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
Characters you'll love.
Jessica was such a fabulous character. It's difficult for me to enjoy most romance books because it feels like there is an overwhelming number of idiotic, self-conscious female leads. Jessica is most definitely not one of them. She is surprisingly smart and witty. She is attractive. And even though she is considered a 'spinster' given the time of the book, she knows that she's a catch.
She is also not afraid to admit that what she has with the male lead is, at first, lust. There is no love at first sight (which is just too darn unbelievable in most novels).
I would love for more female leads to be like this.
Kate Reading is a -fantastic- narrator. I can't stress this enough. She does sound a tad older (and that's hardly a bad thing), but it makes sense given the characters she's voicing.
She did such a great job of bringing the characters to life. She's the kind of narrator that would make me consider listening to a book specifically to hear her voice.
And I'm not exaggerating when I say that my toes kind of curled when she spoke in Italian in Dane's voice. It was... disconcerting to say the least.... But impressive nonetheless.
Hearing Dane break into Italian and beg Jess to stay was pretty moving. It was very well written, and to see such a defiant character break was very moving.
If you like period pieces and romance, this is the book for you. Be aware (and I'm sure you probably are), that there are explicit sexual situations in this book, so if that makes you uncomfortable you should look elsewhere for your entertainment. If that kind of stuff doesn't curl your hair, give it a try. It's definitely worth a listen.
Also, Dane reminds me of Rochester something fierce. And Jess was strong and unbending like Jane, so it appeased my inner Bronte lover. I could hardly take my earbuds out while I was at work and I had to work pretty hard to contain my laughter and squeals of delight.
I was very much entertained by this well written, intelligent, witty, sensual and fun story. The author invented believable interesting characters. The dialog (internal and between characters) was very well done and he narrator brought it all to life.
Kate Reading is a superb narrator. A number of other narrators I have listened to could have easily spoiled my listening experience. She was perfect for this audiobook.
The wit, humor & bantering between Dain and Jessica.
All scenes so far are most enjoyable. I have.not finished the book yet. Honestly, I don't want it to end.
If you were to listen to only one historical romance, this is the one. Jessica Trent is the best heroine ever and The Beast makes an outstanding hero. Wonderfully satisfying story masterfully performed by Kate Reading.
I love audiobooks. They are so convenient.
Kate Reading did a wonderful job in narrating this book. She could read the PHONE BOOK from cover to cover and I sit there and listen to her. In my book of female narrators, Ms. Reading is right next to Susan Ericksen in the #1 spot.
The reader was a perfect choice for this book. I truly enjoyed her voice. Kate Reading should continue with any of Ms Chase's historicals based in England.
I loved the interaction between the to leading characters.
This is my first
The part when Dane took care of his son
I have always loved this book and I hope all of the series is available soon
The combination of interesting characters and fantastic narrator made it difficult to pause this story.
The main characters were not your stock standard type and the witty dialogue.
Beauty and the beast???
Get the audiobook. You won't regret it.
I wouldn't recommend it,
She could have developed the caractors a bit better and actually have them act more consistently, the change in them was way too fast and the story was wrapped up too quick.
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.
It is very frustrating to read a few reviews on a book, all saying the book is wonderful, but none mentioning the fact that it is a bunch of raunchy sex scenes with a story thrown in there.
I have listened to Kate Reading before. She is a fantastic narrator.
I would have cut all the raunch. It's in poor taste.
One of the reviews I read before listening compared Loretta Chase's writing style to Georgette Heyer's. I guarantee Georgette would be spinning in her grave at that comment.
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