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If an Elephant Went to School yVillains They re part of a group called The Heirs and they re out for the glory of England Um And They say they work for the government but is their work government sanctioned It s hard to tel 5 stars Paranormal RomanceThis is another kick ass read in the awesome wildly entertaining The Blades of the Rose series that s an intriguing uniue blend of Victorian era historical and paranormal Scoundrel is an exciting combination of action adventure magic mystery treasure hunting seafaring dangerous intrigue humor and steamy romance with an exotic Greek setting and fabulous characters It reads like a thrilling action adventure movie that grabbed my attention from the very first page and never let go I loved it I didn t think the series could get any better than Warrior but I enjoyed this just as much And that s largely because of sexy shameless Scoundrel hero Bennett Day who s just to die forummy Bennett Day loves the ladies As an agent for The Blades of the Rose a secret society dedicated to protecting the world s magic sources from the evil Heirs who seek to obtain and abuse them for their own gain and power his primary duty is always to the mission But if all in a days work the success of an operation should happen to involve getting under a woman s skirt and petticoats or seducing a married woman to obtain vital information Well then that s just gravy The notorious ladies man has always been able to keep things carefree easy and aloof when it comes to women he s attracted seduced andor bedded but then again Bennett s never encountered a woman like London Harcourt before The womanizing adventurer finally meets his match in intelligent spirited widow London and finds himself strangely and completely captivated by her It s too bad that she s the daughter of a top member of the Blades sworn enemy the Heirs Now it s up to Bennett and some of his Blade allies to convince expert linguist London to help them translate an ancient dialect in order to find a magical source that s hidden somewhere in the Greek isles before the Heirs find and use it for their evil aimsBennett is a flirtatious affable and charming adventure seeker who plays the part of devil may care scoundrel rake rogue wastrel and libertine proudly and with debonair ease He and London share an explosive attraction and magnetic chemistry that turns into a wildly passionate affair in the midst of exploration and danger He s certain that he ll eventually be able to move on easily when things cool down like he always does But when Bennett and London traverse the perilous waters of emotion will he still be able to play the unaffected scoundrel Whewthe scenes between these two are intense fun and smokin HOT And Bennett He had me melting and swooning as if I d been baking out under the blazing Greek sun all day And I really liked that much of the story is told from Bennett s POV because his internal thoughts flat out cracked me up He s sexy fun infectiously cheerful witty wickedly charming protective strong honest and courageous and when he realizes and declares his feelingsit s utterly romantic sweet and sigh worthyThere s also a great side romance between uirky secondary characters witch Athena and sea captain Kallas whose constant bickering masks an underlying attraction and simmering sexual tension that they fight like hell to ignore but eventually comes to a boilIf ou like romance with lots of action and adventure humor steamy love scenes a smart plucky heroine and a to die for scoundrel hero with a heart of gold then don t miss this highly enjoyable read Big 5 starsHere s my casting for Scoundrel Bennett Day With Scoundrel Ms Archer takes us adventure loving romantics on a splendid journey around the Aegean Sea on the hunt for mystical treasure Readers who enjoy Indiana Jones will get a kick out of this book with its very real magic and a dash of steampunk like adventureLondon is an admirable heroine Despite the way she was raised she wants to live her life and have something grand to contribute It took a lot of courage for her to break free from her family s expectations and restrictions to realize that she was essentially orphaning herself I loved that she was three dimensional She is both beautiful and intelligent She is womanly and strong what she isn t good at she strives she isn t good at she strives improve While loving a man like Bennett was a huge risk she took the chanceBennett isn t my favorite type of hero While I love a dangerous and edgy hero I just don t have a taste for womanizers I did like that though Bennett doesn t have a problem with loving and leaving women he really does respect women and cherish them in his somewhat shallow way When London comes into his life he learns what saying I love ou truly means She doesn t force him to change Instead his love for her changes his feelings about his life with one woman in it I liked how courageous Bennett was and his exploits help to make this book incredibly fun and exciting The romance between Bennett and London was good but it s hard to me to get excited about a supposedly dead endfinite relationship in which sex is the main component With that expectation that nothing would come of their time together except some good sex and companionship I felt kind of sad for Bennett and London What I did like was that each time they came together it got harder for Bennett to hang onto his beliefs about love and forever aftersI liked the secondary love story between Athena and Kallas They challenged each other in pivotal ways and forced each other to reevaluate their own preconceived notions I like this world of magic where each culture has objects that are vital to them There are a few wow scenes in this book that I ate up Let me say that if The Ideal Muslim Society you are a Greek Mythology geekou will too This book has some interesting things to say about Imperialism the belief that one nation should forcibly ensure their superiority over others I can t get behind that even if I do have my share of patriotism simmering within I could understand how Bennett and London and some of the other English Blades must have felt All in all a very good book While Bennett isn t my favorite hero in this series so my favorite hero in this series so I did like him He was fun and exciting He knows how to kick butt and he showed how much he did love London in the endLooking forward to the next two books Rebel and Stranger particularly my geeky darling Catullus Now that s what I m talking about Scoundrel books Rebel and Stranger particularly my geeky darling Catullus Now that s what I m talking about Scoundrel the experience I was hoping and expecting to have with Warrior What a relief to know that there s nothing wrong with me after all Now I can completely understand the hype for this series Loved It I may even consider joining the fangirl ranks if the next book hits me like this one didBefore I go any further if there s anyone reading this review who like me was a little under whelmed by Warrior give the series another chance with this book I complained in my review of Warrior that the book just didn t grab me Well Scoundrel grabbed me with both hands gave me a good shake and didn t let goI also had some vague concerns abo This book was even better than the first one and I didn t think that would be possible What I love about these stories is that we don t have silly fighting between our hh Instead we get them forming a strong and loving team in which to fight against evil These books are kind of like the Indiana Jones series except with a lot romance and sex Again Ms Archer has given us two strong personalities that really work well together I really liked Bennett and London as a couple I am looking forward to the next one in the series. The ancients from men like London's father who wants to subjugate the world's magic to British ru. Scoundrel a pain in the butt and just a lot of fun and if Linux Networking Cookbook you don t fall in love with him well there s no doubt he ll haveou head over heels for him in no time The glimpse we got of him in Warrior was just a piece of the daredevil who loves adventure protecting magical sources and the ladies and if his missions leads him to have all three well good for him Bennett wasn t some torture hero loved life and everything it held At times this made him a little shallow with his feelings toward women but that was Bennett and when he finally gives his heart he gives his fully and wholehearted It s really cute and sexy how hard both London and Bennett fall for one another both even each other out Bennett gives London the freedom and acceptance she always craved while London grounds Bennett and gives him the steady rock in the world whirl he may get stuck in The secondary romance also gave us another view of a growing romance between Athena a witch and Kallus the captain of their small boat The only really slip I had with the book is how uickly London went from hate to love for Bennett whom was a suppose foe of the heirs and her family This was just a blip in overall amazing book and really just overlooked it and continued to enjoy this book The story moves uickly with London dealing with her father s actions and Bennett dealing with his new found love for London with the action and the ummy sexy parts keeping the reader wondering what s going to happen next and ZA does an amazing job of keeping the reader guessing ZA wraps up everything so nicely with the evil guys getting theirs and how the Blades win another battle but there s still some battles left to fight leaving the reader waiting and wanting the next book as uickly as possible I know for a fact this Blade of the Rose fangirl can t wait for the next installment to this amazing series 5 Monkeys in hats Stars This was a bit sci fi ishparanormal I don t know how to classify other than IT WAS AWESOMEI LOVED ITWHERE HAS THIS BEEN HIDINGThe story is about Bennett a cryptographer and consummate ladies man who is a member of a secret organization called the Blades of the Rose they dedicate their lives to finding and protecting magical Sources from those wishing to use it against humanity and London a self taught linguist and English miss thrust into a dangerous war between good and evil This was packed with flawlessly descriptive passages that painted the world Zoe Archer has created vividly It had all the elements of a great story humor action mystery great characters an imaginative plot and an epic love storyI loved reading this I enjoyed the adventure aspect the magical elements and even though Bennett had a history as a man who enjoyed his women I found him to be entertaining honest and it didn t take me long to fall for him Now normally a connoisseur of ladies like Bennett do not score very high with me but Bennett did a complete 180 as soon as his eyes caught sight of London Still it was hard to forget her even harder to ignore that strange vivid moment when his fingers had touched her hand In all his ears after countless encounters with a vast array of women Bennett couldn t recall ever having so visceral so immediate a reaction to touching a woman And it had gone beyond the physical too A sudden profound connection with no known origin other than something in his body that recognized her knew and needed her He wasn t our typical player Bennett just loved women He loved all types or women and he wasn t callous disrespectful or disparaging towards them He genuinely cared for them in his own way He was a handsome guy who lived day to day He was charming and seductive and carefree Although he fought himself and denied deeper lasting feelings for London it wasn t long before he caved And London she was his perfect match Smart brave and so ready to live and love I liked her from the very first It was hard to resist her brand of magic When I am with the man I love everything else will disappear I ll see only him He will be the person I want to share everything with If I am walking alone and I see something beautiful like a wildflower poking up from the pavement or something ridiculous like a monkey in a hat I will rush to tell him these things And in the dark of night he alone is who I will want beside me and I ll listen to him breath in sleep and I shall put my hand upon him and hope he dreams of me for I couldn t bear even a moment apart from him She was a blend of sheltered innocent and daring adventurer She is the type of heroine I instantly connect with because she s everything ou d want to be courageous independent and strong It was a blast to see HER GO FROM FRAGILE TO KICK ASS IN THE go from fragile to kick ass In the someone so awesome deserves getting everything her heart desired and I think Bennett definitely gave it his all even if it did take him a few dense moments to realize it Lol It took a while but the wait was worth it Monkeys in hats he said again with a growing heat That s what I mean when I say I love ou I mean that "you re the woman I need beside me all day every da I mean that I can t "re the woman I need beside me all day every da I mean that I can t my life without ou I mean that when And a Bottle of Rum you hurt it feels like a knife in me cutting me from the inside out I mean that I hate the idea of anyone but me touchingou Just the thought makes me want to kill I mean that I hate the idea of me touching anyone but Crochet you I meant that when I see a goddamn monkey wearing a goddamn hat I want to tellou about it You and no one else Needless to say I was left with no doubt in my mindheart that he was in love with London That she was special significant and the ONLY ONE when it came to his love he was committed to her in mind body and soul and I loved that Not only did he give me that moment when he proved his love was forever but he was also damn alpha about it I don t care what words anyone uses Use the words of all the languages Playhouse you know Or make some up Doesn t matter What matters is that I want to be withou forever only ou This was a five star read for me because I know this story and these awesome characters will live in my memories and every once in a while I ll remember monkeys in hats or recall a snippet of a scene about sea strumpets and I ll find myself hunting down this book and sitting down to a nice comfortable re readThis is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone Ends with a HEA and doesn t have Cheating view spoiler There is a scene where a sea nymph demands a kiss from Kallas and Bennett as the price for some much needed info the life or death kind So Bennett tries to give her a fraternal kiss on the mouth but the nymph forces the issue and he describes it as kissing an amorous octopus That whole scene was funny and London was there and although she wasn t okay with it she knew that it meant less than nothing to her man so I was okay with it Didn t take away anything from the story and just solidified their love for each other hide spoiler Four and a half stars rounded up I liked this installment in the Blades of the Rose series better than the previous Warrior was very good but this one captured my attention earlier and kept it longer I really enjoyed the action and the romance it was an excellent mixThe leads are great Bennet is an unrepentant ladies man and London is just finding her way in a totally new world Their chemistry was very apparent and they were an engaging couple throughout I did skim through some of the sex scenes sorry but the romance outside of the sack was what was the most compelling My one complaint about the series is the presentation of the. Ets Bennett Day Day is a ladies' man when he's not dodging lethal attacks to protect the powers of. 45 StarsThis was an excellent follow up to the fabulous first book Warrior I was pretty stoked about that because it gives me confidence about how the rest of the series will turn out Sometimes an author just cannot live up to how excellent the first book in a series is and it is such a disappointment to the reader That s not the case hereI think the author made an exceedingly smart choice by moving the location of this book We aren t in Mongolia with this one we re in Greece and the islands nearby I loved the Mongolian scenery but by having this one in Greece I didn t even have the slightest urge to stop and compare it to the first book We didn t get uite the same sense of culture and information about Greece that we did about Mongolia in the first book but that s understandable The characters were on a ship for most of the book and weren t visiting the islands enough to give a well developed sense of the people there We did get a glimpse of them now and then but they did feel like scenery than full robust characters I really liked getting to watch the romance between the secondary characters on the ship We didn t actually dwell on their relationship from their pov we just got to watch it from Bennett and London s pov I liked that because I never felt that it took away time from London and Bennett s relationship as I sometimes do with secondary romances that have half of the book devoted to them but I did look forward to a glimpse of their relationship progress now and then I loved that they felt necessary to the book even if it wasn t their story I especially enjoyed watching Athena come into her own with her powers It was really nice getting a glimpse of someone who has gifts that they were born with Although I do still wonder about Bennett s affinity with shadowsI really enjoyed watching London move past her initial restrictions Not only was she the daughter of the enemy trying to fit in with a group who hates her family she was raised as the traditional delicate English rose She didn t have adventures and she didn t know how to take care of herself in a fight It was nice that she wasn t magically a Xena like character right out of the gate I enjoyed watching her become someone stronger and confident in herself I also liked watching the joy and verve she had for every new experience she came across Here was a girl who had longed for life and finally she got a taste of itI really enjoyed the initial struggle and anger London had over the reveal of Bennett s past with her It added some much appreciated tension I also enjoyed watching Bennett circle around her trying to find a way to insert himself into her regard He wanted her to look at him and see someone she wanted to spend time with I also really liked that London did not cast aside the life that she had known at the drop of a hat I found her behavior much realistic and interesting than if she had known Bennett for five minutes and believe him right away Then I would have just thought she was an idiotBennett was such a fun character I really enjoyed being in his head Just like with the first book his internal dialogue kept me giggling I really enjoyed his life outlook He was such an in the moment guy I don t mean that he didn t have the ability to think long term I mean that he could take pleasure from the little things that he encountered daily He didn t need much to stay happyI really felt for both of the characters when they had that discussion about what love meant to them I liked that London wasn t willing to settle for less in the long term but didn t dismiss his view as foolish She never dismissed his belief she just made it clear that it didn t mean the same thing to her My heart broke for them later when he kept saying something and she kept ignoring it vague on purpose to avoid spoilers Then when they talked about the monkey hats I couldn t help But Sigh The Only sigh The only I gave this5 stars less than the first one was because I wanted a bit struggle on Bennett s part winning London Where I loved the first one for its lack of drama I really would have appreciated a bit here I just felt that everything came easily to Bennett and I would have enjoyed watching him work for it Like he did when she was ticked at him on the ship originally He kept sticking a hand out hoping for her to give him an opening and she just kept slapping it away Other than that tiny little niggle I enjoyed the book immensely I can t wait to get my hands on Rebel caiue Greek fishing boad Loved this one Why did I wait so long to continue this second in the Blades of the Rose series It is a wonderful paranormal romance action adventure set in a stunning local Greece I enjoy a good road trip story and this is one that takes place on the ocean Seems to me to have romance this time around than the first one did or is that just my imagination There s certainly magic in the air as well as on the sea A delightI was as enchanted with the heroine London coming awake and aware of the world as much as with the superhero Bennett realizing there really can be just one woman for him especially if it is London Bennett sure painted himself into a corner with his philosophy on the three little words and it was neat to see how Ms Archer was going to get him out of it Here is a hint view spoiler hide spoiler Trigger warnings Super controlling parent torture35 stars Okay here s the thing I really like the stories in this series They re set in fun locations The magic system is super cool The female characters are badasses The male characters areridiculous but they re always respectful of the badassery of their love interests The villains are a little one dimensional but ou can t have it all Where this series falls flat for me is the romances and the sex scenes Don t get me wrong I think there s a great dynamic between the characters But the sex scenes are SO CHEESY and uestionably written I knew it wasn t going to be great when on their second encounter London is asleep in her tent and Bennett sneaks in and watches her sleep and thinks I could totally w I didn t think it would be possible for this series to get any better but Zoe Archer proved me wrong with Scoundrel Everything that made Warrior great only made Scoundrel better The ZA builds this world of The Blades of the Rose the need to want to know just keeps growing This time around the setting is Greece and their islands while it didn t go as in depth as Warrior did in the culture it turned out to be done very well with most of the story revolving around island jumping and the rag tag team racing against time and the evil Heirs in order to protect the magical Source As the world of The Blades of the Rose grows with each book we learned about types of magical Sources because of the ancient language that surrounds the recent Source Lord Edgeworth and the heris go against their own rules to involved women in their matters asks London Edgeworth Harcourt her help decode some artifacts London is the dark of what her father and the Heirs are really about until she runs into Bennett Day and the Blades whom turn her world around and open her eyes to then magic I ll be honest I whom turn her world around and open her eyes to then magic I ll be honest I t total care for London when I first read about her She seem smart but stuck in a golden cage slowly though I grew to really love her and her enjoyment of just being free and life away from under her father s thumb London truly blossom into a strong woman no scared of life but willing to embrace everything that came her way Bennett Day ah be still my beating heart Bennett Day just gone and stole my heart Bennett is London Harcourt jumps at the chance to join her father on a voyage to the Greek isles where she me. ,

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