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Never Trust a Scoundrel (Sons of Scandal) Mass Market Paperback – March 25, 2008
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About the Author
After a detour through fitness instructing and computer programming, Gayle Callen found the life she'd always dreamed of as a romance writer. This USA Today bestselling author has written more than twenty historical romances for Avon Books, and her novels have won the Holt Medallion, the Laurel Wreath Award, the Booksellers' Best Award, and been translated into eleven different languages. The mother of three grown children, an avid crafter, singer, and outdoor enthusiast, Gayle lives in Central New York with her dog, Uma, and her husband, Jim the Romance Hero. She also writes contemporary romances as Emma Cane.
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Top Customer Reviews
Fortunately for Grace, Throckmorten doesn't want to marry her - or anyone else for that matter. However he does want a new mistress and eventually they find themselves in a wager; if he can tempt her to be his mistress within two weeks, he wins; if she holds out against his seductive charm she will be allowed to have a family heirloom, a rather special violin.
And so the story continues in what seems like an oft-trod direction. Man tries to seduce woman, woman is very tempted but tries to resist. Grace decides to try to redeem Daniel whose family have been rather scandalous in the past, Grace's gambling-addicted brother appears from time to time, there's another minor plot about someone who wants to marry Grace, but most of the attention is on Daniel and Grace.
The story feels rather lightweight most of the time with Grace able to behave in a most unlikely manner in a world when women were closely chaperoned. We see the story through both Grace's and Daniel's eyes and there are few surprises along the way. It's a reasonable enough read but didn't stand out in any way and towards the end the story was dragging a little too much for this reader.
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book, curledup.com. © Helen Hancox 2008
Instead she still tries to help her brother and save the estate by making a very indecent wager with Daniel, the man who won her and didn't really want her or her homes in the first place. All he wanted was the violin. And in the end tries to save Daniel too. Huh? The author keeps having her say that she's worried about herself and her reputation but then has her behaving just the opposite.
Grace's character keeps making stupid decisions and acting totally immature and naive and just plain stupid to the world around her. It's like the author tries to have Grace seem worldly but instead she comes off as this stupid country miss that doesn't have a clue of what she's doing, but keeps doing it. And where was her anger and wariness? Could she just shed everything that had happened in the past as if it didn't traumatically affect her? I kept thinking if her reputation gets ruined- she has it coming! It's Daniel's worldliness and maturity, her brother growing maturity, and her friend's care and all their love- and just pure dumb luck- that saves her in the end. I truly think if the author had put the appropriate strong, mature female character into this book it would've been very, very good. Too bad it wasn't Grace.
Grace is stunned as not only is this out of character for her prim and proper mom; she lost to a noted rake whose family is always embroiled in scandal. However, Daniel may be amused by the affair, but he will never force a female into his bed. Instead his plan is to seduce Grace so that she voluntarily graces his bed. Grace assumes she can ignore his seduction and regain her freedom, but Daniel's kisses are hard to resist as she has fallen in love with the scoundrel who keeps raising the ante.
The "introduction" between the lead couple is a wonderful unique concept (unless you're Grace) that brings a distinct freshness to the nineteenth century tale of the romance between a rake and an innocent. Daniel and Grace prove to be much more than the stereotypes as they gamble on love while the eccentric support cast especially her gambler of a mother and his out of control family enhance this entertainingly brisk early Victorian romance.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved it! Great story. I could not put it down! Loved the attraction, the passion, and the playful banter between the main characters. An enjoyable reading!Published 11 months ago by Florencia Fontan
I liked this book because it took me into the story and I wanted to keep reading to reach the conclusion.Published 15 months ago by Diana Jester
I thought I read all of Gayle Callen's books but I seem to have missed 2. This book was funny, crafty, quirky, sexy, has great characters and it answered so many questions for me... Read morePublished on February 16, 2014 by Patty McKenna Van Hulle
Gayle Callen tells another romantic story of a strong woman finding her way in life and society. She brings in characters from her other books which makes the story even more... Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I am a fan of hers. I am not quite done reading this book, but am moving along. It is really getting interesting. Real cat and mouse.Published on August 20, 2013 by Rochelle A. Papurt
I just loved the way Daniel comes to realize he loves Grace.
Her mother is a gambler and gambles away their home/property and Grace to Daniel. Read more
Grace was won in a card game along with the home she lived in by her gambling addicted mother. Really? Read morePublished on July 6, 2013 by dreamon