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Scandal Wears Satin by Loretta Chase

Redonk Nutshell: Clever woman helps rakish Earl track down his runaway sister

Sophy Noirot is a brilliant master of disguise. She’s the middle sister of three,and she helps to run their dress shop by getting scoops on who is wearing what.  She dons disguises to get into places unnoticed and is a master manipulator who could easily sell ice to Eskimos. The only person that really throws her off her game is the Earl of Longmore. He’s a rake who relishes his reputation of being a bit empty headed. He’s dashing and he’s adventurous, and he has his sights set on the intriguing Sophy.  When his sister, Clara (from the previous book, Silk is for Seduction) runs off in order to escape a forced marraige, Sophy and Longmore team up to track her down before the scandal completely ruins her.

This book Cracked. Me. Up.  It was reminiscent of another favorite of mine by Loretta Chase, Mr. Impossible.  Longmore is virile and witty, and isn’t the least bit ashamed of his prowess among women. Sophy has few romantic notions in her head with regards to Longmore, and it’s safe to say these two are on the same page from day one.  They’re like two puzzle pieces fit together though you doubted they ever would.  It makes for some hysterical exchanges. After a particularly potent stolen kiss:

    “I thought you were going to leave me here,” she said.

“You talked me out of it…a moment ago…when you were aginst the wall, under Lady Flinton’s window.”

“Oh, yes – speaking of that-”

“Oh good,” he said, “We’re going to discuss it now.”

“We certainly are,” she said, “I had all my clothes on this time, so don’t try to use any excuses about my being mostly naked.”

“I don’t need an excuse,” he said. “But it might be that you have too many clothes on.”

She gave him a look of exasperation. He was familiar with that look. People turned it on him all the time. Her version, though, was precious.

“The only part uncovered was your face, “he said, “And your mouth kept moving. And so I had to stop it.”

“Why has no woman stabbed you before now, I wonder?” she said

“I have quick reflexes,” he said.

These two feed each other’s fires without realizing it.  Or rather, without wanting to admit it to each other.  I adored their story.  I giggled many times while reading this in bed, enough so that my hubs wanted to know what the heck I was laughing about. These two are Trouble, with a capital “T”.

    “He is not going to kiss and fondle you,” he said.

“And I am not going to lose my mind,” she said.

“You weren’t completely rational with me, I recall.”

“That was you,” she said. “That was completely different. I know the difference – and really, I find it disheartening that you don’t. Are all women interchangeable to you? But no-don’t answer that question. I find, on the whole, that I’d rather not know. I prefer to keep some girlish delusions.”

“Girlish delusions? Have you got any, by Jupiter? Because it seems to me…” He trailed off. It dawned on him then that women had always been more or less interchangeable. Except for her. “Never mind. I don’t know what I think anymore.”

This was a fantastic follow up to a wonderful series by the masterful Ms. Chase. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for the 3rd Noirot sister!

Scandal Wears Satin by Loretta Chase

Rating: B+

Romance: 5/5        Raunch: 3/5


Silk is for Seduction by Loretta Chase

“I deserve passion,” she said. “I deserve to be loved- in every way. I deserve a man who’ll give his whole heart, not the part he isn’t using at the moment.”

Redonk Nutshell: Owner of a dress shop chases a duke in order to attract his fiancee but ends up falling in love with him

Marcelline Noirot runs a dress shop with her two younger sisters. They have big plans and big dreams, and in order to make it all happen they aim to nab some high clientele. Their current target is Duke of Clevedon, or rather the duke’s fiancee, Clara.  Instead of alluring Clara in directly, Marcelline sets off for Paris, where the duke is currently residing. She entrances him with her extraordinary gowns and refreshing personality, and before long Duke of Clevedon is intrigued. Marcelline tells him right off the bat what she wants – his fiancee – which of course, throws Clevedon right off his game.

The attraction between Clevedon and Marcelline is undeniable. Watching them move about one another is like watching a chess match.  Marcelline has no qualms about who and what she is, and she has no desire to see Clevedon and Clara break apart.  She also knows that she, a dressmaker, would have no chance at being with a duke.

Thankfully for her, Clevedon doesn’t give two figs about what society says. His relationship with Clara is one based in deep friendship, and when the time comes for him to make a decision about what he really wants, it’s refreshing, as the reader, to watch how both he and Clara handle themselves.

Loretta Chase is a master at her genre. I absolutely adore her work. Her stories are incredibly romantic and chocked full of sexual tension. And more often than not, her stories are outright swoon worthy:

“I have a plan,” he said.
“Yes,” she said.
“Let’s get married,” he said.
“Yes,” she said.
“Let’s conquer the world,” he said.
“Yes,” she said. No one in her family had ever been accused of dreaming small.
“Let’s bring the beau monde to its knees.”
“Let’s make them beg for your creations.”
“Yes,” she said. “Yes, yes, yes.”
“Is tomorrow too soon?” he said.
“No.” she said. “We’ve a great deal to do, you and I, conquering the world. We must start at once. We’ve not a minute to lose.”
“I love hearing you say that,” he said.
He kissed her. It lasted a long time.
And they would last, she was sure, a lifetime. On that she’d wager anything.

An excellent start to a new series, Silk is for Seduction is a fantastic addition to Loretta Chase’s work.

Silk is for Seduction by Loretta Chase

Rating: B+

Romance: 4/5             Raunch: 4/5

The Last Hellion by Loretta Chase

She was not unaffected.  The devil in her, one she normally kept well concealed, was bound to be drawn to its counterpart in him.  But she was not a fool either.  She knew well enough that this was a rogue’s own countenance, and she could sum it up in one word: trouble.

Title: The Last Hellion

Author: Loretta Chase

Redonk Nutshell:

Official Synopsis: Vere Mallory, the Duke of Ainswood, has everything–he’s titled, he’s rich, he’s devastatingly good looking–and he seems determined to throw it all away. Disreputable, reckless, and wild, the last of the Mallory hellions is racing headlong to self-destruction…until a mind numbingly beautiful blonde Amazon knocks him off his feet–literally. Lydia Grenville is dedicated to protecting London’s downtrodden. Dissolute noblemen like Ainswood are part of the problem, not the solution. She would like him to get his big, gorgeous carcass out of her way so that she can carry on with her work. The problem is, Ainswood can no more resist a challenge, especially in female form, than he can resist the trouble she seems to attract.

Oh man. Oh man oh man oh man. Gads, how I loved this book. It’s predecessor, Lord of Scoundrels is also a favorite of mine and me, in my infinite idiocy, didn’t realize these two books were even connected in any way whatsoever.  So imagine my surprise when I start to read this…and WHAM! I realize there are characters featured here and there that I’m familiar with, and have previously adored.

The Last Hellion is the story of the Duke of Ainswood and his unintended entanglement with journalist Lydia Grenville. They are both brash, insistently stubborn, and terribly notorious for getting into trouble.  In short, they’re perfect for each other.  Vere has spent the past several years wearing the facade of a mongering brute after inheriting the title of his family’s estate upon the death of his young cousin. Lydia is a successful and adventurous author who works to write about the lower classes, using her own experience having grown up in poorhouses and slums. These two collide in a hilarious encounter outside a pub, and both their lives are forever changed. After exchanging ripping taunts and sarcastic retorts, Lydia makes quite the impression upon the haughty Duke:

For one perilous moment, her mind gave way as her muscles did, overpowered by heat and strength and the chaotic brew of masculine scent and taste.  But her instincts had been honed in a hard school, and in the next moment she reacted.  She sagged in his arms, making herself a dead weight. She felt his mouth leave hers. “By gad, the wench’s faint–” She slammed her fist into his jaw.

This book had me laughing out loud, heartily and often.  The exchanges between these two go beyond comical.  Lydia is as haughty as Vere, though both in their own individual ways.  Watching them encounter one trial after another is nothing short of brilliant. The Last Hellion has quickly become a favorite go-to book of mine, along with it’s sibling Lord of Scoundrels.

“If you try to find a replacement, you’ll be sadly disappointed, I can’t be replaced. I’m the only man in all the world who possesses the right combination of qualities for you.You can turn your Ballister stare upon me all you like, but you can’t petrify me. You can knock me about to your heart’s content without worrying about doing any damage. You can perpetrate any sort of outrage your wicked mind conceives and be sure I’ll join in, with a will. You’re a troublemaker, Lydia. A Ballister devil. Nothing less than a Mallory hellion would ever suit you.” – Vere Mallory -”

Rating: A

Romance: 4/5            Raunch: 3/5

Mr. Impossible, Loretta Chase

Title: Mr. Impossible

Author: Loretta Chase

Official Synopsis: Rupert Carsington, fourth son of the Earl of Hargate, is his aristocratic family’s favorite disaster. He is irresistibly handsome, shockingly masculine, and irretrievably reckless, and wherever he goes, trouble follows. Still, Rupert’s never met an entanglement–emotional or other–he couldn’t escape. Until now. Now he’s in Egypt, stranded in the depths of Cairo’s most infamous prison, and his only way out is accepting a beautiful widow’s dangerous proposal. Scholar Daphne Pembroke wants him to rescue her brother, who’s been kidnapped by a rival seeking a fabled treasure. Their partnership is strictly business: She’ll provide the brains, he, the brawn. Simple enough in theory. Blame it on the sun or the blazing desert heat, but as tensions flare and inhibitions melt, the most disciplined of women and the most reckless of men are about to clash in the most impossiblyirresistible way.

Gads, I think I’ve read almost all of Ms. Chase’s books now, and I still can’t get enough.  She is so damn good.  The only book I haven’t taken to of hers was Miss Perfect, the first in the Carsington Brothers series.  Mr. Impossible is book two, followed by Lord Perfect (which I’m reading right now BTW), then Not Quite a Lady, then Last Night’s Scandal. I’ve gone about reading this series all out of order, and it really didn’t make any difference whatsoever. They all stand alone, and they each shine independently of one another, a feat many romance authors are unable to achieve.  Loretta Chase is, simply, a master.

Mr. Impossible is, by far, my favorite of the Carsington series. It’s HILARIOUS.  Simply wonderful.  Our heroine, widow and scholar Daphne Pembroke, is brilliant and headstrong, yet remarkably down to earth. Our hero, Rupert Carsington, is unbelievably handsome and hilariously dim (on purpose).  He’s the sort of man that says ridiculous things with the sole intent to set people off.  Why?  Because it makes things terribly interesting.  When Daphne hires him to help her find her kidnapped brother in the deserts of Egypt, they end up on an incredible journey that takes them into pyramids, tombs, jail cells, and boat quarters.  The chemistry between these two is fantastic.  Their dialogue had me seriously rolling at times.  Rupert is, by far, one of my favorite heroes created by Ms. Chase.  He’s the brawn while Daphne is the brains, though Daphne comes to learn there’s much more to Rupert than what he lets on. And Rupert is forever fascinated with the ever-intriguing Daphne.  They’re a brilliant match for each other.

As expected, Ms. Chase’s books are eloquently written, steamy and sensual, and incredibly romantic.  She is absolutely one of my favorite go-to authors for a rip-roaring good time.  I’m putting Mr. Impossible right next to Lord of Scoundrels on my favorite’s list.

Rating: A

Romance: 5/5             Raunch: 4/5

Last Night’s Scandal, Loretta Chase

Title: Last Night’s Scandal

Author: Loretta Chase

Redonk Nutshell: Fiery heiress and her best friend,an Earl, make a trip to Scotland to tackle the Gothic haunting of his derelict estate

Official Synopsis: After surviving the perils of Egypt, Peregrine Dalmay, Earl of Lisle is back in London, facing the most dire threat of all: his irrational family….and Miss Olivia Wingate-Carsington. A descendant of notorious—but very aristocratic—swindlers, the delectable redhead has the ability to completely unhinge him, and a long history of dragging him into her scandalous schemes. Olivia may be Society’s darling, but she’s aware a respectable future looms menacingly. And so when Lisle is forced to go on a family mission, she sees this as the perfect chance for one last adventure—even if it is with the one man in the world she can’t wrap around her finger: but really, she only wants to help…Which is why Lisle and Olivia find themselves in a gloomy Scottish castle inhabited by spiteful ghosts and craven murderers…and a shocking secret: the greatest peril of all may be burning within their own stubborn hearts.

It’s official – Loretta Chase is simply a master.  Her characters are witty, funny, sensual, and endearing.  GAH! I love it.  I loved this book.  Last Night’s Scandal is a 2011 Finalist for a RITA award, and I can definitely see why.

Olivia is stunningly beautiful, smart, and independent. She’s a woman who knows what she wants (and what she doesn’t).  Her friendship with the Earl of Lisle has stretched over years and distance, Lisle primarily residing in Egypt while Olivia traipses around London.  He is rational.  She is whimsical.  He is predictable.  She is a tempest.  Their chemistry sizzles between the pages, as heavy and looming as the Scottish estate Lisle is handed to rescue.  And in ever consistent Loretta Chase style, their scenes are funny, passionate, and sensual.  Lovely.

I adored this book.  I’m so glad I read it.  It’s a wonderful mash of romance, Gothic suspense, humor, and passion.

Rating: A

Romance: 4/5                  Raunch: 3.5/5

Shelf of Doom

Contrary to how it’s appeared over here at The Raunch Dilettante, Raunchy Ryan has been a busy reader.  The problem, though, is that I’ve encountered several books I started but wasn’t able to finish.   Mind you, I’m very anal retentive about finishing books.  I just…HAVE to stick it out.  It was hard for me to put these aside, but really, I had so many books to get to it wasn’t worth the effort of delaying the inevitable.  The really kicker of it, though, was that these books were bad.  I just couldn’t get into them.  Or something about the protagonists rubbed me the wrong way.  Thus, I have started a shelf which I’ve termed the Shelf o’ Doom, henceforth known as SOD.  These are books that I’ve started but just couldn’t finish, or books I barely made it through.  Here are few recent victims to SOD:

Title: Dukes to the Left of me, Princes to the Right

Author: Kiernan Kramer

Redonk Nutshell: Beautiful woman holds out for a prince but is sidelined by a duke

Official Synopsis: Kisses and sparks fly equally fast in this fast-paced romp featuring second Impossible Bachelor Nicholas Staunton and Lady Poppy Smith-Barnes, a member of the Spinsters Club. Poppy won’t marry unless it’s for love, so she fobs off all her suitors with the story that she’s on the verge of an engagement to the fierce and frightening Duke of Drummond, a product of her Cook’s vivid imagination. Or so Poppy thinks, until she’s trapped in an unwanted engagement with Nicholas, the real Duke of Drummond, who’s just as mysterious as his fictitious counterpart and a true danger to even the most fortified Spinster heart.

I just…couldn’t.  Poppy is so damn stubborn, yet she just MELTS whenever Nicholas comes around.  The WANTON!  The back and forth I-want-you-but-I-don’t turned me off.  Because that’s really the bulk of the book.  I made it about half way through for the sake of finding out more about Nicholas.  Even he wasn’t worth it.



Title: The Perfect Scandal

Author: Delilah Marvelle

Redonk Nutshell: Two crazies find sanity in one another

Offical Synopsis: If there is anything Tristan Adam Hargrove, fourth Marquis of Moreland, has learned to avoid, it’s scandal. For the dark and dashing lord is not only an honorable gentleman who would never seduce a woman for his own gain, he is also the author of How to Avoid a Scandal, the infamous red book that has swept like wildfire through the better part of London society. When a raven-haired beauty arrives as his new neighbor, he knows better than to succumb to the desire he feels. He knows little about her—only that she is high born, a protégé of the Crown and completely unsuitable for the base passions he hides from the world. If only he had never glimpsed the vulnerable beauty one fateful night. If only her lips were not so ravishingly red. If only it were not already too late to save her and himself from the untamed passion he is about to unleash in the name of love.

I actually fairly enjoyed this book.  I just got bored about half way through.  The characters were really interesting, with their own quirks that made them unlike any other hero & heroine I’ve encountered.  The formula, however, felt cliche and old.


Title: Miss Wonderful

Author: Loretta Chase

Redonk Nutshell: Spinster desperately tries not to fall for romantic guy

Official Synopsis: Alistair Carsington really, really wishes he didn’t love women quite so much. To escape his worst impulses, he sets out for a place far from civilization: Derbyshire–in winter!–where he hopes to kill two birds with one stone: avoid all temptation, and repay the friend who saved his life on the fields of Waterloo. But this noble aim drops him straight into opposition with Miss Mirabel Oldridge, a woman every bit as intelligent, obstinate, and devious as he—and maddeningly irresistible.
Mirabel Oldridge already has her hands full keeping her brilliant and aggravatingly eccentric father out of trouble. The last thing she needs is a stunningly attractive, oversensitive and overbright aristocrat reminding her she has a heart–not to mention a body he claims is so unstylishly clothed that undressing her is practically a civic duty.
Could the situation be any worse? And why does something that seems so wrong feel so very wonderful?

I actually DID finish this book, but it took some serious doing on my part.  I LOVE Loretta Chase.  For whatever reason, though, I had a heck of a time getting into this book.  This is one of those “lots of talk but not doing” kind of books, and I don’t mean that necessarily in a sexual way.  I mean literally there’s a lot of people standing around talking about doing stuff.  I could just hear my acting teacher in the back of my head “STOP SHOWING US AND JUST DO IT!” I liked Alistair and Mirabel. In fact, that’s why I stuck it out.  The rest was incredibly dull for me.



Title: This Duchess of Mine (Desperate Duchesses #5)

Author: Eloisa James

Redonk Nutshell: Husband and wife attempt to rekindle their marriage

Official Synopsis: No man can resist Jemma’s sensuous allure . . . Except her own husband! Wedding bells celebrating the arranged marriage between the lovely Duchess of Beaumont and her staid, imperturbable duke had scarcely fallen silent when a shocking discovery sent Jemma running from the ducal mansion. For the next nine years she cavorted abroad, creating one delicious scandal after another (if one is to believe the rumors). Elijah, Duke of Beaumont, did believe those rumors. But the handsome duke needs an heir, so he summons his seductive wife home. Jemma laughs at Elijah’s cool eyes and icy heart—but to her secret shock, she doesn’t share his feelings. In fact, she wants the impossible: her husband’s heart at her feet. But what manner of seduction will make a man fall desperately in love . . . with his own wife?

I finished this book, but barely. Okay, I consider Eloisa James one of the authors on my “love there stuff” list.  This book is a part of a series, The Desperate Duchesses.  I happened to read #4, When The Duke Returns, first.  They can all be read as stand alone novels, but the characters cross over.  I didn’t realize when I purchased this book that it was in the same series as When The Duke Returns.  So when I began to reach This Duchess of Mine I was like…waaaaaiiiiitaminnnnnute.  It felt repetitive to me.  Again, lots of talking but no doing.  It’s dashingly romantic, but I was BOOORED.  Gawd, what’s wrong with me!!?!?!  I had inadvertently picked up the last Desperate Duchesses book from the library and am returning it without even cracking it.  Why?  Because, though I can understand the appeal of a series involving the same characters, I myself usually get bored with the typical romance novel formula that series ultimately rely on.  Maybe sometime in the future I’ll pick it up again.



That said…here’s the book I actually did finish AND enjoy:

Title: When the Duke Returns (Desperate Duchesses #4)

Author: Eloisa James

Redonk Nutshell: Husband & wife that have never met discover their dazzling chemistry

Official Synopsis: The Duchess of Cosway yearns for a man she has never met . . . her husband. Married by proxy as a child, Lady Isidore has spent years fending off lecherous men in every European court while waiting to meet her husband. She’s determined to accept him, no matter how unattractive the duke turns out to be. When she finally lures Simeon Jermyn back to London, his dark handsomeness puts Isidore’s worst fears to rest—until disaster strikes. The duke demands an annulment. Forsaking his adventuresome past, Simeon has returned to London ready to embrace the life of a proper duke, only to find that his supposed wife is too ravishing, too headstrong, and too sensual to be the docile duchess he has in mind. But Isidore will not give up her claim to the title—or him—without a fight. She will do whatever it takes to capture Simeon’s heart, even if it means sacrificing her virtue. After all, a consummated marriage cannot be annulled. Yet in forcing Simeon into a delicious surrender, will Isidore risk not only her dignity—but her heart?

I thought this book was a lot of fun.  The marriage-by-proxy thing was fascinating, and watching these two meet and fall for each other was pretty entertaining.  Simeon is a man who prides himself on his self control, and Isidore is the ultimate test, both physically and mentally.  She’s stunningly beautiful, as well as bold and stubborn.  They grate on each others nerves, and then want to devour each other.  It’s wonderful 🙂  Though the book focuses primarily on these two, we also meet several other characters who appear in other Desperate Duchess books.  I’m not going to lie – I thought this bit was a distraction.  I wanted to know more about Simeon & Isidore.  All in all, though, I enjoyed this book.

Rating: C+        Romance:  3/5               Raunch: 3/5

Don’t Tempt Me, Loretta Chase

Title: Don’t Tempt Met

Author: Loretta Chase

Redonk Nutshell: Escaped English harem captive gets help in re-entering society from childhood hero

Official Synopsis: Spunky English girl overcomes impossible odds and outsmarts heathen villains. That’s the headline when Zoe Lexham returns to England. After twelve years in the exotic east, she’s shockingly adept in the sensual arts. She knows everything a young lady shouldn’t and nothing she ought to know. She’s a walking scandal, with no hope of a future…unless someone can civilize her.  Lucien de Grey, the Duke of Marchmont, is no knight in shining armor. He’s sarcastic, cynical, easily bored, and dangerous to women. He charms, seduces, and leaves them–with parting gifts of expensive jewelry to dry their tears. But good looks and charm, combined with money and rank, make him welcome everywhere. The most popular bachelor in the Beau Monde can easily save Zoe’s risqué reputation . . . if the wayward beauty doesn’t lead him into temptation, and a passion that could ruin them both.

Loretta Chase is quickly becoming a favored author or mine.  I’ve read three of her novels, now, and all of them have been witty, romantic, and dead sexay. Lord of Scoundrels remains my favorite so far.  Don’t Tempt Me, however, was a pretty close contender.

Zoe Lexham was captured during a holiday to Cairo when she was twelve years old.  Many years later she made her escape and found her way back home.  Only now, she has some serious adjusting to do.  She’s on the verge of scandal, having been raised in a harem, and she wants nothing more than to re-enter into the life she was destined to have.  She seeks the help of her childhood friend, Lucien de Grey, now the Duke of Marchmont.  The two of them had been thick as thieves as children, Lucien the only one who seemed to be able to handle the rebellious Zoe.  The years had hardened Lucien, however.  He’s seemingly uncaring and cynical.  He’s not a rake, mind you, but he does have something of a reputation.  When Zoe re-enters the picture he’s skeptical at first.  But one look at her and he knows it truly IS her.  He takes her under his wing to help salvage her reputation.  Of course, grown up Lucien and Zoe end up having an intense chemistry, and craziness ensues.

I really, really loved this book.  I was initially skeptical with the whole harem-girl-turned-debutante plot.  Surrender of a Lady, by Tiffany Clare, had a similar plot and it didn’t quite work for me.  Too many cliches, I suppose.  Loretta Chase, however, managed to avoid these pitfalls by focusing on her heroine’s time in the present, not the past.  Don’t get me wrong, you learn about Zoe’s time in the harem.  But it’s not the point of the novel.  Zoe is hilarious – being completely unfamiliar with prudish English custom, the things that come out of her mouth are flat out hysterical.  She’s a firecracker, too, with a hell of a temper.  She throws things when she gets angry, and unlike her harping sisters, she says exactly what’s on her mind. Lucien matches her perfectly.  He’s stubborn, sarcastic, and secretly compassionate.  They irritate each other to the point of having full blown public fights involving flying books and hairbrushes.  There was a scene in a dress shop that had me rolling.  The two argue madly, Zoe throwing a book at him as he turns to abandon her, knocking his hat to the floor. He storms out, and Zoe continues on as if nothing odd had occurred.  Not even a few minutes later, Lucien returns, calm and composed, picks up his hat from the floor, and takes a seat in the chair across from her, effectively resuming where they had left off before they started arguing.  CLASSIC.  Their relationship is wonderful.  There’s not a cowering bone in Zoe’s body.  She has no fear.  She’s in touch with her sensuality.  What I especially loved about her is how she handled the discovery of her feelings toward Lucien.  She recognized she wanted him.  She knew that she probably shouldn’t, but ultimately she decides to just go with it, and doesn’t look back.  No regrets, that Zoe.  It was a refreshing take on a historical heroine.

Lucien was great, as well.  He handled Zoe exactly as she needed to be handled.  He didn’t coddle her. He spoke to her as if she were an intelligent adult and not a delicate flower.  He respected her temperament and was able to predict what would and what wouldn’t set her off.  Ultimately, they respect each other, trust each other.  It’s why, when their relationship takes its next steps both of them only slightly hesitate before plunging in head first.

I have a few other books by Loretta Chase I’m looking forward to reading.  In the meantime, I’d highly recommend giving Don’t Tempt Me a go.

What I loved about this book:  Romantic, sexy, and funny all in one lovely package

What I didn’t like: —

Rating: B+

Romance: 4/5          Raunch: 4/5

Lord of Scoundrels, Loretta Chase

Title: Lord of Scoundrels

Author: Loretta Chase

Redonk Nutshell: Big bad devilish Marquess meets his match

Official Synopsis: 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!

This is the 2nd Loretta Chase book I’ve read.  I picked this up b/c my Library Pimp read it and said she really enjoyed it.  I listen to her for a reason, because I really did enjoy this book.

Sebastian Ballister, the Marquess of Dain, is insanely rich, darkly ruthless, and lives notoriously without a conscience.  We learn within the first chapter why Sebastian is the way he is, which immediately puts us in a mind to sort of sympathize with him.  I say “sort of” because his behavior really is raunchy (I heartily approve).  In his entourage is one Bertie Trent, a young gentleman who’s bulb isn’t quite screwed in too tightly.  When his sister, Jessica, shows up with intentions to withdraw him from Dain’s clutches, she doesn’t count on finding him rather…intriguing.  Jessica is by no means an ignorant miss – she’s bright, whip-sharp witty, and has no qualms about what she wants.  She understands her initial reaction to Dain was unmitigated lust.

I’m not going to go into too much detail about how these two court one another and eventually marry.  I wouldn’t want to ruin the journey, because there were several times I ended up laughing out loud at these two’s reactions to one another.  It’s anything but predictable, and that’s a lovely rare charm in a romance novel.

What I loved about this book: Jessica Trent.  I wish I was as quick with my wit as she is.

What I didn’t like: The fact that I got this from the library and don’t own it (may have to rectify that)

Rating: A