There are certain tropes in historical romances that we’ve all come to expect. A common one is the strong handsome man of noble origin and wealth who meets a beautiful woman, sparks fly and somewhere in the middle of the book they’ll have a misunderstanding that separates them until they finally resolve their issues and live happily ever after. In Lord of Scoundrels , author Loretta Chase has elevated this to an art form., making it one of the best books I’ve read this year.
Ten reasons why you must dig this out of your TBR pile and read it now are:
1. A tortured hero. Now before you run off saying, “Pishaw, I don’t do tortured heroes,” he’s not the kind of tortured hero that makes you want to bang the book against your head. Instead, Sebastian Ballister is a ‘horse’s ass’ you can love. With an extremely well written prologue you gain a complete understanding of why he wears his superior attitude like the latest fashion and why he cares for no one. You buy into it and you actually root for him.
2. The heroine. Jessica Trent is clever beyond measure. She is neither a wilting wallflower nor a woman whose backbone is so hard you wonder at what moment she’ll snap like an oak tree struck by lightning. The balance is perfect, and there will be moments when you want to be her.
3. Witty dialogue. The banter between these two is classic. It’s the kind of witty repartee that has you wishing you had a mini Loretta Chase in your back pocket to give you that quick come back line you never seem to think of at the exact right moment.
4. Opposites attract. Jessica and Sebastian couldn’t be more different, but as their love grows their understanding of each other also grows, and it’s just sigh worthy.
5. Nothing is predictable. Except the happy ending.
6. Sexy. Do I really need to explain this one? I didn’t think so. Next.
7. The reader isn’t tortured for chapters upon chapters with a big misunderstanding that is only resolved at the end. The misunderstanding is resolved fairly early on giving way to other interesting story arcs..
8. The hero learns a lesson – and really, don’t we want all men with superior attitudes to learn a lesson when it comes to relationships?
9. If you’re in a reading slump, this book will pick you up and make you believe again. I know that sounds lofty, but I bet you’ll put this one on your keeper shelf.
10. You will be swept away. And isn’t that why we all read?
I’m surprised it took me this long to read the book, but I’m thrilled that I finally dusted it off my TBR shelves and plucked this one from the pile. If you have it, and haven’t read – it’s a must. If you don’t have the book, make the purchase – it is TOTALLY worth it.
What will you be reading next from you TBR pile?
Visit with Melanie Murray at Romantic Reads where Loretta Chase is answering questions!
Maria Lokken is an avid romance reader and an award winning television producer
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