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What a Scoundrel Wants

(Medieval #1)

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  217 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
In this dazzling, original tale, Carrie Lofty imagines a new chapter in the well-loved Robin Hood fable. Meet Robin's rakish nephew, Will Scarlet, a man whose talents with the sword and the ladies are legendary—until his desire for one woman changes everything.

A Passionate Lover
A swordsman for the Sheriff of Nottingham, Will Scarlet has finally emerged from his famous uncl
Mass Market Paperback, 354 pages
Published December 2nd 2008 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2008)
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Feb 06, 2010 rated it liked it
I (finally) was able to finish the book on Wednesday & debated whether / not it’s worth a review (it's cathartic sometimes after reading a mediocre book). I tried really hard to like this book ‘cuz I luved the sequel. Alas, it’s a lost cause & mainly ‘cuz the story arc made me feel like a tossed salad & the nasty heroine killed the book for me. The oversexed heroine is so spiteful, downright rude, vindictive, ungrateful, irascible (to define her succinctly : an utter bitch), that I w ...more
Kim H
Jun 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper
As book reviews go, this one is actually one of the more difficult ones I've tried to write. I say that not because I have any reservations about whether or not I liked this book - no contest there, I totally loved it. The difficulty stems more from trying to describe a very intricate plot, explain exactly why I liked it, and trying to cram all of it into a readable & *marginally* concise review:P

Everyone, and most especially romance readers, has some sort of preconception - be it literary
Well, I gave it a shot. :( sadly, I couldn't get into it. It should have been fun. I love robin hood. And a member of the gang? Lots of potential. But, the writing the writing was just to annoying. I had to keep going back to reread things. Then there was the plot. It was much to confusing, even for me. There were like a million things going on at once and to many hints at back stories that weren't getting explained, but mentioned.

But my biggest issue was this sex scene. So I get that instant s
Apr 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
Carrie Lofty has decided to write about Will Scarlett, who was a member of Robin’s band of merry thieves. If you have seen the 1991 movie, Prince of Thieves with Kevin Costner playing Robin, then you remember Christian Slater as Will Scarlet. In that movie we find out Will is Robin’s long lost half-brother. In Carrie’s What a Scoundrel Wants, Robin is Will’s uncle, and Will has turned his back on everything Robin believed in. Will works for a new evil Sheriff of Nottingham. What a Scoundrel Want ...more
I gave up after Chapter 5 for the following reasons:

1) A book that starts out with action and throwing the hero & heroine immediately together is one of my peeves. I feel like the author is forcing me to care/identify with two people who I'm not even on the first name basis with. Lofty also dropped so many details about other characters and their relation to the H/h, that it was dizzying. So Meg has a sister named Ada, and Will knows Ada from some fair, and the sheriff is good, except he's n
Jan 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Very good debut novel from Carrie Lofty. I enjoyed reading about one of the more secondary and controversial characters from the Robin Hood legend. The balancing of Will Scarlet as main hero under the shadow of Robin was well played.

The heroine, Meg, was a bit harder to love. Her alchemical talents were the most interesting part about her and I was a little disappointed the intricacies didn't get more attention. But, in the interest of narrative pacing, I can see where Lofty would have left all
Cassandra Dean
I think i'm going to have to give up...I have no idea what's going on. I think there's some sort of raid...the hero and heroine appeared to have been captured by the Sherriff of Nottingham, who is not Alan Rickman. There's an unappreciative sister, but I don't understand why she's so whiny. I'm pretty sure the hero and heroine are supposed to be in lust with each other, but buggered if I can see it. Hmm. I wonder if my latest book shipment has arrived as yet. I really want to read that Kresley C ...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
Nov 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2008-reads
If you're a BIG fan of tales of Robin Hood, you will probably enjoy "What a Scoundrel Wants" by Carrie Lofty. This book is based on the character of Will Scarlet from Robin Hood's band. If you're not a fan, the myriad threads and required foreknowledge will likely leave you hanging.
Jan 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Historical Romance; My Rating 4.5 of 5
I really enjoyed this historic romance with its vulnerable characters and fast paced action.

Will Scarlett is bitter and resentful that he is always in the shadow of his famous Uncle, Robin Hood. He has taken a job as a swordsman for his old enemy, the Sheriff of Nottingham. Hearing a woman’s screams, he rushes in to rescue the young woman. He then discovers that he is the intended fall guy to be accused and arrested for the murder of her noble escort.
Dec 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Legends and tales of adventure always grab my attention, especially Robin Hood and his merry men. Will Scarlett is one character who I think is often overlooked, but Carrie Lofty has definitely brought this character into the spotlight with a great tale. The story opens with an ambush, and from there you are running through the woods, with pit stops at a forest encampment, village, the obligatory castle and dungeons, and a stop at a Loxley Manor, home to Robin Hood. He and Marian are a small par ...more
Jenny Trout
Jun 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit, in the interest of writing a totally honest review, that I'm not that familiar with the Robin Hood legends. What little I know of Will Scarlet is that he either gets a tiny sidekick role or left out of the thing entirely when it comes to movies and books. So, I was really excited to see him in a starring role. I loved the heroine, even though I usually cringe at the thought of original characters interacting with established characters in a story... I'm always a bit afraid they' ...more
just . . . blargh. i am having a VERY. HARD. TIME. finishing this book. i just don't CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARE. but i'm too cheap to have bought it and not finish it.

i started this book, oh, EONS ago and read seven whole chapters before being forced to temporarily abandon it for my sanity.

the other night i told myself i HAD to finish some of the half-read mediocrity cluttering my e-library before i could read anything that looked more promising, and, sigh, will scarlet's smooth, naked, nipply man'b
Aug 18, 2010 rated it did not like it
Wow, was this bad. The writing was horrid and the plot, cliched.

The love interests meet in the first few pages & despise each other. From the first 100 pages, it is clear the rest of the book will be about their struggle. Finally, they'll find they don't hate each other but actually love each other madly.

To be honest, I really wasn't a fan of either character. I could really care less about them.

Some of my favourite written atrocities:

A character is shoved, face down into the mud. "Dirt
It was actually quite hilarious in its over the top-ness. But a lot of it seemed convoluted, and I never got why this had to be a Robin Hood related story. I mostly remember thinking "OMG, this is sooo bad".

Apr 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Not bad. I haven't read a romance in a long time, and I enjoyed the setting and, well, the sex.
I just won this book from Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I look forward to reading it!
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
For the second very memorable time, Smart Bitches Trashy Books has failed me. Not as spectacularly as with Captive, but it would be difficult to find another book that fails that hard.
This, while not overtly terrible, was wholly disappointing.
I couldn't like either of the characters -- almost hated them, really -- until about two chapters to the end (if that), which of course makes it nigh impossible to get involved in the book. That aside, the romance is nonexistent until the end.
There are so m
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really dug this book. And that's despite the title. But I took the advice of the ladies over at SBTB and I'm so glad I did. You can find their review here since I agree completely with them:

I will say that the part of the review that got me excited enough to pick up the book (not that I needed much arm twisting since the concept alone had me) was the following:

"The action sequences are also spectacular, and they had an almost cinematic quality to them.
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Excellent addition to the Merry Men mythos! Meg is a phenomenal woman and I really liked the way the author portrayed her within small town medieval life. The tumultuous relationship with Will is lovely and feels very human with both of them struggling to allow vulnerability and build trust. Also the way each of them learns to think outside of themselves is really well done.

Fabulous handling of sex and sexually-charged situations!! Other romance writers take note!

Not gonna lie - I was a little a
Lynn Spencer
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have loved Robin Hood books from a variety of authors ranging from Parke Godwin to Marsha Canham, and I am so happy to see a book that sits well alongside them. While the publisher, for reasons unknown, elected to punish this month's debut author with a stupid title and a hideous cover (you can actually see the model's chest stubble (not attractive), What a Scoundrel Wants is a solid read. The tale focuses on the much-maligned Will Scarlet rather than Robin himself, and the author gives reader ...more
Amanda Westmont
Jul 31, 2009 rated it liked it
I liked this book. I did. The only problem was that I got lost a lot. I SO SO SO badly wish Carrie Lofty would embrace ONE SINGLE WORD: SAID. I can't even count the number of times I had to read back to figure out who was talking and several times, I THOUGHT I knew who was talking and I was dreadfully wrong and had to go back and figure it out. SAID! It's such a simple word that it literally disappears onto the page (not to mention it makes it SO MUCH EASIER to listen to a novel out loud, which ...more
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May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
A vividly described story that plunges the reader deep into the milieu of Robin Hood's era, this book brings home the gritty reality of the time thanks to the author's attention to detail and careful research. Will is a conflicted hero, sometimes even less than a hero for being on the wrong side or even stuck in the middle between his personal hatreds and the hatreds his position in society bring to him naturally. Meg is tough and resilient, a true heroine who both uses her handicap and overcome ...more
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More than I bargained for

Although the title has absolutely nothing to do with the story, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Great pace and good descriptions. Especially loved the main characters - the heroine was certainly no damsel in distress... And the hero, though completely flawed, was sufficiently hero-like without onerous descriptions of "rippling muscles" and know whats. Almost everything you learn about them is more based on character than physique. Great distraction.
Jan 31, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm giving this book 3.5 stars. To be honest I'm not sure how to review this book. I did love the story, however, there were parts in between that I had a hard time getting through.

IMO the book was a little longer than it should have been and I think that's why I had some trouble getting through it.

Overall this book is well worth the read but there were parts that were dull. I love the story of Nottingham and Robin Hood. The characters were very likable and they were well developed throughout th
Melody Medeiros
Feb 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was a really great medieval historical romance. The writing was very poetic and lyrical, giving the feel of a bard's story from the time. The history was well done but didn't get in the way of the action. The characters are both flawed but grow with each other. Meg is a little hard to love, but I enjoyed her journey learning to trust Will. I gave it full stars because I greatly admired the writing and the lengths the hero goes to save her. His willingness to sacrifice his body was well done ...more
Pretty much as bad as the name suggests, but not quite in the usual way. I was pleased to find a story about Will Scarlet, and the first chapter or two were quite promisingly well written. I got the impression that some research had been done, which is always nice.

After that came the improbable sex and it went rapidly downhill into a confused mess. I think Will Scarlet would have turned over in his grave, if he'd had one. I didn't bother to go more than a few chapters in, so I don't know if ther
Cristina Contilli
"Ti pentirai della tua scelta, Meg?-Non più di quanto tu ti pentirai di aver salvato la vita ad una ragazza cieca sulla strada per Nottingham."

Rispetto al sequel mi è piaciuto di più perché mi è sembrato più coerente come trama e meno lento come ritmo... però resta il fatto che a parte una delicata scena d'amore tra i due protagonisti verso la metà del libro in cui lui si mostra molto attento e premuroso relativamente alla cecità di Meg l'ho trovato poco passionale come romance.

Dec 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jennifer by: Dear Author and Smart Bitches
Shelves: romance
This was a fun romance with an interesting topic and perspective. I like that Lofty didn't gloss over the dirtiness of living in the woods and fighting. She didn't try to make that romantic. The only reason I didn't get it more stars was that it started very slowly. It took me awhile to get into it.
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