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El seductor (Lessons in Love #2)

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Los cotilleos de la sociedad le llaman “El Santo”—pero Michael Halboro, Marqués de St. Aubyn se ha ganado sobradamente su reputación como el más notorio libertino de Londres. Evelyn Ruddick, una dama de increíble belleza, sabe que tendría que evitarle a toda costa, pero quiere ayudar a los niños del orfanato del Corazón de la Esperanza, y él dirige la junta de la fundación ...more
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Published June 15th 2010 by Esencia (first published 2003)
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Aug 20, 2014 Shawna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of rake heroes & Lord St. Vincent from Kleypas's "Devil in Winter"
Recommended to Shawna by: Rane & East
Shelves: favorites, i-read-own-faves-keepers, historical-romance, hero-im-gaga-over, heroine-i-adore, hero-alpha‎, hero-antihero-gamma, hero-cad-rake-rogue‎-scoundrel, hero-bad-boy-playboy-player, best-top-favorites, favorite-romance-series, hero-stud-mantel-hall-of-fame, heroine-abused-traumatic-past-rape, why-do-good-girls-like-bad-boys, sizable-packages, humorous-at-times-or-fluffy-fun, heroine-naïve-virgin-like-a-virgin, favorite-romance-couple-hh-pairings, author-suzanne-enoch, historical-romance-regency, hero-cold-cruelbrute-dark-dangerous, captive-kidnapped-hostage-slave, hero-stalk-me-baby-possessive, heroine-kickass-spirited-strong, enemies-to-lovers-opposites-attract, revenge-deception-secrets-lies, hero-expert-skilled-voracious-lover, pregnancy-fertility-baby-kids-drama, angsty-dark-heavy-lotsa-drama, heroine-chaperone-governess-teacher, hh-social-class-wealth-matters, dirty-talk-turns-me-on, wager, heroine-bluestocking-unconventional, hero-gambler, hh-sweet-nice-paired-vs-gruff-cynic, favorite-hottest-love-scenes-nookie, hero-attractive-handsome-heartthrob, hh-aristocracy-nobility-royalty, 2011-reads, best-fave-reads-of-2011, 5-stars-plus, steam-2-warm, steam-3-hot, hero-redeems-himself-reformed, heroine-prim-proper-decorous, hh-love-commitment-marriage-phobic, series-lessons-in-love, best-wittiest-banter-dialogue, ending-abrupt-poor-epilogue-needed, hero-authentic-uber-rake, a-all-time-favorite-heroine, a-all-time-favorite-hero, hero-bad-guy-ruthless-villainous, a-all-time-best-top-fave-dik-reads, heroine-plucky-lively-feisty-spunky, hero-flirt-charmer-ladies-man, a-all-time-best-top-50-fave-dik, hero-cocky-conceited-arrogant-ego, hh-banter-bicker-sparring-foreplay
5+ stars – Historical/Regency Romance

WOW! I loved this, especially devilishly charismatic rake, the Marquis of St. Aubyn. Saint is a deliciously debauched scoundrel who glories in his depraved ways and pursuits, but he meets his match in caring, headstrong Evelyn. She’s determined to save the Heart of Hope Orphanage and teach Saint a lesson in compassion in the process; even if it means engaging him in a provocative battle of wills and indulging in his dangerous game of seduction. But who will b
This one is my second favorite of the series, with England's perfect hero being my #1.

What I liked:
Saint was reported to be a rake and actually acted as one. That unfortunately, is not always the case with romances. He was the head of the orphanage's board that Emma wanted to involve herself with and he actually used his advantage to get Emma in his bed. That is not as bad as it seems, since Emma was far from unwilling:) And he not only blackmailed her: he coaxed and seduced and charmed her but
Evelyn Ruddick knows she must help the children of Heart of Hope Orphanage, but in order to get the orphanage off it’s feet she must go toe to toe with the Orphanage’s chairman London's most talked about rake "Saint" the Marquis of St. Aubyn. Saint sees Evelyn as another busybody, and with a little luck he’ll have her in his bed and out of the orphanage in no time, that is until he’s in for his own lesson in love by Evelyn herself

There’s been many reformed rake stories, but more often then not,
Blacky *Romance Addict*

This is one of the best regencies I've ever read! Saint is the perfect rake, one of the rare ones who are REALLY scoundrels, not just a bit naughty.
He is simply deliciously bad. I love. Seriously.
Yomi Milanesa
Feb 28, 2015 Yomi Milanesa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating Clarification: 4.5 stars

I loved this book so much, the two main characters were so amazing and showed great character depth. The only fault I did find was that the ending was too rushed, I would have liked to see more. I felt like it took away from the story, but either way I still loved it :)
Nov 21, 2008 Eastofoz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Kleypas' rakish Wallflower hero Lord St Vincent
Now here’s a bad boy hero that any reader who likes the bad boy hero will love! The Marquis of St Aubyn spits out these verbal jabs to male and female alike and doesn’t care who he offends and it’s like this nearly to the end of the book! Finally a historical that doesn’t use filler details to build tension and add pages to a story. A solid 90% of this book is about the Marquis and Evelyn Ruddick, the woman set on showing him the “error of his ways” –and what a fine series of lessons it all turn ...more
There are some books that I've enjoyed so much that I've read and reread them again and again through the years. This is one of them.

It's not a perfect book by any means. Indeed, the ending is way too rushed and I longed for Evie to stand up for herself against her family, but it has a magic that makes me love it regardless.

There are a lot of rakes running around historical romance, but even after reading widely in the genre, Saint still sticks out in my mind. He is absolutely perfect. He start
Nov 24, 2008 Tammy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of the Uber Bad-Boy
Recommended to Tammy by: Eastofoz
Evelyn Ruddick is a social butterfly and enjoys nothing more than having a great time with her friends in London's society. Her brother, Victor (the villan of our story), takes advantage of Evie's popularity and charm by using her for his political aspirations. He cares nothing for her opinions, nor does Evie's mother, and they pay very little attention to her unless there is an ulterior motive involved.

One day Evelyn passes the Heart of Hope Orphanage on her way to a political tea and notices t
5.00 Stars – Regency/Historical Romance!

The dashing gentleman is no 'saint',
but the beautiful lady needs the rogue's help—
and coercion begins with a kiss ...

Evelyn Marie Ruddick’s elder brother Victor wants to secure his political career and henceforth feels free to use her in his endeavors of pursuing and charming various political inclinations.

She reluctantly follows her brother’s lead in these actions but wishes to work on her charitable yearnings alongside. She decides to aid her effor
Absolutely adorable.

Take a hopeless scoundrel and rake, a sweet heroine, several orphans, a kidnapping and some lessons in love and you get the most adorable romance. In a way it reminded me of Devil in Winter but even better!
Dec 31, 2012 Christine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Utterly forgettable.

Do you know how I can be so sure? Because I read this a few years ago and accidentally picked it up again, not realizing I had read it before. It started to seem vaguely familiar when the heroine kidnapped the... no, wait, I can't call him a hero.

I will give it this much: The title is apt. The Marquis is a horrible, heartless, unconscionable person who I do not believe for a second truly redeemed himself in this book. I don't know why the heroine was drawn to him. I never wa
Feb 18, 2009 L8blmr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book, based on someone's recommendation and my first by this author, without knowing it was the 2nd in a series. What a nice surprise it turned out to be! It had some of the best sexual tension, hot sexual encounters, and sweetest romance I've read in a historical in a long time. The formula is pretty basic: rakish, devilishly handsome hero who works at making people dislike him, and a beautiful, but serious, intelligent and benevolent heroine whose brother insists or her making the ...more
5 stars.

What can I say... Delicious, gruff, rakish hero? Check. Smart, intelligent, darling heroine? Check. Interesting and engaging plot? Check.

I was almost worried by Saint's character at the beginning of the book - and I've never thought that about a hero before - I wondered how on earth shy Evelyn was going to break through his aloof and devastating arrogance. I shouldn't have been worried at all because our little Evie managed just fine!

I really, really genuinely loved the hero and heroine
Juliana Philippa
Reread - one of my favorite historical romances! The heroine is one of the best and the hero ... definitely one of the top five!!! This is the second book in the Lessons for Love Trilogy and it's great to be able to revisit with the previous characters in the second and third books. The only thing I would say is that the book could really use an Epilogue - yes we kind of get one when reading the third and final book, because Evie and Michael show up again quite frequently, but still would be nic ...more
Aug 18, 2009 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2009-reads
London's Perfect Scoundrel is the second installment in Suzanne Enoch's trilogy titled Lessons in Love. I did something with this trilogy that I rarely do...I read out of order. After reading the first book The Rake, I was anxious to read Robert and Lucinda's story in England's Perfect Hero. Who knew that the book that I skipped in the series would turn out to be my favorite!

I enjoyed every single page of London's Perfect Scoundrel. St. Aubyn was the "perfect scoundrel" in every way. He was good
Jun 28, 2015 Zoe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars, I could have given 4 stars if I didn't read "Taming Rafe" from Enoch already, which is my quintessential 4 stars.

I think Enoch does well with the light-hearted romances. No dark heroes, but her rakes are very likable. Saint, the hero in his book, really is a scoundrel. He isn't noble but you still like him. Evelyn the heroine is nice enough. I don't mind a heroine with a mission but to kidnap Saint to convince him...........woman are you daft?
I think the plots are hard to believe, ki
Mar 17, 2015 Becca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this book was better than The Rake, but not quite as good as England's Perfect Hero. What made this book better than The Rake was the consistency of the characters. Saint was a true scoundrel and Evie was a proper debutante who discovered she did not like being so proper...and they stayed that way! Many people compared this book to Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas and found it lacking, but I personally liked this version better. Saint did not undergo any radical character transformation and ...more
Michael Halboro, Marquis of St. Aubyn, is not only a scoundrel but a lonely one at that. Poor guy has no friends or family! He's rich, handsome and intelligent but is the social pariah of London due to his wicked ways. He'll bed a married woman without a second thought so he is shunned by his male peers. He has no patience for simpering virgins so that leaves most of the single women out. And although he holds a seat in Parliment and sits on a few Boards, he is forever late, detached and shows n ...more
Oct 15, 2009 Nisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nisha by: anyone who likes to reform rakes
I happened to start reading this right before an exam, yet I couldn't put it down, until my better judgment kicked in every now and then. I absolutely loved this book. The Rakish hero, Saint, was done to near perfection. It was a little sad that he didn't have friends though. I still really liked him. Evie was adorable. yes, she did cry every now and then and most of the time, she had no backbone against her family, but she's actually really easy to identify with and they just make a great coupl ...more
Sep 01, 2011 Veeta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Veeta by: Amelia Fransiska
4,5 stars...duuuh sukaaa...sukaaaa banget sama buku ini...suka ceritanya...suka tokoh2nya...
suka semuanya...apalagi heronya kulkas tapi wicked abis...hihihi
sayangnya ga ada epilog jadinya batal ngasi 5 bintang deh....

quote kaporit :

" i told you that I didn't have a heart..." he continued as he gazed up at her, his voice shaking just a little "I do have one..I just didn't know until I met you..."

omooo...omoooo... *pengsan*
Aug 30, 2008 ChloeLeeNH rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Regency Era fans
Cute book... love that she does something illegal to try to get him to listen to her point of view... he that has no heart is falling fast and realizes that he has to do what ever it takes to keep her....
Mey Buentipo
The second book of the series of the "Lessons in love". I don't know what I felt from this book. There are times I am excited and times that I don't what to finish the book. The first chapters is good, exciting what will happen to h/h. When the story progress thou, it became frustrating because the hero is changing and then heroine very reluctant about the changed. It is kind of annoying what the heroine really wanted from the hero. As it goes, it become boring that I wanted to go the last page. ...more
Pamela Shropshire
Jul 15, 2016 Pamela Shropshire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the sequel to The Rake, and it's about Georgiana's friend, Evelyn Ruddick. Evelyn is quiet and even though her friends love her, they don't believe she would ever be bold enough to teach a man a lesson. And when circumstances throw her in contact with the Marquis of St. Aubyn - who is a real rake with seemingly no redeemable characteristics at all - they think Evelyn is WAY out of her league.

But Saint is drawn to Evie's pure, honest nature in spite of himself. His mother had supported an
Sep 22, 2014 Mei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I liked this book, really! :)

The loss of 1 star was due to the fact that Evelyn was too must submissive to her family.
As Saint says towards the end:

Oh, God, she'd wanted to hear that so badly.“And what about my family?”

“They've sold you. Don't you dare worry about them.”

“But Saint, they're my family. I've tried so hard to make a positive difference. If I ruin Victor's career, what does that say about me?”

His eyes narrowed. “That you got even.”

I completly agree with him! I didn't understand
Sophie ♥
After seven attempts I finally managed to finish a book?! This one was bearable but certainly not fabulous. At least I am making a little progress on my reading challenge which I am very much behind in since I do not count books I started but didn't finish.
Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf)
Rating: 5 Stars plus
What a GLORIOUS reading!!! I could reduce my review to two simple words: MUST READ. Together with Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas and Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase, London’s Perfect Scoundrel has a stardom quality and holds a place of honor among the HRN classics. LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT!!! Well executed and DELICIOUSLY WICKED…
Opposites attract and in this book they do with an extreme magnitude…Devilish Michael Marquis of St. Aubyn aka ‘Saint’ is a self-centered, i
Angela Noviana
Sebenarnya baca ini kasihan sama Saint. Bagaimana tidak jika tiap kali dia melakukan sesuatu, alasan dia melakukan hal tersebut selalu dipertanyakan. Gak tenang banget nih hidup pria satu ini.

Evelyn Marie Ruddick memiliki misi untuk anak-anak panti asuhan Heart of Hope. Dia bersedia mengeluarkan tenaga dan uang agar anak-anak di panti asuhan tersebut mendapatkan pendidikan, tempat tinggal yang layak, dan segala hal yang dibutuhkan. Sayangnya, pemilik dari panti asuhan itu adalah Saint.

St. Aubyn
I still have a lot of books to read on my shelf but prioritized this because I was in the mood for a good rake reformity theme and everyone I know says it's amazing.

Anyhow, I re-read the Pride and Prejudice before I got on board with this one. Bad move. As usual, I immensely enjoyed the former but the latter went dull with me. It saddens me because I really wanted to love this story. But the premise of those helpings for the orphanage/the oppressed totally worked better with The Last Hellion. It
Jul 03, 2012 Heliga rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me massively regret my innate need to finish reading what I've started. I should have given up at around 1/4 of the way since I realized by then I wouldn't like it. Also, I realized it is an unwelcome change from my usual reaction to romance novels (disliking one of the main characters) to find both main characters repulsive and the side characters dull.

Evelyn, the main female character is too stupid to live and massively self-centered. Yes, her brother is an ass but he is also ri
Anna D.
Oct 04, 2013 Anna D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hr

Even though it’s only been about a month, I feel like I’ve been away from HR for much longer and reading this story was a lovely LOVELY welcome back to this genre. Saint is one of those rake/scoundrels who has a conscience and a line he doesn’t cross – even though he wouldn’t have admitted it. His lifestyle prior to Evelyn was wasteful living given the potential of good, talent, intelligence, resources, and heart he’s capable of – therefore he is the perfect male candidate to reform.

Evelyn is a
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Suzanne was born in Southern California sometime in the latter half of the 20th century. In the way that some people are born knowing they want to be astronauts or cellists, Suzanne always knew she wanted to be a writer. Early dreams of becoming a zoologist and writing true stories about her adventures in Africa were crushed, however, after she viewed a television special about the world’s most po ...more
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“Did you hear that?” the duke asked with a wide grin, turning to Dare. “She said 'papa.'“
The viscount returned the candy dish and tea tray to the relocated end table. “I distinctly heard
“Hm, well, you're distinctly deaf.”
“I told you I didn't have a heart. I do have one. I just didn't know it until I met you. You are my light. My soul craves you, and I love you with every ounce of the heart you've awakened in me. I...I could live without you but I wouldn't want to. Will you marry me, Evelyn Marie?” 18 likes
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