THE SCOUNDREL TAKES A BRIDE by Stefanie SloaneConnect with Stefanie: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter
Regency Rogues #5
Format: eBook via Netgalley
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (January 1, 2013)
A notorious scoundrel, the right Honorable Nicholas Bourne has spent years in the East Indies amassing a fortune through questionable means. Still, his loyalty to his older brother Langdon remains true and trusted. But when Lady Sophia Southwell, the woman promised to his brother, seeks his help on a dangerous mission, he is troubled—and torn. Unable to dissuade her from her quest to find a killer, he vows to keep her safe. This makes his mission the hardest test of his wits, honor, and skill. For Sophia is the secret love of his life.
For years, Sophia has planned her daring act of revenge against her mother’s killer. She has painstakingly prepared herself by studying the criminal mind. Now she knows the moment is right and that Nicholas is the man to help her. But she doesn’t count on the reckless temptation of his rugged sensuality or the captivating intensity in his deep eyes. When desire and emotion intoxicate her as they venture together into the darkest corners of London’s underbelly, Sophia must contend with a yearning even more powerful than vengeance: love.
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Since discovering her mother dead the only thing Lady Sophia Afton wanted was to find her killer. She has studied criminal behavior and even worked with Bow Street Runners. With help from her closest friends, the Young Corinthians, she is close. But she needs help. With Dash getting married and Langdon, the Earl of Stonecliffe and her long time fiancé, disapproving of her involvement there is only one person she can turn too. Nicholas Bourne, Langdon’s younger brother.
Nicholas grew up with Sophia and even at a young age new there was something special about her. Yet, she was betrothed to his brother and he knew he needed to distance himself from her. But going all the way to India couldn’t stop his love for her. When she asks for his help he knows he cant refuse her. He must protect her.
Oh, my heart! I had butterflies in my stomach the whole book. Watching Nicholas let his guard down made my heart flutter. In many ways he’s an antihero but it’s just a façade. Deep down he really is hero material. He loves Sophia deeply. He also cares for his brother, and the other people in his life, like Mouse and Singh, even though he acts annoyed.
I enjoyed watching Sophia come into her own. She was never going to be what Langdon wanted in a wife and Nicholas helped her realize that. She loved Langdon, but not in the way she loves Nicholas. He was the one for her all along even if she didn’t really know it.
Her unqualified need to be near him matched in the intensity only by his impatience for her very existence…Despite the distance he kept between them, she found herself unable to ignore the inexplicable pull his presence always exerted on her.
It killed him to touch her, her soft, small hand in his akin to torture. Yet he wouldn’t let go. He knew he would never be an honorable man. Never marry nor know the joys of family. He would take his love for Sophia to his deathbed. Even it destroyed him, which, he ventured to guess, was precisely what would happen.Overall:
I adore Stefanie Sloane’s books and I was really excited for Nicholas’s story. And I was not disappointed. The Scoundrel Takes A Bride is book 5 in her Regency Rouges series. Can you read it on its own? Sure, but I highly suggest reading The Saint Who Stole My Heart, book 4, since the mystery continues. Also because I loved that story and Dash, the hero.
Dash was at the top of my favorite hero list but Nicholas has knocked him down a peg. I absolutely adore Nicholas. No, not adore. I love him, madly. His love for Sophia is so pure that he knows no one else will compare. Plus, despite the way it seems, he is a genuine good guy who loves his brother. I dare you to try and not love Nicholas. It’s impossible.
I only wish there was less on the mystery of Lady Afton’s killer and more Nicholas and Sophia. I cannot wait for Langdon’s book. After having his heart broken I’m really hoping he finds someone who loves him. He deserves it. And hopefully we will find Lady Afton’s killer.
***review provided by publisher via Netgalley***