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Sea Scoundrel (Knave of Hearts Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Annette Blair
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (296 customer reviews)

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Book Description

SEA SCOUNDREL, Knave of Hearts, One of Four

--Lady Patience Kendall crossed the sea to marry, but her intended died before she arrived. Penniless and stranded, she found only one way to get home: Bring rich American Misses to England to find them titled husbands. At the ship, she realized their mothers expected each to wed the Marquess of Andover. She'd seek an introduction. On the journey, Captain Grant St. Benedict was anything but friendly. Just because her girls caused a few mishaps? Grant had never met a woman more irritating, or more desirable, than the Lady Patience Kendall. But however dangerous his interest, he couldn’t resist teaching the delicious distraction that independence was nothing to passion.

A history of SEA SCOUNDREL: In 1999, the book, LADY PATIENCE, needed to be cut in half to fit the Precious Gem Line for Kensington Publishing. Now, here in its full award-winning, uncut glory for the first time is the story of the Sea Captain and his Lady.

SEA SCOUNDREL, Knave of Hearts, One
PROPER SCOUNDREL, Knave of Hearts, Two
CAPTIVE SCOUNDREL, Knave of Hearts, Three
HOLY SCOUNDREL, Knave of Hearts, Four

Review Quotes for SEA SCOUNDREL:

“The love story between the Captain and his lady is simply marvelous. The dialogue is witty and the girls’ shipboard antics will have you laughing out loud. Don’t miss this one.” Suzanne Coleburn, The Belles & Beaux of Romance

“This lighthearted romance interlaced with humorous, zany, shipboard antics, charming repartee, matchmaking, and sensual love scenes, will delight any lover of historical romance.” Sofia, Calico Trails Review

“Ms. Blair's writing is as smooth as a fine Kentucky bourbon. Sexy ... fun ... top notch entertainment. ” Debbie, Romance Reader at Heart

Bio: A New York Times best selling author, Annette Blair left her job as a Development Director and Journalism Advisor at a private New England prep school to become a full time writer. At forty books and counting, she added cozy mysteries and bewitching romantic comedies to her award-winning historical romances. She also stepped into the amazing world of self-publishing.

Awards:
1997 RWA Golden Heart Finalist
1991 A Heart of the Rockies Award
1991 A Dallas Area Romance Authors Award


Product Details

  • File Size: 1243 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: ABA LLC; 6 edition (May 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082CA0Z8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,232 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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150 of 172 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sea silliness July 21, 2012
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I got this because (1) it was free on Kindle (2) all the reviewers except one gave it five stars. The reviewer who didn't give it five stars--she only gave it one--well, her review came across as illiterate (thanks to the typos and grammar errors) so I didn't give it any credence.

Turns out, I should have. It was one of the silliest books I've read in a long time--and I read a lot. It wasn't silly in a good way either--it never made me laugh or even smile. It was full of women acting like idiots--either sobbing uncontrollably, setting the rigging on fire, turning a pig loose on board ship, etc. Sorry, not amusing. It's not that I have no sense of humor. I love Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, and Stephanie is a one-women walking disaster zone. But it takes skill to make that kind of thing funny. This author doesn't have that skill.

The book begins with the heroine falling and the hero picking her up. By doing so, the author establishes right away that the heroine is a clumsy fool--even though I'm sure that wasn't her intent. I should make a pledge never to read a book that has the heroine and hero meeting when she trips and falls. It's a bad sign of a total lack of imagination on the part of the author. I don't think I've ever read a good romance that begins with the heroine falling down. If anyone can think of one, let me know.

The book isn't totally unreadable, unlike some, but you can't in good conscience call it a Regency. The plot is implausible, many details are inaccurate...the whole book should be considered a "fantasy" rather than Regency or Historical novel. By the end of the book, the author has managed to pair off all the characters but one.

This book is supposed to be part of a series.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some errors and blunders, but still a fun read August 10, 2012
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I'm one of those people who notices every typo on a menu or sign, who groans at the misplaced apostrophe and cannot fathom how so many high-school graduates can't use basic grammar and punctuation correctly. I have skipped many, many e-books for this reason. There are some errors like that in this e-book (seriously, folks, can you not pay someone fifty bucks to proofread your manuscripts, I'm begging you?) but it wasn't nearly bad enough that I couldn't get through it. Some unnecessary commas and misplaced quotation marks, some missed line returns, etc. The most blatant offense I can think of off-hand is when the word "thrown" was used for the word "throne," and twice in the same sentence. Many of these errors would have been caught with a simple computerized spell & grammar check. But again, it was passable, and probably most readers wouldn't have been as twitchy about it, because I am confessedly nitpicky and overly critical about that stuff.

Now let's talk about the writing as far as language usage, clarity, etc. As one reviewer mentioned, the prologue where we meet the four boys is very confusing; it's not clear who is talking, who they're talking to or who they're talking about. Throughout the novel the pronouns are sometimes similarly vague. I once went through a whole paragraph thinking the "she" in question was the aunt rather than the heroine, and wondering why on earth the aunt would be confused upon the protagonist not greeting her with a kiss as he usually did. Again, these things could have been caught by even a halfway proficient editor. But the author can turn a phrase very well. The descriptions could be lively, although also vague at other times, and the vocabulary was diverse and mostly well employed.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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This is my second Annette Blair book, and I have to ask myself - "Why?" Why did I read another one? Probably because it was free and it looked interesting. My first Annette Blair was "Undeniable Rogue." I'd almost forgotten how painful to get through that was, and that I was yelling at the idiot characters halfway through the book. This one wasn't quite that bad. But I have to wonder about the author's attitudes about people and how they should interact. Evidently never with a great deal of honesty.

There were some fun moments in this book, but most of it was all too predictable. And the heroine was 24, going on 16, if you judge by her actions and ability to deal with people. Other reviewers have mentioned a lot of the silliness of the characters in this book: the over-the-top behavior of "the girls" - who really just all seemed too stupid to be alive. As for the grammar and editing - I heartily agree with the reviewer's comment "The commas, dear God, the commas." Hard to get past.

But my biggest complaints are some of the "facts" and situations which made absolutely no sense. Starting with the prologue: the vicar's son, thrown into some stable with the other 3 soon-to-be-heroes of their own story, is described as ten years younger than the oldest in the group. They also mention that they are at some academy for unruly boys. So how old are these boys that they are still in school? Can't believe they'd be at some "school" they couldn't leave after they hit their majority - so can't be older than 20, can they? So is the youngest one 10 years old? So what was a 10-year-old boy doing compromising the neighbor girl to the point that the girl's mother had him sent away? Was he really that precocious?
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3.0 out of 5 stars the book is a good read but every action is predictable
the book is a good read but every action is predictable. I was hoping for a little more drama or unpredictability. Seems they all have the same theme and are all the same formula. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Alison Tirschel
5.0 out of 5 stars A TOTAL SURPRISE.
OHHHHHHHH so wonderful. Full of adventure and romance
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Fun book to pass the time....
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Enjoyed this very much..Action--Humor..

Enjoyed--action--humor..
Published 1 month ago by Jean S. Barlowe Sr.
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful read
I really enjoyed this book. Loved the story line. Loved the characters. I will be reading every book in this series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tops
Keeps you wanting to go on into the book.
Published 1 month ago by Hugh Brashear
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I loved it but did not like the way it ended
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfectly crafted romance
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5.0 out of 5 stars True love on the seas
I loved it ! Twists and turns every page. Well worth reading !!!
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More About the Author

Dear Readers,

Thank you! I'm officially a New York Times & a USA Today Bestselling Author.

Writers have many dreams for their careers, not the least of which is to have their books hit those lists. But it came as a delightful surprise, 2 days after surgery, to learn that JACOB'S RETURN, a book of my heart, hit that coveted milestone in its second release, fifteen years after the first. Many thanks to you, my wonderful readers. for making it possible. For those who are not familiar with the story, JACOB'S RETURN is a SEXY Amish Historical Romance, though no Amish writing rules existed when the book was written in the late nineteen-eighties. Now sexy Amish Historicals have become something of a trademark. My dedicated readers want the love scenes.

Meanwhile my New York Times Bestselling Mystery Series increased by one. TULLE DEATH DO US PART, my 6th Vintage Magic Mystery brought more notes and email than ever. I love hearing from you, so thank you so much. Your words delight and encourage me. Thanks too for your reviews, for telling your friends & posting your enthusiasm on social sites. Nothing is as valuable as word of mouth. Thank you for mentioning my work. A writer can't succeed alone. I could never succeed without you.

It's been nearly eight years since I left my job as a Development Director at a New England Prep School to become a full time writer, and I am still loving the heck out of it. I will admit that my knee replacement surgeries interfered with my creativity in 2013. I had one in March and one in September. Your cards, good thoughts, vibes, white light, & prayers, are much appreciated.

I didn't always know I wanted to be a writer, but I discovered Jane Eyre soon after I got my first library card. I was eleven and already giving every story a romantic spin, whether it called for one or not. In high school, I wrote romances about my friends and their boyfriends. Racy stuff for which their mothers did not thank me. That was my single true rebellion as a teen, and I'm so glad I ran with it. Because over-achieving, goody-two-shoes have no fun.

When my children were young, I jotted plot ideas on corners of envelopes, recipe cards, and such, and threw them in my nightstand. One day, I picked one and started writing. I have since journeyed to Regency England; 19th century Amish America; twenty-first century Salem, Massachusetts; Newport, Rhode Island; and Mystic, Connecticut; falling in love and solving mysteries along the way. I created a host of sassy, sexy witches who tantalize and torment the men in their lives. Hopefully, those men and women, witches and rogues alike, will make some happy magic for you.

I've re-released: The Rogues Club, a Multi-Award-Winning series of Regency Historical Romances. UNDENIABLE ROGUE, UNFORGETTABLE ROGUE, UNMISTAKABLE ROGUE & UNTAMABLE ROGUE. They're Unputdownable, as are: SEA SCOUNDREL, CAPTIVE SCOUNDREL, PROPER SCOUNDREL & HOLY SCOUNDREL.

Many of you have asked me, "What's next?" To get through a recovery that can be depressing--pain and physical therapy are a drag--I gravitated toward a Contemporary Romantic Comedy Series with a touch of Magic. It's filling my creative well, making me laugh, and keeping me working. You can expect WISHING WELL WEDDING (tentative title) in the first quarter of 2014.

Happy Reading, Happy New Year, and much love,
Annette

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