The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel: The Seduction Diaries

The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel: The Seduction Diaries

by Jennifer McQuiston

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McQuiston continues her enchanting Seduction Diaries series as a bookish spinster and an unrepentant rogue unite to unmask a traitor.

Every girl dreams of a hero . . .

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.

But sometimes only a scoundrel will do.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062335159
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/27/2016
Series: Seduction Diaries , #3
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 38,256
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

A veterinarian and infectious disease researcher by training, Jennifer McQuiston has always preferred reading romance to scientific textbooks. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, their two girls, and an odd assortment of pets, including the pony she promised her children if mommy ever got a book deal.

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The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel: The Seduction Diaries 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Oh how I love a heroine that is reserved and more than a little skeptical about the real world, preferring her books and stories to actually getting out in the world. And early in Queen Victoria’s reign, she’s far more easily dismissed than her more outgoing, stylish and younger counterparts. But Mary isn’t just timid and retiring, she’s got a huge heart, plenty of imagination and a real desire to ‘adventure’. Geoffrey, oh he could be so difficult to like, but there is an underlying little boy lost to his personality, despite the fact he and Mary are such opposites. His own nature and willingness to go to great lengths for a joke have most in his life thinking he’s unreliable and incapable of responsibility, beyond those scrapes and jokes he prefers. So, after one of the most unique and clever meetings I’ve read in a while, Geoffrey is convinced that Mary is simply a maid. Their next encounter, when she escapes from the crowds and noise at a ball, to hide in the library, Geoffrey follows her, intent on seduction. But, together they overhear a plot that could mean assassination, when they are discovered by others, MANY others, and with her reputation ready to immolate, Geoffrey proposes. Mary declines. BUT – These two are adorable together. No one takes them seriously with Mary’s tendency to wool-gather and imagine and Geoffrey’s history of joking and lack of focus. They balance one another beautifully: the plot slowly reveals their own issues, the mystery of the plot they overheard, and their growing connection. A bit more of an escapist read, McQuiston manages to draw you into the character’s lives and worries, cheer them on and hope that while they follow the mystery’s clues they’ll also find a way to be together. Easily read without knowing the earlier books in the series, this is a wonderful introduction to McQuiston’s writing, sure to whet your appetite for more. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book about 2 people who grew and overcame. Well worth reading. I hated to stop reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written . Very much enjoyed this book and will read it again. It had romance and mystery. Good combo.
NicoleUlery More than 1 year ago
This was an amazingly fun story! Mary has been pretty much hiding from society. She refused to ever be properly presented. Her sister brings her to the city under the guise of needing assistance at the end of her pregnancy, but she convinces Mary to get out to some functions. Wouldn't you know it, she attends a literary salon and goes to hide in the library, where she's followed by the irresistible Geoffrey. They're caught in a compromising position and end up overhearing an assassination plot. Now, because of their reputations (his for pranks; hers for daydreaming) no one believes them. So they must solve the puzzle involving identifying the target and the guilty parties and then take it upon themselves to save the day. So we have a crazy adventure. And along the way we get some sweet romance. Geoffrey might be immature, but he knows there is something about this girl that he can't give up. I love how the story encompasses so much more than just the romance leading up to the betrothal. We get to see the after-the-wedding stuff, too. We get to feel their insecurities. I very much loved reading this and would not hesitate to grab something else by this author. I received a copy of this story from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
This book was just a whole lot of fun to read! I enjoy a good historical romance every now and then so when this book popped up on my radar, I decided to take a closer look. Once I read the summary, I knew that I had to read this book since the main character always seems to have her nose in a book. I felt an odd kinship with the heroine before I even started reading the book based on the books description. Mary has spent her life safely tucked away with her books. She goes to London to spend time with her sister who is in the later stages of pregnancy. When she seeks the safety of the library at a crowed event, her life takes a sudden turn and not only is her reputation destroyed but she has overheard an assassination plot. West is scoundrel known for all of his ill deeds. When he sees the lady from the garden go to the library during the party, he follows her. Now he must deal with the ramifications of tarnishing the reputation of an innocent while trying to figure out the assassination plot that they overheard. The characters in this book were great. Mary had a lot of spunk and was not at all afraid of saying no to others. I loved how she seemed so educated on just about every subject just from reading about it. West was fun. He didn't make apologies for his prior behavior and owned up to everything when questioned. He seemed like he was actually a much more caring man than he showed through his behavior. It was really nice watching his character develop throughout this book. I ended up really liking this pair as a couple. West treated Mary with a lot of respect and honestly valued all of her opinions. I didn't feel a lot of chemistry between them at the start of the book but as their relationship developed so did their chemistry. I loved how each of these characters seemed so much stronger together than they did apart. There was enough heat in some parts of the book to keep things interesting. I would highly recommend this book to fans of historical romance. This is the third book in the Seduction Diaries series but it really can be read perfectly fine as a stand alone novel. I have read any of the prior books in the series and had no trouble keeping up with the story. I definitely plan to look for more books from this author in the future. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss for the purpose of providing an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1858 Miss Mary Channing, age 26, has just received a letter from her twin sister, Eleanor, who is married to Lord Ashington, She wants Mary to stay with her in London for the last two months of her confinement. While Mary prefers to stay home with her books, she knows she must smile and join her sister. London - 1858 Being a morning person, quite early the day after Mary arrives in London she steps outside the front door only to find a man peeing on the flowers in front of her sister’s home. He is drunk and has the audacity to invite Mary to touch him! Geoffrey Westmore, known as West, and his friend, Charles Grant, are heading home after a night of drunkenness and whoring. These two best friends have been through school and fought together in the Crimea war. West lives at Cardwell House just two doors down from Eleanor’s home. His father is Viscount Cardwell. The family hopes that he will one day settle down and start to take life and his responsibilities seriously. West had been on a path to be an architect before he and Grant, on a lark, decided to join the military. His family would like for him to return to his career, but evidently something happened in the Crimea that his affected him deeply. When Mary is invited to attend a literary salon and meet well-known authors, her sister, Eleanor, insists that she go. She wants so much for Mary to meet someone and get married. As the salon is being held at the hospital to raise funds for it, the place is very crowded and Mary cannot find a seat. Therefore, she decides to head to the hospital’s library and investigate the books there. Who should follow her? None other than West who teases her. But when they both overhear an assassination plot, they are shocked. West soon realizes that as he must try to solve the assassination plot, but he has Mary right in the middle of it. From the number of mystery novels she has read, she fancies herself a real sleuth. But when things take a more sinister turn directed at Mary, she truly becomes frightened. Will West and Mary be able to solve this mystery? Will she ever be able to take him seriously considering all of the pranks he likes to play? This is a great novel that adds some history from the time period. Don’t miss it. Readers are sure to love it. Copy provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Two words come to mind when describing The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel. Pure escapism. Ms. McQuiston created a romance as epic as the characters who lived it. Mary lives her dreams through the pages of her favorite books, but has yet to experience all the emotions that her stories evoke in reality. She unwittingly lands in the middle of her own adventure when she meets Geoffrey. Her reality becomes full of twists that could rival any of her novels. Jennifer McQuiston did a stellar job. "Truth is indeed stranger than fiction" and she played that plot line to the max. It's not often that a story is centered around a heroine who a love of books, that in itself appealed to me. With easily identifiable main characters and a thrilling story, it was a no brainer for me : 5 stars.