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Product Details

  • Series: Blades of the Rose
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420106805
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420106800
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,353,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Archer follows 2010's Warrior with another delightful tale of an intelligent, competent woman sharing adventure and romance with a formidable partner. In this version of 19th-century Europe, rival secret societies battle over ancient sources of magic. Meek linguist London Harcourt is brought to Greece by her controlling, secretive father. After a chance meeting with the charming Bennett Day, London learns that her father and his companions want England to control the world's magic, while Bennett's group, the Blades of the Rose, is trying to return the artifacts to the peoples that originally owned them. London, finally ready to make her own choices, becomes an active participant in the race to save the mystery of Greek fire from abuse by her father's organization, beginning a relationship with Bennett along the way. London's personal growth paces the adventure story beautifully, and readers will cheer for both the romance and the Blades.
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More About the Author

Zoe Archer is an award-winning romance author who thinks there's nothing sexier than a man in tall boots and a waistcoat. As a child, she never dreamed about being the rescued princess, but wanted to kick butt right beside the hero. She now applies her master's degrees in Literature and Fiction to creating butt-kicking heroines and heroes in tall boots. She is the author of the acclaimed BLADES OF THE ROSE series and the paranormal historical romance series, THE HELLRAISERS. She and her husband, fellow romance author Nico Rosso, trade off writing the books in the steampunk romance series THE ETHER CHRONICLES. June 2013 will see the launch of her new gritty Victorian romance series, NEMESIS, UNLIMITED for St. Martin's Press. Zoe and Nico live in Los Angeles. Please visit her on the Web at

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And it was equally easy to see why Bennett fell in love with her.
Well developed characters, with manners depicted true for their era, and a sold base-plot makes the story very believable.
Detra Fitch
They have found the most powerful object Primal Source of Africa and now are work on learning how to use it.
Harriet Klausner

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on October 4, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
I have been enjoying this difficult to categorize series (a blend of historical romance, paranormal and action adventure) and Scoundrel is my absolute favorite so far! I love everything about this book. From the incredibly sexy Bennett, the romance, to the setting of Greece - this is one exciting ride.
Bennett is the scoundrel in question when he stumbles upon London Harcourt. He rides in to save the damsel in distress but of course as with all of Zoe's books, London can take care of herself. In fact she can be of more help to Bennett and his cause than he is to her. Bennett is smitten. They embark on a casual romance, neither wanting to be tied down but as you know that never works out very
But here's the twist, Bennett is a member of the Blades of the Rose, a group that protects the world's magic from people who would use it for evil purposes. London is the daughter of the enemy - the Heirs. Her knowledge can help the Blades but in doing so she will betray her father.
Aside from the smart, action packed, sexy tale that I have come to expect in Zoe's stories, Scoundrel gave me a relationship that I felt invested in. Bennett and London have very definite ideas going in to their relationship and have to make some tough choices if they want to take it further than just a fling. There comes a time that a decision needs to be made. Will Bennett be able to commit to just one woman? Even if she is the enemies daughter? And will London turn her back on her family to be with the man she loves? These two sizzle right off the page! They have some very hot scenes together but what differentiates this couple is the crackling emotion between them whenever they are together. I loved them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angela VINE VOICE on November 6, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Bennett Day has never denied being a scoundrel. He loves women. Every single one he's ever been with. He has no expectations of them, and they none of him - except that he's sure to leave. He's spent a good portion of his life traveling the world to protect ancient sources of magic for the Blades. His quick mind solves puzzles, breaks codes and unravels riddles with ease. But in Greece he meets the woman that may take more time than he usually commits to learn...

London Harcourt has been brought to Greece in order to decipher an ancient language for her father. After years of being subjugated to her father's will London Harcourt welcomes the chance to travel and earn respect for her knowledge of languages. Brought to the Greek isles and told only that she's to decipher an ancient language for the good of England, she has no idea that her father is part of the Heirs that would dominate the rest of the world under their rule.

A chance meeting brings them together and London soon learns the truth, of the Heirs, including her father, the Blades and their mission, and of the man she's wildly attracted to. Bennett, who not only respects her quick mind, but encourages and stimulates her, and is connected to her in unimaginable ways. Now she must choose between family and her own sense of right and wrong. Between a stifled life full of lies and a future filled with truth and a chance of love.

Racing across the waters of the Aegean, Bennett and London strive to save the Source as each realizes that not only are their lives in danger...but their very hearts...

Having previously read Warrior, the first Blades of the Rose book, I was greatly looking forward to Bennett's book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 10, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Destruction is as human as apple pie; so to protect mankind from self extinction magic is hidden. Still in spite of overwhelming majorities believing magic to be a parlor trick, some Sources contain unexplained power. The Heirs of Albion want to own all the Sources to support their belief that the citizens of Britain are the master race who should dominate the lesser beings of the world. They have found the most powerful object Primal Source of Africa and now are work on learning how to use it. The Blades of the Rose oppose the Heirs.

Linguist London Harcourt is unaware that her late husband, her father Joseph Edgeworth and her brother belong to the Heirs of Albion. Joseph plans to unleash magic so Britain can rule. Thus in 1875 he takes his widowed daughter with him to Athens, Greece as she speaks an ancient dialect that will bring the wrath of the Gods to the earth. Blade Bennett Day meets London who he realizes is ignorant of the threat posed by her father. He also knows the linguist is the key to the Heirs using the Source.

The second Blades of the Rose historical romantic fantasy is a strong adventure tale as the action moves from the Mongolian setting of the Warrior to Greece. A womanizer, Bennett tries every means he knows to persuade the female to his way of thinking, but never met one as intelligent as London is; although some readers will question how smart she is when she failed to realize the nefarious activities of the three main men in her life (before Bennett). Still fans will enjoy the teaming of a refreshing woman who speaks dead languages and the suave operative as they battle her family who employ her as the expendable key to use magic to dominate the world.

Harriet Klausner
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