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
Right away I was drawn into the storyline. Sebastian is so very wounded and for all his intelligence he spends a lot of time thinking he is worthless, calling himself a beast. Into his life walks Jessica, a woman out of time - possessing a mind of her own and a desire to be of value to herself, rather than just a Victorian-style wife (shudder). Their sparring is classic! I loved the dialogue. They are constantly challenging each other, and out of these challenges they get to know each other's strengths.
I have to admit I shook my head many times at Sebastian. He is so used to thinking badly of himself that he makes stupid assumptions and decisions based on his emotional pain and hurts Jessica. He torments himself in his head and acts out like a child. Jessica recognizes this behavior and never gives up. She really is the strong one and she is able to open Sebastian's eyes, to help him understand the pain can be over. They get their HEA in the end. This really was a clever little book. Totally worth a credit.
I enjoyed most of this story however it was a little bit too long. The wittiness of the characters was very enjoyable I found myself laughing out loud at times. It was a real beauty and the beast kind of story but was quite different as well. I also found tears in my eyes at times. Very well narrated also.
Professional female with little time for the fun things (cooking, reading and traveling)!
No pouting, simpering, swooning heroines here! Hallelujah! I will read/listen to more by this author.
This is my first Loretta Chase novel and I loved every bit of it. Good characters, lots of action and wonderful interaction between the H & H. Terrific.
When I grow up, I want to be Jessica - Brilliantly smart, cunning and witty. I laughed out loud a number of times listening to her banter with her Diain and watching her twist him in circles as he was caught by her straight-forward assessments and solutions. She never deceived or tricked him -explained herself quite clearly, but he was certain she had to be up to no good as all women are -Sounds trite, but nothing you expect to happen does. Every time they headed into something I thought would be predictable, not only were their responses different, but so cleverly different, I HAD to back up and listen to them again! The story is excellent start to finish -I generally hate reviews that say "This is great!" and don't give a summary of the story, but I don't want to spoil this for anyone. Listen to the story and Expect the LEAST expected outcome!
Unlike many historical romance writers, Loretta Chase can really write. This book is a pleasure to listen to. Good narration as well.
I can't believe it's taken me so long to listen to this book (or any of Loretta Chase's books for that matter)!! Chase is an excellent writer and Kate Reading is one of the best narrators I've ever had the pleasure of hearing! These intelligent, complex, and witty characters are brought to life with Chase's clever writing and Reading's sharp narration. I found myself laughing out loud at the banter between Dain and Jessica, who enter into an immediate disgust/lust relationship. The supporting characters are fantastic - I especially loved the relationship between Jessica and her grandmother who insists upon being called Genevieve because "she has a name" and who defies all traditional Regency standards with her sense of humor and lack of prudishness.
Worth TWO precious credits!!
I always enjoy a book where the man is troubled... and that's how this one was... He never knew love, until her! never felt it, or gave it!
and she never gave up on him...
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