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The Scorpion & the Seducer (Leisure Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Leisure Historical Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843959754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843959758
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,848,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

After being called the “brown scorpion” once too often by the snobby English upper class, an angry Jasmine Tristan sets out to even the score by writing an anonymous newspaper column featuring scandalous gossip about England’s aristocrats. But when her popular column ends up hurting the sister of Lord Thomas Wallenford, the man with whom she is secretly in love, Jasmine decides to change the focus of her writing. Going to Egypt in search of new story ideas and some answers to questions about her own past seems to be a wonderful idea until Jasmine realizes she will have to travel with Thomas. A smart, stubborn heroine finds herself becoming entangled in a dangerous adventure involving the temples and tombs of ancient Egypt with an irresistibly sexy nobleman in the latest addition to Vanak’s splendidly sensual and delightfully different Warriors of the Wind series. --John Charles

More About the Author

I'm the author of Egyptian historicals and werewolf paranormal romance novels. You can find excerpts and book information on my website, www.bonnievanak.com

On the self-publishing front, I have a new series called Werewolves of Montana. The books are in order:

Prequel: The Mating Heat, available in Dark & Deadly, 8 bad boys of paranormal romance.

#1 The Mating Chase (Dale and Beth)
#2 The Mating Hunt (Kyle and Arianna)
#3 The Mating Seduction (Jackson and Lexie)
#4 The Mating Rite (Darius and Sam, available May 20)
#4.5 The Mating Intent (Sienna and Gabriel)
#5 The Mating Challenge (Aiden's story)
#6 The Mating Season (Tristan's story)
#7 The Mating Game (Gideon's story)

I also write paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne. The latest mini series is called the Phoenix Force, featuring Navy SEALS with paranormal abilities. Demon Wolf is the last book in that series and will be out June 2014. The first book in that series is The Covert Wolf and is about Matthew Parker, a werewolf who first makes a guest appearance in Taken by the Alpha Wolf. This is the short story where Matt first get the idea to join the Navy and become a SEAL.

I also self-published The Patriot's Conquest, a new, original historical about an American patriot prior to the American Revolution. My backlist Egyptian historicals are now available on Kindle. These are The Falcon and the Dove, The Tiger & the Tomb, The Cobra & the Concubine, The Panther & the Pyramid, The Sword & the Sheath, The Scorpion & the Seducer and The Lady & the Libertine.

For the latest updates, please check out my website at www.bonnievanak.com or check out my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/bonnievanakauthor
Happy reading!

Customer Reviews

Not to mention hard headed and just plain stupid.
phoenix2000
This book kept my attention all the time and I could hardly put it down to do other things that needed doing.
Mary A. Million
The writing and the story was amazing, compelling and interesting.
The_Book_Queen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 26, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In London, the Ton has always treated half-Egyptian Jasmine Tristan as a pariah disparaging her as the "Brown Scorpion". Perhaps the only exception besides her adopted father is the Earl Thomas Wallenford, who not only admires her élan, but believes he is in love with her. Although she reciprocates his feelings, she knows they cannot make a match; when he was twelve, his late father made it clear she was a loser two times as a heathen and as an illegit; affirmed by Thomas' mother.

When his older twin Nigel the "perfect one" dies, Thomas becomes the duke and must ignore his heart for the sake of his title. Still he and Jasmine make a trek to Egypt where she hopes to learn who her natural parents are and he spent time with family there when Nigel was ill back when they were preadolescents. As they admit their love in the desert, the person who killed the twin plans to murder Thomas too.

The latest desert historical romance is a superb tale that brings to life Egypt in the late 1890s. The lead couple is a strong pairing as both knows his mother thinks Jasmine is beneath her socially yet love blossoms between them. The murder mystery is well done, but serves as a minor subplot as Bonnie Vanak provides another strong Victorian Egyptian romance filled with a vivid background.

Harriet Klausner
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Murphy on May 4, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is set in the 1800's and takes place in England and Egypt. The heroine, who was a child in past books from this series, has to deal with bigotry and a sense of not knowing where she belongs. the hero is someone trying to fullfil his horrible family's expectations for his place in society. don't let that bore you...there is also a great mystery and twist with Eqyptian adventure! AND if that itsn't enough, there are great love scenes. If you enjoy this time period/setting in a romance, and like to see a little paranormal or adventure thrown in, then bonnie vanak's books are for you. this book didn't have really any paranormal elements, but some of her past work does. this is a great stand-alone page turner, however, the other books in this series are so fantastic and original, i would start there. the Eqyptian romances by bonnie vanak in order are:
the falcon & the dove;
the tiger & the tomb;
the cobra & the cocubine;
the panther & the pyramid;
the sword & the sheath; and
the scorpion & the seducer.
the first one is still one of my favorites!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Avery on March 1, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This one reads like a typical 'harelquin' style novel. Don't expect much and you may really enjoy it. I havent finished it completely yet, but as there are no other reviews...

Basic plot so far. Jasmine is 100% Egyptian in a 100% English-rose world. She doesnt fit even as the adopted daughter of a member of the aristocracy, and she desperately wants to. She sneaks into a mask ball of the Hero's family. Its his mother who is the ringleader of the persecution against her- gave her the nick-name 'the brown scorpion' as a child.

The H/h lust after each other, obviously, but he cant let his family down by muddying the bloodlines. She attempts to get back at them for her humiliation by writing a gossip column targeting his sister who has something to hide. She has a change of heart- havent gotten to the end of that conflict but you know its going to backfire. They go to Egypt- him to help with a dig for King Tuts tomb; her to discover her roots and about her father. This is only the first half of the book.

Pros: I have found the story line interesting, often I move to another book out of boredom and then return later to finish. I actually like that Jasmine is not always a nice person- she is vindicitive but not in a self-absorbed or petty way. It makes the angst and self-esteem issues more palatable for me. Hopefully the author will find a way to redeem her before the end of the book.

Cons: The heroine's whining about her lack of social standing and her dark skin- it gots tedious. As does the hero's unhappiness with his responsibilities. Yes, I was very clear that his family are racist and he is not like them. Yada yada, move on with the story. The set up took a very long time, I was ready to start the meat of the story before they were.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By phoenix2000 on March 8, 2012
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The Scorpion and the Seducer (Khamsin Warriors of the Wind)
I tried to finish this book because other reviewers said it gets better. But, I just couldn't connect or care about these characters. Jasmine is whiney, selfish, spoiled and vindictive. Not to mention hard headed and just plain stupid. Thomas is chauvanistic. I realize his patronizing and sexist attitude reflects the time period but I just couldn't find him likable. I wanted to find out the answers to the mysteries but not enough to continue being in the heads of these two.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
From page one, The Scorpion and the Seducer managed to draw me right into the story. The writing and the story was amazing, compelling and interesting. Bonnie Vanak is a wonderful author, truly a one of a kind, who writes romances that are not only steamy but touching and very vivid, not only in the emotions but also in the descriptions of the story and characters, the background and culture. Like all of her other books, The S & the S is set in Egypt, with a bit of England thrown in, and she manages to capture all of the country's bright colors and culture, painting a beautiful story as you read. Vanak has a way with words that very few authors have.

Jasmine and Thomas's story was very touching and loving, and the journey they had to endure to be together forever was long and treacherous, but they stuck to it. Besides their love, which was tender and sweet, their conversations were also very interesting and funny. Jasmine is no meek and weak English miss, but a fiery and tough woman who has no problem speaking her mind. Because of this, she won't back down when Thomas, or any one else for that matter, tries to engage her in a battle of wits and remarks, which leads to a very funny play on words between them. And since you know that they love each other, their 'battles' of words are that much more enjoyable.

Aside from the romance, which was also very intense and sexy in all the right places, The S & the S was filled with intrigue and mystery, suspense and action, which blended together perfectly with all the other elements- there wasn't too much of any one of them.
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