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A Loving Scoundrel

(Malory-Anderson Families #7)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  12,273 ratings  ·  382 reviews
Johanna Lindsey brings to glorious life her beloved aristocratic family of adventurous rogues and spirited ladies as the Malorys confront the shocking news that Jeremy, the rakehell son of gentleman pirate James Malory, has fallen in love.

When Jeremy Malory hires Danny, a young woman who grew up on London's streets disguised as a boy, as his upstairs
Paperback, 444 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Pocket Books (first published April 27th 2004)
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NiCoLeTa E.
This was another one lovely and adventurous story from the Mallory family!!!

This family had managed to climb upon my heart and i don't get enough of their adventures!!!!
I'm having such a wonderful time with their company...

This time was Jeremy's turn who in this book is 25 years old... God, he grew up very well!!!
We had met him on the second book and he was just 16, so i'm feeling exciting for his turn!!!
And in the equation of this crazy bunch was added Danny...

Jeremy Mallory had an
5 brilliant stars!


I adore Pygmalion themed romances and I adored this one! The Malory family is the best family in historical romances ever!

When Danny is five, she wakes up in an alley, bleeding with no memory. Her companion dies short thereafter and she is adopted by Lucy who teaches her to dress like a boy and talk like a street urchin. Danny pretends for fifteen years, until she walks into a trap set by Jeremy Mallory to find a thief to do their bidding. He immediately realize that she is a
Lover of Romance
In A Loving Scoundrel we have a young woman, Danny, who grew up on the streets, learning how to pick pockets and steal to survive. She has no memory of her life before she was found and integrated into a gang of pickpockets and thieves. Having no choice but to pose as a boy, in order to protect herself, so that she doesn't have to work at a whorehouse, she has cultivated a excellent talent in thievery and pickpocketing, however deep inside she aches for a stable future and a husband and ...more
Jan 24, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, historical
Ugh. I'm not sure why I keep reading Lindsey, other that the fact that I know that the declarations of love alone won't make me gag. I consistently find her plots formulaic, and her constant repetition of the same tropes in each of her successive Malory novels wore thin for me after the first one.

The idea of Danny, a pickpocket girl who pretends to be a boy to attract less notice and avoid prostitution, was interesting, I suppose, but I am SO TIRED of the smug, domineering male deciding to tame
Wendy,  Lady Evelyn Quince
Once upon a time there was this romance author, Johanna Lindsey.

She began publishing in the late 70’s and from the 80’s through mid-90’s she was one of the Avon queens of historical romance. Sure you had Wooodiwss, who published one book every four years, and Rosemary Rogers, whose tawdry bodice ripping plots weren’t for the faint of heart. Then there was Johanna Lindsey. You could always guarantee a virgin heroine, a loyal, overbearing hero and a story that would have you either rolling your
Aug 15, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, ebook, read-in-2011
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I found A Loving Scoundrel at the library and quickly proceeded to check this one out too. I started this one Sunday morning and finished it late, and I do mean late, Sunday night (say around 3 am). This reminded me of many a time in my past where I stayed up far too late reading and re-reading the latest Johanna Lindsey novel. Jeremy Malory continues the tradition of thoroughly, mild-numbingly hot heroes. He would definitely be hard to resist if I was Danny, his amazing, enjoyable heroine. This ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
3 stars

I haven't read a Johanna Lindsey book in a whileeeeee! I was so happy to jump into this one because I always said that I'd do just that only for something else to read and then Jeremy kept getting pushed back!

I loved Danny right off the bat and Jeremy was a charmer. I did not like how he kept trying to push Danny to sleep with him when she wanted to stay true to herself who just wanted to earn a living. I didn't appreciate that of Jeremy and his belittling of her and her dreams. And the
Sabrina Jeffries
Mar 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I'm cheating here, and I don't like them all equally, but I do love the Mallory's. They're all funny. I especially liked Love Only Once (the first book), Gentle Rogue (my favorite), and The Magic of You (where the heroine chases the hero shamelessly).
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Mixed feelings about this strange book. Very entertaining, certainly, and the character of the heroine Danny is unique and priceless, but ... Too many details and too much speech that are completely inappropriate for the supposed setting (post-Regency but pre-Victorian England). Too many parts of the plot that make very little sense (e.g. the girl who was so desperate to marry the hero that she started a rumour about being pregnant with his child???) and add very little to the book. Too many ...more
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
This is one of my most favorite books in the Malory series. Jeremy Malory has finally grown up and is living as a bachelor, following in the footsteps of his father and uncle who, before settling down, once held the reputations of being the most notorious rakes in London. Jeremy is gorgeous and the most desirable man in all of London, all debutantes want to shackle him as their husband. He steers clear of all the hungry ladies because he has no intention of marrying, ever, that is until he meets ...more
Jan 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Mar 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook, kindle
This was the first of the Malory series that I read and it will likely be the last. I doubt I'll read anything else by this writer either. I liked the premise, but it was so poorly written & researched that I found myself frequently irritated by what I was reading. The historical period was, at best, only vaguely defined. The characters used phrases that were not current before the 20th century, and I lost count of all the anachronistic Americanisms in their speech. They also behaved in ways ...more
Atousa Karimi
Nov 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, historical
I seriously don't get it why in most of the historical romances the heroine is so daft in front of the hero in an erotic encounter that she can't even think or move or decide for herself. This kind of lustful stupor is bloody damn annoying and it vehemently belittles and insultsthe heroine's non-existence character. I don't understand how a woman can have no regard what so ever for her self-esteem and self-respect and quite easily let a man do whatever he want with her and simultaneously ...more
This story is about the illegitimate son of James Malory, Jeremy, and a pickpocket, Danny, who for most of her life pretended to be a boy. Really good historical story. I really enjoyed seeing other Malorys from the previous books. The end made me cry a bit.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fresh and good...Danny is the best!
Nov 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: johanna-lindsey
I love the Malory family and have been waiting for Jeremy's story for a long time. I'm happy to say.......... I loved it! While not particularly earth shattering regarding plot, it made up for that in charm. I'm glad that Johanna kept the irrepressible spirit that earned Jeremy the title, "Scamp." She pairs him with an equally charming and equally irrepressible young lady by the name of Danny. Her introduction is funny and starts the ball rolling into what turns out to be a delightful story.

Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Ok. I was really annoyed with this book. Danny spends 15 years to avoid being a prostitute and has a goal to marry a respectable man and have a family. But then she throws it all out the window to roll in the hay with Jeremy because OMG, he is so fine. Really? I couldn't understand why she wasn't worried about not being a virgin anymore (for her respectable husband, you know) or getting pregnant. And he was a selfish, horny, creep because all he wanted to do was make her is mistress knowing she ...more
Listen to the audiobook then bought the book-I really enjoyed this. Another classic by the Wonderful Johanna Lindsey.

From the beginning to the end, I always pictured Carole Lombard and Clark Gable as Jeremy and Dani...I mean, how could I not?

Carole Lombard as Dani

Dani is meant to have short hair that was short enough to be a boys yet long enough to be a girls and Blue/violet piercing eyes. I don't know if it's my obsession with Carole Lombard or what but she was the first person I thought
Jun 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of strong female characters with a propensity to crossdress
After reading this book for a third time, I realized 2 things: (1) I haven't written a review about it and (2) I don't like it nearly as much as I did the first two times. I've always know what the problem was, and somehow, when it came to Jeremy, I was able to forgive. But not this time. I hate JL's Malory Men, and a few Andersons (but who really cares about them at a time like this).

At the tender age of 5, Danny is found abandoned and without any memory of her life prior, by an orphan gang.
Jeremy Malory , scoundrel, rogue, and friend-extraordinaire, has yet again saved his innocently witless friend, Percy, from the consequences of a foolishly reckless night of gambling in which he lost an invaluable family jewel. However, in the process of this miraculous salvation, Jeremy encounters the one and only female to inspire such incredible lust and awe that he vows that first night of meeting to have her in his bed. Yet, Danny doesn't react like any other woman. Her first instinct is ...more
Since forever I've been looking forward to Jeremy's story, actually since his introduction in book 1, because it's known he's not the first bastard in the family, but he was one with unusual background and was suddenly found and was instantly adopted by the family. ^^

The whole book was entertaining and intriguing, and what I liked most about it, that it didn't focus solely on the mystery part of the book, regarding Danny's past or about just the romance between the main couple, but instead it
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Orphaned at a young age with no memory of her past, Danny was taken under the wing of a group of thieves. When Danny is banished from her gang because she helped handsome Rakehell Jeremy Malory steal back the jewels his friend lost in a card game, Danny demands that Jeremy give her a job. She is determined to change her life and become respectable in order to fulfill her dream of marrying and starting a family. Intrigued by her beauty and spunk, Jeremy hires Danny as his upstairs maid, although ...more
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-lindsey-s
I Always Always have this weakness with Johanna Lindsey's books, that is I tend to read them through to the end within 24 hours. I simply CAN'T STOP!
I can't even remember the dozens of her titles that i have read, i just remember having butterfly in my stomach reading them!! Dashingly handsome, extremely wealthy member of the Malory family Jeremy meets a dazzling beauty in disguise of a pretty boy, Danny. The plot is nearly the same on most of her books, love, lust, denial, winning over, eager
Kate H
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Johanna Lindsey is an author I have read for many years and while her books are not amazing they are a good solid rainy afternoon escape. I think the best part of her books are the characters who are multi-faceted and keep me engaged in the book.
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Danny is so bleedin' funny. LMAO.
4.5 stars

I liked this a lot - more than I thought I would - and think it's actually the best installment in the Malory series (with Love Only Once a solid second). My initial expectations weren't that high, thinking Johanna Lindsey would have lost the touch concerning the Malory saga since she's written so many before. Happily, I was wrong. A Loving Scoundrel is an entertaining, romantic fairy tale where the author reminds readers that dreams do come true. It's also a story worthy of Jeremy
Jane Stewart
Excellent read. I didn't want to put it down.

To date, I've read twelve books by J. Lindsey and my two favorites are this book and "Gentle Rogue." Both of them have a girl dressed as and pretending to be a boy. The two heroes are Jeremy in this book, and his father James in "Gentle Rogue." In this book, there were some clever lines and scenes. I admired the way Danny (the heroine) would face someone and tell them the truth about why she was leaving or what she thought instead of running off
Lady of the Lake
I liked this romance. I enjoyed the main characters. However I failed to understand why Jeremy (the bad boy rake And the main hero) "was the catch of the season" as he is a Bastard born son and wasn't even taken off the back docks and placed with his well off family until he was 16! So other than his handsome good looks he can't inherit and has no title. So why a titled young wealtht girl would go as far as to ruin her own rep. By saying she was with child to force him into marriage takes this ...more
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Johanna Helen Howard was born on March 10, 1952 in Germany, where her father, Edwin Dennis Howard, a soldier in the U.S. Army was stationed. The family moved about a great deal when she was young. Her father always dreamed of retiring to Hawaii, and after he passed away in 1964 Johanna and her mother settled there to honor him.

In 1970, when she was still in school, she married Ralph Lindsey,

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Malory-Anderson Families (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • Tender Rebel (Malory-Anderson Family, #2)
  • Gentle Rogue (Malory-Anderson Family, #3)
  • The Magic of You (Malory-Anderson Family, #4)
  • Say You Love Me (Malory Family, #5)
  • The Present (Malory-Anderson Family, #6)
  • Captive of My Desires (Malory-Anderson Family, #8)
  • No Choice But Seduction (Malory-Anderson Family, #9)
  • That Perfect Someone (Malory-Anderson Family, #10)
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“What is a friend if not someone you feel close to, someone you like being with, someone you can confide in and share pleasure with.

-Jeremy Malory-”
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