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

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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

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“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

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  • File Size: 1547 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (June 3, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 3, 2014
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EOARZU0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,207 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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I had extremely high expectations for this book. I had been eagerly awaiting it ever since I found out who the main characters would be (Somerton? Say what!) In all, the story was entertaining, but the reason I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 is that the character development/romance could have been stronger.

My favorite of this series by far is book 1. Book 2 of her Affairs by Moonlight is another favorite and gives some excellent background. I encourage anyone to read that BEFORE you read this book as you'll get a better appreciation for the Elizabeth/Roland/Somerton triangle.

In book 1 of this Princess series featuring Ashland and Emilie (Luisa's middle sister), you have some angst, but you see a real development in the characters; why Ashland was as he was, and the romance evolved beautifully. You were shown the love they had for each other and that's what made the story so strong in my opinion.

Here you have Somerton, who has been the villain in more than one of Gray's books, and Luisa (aka Markham). They have a nice relationship, but most of it was when she was still disguised as a male. As far as background on Somerton, except for his childhood where Mom and Dad were creeps, there wasn't really enough angst there to have warranted his behavior for the past 25 years. He's got 3 illegitimate children and doesn't have any relationship with his 5 year old son.

Somerton is said to have "fallen in love at first sight" with his wife, but if you read A Gentleman Never Lies, Elizabeth was already in love with Roland and only married him because he paid her family a huge amount of money. It was more about "owning" Elizabeth than anything else because of his dislike and downright hatred of Roland.
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