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Lord of Scoundrels | [Loretta Chase]

Lord of Scoundrels

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's going swimmingly…until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.
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i>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's going swimmingly…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 that the person who needs saving most is Jessica herself.

©1995 Loretta Chekani (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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    Marcheta Suffolk, VA, United States 01-30-14
    Marcheta Suffolk, VA, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2006

    love audio books - Anglophile

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    "Witty dialogue highlights battle between the sexes"

    Alex Kingston (River Song from the 11th Doctor Who series) would make a great Jessica Trent, the heroine of this story. The banter between Jessica and Sebastian, Lord Dain, (large, dark, wealthy) kept me laughing throughout the night as I couldn't stop listening. This book is well served by this audio performance. Kate Reading nails Jessica. The side characters are also interesting, e.g., Genevieve, Jessica's femme fatale grandmother, and Bertie, Jessica's brother. Lord Dain is paranoid about women only wanting him for his money and has a very jaundiced opinion of all females.

    If you want an intelligent plot and laugh-out-loud dialogue, give this one a try. It's one of my top five romances.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Chantelle Parkville, MD, United States 02-10-14
    Chantelle Parkville, MD, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2011

    Audible-addict...

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    "AWESOME..I'm in love with this story; I want more"

    The only bad thing I can say about this story is I wish it were part of a series. The relationship between Jessica and Dain was so compelling because it makes sense. Nice job on character development. I love that the called each other pet names like " you little Nit-Wit" and "Clod-pole". I wish there was more.... Excellent work

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Loreta NEW YORK, NY, United States 02-08-14
    Loreta NEW YORK, NY, United States 02-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A great experience"
    Would you listen to Lord of Scoundrels again? Why?

    Yes - loved the book when I read it a few years ago and have been waiting for the audio version ever since. It did not disappoint. Enjoyed it soooo much.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both Sebastian and Jessica - Sebastian for his vulnerability, Jessica for her fearlessness, and both for their intelligence, maturity and humour. But especially for their relationship.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favorite?

    Just about all of them! A very talented narrator - all voices clearly distinguishable, great accents etc.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Sebatian rescues his son, Dominic. Also Jessica's and Sebastian's first encounter in the curio shop.


    Any additional comments?

    Just loved it. Read it!

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    M NY, United States 02-04-14
    M NY, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Wow...a new author added to my daily search list!"

    I downloaded this book because it had a 5 star rating even though there weren't many ratings yet.....and it certainly lived up to this score in both story and narration. The dialog was intelligent and very witty, almost in the style of Georgette Heyer, but with a little more bite to it. Neither the hero nor the heroine are at all typical of the HR genre, but they each had strong personalities and were a delight to listen to. There were quite a few laugh out loud moments included as well! Very well done. Apparently this book was first published in 1995 - and I had never before heard of the author - but I can perfectly understand why it has stood the test of time.

    Kate Reading gave an outstanding performance yet again - she is just wonderful (she also narrates the Pink Carnation series, which is where I first heard her).

    I have now added Loretta Chase to my daily search list - along with Pamela Clare, Georgette Heyer, Laura Kinsale and Diana Gabalodon. They are all automatic downloads!

    This one is definitely worth your time and credit....I hope Audible brings us more from this author very soon!

    27 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Norman, OK United States 02-09-14
    Amazon Customer Norman, OK United States 02-09-14 Member Since 2006

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    "My favorite romance is now my favorite audoibook!"

    Lord of Scoundrels has been one of those books, that if it were in paper I'd have read it to tatters by now. It's a constant re-read for me. Now with Kate Reading's excellent and witty narration, the story takes on even more depth of feeling and more humor, if that's possible. I loved this audiobook and recommend it highly to anyone who is a fan of this author and this story.

    Now can we please have the Carsington Brother series? Pretty Please?

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Tustin, CA, United States 02-07-14
    Suzanne Tustin, CA, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Best of the Best!"
    Where does Lord of Scoundrels rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best audiobook I've listened to, and I've listened to hundreds! The narrator, Kate Reading reads this book with great subtlety, capturing the intelligence, wit, and emotional life of the characters. I can't wait to listen to it again and again! Hopefully, Blackstone will bring us more audio renditions of Loretta Chase's novels with this superior narrator.


    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Dangerous when Cooking New Mexico 02-07-14
    Dangerous when Cooking New Mexico 02-07-14
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    "Reader is as excellent as this outstanding HR"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, the best female reader I've heard, her male characters are as convincing and natural as her female characters. Even ubiquitous readers such as Rosalyn Landor, do not compare. An exceptional reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a terrific, funny, touching, enjoyable story, now brought to life exceptionally well. And well worth the wait.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will look up her other titles. She is terrific. She has the author's wit down pat.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but it's 11 hours so had to break it up.


    Any additional comments?

    This is on most avid HR readers best of the best ever lists, and this recording lives up to the excellence of the story itself.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila Downers Grove, IL, United States 02-10-14
    Sheila Downers Grove, IL, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Still Wonderful After Many Years"
    If you could sum up Lord of Scoundrels in three words, what would they be?

    Witty, touching, exemplary


    What other book might you compare Lord of Scoundrels to and why?

    It's difficult to compare this romance novel with any other book because it is so much better written (the dialogue is laugh out loud funny and so much better written) than most romance novels. And comparing a romance novel to other types of novels is difficult. The strong witty heroine, Jessica, reminds me a bit of Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice although I'd never compare the two books side by side. And the tormented and defensive Dain, he breaks your heart while at the same time you want to hit upside of the head.


    What does Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Aside from Davina Porter's narrations of the Outlander series, Kate Reading is in a class by herself. She brings the book to life and her timing is impeccable. It's like watching it performed on stage. Amazing narration. Davina and Kate are now my two favorite narrators (with the exception of Colin Firth's narration of The End of the Affair and that is strictly because that man can read the obituaries or the phone book and sound wonderful)!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had read this book many years ago twice and loved it. I had forgotten, however, why I had loved it so much. Ms. Reading reminded me within 60 seconds why this romance novel is in another level of excellence than other romance novels. I laughed outloud often, especially during the first half, and found my eyes misting at other points. That's what makes this book so special. The full gambit of emotions. Not just hop in bed over and over again.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't hesitate to buy this audiobook. It's a delight. Both authoress and narrator are at the top of their games.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 02-01-14
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 02-01-14

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    "1 SINNER + 1 SAINT = A RIVETING NON-STOP LISTEN"

    Lord Dain was an ugly baby, his Mother ran off when he was little, his Father hated him and all his classmates mocked him so what was he to do? He hardened his heart and, as he grew up, became cold, arrogant, selfish and only paid for sex (and lots of it) because his low self worth made him believe no-one would do it willingly unless they were after his fortune. Then he met beautiful, clever and witty Jessica and his unemotional life was about to change forever.

    Jessica had journeyed to Paris determined to keep her younger Brother away from a group of degenerates led by the Lord of Scoundrels himself - Dain but it only took one long appreciative top to toe look at him to bring forth the stirrings of passion. Once introduced, they immediately started up witty banter, quick responses and intelligent conversation however, their mutual sizzling attraction and lust was hidden beneath it. There were many chance, annoying or forced meetings, where sparks flew between them, and it was at one such meeting, that their mutual longing was ignited and passion and hope blossomed. But someone's betrayal quickly quashed their feelings replacing them with wounding words, hurt, anger, doubts, misunderstandings and matters suddenly took a potentially disastrous route..... which included a shooting.

    The funny, enjoyable and captivating plot was mainly character driven but it did have twists, surprises, sex, touching and oh so tender scenes and the usual flow of likeable, greedy and unpleasant secondary characters. But the main focus was on a mentally tortured and damaged Hero whose self-doubts made him physically damaged too and the feisty, strong, quick-witted, ruthless Heroine whose relentless love eventually penetrated the long-standing walls around his heart and she was rewarded with his gratitude, caring, deep undying love and a sweet HEA.

    Worth a credit? This was such a beautiful and skilfully written romance that's humorous, sad, frustrating and had a likeable strong Heroine that you're desperately rooting for and a despicable, confused and misunderstood Hero that just needed a bit of understanding and a big hug from the right woman. You'll laugh, you'll cry and even sigh but hopefully you'll find it as creditworthy as I did. This is Book 3 of LC's Scoundrels series and I hope Audible will get the others soon as they will be an auto download for me.

    37 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    E. PALMDALE, CA, United States 02-04-14
    E. PALMDALE, CA, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Lovely style, great narration!"

    I loved the writing, the narration, and the story! I wish there were more of Loretta Chase's books on Audible.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    "Fabulous narration, fabulous story!"

    I haven't read Lord of Scoundrels for years, and revisiting it in audio format gave me the chance to remind myself of just why the book has been a firm favourite with romance fans for almost twenty years.

    It’s beautifully written and characterised – it’s funny, sexy, tender and sweet, and Ms Chase never puts a foot wrong. Dain and Jessica are perfect for each other, and there is never a moment when the reader feels the heroine is behaving stupidly or the hero is too overbearing.

    Sebastian Ballister, the Marquess of Dain, is the product of a loveless childhood and has grown up believing it to be his fault. His fiery, Italian mother ran away with her lover when Sebastian was eight years old and his autocratic father immediately sent him away to school where the boy was lonely and miserable. By the time he inherits his title, Dain is already known as the “Blight and Bane of the Ballisters”, debauched, ruthless and manipulative.

    From the moment Dain meets Miss Jessica Trent, the sparks fly with a vengeance as they embark on a game of one-upmanship in which the sexual tension between them is strung so tautly that it seems as though they’ll be ripping each other’s clothes off any minute and heading for the nearest flat surface.

    Dain has never felt so drawn to a woman – in fact, he has expressly given women of good-breeding a very wide birth, preferring to take his pleasure with courtesans who will demand nothing of him but money and who are paid to put up with what he sees as his too-big, too-unattractive form. But Jessica intrigues and infuriates him to the point where he can’t stop thinking about her. She stands up to him like nobody –male or female – ever has, and refuses to back down, and Dain quickly realises he’s besotted with her and that if he doesn’t get away from her soon he’ll find himself in serious trouble.
    For her part, Jessica is just as besotted, but knows there is no future in it. Dain is an irredeemable blackguard and will never offer her anything but ruin. And much as she would like to be ruined by him, she is sensible enough to know that such a thing would be disastrous for her future plans.

    But on the night before her departure for England, fate takes a hand and Jessica is irredeemably compromised. Dain, however, is furious, believing Jessica had set out to trap him and refuses point blank to do the honourable thing.

    Miss Trent’s method of “bringing Dain around” is unorthodox but effective – and before long they are heading back to England for a grand wedding. Dain reasons that if he’s got to be leg-shackled, he might as well do it in style.

    There are many things to love about this story , not the least of which are the wit and humour, the tenderness and affectionate teasing, the heart-wrenching story of the young Ballister, and Jessica’s determination that history will not be allowed to repeat itself with his son. But for me, the things that really stand out are Jessica’s keen perceptiveness as to Dain’s nature and what lies beneath that impassive exterior, and Dain’s willingness (eventually) to embrace love in both the romantic and familial sense.

    Kate Reading is one of my favourite narrators and one of the best around. I'm delighted she was chosen to narrate LoS as she's one of few who, IMO, has the talent to do the book justice. Her characterisations are all clearly differentiated through the use of a variety of different tones and accents, especially when it comes to the secondary characters; and her portrayal of the two leads was very good indeed. Ms Reading is one of the few female narrators around who can adopt a lower pitch to perform male characters without making it sound unbelievable or as though she’s straining her voice, and I thought the bluff drawl she adopted for Dain suited him well. Her vocalisation of Jessica was similarly appropriate, varying between a crisp, no-nonsense tone and a sensual huskiness.

    Listening to Lord of Scoundrels was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, and it’s certainly an audiobook I will revisit soon and often. I really can’t recommend it highly enough.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kristin
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    "ABSOLUTE JOY!"
    Where does Lord of Scoundrels rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Up there with my other favourites.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dain and Jessica, of course, as there cannot be just one favourite.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favourite?

    Again, both Dain and Jessica!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many moments moved me; when Jessica understood how Dain covered his feelings and when Dain understood how his son had suffered.


    Any additional comments?

    This Audio version puts the icing on the cake for me as I have read this book many times in Paperback and Kindle. I will be listening again very soon.

    Kate Reading is a master narrator, although originally, I preferred a male voice when the hero is so very masculine.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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