To Seduce a Scoundrel

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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 ...
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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.

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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!”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615639536
  • Publisher: Intrepid Reads
  • Publication date: 6/28/2012
  • 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

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  • Posted September 12, 2013

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    The redeemable scoundrel is not uncommon in historical romances.

    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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  • Posted August 24, 2013

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    TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL by Darcy Burke is another interesting Rege

    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

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  • Posted August 14, 2013

    Lady Phillipa Latham - both her parents cheat, her father is in

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    A really lovely novel! Beautiful story and well developed. Just

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Recommend

    Great Read!

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  • Posted July 27, 2013

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    Romance novels tend to pretty much be all the same, so I love wh

    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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    Posted February 2, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Great series

    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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  • Posted September 17, 2012

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    Adored

    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!

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

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    A Perfect Couple Amidst a Perfect Story

    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.

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

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    Fabulous Must Read Series!

    First, I gotta say this: I adore these covers! Look at those hunks! Wow! I would love to go back in time to see all the sexy men from the era. Anyway, on to my review. I gotta say that when I read a historical romance, I want it to have sizzling passion, vivid historical elements, humor and complex characters. Darcy Burke created three fabulous books filled with all those things and more. She took my breath away from page one of Her Wicked Ways, took me on a whirlwind ride in His Wicked Heart and set me down in a place I didn't want to leave in To Seduce A Scoundrel. All three of these books are breathtaking awesomeness! In Her Wicked Ways, I don't know which character I adored more, Miranda Sinclair or Fox. Both were delightfully humorous and full of passion. Miranda is a spoiled, rich Lady, and Fox is lower class orphanage worker. When Miranda is sent off by her parents to live with the Carmody's she soon finds that there is more to life than money. The sizzling passion that flies between Fox and Miranda is enough to keep me hanging on wondering what will happen next. In His Wicked Heart, we meet the second Sinclair family member, Jasper. Wowee! I totally want one of him....I mean, look at his sexiness on the cover! Ahem...yes, anyway. His story is filled with wickedness and charm and a beautiful lady that he can't help but feel passionate towards! The trouble is, she's an orphan and destitute, seeking his money and he wants to enter a fighting club competition. Olivia made a vow to keep herself pure, but steal away with the money of the Earl Of Saxton. What ensues instead is a deception that will discovered, a night of passion, and the hearts of two strangers colliding in the most unlikely of ways. In the series conclusion, To Seduce A Scoundrel, we get the look into Lady Phillipa (see His Wicked Heart!) and Lord Ambrose's story. Lord Ambrose is a boxer who is completely misunderstood. His reputation is ruined, and he just wants to prove himself worthy. When Lady Phillipa requires his assistance things quickly get out of hand. He's just trying to save a damsel in distress without ruining her. So, when things take on a new turn and he's forced to fight, Lady Phillipa steps up. What ensues from there is a whirlwind of excitement and deep passion! Ms. Burke has hit it out of the ball park with all three of these amazing stories. Each one is connected, though these 5 Book worthy novels could be read as a stand alone. However, I recommend you read each one in order to grasp the story in it's entirety. From secrets, to scandals, to finding true love, Ms. Burke weaves stories that will not only steal your heart, but steal a forever place on your shelves! I am now a forever fan of this talented lady and am anxiously awaiting more books from her. A terrifically amazing job, Ms. Burke! *This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review*

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