How to Fall for a Scoundrel

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Pub Date Aug 20 2024 | Archive Date Sep 03 2024
St. Martin's Press | St. Martin's Paperbacks


Two unlikely allies team up to solve a case in this novel filled with Kate Bateman's signature sparkling voice, exciting adventures, and steamy chemistry.

As a founding member of King & Co., London’s most successful private investigation firm, studious Eleanor Law delights in secretly proving that women can solve crimes just as well as men. When a charming con man pretends to be her fictional boss, "Charles King," Ellie knows he’s lying, but accepting the scoundrel’s offer of help might just be the key to cracking her new case and recovering a priceless manuscript.

“Henri Bonheur”—or “Harry” as he asks to be called—claims his criminal past is behind him, but a man who steals and seduces with such consummate ease can never be trusted. As the investigation draws them deeper into danger and desire, Ellie’s infuriated to realize she’s developed feelings for her law-breaking accomplice. How can she love the scoundrel when she doesn’t even know his real name? And what will happen when Harry’s past finally catches up with him?

Two unlikely allies team up to solve a case in this novel filled with Kate Bateman's signature sparkling voice, exciting adventures, and steamy chemistry.

As a founding member of King & Co., London’s...

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title: How to Fall for a Scoundrel

author: Kate Bateman

publisher: St. Martin's Paperback

publication date: August 20, 2024

pages: 320

peppers: 3 (on this scale)

warnings: none

summary: Ellie and her friends run a detective agency under a man's name because many people won't hire women, but one night at a party, a handsome stranger first kisser her and then claims to be the imaginary head of her agency. She ends up teaming up with this self-professed reformed thief to solve several mysterious cases. [Note, this is the second book in a series. I read Second Duke's the Charm over a year ago and liked that book, too. I recommend reading the other book first, though this one would stand alone as well.]


reformed rake
reformed criminal
lost identity
wallflower who's actually lovely
smart women are sexy

what I liked:

lots of fun banter between the two leads
good mysteries to solve
smart people
good friends

what I didn’t like: n/a

overall rating: 5 (of 5 stars)

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I have amazing luck with Kate Bateman’s books and this was no exception. Ellie works for King & Co., as a private investigator. Harry is a thief with a heart of gold. They team up on various cases while faking for each other more and more.

Like what’s not to love about that?!?! I actually loved both characters. Ellie is so practical and Harry makes her walk on the wild side. While Harry is a bit free and loose with rules but is turning over a new leaf. They truly compliment one another SO WELL.

The plot is filled with missions and this keeps you engaged the whole time. I was just waiting for what happened next. The two of them were also a perfect investigative team!

The side characters are all so good! Harry’s uncle Huge is great and I’m so ready for Daisy’s story.

This is such a fun series!

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This was great and very much true to Kate Bateman form. Fun characters, a mystery that was not super complicated but fun, a twist you could see coming but felt smart for figuring out. Highly enjoyable and I definitely want to see what happens for Daisy to finish out the trilogy.

I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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How delicious! Wallflower meets scoundrel! He won't even give his real name. And she and her friends are woman private investigators. How cool is that! I do enjoy the writings by this author. The story is entertaining, made me smile in places and oh baby the romance is hot, hot, hot. Loved it!

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Kate Bateman continues her streak with HOW TO FALL FOR A SCOUNDREL. Building on her strengths as displayed in the first of the series, this book features Bateman's well written women, banter, and a romance that made me stay up at night reading.

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