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The Scorpion and the Seducer (Leisure Historical Romance) [Mass Market Paperback]

Bonnie Vanak

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing (1 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843959754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843959758
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 2.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,538,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I'm a romance author who writes dark, sexy books. You can find excerpts and book information on my website,

On the self-publishing front, I have a series called Werewolves of Montana. The first is a short story called The Mating Chase. The second book is The Mating Hunt and it is also available in a new boxed set with five other authors called Dark and Dangerous. The Mating Seduction is the third book.

The Mating Rite, Darius' book, will be out late April. Also, I will have a prequel to the Werewolves of Montana in Dark and Deadly, a new paranormal box set on April 14.

I also write paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne. Demon Wolf is due out June 2014.

I also self-published The Patriot's Conquest, a new, original historical about an American patriot prior to the American Revolution. My backlist Egyptian historicals are now available on Kindle. These are The Falcon and the Dove, The Tiger & the Tomb, The Cobra & the Concubine, The Panther & the Pyramid, The Sword & the Sheath, The Scorpion & the Seducer and The Lady & the Libertine.

Happy reading!

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When London society shuns Jasmine Tristan, the adopted and "unacceptable" daughter of an English viscount, she returns to her birthplace to find her roots and true love.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Eqyptian/English 1800's Adventure 4 May 2008
By P. Murphy - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is set in the 1800's and takes place in England and Egypt. The heroine, who was a child in past books from this series, has to deal with bigotry and a sense of not knowing where she belongs. the hero is someone trying to fullfil his horrible family's expectations for his place in society. don't let that bore you...there is also a great mystery and twist with Eqyptian adventure! AND if that itsn't enough, there are great love scenes. If you enjoy this time period/setting in a romance, and like to see a little paranormal or adventure thrown in, then bonnie vanak's books are for you. this book didn't have really any paranormal elements, but some of her past work does. this is a great stand-alone page turner, however, the other books in this series are so fantastic and original, i would start there. the Eqyptian romances by bonnie vanak in order are:
the falcon & the dove;
the tiger & the tomb;
the cobra & the cocubine;
the panther & the pyramid;
the sword & the sheath; and
the scorpion & the seducer.
the first one is still one of my favorites!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent desert historical romance 26 April 2008
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In London, the Ton has always treated half-Egyptian Jasmine Tristan as a pariah disparaging her as the "Brown Scorpion". Perhaps the only exception besides her adopted father is the Earl Thomas Wallenford, who not only admires her élan, but believes he is in love with her. Although she reciprocates his feelings, she knows they cannot make a match; when he was twelve, his late father made it clear she was a loser two times as a heathen and as an illegit; affirmed by Thomas' mother.

When his older twin Nigel the "perfect one" dies, Thomas becomes the duke and must ignore his heart for the sake of his title. Still he and Jasmine make a trek to Egypt where she hopes to learn who her natural parents are and he spent time with family there when Nigel was ill back when they were preadolescents. As they admit their love in the desert, the person who killed the twin plans to murder Thomas too.

The latest desert historical romance is a superb tale that brings to life Egypt in the late 1890s. The lead couple is a strong pairing as both knows his mother thinks Jasmine is beneath her socially yet love blossoms between them. The murder mystery is well done, but serves as a minor subplot as Bonnie Vanak provides another strong Victorian Egyptian romance filled with a vivid background.

Harriet Klausner
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting enough 1 Mar 2012
By C. Avery - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This one reads like a typical 'harelquin' style novel. Don't expect much and you may really enjoy it. I havent finished it completely yet, but as there are no other reviews...

Basic plot so far. Jasmine is 100% Egyptian in a 100% English-rose world. She doesnt fit even as the adopted daughter of a member of the aristocracy, and she desperately wants to. She sneaks into a mask ball of the Hero's family. Its his mother who is the ringleader of the persecution against her- gave her the nick-name 'the brown scorpion' as a child.

The H/h lust after each other, obviously, but he cant let his family down by muddying the bloodlines. She attempts to get back at them for her humiliation by writing a gossip column targeting his sister who has something to hide. She has a change of heart- havent gotten to the end of that conflict but you know its going to backfire. They go to Egypt- him to help with a dig for King Tuts tomb; her to discover her roots and about her father. This is only the first half of the book.

Pros: I have found the story line interesting, often I move to another book out of boredom and then return later to finish. I actually like that Jasmine is not always a nice person- she is vindicitive but not in a self-absorbed or petty way. It makes the angst and self-esteem issues more palatable for me. Hopefully the author will find a way to redeem her before the end of the book.

Cons: The heroine's whining about her lack of social standing and her dark skin- it gots tedious. As does the hero's unhappiness with his responsibilities. Yes, I was very clear that his family are racist and he is not like them. Yada yada, move on with the story. The set up took a very long time, I was ready to start the meat of the story before they were.

Its just a matter of time before either he (A) compromises her and has to marry her with more misunderstandings to come or (B) she does something to first force him to reputiate her and then sacrifice himself because he loves her. I'll let you know how it ends. :D
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I can't finish this book 9 Mar 2012
By phoenix2000 - Published on
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The Scorpion and the Seducer (Khamsin Warriors of the Wind)
I tried to finish this book because other reviewers said it gets better. But, I just couldn't connect or care about these characters. Jasmine is whiney, selfish, spoiled and vindictive. Not to mention hard headed and just plain stupid. Thomas is chauvanistic. I realize his patronizing and sexist attitude reflects the time period but I just couldn't find him likable. I wanted to find out the answers to the mysteries but not enough to continue being in the heads of these two.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it - great book 5 April 2014
By BevHarro - Published on
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This book was fabulous and I had trouble putting it down. I just wanted to keep on reading. The uppercrust noble and the Egyptian beauty. The connection between the h and H was terrific. Wonderful.

And the historical facts during the book were very interesting.

Now off to find more by this author. Very highly recommended by me. And the editing was clean - a bonus.
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