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The Disgraced Playboy (Bad Blood/The Notorious Wolfes #2)

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  516 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
Lucas... Playboy. Rebel. Rogue.No one denies Lucas anything. Women fall at his feet and into his bed at the click of his fingers. His life is charmed, reckless and carefree--he is definitely a bad boy.

Grace Carter knows uncontrollable Lucas could ruin her career, and she won't tolerate his wayward behavior, despite their chemistry. But working with Lucas is thrilling, and
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2011)
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Aug 10, 2011 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Overall rating -- 2.5 stars

Yes, I understand that the hero is overcompensating for being abandoned by his mother and never loved by his father, but he's a jerk. It would be one thing if he were completely different behind closed doors before he sleeps with the heroine, but he is conceited and pompous from the first page to nearly the last. I don't understand why any woman would fall for his "I'm Lucas Wolfe, the best looking man ever created" act.

At least the heroine was strong and independent,
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
With two under my belt in the Notorious Wolfes series, I can tell this is going to be a favorite. I love the family dynamics in this series, even though you don't even see most of the family members in all the books. That tells a lot right there. This family unit has critical fractures. The Wolfes are walking wounded. Every one of them. The good news is that they are on the path to healing.

In The Disgraced Playboy, Caitlin Crews gives us Lucas' story. She takes what appears to be a shallow woman
Liked it better than the first book.

Lucas is a great hero, who hides everything beneath a well developed mask of a shameless playboy. Like all the Wolfe children he has some serious scars from his childhood. After an argument with his brother Jacob, he decides to do something with his life, or try to anyway, so he finds a job with the company that used to be his fathers. There he meets Grace.

After some unfortunate experience when she was in high school, she decided not to let emotions overwhelm
Meljean Brook
May 22, 2011 Meljean Brook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Agh, I just lost the stuff I wrote about this. Basically: one of my favorite kinds of heroes, fun and outrageous, but not shallow -- so the romance works. Some fantastic lines between the hero/heroine -- and I also appreciated the resolution, which didn't pretend that everything was just magically perfect, but set up in such a way that the HEA was absolutely believable. Oh! and also that the heroine's arc also had a resolution that felt empowering, when she takes charge of her future instead of ...more
Lucas Wolfe is a shameless playboy. He is a man the British tabloid love, his exploits are legendary and the entire world thinks that he lives off the patronage of older married lovers but in reality he is a master of disguise. He wields his own PR.
Ever since he was abandoned on his father's door as an infant, he was made to feel unworthy by his psychotic father, he started acting as a care-free charmer in front of his siblings and a devil to his father, inciting him to take out his temper on hi
Absolutely enjoyed the Lucas-Grace story,starts with Jacob meeting Lucas and tries to make him understand by all the things he does "you are turning into him" the way Lucas hides behind the facade of mackery and careless attitude but he was most affected by past demons,he never knew who his mother was but when he came to know he was so shocked and the things William Wolfe said made such a great impact on him which has made him belief he is the most ugly person and the guilt of not being there fo ...more
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Jun 07, 2011 RLA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The hero of this book is Lucas, the 2nd eldest of the Wolfe siblings, he has lived the majority of his adult life as a playboy 'it' guy and all round darling of the tabloids. After a run in with his eldest brother Jacob, Lucas decides to accept a job as a figurehead for a world famous department store that has past connections with his family, where he meets Grace, the heroine. Grace is busy planning the store's upcoming centenary and relaunch celebrations and doesn't have the time or desire to ...more
Decent but I thought it lacked a bit of tension/conflict between the hero and the heroine. The heroine also seemed to have a massive over reaction to something that happened when she was a teenager. Although I suppose that having received no counselling it could have lingered on for years and she just got stuck in a rut. I also felt like I would have liked to know more about the hero's history. He was pretty melodramatic. Still he was an interesting, different sort of hero. I did like the way th ...more
Aug 12, 2011 Lemon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Great dialogue, but not much in terms of substance for this to be a satisfying read. Worth a read for the repartee between the hero and heroine but don't expect great romance or to be given enough substance to really care about either of the characters. I ramble about this book a great deal more in the discussion thread here.
This book had some really great banter between the hero and heroine, but absolutely nothing else going for it. It was not a very well written book. It lacked character development, scenery description, and substance. I could not get into the story or take an interest in the romance because those vital things were missing from the book.
Jun 24, 2013 Jacqueline rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was something of an experiment for me, to see if I liked it.
I really, really didn't.
I found there was far too much time spent describing a characters inner thoughts and detailing every tiny change of expression on their face and far too little time spent on developing the plot and dialogue. Not for me.
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: July 19, 2011 (Available Now!
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: Harlequin Presents
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Part of a Series: Yes, The Notorious Wolfs
Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone
Steam Level: Steamy

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Grace is definitely one of my favorite HP heroines at the moment, with her backbone,
Jul 29, 2011 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, contemporary
So far my experience with Presents titles is not living up to my preconceived notions! Which is humbling to admit since I am forever railing against people who judge romance novels based on little more then hearsay and covers. Presents novels definitely have/had a certain...reputation, even amongst romance lovers! Granted I've only read three, but those three have managed to completely twist everything I thought I knew about the line.

This is the second title in the Notorious Wolfes series and I
Jun 12, 2012 Mara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And yet he could not seem to summon the necessary energy that would be required to go out on the town as he normally would, wearing his overused public face and prepared to cavort in front of the cameras as expected. It was as if the Lucas Wolfe he had worked so hard to present to the world for so long no longer fit him as it should, and he did not know what to do about it.
Both the hero and the heroine had their flaws, but they ultimately managed to overcome their hangups. I especially liked the
Wendy Sparrow
Feb 19, 2013 Wendy Sparrow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I read this in the middle of the night--which doesn't always make for a memorable experience, but the dialogue in this was unforgettable even in a sleep-deprived haze--plus, I swear, I marked half the book.

Grace is so cocky and self-assured and even when she gives in--she does it on her terms and with such strength of will that it doesn't appear that she's giving in so much as deigning to surrender.

Then there is Lucas--who would be played by James Franco if this were ever made into a movie and I
Caitlin Crews seems to be a highly recommended Harlequin Presents writer so I was probably too optimistic when I read this one and was therefore somewhat disappointed.

It was just okay. Lots of angst which I normally enjoy but there was too much repetition with the heroine Grace's internal dialogue. It felt like page-filler rather than a way to increase the conflict/tension. Lucas was a little less repetitive and had a more interesting backstory than Grace but he had the misfortune to be an ass t
Apr 04, 2011 Vi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Second book of the Bad Blood series. This is my first book of Crews and boy, she did not disappoint at all. I loved her prose and her writing style. The dialogues between Grace (h) and Lucas (H) were really good. The put-downs Grace gave for Lucas were entertaining and so were the parts where they slowly reveal the masks and the past is put to rest. I liked Grace, especially how she reacted positively to the situation at the end. The character arc for the leads were good and believable. An enter ...more
I have a confession: in all my years of being a fan of romance, I have never before read a category romance. (Nora Roberts' didn't really count because I read anything that had her name on it and she's sort of a queen in her own right, so I did read a few MacGregor books that were printed by Silhouette back in the day.) But I feel like Harlequin has endured for so long and has been such a Titan in the romance world that I needed to read a few of them, just to get a quick taste. Since I was also ...more
Aug 08, 2011 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hp, romance, contemporary
THE DISGRACED PLAYBOY is the name of this book in the U.S. it's the 2nd in the "notirious wolfes" series, and it's a pretty good entry. it shows the masks people hide behind, and the length they will go to, to protect themselves. another 6 in this series--hope they are as good
Apr 23, 2011 Anika rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This had a great premise and great sounding characters but for some reason I couldn't connect with the characters. I didn't care about what happened to them, so it made it a real struggle to finish the story. Still haven't finished it, not sure if I'll bother.
Lupita Figueroa BookLoverRomantic
Buena. Me gustó, le faltó amor y felicidad. Pero estuvo bien entretenida.
I just can't seem to get into this author's style... after 17 pages in which absolutely nothing happened, I gave up.
Negesse Lakay
I was very disappointed with this book. I hated all the internal dialogue going on with characters. It felt like for every sentence of dialogue written, there was a page of narrative. I loved the way the author portrayed Lucas, unfortunately she missed an opportunity to show how his relationship with Grace developed. The way they got together at the end of the book seemed forced, or an afterthought. Then miraculously they fell in love. I gave it 2.5 stars because there was a good basis to the st ...more
Lynn Raye Harris
Great story! Lucas reminds me of a Regency Rake -- I loved him!
Jul 17, 2012 Makii rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esta serie poquito a poco se va poniendo mejor!! Todavía no pude encontrar una que me llegue tanto como la de los Hermanos Garrison de Miami, sin embargo esta es buena.
Quizás me gustaría un poco mas de interacción entre los hermanos. A fin de cuentas es el regreso de una dinastía, y supuestamente el primogénito(Jacob) esta deseoso de reunirlos a todos(no veo la hora de leer su historia, siento que tiene tanto para contarnos).

Ohhh como me gustan los playboys y Lucas es tan sexy! tras su fachada d
Doris O'Connor
May 28, 2011 Doris O'Connor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book the Bad Blood series and again it completely drew me in. I couldn't click the pages on my kindle fast enough. So much emotion conveyed in one book! Lucas Wolfe is another tortured hero, hiding behind the image of a shameless playboy as the title suggests. He finds the perfect match in Grace, when they are thrown together on a work project. I started off not liking Lucas that much, he seemed far too arrogant and sure of himself, but as the book progresses you can't help fa ...more
Apr 04, 2013 Deasy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hq, own-books
Grace, seorang wanita karier yang memakai topeng menjadi seorang yang selalu berpakaian tidak menari, dingin dan menjaga jarak....
Lucas, seorang playboy yang memakai topeng seorang yang suka bertindak semau-mau gue, tidak pernah memikirkan perasaan orang lain dan tidak bisa bertanggung jawab atas pekerjaan..
Dua pribadi yang memakai topeng bertemu karena Lucas masuk untuk bekerja di perusahaan dimana ayahnye pernah berkuasa, sementara Grace seorang eksekutif di kantor itu...

Perayaan ulang tahun p
Aug 01, 2014 Bukola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Its been a struggle to finish this. It's a good read for rainy days. Impressive dialogues and colourful exchanges and good story flow. Well-rounded character... angsty relationship between these people no one other than the other knows well. haven't read any of the others in the continuity {YET} but this was very good.
Feb 16, 2014 Mareli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucas was really fun. Light and inconsistent. And she was a bit heavy.

At the beginning I didn't like her so much. Her dislike of him was a bit forced. If she would have tried to be normal with him, the story would have flown better.

But I revaluated her in the end. And him, well, I really like him!

Onto the next one!
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Caitlin Crews discovered her first romance novel at the age of twelve, in a bargain bin at the local five and dime. It involved swashbuckling pirates, grand adventures, a heroine with rustling skirts and a mind of her own, and a seriously mouthwatering and masterful hero. The book (the title of which remains lost in the mists of time) made a serious impression. Caitlin was immediately smitten with ...more
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