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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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    Tawnya NASHVILLE, TN, United States 01-21-15
    Tawnya NASHVILLE, TN, United States 01-21-15 Member Since 2014

    Love to listen!

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    "Witty story"

    Fun book. Full of happy surprises. Wishing there were more for a series on Lord and Lady Dain. Narration was very nice to boot.

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    Maine Knitter 01-21-15
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    "Oh, yes, this is good!"

    I like protagonists who aren't perfect and Dain is far from perfect. This book is clever, witty, touching, and fun. I really like Loretta Chase's writing style; this is one of her best! And Kate Reading does an amazing job with her narration.

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    Heather TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 01-07-15
    Heather TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 01-07-15 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my all time favorites"

    Love this book and love it enough that I've listened to it multiple times. The authors other books are great as well, but this ones my favorite.

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    jm13 01-04-15
    jm13 01-04-15
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    "Fantastic, classic book, outstanding narrator."

    I love Kate Reading's narration. Just love it. She is an audiobook rock star. When I saw that she had narrated one of my all-time "Modern Regency" novels (i.e., with sex and with the behavioral aspects "cheated" towards the modern from the Georgette Heyer starting point), I got it immediately. And I was not disappointed. Ms. Reading has a true gift for male characters (see her reading of 6 books in the outstanding fantasy series by Jim Butcher called the Codex Alera, with a male main character -- I have never heard better rendering of male voices than Kate Reading, and defy anyone to give a superior example -- she is just that good). As for Ms. Chase's book, well, you just need to get it and bask in the awesomeness. She has her own gift for portraying the inner lives and turmoil of her characters, and their struggles through their own personal baggage and foibles towards the healing power of love. And when you add to that her other forte -- sparkling, witty dialogue -- well, it really just doesn't get any better than this. Lord of Scoundrels is a book I read maybe 20 years ago, and it stayed on my mental top-10 romance list all these years. 'Nuff said!

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    Donna El Cajon, CA, United States 01-01-15
    Donna El Cajon, CA, United States 01-01-15 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Scoundrel' indeed!"

    Wonderful Romantic story! Loved it. All the emotions were there, sadness, humor, and romance. Worth a credit! He was so tormented that you couldn't help but fall a little in love with him.

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    Stephanie TOPEKA, KANSAS, United States 12-14-14
    Stephanie TOPEKA, KANSAS, United States 12-14-14
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    "listened 3 times back to back"

    I found something new each time I listened. The story is sad, happy, funny, I didn't want it to end. However I believe the narration made this book even better, what a delight.

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    Elizabeth 11-22-14
    Elizabeth 11-22-14 Member Since 2012

    I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must

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    "Character Perfection...Narration at its best!"

    First off....this book could have sucked (but it didn't! ) and I would have listened anyway...because KATE READING COULD READ A PHONE BOOK AND BRING IT TO LIFE! She is the best narrator on the planet. In fact she is the ONLY reason I listened to this book. But I'm so glad I did because.....

    Lord of scoundrels is brilliant! I fell in love with Jessica immediately. She is easily in my top 3 heroines of all time. Chase's ability to bring characters to life (with Reading's help of course) is fascinating. This is a totally character driven book. There is a plot and storyline but it all takes a backseat to the dialogues and interactions between Jessica and Dain.
    This is one of the best books I have ever listened to. Witty...funny...tragic...heart-wrenching...heartwarming...romantic...sensual...Lord of Scoundrels has everything.
    The romantic scenes are steamy and somewhat descriptive but not over the top. They are handled tastefully.
    This book is worth a credit...heck it's worth 2!

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    Grace Albany, NY, United States 09-21-14
    Grace Albany, NY, United States 09-21-14

    In search of the next great Cindarella story

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    "Bravo! Well Done in deed!"
    If you could sum up Lord of Scoundrels in three words, what would they be?

    A must read!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jessica, she was a strong female character that understood men and their pride and knew when to push and when to pull back. She had a brain as well as an humor.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Wow there were so many... but I guess when she shot him! FOR REAL! I could not believe it!


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

    The scene when Dane asked her to marry him... and she did not in pride say no but understood his turmoil within and too the chance


    Any additional comments?

    Bravo! Well Done!I knew I had a winner from the first chapter if not the prolog. Wonderful writing, well thought out and reasonable story, romance with relationship connection with two strong main charters as well as interesting supporting charters. Well Done!I was happy and sad at the same time… happy to find this 5 start and sad that I must now resume the search once more.

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    Laura NC 08-05-14
    Laura NC 08-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved this book"
    What did you love best about Lord of Scoundrels?

    The story is excellent, characters are complex, narrative is witty.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are very real. I found myself laughing out loud.


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

    Yes, nearly did.


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    Morgan 07-21-14
    Morgan 07-21-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Hats off to Loretta Chase."
    What did you love best about Lord of Scoundrels?

    This book is very well written, full of humorous dialogue and enormously entertaining. The narration by Kate Reading is outstanding. One of the best audiobooks I have listened to in quite some time.
    Can we please get the rest of the Scoundrels Series???!!!!!


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