Book Review-Lord Of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

Book Review-Lord Of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

Book Review-Lord Of Scoundrels by Loretta ChaseLord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
Series: Scoundrels #3
Published by Avon on January 1st 1970
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 375
Format: Paperback
Source: Self Purchased
ISBN: 0380776162
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Tough-minded Jessica Trent's sole intention is to free her nitwit brother from the destructive influence of Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain. She never expects to desire the arrogant, amoral cad. And when Dain's reciprocal passion places them in a scandalously compromising, and public, position, Jessica is left with no choice but to seek satisfaction ...
Damn the minx for tempting him, kissing him ... and then forcing him to salvage her reputation! Lord Dain can't wait to put the infuriating bluestocking in her place --- and in some amorous position, And if that means marriage, so be it! --- though Sebastian is less than certain he can continue to remain aloof ... and steel his heart to the sensuous, headstrong lady's considerable charms.

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Sebastian Ballister, the Marquess of Dain is feared by many, his reputation and manners has made it possible for Sebastian to build a certain Lord Of Scoundrelsrelationship with certain types of people, none of which include anything respectable. He is more than content with his life currently and doesn’t need change, until a certain bluestocking of respectability, Jessica Trent walks into his shops and his whole world shifts into more than he ever imagined. Jessica Trent, has had to be the driving force to keep her brother from too much trouble. Even though she is considered a “spinster” Jessica is more than happy with her current status, recovering artifacts and selling them. But she has a new nemesis, the Marquess of Dain, who is formidable and tempting all at once. But she isn’t afraid of a fight or standing up to this man whom everyone else seems to fear. But all she sees is a man who is strong and beyond handsome and strikes a chord within her.

The Hero

Sebastian Ballister, may be able to strike fear and intimidation into many, but his reputation wasn’t easy and he had to fight his own battles since he was eight years old to become the man he is today. His mother ran off when he was only a boy, and Sebastian had to deal with the fallout with his father which wasn’t easy. He had to fight his way up, earning respect as he went. He now lives the way he wants, with no remorse especially when it comes to the fairer sex. Sebastian is a hero that just makes you sigh…he is a bit alpha—okay he is very alpha, but is one of the best alpha heroes I have ever seen written. He is compelling, powerful and very sensual.

The Heroine

Jessica Trent is a character that is determined, smart and sassy. I loved her so very much and she really resonated through the whole story. Jessica has had to be the responsible one in the family, since her brother gambles, drinks and spends far too much time in Sebastian Ballister’s company. Jessica is going to fight for not only herself and family, but her brothers life. She sees him going down hill, and needs to put a stop to it. I really adored Jessica, she has the balls to stand up to Sebastian, where no one ever does. I loved her inner strength and how true she is to what she believes in.

Plot and Story Line

Lord Of Scoundrels is a book I have been wanting to re read for the LONGEST time!!! I think I read this the first couple years after I got hooked on romance, which was over ten years ago. When I saw this for $1 at my local library’s store, I grabbed it right up. Because first off, this is one of the best historical romances any romance lover could have in her collection. Its such a good book to have on the shelf and such a pretty cover too!! What was most wonderful about reading this book again, was connecting with this couple. I had forgotten how much I had fallen in love with them. The story sets off with Jessica coming out to save her brother (who doesn’t want to be saved) She is the practical and smart one of the family. She is a bit of a steam roller though, and I loved seeing how it sets the perfect tone for the beginning…right from the start. She is a firecracker and isn’t afraid of calling Sebastian out on his bluffs. She does some shocking things and I had fun with her character so very much. Now the first meeting between Jessica and Sebastian is just priceless. And wow…these two have chemistry for sure—its very different from most books I have read. Loretta Chase did wonders with this book and I had such a blast seeing these two frazzle, fight and become comfortable with each other. Its not a easy process, but the build up of it is perfection!! There are some misunderstandings, mostly due to miscommunication but its resolved quickly and not dragged out which is a relief. We see how their relationship is proved though in different ways, but the ending is what really wraps up the books so wonderfully. They come across a challenge, a past history of Sebastian, that only strengthens their bond to each other and I LOVED seeing this aspect of their relationship grow into something even more.

The Cover

I really love what Avon did with this cover. I am a sucker for the old cover…but this one is so romantically pretty!! I love the mix of blue and pink with the roses.

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Lord Of Scoundrels is a book to fall in love with time and again….outrageous, classically romantic and sensual enough to curl your toes!!

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About Loretta Chase

Loretta Lynda Chekani was born in 1949, of Albanian ancestry. For her, the trouble started when she learned to write in first grade. Before then, she had been making up her own stories but now she knew how to write them down to share. In her teenage years, she continue to write letters, keep a journal, write poetry and even attempt the Great American Novel (still unfinished). She attended New England public schools, before she went off to college and earned an English degree from Clark University.

After graduation, she worked a variety of jobs at Clark including a part-time teaching post. She was also moonlighting as a video scriptwriter. It was there that she met a video producer who inspired her to write novels and marry him. Under her married name, Loretta Chase, has been publishing historical romance novels since 1987. Her books have won many awards, including the Romance Writers of America RITA.

16 thoughts on “Book Review-Lord Of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

  1. Oh, I love Loretta Chase but have somehow never read this! ??? I’m definitely going to now that I’ve read your lovely review. πŸ™‚ The hero and heroine sound like great characters and I love that you had fun getting to see their journey all over again! It’s such a comfort to re-read a book you’ve enjoyed in the past.

  2. I have had this book in my TBR forever, but I still haven’t read it. I need to though. I love the sound of the build up of the romance. And the heroine sounds like a riot! I think I’m going to like her quite a bit.
    I agree about the cover. It’s very pretty!

  3. I love all of the older titles that you read. These are the ones that I used to love when I was sneaking them from my aunt’s shelf as a young adult. I find it kind of hard to pick up newer titles.

  4. I love this book. It’s one of my favorite historical romances of all time. I remember the first time I read it, I laughed and laughed and laughed and just all around enjoyed the bickering and then the falling in love between Dain and Jessica. So stinkin’ good.

  5. I haven’t read any of her books yet. I love seeing the older title here and don’t mind the flavor/tone of the older stories. I’ll have to keep an eye out for this series. Yay, good snag at the library sale.

    1. When I first read it (over 10 years ago) I didn’t really get the hype! I thought it nice but didn’t think I would consider it a keeper, but now that I’m re-reading it I can definitely see the appeal. Its a great read πŸ™‚

  6. Sounds like a good one! Seems they both like their life how it is and then everything changes when they meet the other. That’s nice you got a copy of this one at your local library store so you could re-read it. It’s great when you can re-read a book you enjoyed. I love how you describe these characters and their romance!

  7. I’m re-reading this again! Its been over 10 years since I last read it and I didn’t get the hype. I thought it was good, but not keeper status but boy am I pleasantly surprised!!!! I’m loving it!

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