Thursday, April 18, 2019

Review: Captivating the Scoundrel by Darcy Burke

Release Date: January 29, 2019
Publisher: Intrepid Reads
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review.

Daphne Foliot has always known she’ll be married off to a man who, like her, descended from one of King Arthur’s fabled knights. That doesn’t mean she wants to be, even if it is her beloved father’s wish. Raised without a mother, she owes everything to the man who encouraged and funded her education and supports her dream of becoming the first female member of the Order of the Round Table. But when she suspects her chosen husband is a traitor to the Order, she plans to expose his treachery, regardless of their extraordinary mutual attraction.

Heir to the thirteen treasures of Britain, Gideon Kersey vows to do anything to protect his family’s legacy from a secret society bent on exploiting the items for personal gain, including marry a woman he doesn’t love. Except she ignites a passion he was certain died with his first wife, and when the truth behind the Order’s objectives threatens everything Daphne knows, Gideon must fight to save her—and any future they hope to share.

The Story in 4 Sentences or Less: Daphne Foliot is going to be married to a man who is descended from one of King Arthur’s knights, even if she doesn’t want to marry. But when she meets her Gideon Kersey, her intended, she can’t deny their mutual attraction or the fact that she suspects him of being a traitor to the Order of the Round Table. Gideon is willing to do anything to protect his family’s legacy from a secret society that wants to exploit the thirteen treasures of Britain, even if it means entering a loveless marriage with Daphne. As they both uncover the truth behind the Order’s objectives Daphne’s world is turned upside down and she has to depend on Gideon to get her out alive.

Like It? Hate it? Love it? Why? I’ve missed some of the books in this series but other than not knowing previous characters well, I found Captivating the Scoundrel easy enough to follow and I really enjoyed the story. So much so that I’m going to pick up the books I missed.

Daphne really jumped out at me when she first appeared, she was ambitious, intelligent, and determined. I loved that she was a lady scholar in a time where women were nothing more than pawns to be given over in marriage. Technically her father is using her as a pawn but Daphne isn’t going down without a fight and that’s a trait I enjoy in a heroine. If I had one complaint about her it was that despite having had to travel to study and having to converse with various people, she was ridiculously na├»ve about life and she came off as child like to me. You would think she would have been less trusting and more suspicious given her occupation.

Reading between the lines I was able to figure out that Gideon wasn’t always such a staunch opposer to the Order. Captivating the Scoundrel is his redemption story. I gathered Gideon was quite the villain but now he’s trying to do what’s right and that makes him much more interesting. I love a good bad boy goes good romance but what I wasn’t anticipating was just how vulnerable Gideon is. He seems like such a force to be reckoned with and he is when it comes to battle but when it comes to reconciling with his past, he was less confident. That element added to his character depth and his growth by the end was so satisfying. Especially since he started off very high handed and bossy and ended up becoming more of a leader.

Together Gideon and Daphne made a pretty great team. She’s the brains and he’s the brawn, just kidding they’re both do some heavy lifting which is what I like to see in these kinds of romances. They’re both team players and Gideon learns quickly not to underestimate Daphne’s ability to help him. And they’ve got great chemistry despite starting off on opposite sides. The romance was a slow burn even with the sizzling chemistry but you know what? It worked here. I enjoyed the mystery, the adventure, and the romance so it was a win-win situation for me.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. I’ll be going back to read the books I missed but I still feel I got the most out of this book.

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