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Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
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Jan 05, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: e-book, 2010, romance, fiction, historical
Recommended to Wendy by: Sarah

Regency romance, starring a dyed-in-the-wool scoundrel (Marquess of Dain) and a hopeless spinster (Jessica Trent). They have lives - satisfying, full lives - before they meet, and meeting throws everything off-kilter, and is, in fact, a life-changing event.

The characterization in this book is excellent. Dain's ascendancy to the title Lord of Scoundrels - from birth to present-day - is brilliantly and believably illustrated, and lays the foundation for every anti-social impulse, every fit of temper, every rude comment. Jessica's understanding of boys and men is also believably laid down, as is her strength of character and her complete absence of missishness.

The main plot is by far the most interesting - two people getting to know each other in the context of a marriage - but the subplots do serve to support it.

Dain is a longtime whoremonger accustomed to taking his pleasures and walking away, and Jessica is a virgin when she marries, but nonetheless they have fantastic sex the first time, and continue to do so in a variety of places, including against the wall in a churchyard (!!!!!), because they just can't quite keep their hands off each other. That may be slightly less than believable, but the sex is well-written, so the suspension of disbelief is easy enough. There was the occasional anachronistic use of language - a reference of stages of social development made me wonder when, exactly, archaeology and sociology had emerged as sciences, and another reference, to "incendiary device", clanged on my ear - but in general, I thought the language and the narration were well in keeping with the period and the genre.

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