Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Scoundrel Takes a Bride by Stefanie Sloane

The Scoundrel Takes a Bride (Regency Rogues, #5)
Lady Sophie Afton wants one thing and one thing only: Revenge against the man who ruthlessly killed her mother fifteen years before. Painstakingly preparing herself for the task and awaiting just the right moment, she approaches Lord Carmichael armed with the skills required of a spy and the knowledge that the Corinthians have reached an impasse in her mother’s case despite all the progress made by her dear friend Viscount Hardwicke. The Rook was only the beginning. Another man cut her mother’s throat, but it will take a woman to bring his identity to light.

Carmichael cannot refuse her. And just at the moment Sophie believes she’s on the cusp of experiencing the defining moment of her life, Nicholas Young appears. The younger brother of her betrothed, Nicholas had disappeared years before into the wild of the East Indies, where, if rumors were to be believed, he’d made his fortune through questionable means. In truth, Sophie had given little thought to her childhood friend. Until now. There was no denying that she adored Langdon Young, Nicholas’s older brother and the man she was meant to marry. But the moment Nicholas stalks back into her life, Sophie knows she will never belong to another. His touch inspires desire, his kisses need, and his skin on hers brands Sophie for life.

Aided by her Corinthian counterparts, with Nicholas at her side, Sophie delves into the dangerous depths of the London crime world in search of what she’s longed for her entire life. Or is it? Can revenge mean more than love?

I'm sorry to say that The Scoundrel Takes a Bride wasn't what I'd hoped for. It was an okay book, but it didn't measure up.

Let me start by saying that I liked the main characters and the romance was lovely.

Sophia is determined and strong. She refuses to rest until her mother's killer is revealed. And she has learned the skills needed to help uncover the truth. Throughout the story, she proves herself to be a worthy heroine, likable and admirable.

Nicholas was adorable. He's loved Sophia since they were young and has always been hurt by the fact that she has been arranged to marry his brother. But, for both his brother and Sophia, he hides his feelings and leaves England as soon as he can. Eventually, of course, his feelings are revealed. And though he feels guilty for betraying his brother, he begins a romance with Sophia. I thought that I wouldn't like a hero that stole his brother's fiance. But, the depth of his emotion was so well done that I still adored him. The romance between him and Sophia was so sweet and so well done, that it just warmed my heart. Their relationship isn't overtly sexual, so, while they do the deed, their "encounters" don't exactly take up the whole book.

The other characters were lovely, especially Carmichael. He was sweet and adorable. And he was so understanding about Sophia  and Nicholas' relationship. I'm guessing a book about him is upcoming in the series, and I'm looking forward to seeing his happiness.

The problem with this book that ruined it for me was the plot. It was erratic. It didn't flow. It felt like it would just jump from scene to scene, leaving me confused about what exactly was going on. Obviously, a problem like this seriously impedes enjoyment of a book. The Scoundrel Takes a Bride had all the elements to make me adore it. But the erratic story line ruined that.

So, I'm sorry to say 2.5/5

Thanks to Netgalley for a copy!


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