Zoe Archer: Scoundrel



Some of the other English Blades must have felt All in all a very good book While Bennett isn t my favorite hero in this series so far I id like him He was fun and exciting He knows how to kick butt and he showed how much he Where We Belong did love London in the endLooking forward to the next two books Rebel and Stranger particularly my geekyarling Catullus 45 StarsThis was an excellent follow up to the fabulous first book Warrior I was pretty stoked about that because it gives me confidence about h I idn t think it would be possible for this series to get any better but Zoe Archer proved me wrong with Scoundrel Everything that made Warrior great only made Scoundrel better The ZA builds this world of The Blades of the Rose the need to want to know just keeps growing This time around the setting is Greece and their islands while it idn t go as in Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems depth as Warriorid in the culture it turned out to be Requiem for a Wren done very well with most of the story revolving around island jumping and the rag tag team racing against time and the evil Heirs in order to protect the magical Source As the world of The Blades of the Rose grows with each book we learned about types of magical Sources because of the ancient language that surrounds the recent Source Lord Edgeworth and the heris go against their own rules to involved women in their matters asks London Edgeworth Harcourt her helpecode some artifacts London is the Red Notice dark of what her father and the Heirs are really about until she runs into Bennett Day and the Blades whom turn her world around and open her eyes to then magic I ll be honest Iidn t total care for London when I first read about her She seem smart but stuck in a golden cage slowly though I grew to really love her and her enjoyment of just being free and life away from under her father s thumb London truly blossom into a strong woman no scared of life but willing to embrace everything that came her way Bennett Day ah be still my beating heart Bennett Day just gone and stole my heart Bennett is a Scoundrel a pain in the butt and just a lot of fun and if you Les pingouins nont jamais froid don t fall in love with him well there s nooubt he ll have you head over heels for him in no time The glimpse we got of him in Warrior was just a piece of the Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone daredevil who loves adventure protecting magical sources and the ladies and if his missions leads him to have all three well good for him Bennett wasn t some torture hero loved life and everything it held At times this made him a little shallow with his feelings toward women but that was Bennett and when he finally gives his heart he gives his fully and wholehearted It s really cute and sexy how hard both London and Bennett fall for one another both even each other out Bennett gives London the freedom and acceptance she always craved while London grounds Bennett and gives him the steady rock in the world whirl he may get stuck in The secondary romance also gave us another view of a growing romance between Athena a witch and Kallus the captain of their small boat The only really slip I had with the book is how uickly London went from hate to love for Bennett whom was a suppose foe of the heirs and her family This was just a blip in overall amazing book and really just overlooked it and continued to enjoy this book The story moves uickly with Londonealing with her father s actions and Bennett Code pnal 2020 annot. dition limite - 117e d. dealing with his new found love for London with the action and the yummy sexy parts keeping the reader wondering what s going to happen next and ZAoes an amazing job of keeping the reader guessing ZA wraps up everything so nicely with the evil guys getting theirs and how the Blades win another battle but there s still some battles left to fight leaving the reader waiting and wanting the next book as uickly as possible I know for a fact this Blade of the Rose fangirl can t wait for the next installment to this amazing series 5 stars Paranormal RomanceThis is another kick ass read in the awesome wildly entertaining The Blades of the Rose series that s an intriguing uniue blend of Victorian era historical and paranormal Scoundrel is an exciting combination of action adventure magic mystery treasure hunting seafaring The Peoples Songs dangerous intrigue humor and steamy romance with an exotic Greek setting and fabulous characters It reads like a thrilling action adventure movie that grabbed my attention from the very first page and never let go I loved it Iidn t think the series could get any better than Warrior but I enjoyed this just as much And that s largely because of sexy shameless Scoundrel hero Bennett Day who s just to City of Big Shoulders die for yummy Bennett Day loves the ladies As an agent for The Blades of the Rose a secret societyedicated to protecting the world s magic sources from the evil Heirs who seek to obtain and abuse them for their own gain and power his primary Blind Devotion (The Shifter Chronicles duty is always to the mission But if all in aays work the success of an operation should happen to involve getting under a woman s skirt and petticoats or seducing a married woman to obtain vital information Well then that s just gravy The notorious ladies man has always been able to keep things carefree easy and aloof when it comes to women he s attracted seduced andor bedded but then again Bennett s never encountered a woman like London Harcourt before The womanizing adventurer finally meets his match in intelligent spirited widow London and finds himself strangely and completely captivated by her It s too bad that she s the My Name is Bob daughter of a top member of the Blades sworn enemy the Heirs Now it s up to Bennett and some of his Blade allies to convince expert linguist London to help them translate an ancientialect in order to find a magical source that s hidden somewhere in the Greek isles before the Heirs find and use it for their evil aimsBennett is a flirtatious affable and charming adventure seeker who plays the part of evil may care scoundrel rake rogue wastrel and libertine proudly and with ebonair ease He and London share an explosive attraction and magnetic chemistry that turns into a wildly passionate affair in the midst of exploration and Billy Bragg danger He s certain that he ll eventually be able to move on easily when things coolown like he always Polly Prices Totally Secret Diary does But when Bennett and London traverse the perilous waters of emotion will he still be able to play the unaffected scoundrel Whewthe scenes between these two are intense fun and smokin HOT And Bennett He had me melting and swooning as if I been baking out under the blazing Greek sun all ay And I really liked that much of the story is told from Bennett s POV because his internal thoughts flat out cracked me up He s sexy fun infectiously cheerful witty wickedly charming protective strong honest and courageous and when he realizes and eclares his feelingsit s utterly romantic sweet and sigh worthyThere s also a great side romance between uirky secondary characters witch Athena and sea captain Kallas whose constant bickering masks an underlying attraction and simmering sexual tension that they fight like hell to ignore but eventually comes to a boilIf you like romance with lots of action and adventure humor steamy love scenes a smart plucky heroine and a to The Majors Daughter die for scoundrel hero with a heart of gold thenon t miss this highly enjoyable read Big 5 starsHere s my casting for Scoundrel Bennett Day. 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This book was even better than the first one and I idn t think that would be possible What I love about these stories is that we The Touch don t have silly fighting between our hh Instead we get them forming a strong and loving team in which to fight against evil These books are kind of like the Indiana Jones series except with a lot romance and sex Again Ms Archer has given us two strong personalities that really work well together I really liked Bennett and London as a couple I am looking forward to the next one in the series Trigger warnings Super controlling parent torture35 stars Okay here s the thing I really like the stories in this series They re set in fun locations The magic system is super cool The female characters are badasses The male characters areridiculous but they re always respectful of the badassery of their love interests The villains are a little oneimensional but you can t have it all Where this series falls flat for me is the romances and the sex scenes Don t get me wrong I think there s a great On His Majestys Service dynamic between the characters But the sex scenes are SO CHEESY and uestionably written I knew it wasn t going to be great when on their second encounter London is asleep in her tent and Bennett sneaks in and watches her sleep and thinks I could totally wake her up with sex right now BRO THAT IS RAPE BACK RIGHT THE FUCK OFF And like I get that he s meant to be a cad and a scoundrel But noooooooooooope So yeah The sex scenes were laughable especially the part where hisick left a trail of moisture up the inside of her thigh which just made me think of a snail but the actual story Pretty stinking fun Four and a half stars rounded up I liked this installment in the Blades of the Rose series better than the previous Warrior was very good but this one captured my attention earlier and kept it longer I really enjoyed the action and the romance it was an excellent mixThe leads are great Bennet is an unrepentant ladies man and London is just finding her way in a totally new world Their chemistry was very apparent and they were an engaging couple throughout I Different Class did skim through some of the sex scenes sorry but the romance outside of the sack was what was the most compelling My one complaint about the series is the presentation of the villains They re part of a group called The Heirs and they re out for the glory of England Um And They say they work for the government but is their work government sanctioned It s hard to tell And what of the other nationalities that have similar groups that have been referenced Why are the Blades never running into any of them They re all after the same sources right For all the specificity regarding the sources I feel like the villains are left fairly vague Seems lazy especially when compared to the amazingetail of the rest of the narrativeIn any case this installment is really enjoyable I have the bundle so I ve already got the next two on The Essential Good Food Guide deck and I ll be getting to them inue time With bundles it s hard not to just turn the page and continue on but I ve managed to stick with Dina s RulesI recommend this series to people who like adventure romance It s highly entertaining has uniue settings and a bit of paranormal Some have likened it to Indiana Jones and I think that fits Enjoy Now that s what I m talking about Scoundrel was the experience I was hoping and expecting to have with Warrior What a relief to know that there s nothing wrong with me after all Now I can completely understand the hype for this series Loved It I may even consider joining the fangirl ranks if the next book hits me like this one Textbook of Wisdom didBefore I go any further if there s anyone reading this review who like me was a little under whelmed by Warrior give the series another chance with this book I complained in my review of Warrior that the book justidn t grab me Well Scoundrel grabbed me with both hands gave me a good shake and In Defence of Dogs didn t let goI also had some vague concerns about the pacing and narration of Warrior but there was nothing vague about my complete and utter enjoyment of this novel and the pace was absolutely perfectBlades of the Rose agent Bennett Day isedicated to keeping the world s magical Sources from the hands of the nefarious Heirs That the cause provides him with action adventure excitement and anger on a aily basis is a very happy bonus The fact that seducing women can sometimes get him the information or results he needs well that s just the icing on the cakeYes Bennett is a scoundrel and he loves every minute of itLondon Harcourt is the The City in Mind daughter of one of the Heir s leaders Being a woman she has never been made privy to the work of her father and late husband also an Heir and killed by the Blades of the Rose Her life has been one of repression first by her father and then by her husbandWhen London s secretly self taught linguistic skills become essential to the success of one the Heir s missions Londoniscovers the truth about her family and herself Despite the fact that they are potential enemies Bennett and London cannot Revenge (The Red Ledger deny their fierce attraction to each other and soon find themselves on the adventure of a lifetime through the Greek Isles Scoundrel is the perfect adventure romance with the adventure and romance elements perfectly balanced and immensely satisfying This book grabbed my attention from the very first page and never let goBennett was a wonderful hero I absolutely adored him with hisevil may care attitude He was honest and upfront about his reputation and intention to continue as something of a ladies man believing himself incapable of committing to just one woman I really appreciated his honesty with London He No One Wants You determined that London should leave the richer for having known him and he allowed her the freedom toiscover and be herself guiding and encouraging her along the waySeeing London find her wings was a pleasure to witness I shared in her joy of her long The City Of Heavenly Tranquillity denied freedom and it was wonderful to watch her finally living and breathing unstifled life Her pleasure was infectious and her adventurous spirit once uncovered was a perfect fit to Bennett And watching him fall was just sigh Even better weidn t have to wait til the last pageI m really looking forward to Rebel because this book Monkeys in hats caiue Greek fishing boad Loved this one Why Penguins Poems for Life did I wait so long to continue this second in the Blades of the Rose series It is a wonderful paranormal romance action adventure set in a stunning local Greece I enjoy a good road trip story and this is one that takes place on the ocean Seems to me to have romance this time around than the first oneid or is that just my imagination There s certainly magic in the air as well as on the sea A elightI was as enchanted with the heroine London coming awake and aware of the world as much as with the superhero Bennett realizing there really can be just one woman for him especially if it is London Bennett sure painted himself into a corner with his philosophy on the three little words and it was neat to see how Ms Archer was going to get him out of it Here is a hint view spoiler hide spoiler 5 Monkeys in hats Stars This was a bit sci fi ishparanormal I on t know how to classify other than IT WAS AWESOMEI LOVED ITWHERE HAS THIS BEEN HIDINGThe story is about Bennett a cryptographer and cons. London Harcourt jumps at the chance to join her father on a voyage to the Greek isles where she me.

Ummate ladies man who is a member of a secret organization called the Blades of the Rose they edicate their lives to finding and protecting magical Sources from those wishing to use it against humanity and London a self taught linguist and English miss thrust into a angerous war between good and evil This was packed with flawlessly Divine Beauty descriptive passages that painted the world Zoe Archer has created vividly It had all the elements of a great story humor action mystery great characters an imaginative plot and an epic love storyI loved reading this I enjoyed the adventure aspect the magical elements and even though Bennett had a history as a man who enjoyed his women I found him to be entertaining honest and itidn t take me long to fall for him Now normally a connoisseur of ladies like Bennett Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone do not score very high with me but Bennettid a complete 180 as soon as his eyes caught sight of London Still it was hard to forget her even harder to ignore that strange vivid moment when his fingers had touched her hand In all his years after countless encounters with a vast array of women Bennett couldn t recall ever having so visceral so immediate a reaction to touching a woman And it had gone beyond the physical too A sudden profound connection with no known origin other than something in his body that recognized her knew and needed her He wasn t your typical player Bennett just loved women He loved all types or women and he wasn t callous Down to the Sea in Ships disrespectful orisparaging towards them He genuinely cared for them in his own way He was a handsome guy who lived Wife by Wednesday (The Weekday Brides, day toay He was charming and seductive and carefree Although he fought himself and Dog Years deniedeeper lasting feelings for London it wasn t long before he caved And London she was his perfect match Smart brave and so ready to live and love I liked her from the very first It was hard to resist her brand of magic When I am with the man I love everything else will Chain of Fire disappear I ll see only him He will be the person I want to share everything with If I am walking alone and I see something beautiful like a wildflower poking up from the pavement or something ridiculous like a monkey in a hat I will rush to tell him these things And in theark of night he alone is who I will want beside me and I ll listen to him breath in sleep and I shall put my hand upon him and hope he The Devils Elbow (Mrs. Bradley, dreams of me for I couldn t bear even a moment apart from him She was a blend of sheltered innocent andaring adventurer She is the type of heroine I instantly connect with because she s everything you The Making of a Caribbeanpreneur d want to be courageous independent and strong It was a blast to see her go from fragile to kick ass In the end someone so awesomeeserves getting everything her heart Maharaj desired and I think Bennettefinitely gave it his all even if it Kuduz did take him a fewense moments to realize it Lol It took a while but the wait was worth it Monkeys in hats he said again with a growing heat That s what I mean when I say I love you I mean that you re the woman I need beside me all ay every a I mean that I can t imagine my life without you I mean that when you hurt it feels like a knife in me cutting me from the inside out I mean that I hate the idea of anyone but me touching you Just the thought makes me want to kill I mean that I hate the idea of me touching anyone but you I meant that when I see a goddamn monkey wearing a goddamn hat I want to tell you about it You and no one else Needless to say I was left with no The Stanforth Secrets (Lovers and Ladies, doubt in my mindheart that he was in love with London That she was special significant and the ONLY ONE when it came to his love he was committed to her in mind body and soul and I loved that Not onlyid he give me that moment when he proved his love was forever but he was also The Taste of Ashes damn alpha about it Ion t care what words anyone uses Use the words of all the languages you know Or make some up Doesn t matter What matters is that I want to be with you forever only you This was a five star read for me because I know this story and these awesome characters will live in my memories and every once in a while I ll remember monkeys in hats or recall a snippet of a scene about sea strumpets and I ll find myself hunting Camellia (Ellie, down this book and sittingown to a nice comfortable re readThis is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone Ends with a HEA and oesn t have Cheating view spoiler There is a scene where a sea nymph emands a kiss from Kallas and Bennett as the price for some much needed info the life or The Highwayman (Victorian Rebels, death kind So Bennett tries to give her a fraternal kiss on the mouth but the nymph forces the issue and heescribes it as kissing an amorous octopus That whole scene was funny and London was there and although she wasn t okay with it she knew that it meant less than nothing to her man so I was okay with it Didn t take away anything from the story and just solidified their love for each other hide spoiler With Scoundrel Ms Archer takes us adventure loving romantics on a splendid journey around the Aegean Sea on the hunt for mystical treasure Readers who enjoy Indiana Jones will get a kick out of this book with its very real magic and a China: la edad de la ambicin (Ensayo poltico) dash of steampunk like adventureLondon is an admirable heroine Despite the way she was raised she wants to live her life and have something grand to contribute It took a lot of courage for her to break free from her family s expectations and restrictions to realize that she was essentially orphaning herself I loved that she was threeimensional She is both beautiful and intelligent She is womanly and strong What she isn t good at she strives to improve While loving a man like Bennett was a huge risk she took the chanceBennett isn t my favorite type of hero While I love a Green River Rising dangerous and edgy hero I juston t have a taste for womanizers I Wife Swap did like that though Bennettoesn t have a problem with loving and leaving women he really Pies does respect women and cherish them in his somewhat shallow way When London comes into his life he learns what saying I love you truly means Sheoesn t force him to change Instead his love for her changes his feelings about his life with one woman in it I liked how courageous Bennett was and his exploits help to make this book incredibly fun and exciting The romance between Bennett and London was good but it s hard to me to get excited about a supposedly Gorbals Diehards dead endfinite relationship in which sex is the main component With that expectation that nothing would come of their time together except some good sex and companionship I felt kind of sad for Bennett and London What Iid like was that each time they came together it got harder for Bennett to hang onto his beliefs about love and forever aftersI liked the secondary love story between Athena and Kallas They challenged each other in pivotal ways and forced each other to reevaluate their own preconceived notions I like this world of magic where each culture has objects that are vital to them There are a few wow scenes in this book that I ate up Let me say that if you are a Greek Mythology geek you will too This book has some interesting things to say about Imperialism the belief that one nation should forcibly ensure their superiority over others I can t get behind that even if I From the Dust do have my share of patriotism simmering within I could understand how Bennett and London and. 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Zoë Archer is a RITA award nominated romance author whose stories are about smart capable heroines and the heroes who love them She is the author of the acclaimed Blades of the Rose series as well as the Hellraiser and Nemesis Unlimited series among others She also writes Regency set romances as Eva Leigh Visit her on the Web at