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Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel (Beau Monde) Mass Market Paperback – February 7, 2012
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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
"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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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!?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
DNF; I read about half of it and was just too annoyed by the plot and prose and characterization to go on.Published 4 months ago by Cat
This very traditional Regency is forty-seven chapters. I did not realize that the book's outlandish length until the fifth chapter. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lily
I really loved this book and I always like to read the first book so I can see how the author grows as I read there other books. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Molly B. Laird
This was a most agitating tale. I wasn't sure how it was to end as the author kept throwing wrenches into all the paths I thought the characters were going to take. Read morePublished 14 months ago by LadyL
Enjoyed every moment. Could not help but become enchanted with each character. Looking forward to reading the remaining books in this series.Published 15 months ago by Elizabeth Elenowitz
4 stars (granting consideration this is debut)
>Intimate Scenes- Several steamy, descriptive but not overtly explicit
Thought this was a promising debut... Read more
It had promise and I did want to see it through to the end but I was quite annoyed at the main characters the majority of the time. Read morePublished 20 months ago by micrieeau89
Quick paced reading that has it all--romance, humor, funny antics, and danger. The story flows well leaving you satisfied in the end.Published on May 8, 2014 by Jenell Richardson