How the Scoundrel Seduces is the third book in Sabrina Jeffries’ The Duke’s Men series (Book 1: What the Duke Desires & Book 2: When the Rogue Returns) and tells the story of Tristan Bonnaud and Zoe Keane integrating colorful secondary characters and the interesting Romany – or the gypsies.
Lady Zoe Keane is set to inherit her father, the Earl of Olivier’s properties but she discovers a secret. She might not be the Earl’s daughter after all! She asks the aid of Manton Investigations (aka The Duke’s Men, referenced in When the Rogue Returns) to help her find the gypsy woman, Drina. Tristan, still trying to clear his name from the accusations of his brother George, sees this as an opportunity to find his gypsy childhood friend Milosh, who he sold his father’s horse to all those years ago. He reluctantly tries to help Zoe (the pesky lady who almost had his cover blown in What the Duke Desires) with his ulterior motive in mind. not expecting to fall for the lady herself!
I enjoyed reading Tristan and Zoe’s story. The integration of the Romany is very well done and the descriptions feel real and very well researched. I have read Ms. Jeffries’ Restoration Series book 1 By Love Unveiled, which also describes the Romany very well. This book may be read as a stand alone book but references to the previous two books are included, however, they do not detract from the enjoyment of the book. As with her Hellions of Halstead Hall series, this books feels a little bit like a serial and I love it! I also like that despite kinda knowing how it will end, I still got a few surprises as all the secrets were revealed.
Ms. Jeffries’ masterful writing intertwines adventure, mystery, and romance with no boring parts! However, I did find Zoe a little bit annoying which really determined my 4-star review.
At the end of the book, we are also shown the interaction between Dominick and Jane and I can’t wait to read his story!