Friday, July 15, 2011

review: how to seduce a scoundrel by vicky dreiling

The first book (How to Marry a Duke) in this series from Vicky Dreiling was quite amusing in how it moved something as modern as The Bachelor into a historical romance; unfortunately How to Seduce a Scoundrel doesn’t come close to the well-done plot of its predecessor. With the second book, the focus has shifted to the sister of the duke from the title of the first book. Julianne isn’t nearly as interesting as her brother or her brother’s love interest. Julianne comes across as a child who prefers to gossip with her friends and toy with the hearts of the men who wish to court her. Although How to Seduce a Scoundrel makes clear that Julianne and her brother’s best friend are destined for each other, the two lack a certain chemistry. Dreiling attempts to create the same amusement found in How to Marry a Duke by having Julianne involved in writing a pamphlet to be titled The Secrets of Seduction, but that plot point fails to achieve much more than a way for the girls to gossip even more.
Review copy provided by the publisher, Forever.

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