on January 29, 2019
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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.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Captivating the Scoundrel is the fourth book in the Legendary Rogues series by Darcy Burke. I haven’t read any of the other books and believe that you don’t need to in order to understand and enjoy this book. That said, I enjoyed this book so much that I am definitely going to go back and read the series from the start.
Daphne Foliot is an expert on all things Arthurian, impossible not to be with a father who is obsessed with that time but more importantly finding 13 magical artefacts wielded by the Knights of the round table. The order of the Round Table have been searching for the treasures in order to keep them safe, but Daphne’s father is the leader of a secret group within the order called Camelot. He wants all the treasures found and plans to use them, he also wants to oust any of the members of the Order who aren’t descendants of the Knights because he considers them not worthy. He is very much a control freak and is so obsessed with Arthurian times that he insists his daughter marry a descendant! She knows the time will come when she will have to do that but she dreads it because she really wanted to marry for love.
Gideon Kersey is the man in question, he is a descendant of Gareth and already he has brought Daphne’s father, Timothy, two of the treasures which amazingly respond to Gideon’s touch. He knows about Camelot, and he is trying to infiltrate them in order to oust them and at the same time find any information they may have in order for them to find the last of the treasures. To achieve that goal he needs to pretend to work with Timothy. The latter doesn’t know if he can trust Gideon, so in order to test him, he tells him that he wants Gideon to marry his daughter. Gideon doesn’t want to marry and certainly not to a woman he has never met, but if it helps him meet his goal then he agrees with Timothy’s plans.
What follows is the amazing tale of how Gideon and Daphne get along with each other, their forced agreement to marry, and their anxiety of finding the other treasures. They have a very strong attraction between them one that normally they wouldn’t fight, but how can they trust each other. If they do, could they work together to find the treasures only to have them taken by his wife who will give them to her father? So many trust issues in this book but one way or another, things work out, but does anybody get hurt in the process?
The story had me guessing and trying to figure out how it might end, there was never a dull moment, and when Gideon and Daphne start giving in to their attraction the steam starts coming off the page!
I only have one negative point to mention and that is that sometimes I forgot what era this book was set in. At times I thought it was set in modern times until I would read how a person would travel by horse and carriage, and about how a man and woman can’t travel together unless married etc. Then I would realise that the book was set in older times than that. It got a little confusing now and then, but for the most part, the story was an enjoyable one and I am glad I read it.