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Lord Ruin (The Sinclair Sisters #1)

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,152 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
Could she trust her heart to the most notorious rake in London?

The Duke of Sin

The Duke of Cynssyr didn't believe in love. He planned to marry for beauty. But a night of unforgettable passion left him a changed man—a man tied to a bespectacled spinster. Anne Sinclair's long legs drove him wild with desire, and her quick wit challenged his mind. Ruined for any other, the not
Paperback, 342 pages
Published December 1st 2002 by Leisure Books
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.þµŋψà. [Punya Reviews...]
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The basic set-up: plain-ish spinster Anne Sinclair injures her ankle while she and her family are houseguests of some lord who is the BFF of the rakish Duke of Cynssyr. It's decided Anne needs quiet and laudanum for the pain, but the problem is there's a full house - the only unoccupied room is that of the not-yet-arrived to the party Cynssyr, so that's where they decide to put a doped up Anne. Cynssyr arrives in the wee hours when the household is abed, and heads straight for his room (he alway ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
It's been a while since I read this, but a friend asked for a review, so I'll do my best...

I picked this one up on impulse because I love the spinster heroine motif. I admit that Ruan isn't my ideal hero since I really don't like oversexed rake heroes much (with a few exceptions). However, this book really entertained me, and probably for very shallow reasons.

I have met few heroes who are as horny as Lord Ruan! My goodness. Even though this book isn't wall-to-wall sex scenes, I felt like the duk
My first thoughts about this book were that it had a lot of promise but wasn't coalescing into a cohesive whole. My last thoughts were that it was just a hot mess. The plot was hard to follow, the writing was awkward, and I couldn't understand why Anne, who already had one desirable man in love with her, flatly refused to believe her husband's affection. There seemed to be a lot of missing background info that might have made sense of it all. Two stars mainly for him finding her glasses sexy.
I've given this a C- for narration and B- for content at AudioGals, so I'm leaving it at 3 stars here.

I was really pleased to learn, a couple of weeks back, that Carolyn Jewel was venturing into the world of audiobooks with one of her best known titles, Lord Ruin. I confess to having a bit of a soft spot for Ruan and Anne, even though I recognise that the story is unevenly paced at times, as this was one of the first historical romances I read.

Ruan Bettancourt, the Duke of Cynssyr (and yes, ther
If you like angst-ridden, devastatingly gorgeous, over-sexed, wicked, wicked, naughty, naughty heroes paired with over-looked, sensible, steel-spined heroines, then this book is for you. Throw in a really quite engaging element of suspense, and it's a fabulous read.

I really appreciate it when publishers and authors make older books available in kindle format, and I could personally kiss whomever decided to market this book electronically!

What I liked about this one:

- The hero - he's just great.
What is it with Ms Jewel and the endings in her books I wonder? I only read two books of hers. the other being Scandal, and both were amazing until a few pages before the end. At that point the heroine becomes hardheaded, obstinate and stubborn and drives me out of my mind for ruining such a perfect story!

Well, up to the ending, I loved this surprisingly very sensual story. A marriage of convenience between two people who for once, decide to deal with it practically and amicably instead of yelli
What a delight to read a romance novel that doesn't make you wait till 70% before the sex scene....The love making starts off from the get-go and the hero (Cynssyn) keeps coming back for more all they way through the book...I loved it!!! This one if a keeper!!! They are forced to marry after being caught in a compromising situation. He didn't want to marry (especially a spinster)...and she thought she loved another. Yet once they are married, he is mystified by his ease of talking to her about a ...more
For most of the book, I tried to convince myself that Lord Ruan isn't(surely he isn't?) the most worthless, creepy and insincere hero I've ever come across. Even calling him a hero seems wrong to me. You can create a character who is absolutely immoral and sinful, but that character needs to become a better person by the end of the story for me to consider him a rightful hero.

But we have to witness his transformation to believe it, right? I wouldn't for a second believe that this type of transfo
Fiona Goodman
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May 10, 2012 Sammy rated it it was ok
The story never engaged me because the heroine was one I really could not understand. The author failed to write enough of the heroine's internal thoughts on the page and provided to much insight with the hero to the effect that the hero seemed self-centered and weak and the heroine distant and without any will to reject any of what the hero puts her though which is a lot. He was absolutely cruel to her and only thought about his own pleasure especially during the sex. He had no respect for her ...more
3-and-a-half-stars, really. I liked it, but there was something about it I can't quite put my finger on that stops me from giving it 4 or 5 stars. It was well-written and there was an interesting sub-plot about there being a serial-killer/rapist on the loose; the characters were well-defined and the sex-scenes were hot, but still, there was something about the writing, perhaps, that meant it didn't quite gel for me.

That said though, I did enjoy it and would definitely consider a re-read sometime
Hate to admit it but the other reviewers were right!
It lacked depth, plot and everything in between...
DNF at who-the-heck-cares
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.25/5; 3 stars; B

I always enjoy the books by Carolyn Jewel. I think this is the first historical romance I've read by her, the others were all PNR/fantasy type books.

Anyway, I enjoyed many of the characters in this story, including Anne, Ruan, Emily, Benjamin, Devon and Thrale. However, I did think there were quite a few holes and plot inconsistencies that struck me as odd so I couldn't bump the rating up to 4 stars.

I have to question Ruan on this. (view spoiler)
Jul 15, 2010 Tara rated it it was ok
Well,it started out very strong but I couldn't seem to make it all the way through. Once they were married and both the H and h started hunting for a serial killer or something I went into a trance. Keep it simple. If I wanted to read a crime and/or mystery book, I would.

If you've read it and think it's worth it for me to finish, please let me know!
Aug 04, 2009 Rane rated it liked it
Okay. Although the ending and action scenes seem to bring down the tempo of the story.
Wanderer ♔ Wanderlust ♔
Not really a fan of the "Oops, sorry I mistook you for a willing participant when we had sex last night, but glad we're ok because there's just something about you that I can't live without".

Then I felt bad for Devon through a lot of the story and that's not right if you kind of want him to be the hero instead of the guy who is the hero, right?

I had some confusion about the romance (which I can't even really explain what I found confusing) and the hero always seemed to just handle everything by
I thought I would really like this one but for some reason I just couldn't really get into it.

Anne (h) knew she shouldn't sleep in Lord Ruins (H) room but they had assured her that he wouldn't be arriving that night.Plus she really needed a place to sleep off the laudanum that the doctor gave her for her twisted ankle. Oh my and what dreams that laudanum gave her!

What was Ruan (H) supose to think when he arrived at his friends house and found a woman in his bed. That his friend gave him a whore
Sammy Loves Books
The Duke of Cynssyr, often referred to as "Lord Ruin", is a total rake. He has no intention of ever falling in love so he decides to mary the most beautiful woman available.


Well, Lord Ruin in true rake form kinda gets himself in a pickle and ends up marrying another.

Anne is a tall blond beauty that goes unnoticed due to her spectacles, drab clothes, and she's also a spinster at the tender age of 24. Anne is smart, savvy, innocent and loyal. Needless to say, Lord Ruin is out matched and unprepar
I don't know about this one. While I appreciate that Cynssyr wanted to shag his wife at every opportunity, I felt her character wasn't developed enough. There wasn't enough told from Anne's POV for me to actually like her and understand her as a character. Same goes for Cynssyr. My recipe would be: more character development, less crime drama, but keep the same amount of getting jiggy.

Also, you're going to jump into your husband's arms and finally tell him you love him after he just casually ask
Apr 11, 2009 Dancechica rated it liked it
I enjoyed Jewel’s writing, but I realized halfway through the book that I didn’t like any of the story’s characters. What I did like is that the characters were fully developed. I may not have liked them, but they did have character, and the there were a lot of hot love scenes that I think were well written. There was also a mystery subplot thrown in involving a murder/rapist adducting women that Raun was tasked with investigating. I really felt this plot could, and should, have been left out be ...more
Dec 05, 2008 Jaimey rated it really liked it
Pretty good story. The love scenes were a little more graphic than I expected and I was a little disappointed in who the villain turned out to be since I kinda liked the person. But it was surprising, so I can't complain about the suspense. The characters were all very likable and I wonder if there are (or will be) stories involving certain minor characters. :o)
When I read the description of this book, I thought it was exactly what I would want to read. but then I read some reviews, which were lukewarm at best and was not sure if I would not end up disappointed. I am so glad, I still read it.

in the beginning we meet Anne, who is a spinster and in love with Devon, but her father forbid the marriage. now the Devon has come into a title, he is more suitable and there is some hope. but then due to some, lets just say, misunderstandings Anne has to marry Ru
Sybil has been telling me for years to read this book. She was right, it was good.

The heroine started to annoy me toward the end with all her whining and wishy-washy behavior. But overall I thought this was a wonderfully written historical romance.
Sep 09, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing
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Oct 15, 2013 Michelle(Chelle) aka Nightshade - Cake Whisperer rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Regency HR lovers of HOT romance
I would give this 4.5 stars. A thoroughly enjoyable Regency romance with an extra bolt of HAWT!!! Lord Ruin is known as quite the ladies man of the ton and because of his reputation a certain spinster sister, One Anne Sinclair does not think that he would make for very good husband material for her youngest sister. Unfortunately for her, she manages to break them apart by being in the wrong place at the wrong time and as a result is forced to wed the rogue. In the background of the romance is a ...more
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Aug 23, 2015 Jackie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love that Jewel gets so many of the details of Regency life (and particularly, the work life of an actual duke) correct. But I hate that her writing so often feels as if it has been thrown out on the page, with little thought to how scenes hang together, or how pace and flow should work to draw a reader in. The depiction of the sudden, inexplicable fall of a rake into love for a spinisterish, glasses-wearing woman is compelling, but Anne as a heroine is rather wet, constantly saying how awful ...more
Jun 02, 2011 Tracy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I did not finish this book. Maybe it just wasn't the right time to read it, but it wasn't holding my attention at all. The love story was not at all original. But, what really frustrated me was the way the plot jumped around. Apparently there was some sort of mystery going on, but there was no lead up to that portion of the story line. He just walks into a room one day as she's getting dressed and says, "Another girl has been attacked." And as the reader you're thinking, "Wait....there are girls ...more
Homigod, she's writing the rest of the series! Squee!

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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 10, 2015 08:40AM  
  • My Darling Caroline
  • Dark Wager
  • The Shy Duchess
  • An Unexpected Gentleman
  • The Devil's Waltz
  • Every Night I'm Yours (The Spinster Club, #1)
  • A Scandalous Pursuit (Scandalous, #3)
  • Crimson Rapture
  • Miss Winthorpe's Elopement (Belston & Friends #1)
  • A Rake's Guide To Pleasure (Somerhart, #2)
  • Captain's Price
  • Entwined (The Ten, #1)
  • To Have and To Hold (Wyckerley Trilogy, #2)
  • A Rake's Guide to Seduction (Reece Family Trilogy, #3)
  • Tallie's Knight
  • Bluestocking Bride
  • Confessions from an Arranged Marriage (The Burgundy Club, #4)
  • Bound by Your Touch
Carolyn Jewel was born on a moonless night. That darkness was seared into her soul and she became an award winning and USA Today bestselling author of historical and paranormal romance. She has a very dusty car and a Master’s degree in English that proves useful at the oddest times. An avid fan of fine chocolate, finer heroines, Bollywood films, and heroism in all forms, she has two cats and a dog ...more
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  • Surrender to Ruin (The Sinclair Sisters, #3)

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“You want to know why I love you. You brought light into my formerly gray existence.” He touched her cheek. “Until you, I never knew a woman could be both friend and lover. You saved me from the dark. I love you for what you are; strong and brave and kind. When I walk into a room and you are there, my heart lifts. When I’m away, just thinking of you makes me smile. Being with you makes me happy. No one else has ever done that. When I am with you, I am whole. Better than whole, for on my own, I’m a worthless fool.” 13 likes
“With you it's different. I come like a bloody bull with you. I want to reach inside you and make you feel what I do, to know heaven and hell and pleasure so intense you can't tell if it's agony or pure bliss."..."When I make love to you, I am yours. You own me body and soul.” 4 likes
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