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How the Scoundrel Seduces: The Duke's Men    by Sabrina Jeffries order for
How the Scoundrel Seduces
by Sabrina Jeffries
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Pocket, 2014 (2014)
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* *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

After having played a small part in the successful conclusion of a Manton Investigations case, Lady Zoe Keane is sworn to secrecy and promised that one day her discretion will be returned in kind. That day comes sooner than expected.

Zoe has recently learned that her legitimacy is in question, that her mother might have been a Romany woman. With her inheritance and the welfare of the people employed on her estate at risk, Zoe is desperate to learn the truth. Who better to ferret out that information than the Duke's Men?

Much to Zoe's dismay, however, Tristan Bonnaud is assigned to her case. He may well claim that he's an expert on the Romany but this fact does not endear the arrogant scoundrel to the young heiress. Since their first short meeting, he's made it quite clear that he is not fond of the aristocracy. His villainous half-brother George, who'd always hated his father for loving his byblow more than his legitimate wife and children, set out to ruin Tristan and his family. For that Tristan intends to make him pay.

Despite their differences however, Zoe decides to forge ahead with her task; time is of the essence if she is to be named her father's true heir. But working alongside each other in their mutual quests for information and revenge proves more difficult than either of them could have imagined, as their disagreements quickly turn to desire.

While Tristan has every reason to despise George, he seemed a bit too focused on exacting his pound of flesh, almost to the point of jeopardizing his relationship with Zoe. It also seemed somewhat fortuitous that George's machinations would fit so neatly into Zoe's background. Even so, this latest Duke's Men adventure sizzles with sexual tension, witty dialogue, wonderful atmosphere and a good set-up for the next instalment.

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