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Sinful Surrender (The Elusive Lords #1)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  1,136 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
Millicent "Missy" Armstrong is entering her third London Season, but not for lack of suitors. Since her debut three years ago, Missy has received twenty marriage proposals. But she is interested in only one man--her brother's best friend, James Rutherford. As a child, Missy looked up to James. As a grown up, her admiration has blossomed into the longings of a beautiful, se ...more
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Published January 1st 2010 by Zebra
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Rose May
Jun 19, 2011 Rose May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: b
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Book 1 in the Elusive Lords Series

Wow. Lord James Rutherford was a sexy, hot mess. He knows, at least, that he’s sexy. It was hard to determine if he knew he was a mess until the very end and then, trust me, he knew. Lady Missy (Milicent) Armstrong is our gracious heroine, who loves James with all her heart despite his nastiness when he tries to drive her away. It was sad
Feb 24, 2010 Samantha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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I started/stopped this book so many times but DNF...I just couldn't get past the Unemotional Virginal Love Scene...The word 'Dry' comes to mind...Also I just can't relate to a women wanting to marry a man without the cajones to stand up to her family and let them know he wanted/loved her!!! Maybe he did in the end?...That being said, I enjoyed many aspects of this book,the descriptions of place/times,the dialogue between the H/h.,etc...I'll try another book from this author and hope the love sce ...more
Sep 18, 2010 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
This was such a wonderful book by new author Beverley Kendall. I found the characters so appealing and I was completely drawn into their story. I had a hard time putting this book down.

I loved the heroine Missy who was madly in love with her brother's best friend James for years. And what a wonderful and sexy hero James is! I also really liked Missy's brother Thomas and I am really looking forward to reading his own story in Beverley Kendall's upcoming new book, A TASTE OF DESIRE.

I found this a
Millicent “Missy” Armstrong yearns for the love of her brother’s good friend, James Rutherford. Missy will do whatever she can to claim him as her own. James has always treated Missy like a younger sister, but as she finally makes her debut into Society, he can no longer deny that she has grown into a very beautiful woman. Lately, he’s been having a very strange reaction to her, one that involves the hardening of a certain area of his anatomy. (think constant cock stand). He can’t give into his ...more
Mandi Schreiner
Jan 05, 2010 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Millicent Armstrong has gone about her seduction of James Rutherford all wrong. Three years ago, fresh on the marriage market, she literally threw herself on top of him, showing him quite well what she intended for him. James, a good friend of Missy’s brother, Thomas Armstrong, definitely noticed Missy’s newly formed figure, but as any good gentlemen, pushed her away (and made sure his coat hid the front of his pants) before things could go further.

Now, three years later, Missy is getting ready
Don't get me wrong, I love historical romance but the plot of this novel has been done before. I found it hard to enjoy this novel because I have read several books with the same storyline. In summary, this book is about a naive young woman who falls in love with one of her brother's friends when she was younger at some obscenely young age decides that she is going to marry him one day. Unfortunately, this female protagonists never grows out of her obsession with her brother's best friend and th ...more
Danette Steward
Premise should have been intriguing....Sister falls in love with brother's best friend. Brother doesn't think friend is good enough for sister. Instead got a torturous boring plot. Plot is slow and not all that exciting. Even thought the hero was somewhat spineless for not fighting for our heroine. This story could have been told in 10 pages easily. Disappointed and probably won't pick up another by this author.
I wanted to make this review as fair as I could so for the first time ever I took notes while I read. I was irritated to the point where taking notes didn't distract me and that never happens, I couldn't do it for assigned reading at school.

I like to think of myself as a very forgiving reader, whether by design or accident I rarely dislike a book I read.

Missy is the reason I disliked this book, in fact if it weren't in a series and I hadn't wanted to read the next one, it'd be a dnf because of h
Apr 28, 2013 Ange rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It was so funny and heartbreaking at the same time. I rarely find books that can make me laugh my ass off and cry at the same time. It's hard stuff...hard, hard stuff.

This is the story of Missy and James. James has known Missy since she was a small child, who having recently lost her beloved father, needed the comfort of someone who had the time and patience for her. James was there for Missy, becoming her playmate (even though he was several years older) and caring for
♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥
Overall Rating: 3.00 // Action: 0 / Emotion: 4.25 / Romance: 4.5 / Sensuous: 3.5 / Intrigue: 1 / Regency Flavor: 3 / Humor: 8 / Tears: 4.5

Have to admire Beverley Kendall's efforts for her debut book, Sinful Surrender (book one in The Elusive Lords Series). Sinful Surrender tells the story about Thomas Armstrong's sister, Millicent, chasing his best friend, the future Earl of Windmere, James Rutherford. Missy has had a crush on James since he befriended her upon the death of her father when s
Mar 25, 2014 Greselley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is exactly the kind of story that always made me want to do a happy dance.

The author didn't even waste one chapter. The encounter in the library really shows a lot! Sure, the heroine is desperately in love with the hero. No one would doubt that. And he is really trying his hardest to avoid her advances even if it was the last thing on his mind. I never thought a girl could be ruthless in seducing the poor guy! lol.
This story is short in terms of pages but I think a lot has happened. That re
Overall rating: 4 stars
Plot: 4 stars
Character development: H-5, h-5
Character likeability : H-5, h-4
Sexual tension/ buildup: 5
Erotic descriptiveness: 5
Erotic frequency : 2-3x
Writing fluency/flow/ grammar/ word usage: 5
Denouement: 5

Beverley Kendall is quickly becoming a favorite author. This book, although it has a rather irritating heroine's actions that start off the novel, became one that I could not put down. Her historical writing style is consistent with the era, making the novel flow and re
Jan 23, 2011 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-novels
A: Kendall's debut work reminds me a LOT of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton books, which is highest praise coming from me. James was, in turn, the protective older-brother, the secretive loner, and the incorrigible rake. I loved him! Missy held her own, transforming from a girl with a youthful crush to a stubborn woman who could hold her own and wanted to take care of herself. There were times when, despite the romance novel aspects, I wasn't sure things would work out for the two main characters, so t ...more
Set in 1852 England the story of Missy Armstrong and James Rutherford. I couldn't relate with the heroine in the story her whole focus was to have sex with the hero, where as the hero was easy to relate to. He was trying to do the right thing and everyone was after him about one thing or the other. The writing style was excellent but the story was to centered around sex for my taste.
I love stories where the heroine chases the hero and Missy did chase James--relentlessly. Was she "obssessed" with him? Nah, just madly in love. Though the H/h both did some irritating things I still loved them both. Beautiful epilogue which shows there are potential stories coming--just hate the waiting!
I absolutely loved this book. Stayed up until 2am this morning to finish reading it.
This was so good I couldn't put it down. Stayed up til' midnight to finish it!
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Ermione Pickwick

Wonderful. Oh I love this kind of plots.
Jan 13, 2012 Tomjerry1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dieses Buch habe ich beim Stöbern in der Buchhandlung gesehen und ich lese doch sehr gern "historische Liebesromane", sie sind halt wie normale Liebesromane, halt nur mit historischem Hintergrund und auch die Umgangssprache ist halt der Zeit angepasst, dennoch mag ich diese Bücher sehr, denn es stecken sehr oft richtig gute Geschichte dahinter und genauso ist es bei diesem Buch.

Schon von der ersten Seite an wusste ich, dass dies ein Wohlfühlbuch ist und mich die Geschichte von Anfang an packt un
J. Leigh Hunter
Story and Writing Style
Missy has had a rather unhealthy—or healthy, depending on how you look at it—obsession with her brother’s best friend, James. Some rather fancy footwork by her own doing had them both tumbled on the ground, arms entwined, and her mouth pressed against his. Ever since then, she hasn’t been able to forget about him…nor has he of her.

Now Missy has flown through a few Seasons making more than a few men unhappy by turning down their proposals, all because of her admiration of J
May 04, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: wishlist, kindle, 2010
This review can also be found here-

After reading A Taste of Desire by Beverley Kendall and enjoying it so much I wanted to read more. I discovered that she's writing what appears to be a series. I couldn't wait to make a trip to the book store so I ordered it on my Kindle and spent a day reading.

I don't know what else to say other than it did not disappoint. I wish I'd realized this was the first book before reading A Taste of Desire but it didn't take a
Marsha Spohn
Missy Armstrong has been in love with her brother's best friend for years, ever since she was a child really.

James has been aware of Missy but has also been warned off of any entanglement by her brother who "knows" that James could not make Missy happy. Unfortunately, James has little to no belief in the possibility of a happy marriage in the ton. After all, his own parents' marriage proved to him that he would one day, in the far future, marry - then go on about his usual business of bedding wh
Angie Elle
I really wanted to love this book. I absolutely love the plot, but the characters were shallow and to be completely honest, I was never convinced the hero actually fell in love with the heroine. I would classify this book as mild erotica as opposed to romance.

Missy's actions were not reflective of the time period this book was written in, and I think that may have ruined the story for me. Not to mention, the hero and heroine had too many opportunities to be alone.

As for the hero, I need a man I'
Patty McKenna Van Hulle
Sinful Surrender (The Elusive Lords, #1) by Beverley KendallBeverley Kendall

What's Millie to do when the man she adores and loves is her brother's best friend? What's James to do when the woman he craves is his best friend's sister and off limits? They both screw it up. Millie wants James to love her but he doesn't believe in love. James craves Millie since she turned 16. He stayed away from her and her family so he did not act on his passions. Now James is back and he can't stay away from her and Millie can't stay away from him. Will they ever let thei
Virginia Campbell
Beverley Kendall's debut novel, "Sinful Surrender", is amazing! Her knowledge and love of the era and the genre are vividly evident in this sizzling romantic tale. This is true "heart with heat"! When Missy Armstrong was ten years old, she first met her older brother Thomas' best friend, James Rutherford. From that point on, James was the focal point of her world, and he treated her with brotherly affection. Thomas and James were two of a kind, true rogues making their wanton way through the lov ...more
Chris Bails
Dec 01, 2011 Chris Bails rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great book. My first by Beverley and will not be the last.
This is a great story about Missy and James. James is Missy's brothers best friend. Missy has always had a crush on James, ever since she was a little girl. Missy has waited for James to have feelings for her and he just does not feel that way. Missy decided she is going to try and seduce James. She kisses him and he pushes her away because she is his best friends sister. She waits, and three years later she tries again, and he br
Jan 06, 2015 Dianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Beverley Kendall’s, Sinful Surrender, is a historical romance about the struggles of unrequited love between a beautiful young woman and her brother’s best friend. Missy (Millicent) falls in love at an early age, but the object of her affection, James, tries to remain aloof since he has a tainted view of marriage and doesn’t want to lose his relationship with his best friend.
Missy is a beautiful, generally kind, and quite sought after. However, she is also a somewhat willful and selfish woman. S
Apr 23, 2012 Chanpreet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Millicent "Missy" Armstrong has been in love with her older brother Thomas's best friend James Rutherford, since she first say him when she was sixteen. James knows about Missy's "crush" and has still been warned away from Missy by Thomas. James is attracted to Missy but knows no good can come of it and so tries to dissuade her by staying away from her. What happens when James is told to not to stay away from her, and instead prove to her, that it's not him she's in love with? Both James and Mis ...more
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