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How to School Your Scoundrel (A Princess in Hiding Romance Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Juliana Gray
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Book Description

Three intrepid princesses find themselves targets in a deadly plot against the crown—until their uncle devises a brilliant plan to keep them safe...

Princess Luisa has devoted her life to duty, quietly preparing to succeed her father as ruler. Nothing, however, primed her to live on the run, disguised as a personal secretary to a notorious English scoundrel. The earl is just the man to help her reclaim her throne, but Luisa is drawn to her powerful employer in ways she never imagined…

Philip, Earl of Somerton, has spent six years married to a woman in love with another man—he refuses to become a fool due to imprudent emotions ever again. Only, as his carefully laid plans for vengeance falter, fate hands him hope for redemption in the form of a beautiful and determined young princess who draws him into a risky game of secrets, seduction, and betrayal. And while his cunning may be enough to save her life, nothing can save him from losing his heart…

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    *Starred Review* Princess Luisa of Holstein-Schweinwald-Huhnof has no problem understanding why Philip, Earl of Somerton, can’t keep a personal secretary for more than a month. Less than five minutes after meeting the nobleman, Luisa, disguised as Lewis Markham, can tell Philip is an arrogant, condescending, tightly wound tyrant. Unfortunately, Luisa has no choice but to apply for the job. After the brutal assassination of her father and her husband, Luisa and her two sisters fled to England, where their only hope of reclaiming the throne of Holstein-Schweinwald-Huhnof rests on the sisters remaining disguised as men. Once Luisa secures the position, however, she isn’t sure which is worse, trying to escape from a cadre of blood-thirsty revolutionaries bent on eliminating every last branch of the Holstein-Schweinwald-Huhnof royal family or working for the always maddening and infuriatingly sexy Philip. Gray wraps up her A Princess in Hiding trilogy (How to Tame Your Duke, 2013; How to Master Your Marquis, 2014) on a high note with a perfectly plotted and completely enthralling romance that not only delivers the addictive mix of wit and sensuality her readers expect but also showcases this author’s flair for exquisitely nuanced characterization. --John Charles


    Praise for the Princess in Hiding romances

    “Crackles with chemistry and romantic tension…Emotionally electric scenes between strong characters make this one a winner.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    “Gray’s witty writing, flawless characterization, and fanciful plotting make this Victorian-set historical romance an absolute treasure.”—Booklist (starred review)

    “Fun, engaging, sensual, and touching…A delightful romance treat.”—Kirkus Reviews

    “Featuring astute writing and charm, this work from Gray…sets off a new series with some serious heat.”—Library Journal

    “An interesting, funny, and engaging read.”—Fresh Fiction

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1249 KB
    • Print Length: 320 pages
    • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (June 3, 2014)
    • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00EOARZU0
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,242 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Skips and snags June 4, 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I think Ms. Gray has a talent for writing premises that are intriguing and immediately piques a person's interest. And that's it. Although the premise of this book--a villain turning into a hero--was a draw for me, the plotting, the characters, and the story left me cold. Spoilers ahead.

    This is how the story goes: Lord Somerton, the enraged husband of the heroine in "A Gentleman Never Tells" unwittingly becomes the employer of Princess Luisa, disguised as a clerk. A few months later, Princess needed saving; Somerton complies. A few weeks later, Somerton needed saving from himself, the Princess complies. A few weeks later, they have a marriage of convenience. They have sex, then they try to save her principality, but the peasant people ended up saving the principality. And the Earl and Princess live happily ever after...with babies.

    And that is how Ms. Gray wrote the book. There's a lot of time skips, where the reader is left to imagine to himself about the events in-between that lead to Somerton being redeemed and becoming utterly devoted to the Princess and that lead to the Princess to adore Somerton. You don't really read about them going about the process. For example, after the initial meeting, there's a time-skip of around two or three months, and the Princess meets up with the Duke of Olympia to report (re the progress of their subterfuge). And according to the narrative, in those few months working closely with the Earl, she has come to be attracted to and respect him. Why wasn't this shown, instead of the prolonged conversations with the Duke? And we are also left to assume that in those few months that the Earl has been redeemed because of spending time with his secretary. But this was never shown.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A scoundrel wanted, white knights need not apply June 4, 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Princesses can have nothing to do with scoundrels. Or so the hero, notorious Earl of Somerton, told Luisa, the eldest of the three German princesses, a month before he agreed to marry her. Evidently, when a princess is on the run from radical anarchists bent on regicide and needs help getting back on the throne, no one but a scoundrel would do.

    With the spellbinding conclusion of A Princess in Hiding trilogy, Juliana Gray proved, once again, that she has no rivals in telling multiple sides of the same story. Even though I've only recently read A Gentleman Never Tells, the first half of the book didn't feel repetitive. Rather, it was as if missing pieces of the puzzle clicked into place, giving Somerton's actions context without whitewashing them. He was nearly obsessed with seeking revenge on the man, whom he blamed for breaking up his marriage, and nothing Luisa said while in or out of her disguise swayed him from his course.

    It was the same single-minded determination in achieving his goals that made him the ideal husband for Luisa in the eyes of the duke of Olympia, who, as you might have guessed if you've read any of the prior books, had engineered the entire scheme. If you haven't, this book probably isn't the best one to start with - while it could probably stand on its own - you would loose too many clever connections to previous novels. I would recommend reading at least the first two books in the trilogy first.
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars I was shocked --- Somerton is actually a good guy June 3, 2014
    By Dorothy
    Format:Kindle Edition
    (I was provided an ARC via a contest, but I was not asked to review in exchange for it)

    When I read that the hero in this story was Somerton from Juliana Gray's first simultaneous trilogy, I could NOT believe that she would make me like the guy. I was very skeptical. How would she balance the opinions/facts/plot lines that we learned about him in other books?

    But she did it. This book is an onion that slowly peels back the layers to reveal Somerton's true motivations and feelings. I absolutely loved reading a story where I was in doubt as to how much I would enjoy it. Somerton is damaged, but he is not beyond redemption. And this story redeems him all the way.

    This is a romance, so obviously Luisa is the onion peeler. I love these "Princess in Hiding" stories. You know some of the twists from the first book, but it doesn't ruin the story because the characters don't know the twists. And even knowing (some) of what is coming, you don't see it coming. At least, I didn't. And then when the plot unfolded, a lightbulb went off and I said, "Oh yeah, that happened! I like this other point of view!"

    Juliana Gray is the supreme emperor of simultaneous stories. She is amazing at keeping everything straight between the stories. Because this story happens at the same time as her first trilogy, there are lots of plot lines to keep straight. Facts that you read in other books and wonder, "Why is this in the book?" knowing that authors always have a reason for a fact...well those facts are revealed is subsequent books.

    I wholeheartedly loved this story. Five stars.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite Successful
    The last novel in Juliana Gray’s “A Princess in Hiding” Victorian romance series, How to School Your Scoundrel features a challenging hero and a remarkably self-possessed and... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Mrs. J.
    4.0 out of 5 stars Joyful
    I enjoyed this book, it was fun, happy, mysterious, I would recommend it and do hope many people will read it
    Published 6 months ago by joyful
    5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed the whole series, and how it all worked out
    I love Markham - and love how Somerton continues to all her Markhma as an endearment...
    Great to see how the princesses stories have turned out and Luisa's fight for her... Read more
    Published 7 months ago by rushie86
    5.0 out of 5 stars How to School Your Scoundrel by Juliana Gray
    There are some books that just beg to be made into movies. Ravishing the Heiress by Sherry Thomas, Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase, and this extremely entertaining and... Read more
    Published 9 months ago by M. E. Almaguer
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, not well told
    It was a good story line but was not well told. I skipped many of the pages because it was redundant. Read more
    Published 9 months ago by shellie51
    4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful finale in Trilogy
    Author Juliana Gray is one of my favorite historical romance authors to read. She is adept in creating storylines with multiple sub-plots going on, with no confusion either to the... Read more
    Published 10 months ago by Love2read
    4.0 out of 5 stars Torn....
    I liked the book and surprisingly I liked Somerton - which after reading A Gentleman Never Tells and How to Tame Your Duke - I honestly didn't think was possible. Read more
    Published 10 months ago by TracyJane
    4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it!
    The Duke of drag. I swear it's true. Using the alias 'Mrs. Duke'. I may never recover

    Worth every penny.
    Published 10 months ago by M. Dinel
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
    I enjoyed this book, after reading the previous books which were also great reads I wasn't sure if this would be a dud but the author has proven herself. Read more
    Published 10 months ago by Lydia
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Another great one from Gray, with finely drawn characters. I look for her next work.
    Published 10 months ago by William28
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