Lers Then when they talked about the monkey hats I couldn t help but sigh The only reason 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 ept sticking a hand out hoping for her to give him an opening and she just The World in the Curl 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 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 andept 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 villains 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 tell And what of the other nationalities that have similar groups that have been referenced Why are the Blades never running into any of them They re all after the same sources right For all the specificity regarding the sources I feel like the villains are left fairly vague Seems lazy especially when compared to the amazing detail of the rest of the narrativeIn any case this installment is really enjoyable I have the bundle so I ve already got the next two on deck and I ll be getting to them in due time With bundles it s hard not to just turn the page and continue on but I ve managed to stick with Dina s RulesI recommend this series to people who like adventure romance It s highly entertaining has uniue settings and a bit of paranormal Some have likened it to Indiana Jones and I think that fits Enjoy 5 Monkeys in hats Stars This was a bit sci fi ishparanormal I don t now 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 years 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 nown origin other than something in his body that recognized her new and needed her He wasn t your 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 you d want to be courageous independent and strong It was a blast to see her go from fragile to ick ass In the end 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 you I mean that you re the woman I need beside me all day every da I mean that I can t imagine my life without you I mean that when you hurt it feels like a Americas First City knife in me cutting me from the inside out I mean that I hate the idea of anyone but me touching you Just the thought makes me want toill I mean that I hate the idea of me touching anyone but you I meant that when I see a goddamn monkey wearing a goddamn hat I want to tell you 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 you Bone Mountain (Inspector Shan, know Or make some up Doesn t matter What matters is that I want to be with you forever only you This was a five star read for me because Inow 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 Neutered by the vet (The League of Dominant Women kiss from Kallas and Bennett as the price for some much needed info the life or deathind So Bennett tries to give her a fraternal Charity Girl kiss on the mouth but the nymph forces the issue and he describes it asissing an amorous octopus That whole scene was funny and London was there and although she wasn t okay with it she Alipio 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 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 tonow just eeps growing This time around the setting is Greece and their islands while it didn t go. 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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 ind 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 Now that s what I m talking about Scoundrel was the experience I was hoping and expecting to have with Warrior What a relief to now 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 about the pacing and narration of Warrior but there was nothing vague about my complete and utter enjoyment of this novel and the pace was absolutely perfectBlades of the Rose agent Bennett Day is dedicated to eeping the world s magical Sources from the hands of the nefarious Heirs That the cause provides him with action adventure excitement and danger on a daily basis is a very happy bonus The fact that seducing women can sometimes get him the information or results he needs well that s just the icing on the cakeYes Bennett is a scoundrel and he loves every minute of itLondon Harcourt is the daughter of one of the Heir s leaders Being a woman she has never been made privy to the work of her father and late husband also an Heir and A Secret Place killed by the Blades of the Rose Her life has been one of repression first by her father and then by her husbandWhen London s secretly self taught linguistic skills become essential to the success of one the Heir s missions London discovers the truth about her family and herself Despite the fact that they are potential enemies Bennett and London cannot deny their fierce attraction to each other and soon find themselves on the adventure of a lifetime through the Greek Isles Scoundrel is the perfect adventure romance with the adventure and romance elements perfectly balanced and immensely satisfying This book grabbed my attention from the very first page and never let goBennett was a wonderful hero I absolutely adored him with his devil may care attitude He was honest and upfront about his reputation and intention to continue as something of a ladies man believing himself incapable of committing to just one woman I really appreciated his honesty with London He determined that London should leave the richer for havingnown him and he allowed her the freedom to discover and be herself guiding and encouraging her along the waySeeing London find her wings was a pleasure to witness I shared in her joy of her long denied freedom and it was wonderful to watch her finally living and breathing unstifled life Her pleasure was infectious and her adventurous spirit once uncovered was a perfect fit to Bennett And watching him fall was just sigh Even better we didn t have to wait til the last pageI m really looking forward to Rebel because this book Monkeys in hats 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 Scandalous (Playing with Fire 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 to 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 you 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 feltind 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 you are a Greek Mythology geek you 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 far I did like him He was fun and exciting He Brute Force (Nick Stone, knows how toick 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 5 stars Paranormal RomanceThis is another Beautiful Breasts Pictures 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 for yummy 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 toeep 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 intel. London Harcourt jumps at the chance to join her father on a voyage to the Greek isles where she me.
Ligent 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 you 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 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 you 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 new 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 wake her up with sex right now BRO THAT IS RAPE BACK RIGHT THE FUCK OFF And like I get that he s meant to be a cad and a scoundrel But noooooooooooope So yeah The sex scenes were laughable especially the part where his dick left a trail of moisture up the inside of her thigh which just made me think of a snail but the actual story Pretty stinking fun 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 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 now 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 When You Look Up known at the drop of a hat I found her behavior much realistic and interesting than if she hadnown 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 The Vampire Next Door (Strange Neighbors, 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 heept saying something and she ept ignoring it vague on purpose to avoid spoi. 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Zoë Archer is a RITA award nominated romance author whose stories are about smart capable heroines and the heroes who love them She is the author of the acclaimed Blades of the Rose series as well as the Hellraiser and Nemesis Unlimited series among others She also writes Regency set romances as Eva Leigh Visit her on the Web at