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London's Perfect Scoundrel

(Lessons in Love #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  8,377 ratings  ·  401 reviews
A determined young lady vows to give one of London's infamous rakes his comeuppance—but when the rogue turns the tables, who truly learns a lesson in love?

The ton gossips call him "Saint"—but the Marquis of St. Aubyn has well earned his reputation as London's perfect scoundrel.

Evelyn Ruddick knows she should avoid him at all costs—but the strikingly beautiful lady wants t
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Mass Market Paperback, 372 pages
Published April 29th 2003 by Avon
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Shawna
Jan 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of rake heroes & Lord St. Vincent from Kleypas's "Devil in Winter"
Recommended to Shawna by: Rane & East
Re-read/listened to audiobook format 1/9/21:

This time reading it the heroine drove me nuts, but I still loved St. Aubyn.

Original review/rating from 2011:

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 c
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Fani *loves angst*
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
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Christine
Dec 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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Rane
Dec 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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,
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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.
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Jan
Aug 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 to 3.5 stars. I liked but didn't love this book. I don't mind the good old 'reform of a rake' trope, and particularly in the earlier part of the book, Saint was well and truly a proper rake. His personal journey to becoming less self-centred and able to be monogamous was done quite well. I liked both Evie and Saint. I liked Evie's independence of mind, and her determination to do something meaningful in her life.

What annoyed me about the book and made me unable to give a higher rating was the
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Yomi M.
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 :)
Catherine
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
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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
Eastofoz
Aug 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Kelly22
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of unrepentant mischievous scoundrels getting the girl without much character reformation!
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 eff
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Tammy
Nov 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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Susanne
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!
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Shaz
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I did enjoy this story, will definitely be reading book 3 of this series
Nikki
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
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Irene
In London’s Perfect Scoundrel, Enoch shows off her impressive writing chops. Sexual tension’s served up on a platter with one improbable situation following right after another.

Stifling against her brother’s demanding political ambitions, Evie wants a project of her own instead of being ordered about to curry favour on his behalf. In two shakes of a lamb’s tail, she’s decided her destiny in life is to improve the lives of children at the Heart of Hope orphanage. However, she doesn’t expect to f
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L8blmr
Dec 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Karen
Aug 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009-reads, favorites
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
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Heliga
Jul 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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Alexandria Jane
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: regency-romance
This book was a wild ride. I honestly had no idea where it was going, what the heck was going to happen, and whether or not I even supported the romance. My feelings about this book are just all over the place. Ultimately, I think I end up on the disliking-it-most-than-liking-it side of things, but I will definitely be reading more Suzanne Enoch in the future. After all, it takes a special kind of book for me to text my friends at every single plot twist.

This book features the Marquis of St. Au
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Zoe
Jun 28, 2015 rated it liked it
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
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Becca
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-shelf
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
KarenH
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
Nisha
Sep 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Juliea Q Smith
Nov 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up
This book reads like a sexual harassment handbook. The hero was too much of an a-hole to be redeemed.
Petra
Jun 12, 2020 rated it liked it
I’ve enjoyed reading this book but looking back it had many issues that were just too unbelievable. I can forgive a lot of plot twists but in this book the unbelievable was the scoundrel’s transformation. I wanted it to happen but it didn’t happen satisfyingly enough for me.
The heroine too was weak character.
I’m going to give the third book on a series a try because I have been curious about Robert from the beginning and I like this authors writing (so far)
Melissa
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book. I’m such a sucker for a scoundrel. ☺️I can’t wait to read Lucinda’s story.
Lemon
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ChloeLeeNH
Aug 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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....
Avid Booker
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People Who Want a Good Series
I adored this series. I truly did. Suzanne Enoch books read very slow. I'll start with that. Some may find that boring but I LOVE it. It gives me more time with the characters and makes me feel like I know them. It's a talent to be certain.

I've been drooling over Saint in every other book, and while he didn't read quite the same, I was not disappointed. I adore him. I feel like I have everything and nothing to say at the same time. lol.

Evelyn Marie. I have to add her middle name because Saint d
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