Scoundrel:: The Blades of the Rose

Scoundrel:: The Blades of the Rose

by Zoe Archer

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The Blades of the Rose are sworn to protect the sources of magic in the world. But the work is dangerous--and they can't always protect their own. . .

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London Harcourt's father is bent on subjugating the world's magic to British rule. But since London is a mere female, he hasn't bothered to tell her so. He's said only that he's leading a voyage to the Greek isles. No matter, after a smothering marriage and three years of straitlaced widowhood, London jumps at the opportunity--unfortunately, right into the arms of Bennett Day.

Risking It All

Bennett is a ladies' man, when he's not dodging lethal attacks to protect the powers of the ancients from men like London's father. Sometimes, he's a ladies' man even when he is dodging them. But the minute he sees London he knows she will require his full attention. The woman is lovely, brilliant, and the only known speaker of a dialect of ancient Greek that holds the key to calling down the wrath of the gods. Bennett will be risking his life again--but around London, what really worries him is the danger to his heart. . .

Praise for Warrior: The Blades of the Rose

"Crackles with adventure, a rich sense of place, and terrific characterization." --Mary Jo Putney

"Zoë weaves a delightful spell. . .cleverly blending history and magic in new, delightful ways. . ." --Elizabeth Vaughan, USA Today bestselling author

"An innovative and exciting romantic adventure with just the right touch of the paranormal. . ." --Jennifer Ashley, USA Today bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420119848
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Series: The Blades of the Rose , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 964,010
File size: 873 KB

About the Author

Zoë Archer is an award-winning and Rita-nominated romance author who thinks there’s nothing sexier than a man in tall boots and a waistcoat. As a child, she never dreamed about being the rescued princess, but wanted to kick butt right beside the hero. She now applies her master’s degrees in Literature and Fiction to creating heroes in tall boots and butt-kicking heroines. Zoë and her husband, fellow romance author Nico Rosso, live in Los Angeles.

Reading Group Guide

1. What can readers expect in a BLADES OF THE ROSE book?

-Exotic historical settings
-Diabolical steampunk inventions
-Sexy men in tall boots
-Heroines who kick ass
-Red hot romance

2. Okay, the series is historical, but if you had to pick for each of your heroes...boxers or briefs?

Gabriel (of WARRIOR) would be a military-issue boxer wearer. Bennett (of SCOUNDREL) definitely goes commando—he’s all about easy access! Nathan (of REBEL) might start out as a boxers-wearing guy, but, for reasons you’ll learn, he probably wouldn’t wear underwear. And Catullus (of STRANGER) is a briefs man. He likes to be neatly contained, but I bet he’d invent some kind of special wicking fabric to keep him cool and comfortable in the field.

3. If the Blades of the Rose are the heroes of these books, who are the villains?

There are many different organizations who want to find and enslave the world’s magic for their own nefarious purposes, but the baddest of the bad are the Heirs of Albion. Even their name is obnoxious! The Heirs want to exploit magic to ensure the supremacy of the British Empire, and nothing will stop them in their pursuit of power. Only the Blades stand between the Heirs and total global domination.

4. Are the BLADES OF THE ROSE books paranormal, historical, or romantic suspense?

All of the above! The books are set in 1874 and 1875, so that definitely makes them historical. There’s lots of fun magic (curses, monsters, enchanted objects), so that makes them paranormal. And the adventure is almost non-stop, with lots of thrilling action, including chases, fights and epic battles, so they’re also romantic suspense. Plus, the BLADES OF THE ROSE books are very sexy, so we get some spice, too!

10. The BLADES OF THE ROSE books are set in some pretty interesting places. WARRIOR is set in Mongolia, REBEL is set in the Canadian Rockies. Where does SCOUNDREL take place, and why did you pick that location?

SCOUNDREL opens in Athens, Greece, but most of the story happens in the Aegean Sea, including the gorgeous Cyclades Islands. If you haven’t been there, just do a Google image search and prepare to fall in love. Crystal blue water, dazzling white rock islands, sunshine. Gorgeous! Because the BLADES series is all about magic, I wanted to set one of the books in a place full of myth and fable, and you can’t do better than Greece for mythology. Also, each BLADES book corresponds to a different element (earth, air, water, fire), and, for SCOUNDREL, that element is water. There’s so much freedom at sea, which makes it the perfect place for good girl London Harcourt to go wild with a scoundrel.

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Scoundrel (Blades of the Rose Series #2) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Cid More than 1 year ago
As I explained in my review of Warrior, the world that the Blades strive to protect and defend is made up of all those bits and pieces of mythology and magic we've heard stories about. They're real. The god Thor, ancient Oriental powers, all of them exist, and because of that fact - people are out to abuse them; in this story it's the Heirs. The Heirs are predominantly English gentry who want to use the magic Sources to create a global English empire. Sources are powerful magical objects. Thus, the Blades exist to protect. Where Warrior was like an Indiana Jones experience, Scoundrel is more like watching Cutthroat Island. The setting is in the Mediterranean, around Greece and a smattering of islands. Reading the book, you can picture yourself on the sea, manning the sails because the ships crew abandoned it because of a little danger - because it's not a Blades story without a little danger! There is an instant, easy relationship between the two primary characters in Scoundrel; London Harcourt is, from the moment of 'meeting' Bennett Day in the marketplace, able to talk to him easily. This is unusual because she is female and hides her secret knowledge of languages; her own father has been kept in the dark of her secret education until recently. It's actually her command of languages that gets her into the kind of trouble that Bennett saves her from in the first place. I like London; she's the kind of character who makes the tough decisions, sticks to what she believes, and damn the difficulties those choices will bring. I was almost expecting a similar hero to that of Gabriel from warrior, but Bennett is nothing like him! Bennett was briefly in Warrior, and from his reputation and the first page of Scoundrel you're acquainted with his randy behavior. Redeeming the playboy stories are always hard for me to buy into; why would someone want to buy the cow when they can get the milk for free? But I liked London and Bennett's story; it was a hard sell to me, but in the end not only did I like it - I believed it. London challenges Bennett each time he challenges her. I think that in the quest to define love, Zoe Archer has written one of my favorite sentences ever. "I monkeys in hats you, too."
harstan More than 1 year ago
Destruction is as human as apple pie; so to protect mankind from self extinction magic is hidden. Still in spite of overwhelming majorities believing magic to be a parlor trick, some Sources contain unexplained power. The Heirs of Albion want to own all the Sources to support their belief that the citizens of Britain are the master race who should dominate the lesser beings of the world. They have found the most powerful object Primal Source of Africa and now are work on learning how to use it. The Blades of the Rose oppose the Heirs. Linguist London Harcourt is unaware that her late husband, her father Joseph Edgeworth and her brother belong to the Heirs of Albion. Joseph plans to unleash magic so Britain can rule. Thus in 1875 he takes his widowed daughter with him to Athens, Greece as she speaks an ancient dialect that will bring the wrath of the Gods to the earth. Blade Bennett Day meets London who he realizes is ignorant of the threat posed by her father. He also knows the linguist is the key to the Heirs using the Source. The second Blades of the Rose historical romantic fantasy is a strong adventure tale as the action moves from the Mongolian setting of the Warrior to Greece. A womanizer, Bennett tries every means he knows to persuade the female to his way of thinking, but never met one as intelligent as London is; although some readers will question how smart she is when she failed to realize the nefarious activities of the three main men in her life (before Bennett). Still fans will enjoy the teaming of a refreshing woman who speaks dead languages and the suave operative as they battle her family who employ her as the expendable key to use magic to dominate the world. Harriet Klausner
nessreader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I bought this for two reasons. The cover is splendid; it's pretty and it hints at historical fiction, romance and escapism. The other reason? I have a shallow fondness for the word scoundrel. The cover did not lie. This is a victorian empire that never was, where the sun does not set because God wouldn't trust an Englishman in the dark. Specifically: picture this. Greece, 1875. We have a group of baddies who are named the Sons of Albion. They go about the world stealing magical artifacts from other ethnicities to shore up the power of the British Empire. (This reminds me of the set-up of Hoyt's trilogy about weredragons; Heart of Light and so forth) Opposed to them are another group, the Blades of the Rose, also English I notice, who respect foreigners and foil the Sons of Albion. I hardly need to tell you that the Blades are mostly very dishy young men who will in the course of the series be assimilated in the bonds of holy matrimony. Our heroine, London, has torn loyalties up the wazoo. Her dad is the leader of the Sons of A. In the course of about 48 hours (a chapter in book time) she is told about the existence of both groups and asked to join the Blades. We are told it is a difficult decision but she abandons her father and her life very quickly. The author set her up as wanting autonomy more than anything else, and being denied it within a very traditional-gender-roles family, but still..The mcguffin of the plot never really came into focus for me. I think it was greek fire, but the sequence of events was mainly of chasing from one island to another via fisherman's smack with a gunboat looming in the wake of the adventurers. It was clearly handwaving to fill in between smoochy scenes. There was a bit of sex, and a lot of detailed planning of sex. My suspension of disbelief takes a hammering when people under imminent danger of death take time out to admire each other's thigh muscles or go into a reverie about shagging. I think, and this is a your milage may vary thing, they would be paying attention to the bullets.
rcstewa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was overall pretty great! I enjoyed it more than the first book in the series, Warrior.The H/h actually have a real obstacle (multiple, actually) that may stop them from getting together, and I actually felt like their love for each other developed naturally, instead of having them get together simply because one was a guy and one was a girl.Archer's writing has also improved. The villains in this book were much more of a threat than Warrior. The final battle, also, was much more dramatic than the first, which ended rather suddenly. Archer also added a secondary romance that I enjoyed just as much as the primary.My one complaint with the book is Archer's repetitive descriptions. If I had to read about Bennett's leaned muscles and sculpted lines and powerful chest/arms/legs/etc. I thought I was going to go crazy.Altogether, this book was an enjoyable, light-hearted read and I can't wait for the last two!
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Adventure, love, steampunk.
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What a hero. A sexy Indiana Jones. Great action. Great characters. Lots of fun. Highly recommended for those who like handsome manly hunks and lots of action.
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Nina83 More than 1 year ago
London Harcourt is an intelligent young widow brimming with anticipation to start a new life. When, she discovers and translates some tracings of an ancient language in her father's office, she is finally getting her chance as her father's translator. Bennett Day is sworn to protect magic from the Heirs, those who would like to use it to conquer the world. When London and Bennett cross paths in Athens, Greece, the attraction to each other is immediate and the adventure begins. I picked this up because it was on a steampunk shelf at B&N. It's not so very steampunk as it is very steamy, but I still really enjoyed it. There were a couple of times where I was shocked but it's pure smuttiness, but it was a really interesting story and I liked the characters a lot. I think anyone who is interested in magic, historical fiction and smuttiness will enjoy it as well. :)
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Herbalwise More than 1 year ago
This introduces us to London...a young widow who gets embroiled in a magical mystery full of adventure and lost artifacts! Along the way, she finds her own true romance, after a stale marriage and surrounded by secrets she soon uncovers.Bennet introduces her to her own passion and unravels all the hidden lies she has been in her whole, sheltered life. They each find the love within each other, and the freedom to love freely and completely. A truly great story, with a down to earth heroine, and a wonderful leading man! Cant wait for more in this series of Blades Of The Rose!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
well written, entertaining, fast paced and imaginative.
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