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Scoundrel Ever After (Secrets & Scandals #6)

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Once upon a time there was a very bad boy…

Ethan Jagger will do anything to leave his criminal past behind and take his place as a gentleman in Polite Society. Success is within his grasp until his boss discovers his double cross and frames him for murder. As if running from the law and the outlaws weren't bad enough, he must protect an innocent young lady from the very cri
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ebook, 286 pages
Published February 8th 2014 by Intrepid Reads
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Kyraryker
Jun 18, 2014 Kyraryker rated it really liked it
Received from publisher via NetGalley for an honest review

This is the sixth book in the series Secrets and Scandals. I didn't think it would matter that I hadn't read the others; just thought I could pick this up and enjoy a nice regency romance story. I was wrong; it mattered, it mattered a little, and it matters a lot. A little because it's obvious this book picks up where the previous book must have ended and it took about 30-40% in before I got the hang, flow, and felt connected with the cha
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Ruth
I really enjoyed this one. The hero and heroine are great, the setting keeps shifting and the action is well-described and keeps everything moving along at a quick, but not too quick, pace.

The scoundrel and the gently-born lady is a fairly common theme in HRs, and it takes something a bit different, or just well put-together, for me to enjoy it, but this one, provided by the publisher through netgalley, is just that. The hero and heroine are pretty well-rounded characters, and both are dashing,
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Katerina
2* for the story
1* to express my willingness to continue with this author's books

A 286 pages read, and it took me five days to get to the end...
That's how excited I felt while reading this. A mix of OCD, stubbornness, and probably idiocy made me finish it.

There is inherently nothing 'wrong' with the read, and my rating is very likely a case of : 'It wasn't the book, it was me'-kind of thing.
But I thought I had signed up for a historical romance and was tossed into a mix of 'The Fugitive/Bourne I
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Cerian
Apr 10, 2014 Cerian rated it liked it
Originally published at Rookie Romance.

The blurb got me very excited, a wallflower and a criminal looking for redemption? Um, yes please!

Audrey is a wallflower, but wants so much more from her life than what her parents have planned for her. She longs for adventure and an escape. She certainly dives head first into adventure when Ethan Jagger/Locke shows up injured at her window. I liked Audrey, she has guts and I admired her determination to enjoy her life and escape the box her parents were tr
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Brooke
Mar 12, 2014 Brooke rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is book 6 in the Secrets & Scandals series.

The gist: Audrey is the daughter of a peer. She’s pretty much always been ignored and overlooked by the ton and this is her last Season in London. She’s been giving private Waltzing lessons to Ethan, the bastard son of a peer, who would like to take his place in London Society alongside his half-brother. Ethan has been a criminal since he was a teen and now he has quite a repu
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Tuyetmai
Aug 09, 2015 Tuyetmai rated it it was amazing
Ethan Jagger, err Ethan Locke, is a man of many personas. Is he a criminal genius or a charming gentleman? Can society accept both?

Audrey Cheswick is lives up to her wallflower status, always standing in the background at social events and happy to do so. Shy and not outspoken, she’s the voice of reason within her circle of friends. In her heart, she yearns for adventure and a life less ordinary.

After his latest brush with the law, Ethan is on the run. While trying to gather some of his secreted
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Deiatra Dee Deacon Foster
May 04, 2015 Deiatra Dee Deacon Foster rated it it was amazing
All Ethan Jagger wants is to put his past behind him & become respectable in society. However, his past has other ideas. Between running from his former boss, a crime lord from the seedier side of London, & the Bow Street Runners Ethan has his hands full. Intending to leave London for a while Ethan heads to one of the places he has money stashed & while there intends to sneak into the adjoining house (a house where he secretly took dancing lessons with Audrey Cheswick) to quickly ten ...more
Book Gannet
This is my first Darcy Burke story, so I haven’t read any of the other books in this series. While that didn’t cause me any problems when reading along, I do think I missed out a bit on the relationships between the characters. Ethan is not just a scoundrel, he’s a rogue, a thief, a criminal, but I liked him. Of course I did, I didn’t know any of his previous trouble-making moments until they came out later in the story. He reminded me a lot of Nick Gentry, from Lisa Kleypas’ Bow Street novels, ...more
Myrt
Sep 21, 2014 Myrt rated it it was amazing
A Myrt's Review

Scoundrel Ever After by Darcy Burke

A Sweet Regency Romance

(This is the 6th and final book in the series Secrets and Scoundrels.) Nice Society girl, Audrey, looking for adventure meets bad boy, Ethan, f/k/a Jagger, running from his delinquent past in this Regency era love story. The mismatched couple end up on the run from Jagger's enemies. As part of the series, many of the characters, including Ethan, have been featured in the previous books although I enjoyed the book as standal
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Heather andrews
Feb 18, 2014 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing
Sometimes a lady just needs to have some surprises up her sleeve, "Miss Cheswick thrust a pistol into his and. He stared at her. Especially when he realized she was holding one too. "Where in the hell..." He mouthed, then shook his head. It didn't matter where she'd gotten them. "Do you know how to use that?" Sometimes a gentlemen needs to let the lady know he's in pain, "his hips thrust into her hand, and strangely, she wanted to rotate her own hips in response. "Audrey, my breeches. I'm rather ...more
Shauni
Originally Reviewed For: Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy

Scoundrel Ever After is Darcy Burke's 6th book in her Secrets and Scandals Series and probably it's most powerful. Using it as a format to wrap up an entire series as well as showcasing a relationship that should not work, Ms Burke does a wonderful job. Six couples who face adversity and rise about it. Six couples connected by blood and friendships.. People with flaws, HUGE flaws and yet willing to give themselves a second chance.
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Farrah
Feb 17, 2014 Farrah rated it it was amazing
A wonderful historical romance and conclusion to a lovely series, Scoundrel Ever After was a fantastic read. I loved this book. It was romantic, thrilling, and enjoyable. From start to finish, it was just great.

Audrey was a wonderful heroine. At first glance, she seems like a meek wallflower, but only at first glance. This lady was tough as nails and proved it several times over. When she was determined about something, nothing was going to stop her and she was very loyal to those she cared abou
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Pamela Devereux
Sep 13, 2014 Pamela Devereux rated it it was amazing
I am reading this as part of a boxed set. Ethan Jaggers is on the run and injured. If he can get to his stash of money, he can get out of town. Audrey Cheswick lives at the address where the money is hiding. When he goes to retrieve his money all hell breaks loose. Audrey shots a man she thinks has killed her grandfather. Ethan wants them both dead & she just tells them to get out. He needs her help to retrieve his money & get over the wall. She decides she is going on an adventure. And ...more
Julie
Feb 13, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency
I really enjoyed this book, Ethan was trying to make make something of his life, and Audrey wanted something, anything to happen.
Ethan Jagger want's to leave his criminal pasts behind him, which is easier said than done. He has been framed for murder by his boss because of his lapse in loyalty to him and the Bow Street Runners are also after him.
As he flees he gets attached to Audrey Cheswick, a young women who is being attacked herself by the same criminals who wan't him dead.
So the story begi
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Isha Coleman
Feb 03, 2016 Isha Coleman rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I love Ms. Burke's contemporary stories because they speak to the heart. I didn't know a great deal about her historical romances until recently. Have read about 4 - 5 and like ever reader have liked a few and disliked some. Scoundrel Ever After falls into the LOVE category. A bad boy trying to make good and a damsel in distress searching for adventure. What's not to like. Ethan is a good person who made some desperate choices that cost him in the past. Trouble seems to find him wherever he goes ...more
Cas H.
Aug 05, 2014 Cas H. rated it did not like it
Scoundrel Ever After by Darcy Burke needed some more editing done in order to make it good.

When the book starts, you already feel like you are in the middle of the chapter trying to catch up. Then the book drags on and on and, well you get the idea. Then once you catch on, and realize something good might just happen, the book ends.

Jagger has to escape London quickly because he has done something bad, so he goes to get his money where he has stashed it. He climbs up the tree to get it and sees
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Maria
Jul 19, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it
I did not know this was the sixth book of a series. This was the only thing that did not sit well with me. I like to start a series from the beginning.

Ethan and Audrey' s story is really good. He grew up and thrives as best as he can with shady characters who took him in after both his parents die. He is unfortunately the bastard son of a viscount. There He knows no other life.

He meets Audrey who is a spinster really. She has been overlooked by the ton. Ethan is drawned to her. Poor Ethan does n
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Kelly Snyder
May 11, 2015 Kelly Snyder rated it it was amazing
Ethan is my favorite character. I think having him in three books really made him fascinating because he changed a little in every book. I had a clear picture of him in my mind with everything he did. I loved how he didn't really know why he was so willing to take Audrey with him and protect her no matter what. He slowly began to trust people as time went on and when you find out all the people he has affected in a good way and that he didn't realize people cared about him, your heart pulls for ...more
Tracey Parker
May 07, 2015 Tracey Parker rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, what a story to end this incredible series! We catch up right where the last book left, with Ethan injured and on the run. With some circumstances he ends up on the run with Audrey. Both have secrets that they are not quite ready to spill. This was a fast paced, action, and adventure story. I so loved catching up with the other characters from earlier books. Everything was tied together and flowed perfectly. Darcy is an amazing writer! A definite must read with whatever she puts ...more
Patty McKenna Van Hulle
A Wallflower banishes her many loaded guns for her passionate happily ever after Scoundrel!

Ethan Jagged Locke Lockwood has too many names & a criminal past that he can't outrun. He is the illegitimate son of a Viscount, scarred his half brother's face, tried to past himself off as "Mr. Ethan Locke" to the ton, learned to dance via the sexy Audrey with her luscious chocolate corkscrew hair, wanted for 2 murders he didn't do, running for his life & all because he was trying to end his life
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Marianna
Mar 07, 2014 Marianna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Read more reviews at A Lust For Reading. I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

We got to know a little about Ethan Locke (aka Jagger) in book 5, Never Love a Scoundrel, and when we last saw him he was running from the police for a murder he didn't commit. On his way out of town, he accidentally drags Audrey Cheswick into the mess; the lovely young girl who had been giving him secret dance lessons. Neither one of them is exactly what they appear to be which makes them quite perfect f
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Jacquie
Mar 05, 2014 Jacquie rated it really liked it
I received this from Net Galley in exchange for a honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. The scoundrel – bad boy – criminal mastermind and the sweet society innocent is a bit overplayed in Historical Romance Novels, but this book has some VERY interesting twists! I mean Jagger/Ethan is not what he seems at all and neither is sweet society Miss Audrey.

I loved the chemistry between the two main characters from the start of the book. They are believably compatible and the two of them are also a
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Kristie Gossman
Jan 04, 2015 Kristie Gossman rated it really liked it
I bought a book bundle on Amazon for my Kindle a few months ago and this title was included. Earlier this week, I was looking for something to read and came across the book bundle again and checked out the titles and Scoundrel Ever After looked like a fun read. It was even better than I anticipated. I loved it. It has brought me out of my reading slump. I have never read this author before, but I will definitely be checking out more of her work, starting with the first book in the Secrets and Sc ...more
Maggie Hesseling
Mar 22, 2014 Maggie Hesseling rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Ethan has to be one of the most interesting characters, and definately the one i looked the most forward reading about. With constant twists and turns, seeing old characters come together, this is the ending i expected and Ms. Burke really did deliver. Audrey is also the most interesting character of the ladies, and has the most to overcome if she's going to get her leading man to settle down. A delight to read, this novel makes you wish this wasn't the end.
Shannon   The Romance Addict!
H: Ethan Jagger
h: Audrey Cheswick

I read the very first book in this series then i kinda lost touch with it. Now that I have read #6 it makes me remember how much I loved this Author writing style. I think I am gonna go back and check out 2 - 5.

So Let me start by saying I love ,LOVE a bad boy Hero.....and Ethan is a bad boy and it is sooooo good. I liked that Audrey was a wallflower who had had enough and wanted a to live a little. I thought that the H and h really went well together ans complet
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Lauren
Feb 24, 2015 Lauren rated it really liked it
Shame on me for reading the last one first. It was part of an anthology I got, so I didn't know what I was getting into. This story had a lot going on, but despite what was obviously a detailed background story it still made sense. I am definitely interested in reading her earlier works in the series, but I do think I would have preferred to read them in order. For a romance this one had a lot of action to it. It was an interesting read and written well.
Christine Woinich
Sep 26, 2014 Christine Woinich rated it really liked it
It took me a bit to get into the story. I was a bit hesitant about the main characters, although I liked the heroine almost from the start. Then suddenly I could not put the book down. It became that book that kept me up until 2 am to finish. By the end, I knew I would have to read the previous stories to fully understand the connections between everyone. I would recommend this book but it would probably be better to start at the beginning of the series.
Madhu
Jan 28, 2015 Madhu rated it it was amazing
Ethan Locke is a villain but very few know that this villain has a heart. Audrey Cheswick maybe a wallflower dubbed by English society but she is most daring than most of us who is not afraid what she wants.

I loved this scoundrel Ethan Locke that makes one go deeper to all the situations he must have faced to be the man he is, surely not proud but proud nonetheless that unlike all peer regency guys are.

Rachael
I'm sad to see this series end but what a way to end it!
Audrey is the quiet one. The one who is a good friend to others but often gets overlooked and ignored. Jagger is the bad one. He's a criminal who has behaved in horrible ways and who I never thought I would root for.
The two of them together are perfect!
All Audrey wants is to break free of her dull existence in Society and Jagger/Ethan wants to join into Society where he feels he is rightfully owed a place.
These two unlikely partners wind
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Dec 22, 2015 10:41AM  
  • Lady of Pleasure (School of Gallantry #3)
  • The Problem with Seduction (The Naughty Girls, #2)
  • Sonata for a Scoundrel (Music of the Heart, #1)
  • To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield (Wicked Wagers, #1)
  • Once Upon a Duke (Duke's Club,  #1)
  • Shelved
  • Duke of Thorns (Heiress Games, #1)
  • Undone (Fiery Tales, #2)
  • Dark Surrender (Wicked Sinful #3)
  • A Dangerous Invitation (The Rookery Rogues, #1)
  • An Infamous Marriage
  • Love and Let Spy (Lord and Lady Spy, #3)
  • The Notorious Lady Anne (Secrets & Seduction, #1)
  • A Good Rake is Hard to Find (Lords of Anarchy, #1)
  • Annabelle's Courtship
  • The Secret Diary of Lady Catherine Bexley
  • The Army Doctor's Forever Baby (Army Doctor's Baby, #0.5)
  • A Whisper of Rosemary (Medieval Herb Garden, #3)
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Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her devoted husband, their two great kids, and two
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Other Books in the Series

Secrets & Scandals (6 books)
  • Her Wicked Ways (Secrets & Scandals #1)
  • His Wicked Heart (Secrets & Scandals #2)
  • To Seduce A Scoundrel (Secrets & Scandals #3)
  • To Love A Thief (Secrets & Scandals, #4)
  • Never Love a Scoundrel (Secrets & Scandals #5)

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