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Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel (Beau Monde) Mass Market Paperback – February 7, 2012

3.8 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Beau Monde Series

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Where have all the good men gone? That is what Lana Hillary wants to know. Sure, Lana can find the perfect match for family members and friends, but when it comes to finding her own Prince Charming, all Lana seems to encounter is a bunch of fortune-hunting toads. Still it doesn’t keep Lana from trying to find the right man to marry, someone who will cherish and treasure her, someone kind and respectable, someone so totally not like Lord Andrew Forest. The very definition of a love-’em-and-leave-’em rake, Andrew is the last man on earth whom Lana would even consider marrying. However, when Lana finds herself thrown together with Drew at a country-house party, she finds herself giving in to temptation. The difference is that this time Lana vows she will be the one doing the “loving and leaving.” Grace’s fabulously fun debut will dazzle and delight readers with its endearingly outspoken heroine, devilishly rakish hero, and abundance of high-octane sexual chemistry. --John Charles

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"With heart and humor, Grace delivers a rich and winning Regency debut. Clever and charming, this tale brings in everything Regency fans love-meddling mothers, oppressive high society, subtle wit, steamy interludes, and a bit of intrigue-without ever feeling formulaic. STARRED REVIEW" - Publishers Weekly

"Evocative... There is a charm in Grace's prose that will delight readers." - RT Book Reviews

"Grace's fabulously fun debut will dazzle and delight readers with its endearingly outspoken heroine, devilishly
rakish hero, and abundance of high-octane sexual chemistry." - Booklist

"Samantha Grace's debut novel, Miss Hillary Schools A Scoundrel is simply delightful. Ms. Grace writes an amazingly detailed story. Miss Hillary Schools A Scoundrel is most certainly a page-turner and I soaked up every single word from the very beginning." - Netgalley Reader Review

"Readers will quickly find themselves immersed in a young rake's Regency romance with an innocent miss in Samantha Grace's debut Regency Romance. The characters are fun and witty, leading readers along a flirtation and into love." - Night Owl Reviews

"Looking for the next 'must have' historical romance? Well look no further than Samantha Grace's debut novel MISS HILLARY SCHOOLS A SCOUNDREL." - The Romance Reviews

"Definitely one to try for historical romance lovers, and I am anxiously awaiting book two in the series." - I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read

"I loved it, I adored it and I can't wait to read more from this author. My final conclusion? Miss Hillary Schools A Scoundrel is an absolute 'must read.'" - Once Upon a Chapter

"It was a great start to this series and I can't wait to see who's going to be next." - Booked Up

" If you are looking for a warm Regency filled with wit and laughter and a bit of mystery and some wonderful, hot loving, this is a great debut to try! 4 stars" - Rogues Under the Covers
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Product Details

  • Series: Beau Monde (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Original edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402258313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402258312
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,673,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had such high hopes for this book- thought it would be quirky and fun. But I found it rambling, contradictory and confusing. The main characters kept contradicting themselves in word, thought, and deed so the overall effect was very disjointed.
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Lord Andrew Forest is a rake and a rogue, a man who revels in his bachelorhood and flees even the mere mention of marriage. He enjoys the female form entirely too much to ever settle for one. And once he gets a gander of the delectable unmentionables of one Miss Lana Hillary, spotted from his position on the ground as she shimmied out of a second story window to evade a persistent suitor, he would heartily enjoy adding her form to his extensive collection.

He's not so much of a blackguard, however, to ruin an innocent, no matter how her quick wit and humorous banter stirs his mind as well as his blood, or how, on each subsequent meeting, she becomes more deeply embedded in his thoughts.

She has already learned a painful lesson when it comes to avoiding men like Lord Andrew Forest. After all, Lana had been engaged to one, and one dissolute rake is enough to last a lifetime. Of course Drew is handsome and charming. And of course he makes her pulse pound. That's a rake's standard. She's smart enough not to give into it. Especially as they hardly travel in the same circles.

Those thoughts comfort Lana until Drew shows up at her friend's country estate, where Lana and her mother had been invited to spend the summer. Forced to fend off her mother's idea of suitable husbands on one front, Drew's avid attention on the other, Lana suddenly finds herself overwhelmed. She's got to stay away from the glorious Lord Andrew or risk losing a piece of her heart as well as her reputation. Lana knows if that were to happen, neither one would ever be repaired.

Drew is at his wits end. He can't stop thinking about Lana. He's lost interest in his comfortable, disreputable life and grown bored with gaming, wenching, and parties.
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Miss Lana Hillary has gotten herself into a bit of a situation. She has found herself attracted to the type of man she has sworn off after a broken engagement, a scoundrel. And unfortunately her first meeting with this scoundrel is quite indecent to say the least. As Lana is trying to escape the lecherous advances of a man she disgusts, she climbs out of a window and hangs there until the rakish Lord Andrew Forest happens by and is able to help. But as Andrew is a rake of the highest order, he thinks a kiss is a proper thank you. Hee hee. You can see the mutual attraction right off the bat with this couple but as Lana only will marry for love, there is no room for scoundrels but that doesn't stop Andrew from pursing her. And when Lana's brother, Jake, throws down the ultimate challenge--stay away from my sister--the pursing begins in earnest. After all, Andrew doesn't need to bed her completely, just some more steamy kisses will do. However, the attraction is too strong and passionate for that to stay true and Lana ends up being the one that throws up the walls afterwards and leads Andrew on a bit of a chase.

This is Samantha Grace's debut novel and she does an excellent job of taking many common Regency themes--dashing scoundrels who will never marry but fall hard, heroines that refuse to marry for anything less than love, meddling mamas that must see their almost-on-the-shelf-daughter married now, protective older brothers--and mixing it all together in a way that was still fresh and fun to read. I love stories that have large extended families that are close and get along well and this one delivers on that front as well through Andrews family. Andrew has a wonderful relationship with his parents and siblings as does Lana.
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I really enjoyed the first few chapters of this book. But as soon as I got deeper into the story and got a feel for the characters a bit, I just found myself more and more disinterested with everything. The book read more like a novella. I just didn't believe in some of the actions of the characters. Everything just became so cutesy and too predictable. I got more than half-way through when I decided to put the book down in frustration. Now here I am two months later and I still don't have the desire to pick the book back up.

Don't get me wrong, this book is by no means horrible. I just found that for me it was hard to believe in some of the things that were happening. When I read I want to believe in everything that is occurring, not rolling my eyes at how predictable and uncharacteristic everything is.
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By DanielleN on September 18, 2012
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I am rather surprised by so many favorable reviews, as I found this book to be rather tedious, slow-going and a bit difficult to read. The description on the back sounded quite interesting- a young lady sleeps with a rogue, then "disappears without so much as a by-your-leave." That is one short portion of the story, and "disappears" entails the man following after her and finding her by chance the next day (she hasn't gone into hiding, just left the scene of the seduction). That is not my definition of disappears!

Some of the action jumped from scene to scene, without an adequate transition, and also the time progression of the story felt off. As an example, the book opens on May 26th, at which time the heroine meets up with her best friend after the friend has been gone some time and notices "something different," but can't place her finger on it. The friend confesses she is pregnant. Jump to the next bit of action, a hunting party, at which this pregnant friend must awkwardly sit due to the advanced stage of the pregnancy (then as they leave the hunting party, mentions she is still 6 weeks from her due date). Next pertinent scene London, "in the autumn" (aka fall)- after their 5 day journey to get there. As the hero's parents arrive a short while later, there is discussion of how glad they could arrive in town earlier than Easter, as they haven't done in the past, so they could have time to get a wardrobe for the younger sister's come out next season (it is apparent it is still fall, not the next spring, so I believe this was teasing, but it was rather jarring as I read it). This could be a logical progression of the passing of the story, but it didn't feel like it as I was reading the book, it felt jarring- I kept flipping back to previous pages, saying, "What!?
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