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The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel: The Seduction Diaries Mass Market Paperback – September 27, 2016
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“McQuiston’s third Seduction Diaries novel is to be commended for its complex and unusual plot and for featuring characters the reader comes to care for. A surprising, readable story about healing, forgiveness, and trust.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Pure Escapism. Ms. Mcquiston created a romance as epic as the characters who lived it. [...] With easily identifiable main characters and a thrilling story, it was a no brainer for me to gift this book with 5 stars and a Top Pick.” (Night Owl Reviews)
“The real fun is in Mary and Geoffrey’s verbal sparring, spiked with double entendres and Mary’s journal entries detailing her experiences. Regency romance fans will adore this addition to McQuiston’s Seduction Diaries series.” (Booklist)
“fast-paced and eminently enjoyable... It’s fantastic, one of the best romances of 2016. Don’t miss this series”! (ReadertoReader Reviews)
“equal parts mystery and romance, and just when readers begin to feel cheated, the twists and turns navigate to a stunning ending.” (Publishers Weekly)
About the Author
A veterinarian and infectious disease researcher by training, Jennifer McQuiston has always preferred reading romance to scientific textbooks. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, their two girls, and an odd assortment of pets, including the pony she promised her children if mommy ever got a book deal.
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We are also introduced to Miss Mary Channing, who is twenty-six years old and has never been kissed. She first encounters “West” (as Geoffrey is called) urinating on a rose bush in her sister’s garden. Needless to say, she is not impressed. They meet again when West follows her to the library at a party. He thinks that she is looking for an assignation, but she is only looking for a book. While in the library, they overhear an assassination plot. And then they share a kiss. And then everybody walks in and sees them kissing. So much scandal!
Mary and West are an unlikely pair- she likes reading and writing in her journal, and he likes drinking excessively and playing pranks. But somehow, they work well together. West would like to conduct an investigation into what he overheard, but Mary insists upon joining him. West is reluctant, but Mary is persistent. But if they ask too many questions, they might be putting their own lives in danger!
This was an especially interesting book. Not only do we have the usual romance trope of two unlikely souls thrust together, but we also have a mystery. Mary and West both feel compelled to try to uncover the conspiracy even though they do not even know the target of the assassination plot. The mystery was very well done, and even though I figured out half of it, the other half came as a complete surprise.
I would recommend The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel. The books in this series function well as standalones, and you don’t have to read the first two books before reading this one. There is a particular delight in seeing the pesky little brother all grown up, but even if you read The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel first, you’ll still enjoy seeing West as a young boy in the first book in the series. This is going to be the last McQuiston book for the foreseeable future, but I certainly hope she comes back to writing when she can. Until then, I am going to have to catch up on her books that I haven’t read yet.
I typically devour a book in a single day, but I've been slogging my way through The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel for over a week and I'm barely at 52%. I'm giving up, although I may revisit it someday.
The WRITING is good, but I just really, really didn't like it.
Part of that is bias because I'm not a fan of younger-hero/older-heroine romance, but I think if it was him being in his late 20's and her in her early 30's, it would be okay (he's in his early 20's and she's in her mid 20's), or maybe if him being childish and irresponsible wasn't such a main part of the story it would be okay, or maybe if she wasn't a bookaholic who nonetheless hasn't learned enough to avoid being slightly TSTL (too stupid to live) it would be okay, or...
Honestly, I don't know what would make it okay. The writing quality is, as always, excellent and the only reason I'm giving it three stars. I just feel like I want to cry because I dislike the characters so much.
The hero is basically a Victorian era frat boy, but he's described as a "connoisseur of women" and "an experienced rake" and emphasis is put on how he is "very, very experienced." No. No no no no no. You may have had a lot of sex, but at 22 you are most definitely not a connoisseur.
The heroine is a bookaholic who has zero sense, unrealistic life views, and the emotional maturity of a teenager instead of a woman in her mid 20's.
A hero to swoon for, a heroine to die for, and a plot full of laughter and a few tense moments (oh, when she rescued herself and was then rescued by him!!!!!)!
The time period was pulled forward and coaxed into play - rebellion and its opposite, pomp and pageantry, and the utter separation of the classes in England.