The Scoundrel Takes a Bride: A Regency Rogues Novel Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1 2013
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'Smart, sensuous, and sparkling with wit...spectacular' Julia Quinn 'Sloane cements her reputation with a powerfully emotional, sexually charged story that will keep you up all night' Romantic Times 'Stefanie Sloane writes utterly delectable and seductive Regency romance!' Teresa Medeiros --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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A native Northwesterner with the pale skin to prove it, Stefanie Sloane credits her parents’ eclectic reading habits—not to mention their decision to live in the middle of nowhere—for her love of books. A childhood spent lost in the pages of countless novels led Sloane to college, where she majored in English. No one was more surprised than Sloane when she actually put her degree to use and landed a job in Amazon.com’s editorial department. She spent more than five years reading for a living before retiring to concentrate on her own stories. Stefanie Sloane lives with her family in Seattle.
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However let this not dissuade you first timers from reading this series out of order. All in all I found the book a wonderful display of regency era romance. And the author somehow being psychic and knowing that sometimes a reader just can't get to all the good books fast enough, gives you a wonderful taste of each of the previous characters as well as future characters.
On the character themselves, I was utterly charmed. This was a book (and I'm assuming the series to) where a lot of thought went into who the characters were. Nicholas (our bad boy ;) ) is not the typical handsome regency hero who does right all his life. In fact he is someone we can relate to in modern days (for those 5 guys who read regency romances..ok 6 ). And Sophia is a character who reminds you of the little sister you shake your head at for not realizing that the boy she's been friends with forever is ...[Spoiler alert] actually the love of her life.
If you enjoy this genre I would also suggest; Along Came a Duke: Rhymes With Love ,Blame It on Bath: The Truth About the Duke & Sweet Surrender.
The story revolves around the murder of Sophia's Mother when all three were children. That murder has not been solved but a new clue has been unearthed. Sophia is determined to follow it and find the killer but she needs help. She turns to Nicholas for help, as Langdon would try to stop her from going into danger.
With this set up the story moves rapidly forward. There is danger, suspense, romance and more danger. I liked both Sophia and Nicholas and often found Langdon clueless. It did make for a good touch to the story.
This is the second book in the Regency Rogues series and the story line here is a continuation from the first book. While more information about the murder is uncovered in The Scoundrel Takes a Bride the mystery is not solved. That is left for the next book. Of course there is a really fun and exciting journey leading up to the HEA for Nicholas and Sophia.
The Scoundrel Takes a Bride is unique to me because I don't read a lot of mystery romance novels so this book was different in that way. I really liked the heroine in this book. She breaks the normal heroine role by being part of the team that helps solve the murder mystery of her mother. She doesn't step aside and let the men do the job. Instead she is a budding criminal psychologist.
She has worked with the Bow Street runners and has become a criminal psychologist by working on cases, reading personal interviews, books by authorities in the field at that time and interviewing criminals and the people who hunt them down. She is quite skilled. In fact she does a better job of interrogating the criminal in the book than the men do. She is reminiscent of a regency era "Brenda Lee." She is strong but not willful. She is very caring and loving of the family that she has created after her mother was murdered when she was very young. She's made a family out of her staff and the boys that were her neighbors. Growing up she knows that she is intended to marry the eldest child, Langdon Bourne, the Earl of Stonecliffe, but she has fallen for the second son Nicholas. Nicholas is definitely a tortured hero. We find him at the beginning of the book so drunk that he misses his best friends wedding. It's not that Nicholas doesn't care for Lady Sophia. It's quite the opposite. He's always loved her but knows that he can't have her because she is betrothed to his brother. I like the fact that Sephia takes Nicholas as a project and basically decides to slap him out of the funk that he's been living in the last couple of years.
The secondary characters in this book almost steal the show. If you like books with street wise children, there is a young ruffian named mouse and Nicholas literally runs into him in a dark alley. Thugs are chasing him down and Nicholas recognizes him as an informant that he's paid before and he saves Mouse's life. There is also Pavan Singh. Oh what a hilarious character. He's sort of an Indian holy man that provides all the comic relief. He comes in and out of the picture at various times in the story doing odd things like incapacitating two thugs but simply touching their inner thighs. He astounds everyone arounds him but he is a pure and simple man who happens to want a better life for Nicholas. Their conversations are hilarious. He redesigns Nicholas' entire house, rearranges his staff, and hires a new cook so that she can learn to cook curry. It is a family dynamic of an Indian holy man, a street-wise child and a battle weary gentlemen that you don't see in most romantic novels.
As Nicholas slowly gets his life together he realizes his love not only for Sophia but also the extended family that he's created with Singh and Mouse. There is so much to like in this book from the minor characters to the major players there's always something going on. It's rarely boring with all the twists and turns as the investigation gets closer and closer to the end. I will say that the murder mystery is not wrapped up in a nice, neat little package, just in case those things bother you. I can't wait for Book 2 which is Langdon's story.
Scoundrel Takes a Bride for me is a 6 out of 10 at Rating the Romances blog.