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Thank You Corina for reminding me about this book that has been in my TBR for ages.
Surely, there would be reason why a book would occupy many “Best of” recommendations in almost all the lists by crazy bookworms. Hold your stiches, (is there a saying like that, I wonder🤔) no really, this book makes you laugh, outright guffaws that makes your family ponder if you have really lost it, finally becoming cross-eyed reading too much.
The Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase is a book that I will surely go back to read again and again whenever am at my lowest. I have Julie Garwood’s couple of historical romances for the same purpose and this will definitely be added to that.
Jessica Trent and Lord Dain are such a perfect match that with the quips and wisecrack repartees that they both indulge in; the house should have been on fire. I loved how the author has shown Jess as this extremely strong and willful woman not ready to give an inch for what she believes in and definitely knows how to handle misbehaved boys and even crazy thieves. Of course, there were times when I wanted to throw something at Dain for his thick headedness for mostly behaving like a spoilt brute even with an explanation, his antics are merely obtuseness rather than pride. There’s a peculiar charm to this love story of a beauty and a beast.
For the few hours of pure fun and immense joy that this story gave me, I am going with 5 stars.
There is a lot of 5 star hype surrounding this book on Amazon.com, and it is well deserved.
The writing is beautiful, light, and easy to read. There are many laugh-out-loud moments. The story is cleverly done. I was very impressed.
What a complicated man the hero, Dain, is. I ached for him. And I wanted to smack him. Jessica is very insightful and the perfect balance to shake up his world, for the better.
I never thought a scene with just a man and a brick wall would melt my heart. I loved that such a simple thing could move me so deeply.
This book was written in 1994 according to my ebook version. Wow, I can’t believe it took more than 20 years to come to my attention! This was my first Loretta Chase novel and I know it won’t be the last if this is typical of her writing.
The plot line in one line: Ruthless manwhore, Marquess Sebastian Dain, who was mentally scarred when his father cruelly cast him aside as a boy, meets his match in feisty, clever and loving Jessica.
The good and the bad: I so enjoyed this book that I ate it up in a few big reading sessions on the sofa.
The books starts with a whiz through Sebastian’s childhood, so from the outset you understand why adult Sebastian behaves the way he does and sympathise with him. The poor guy was so unloved as a child that he has grown into a ruthless man who buries his insecurities about his appearance and his worth by womanising and drinking.
Enter sweet and sassy Jessica. The pair have some very amusing banter from the moment they meet – Jessica is Sebastian’s intellectual match and very confident about it. I was dying for them to get together. Loretta Chase builds tons of tension, to their first kiss and first fumble. When it comes to the sex, the scenes are moderately graphic and written well enough to make you a little flushed.
The book is reasonably long and Jessica and Sebastian’s relationship develops at a pace, so I wondered how it would be drawn out to fill the last half of the book. Well, that is where a new plot line is introduced – I won’t say what it is, so as not to give any spoilers. I would usually find this sudden introduction of a new plot line annoying but I actually really enjoyed it, even if sometimes I found one aspect of it a bit hard to keep up with (had to re-read a couple of paragraphs, but then I got it).
All in all, this is a very enjoyable book with plenty going on and written in a way that keeps you hooked.
It’s my first Chase book and I’ve already downloaded some samples of her other books.
I have read 1000s of romance books over the years from Regency, Alien, Sci-fi, mills and boon.... And this book is my all time favourite, I have read this quite a few times and usually re-read it once every couple of years. I love the Jess leading lady, she is funny, witty, clever and so on. The way that Loretta writes this book makes you feel like the characters are real and the humour oozes from the pages. There isn't one thing I dislike about this book.
This book is a huge amount of fun. The Marquess of Dain is so thouroghly bad, everyone knows that. And it they don't then he will make sure they work it out pretty quickly. He treats women with contempt and has absolutly no need for a wife. Why then does he feel such and attraction to medling sinster, Jessica Trent? And why is she not repulsed and disgusted by him? Jessica is on a mission to prise her brother from the clutches of teh monster who is ruining his life, but when she meets the Marquis she cannot keep away and things get very complicated. I found this a very enjoyable read, predictable but a lot of fun.
I read this book when I first got a Kindle and discovered a whole world of American historical romance writers -like everyone, I have favourite authors, and some that I have tried and dismissed - but so many people had written highly about 'Lord of Scoundrels' that I tried it and loved it. I read it again and again, as I do some Georgette Heyer books and although it has been reviewed endlessly, I am just adding this to encourage anyone who is looking for something in this genre to read to PLEASE TRY IT. For me, it has everything going for it - humour, witty banter, a deeply damaged hero who you have to feel for, a steady heroine who is unshakeable in her beliefs. There are no misunderstandings, no flouncing away and avoiding one another and the heroine doesn't come with emotional baggage or secrets from her past, which I think is what makes it so charming - she knows how to handle pretty much every situation she is catapulted into by the hero and deals with it head on. The eventual 'thawing' of the hero is so well done, and so gradually, that you are rooting for this couple all the way. Read it!