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on 4 March 2006
Never Seduce a Scoundrel is a enchanting and delightful read of romance. Wealthy heiress Lady Charlotte eloped with handsome charming soldier Jimmy Harris, but quickly regretted her choice as he wasted her fortune and showed no interest in her once he controlled her money. She felt relief when he was killed in a duel and vowed to protect other rich ladies from marrying golddiggers. Thus with the help of Cousin Michael, she establishes Mrs. Harris' School for Young Ladies that accepts only heiresses as students so that she can provide them with private instructions.
In 1818 in London Mrs. Harris chaperones wealthy heiress Lady Amelia Plume, who has plenty of admirers, but to her protector they all seem more interested with the lass' money as a horde of fortune hunting fops plague the balls. Amelia finds her season boring as Mrs. Harris rejects most males. That is tedious until American Major Lucas Winter arrogantly courts her over Mrs. Harris' objection as she assumes the Yank is a fortune hunter. Amelia thinks he has a different motive, but not love at first sight. She vows to uncover his agenda, while he seeks an embezzler who left Lucas' reputation in ruins and he believes she is the link.
The opening of a new regency series by talented Sabrina Jeffries will elate the sub-genre faithful especially since NEVER SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL is a terrific tale. Amelia is a naïve, innocent, and bold individual while Lucas is a fascinating character planning to seduce the truth from her, but soon finds he has been seduced by love. Mrs. Harris is an ideal support character who hopefully will have her story told.
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on 16 January 2010
Amazon recommended this author because I've bought quite a few books by Mary Balogh and Liz Carlyle - their books are very much my guilty pleasure! So, because I thought the title sounded quite fun, I gave this one a go.

First of all, Sabrina Jeffries is, for my money, not a patch on Mary Balogh, in terms of plotting, dialogue or faithfulness to the period - the latter, especially, is atrocious in this book. There's no attempt at making the dialogue sound 'period' beyond shoving in the odd 'ma'am' and 'sir'. The main characters are quite appealing, though, and the story is quite pacey, if utterly predictable. I'm actually not sure if there was supposed to be a 'twist' because although the author seemed to be holding things back, what was going to happen next was as plain as the nose on your face. But Lucas Winter is an attractive hero with the requisite inner demons and murky past, and Amelia is witty and spirited. The book is quite self consciously 'racy' and some of the love scenes work very well - but there is one that is so contrived it actually made me giggle helplessly, which I'm not sure was the author's intention.

I also found the 'agenda' behind this book (brave, virile, brooding American vs. treacherous, materialistic, effeminate English) quite wearing. I don't mind a bit of politics, but in this book, the heroine and Mrs Harris aside, there wasn't a single English character in the book who wasn't flawed or unattractive in some way or other, and the lack of subtlety with which this was rammed home just irritated me.

In summary, this isn't bad - but there's stuff out there that's way better.
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on 24 August 2006
Sj has been a favourite of mine since discovering her books a couple of years ago. She doesn't dissapoint with this one niether. I loved it, her heroine is naughty and the poor hero certainly doesn't know what's hit him. If he was expecting the usual debutante he was very mistaken, she definitely knows what she wants and he's taken on a ride of trusting her word and her judgement. Delightful and strong, brilliant to see an author continuously delivering what her fans want, other authors take note,please.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 1 June 2009
Lucas Winter is an American major with a past, visiting London on an important government mission. Luckily for Lady Amelia Plume, she appears to be it.

Well, not quite. Amelia came to the London marriage mart late, and is content to stay there. It's not that she lacks suitors, but the fortune her step-mother brought to her marriage attracts more attention than Amelia would like. Until it brings Lucas her way. Except his interest has nothing to do with marriage. And just why is he so interested in her step-mother anyway?

Sabrina Jeffries begins her `School for Heiresses' series with a tale of a high-spirited young lady in search of adventure, and the brooding, resentful major on a quest for justice. Or is it revenge? It hardly matters, because whenever he and Amelia are together he's in danger of forgetting everything but her.

With action that roams from London to Scotland, France to Devon, this tale rattles along nicely, with risqué talks of sword rubbing, exploratory expeditions onboard ship, and elopement (or two), a kidnapping (or two), fraud, embezzlement and dark secrets. There is never a dull moment, plenty of playful humour, some scorching scenes and, of course, love.

As always Jeffries' research is fascinating, her characters are wonderful and her writing fabulous. If you enjoy Regency romances with a touch of realism read this series - it's worth it.
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on 21 April 2006
I had never heard of the author before I picked this up to read and as usual scanned it through first. I was extremely surprised by the explicit nature of the book and the language to go with it. If you are looking for Lizzie and Mr Darcy don't try this, if you want a bit of fizzz in your historical romance this could be the one.
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on 9 July 2016
Quite interesting throughout
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