I received this book for free from Forever in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Scoundrel's Seduction by Jennifer Haymore
Series: House of Trent #3
Published by Forever on May 27th 2014
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Temptation Knows No Bounds…
Undercover agent Sam Hawkins has devoted his life to protecting king and country. So when he receives orders to assassinate a ruthless traitor, he doesn't question his mission. But Sam didn't know his deed had a witness—the beautiful and mysterious betrayer's wife. Now he has no choice but to take her as his prisoner—one he can neither trust…nor resist.
Élise, Lady Dunthorpe, will do anything to escape her powerful captor—including seducing him senseless. She didn't know of her miserable husband's crimes, but she has secrets of her own—secrets that threaten everything she holds dear. With his piercing dark eyes and gentle touch, Sam inflames Élise's deepest desires, but how could she ever trust a man who won't let her go? Caught between the crown he's sworn to serve and the woman he's come to love, Sam will risk his heart—and his very life—to keep her safe.
Sam works for the crown as a agent, to protect it at all costs. He is ordered to kill a traitor, who has plans to murder the crown. So he does his job, and kills the traitor, but his wife he finds, having heard and seen everything. So he has no choice but to kidnap her and keep her secluded. Sam has no idea what Lady Dunthorpe knows, or she is a traitor as well. Elise, has suffered over a decade of being Lord Dunthorpe’s wife, and even though she is french, she considers herself more English than french. So when she finds her husband killed, and herself being taken prisoner, she has no idea what fate has in store for her, or Sam’s true plans for her. At first Sam questions Elise and the statement she gives, but the longer he spends time with her, he starts to feel drawn to Elise, and feels a desire that he doesn’t want to deny. Now Sam and Elise will have to stick together, when a danger surfaces, one that will put them both on the run trying to survive.
The Scoundrels Seduction is the third book from the House of Trent Series. Ever since I discovered this author last year, I have been in love with her. The House of Trent series so far has been stimulating and full of adventures. The Scoundrel’s Seduction is just what I was looking for in a book. Lately I have been wanting a story I can really dig my hands into, and The Scoundrel’s Seduction was perfect for what I needed. There is quite a bit of a espionage element, which is always a treat with regency era romances, but Jennifer Haymore definitely put a delightful twist into the plot, that pulls you in.
The Character were exciting, and intense, and full of conflict and variety of dilemma’s that ended up becoming more fascinating to the reader. Samson, is illegitimate, but has never felt the lack of affection from his mother or siblings. He has had to work hard for the position he is in, and is dedicated to his country. He is also desperate to find his lost mother. I found Sam a wonderful hero, dashing, courageous, and protective. I love how he treats Elise, and he is one of my favorite characters from the Trent family so far. I really enjoyed his character and how deeply entrenched he is in the story and the series as well. There are many startling secrets revealed in this story that really shocked me, and I had had the most difficult time putting this one down. Now Elise, well at first she seemed weak and didn’t have much backbone, but she really came through for me by the end. You see a heroine, that has suffered much and like any normal human being has put herself in a shell to protect herself, but the longer she is with Sam, the more she spreads her wings, and you see her flourish. I really loved seeing her transition from being shy and reserved, to a woman that is willing to go after what she wants and let nothing stand in her way.
Overall a outstanding installment, and a story that sizzles from beginning to end. There is quite a bit of steamy interaction in this one, enough to feed a forest fire. The characters are charming, the story is enchanting, and worth every moment. Charmed until the very end!!! LOVED IT!!