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Virtuous Scoundrel (The Regency Romp Trilogy) Paperback – October 6, 2015
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About the Author
Maggie Fenton is an avid reader, reviewer, and writer of romance in between her work as a professional musician. She writes steampunk romance under the name Margaret Foxe and has enjoyed success as a self-published author in that genre. She is also the author of the Regency Romp trilogy, a charmingly witty and deliciously sexy historical romance series following the adventures of three handsome young nobles in Regency England.
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This is cute and entertaining. It will probably be as tremendously successful as Fenton's first Regency, The Duke's Holiday (The Regency Romp Trilogy Book 1). As the sequel to that one, the book allows the reader to touch base with the uptight (but much less so now) Duke of Montford and his beloved but exasperating (to him) wife Astrid, whose marriage is going strong with one babe and another well on the way.
Of course here those two are only secondary characters. Montford's friend Sebastian Sherbrooke, who has newly come into the title Marquess of Manwaring, is our hero and Lady Katherine Manwaring, Astrid's good friend and Sebastian's *aunt* by virtue of her being his late uncle's widow, is the heroine.
Sebastian has the reputation of being quite the rake. He has fought many a duel and even had left the country for a while under a bit of a cloud. He's back in England and as the story begins, a young woman is claiming that he is the father of her soon-to-be-born child. So it's another duel for Sebastian, with the woman's enraged father.
None of this makes Katherine happy, nor, obviously, is Sebastian very happy about circumstances in his life. And Sebastian secretly loves Katherine, while she thinks he hates her. (Well, he certainly did hate her husband.) She also thinks he's a confirmed rake and would never in a million years be a good romantic partner for anyone. There are a lot of misunderstandings and misconceptions that will have to be resolved along the way to an HEA.
Sebastian has secrets in his past. So does Katherine. Those are for them to learn about each other and for the reader to discover along the way. And also along the way we have many an amusing scene, some with crying, nappy-less babies, some with dogs or clumsy but unsavory characters.
This is a bit funny, a bit romantic, and has a teensy bit of angst. Something for everyone. Many readers will enjoy the heck out of Fenton's latest.
Slapstick is extremely hard to write. A deft writer makes you laugh; a ham-fisted one doesn't rise above the level of characters slipping on banana peels.
Maggie Fenton walks the fine line between funny and annoying. In fact, she expertly skips along that line without faltering.
The dialogue is amusing, as is the author's way of putting words together.
The hero and heroine are likeable and their happy ending becomes important to readers. The cast of less than attractive dogs, a randy elderly aunt, an irascible French duc and a malaprop-stuffed villain could be a bit much for some readers, but I pitched my disbelief under a bus and enjoyed them all.