This is one of those classics of the historical romance genre that has been on my to-read list for ages -- and I'm so glad I finally got around to checking it out. Despite being published 20 years ago, the author's voice and the relationship between the two characters both feel so fresh that I'd have believed you if you told me this was a new release. I can't put my finger on what, precisely, makes this book so good -- it's full of tired tropes, and is, at its very foundation, a Beauty & the Beast retelling, so there's really nothing new here. But I have never, ever, in any other romance novel come across a hero and heroine who I thought were so spectacularly, perfectly matched. It's laugh out loud funny and moving and -- spoiler alert! -- the heroine shoots the hero! It's the best. If you love historical romance and haven't read this, remedy that instantly.
Simply put: the best historical romance I've ever read. Wonderful characterizations of perfectly matched hero and heroine, witty, sexy, angsty. All other books in this genre fall short - in my opinion - to this book (including Ms. Chase's other books).
The quintessential historical romance, "Lord of Scoundrels" shows the sparks that fly when an independent bluestocking and a dissolute lord clash. Our heroine just wants to free her nitwit brother from the hero's degenerate circle of friends, but she never expected to be attracted to him herself, while the hero has done his best to avoid respectable women until he finds one impossible to ignore. Loretta Chase really raises the bar on this typical storyline by giving us witty dialogue, emotional depth, and memorable characters with unmatched chemistry. A total keeper and ultimate comfort-read.
One word. Awesome.
Normally, I am not a romance fan; but when a librarian pushed the book towards me and said, "You'll like it, she shoots him!" I decided to give it a try. And sure enough, she shoots him magnificently! Recommended for those who don't usually like this kind of thing.
Ok, the title is horribly cheesy, but this book is GREAT! Jessica Trent is intelligent and collected, and she doesn't lose her head when she clashes with Dain. This book meets my "heroine shoots the hero" critiera, just like "Devil's Cub" by Georgette Heyer.
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