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A Perfect Scoundrel Hardcover – Large Print, September 1, 2002
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This is the story of Lord Quentin Somerville, a rake to end all rakes. He has made a living out of debauchery until the fateful day he lays eyes on the Season's reigning beauty Clarissa Edwardes. He is instantly smitten and decides to pursue her. Tired of competing with Clarissa's other titled and more wealthy suitors, Quentin concocts a plan to trap her into marriage by compromising her at a masked ball (Quent is not very nice). Quentin's plan goes without a hitch until he's found (as planned) by members of the ton. To his surprise and utter dismay the passionate woman in his arms was not Clarissa at all but her plain, boring stepsister Jane.
I know that the forced marriage thing has been done a million times but this author somehow manages to bring an interesting spin to this tired plot. The hero is as nasty as they come (think Sebastian Verlaine in Patricia Gaffney's To Have and to Hold) who even goes so far as to rape the heroine on their wedding night. I know this is terrible but the author makes his transformation into an ideal and loving husband believable. By the end of the story I was head over heels for him. On the other hand, Jane is kindnes personified, her sweet but strong personality was overshadowed by the glitz and glamour of London's nobility. Once Quentin gets to see her in her natural setting,in the countryside among peasants and nature, his frozen heart is in great danger of being thawed by Jane's sweet smile.
My only quibble: I thought Jane should have made Quentin grovel and beg and plead a lot more for his evil deeds. Otherwise this book is a great read especially for those who are heartily sick of the dead corpses and evil villains that populate every other romance today. Highly recommended. :)
Selected as a part of Signet's "Lords of Love" promotion, Cullman's delightful tale offers readers a peek into a slightly different area of Regency England. Instead of concentrating most of her story in London among the ton, Cullman sets her story in the tiny village of Little Duckington.
Sullen Lord Quentin Somerville finds himself married to the decidedly plain Jane Wentworth after an attempt to woe her step-sister goes awry. After a disastrous wedding night, he banishes her to his ramshackle estate in the country. Jane, however, thrives in the familiar surroundings and befriends the neglected townfolks, setting out to improve everyone's situation. As Quentin discovers Jane's hidden talents, her true beauty becomes apparent to him, and he finds himself falling in love with his wife.
Heather Cullman proves herself to be a talented storyteller who mesmerizes her readers with her charming descriptions and interesting characters. I look forward to reading future novels from this gifted author.
Lord Quentin Somerville is an aristocratic, pompous scoundrel who can't see beyond title and status until Jane Wentworth enters his life.
Jane is everything he doesn't want, yet he can't deny his attraction to her.
To Jane Wentworth, Quentin is everything and the only person she has ever wanted, until she has him. Then she sees the person he really is.
Determined to make a good situation out of a bad one, Jane doesn't look back but instead forges ahead with her new life, determined to make life with Quentin at least companionable.
Quentin is at first appalled by Jane's ideas and actions, but soon finds fulfillment and satisfaction with the one woman he never gave a second thought to.
Witty, heart warming and, at times, emotional. I personally couldn't put the book down, so compelling and well written was this timeless story.
I highly recommend this book!
The H is selfish, lazy ass, cruel, mean and all that is bad...he tries to trap one girl but ends up with her simple looking cousin (who btw is madly in love with him) where he on his wedding night rapes her (where she feels no pain afterword or a fear or any kind of emotion for that matter) and then sends her to his remote estate. Now, you would think the h would be at least a bit hurting, affected by his cruel ways...noooooooo, she basically forgets that he is a cruel and vindictive man, she comes to the state and rescues it from the mean money stealing steward, enchants entire village, everything in a month due and on the appearance of her husband she gives herself another mission, to save him! Because she loves him (no matter he raped her...)
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I'm being generous with these three stars. It's more like 2.5 for me. The hero starts off as a jerk, but that's to be expected. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AprilMWalsh
I loved this book. I am a huge fan of historical novels. I enjoy the typical formula even when it is sometimes unbelievably unrealistic. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sharon R Burnett
I truly enjoy this book. This book is definitely a keeper! If you are looking for a book where the Hero learns a valuable lesson about love look no further!Published 13 months ago by Love to read
Our supposed hero, Lord Quinton of the perfect face and Adonis physique, returns in Book 2 on the Somervilles. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Moon Cat
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review**
Lord Quentin Somerville is in love with Clarissa Edwardes, as is every other man in London. Read more
I had read some online comments about this book and thus did not have high expectations. I found to my surprise that the book far exceeded by expectations and was very well... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Beth A Johnson
While I do not like the Hero.... who is self centered.... He matures!!! I really liked the plot line and the story. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Swedenmom
*I received this ARC via Netgalley*
A Perfect Scoundrel is a regency re-release that was originally published in 2000. Read more
Started out really disliking the hero at the beginning of the book but he started to redeem himself about halfway through the book. Jane was wonderful and very forgiving. Read morePublished on June 29, 2014 by Linda Ladyman