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Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

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They call him many names, but angelic isn’t one of them.



  • "Lord of Scoundrels" deserves more than just a 5-star rating when compared to other books I've recently listened to. This audiobook had me completely hooked! It evoked a wide range of emotions, from humor to sadness to frustration, with never a dull moment. I couldn't help but feel sympathetic towards our protagonist, who grew up unwanted and unloved. From the moment of his birth, Dain's father considered him an outcast due to his "grossly overlarge nose" and "ill-proportioned limbs" inherited from his Italian mother. Throughout his childhood, Dain faced physical and mental abuse from his peers and tutors at Eton, with no one to turn to for support. As he entered adulthood, his lack of self-esteem and feeling of unworthiness led him to swear off caring for anyone and to focus solely on his own pleasure-seeking lifestyle. However, everything changes when he encounters Jessica, a captivating blend of charm, wit, strength, and unwavering dedication to her family. Her brother has fallen under Lord Dain's influence, indulging in excessive drinking, gambling, and debauchery in an attempt to imitate his hero. Recognizing her brother's vulnerability, Jessica is determined to rescue him from Lord Dain's destructive influence, setting the stage for a captivating battle of the sexes. I won't give away any more details to avoid spoiling the story. For romance enthusiasts, I highly recommend "Lord of Scoundrels."
  • This story was absolutely amazing. I was captivated by the way the author portrayed the heroine's character. She was intelligent, hilarious, clever, and incredibly charming. Despite being described as having a prominent nose, the hero was also depicted as having an extremely attractive physique. I genuinely adored this story, even though I typically don't gravitate towards older books like this one, as it was first published in 1995. However, the writing in this book was exceptional, and the abundance of engaging dialogue was a delight. It would be fantastic to have more historical romance books by Loretta Chase available on the platform. The narrator did an outstanding job, particularly in capturing the matter-of-fact tonality of the heroine. The narration was truly enjoyable.
  • I absolutely adored this book when I first read it four years ago, so I was thrilled to find out it was available in the Romance Package. The writing in 'Lord of Scoundrels' is simply stunning and brilliantly executed. The story effortlessly moves forward, driven by the limitations imposed by Regency era society and class. It's packed with hilarious moments that had me laughing out loud. The two main characters, Dain and Jessica, engage in witty and intelligent conversations, as well as experiencing a deeply heartfelt romance. Dain, the hero of the story, is a complex character that tugged at my heartstrings. Who would have thought that a scene featuring a man and a brick wall could melt my heart? It's incredible how something so simple could evoke such powerful emotions. At times, I wanted to give Dain a good smack, but Jessica, with her insight and understanding, becomes the perfect catalyst to challenge his arrogant world view. And she does it with intelligence, confidence, and even some impressive firearm skills, all while demonstrating compassion and love. Despite being written in 1994, 'Lord of Scoundrels' feels timeless. Loretta Chase sets the bar high for contemporary authors writing Regency era romances, in my humble opinion. This novel is a true classic and delivers an incredibly satisfying love story. Narrator Kate Reading does an excellent job bringing this beloved classic to life, and I wholeheartedly recommend the audiobook version of 'Lord of Scoundrels' to anyone who enjoys Regency romance with a touch of tasteful sensuality.
  • I found 'Lord of Scoundrels' to be an entertaining and humorous piece of erotic fiction. However, I was a bit thrown off by the historical and cultural inaccuracies, which made the story feel unreal at times. I found it easier to imagine the characters as time travelers with a modern mindset rather than trying to stay true to the time period. It's important to note that this book is not in the same league as Georgette Heyer's writing and may be offensive to those expecting a softer romance in her style. The comparison made by another reviewer between this work and Heyer's writing seems unfounded, except for the use of myths and specific dialogue. Heyer incorporated references in a more subtle manner throughout her stories. That being said, the story itself is engaging and I would caution potential readers that it contains explicit content. Some aspects of the storyline, such as a lady finding an erotic watch as a gift for her grandmother in 19th century Paris, may be hard to believe. If this doesn't bother you, then you'll enjoy this novel, especially with Kate Reading's exceptional narration skills.
  • I'm still head over heels for this book, just like the first time I stumbled upon Loretta Chase's work a few years back. I couldn't help but wonder why no one had made audio versions of her books. Finally, my prayers were answered, and it was definitely worth the wait. Kate Reading absolutely nails the narration for this book, and I'm crossing my fingers that she'll be persuaded to record more of Loretta Chase's stories down the line. I have a feeling I'll be revisiting this gem time and time again. It's absolutely amazing!
  • Review of 'Lord of Scoundrels': The story of this historical romance follows a common plot found in many other books of the genre. It revolves around a male protagonist who is known for his questionable reputation with women, and a female character who appears too virtuous to be attracted to such a scoundrel. Despite receiving positive reviews, I personally felt that this book did not bring anything particularly fresh or exciting to this often overused premise. The character of Jessica fits the mold of the typical female lead in this genre. She is portrayed as beautiful, kind, and intelligent, making her seemingly too good for Lord Dane. Lord Dane, on the other hand, is depicted as wealthy and powerful, with a reputation that instills fear in most people. He indulges in excessive drinking and sleeping with prostitutes, but what bothered me the most about him was how his appearance was described. As a result of his troubled past, being abandoned as a child and facing constant bullying, Dane has developed extremely low self-esteem. He is often described as being physically large, dark-skinned, and with a prominent nose resembling a beak. While Dane himself often paints this unflattering image, Jessica also makes similar remarks, despite finding him irresistible. Eventually, she manages to break through his defenses, leading them to fall in love. However, I personally did not find him appealing or romantic. Consequently, I struggled to connect with Dane, which in turn affected my overall experience with the romance and the book as a whole. In terms of performance, I must commend Kate Reading for her outstanding ability to effortlessly portray a multitude of voices and characters. She has now become one of my favorite female narrators. Overall, I would say that this book was just okay. Fans of historical romance or those new to the genre, as well as individuals who are attracted to larger men with prominent noses, may have a different opinion. However, personally, I do not recommend this book. It is worth noting that despite my reservations, other reviews have expressed a more positive sentiment. The book does not contain excessive violence or dark themes, and I do not recall encountering much, if any, offensive language. While there are a few sexual scenes, they are not overly lengthy or explicit. The story can be enjoyed as a standalone.
  • I just finished reading "Lord of Scoundrels" by Loretta Chase, and I must say, I'm really impressed with her writing and storytelling skills. The storyline is well-crafted, and the narration in the audiobook was excellent, making it a truly enjoyable listening experience. As a fan of historical romances, I'm quite selective about the authors I choose to read, and I'm glad I gave this book a chance. It had all the elements that I look for in a romance novel - a captivating pull between the hero and heroine, as well as moments of pride and stubborn disagreements that tested their relationship. These conflicts added excitement and kept me thoroughly engaged. Overall, I found "Lord of Scoundrels" to be a well-executed book that left me wanting more. Bravo to Loretta Chase!
  • In my opinion, this book deserves a solid four-star rating. The first half of the story, where Jess and Dain first meet, was particularly enjoyable. The dynamic between the two characters was both humorous and seductive. Jessica is a determined woman who knows exactly what she wants and goes after it. It's important to consider the time period when it comes to her being a 27-year-old virgin, as societal expectations dictated that unmarried women should be chaste. The hero, Dain, is captivating, although his initial brusque and promiscuous demeanor may require some open-mindedness. However, as the novel progresses, his true inner self shines through, evoking a sense of empathy and tenderness. While the secondary characters were decent, I would have liked to see more of the grandmother's presence in the story. Nonetheless, the focus remained on Jess and Dain, and the seduction scenes were sensually enticing. Although the sex scenes were not explicit, they were crafted skillfully. I had mixed feelings about the very end of the story, as it felt a bit too sentimental for my taste. Additionally, the way Jess and Dain handled certain problematic characters towards the conclusion gave me pause, leading to a four-star rating instead of five. Furthermore, I personally preferred the original book cover, which featured both characters. Kate Reading truly brought the book to life with her narration, adding another layer of enjoyment to the overall experience.