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To Ruin a Gentleman

(The Scarlet Chronicles #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  130 ratings  ·  51 reviews
The true story of the Scarlet Pimpernel . . .
Angelette, the recently widowed Comtesse d'Avignon, only invited Viscount Daventry to her country house party as a favor to her sister. When the handsome British lord arrives—two days late—he's full of unnerving tales of unrest and violence in Paris. Angelette assumes it's all exaggeration...until her chateau is attacked and her
Kindle Edition, 121 pages
Published January 15th 2019
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Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B at AAR.

In 2017, Shana Galen published Traitor in Her Arms,, part of the  Scarlet Chronicles , a series of historical romantic adventures set during the turbulent years of the French Revolution.  Now she’s following up with another book in the series – a novella – which precedes Traitor, but which can be read independently and which is linked to the earlier novel by the setting and the cameo appearance of Sir Percival Blakeney, the Scarlet Pimpernel himself.  Or is he?  Becaus
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Although TO RUIN A GENTLEMAN is officially the first book and prequel in Shana Galen’s new series, if you enjoyed TRAITOR IN HER ARMS, don’t even bother reading my review, and get TO RUIN A GENTLEMAN right away, you will not regret it.

What an extraordinary book! I usually dislike books that seem like history lessons, TO RUIN A GENTLEMAN is in many ways a history lesson about the taking of the Bastille and it is phenomenal; I adored it! Shana Galen has taken a slice of history and made it her own
Barbara Rogers
Series: The Scarlet Chronicles #1
Publication Date: 1/15/19
Number of Pages: 121

What a way for an author to whet a reader’s appetite for a new series! This is an exciting tale of revolution, suspense, danger, and romance with an absolutely lovely twist! When you have an intriguing story, excellently written prose and tight plotting, you just have to have a winner – and this book has all of that. You quickly forget you are reading a novella because everything in the story is so full and robust. Goo
writing a book about the french revolution and the fall of the bastille from the perspective of the nobles is criminal and that’s that on that
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series is Galen's telling of the tale of The Scarlet Pimpernel. She has it a league of people in England and France who rescue the innocent trapped in Paris during the Reign of Terror. This story is how the League started. I find the series fascinating, original and ambitious. It is not for the faint hearted as the reader experiences some of the terrors during that violent period in history.

The book opens with the son of Viscount Daventry racing home because he's stumbled on a mystery only
Kristina Birch
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The origin story of the Scarlett Pimpernel is a white-knuckle page turner!!!
Shana Galen first introduced her version of the legend of the Scarlett Pimpernel in Traitor in Her Arms and now takes us back in time to how the league and legend was formed.
To Ruin a Gentleman is the perfect balance of historical romance, romantic suspense, and French history class! There is intrigue and danger from the first to last page with just enough action to keep you turning pages and just the right amount of s
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ll start off saying that this is a wonderful book and I’m trying not to spoil any of it. It starts when Thomas Daventry, son of a viscount, wants to know if his normal, predictable parents have secrets he’s not aware of. His father, Hugh’s story started in the 1780s when he visited France to buy their excellent wine. Friends in England had asked him to escort their widowed sister, Angelette, to London as they were worried about the unrest in France. She refuses to leave her home and he’s deter ...more
Tracy Emro
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When young Thomas Daventry, son of Hugh, the Viscount Daventry hears some unbelievable gossip about his parents, he rushes home to Hampshire to confront his father. His asks his father about the Scarlet Pimpernel and learns a lot more than he was expecting!

Hugh Daventry, Viscount Daventry knew the day would come that his children would hear the rumors and demand answers, so when Thomas starts asking questions, Hugh decides it is time to tell him the truth - the whole truth!

His story begins in 17
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. To Ruin a Gentleman is the prequel in The Scarlet Chronicles and the readers get to know how it all started.
When in France to meet his wine suppliers, Viscount Daventry attends the recently widowed Comtesse D’Avignon’s house party before leaving the French shores. Angelette had invited him only as a favour to her sister and is a bit miffed at Hugh for arriving late to her first house party following her husband’s death. Her dislike intensifies
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story starts in 1812 when Thomas Daventry returns to Daventry Hall from London needing to speak to his father Hugh after an interesting dinner party conversation with Sir Andrew Ffoulkes.
Hugh then tells his son of events from over twenty years ago.
Angelette, the recently widowed Comtesse d'Avignon, only invited Viscount Daventry to her country house party as a favour to her sister. When the handsome British lord arrives two days late he's full of unnerving tales of unrest and violence in Par
Elena Baer
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the book. I happen to love the backdrop of the French Revolution. Angelette is exactly the sort of heroine I would hope to be; smart, loyal, courageous. I appreciated it wasn't overly long, but moved quickly and surely. By the end you can see that there is more to come. Don't worry, the ending wasn't a cliffhanger, but I am really excited to read the next book. Shana Galen must love her readers because we are only waiting a few weeks in between books instead of years. I received ...more
Susan Gorman
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shana Galen has crafted a suspenseful story with captivating characters in To Ruin A Gentleman! The novella takes place during the French Revolution and is the prequel to A Traitor In Her Arms. I was drawn to the characters and the drama in this fast- moving story and read it in one afternoon.

Viscount Thomas Daventry has travelled from London to Paris on business. He has promised his friends that he would visit Angelette, the Comtesse D’Avignon after his meetings. He tries to tell Angelette and
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To Ruin a Gentleman is a prequel that starts off The Scarlet Chronicles - it is set in France just as the Revolution is starting, and explains the start of the Scarlet Pimpernel. Viscount Hugh Daventry is in France on business and stops off at widow Angelette, Comtesse d’Avignon’s house party as a favor to her sister to persuade her to escape to England. His stories of the unrest are answered with disbelief by all of the nobles at the party, until they experience the danger first hand. Angelette ...more
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Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Be prepared for a wonderful story time that hooks you from the start and surprises you in the end! I love that it starts with Hugh telling his son the story. You will fall right into the brutal story of the attacks and riots and be holding your breath afraid of what will happen next. They are a couple at odd from the start with him trying to save her while she is determined to stay. There are many times that you think the story will go one way and it takes a turn in another way. The ending to th ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this new series. It has combined two of my favorite things history and romance. I really enjoyed the Chemistry between Angelette and Hugh. I like how Hugh does not even really know her and wants to protect her. This is an amazing start to a new series.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Viscount Hugh Daventry is in France to further his family's wine importation interests and, as a favor to her sister, he also plans to visit a house party hosted by Angelette, Comtesse d'Avignon, and do all he can to convince her to return to England with him and flee the unrest and brewing violence in Paris before it spreads. But when he arrives at her home in Versailles, it is as if he has entered a different world. Angelette and her aristocratic friends are either unaware or completely in den ...more
Debra Martin
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of Ms. Galen for a while now and have thoroughly enjoyed her previous books. "To Ruin a Gentleman" is the start of a new series and I absolutely loved it! The story is told from father to son and follows the widowed Comtesse Angelette and Viscount Hugh Daventry during the start of the French revolution. I felt like I was living through this awful time the writing was so visceral. Not many authors can successfully convey a complete story in a novella, but Ms. Galen accomplishing j ...more
Sink me! I loved this take on The Scarlet Pimpernel! Billed as the true story of the Scarlet Pimpernel, I was eager to read this, and it not only met but exceeded my high hopes.

First of all, this was a clever and creative spin on the beloved Scarlet Pimpernel. I am delighted that the author was able to incorporate so many familiar elements in a fresh and engrossing way. There are some delicious twists in this tale!

Another thing I especially enjoyed was the way the setting during the French Rev
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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To Ruin a Gentleman introduction to the coming series set in revolutionary France. It follows widowed Comtesse Angelette and Viscount Hugh Daventry at the start of the French Revolution.

Great novella to introduce Shana's new Revoluntionary France. The story of how Scarlet Pimpernel became to be.
Hugh, Angelette and Sir Percy worked together to save nobility after the Fall of The Bastille and beginning of French Revolution.
The League of Scarlet Pimpernel was formed to help rescue and transport n
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent writing and a good story as always, but this time with an added fillip of the twist on the classic tale of the Scarlet Pimpernel - starting with the couple talking to their grown up son many years later, reminiscing about how they met and then how they spent the rest of the war.

All Shana Galen's books are good, but this one was a step up on that standard. Even if she does get a bit buried in the nitty gritty of the Napoleonic war occasionally!
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a magnificent start to this new series! The setting is unique because the the story is being told by a father to his son. Ángellette and Hugh are caught in France during the Bastille civil uprising. Hugh wants to leave and go back to England, but finds himself unable to leave the daring lady he has fallen in love with. They clash over battle of wills time and time again. They escape death together. Then they fall passionately into bed together. They realize that everything they do they do w ...more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The cover is beautiful and what a story! I kept telling them to RUN! I learned a lot about the French Revolution in the first novel of The Scarlet Chronicles but learned even more seeing it through Thomas' and Angelette's eyes and experiences. Shana Galen draws you into the lives of the characters so you feel like you are there with them. I'm looking forward to more books in this series.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a novella and a prequel to 'A Traitor In Her Arms' (which I loved and reviewed), so naturally I just had to read this book.

As in the previous story, Shana Galen continues to create three dimensional and complex characters that from page one compel the reader to keep on reading the main protagonists story and wholeheartedly root for them.

Hugh and Angelette were such a great pair. They truly belonged together. If you've ever loved the story of Scarlet Pimpernel, then this story is perfect
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great story. Period.
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Singing: “Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?”

I have been intrigued by the French Revolution from the first of many times that I saw Les Miz (the play, which was so much better than the movie—but that’s a whole different review). I found myself singing the songs in my head as I quickly got involved in reading TO RUIN A GENTLEMAN, the novella that serves as the introduction to the new Scarlett Chronicles series by Shana Galen. In cont
Carol Bisig
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
A Tale of The Pimpernel!

I am a huge fan of this Author! However, I was disappointed by this book; it takes place at the start of the very bloody Revolution in Paris. The problem is, instead of the story of the vile hatred the peasants had for everyone, we have a very sexy love story. What happened in France is an atrocity that France should be very ashamed of, the murdering of innocent women, children, old men, all because; they were born aristocrats. This is what is happening in America today!
Teri Donaldson
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! From the opening sentence, I was drawn in. The intrigue, the suspense, the build up to romance kept me reading and flipping pages until I reached the end. Many times, a plot follows a straight line to happily ever after. This one took many turns, some wrong, along the way.
Ms. Galen has delivered a first in a series that has captured my interest and left me wanting to know more about these characters. Thankfully, there are more adventures to tell. Lucky for us readers!
Kathy Bunbury
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal! This is one of those books that ramps up almost from the first page and sweeps you away. The story is not what I had imagined it to be in the most delightful way. This couple are antagonists and their banter is refreshing even under duress. I was lost in the story as the historical events of the Bastille are portrayed. I felt as if I were on the streets of Paris watching the events unfold. My only regret is that this story was so short, I would have enjoyed more pages with this coupl ...more
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I love Shana Galen's books, but this one just didn't do it for me. I actually read it a second time a few weeks later to make sure it wasn't just a holiday reading funk.
It started and ended from the perspective of the hero and heroine's son, but the majority of the book was written from the hero or heroine's pov. I think those little bits were setting up the series, but it was just jarring to me. Although I suspect historically accurate about the French nobility's attitudes, I couldn't make myse
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Shana Galen is three-time Rita award nominee and the bestselling author of fast-paced, witty, and adventurous Regency romances. Kirkus says of her books, "The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun," and RT Bookreviews calls her books “lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven year ...more

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The Scarlet Chronicles (4 books)
  • Traitor in Her Arms (The Scarlet Chronicles, #2)
  • Taken by the Rake (The Scarlet Chronicles, #3)
  • To Tempt a Rebel (The Scarlet Chronicles, #4)