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To Sin With a Scoundrel (Circle of Sin #1)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  611 ratings  ·  78 reviews
A reclusive widow known for her scientific scholarship, Lady Ciara Sheffield is shadowed by rumors that she poisoned her husband... A rakehell rogue notorious for his devil-may-care antics, Lucas Bingham—the Earl of Hadley—is not accused of murdering anything—save for the rules of Polite Society. The only thing they have in common is seeing their names featured in the luri ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Forever (first published February 16th 2010)
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With many rake romance stories, you always end up getting the wannbe rake, the rake you only hear about but never seen (unless told in thoughts or memories) you hardly every seen how the rake changes from a rake to a reformed rake, with To Sin With A Scoundrel you see and read how Lucas starts to change his ways. It’s not sudden like a bolt of lighting nor does he come back a change man. No, Cara Elliott shows you the gradual change of his ways and shows the reader the man behind the devil-may- ...more
May 19, 2010 Verity rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fanz of opposites attract, brainy heroine vs incorrigible McRake
H/H are gossip fodders, for different reasons. Ciara’s venomous, fork-tongued in-laws (nephew & sis-in-law) want to get their grubby paws on her 8 y/o son’s inheritance by feeding the tabloids w/ malicious, slanderous insinuations that Ciara murdered her abusive, drunkard hubby. Lucas is infamous as Mad, Bad, Had-Ley (tho’ I thought this was kinda exaggerated ‘cuz since the 1st chapter, he hardly ever did anything to live up to his rakish rep). Lucas has hidden depths & talents, w/ a big ...more
I think I would have really enjoyed this book if I was in the mood to read HR, as I once was. Afterall, it had all my favorite components, a bluestocking, sharp-tongued heroine, a rakish hero, some science, a cute 8-year-old, and witty dialogue.

Ciara Sheffield is rumored to have murdered her husband. She also has a young son to protect from her dead husband's diabolical relatives, who want his inheritance. And she is part of a female science group called the Circle of Sin. Somehow, they have dec
Mandi Schreiner

Cara Elliot-the alter ego of Andrea Pickens-takes us on a romantic suspenseful journey through Regency England in a brand new series. In the first of her Circle Of Sin trilogy, To Sin With A Scoundrel, we are introduced to Lady Clare Sheffield and Lord Lucas Hadley. Lord Hadley-called Mad Bad Had-Ley is a rakehell of the first degree. Pursued by all women, he is interested in nothing more then falling into the nearest bed with them.

Hadley's uncle, Sir Henry Phelps, is a brilliant
~ A serious, intelligent outcast widow meets her match in a witty, rakish, devil-may-care charmer (4 stars) ~

I thought Cara Elliott was a newcomer on the historical romance scene, but it turns out she has been publishing under the pen name Andrea Pickens for about ten years. There were a lot of things I enjoyed about To Sin With a Scoundrel that were unusual or not commonly found in many other HRs and with all the romances out there, it's nice to read something that feels new and fresh. Overall,
Kinda dull. I liked how intelligent Ciara was but I'm not a fan of her personality. It was entirely too difficult to warm-up to her. That said, I didn't hate her. As for Lucas, it took a while but I ended up thinking he made a decent hero. The plot was a tad far-fetched in some ways but, overall, it was ok. I found the secondary characters were much more interesting than the plot, so I'm not opposed to picking up the next one in this trilogy.
DNF by page 120. Typical been there, done that historical romance with disillusioned walked STD hero lord and stiff and proper heroine who is into science type things.
Kelly Moran
Author Cara Elliott is a graduate of Yale University and now works in New York at a lifestyle sports magazine when she’s not penning historical romances. Her job allows her to travel, her favorite spot being London, where she enjoys used book stores and antique markets. Other titles include: To Surrender To A Rogue and To Tempt A Rake-- both coming later this year for this Circle of Sin series.

Lady Ciara Sheffield is disturbed by rumors that she poisoned her husband. As a widow, she was best kn
Christine Morehouse
REVIEW: What does a Scoundrel and a Scholar possibly have in common? What could possible throw the most of unlikely of pairs together?

Take one inquisitive scientist who for the past three years has been the talk of the ton--and not to her linking either. Scientist extraordinaire, Lady Ciara Sheffield just wants to live her life in peace, but her dastardly in-law's will have none of it. Running a slanderous campaign against her in the scandal sheets, she is known as The Murdering Widow, the TON
*Note: Read and reviewed for The Season for Romance.

I've read some fantastic books lately, but I have to say that this has become one of my faves and what I think is a great start to a new series by a new author!

Lady Ciara Sheffield is a brilliant mind who lives for two things: her passion for science and her love for her son. She has been gracing the pages of London's premier tabloid thanks to her deceased husband's awful family who insists on blaming her [publicly to-boot:] for his death. She
This story of a widow and a rake sounds a bit so-so from the description but the widow is a chemistry scholar and the dialogue between the two is deliciously naughty. The rake is rampant, wicked and witty and absolutely adorable, with a wonderfully attractive joie de vivre, and both the hero and heroine are intelligent and forthright, sonething i really like in my historical romances The general dialogue is more similar to what I imagine people would have actually said at drunken parties than th ...more
I found this book very odd. Firstly the overall premise is preposterous; how can being engaged to an infamous rake help her in her difficult situation with her in-laws - it would more likely have given them more ammunition to declare her an unfit mother?

I found the heroine somewhat cold and unlikeable but the hero grew on me, although he spoke and acted crude at times and for some reason the heroine found it sexy? The flirtation dialogue in this book is very awkward and graphically crude, not cl
This book had all the ingredients I usually like in a romance. There is the smart and beautiful h who needs a knight in shining armor. Then there is the beyond handsome rake who is willing to give it all up for her. Mix in some sinister plot against h by her dead husbands family. Ciara and Luke were very likable characters, and I enjoyed reading their tale.
I will follow this series for sure... I liked the difference in the h/h... I know we have seen so many rakes of our day... but he truly seemed to change and everytime you thought the worse you were surprised. I am looking forward to the next in this series... the h/h are antagonistic at the beginning... I love those! :)
Regan Walker
1st in the trilogy merely entertaining.

Based on the reviews, I was prepared to like this romance very much, but alas, it was not a five star by my reckoning. It is the first in the Circle of Sin trilogy (To Sin With a Scoundrel, To Surrender to a Rogue and To Tempt a Rake). On the positive side, the story was interesting and I enjoyed the concept of a group of women scientists who gather together to pursue more than the London ton scene. Three of the Circle of Sin group are young women and the t
To Sin With a Scoundrel by Cara Elliott
Forever, 2010
349 pages
Historical; Romance
First in Series
4/5 stars

Source: Won

Summary: Ciara is known (quite unjustly) as a lady who murdered her husband. Lucas is known (quite rightly) as an unrepentant rake and womanizer who revels in his reputation. Yet the Bluestocking and the Rake can help each other, thereby dispelling those nasty rumors and reputations. And there will be absolutely no romance because they loathe each other.

Thoughts: I really liked this
From my blog...[return]The novel is told in alternating narratives between Lady Ciara Sheffield and Lord Hadley, both of whom are rather infamous. Lady Ciara has a brilliant scientific mind and rumours are circulating that she poisoned her husband. Lord Hadley on the other hand has been making the gossip section due to his rather rakish behaviour. While Lady Ciara has her young son Peregrine to focus on as well as her scientific endeavours along with the other ladies in The Circle of Sin, Lord H ...more
Sandy M
The first few chapters of this book are a little…..slow. There’s a lot of backstory and I kept waiting for things to begin. I’m glad I didn’t give up because once the hero and heroine finally start truly interacting, sparks fly, danger rears its ugly head, and seduction is a sensual game the hero is an expert at. Our heroine didn’t stand chance. And neither did I once Lucas begins his lure into passion.

Being a widow has given Ciara a certain amount of freedom. She’s a lady of science, so her exp
As I have mentioned before I do enjoy a romance novel now and then; as long as it's a good one.To Sin with a Scoundrel fit the bill. Slightly implausible, impossibly handsome hero, smart, ahead of her time heroine, witty dialog, just enough "evil" lurking about, sex and a happy ending. Just what one looks for in a quick, light read.

Our hero, the Earl of Hadley or as he is also known, Mad, Bad Had-ley has not settled down and swears he is not going to. No way, now how. Our poor heroine, Lady Ciar
Lately I've been reading many books in the historical romance genre. Thus, it becomes increasingly difficult to surprised me in this genre.
To Sin With A Scoundrel is the first in a trilogy of Cara Elliott. It was the first book I read from this author. The story begins with a slow pacing, because the author takes the opportunity to introduce a number of historical references about the scientific society of the time. I quite like all the references included in the book.
The love story develops ove
Shannonreads like crazy
I read this book because I won the 3rd book in the trilogy and it didn't seem to make a lot of sense without having read the first two books. So I downloaded the first two and away we go.

For the good stuff. I enjoyed the story, it was good, not great. I like the plot, backstory of the hero and heroine. I liked the scientific element and that each had a past.

Now for the not so great...

As for the characters, I got that they met, fell in love, etc. but the author didn't really make me feel their co
Lillie Roberts
The wastrel of the ton, Lord Hadley is after one escapade or another, never failing to find his name splashed across the gossip pages for all of London to see. Not that he cares, it's all good fun, but he fears his latest escapade may not only embarrass himself, but Lord Henry, his long enduring guardian as well and his health isn't what it used to be and after he promised Henry a visit as well. It's time for him to cut short his carousing and see to the needs of Lord Henry, he asks so little of ...more
Mary Gramlich
Book #1 in the Circle of Sin Series
March 2010 - Grand Central Publishing - Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages

Facts and Science are no match against love and passion!

Lady Ciara Sheffield has been dubbed the Wicked Witch of Pont Street despite being acquitted of her late abusive husband’s death. She was a woman of science who used her intellect and gifts to cure and heal not destroy yet the papers were still feeding lies to the Ton. Her late husband’s family wa
To Sin With A Scoundrel is the first in the Circle of Sin series by Cara Elliott. Historical romances are a guilty pleasure of mine and I particularly like stories with misunderstood, dashing, cynical lords and "overly intelligent", brave, and slightly socially awkward heroines. I enjoyed To Sin With A Scoundrel from the very beginning and am eagerly awaiting the next book in the Circle of Sin series.

Lady Ciara Sheffield is a bluestocking who regularly meets with fellow bluestockings who call th
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A reclusive widow known for her scientific scholarship, Lady Ciara Sheffield is shadowed by rumors that she poisoned her husband . . .
A rakehell rogue notorious for his devil-may-care antics, Lucas Bingham, the Earl of Hadley is not accused of murdering anything—save for the rules of Polite Society.
The only thing they have in common is seeing their names featured in the lurid gossip columns of London’s newspapers.

Until an ancient manuscript draws them together.

Ciara needs a titled fiancé to quel
Patti TheLoveJunkee
I like this cover - it's very sexy. He looks pretty hunky and for whatever reason I find the material of her dress eye-catching; I want to touch it.

Lady Ciara Sheffield is having a rough time of things: she was acquitted of her late husband's murder, but society still refers to her as the "Wicked Widow" and "Lady Murder". Her late husand's family continues to accuse her of murder and run her name through the mud in an attempt to get the inheritance left to her son, Perry. Ciara is a scientist, a
Tam B.
I found out about this book via a HaBO on SBTB.

This is a fun story about a rake being reformed. It uses the trope of a fake engagement (to save the Lady of course) and of course the leads fall in love. You have the added fun of the heroine being a scientist and having a circle of scientist friends (two younger and two elderly) who add some pith to the story.

This was a delightful tale that made buy the remaining two in the trilogy.
I may be a little late to the game but I’m so excited that I discovered Cara Elliott. To Sin With a Scoundrel was such a great read with original and fun characters. I really enjoyed Lady Ciara and the fact that she was not your typically historical romance heroine. She was smart, independent, and willing to fight for her independence with maybe a little bit of society naiveté thrown in. Lucas is a devil-may-care rake who has no problem living his life only for himself but he has a soft spot for ...more
Ciara Sheffield has a problem. It's her in-laws. They want control of the fortune her husband left her so they're using her interest in science to claim that she murdered her husband. Ciara is at the end of her rope, no friends except the ladies that have dubbed themselves the Circle of Sin. They range in age from 22 to 67 and they are all bluestockings and proud of it.
Lucas Bingham, the Earl of Hadley, is no stranger to scandal. He's actually courted it with drinking, women and wine, lots of a
Freda Labianca
When the book started with an orgy, or debauchery for a better term, I really thought I was not going to enjoy this book at all. Boy, was I wrong.
A hot and steamy read from front to back, and yet all the while, a love blossoms that is soft and true.
I enjoyed Ciara's character very much. I, at first, was put off by Lucas ended up appreciating his character also. It is hard to enjoy a character playing the devil. Then with the love that blooms between Ciara and him, you find it hard to not like hi
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Cara Elliott started creating books at the age of five, or so her mother tells her. And Mom has the proof preserved in a family scrapbook—a neatly penciled story, the pages lavishly illustrated with full color crayon drawings of horses. Cara has since moved on from Westerns to writing about Regency England, a time and place that has captured her imagination ever since she opened the covers of Jane ...more
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Circle of Sin (3 books)
  • To Surrender To A Rogue (Circle of Sin, #2)
  • To Tempt a Rake (Circle of Sin, #3)
Too Wicked to Wed (Lords of Midnight, #1) Too Tempting to Resist (Lords of Midnight, #2) To Surrender To A Rogue (Circle of Sin, #2) To Tempt a Rake (Circle of Sin, #3) Too Dangerous to Desire (Lords of Midnight, #3)

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