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

Juliana Gray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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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…

Editorial Reviews


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

About the Author

Juliana Gray began writing as a child to relieve the tedium of being sentenced to her room, and later turned to romance to relieve the tedium of unsatisfactory suitors. Sadly, despite five years’ residence in the most exclusive areas of London, she never met a single duke, though she once shared a taxi with a future baron.

Juliana’s debut romance trilogy, A Lady Never Lies, A Gentleman Never Tells, and A Duke Never Yields, won widespread acclaim, including the RT Book Review’s Seal of Excellence for August 2012. She followed up that trilogy with her Princess in Hiding series, including How to Train Your DukeHow to Master Your Marquis, and How to School Your Scoundrel. As Beatriz Williams, she is also the author of Overseas and A Hundred Summers. She enjoys dark chocolate, champagne, and dinner parties, and adores hearing from readers.

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  • File Size: 1249 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (June 3, 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,829 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great conclusion to the series June 26, 2014
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This is definitely my favorite of the series, mostly because there is a lot more action and the story moves to Italy and then back to Holstein-Schweinwald-Huhnhof as Luisa attempts to regain her throne and defeat the anarchists. I also appreciated that Luisa and Somerton didn't just jump into bed together. There was a logical progression in their relationship, and they did the honorable thing (which is saying a lot for a scoundrel such as Somerton). It was a challenge to redeem Somerton, since he was pretty much the bad guy in at least two other lines of this story, but by the end, there was no question he had found the right woman and deserved his HEA. I loved the epilogue, because I just bet the family reunions are a doozy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I adored Luisa and Somerton together..." July 6, 2014
By MNix
Format:Kindle Edition
Crown Princess Luisa of Holstein-Schweinwald-Huhnhof watched as the entire life she was raised to lead got turned upside down by the revolutionaries who murdered her father and her husband. Now disguised as a man and living in England while her uncle works to regain her crown, Luisa has gone from princess to personal secretary of the most dangerous man in England. The Earl of Somerton is dark, lethal, and extremely bitter. His wife is in love with another man and his focus has devolved into a quest for vengeance. Only Luisa seems able to reach him. But can she tell the man who trusts almost no one that she’s been keeping secrets from him? Even if he forgives her deception and promises to help her cause, Luisa isn’t so sure Somerton will ever be able to open his heart to her…and she’s very afraid she’s already lost hers to him.

The fate of a small German principality is decided in How to School Your Scoundrel. In the third Princess in Hiding book, Juliana Gray has penned a story filled with action, disguises, deception, redemption, and love.

Somerton is not an easy hero to like, but I grew to care about him fairly quickly, thanks to Ms. Gray’s talent. Somerton has never known love or genuine kindness, and each time he’s opened his heart he’s been slapped in the face in return. His marriage comes across as a twisted Beauty and the Beast story, one where Beauty would never give the beast a chance because he wasn’t the Adonis of her dreams. Somerton has become someone extremely bitter and hurt and it takes Luisa to bring him from the darkness to the light. Luisa is smart, capable, and just a bit cheeky. She doesn’t back down from Somerton and isn’t afraid to speak her mind.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 8 days 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 9 days 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 days 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 13 days 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 15 days ago by William28
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting finale to the Pricess saga
Published 17 days ago by Regency Romance Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was good, but I was expecting it to have a more explanatory ending!
Published 18 days ago by GRANDMA
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible!
Too wordy and very confusing. I was very disappointed. Hard to follow and too much going on at once. Save your dollars.
Published 29 days ago by Jane E Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Not at all what I was expecting but I loved it!
Have you ever read a book where you sit at the end and are all "omg. I...don't even know what to say about this one."? Welp. That's kinda me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anna's herding cats
5.0 out of 5 stars Regular reader of this author
This was a great story with a super Husband/Scoundrel in Lord Somerton. Just what a princess requires in a consort to hold fast on to her throne. Read more
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