Reviewed by Heather C
Title: The Scoundrel’s Seduction
Author: Jennifer Haymore
Series: House of Trent #3
Hero/Heroine: Sam Hawkins/Elise Dunthorpe
Genre: MF Historical Romance
Length: 371 pages
Release Date: May 2014
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: TEMPTATION KNOWS NO BOUNDS . . .
Undercover agent Sam Hawkins has devoted his life to protecting king and country. So when he receives orders to assassinate a ruthless traitor, he doesn’t question his mission. But Sam didn’t know his deed had a witness–the beautiful and mysterious betrayer’s wife. Now he has no choice but to take her as his prisoner–one he can neither trust . . . nor resist.
Élise, Lady Dunthorpe, will do anything to escape her powerful captor–including seducing him senseless. She didn’t know of her miserable husband’s crimes, but she has secrets of her own, secrets that threaten everything she holds dear. With his piercing dark eyes and gentle touch, Sam inflames Élise’s deepest desires, but how could she ever trust a man who won’t let her go? Caught between the crown he’s sworn to serve and the woman he’s come to love, Sam will risk his heart–and his very life–to keep her safe.
The Scoundrel’s Seduction is the third novel in the House of Trent series and tells the story of the eldest brother, Sam Hawkins. So far in this series, Sam has been the biggest mystery to me so I was really excited about his book. The newly widowed Lady Dunthorpe, Elise, becomes Sam’s love interest. The twist? Sam is the man who assassinated her husband…then kidnapped her and held her hostage!
The beginning starts off with a bang…literally! And Sam and Elise are immediately on the run for their lives. As her kidnapper and husband’s killer, Elise has no reason to trust Sam, and Sam believes Elise was “in league” with her husband. But there is this immediate attraction between the two of them, even when there is no trust. For me, I struggled to accept this. Not because they fell for each other so quickly, but because I did not feel the connection between them. It felt rush and forced and convenient. I didn’t feel like that at all with Simon/Sarah and Lukas/Emma. Also, I wasn’t much interested in what was happening with the bad guys.
I think my favorite parts were the glimpses of Lukas and Esme. Luke will always be my favorite hero and I was whooping for joy when Sam discovered Esme’s big secret. Oh, and we finally find out what happened to the missing dowager duchess!! Totally predictable, but it was still a sweet moment.
I’ve really enjoyed reading this series, but I received paperback copies for review and I’ve found that I’m really struggling reading the small print in these books…even while wearing my reading glasses. That is my explanation for it taking me MONTHS to finish these!
Now, I’m off to read the Highland Knights series because I NEED to read Esme’s story ASAP! Thankfully, I grabbed those in ebook format!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*