream about the heroes and adventures she reads about in her books. That way she won’t end up with a villain instead.

When she unexpectedly finds herself in the arms of Geoffrey Westmore, London’s most notorious scoundrel, it feels a bit like a plot from one of her favorite novels. Suddenly, Mary understands why even the smartest heroines can fall prey to a handsome face. And Westmore is more handsome than most. But far worse than the damage to her reputation, the moment’s indiscretion uncovers an assassination plot that reaches to the highest levels of society and threatens the course of the entire country.

When a tight-laced miss and a scoundrel of epic proportions put their minds together, nothing can stand in their way. But unless they put their hearts together as well, a happy ending is anything but assured.

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