On a quest to avenge her sister's death, Eleanor Watkins never expected to fall for the man following her through pleasure gardens and into ballrooms. But soon nothing can keep her from the arms of the sinfully attractive scoundrel, not even the dangerous secrets she keeps. Strong, compassionate, and utterly irresistible, James is all she desires. But can she trust him enough to let herself succumb to all the pleasures that midnight allows?
James Swindler has worked hard to atone for his unsavory past. He is now as at home in London's glittering salons as he is in the roughest streets. But when the inspector is tasked with keeping watch on a mysterious lady suspected of nefarious deeds, he is determined to use his skills at seduction to lure Eleanor into revealing her plans. Instead, he is the one seduced, turning away from everything he holds dear in order to protect her - no matter the cost to his heart.
©2011 Jan Nowasky (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
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This final book was more of a mystery than a romance but still a great finish to the series. This book combines mystery and suspense with twists & turns that kept me guessing. If you are new to this series I would recommend reading this series in order. The characters get more developed and storylines become more clear with each book. Great series!
I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
A very good mistery that outsmarts the listener. The romance story was not that good. No fireworks, no butterflies but still interesting. Very good narration.
I loved this series, but this book was my absolute favorite. After listening to the first three, I grew to appreciate James Swindler, but not as much as I did in this book. It captured my attention in the beginning, but commanded my attention from about 2 1/2 hours in until the very end. It brought tears to my eyes on several occasions and it made me laugh and scowl. I don't remember another love story bringing me this much emotion in a long time. This is a series that I will listen to again and again!
Camden Smith owns DREAMFly Marketing, a full service marketing firm located in Southwest Florida. She regularly reviews books and is an avid reader as well as audible client. Favorite books are mysterious romances or those stories about personal growth.
I just couldn't get excited about this last book in the series. The main character was such a weak man in all the other stories especially having to do with Frannie I just couldn't get excited about him. The book got better about 4 hours in when there was really a twist and at the end it was great but it took too long to get to the good parts and I think Ms. Health should have done a better job of making us more interested in the main character in the earlier stories so it didn't take me 3 weeks rather than my usual 5 days to plow through the story.
I loved the series - really great but Ms. Health repeats herself way too often throughout her series almost as if she expects you to listen to or read one and not the rest of them. She needs to learn to write more succinctly and stick with character development and the story lines and elminate the unnecessary repetition which would make her stories even better and the first three in this series had a lot of repetition but the stories I thought were better.
Say something about yourself!
a total surprise
I laughed, I cried, I gasped and I clapped out loud at the twist and turns in this book.
I can think of none that saying would not lessen the pleasure for future readers.
First I thought it would be average at best. What a surprise. I wanted to rate this one highest of the four. So I wil. This one rates 6 stars.
Please, please let there be a book 5! Dr. Graves needs his turn.
love the other stories of the scoundrels of St. James!!!
its so hard to pick...the author did such a great job!
how both narrators have an important role in the story...and how well they balance the story.
wish antony had more to read in the book
The mixture of mystery and suspense in this love story makes for a great book full of surprises and an interesting finish. Excellent finish to an excellent series.
I read the book on my Kindle and listened to the audible version in the car. I always prefer reading to listening as it goes faster, but this was a good listen as well.
Although I liked all 4 of the Scoundrels of St. James books, this one had a twist that I never saw coming. Good story. Well told. The narrator is good, if a bit slow-paced and maudlin at times.
I've listened to all of the Scoundrels of St. James books. All four were good performances, though I admit I liked Antony Ferguson's voice better. Susan Ericksen did a good job of differentiating character voices. I really appreciate that.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a really good story. I liked Eleanor and James and their story was very good with some and unexpected twists that kept me interested until the end.
Eleanor is a young woman with an agenda. Her parents have both died, leaving the family with little money. Eleanor's sister went to London to have a "season" and try to find a husband the year before but returned troubled and later killed herself. When Eleanor found out the reasons for her sister's actions she was determined to make the guilty party pay, even if she has to go to London and make him pay herself.
Swindler is an inspector with the Scotland Yard. This is his dream job because he has a deep passion for seeing justice done. He was orphaned young and grew up in a group of child thieves (growing up with Luke, Jack and Fannie from the first 3 books). Swindler has remained close to his childhood friends to this day. Swindler has had an infatuation with Frannie since they were young and thought when she married Sterling (in book #3) he'd never find a woman for himself.
Eleanor knows the man who was responsible for her sister's plight and when she gets to London she starts following him, looking for info so she can proceed with her plan of revenge. She happens to be following him late at night in an area of town that's not necessarily safe for a lady alone when she's almost accosted by some other men who think they can carry her off for some fun against her will. Swindler was sent to follow the lady by his boss and happens to be close and save Eleanor from being taken against her will. Swindler is following her because Lord she was following got rather freaked out by her following him and asked the Scotland Yard to look in to it. Swindler didn't think she could be a real threat to the Lord but does his job. After saving her, he decides it's easy to keep an eye on her if he plays court on her. He goes to see Eleanor the next day and is rather distressed that his normal reserve has escaped him. He finds that Eleanor affects him greatly and he doesn't want to worry about his case so much as getting closer to her. Regardless of his concerns, Swindler pays court to Eleanor and they end up spending much time together. He's very surprised to find that the more time he spends with Eleanor, the more his previous infatuation with Frannie disappeared until he can only think of Eleanor. Eleanor wants to trust Swindler with what is going on but fears that he'll stop her or report her and she won't be able to do what needs to be done. She grows to care about Swindler a lot though and wishes things didn't have to go the way she's sure they will.
To be honest, there's a rather unexpected twist that comes in to play...a couple twists actually. Something unexpected happens and it brings about other things but I can't really talk about it without revealing a very important twist. Lets just say that things are difficult for the 2 MCs because of their lies in the beginning but that doesn't mean they didn't develope true feelings for each other. I understood Swindler's reasons behind his actions and liked the way he handled things. Eleanor was a very good female lead and I liked the way she was with Swindler and in general. Regardless of their shaky start, I enjoyed seeing them work their way to something together that could last and seeing how the crime drama part of the story played out as well. Overall I thought the story was very interesting and engaging and I loved how it ended and seeing them get their HEA together.
I really enjoyed this story. The MCs were likable on their own and I loved seeing them get together. The story was really good with enough intrigue and suspense to keep things interesting. Overall I really liked this book and I think it's my favorite of the series so far. I'd recommend this story. Thumbs up. :D
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