To Seduce a Scoundrel

To Seduce a Scoundrel

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by Darcy Burke
     
 

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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

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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 fiancée 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.

Editorial Reviews

Blog - Under the Covers Book
“A great read with a gorgeous tortured hero and a surprisingly plucky heroine, I can't wait to read Ms. Burke's next book.”
the book - Rachel Romancing
“I was captivated on the first page and didn’t let go until this glorious book was finished!”
Author - Tessa Dare
“Darcy Burke pulls no punches with this sexy, romantic page-turner. Sevrin and Philippa's story grabs you from the first scene and doesn't let go. To Seduce a Scoundrel is simply delicious!”
Author - Leigh LaValle
“An enthralling tale of adventure, passion and redemption. At times humorous and at times deeply touching, the tension sizzles between Philippa and Sevrin. With the Fight Club element, To Seduce A Scoundrel is a unique tale with a sexy hero you will never forget.”
Rogues Under the Covers - Lisa W.
“A delicious blend of love and acceptance, humor and angst, action and heat, and a book I would recommend for any historical romance fan!”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615639536
Publisher:
Intrepid Reads
Publication date:
06/28/2012
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

Darcy Burke wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. An RWA Golden Heart® Finalist, Darcy loves all things British (except tomatoes for breakfast, or any other time of day, actually) and happy ever afters.

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her devoted husband, their two great kids, and three cats. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. She’s also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge. Visit Darcy online at , follow her on Twitter at or like her Facebook page,

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To Seduce a Scoundrel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
If ever there was a swoon worthy hero Ambrose is it. Darkly handsome, mysteriously intriguing and beyond redemption. Yet underneath it all he has a good heart and a troubled soul. Philippa is inquisitive, headstrong and a dreamer. These two together are the epitome of beauty and the beast. The pure, virginal heroine with the dark hardhearted hero. I loved them. Darcy Burke has written a sensual tale that is gorgeous, imaginative and touching. My favorite of her historical romances.
Theardentreader More than 1 year ago
Phillippa Latham has always been a good girl! Virtuous and scandal free. Her mother insisted and instructed her to be that way. How then could her mother act in such a way? Phillippa follows her mother to try to stop her from ruining the family, unwittingly running headlong into danger herself! Lady Phillippa has had many offers of marriage and turned them all down. She wants to marry for love. No one could blame her. Her parents example of unbridled hostility at best has set her on this course, but now, with her mother's scandal looming, Phillippa must find a husband, and quickly! When she runs into the ton's most notorious rake, she is shocked at her instant attraction to this dangerous man. Lord Sevrin does not help the situation by his own attraction getting the better of him. But she is not for him. he knows this as well as he knows if she is seen with him, it is over for her. Only ruination can come of it. Lady Phillippa decides that Lord Sevrin would be the best person to ask about the men on her husband hunting list since he is a rake, he would know how other men act when they are not trying to woo a woman. This was sound thinking but was tinged by the slightest bit of need to see him on her part. Unfortunately, Lady Phillippa gets caught up in Sevrin's own dealings with people of lesser birth and morals and is then in more danger than ever. Lord Sevrin feels he needs to protect her, he can't ruin another woman! He had already done that once and would never again. Now Lord Ambrose tortures himself with boxing and celibacy. Unlike many "heroes" I have read, he is not a relentless debaucher trying to erase what he has done. The way he responds to Lady Phillippa seems harsh at times, but once the whole story unfolded, I completely understood why he would react that way. I really enjoyed the storyline of this 3rd installment of the Secrets & Scandals series! We have met a few of the characters in the previous books, but I think if you haven't read books one and two, this would still be a great book! The way Darcy Burke writes is very flowing. You glide through the story like a fly on the wall. I love the dialog she comes up with, never a simpering miss or a foppish man, but thoughtful and insightful conversations that are real. I enjoyed the undercurrent of need with Lady Phillippa and Lord Ambrose as well. The slow drawing out of the story didn't affect the fact that I wanted to read it as quickly as possible! I devoured this one and I'm ok with that! LOL This was a fantastic book that I will probably wait a year and read again! I highly recommend it! I give this Novel 5 stars with a heat rating of 8 out of 10!
MSalmeron More than 1 year ago
Lord Ambrose Sevrin, also known as the Vicious Viscount, is a man living on the fringes of polite society. Rumor has it he ruined his brother's fiance and then killed his brother in a duel. How could a man with such a violent past pique the interest of the most sought after debutant of the Ton? Lady Philippa Latham, society's darling, is a breathe away from scandal. Her parents' marriage about to crumble, she has to find a way to keep her mother's indiscretions from discovery. Little does she know that an impulsive decision would lead to such disastrous results. Now she has one month to find a husband, while making sure no one discovers the true identity of Lord Sevrin's mysterious masked lady. As an avid historical romance reader, I love a good reformed scoundrel story. What makes To Seduce a Scoundrel even more delicious is that the scoundrel doesn't believe he deserves to be happy. The main characters are fully developed and complex. There is a bit of a twist to your normal romance, Philippa must court Ambrose and prove to him that they belong together. More than that, she must show him that he is a man worthy of respect and love. I am delighted that Darcy Burke incorporated Olivia, Jasper, and Jagger from her previous books. I'm very eager to read the next book in this series. I am privileged to be a part of Darcy’s Dream Team, where I receive ARCs in exchange for honest reviews.
mscountrylace More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This book is my favorite so far out of the series. I got a taste of Philippa's personality in His Wicked Heart, but I was still shocked that she would go to that party to confront her mother. For a girl raised to avoid scandal there was a lot around her in her own house. I just loved how she handles herself no matter what she didn't let it bring her down. There is just something about Sevrin that makes you love him and want to help him. I knew there was more to the story about his brother and the girl he ruined and for the first time while reading a book I actually cringed when I finally got to the part about his brother. The whole book just felt so real. Every time I thought they would finally get together something would get thrown in the way and would say no, but in a good way. I could not believe it when she asked him to help her in her room. I did get a bit confused when Swan grabbed her the last time because it kinda felt thrown in, but then I understood why it happened.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a good book. So bold and daring!! Love it!!
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LuckyIrishGal More than 1 year ago
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. 
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL by Darcy Burke is another interesting Regency Historical Romance. #3 in the "Secrets and Scandals" series, again this one can be read as a stand alone. Although, I gotta say I read these backwards. I read "Never Love a Scoundrel" first, therefore know how "To Seduce a Scoundrel" turns out. With this said, I enjoyed reading "To Seduce a Scoundrel" a lot. The characters are engaging, the storyline intriguing,and the passion hot. Filled with secrets,grief,passion,and scandal. Join Lord Ambrose Sevrin, the scoundrel who needs a seduction and debutante Lady Philippa Latham,who is trying to avoid a scandal and looking for a husband. But atlas, things does not always work out like you plan. A great read! Well written! Ms. Burke is a wonderful storyteller of Regency romance. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: HOT REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
ornerylibrarian More than 1 year ago
Lady Phillipa Latham - both her parents cheat, her father is in love with someone else, her mom goes to orgies. Phillipa is very aggresive sexually while Lord Ambrose Sevrin is a tease who can never follow through on the lovemaking... He's also a prizefighter, fights allll the time, he's supposedly very good looking but how can he be when he's constantly beat up and bruised. He's celibate because of messing around with his brother's fiance and he thinks he caused his brother's death. ...more fighting, he has to keep rescuing Phillipa from dastardly villains. Tedious, shallow characters, with a rushed ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really lovely novel! Beautiful story and well developed. Just one note: Ambrose (the male protagonist) is stubborn as a mule, sometimes too much! I adored Philippa, she's enormously determined, I don't know if I would have been able to bear all Ambrose's second thoughts about their relationship...but I must say, his behaviour is partly comprehensible considered his tragic past, his regrets and his guilts. There is a lot of passion in this romance, there are attraction and strong feelings in abundance; it's always palpable the tension between Ambrose and Philippa, he is celibate since the tragic event that five years earlier sadly changed all is life and Philippa is the first one who rouses all his feelings. He's always afflicted by his inner conflict, he wants to be with her, he is sweet, kind and protective but at the same time he thinks he does't deserve her and so he tries to distance himself from the woman who make him feel the strongest feelings that he can't accept because of his past sins. Luckily she is enough stubborn and patience to wait for him... I'll definitely read the other Secrets and Scandal novels, there are some quite interesting characters, like the mysterious, wicked and apparently reprobate Lord Lockwood, about whom I really would love to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Read!
CathieArms More than 1 year ago
Romance novels tend to pretty much be all the same, so I love when I'm pleasantly surprised by one...and I was very pleasantly surprised by "To Seduce a Scoundrel." The plot was good, the characters were both strong and interesting, and the overall story was just plain enjoyable. Like with most romance novels, there's a "big thing" that interferes with the hero and heroin being together. Most of the time, that "big thing" is really annoying and stupid, and you keep asking yourself why they're so stupid. Not so in this case. I think the author has set that "big thing" to be something that makes complete sense. The reader identifies with the pain of the hero and "gets" why that thing is a barrier to their long-term happiness. Good story. One I'd recommend to others who enjoy this genre.
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I enjoyed this series and cant wait for the next installment. Too bad i have to wait until winter 2013. I just dont think i likd the pairing with Jagger. Oops did i say too much? Anyway it a goid series well written.
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RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
First Posted on Romancing the Book's blog Reviewed by Rachel Review Copy Provided by the Author I was captivated on the first page and didn’t let go of my kindle until this glorious book was finished! We meet Lord Sevrin earlier in this series and I have to admit to being curious as to what part he would play. Lady Phillipa graciously allowed Saxton (the earl from book two) to marry the woman he truly loved, making Lady Phillipa yet again in need of a husband. She’s turned down several offers and truly faces ridicule and being placed on the shelf. She’s picky, but being as beautiful as she is, it’s not as if she can’t afford to be. That is, until she follows her mother to a house of ill repute. With no mask, and no way out, she faces utter ruin, until Lord Sevrin, dubbed the viscious viscount, gives her his mask and kisses her so people cannot recognize her identity. She is later recognized by a piece of scum who uses this piece of information to his advantage. He forces Sevrin to box in his championship as well as find him a new boxer, otherwise he’s going to the newspaper and ruining Lady Phillipa. Sevrain has spent a life time trying to rid himself of the guilt he faced at stealing his brothers fiance, and then watching that very same brother die–all because of him. He truly is a hero but sees himself as absolute scum. He lives his life as a total rake not caring what people think because he let the one person he loved down. Lady Phillipa comes and changes all of that, but it takes a while for him to realize that he is deserving of such a bright future. Together, they save each other, in a beautiful love story that will be sure to steal your heart. I absolutely ADORED this book! I liked the first two in this series but this one by far, blows the other two out of the water. The plot line was solid, the dialogue funny and interesting, and finally the romance was everything I was looking for in a regency! I give it the highest rating! Great job Miss Burke and keep em’ coming!
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
Darcy Burke's Secrets and Scandals series just keeps pulling me in more and more as we dig deeper into the lives of the entertaining cast of characters she's created. A character will be introduced that leaves a profound affect on me and then they'll be featured in the next book and make me fall in love with them even more. Such is the case with Lord Sevrin who ruined his brother's fiancee and was there when his brother died. The Ton has shunned him since then while being infatuated with his notoriety. No one knows what really happened though and they certainly don't know the real Sevrin. One moment changes all that and Sevrin soon has to show another side of his character and do everything he can to save the reputation of Lady Philippa. Sevrin made this book for me! I was drawn to every aspect of him and ached for every hurt he endured. Ever since his brother's death he's felt responsible and the guilt has weighed on him to where he's gone out of his way to punish himself. He's denied himself every happiness and I cheered when Philippa came into his life. He thinks he's unworthy and incapable of loving and in so many subtle ways he showed the complete opposite when with Philippa and it brought a tear to my eye. He's a charming man and oozed sex appeal and I too drooled whenever his shirt was off just like Philippa. Philippa was the woman Saxton was to marry in the previous book before she denied him and what a great decision that was! Her and Sevrin are amazing together and their relationship was one of healing for him. She's a strong and caring woman, one unwilling to believe gossip. For her, actions speak louder than words. She's not afraid to go after what she wants and she wants love in her marriage. After the coldness of her parent's marriage and their coldness towards her it's no wonder she wants love from someone else. The slow build-up of romance and affection between her and Sevrin was satisfying and believable and resulted in a cheer-inducing conclusion, not to mention the super steamy sexual interludes. To Seduce a Scoundrel is yet another winning entry in Ms. Burke's Secrets and Scandals series. The characters are amazing and it's easy to immerse yourself in their lives. There are many secondary characters that have me intrigued and dying to know more about, particularly Lockwood whose illicit party set Philippa and Sevrin on their path to happiness. The other is fight promoter Jagger who continues to be a thorn in Sevrin's side but utterly fascinates me, as does Lockwood, through their mysteriousness and outer and inner scars that briefly show through. This is a wonderful story and series reminiscent of the works of Lorraine Heath and Elizabeth Hoyt and I highly recommend it to not only fans of historical romance but romance in general. It's wholeheartedly satisfying and enriching and I can't say enough good things about what Ms. Burke has created here.