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Lord of Scoundrels

by Loretta Chase

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Read it while cuddling with my cat. LOL ( )
  BookaholicCat | Mar 4, 2015 |
I thought this was an entertaining read. The hero & heroine both had their flaws and their strengths.

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! ( )
  oldriverbooks | Mar 2, 2015 |
This historical romance had a good plot and I particularly liked the heroine's unique approach in chipping away at the hero's bitterness but I skimmed lots of the mental rationalization that happened after every event. Tough-minded Jessica tries to free her nitwit brother from destructive influence of the Marquess of Dain. ( )
  Dawn772 | Jan 29, 2015 |
Lord of Scoundrels is probably the most… gushed about book of Chase’s, so of course I had to try it. And I ended up really enjoying the first half of the story. Jessica comes to her dim-witted brother’s estate to fix the damage he’s doing to his life and the hole he’s burning in his bank account by stopping his friendship with Dain. But when she and Dain meet they’re, of course, intrigued with one another. Or they are at least until the other starts talking, then its war.

Jessica is a really great character that you don’t see done too often in Victorian historicals. She’s smart, strong-willed, doesn’t really care too much about how society sees her, and holy shit does she have balls. Jessica also has goals in life that doesn’t revolve around getting hitched; she want’s to open her own shop. Nothing really intimidates her, including Dain himself.

So, when he refuses to stop seeing her brother and makes him into his best chum, it pisses Jessica off. Her battles with the Dain over her brother are great, because she doesn’t back down or move an inch. In fact, usually she manages to twist Dain’s tricks around so that it doesn’t just damage her but him as well.

But things go a little too far and the good social standing that Jessica needs in order to open her shop appear to have went down the gutter. This part is probably why I like Jessica so much. She doesn’t sit on her ass bemoaning the fact that she’s more than likely ruined until the hero takes pity on her and marries her. Instead, she takes action and gets revenge. Oh man, does she take action.

Anyway, after that, is where the book started going downhill for me. Jessica pretty much completely forgets all about her goal to open a business and Sebastian turns into a jerk. In this part of the book his obsession with wanting to dominate Jessica started to really annoy me. It was there in the beginning of the book, but it was tolerable, because he didn’t “own” her in the eyes of the law and they weren’t crammed together 24/7. Jessica could escape and we could get a break from Dain in the form in Jessica’s naughty paraphernalia collecting grandmother. What saved the book was how Jessica handled him. She didn’t weep or cower in the corner, most of the time she stayed aggressive and refused to back down.

Turns out that his obsession with making Jessica submit was because of mommy and daddy issues he’s never gotten over. However, how those issues were resolved bored me. It’s a plot device I’ve seen done too often and one that I never liked in the first place. Bringing an illegitimate kid into the picture shouldn’t magically solve everyone’s problems and make the hero of the story suddenly realize all his faults. I didn’t like that Sebastian’s tender father instincts appeared all of a sudden when the kid barfed on his shoes. And I also I can’t remember when he apologized for being a jerk to Jessica but I’m pretty sure it was after the kid was brought into play. Kids don’t magically solve everything, not your marriage problems or your daddy issues. ( )
  Book_Minx | Jan 24, 2015 |
Marquess of Dain, also known as Lord Beelzebub, is a hard man who lives a life of over indulgence and vice. His nickname is a very apt description for how he behaves, though Dain claims he received it due to how he looks. He has a very low opinion of women and basically sees them as either sex objects or manipulative harpies. He is the leader of a pack of scoundrels, men who either live just like or wish to be just like him.

Jessica Trent is a lady in every sense of the word. Beautiful and witty, she is nothing like the women Dain is used to dealing with and worse, she does not seem to be afraid of him. Ordinarily, Jessica would have nothing to do with Lord Beelzebub but unfortunately, her very dumb and gullible brother Bertie is one of the legions of young men who worship Dain. Bertie is spending all of the family’s money to keep up with Dain and Jessica has traveled to France to yank him out of Dain’s grasp.

Neither character wishes to fall in love, but the connection is instant and undeniable. Not only is Dain attracted to Jessica’s looks, she also happens to be one of the few women who can keep up with him on an intellectual level. They are constantly trying to outwit the other, with sometimes hilarious or sensual results. The two eventually get married (I won’t spoil how, as Dain is an adamant bachelor and obviously wouldn’t have marched to the altar without putting up a fight. I will say that what Jessica did earned both mine and Dain’s respect), at which the main obstacle to HEA is the fact that Dain still has some serious emotional issues that prevent him from engaging in a truly loving relationship.

Okay, there is A LOT to say about this book. First of all, the characters were awesome. Dain is deeply emotionally scarred. His mother, the only person to have shown him love and affection as a child, abandoned him at age 8. His father...Let me put it this way. When Dain’s mother ran away, the old Marquess explained to his son that she was Jezebel, to be eaten by dogs before going to hell. Just to reiterate, Dain was EIGHT at the time. After this lovely little speech, the old man then promptly shipped his son off to Eton where he was mercilessly teased/bullied for his looks. So poor Dain is saddled not just with mommy issues, but daddy issues as well.

Dain also has some self-esteem issues, which is pretty typical of bullies. Dain’s mother was Italian, so he was born with olive skin, dark hair, dark eyes, and what’s described as a hook nose. The kids at school used to call him all sorts of names, including big-beak. Naturally, Dain solved the bullying as a child by becoming an even bigger bully, a coping mechanism that followed him into adulthood. I mention this because a huge part of Dain genuinely could not believe Jessica was attracted to him, which made it doubly hard for him to accept and return her love. By the end of the book, Dain had truly grown so much and I like seeing that in main characters.

For her part, Jessica was great. She kept up with Dain really well and was able to contain herself when she sensed he wasn’t ready for something. To her, Dain was the most handsome creature in all the world and though he was tortured, she was always confident she could help him get over the psychological damage his mother’s abandonment had done. If there’s any complaint about Jess, it’s that she was almost too perfect to be realistic. I mean, she was supposed to be a 27 year old spinster who was drop dead gorgeous and smarter than almost anyone. Dain winding up with her is a bit of a miracle, but one I am willing to overlook.

The story has a plot moppet in the form of Dain’s bastard child with a village prostitute. I think the story could have done without him as Dain was already coming around at that point. The whole end subplot with Dain, Dain’s friend, and the prostitute felt like it came out of left field so I could have done without that as well. For that, I had to deduct half a star.

This story is truly about emotional growth and moving beyond the past. If you’re looking for a flawed hero who grows out of the role of bully, than this is the book for you. Absolutely phenomenal job, Ms. Chase! ( )
  jnp1013 | Dec 30, 2014 |
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Thanks to: Sal Raciti, for the choice Italian phrases;
Carol Proko Easton, for the loan of her splendid books
on Russian icons; Cynthia Drelinger, for computer
processing my pencil hieroglyphics; and my husband,
Walter, and our friend, Owen Halpern, for an
unforgettable journey through England’s beautiful west
country.
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In the spring of 1792, Dominick Edward Guy de Ath
Ballister, third Marquess of Dain, Earl of Blackmoor,
Viscount Launcells, Baron Ballister and Launcells, lost his
wife and four children to typhus.
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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!

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To rescue her foolish brother from financial ruin at the hands of an unscrupulous nobleman, Jessica Trent journeys to Paris and confronts Sebastian Ballister, the crafty nobleman. But he creates a scandal when he kisses her at a party. Thus begins the fiery relationship between the callow rake and the strong-willed beauty. Original.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0380776162, Mass Market Paperback)

Tough minded Jessica Trent's sole intention is to free her nitwit brother from the destructive influence of Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Diain. She never expects to desire the arrogant, amoral cad. And When Daine's reciprocal passion places them in a scandalously compromising, and public, position, Jessica is left with no choice but to seek satisfaction... Damn the minx for tempting him, kissing him...and then for forcing him to salvage reputation! Lord Dain can't wait to put the infuriating bluestocking in her place -- and in some amorous position. And if this means marriage, so be it -- though Sebastian is less than certain he can continue to remain aloof...and steal his heart to the sensuous, head strong lady's considerable charms.

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Realizing her attraction to the Marquess of Dain despite her opinion that he is an amoral cad, tough-minded Jessica Trent is scandalized when they are seen in a compromising position, and she vows to make him preserve her reputation.

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