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The Scoundrel Takes a Bride: A Regency Rogues Novel Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2013
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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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The mystery began in The Saint Who Stole My Heart , when Sophia's mother is found dead inside their country house. Read morePublished on November 9, 2013 by Tin @ Love Saves the World
The book started strong and I had hopes for the storyline but it became weak as the book progressed. Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by Lynne
This is a well written story, with a fast paced plot that has a new twist at every turn. Nicholas is magnificent as a roguish anti-hero. Read morePublished on February 17, 2013 by Coffee Time Romance & More
The synopsis of this book makes you think you're about to read a steamy, hot, passionate book. I love Historical Romances, but this one completely falls flat. Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by NK Author Services/Ebooks Galore
4 to 4.5 stars!!
If you like historical romance with murder & mystery thrown in, this one is wonderful. I liked how Stefanie had spies in the story line. Read more
Oh my! I do love a good regency romance! What a lovely couple!! Sophia is a great character and I admire her for trying to find her mother's killer. Read morePublished on January 29, 2013 by K. April Holgate
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Review: Since birth, Lady Sophia has been betrothed to her dearest friend Langdon Bourne, Earl of Stonecliffe. Read more
There is nothing romantic about stealing your brother's fiancee. The only way it would be somewhat bearable to read would be if Langdon was given a great romantic interest in the... Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by HRC