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
This is hands down the funniest historical romance I have read that was not written by Georgette Heyer. This brilliant book is my favorite re-read. I listened to this with my husband, who was laughing out loud with me! BRILLIANTLY narrated by probably the best narrator in the business, I can not recommend this book enough!
It has no comparison, unless it be to the patter comedy movies like Cary Grant and Rosalind Russel in His Girl Friday.
I adored her rendition of the Jessica and Dain, but hands down I laughed until I choked when Kate read Bertie Trent (he brother of Jessica): Beyond masterful - hats off to Kate Reading for all the characters in this book!
I didn't sleep the night I bought it. I just had to listen to the whole thing! I was squealing with delight when I found out it was available at last! My husband came running when he heard me : ) I have been waiting for this for so long! I have re-listened to it 3 times since it came out a week ago and adore it even more.
The best book by by one of the all time best romance authors Loretta Chase. I can not WAIT for the rest of her amazing and hilarious books to come out!! I will buy all of them as soon as they hit Audible. I already own all of them in paperback and Kindle formats.
This is the first and only book I have read from Loretta Chase. I am quite impressed with her writing ability as well as story telling. A very well done storyline added to great narration made it for a very pleasant listening experience. I love historical romances and am very picky with the authors I read. Similar to all other readers, if I commit my limited time to read or listen to a book I don’t want it to be a time or financial disappointment but unfortunately that is not something we can predict prior to. That is why it is always pleasant to find a book I truly enjoy that includes great pull between the hero and heroin but also the push of pride and stubborn arguments and disagreements pushing them apart. It truly makes for enough excitement to the reader to keep them interested and eager. A very well done book. Bravo!!!
I love this book as much now as when I discovered Loretta Chase a few years ago. I kept asking myself "why is it that no one has recorded any of her books?". Well they finally have, and it was worth waiting for. Kate Reading is the perfect reader for this book, and I hope that she can be convinced to record more of Loretta Chase's books in the future. I suspect that I will listen to this again and again in the future. It is FABULOUS!
This is erotic fiction that is quite entertaining and funny though the historical/cultural parts are so far off I found it annoyingly unrealistic at times. I gave up trying to stay in time with the writing and imagined a time traveling hero and heroine with 20th century minds and morals. This is not in the same realm as Georgette Heyer writing in anyway and may be offensive to some who are expecting a softer romance in her style. I don't know what the other reviewer who compared this work to Ms. Heyer was thinking of in that regard except perhaps use of Myths which are used very specifically in this novel and the dialogue. Ms. Heyer embedded reference through story lines and with a much more subtle hand.
That said, this is a good story in its own right though I have to caution other potential listener/readers that this content being very, very racy. For example, can you imagine even in France that a lady would be able to wander into a store off a street in the fashionable part of Paris and find an erotic watch as a gift for her grandmother in the 1800's? If that does not make your head hurt or turn you off then this novel will be a treat to listen too because Kate Reading the narrator does amazing job.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (historical romance) - Lots of historical romances have the same basic plot, with the male being a ladies' man of ill repute and the female being a lady who cannot possibly be attracted to such a scoundrel (or him to her, for that matter). Despite the high reviews, I don't think this book had anything wonderfully fresh or exciting to add to that overdone (IMHO) initial premise.
Jessica is the typical lady you find in books of this genre. She is beautiful, sweet and smart, and much too good for Lord Dane. Lord Dane is rich and powerful, and most people fear him to some degree or another. He spends many evenings drinking and sleeping with whores, but the worst thing about Dane in my opinion is how they describe his appearance! As background, he was abandoned as a child and has extremely low self-esteem. He was bullied and teased by other kids because he looked different -- instead of being small-boned and having a fair complexion, he is Italian. He's often described as being huge and dark and his nose is often described as big and like a beak. Many times Dane is describing himself that way so part that is his self-loathing, but Jessica makes similar remarks even though she finds him irresistible. Eventually she manages to penetrate his tough shell and they fall in love, but I just never thought he was sexy or romantic. Bottom line, I just couldn't get into Dane, therefore, I couldn't get into the romance or the book.
PERFORMANCE - I'm adding Kate Reading to my list of favorite female narrators. Wow, can she do a multitude of voices and characters flawlessly!
OVERALL - Ummm, it was okay. Lovers of historical romance or first-timers to the genre may feel differently, or women attracted to big men with big noses. I don't really recommend this book but, as you can see from other reviews, I'm going against the grain here. It is not violent or dark, and I don't recall much, if any, bad language. There are a few sex scenes, but they're not very long or explicit. The story stands alone.
Just trying to find my next great read
What I expected.
She did a nice job
This is my first book by Loretta Chase.
Even though I did not love this book, I will read more by Loretta Chase. The heroine is wonderful. I loved her patience and her kindness and Jess does have a heart of gold. She cares not only for her family but for others as well. However, I could not stand the hero. I love the cruel and tortured heroes. Love them. However, I did not even want Sebastian a.k.a Lord Dain to even be with the beautiful Jessica. No matter what she did, what she gave, he would show 1 minute of kindness and then a day of hurtful behavior. It was one step forward, two steps back. At 78%, he showed he cared for her, but I feel that the rest of her life she would have to deal with this guessing game with Sebastian. Groveling is not a word that Sebastian knows. Jessica would be the only one reassuring Sebastian and not the other way around. I understand why Sebastian would not open up to Jessica, but even in his POV, he sounded so cold. So uncaring to what he was making her feel.
At first I loved how Lord Dain was all “I care for nothing or no one” but would think and kind of stalk Jessica, but then it was all about him.
I see all the high ratings and this book is one of those stories that just did not work for me. It is too long for me to wait until almost the very end to see how the hero really feels about people other than himself. Sebastian and his behavior became exhausting.
Things I loved:
Genevieve – Jessica’s grandmother
The bets that were going on when Jessica and Lord Dane were having their spats. Even the prostitutes were making bets. I loved it.
The kiss in Paris. Wow that was hot. From there it kind of fell apart for me.
The writing was good.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
Well, I found it really hard to click the pause button on this one!!!
WOW! This book is true to the raving reviews. Loretta Chase has created two leads, Sebastian Ballister (the notorious Marquess of Dain) and Jessica Trent (the woman who caught his eye) with psychological and developmental backgrounds that compliment and interlock their love and need for one another in such a deeper level than most romances.
Sabastian's background was definitely the most hurtful and psychologically damaging. His ability to deal with the rejection of his father, the abandonment of his mother, bullies at his school, and the difficulty connecting with women demonstrated his powerful coping skills and resiliency. OMG!!--This man is the epitome of resiliency!!! Nonetheless, he still needed healing for the things that were not right in his life.---Enter the beautiful, intelligent, witty and big-hearted Jessica to come and scramble up Sabastian's life of debauchery and pull him in like a magnet to her. When both meet for the first time in a shop in Paris, their chemistry was so tangible it felt like a humming buzz that only got stronger as the story progressed!
This book is full of great scenes and dialogues between the two leads throughout their relationship development. There are also very interesting relationships between Jessica and her grandmother, Genevieve, her nit-wit of a brother Bertrie and her ability to connect with little Dominic. It was also interesting to see how Sabastian dealt with his greedy, inner circle of friends when their own lives began to unravel.
In reading/listening to this book, I laughed, I teared up, I felt excited and there were also some interesting "putting the puzzle pieces" together moments. Overall, this book was powerful because it showcased the healing power of love and how the cycle of mistakes made by a previous generation does not have to be carried over to the next. I loved how Sabastian (or Dain as he is referred to throughout the book) and Jessica's love story created a new legacy for their family. Jessica was the conduit for the healing...she was exactly what Dain needed, and Dain fulfilled her every fantasy. That's my kind of romance and HEA!!!
Narrator: Kate Reading is excellent! She did a superb job! This is one wonderful audiobook experience!
Attorney - love to listen to audio books
I first learned of this book a few years ago from a publication called "The top 100 all time favorite romance novels". It was in the top five. I immediately purchased and read it three times. Wow! It was a fantastic experience. As soon as I saw Lord of Scoundrels come out as an Audible book, I downloaded it and have listened to it twice. It is my number one all time favorite romance novel. The story is of Jess's attempt to wrest her brother away from the influence of Bain (the Lord of Scoundrels) because her dull witted brother is losing all his (and her) money while gaming and drinking with with wealthy Lord Bain, who is a legendary scoundrel, womanizer and gamester. Jess is extremely intelligent, well educated and very clever. Bain is also well educated and clever. In fact he is brilliant. They are well matched to fight it out over who gets control of Jess's brother. The dialogue between Bain and Jess is lively, witty and rather risqué. They are immediately attracted to one another (like being hit by lightning) and while their passions are hot, they try to keep them hidden from one another. Not just once, but several times, Jess has to take extreme action to keep Bain in his place and to get things with Bain on track, but remember - she is very clever! There are a few villains to keep the book lively, but not desperate. There is a little boy in the village that will win your heart. And mostly there are Jess and Bain who won my heart from the beginning of the book and still hold it today. I agree with another reviewer that said Lord of Scoundrels reminded her of books by Georgette Heyer (which is extremely high praise) but with a little more bite. I agree. Lord of Scoundrels has the same wit, great dialogue and good story telling of a Heyer novel, but where Heyer's sexual details are left to the imagination (which is not a bad thing), Lord of Scoundrels is more explicit but not disgustingly detailed. This is a really good read or listen. I don't think anyone could regret purchasing this in book form or using a credit to hear Kate Reading's excellent performance of this excellent novel.
I am the definition of a contradiction. I am a tomboy but just can't seem to get enough of romance books!
I was highly entertained by this book. Few authors get to captivate viewers when writing romance books mostly because of the predictability of the ending. The storyline always determines whether I keep reading or pass on a book. This book kept me captivated from start to finish. I mean a woman who shots a man and then marries him! is definately worth a read.
Compared to other books I have chosen to listen to recently "Lord of Scoundrels" merits more than than a 5 Star rating.
This book had me totally riveted! It is a story that gives birth to an array of emotions. It was funny, sad, frustrating, with never a dull moment.
I felt so sorry for our hero growing up unwanted and unloved. From birth, Dain's father deemed his son an abomination, because of his "grossly overlarge nose" and "ill-proportioned limbs" he'd inherited from his Italian mother's side of the family. An outcast, because of his big nose and swarthy visage, Lord Dain was physical and mental abused by students at Eton (where he was sent at age 8) as well as tutors, with no one to turn to for help. As he grew to manhood, to compensate for lack of self esteem, for feeling unworthy of love, Dain resolves never to care for another person and to live only for his own dissolute pleasure.
Then he meets Jessica, a wonderful mix of charm, wit, strength, and heartfelt devotion to her family. Her brother has joined Lord Dain's groupies, and wants to be like his hero--drinking to access, gambling and wenching. Jessica, well aware that her brother is easily led, is determined to get him away from Lord Dain before he drives the family into bankruptcy...and the "battle of the sexes" begins. Not wanting to be a spoiler, I will stop here.
I highly recommend "Lord of Scoundrels" to all Romance lovers.
"Great story. Wonderful narrative!"
Love this book have read others and enjoyed all of them. The narration is super you always know which character is in play. Says everything!
"Fantastic story, adorable/not quite the usual"
The main man is actually adorable & more complex the the usual. Leading lady is a strong character too & the plot is good...loved the book but did find the reading a bit harsh on my ears. The 'stupid man' voice is used too often & for every man...yes, the reader took a bit of the pleasure from the story but better than some I've heard - the Italian for instance was great. Fantastic story though...one I'd like to have read properly.
Up there with my other favourites.
Dain and Jessica, of course, as there cannot be just one favourite.
Again, both Dain and Jessica!
Many moments moved me; when Jessica understood how Dain covered his feelings and when Dain understood how his son had suffered.
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.
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