Book Review: The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel

IMG_4151.jpgTitle: The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel
Author: Jennifer McQuiston
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Avon Books
Format: Mass Market Paperback

Summary (from Goodreads)
New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McQuiston continues her enchanting Seduction Diaries series as a bookish spinster and an unrepentant rogue unite to unmask a traitor.

Every girl dreams of a hero . . .

No one loves books more than Miss Mary Channing. Perhaps that’s why she’s reached the ripe old age of six-and-twenty without ever being kissed. Her future may be as bland as milk toast, but Mary is content to simply dream about the heroes and adventures she reads about in her books. That way she won’t end up with a villain instead.

But sometimes only a scoundrel will do.

When she unexpectedly finds herself in the arms of Geoffrey Westmore, London’s most notorious scoundrel, it feels a bit like a plot from one of her favorite novels. Suddenly, Mary understands why even the smartest heroines can fall prey to a handsome face. And Westmore is more handsome than most. But far worse than the damage to her reputation, the moment’s indiscretion uncovers an assassination plot that reaches to the highest levels of society and threatens the course of the entire country.

When a tight-laced miss and a scoundrel of epic proportions put their minds together, nothing can stand in their way. But unless they put their hearts together as well, a happy ending is anything but assured.

This story had so much promise for me. Anytime the words “bookish spinster” are used, I can’t help but feel a bit of kindred spirit towards the characters. But quite honestly, I was bit put off by Geoffrey Westmore during his first meeting with Mary Channing….and his second. He was scoundrel, but not in a good way. He did redeem himself, but first impressions are everything.

The assassination plot was interesting, in that it was actually referencing real points in history, but I only know that because of my fascination with British royal history. I’m not sure everyone would catch on to that reference. It was a bit far-fetched at times though. The best part however, was indeed Mary Channing’s references to books, no matter how crazy the idea, because as I believe any bookish person can attest to, we reference books all the time!

3.5 Stars


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