Lord Of Scoundrels

Lord Of Scoundrels

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They call him many names, but Angelic isn't one of them . . .

Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters"--and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He's determined to continue doing what he does best--sin and sin again--and all that's going swimmingly, thank you . . . until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.

She's too intelligent to fall for the worst man in the world . . .

Jessica Trent is a determined young woman, and she's going to drag her imbecile brother off the road to ruin, no matter what it takes. If saving him--and with him, her family and future--means taking on the devil himself, she won't back down. The trouble is, the devil in question is so shockingly irresistible, and the person who needs the most saving is--herself!

ISBN: 9780380776160
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marthabwaters
Sep 11, 2016

This is one of those classics of the historical romance genre that has been on my to-read list for ages -- and I'm so glad I finally got around to checking it out. Despite being published 20 years ago, the author's voice and the relationship between the two characters both feel so fresh that I'd have believed you if you told me this was a new release. I can't put my finger on what, precisely, makes this book so good -- it's full of tired tropes, and is, at its very foundation, a Beauty & the Beast retelling, so there's really nothing new here. But I have never, ever, in any other romance novel come across a hero and heroine who I thought were so spectacularly, perfectly matched. It's laugh out loud funny and moving and -- spoiler alert! -- the heroine shoots the hero! It's the best. If you love historical romance and haven't read this, remedy that instantly.

Ladre Feb 12, 2014

Simply put: the best historical romance I've ever read. Wonderful characterizations of perfectly matched hero and heroine, witty, sexy, angsty. All other books in this genre fall short - in my opinion - to this book (including Ms. Chase's other books).

JCLAmandaH Feb 11, 2014

The quintessential historical romance, "Lord of Scoundrels" shows the sparks that fly when an independent bluestocking and a dissolute lord clash. Our heroine just wants to free her nitwit brother from the hero's degenerate circle of friends, but she never expected to be attracted to him herself, while the hero has done his best to avoid respectable women until he finds one impossible to ignore. Loretta Chase really raises the bar on this typical storyline by giving us witty dialogue, emotional depth, and memorable characters with unmatched chemistry. A total keeper and ultimate comfort-read.

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imajpm
Oct 10, 2012

One word. Awesome.

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madlibscientist
Oct 31, 2009

Normally, I am not a romance fan; but when a librarian pushed the book towards me and said, "You'll like it, she shoots him!" I decided to give it a try. And sure enough, she shoots him magnificently! Recommended for those who don't usually like this kind of thing.

erysimum Oct 29, 2009

Ok, the title is horribly cheesy, but this book is GREAT! Jessica Trent is intelligent and collected, and she doesn't lose her head when she clashes with Dain. This book meets my "heroine shoots the hero" critiera, just like "Devil's Cub" by Georgette Heyer.

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