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Award-winning author Jillian Hunter pens a delightful romp of passion and tantalizing trickery proving all is fair in matters of love. It would have been the wedding of the year–had the groom, Sir Nigel Boscastle, bothered to put in an appearance. To the shock of her distinguished guests, the respectable Lady Jane Welsham is left humiliated at the altar. Yet truth be told, Award-winning author Jillian Hunter pens a delightful romp of passion and tantalizing trickery proving all is fair in matters of love. It would have been the wedding of the year–had the groom, Sir Nigel Boscastle, bothered to put in an appearance. To the shock of her distinguished guests, the respectable Lady Jane Welsham is left humiliated at the altar. Yet truth be told, although outwardly ruined she is elated to have escaped marriage to a man she does not love. Enter Grayson Boscastle, the irresistible Marquess of Sedgecroft (and cousin to Nigel). Grayson’s duty is clear: salvage the young lady’s pride and reestablish the family’s good name, while repairing his own tarnished reputation as one of London’s most notorious scoundrels. Their whirlwind affair is the talk of the ton. Yet nothing is as it seems between the bewitching Lady Jane, who knows that her wedding was cleverly sabotaged, and her charming rogue, as they are drawn into an amusing game of seduction and secrets.


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Award-winning author Jillian Hunter pens a delightful romp of passion and tantalizing trickery proving all is fair in matters of love. It would have been the wedding of the year–had the groom, Sir Nigel Boscastle, bothered to put in an appearance. To the shock of her distinguished guests, the respectable Lady Jane Welsham is left humiliated at the altar. Yet truth be told, Award-winning author Jillian Hunter pens a delightful romp of passion and tantalizing trickery proving all is fair in matters of love. It would have been the wedding of the year–had the groom, Sir Nigel Boscastle, bothered to put in an appearance. To the shock of her distinguished guests, the respectable Lady Jane Welsham is left humiliated at the altar. Yet truth be told, although outwardly ruined she is elated to have escaped marriage to a man she does not love. Enter Grayson Boscastle, the irresistible Marquess of Sedgecroft (and cousin to Nigel). Grayson’s duty is clear: salvage the young lady’s pride and reestablish the family’s good name, while repairing his own tarnished reputation as one of London’s most notorious scoundrels. Their whirlwind affair is the talk of the ton. Yet nothing is as it seems between the bewitching Lady Jane, who knows that her wedding was cleverly sabotaged, and her charming rogue, as they are drawn into an amusing game of seduction and secrets.

30 review for The Seduction of an English Scoundrel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Megan Baxter

    Honestly, sometimes I wonder why I even bother. I don't really like romances very much. And yet, every once in a while, when one crops up on a list by an author who hasn't utterly disgusted me yet, I pick it up. I think I'm trying to prove I'm not a book snob. See, I'll read anything! Even romance! Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here. In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Honestly, sometimes I wonder why I even bother. I don't really like romances very much. And yet, every once in a while, when one crops up on a list by an author who hasn't utterly disgusted me yet, I pick it up. I think I'm trying to prove I'm not a book snob. See, I'll read anything! Even romance! Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here. In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

  2. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    While I did like elements of the story, I got frustrated with some logic flaws. Theoretically, the heroine was "ruined" owing to the fact that her bridegroom jilted her at the altar. Turns out that she herself set this up; neither she nor her intended had ever wanted to marry, and he wanted to marry someone else. OK, so why not just have him elope a week before the wedding? Why put herself in the position of standing at the altar before a crowd of people for hours waiting for the man she knew wo While I did like elements of the story, I got frustrated with some logic flaws. Theoretically, the heroine was "ruined" owing to the fact that her bridegroom jilted her at the altar. Turns out that she herself set this up; neither she nor her intended had ever wanted to marry, and he wanted to marry someone else. OK, so why not just have him elope a week before the wedding? Why put herself in the position of standing at the altar before a crowd of people for hours waiting for the man she knew would never come? And yes, it's true that a woman's reputation would be tarnished by such a situation, but to make out like she would not be accepted in respectable company because of it - that's a bit much. If she had the connections, she could easily persuade the ton she was the wronged party, and her reputation would survive it. But hey, just to make the story good, the male protag decides to "salvage" her reputation by appearing to court her, temporarily. He happens to be a renowned rake, and his instant, avid attentions to her right after she's abandoned at the altar would hardly help her repair her reputation. Rather, it would more likely cause people to speculate that maybe her bridegroom jilted her because he found out she was fooling around with the rake. There's more like that; I often felt like the author was bending rules of logic in order to put her characters in the dramatic situations.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lover of Romance

    Lady Jane, has been stood up at the altar by her fiancée, and close friend. Everyone is heartbroken for her, but Jane can’t wait for the opportunity to find true love. Jane has a secret that she hatched, and she is joyful at the current events, now she knows it will be up to her to make her own fate. But there is one obstacle that she didn’t plan on…Grayson Boscatsle. Gray is furious at his cousin, and knows that it is up to him to maintain the family honor, and seek reparations for the wrong don Lady Jane, has been stood up at the altar by her fiancée, and close friend. Everyone is heartbroken for her, but Jane can’t wait for the opportunity to find true love. Jane has a secret that she hatched, and she is joyful at the current events, now she knows it will be up to her to make her own fate. But there is one obstacle that she didn’t plan on…Grayson Boscatsle. Gray is furious at his cousin, and knows that it is up to him to maintain the family honor, and seek reparations for the wrong done. But for some reason, Jane doesn’t seem all that heartbroken over what has happened. Gray just assumed she is putting a good front, and he insists that he escort her around town, and show others what he sees in her. But before long, he starts to fall in love with her, but the secret that Jane is hiding from him, will bring about a sensual game of seduction and secrets…but who will win and triumph? Jillian Hunter has been around for quite some time, but for some reason this is the first time I have read a book of hers. She has been on my watch list for a while, and I just had to try her out when I noticed this series on the shelves of my local library. So I thought I would be “original” and try this series in order. Let’s see if I can complete this “mission impossible” since I seem to have the worst habit of reading a series out of order. Any who….I will say that I truly loved this story. Now it did take me a bit of time to get into the book, but I think I was just adjusting to the unique writing style of the author. This book was a ball of laughs and giggles, and I loved this couple. They were so engaging, especially to this reader, and the interaction between them was contagious, I just almost wished I could just jump into the pages and join in their fun. Now the real fun…doesn’t happen until toward the end and wow did that surprise me. Normally, with a plot line like this one, you don’t expect it to turn out this way, but this author really twisted her way with this story; I loved her creativity with the series of events. The way she forms these characters, well it was just charming. I loved every one that played a part in the story. What I also loved was seeing the family of Gray…their comradery and teasing of each other, added a certain flair to the story and a bit of drama at times. But what exquisite drama it is! An lighthearted and playful story with a touch of sensuality and moving emotions…Deliciously SEXY!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Krissy

    I loved it! It was fun and full of humor with just the right amount of steam. My only complaint was that I thought the ending could have been shortened up a bit. It seemed to take a little longer to wrap everything all up than it needed to. But other than that it was a great book :)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lorka

    What a pleasant surprise! After hating and giving 1-star ratings to the first two books that I read by this author, I had really low hopes but since I had already purchased this one, I finally gave it a try. I actually loved the characters! I loved how arrogant the hero was. It wasn't in a demeaning way to others really, he was just so oblivious in his arrogance that it was actually humorous. I loved how honest the heroine was in her passion (not running from him in maidenly fears, etc) and how What a pleasant surprise! After hating and giving 1-star ratings to the first two books that I read by this author, I had really low hopes but since I had already purchased this one, I finally gave it a try. I actually loved the characters! I loved how arrogant the hero was. It wasn't in a demeaning way to others really, he was just so oblivious in his arrogance that it was actually humorous. I loved how honest the heroine was in her passion (not running from him in maidenly fears, etc) and how she would be sassy back to the hero (without coming off as a bitch). So I ended up loving the whole story and watching them fall in love together. #andtherewassteamysteamtoo!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cruth

    Author: Jillian Hunter First published: 2005 Length: 5313 locations, 371 pages Setting: London 1814 Sex: Frequent and explicit. Includes: Excerpt from The Love Affair of an English Lord. I made a mistake. I admit it. I shouldn't have bought this book. I'd read Book 2 of the series and been desperately disappointed. But I forgot to check my books/reviews and was intrigued. And then I started reading... Jane is left standing at the altar by one cousin, immediately squired about town with another. As his r Author: Jillian Hunter First published: 2005 Length: 5313 locations, 371 pages Setting: London 1814 Sex: Frequent and explicit. Includes: Excerpt from The Love Affair of an English Lord. I made a mistake. I admit it. I shouldn't have bought this book. I'd read Book 2 of the series and been desperately disappointed. But I forgot to check my books/reviews and was intrigued. And then I started reading... Jane is left standing at the altar by one cousin, immediately squired about town with another. As his reputation for rakishness and demireps precedes them, the reader is left watching the train wreck unfold. Oh, thinks our Hero, nothing can possibly go wrong! And so lust goggles lead our once demure and intelligent heroine into many situations of potential disgrace - and he doesn't care! Oh my, oh my! How can he ever forgive me for choosing not to marry my friend who has gotten another woman pregnant, and encouraging him to be with her! This man who has constantly forced his attentions upon me despite my clear wishes may think less of me! Oh woe is me... *slap* And let's not forget Simon, brother and chaperone, so brilliantly inept he loses her to dally with his own paramours at every turn. Our Darling Dad who holds Jane completely responsible for her fall from grace and sets her up to be an object of society's derision. Argh! Everyone is constantly moving outside the social mores. She is ruined and no one cares. But finally, my biggest issue with this book. A Hero who is a manipulative bully with abusive stalker tendencies and a Dominant streak. Ladies of the Romance Novels, if he is telling you what to wear, determining when and where you will see your friends and watching over those encounters, taking you places you feel uncomfortable, stopping you from talking to others... Run Away. These are those signals you should be reading. He sets her up for humiliation and she understands. It was all because the poor dear was hurt and really it's a sign of how much he lurves her. Sure, there's redemption. But I was no longer giving a fuck. I wanted to enjoy it. I was looking to like it. I was wrong. The Boscastle Series: Book 1 The Seduction of an English Scoundrel - Grayson and Jane Book 2 The Love Affair of an English Lord - Chloe and Dominic Book 3 The Wedding Night of an English Rogue - Heath and Julia Book 4 The Wicked Games of a Gentleman - Drake and Eloise Book 5 The Sinful Nights of a Nobleman - Devon and Jocelyn Book 6 The Devilish Pleasures of a Duke - Emma and Adrian Book 7 Wicked as Sin - Gabriel and Alethea Book 8 A Wicked Lord at the Wedding - Sebastien and Eleanor Book 9 The Wicked Duke Takes a Wife - Harriet and Griffin (ISBN 0-345-48467-3) -CR-

  7. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    Very interesting book. It reminds me of those amusing moments while reading Oscar Wilde's plays. That being said, I find it hard to take this book seriously. Jilian Hunter has a rather unusual voice in historical romance genre. In fact, I felt that I was reading a historical comedy more than romance. The twists and turns, the plotting, the scheming, the getting back at you, the I love you out of nowhere..........if we ridicule some romances for their dramatic betrayals and contrived conflicts, t Very interesting book. It reminds me of those amusing moments while reading Oscar Wilde's plays. That being said, I find it hard to take this book seriously. Jilian Hunter has a rather unusual voice in historical romance genre. In fact, I felt that I was reading a historical comedy more than romance. The twists and turns, the plotting, the scheming, the getting back at you, the I love you out of nowhere..........if we ridicule some romances for their dramatic betrayals and contrived conflicts, this book is exactly that, only in the opposite direction. How the characters took all these significant life events in stide is astounding. Having one's reputation ruined for a young lady should be no laughing matters. But Jane appeared to not give a shxt about it. I am not big on historical accuracy since I cannot claim any expertise on the subject. But I seriously doubt some of the settings and behaviors are true to the time period. I do have to give the book credit: I finished it. While reading it I had trouble suppressing a wicked smile. Some of the things they said......oh so witty. This book is the 1st book in a long series, a family with many siblings. It seems like a light and comical version of Mary Balogh's Bedwyn series. Cue: Duke of Bewcastle, Wulfric Bedwyn and Marquess of Sedgecroft, Grayson Boscastle. Bewcastle, Boscastle; potato, potato. Both have a large family with brothers and sisters. Both are "heads of the family" who want to run everyone's life. I mean, I cannot help but notice the similarities in the characters. I imagine the author's style would appeal to readers who prefer lighter reads. Plus, disregard all period expectations and plot believability.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. NOTE: This is more a detailed plot summary than a review. I write these so I can remember what happened in any given book, especially those in a series. But if anyone else finds this helpful - awesome. The book opens several hours into the wedding ceremony of Lady Jane Welsham & Sir Nigel Boscastle. But Nigel still not present, Jane’s family is slowly realizing that their daughter’s been jilted, and the Boscastles appear bewildered: this will be the first scandal they’ve faced since the heirdom w NOTE: This is more a detailed plot summary than a review. I write these so I can remember what happened in any given book, especially those in a series. But if anyone else finds this helpful - awesome. The book opens several hours into the wedding ceremony of Lady Jane Welsham & Sir Nigel Boscastle. But Nigel still not present, Jane’s family is slowly realizing that their daughter’s been jilted, and the Boscastles appear bewildered: this will be the first scandal they’ve faced since the heirdom was passed to the current patriarch and hero of this story: Grayson Boscastle, the fifth Marquess of Sedgecroft. Nigel is Grayson’s cousin, and unbeknownst to everyone there except Jane, he hasn't jilted her. The pair schemed a plan that allowed Nigel to escape their arranged marriage to marry his true love (the Boscastle’s former governess); Jane sacrificed herself for Nigel’s happiness. Not knowing this and trying to make right and set a better example for his family, Grayson approaches Jane, proposing that he publicly court her, the theory being that his interest in her will validate her continued worthiness, setting her up for continued longevity in society, rather than spinsterhood which is the presumed default after a public jilt. Jane feels honor-bound to refuse the offer, but is so attracted to Grayson, she can’t refuse and indulges herself in his affections. The plot and characters were set up well enough until here. But now it gets ugly… Grayson’s next youngest brother (Lieutenant Colonel Lord Heath) is in the British secret intelligence and is assigned the task of finding Nigel. Finding Nigel of course reveals the truth of his departure and Jane’s deception. But once Grayson learns of the truth behind Jane’s indifference to Nigel’s slight, he decides to punish her with it - i.e. even though by this point he’s self-identified that he’s in love with Jane and would like to marry her, he goes around her back to her father for a binding marriage contract, sends her entire family packing so they can’t relay what’s transpired, and then proposes that Jane become his mistress since she has no other remaining options in life. Doubly-hurt that her family would leave without her and that Grayson would put his best friend and lover in the position of mistress when wife is a viable option, she pathetically decides she’d rather be with Grayson than without and agrees. Grayson’s objective hurting Jane in reparations for her deceit to him complete, he intends to reveal his deception to Jane and propose and proceed with marriage. But something clicks for Jane and after a brief chat with Grayson’s sister who is able to confirm the gist of her suspicions, Jane realizes that Grayson knows about her and Nigel plot and decides to beat him at his own game by publicly playing the role of courtesan as their next event, complete with see-through gowns and outlandish behavior. Eventually they both reveal what they know, but prior to the courtesan-stint, I’m somewhat of the opinion that Jane didn’t have much to apologize for whereas Grayson actions were beyond apology; Jane never intended to intentionally hurt anyone, in fact, her actions were to lessen pain the world; but Grayson purposefully set out to inflict pain on the one he supposedly loved most. After these sickening character devolutions and the resulting plot death-spiral, the book ends with Jane only agreeing to marry Grayson if he’ll "properly court her.” I think the author thought that the opposite Regency story-arch of wedding to friendship to lovers to courting was clever, but their relationship was so disgusting at this point, completing the arch was un- stomachable. There are many times when I’ve said to myself: “Well, I’ll never get those 6 hours back.” But this was an instance where I was not merely indifferent that I spent the time poorly but mad. Not just that I could have better utilized 6 hours on vacation but that I’m OCD enough that I likely will read the next 13 books in the series. So admittedly I’m angry in advance for the dozens of hours I'll likely lose if future plot lines and characters remain so exceedingly poor.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Irenejosie

    I really liked The Seduction of an English Scoundrel. Grayson was very sweet when it comes to Jane and Jane was not in any way stupid or foolish or immature. She was a perfect match for Grayson because they are equal when it comes to their scheming ways and she would never bore Grayson. I will definitely continue with the series. The other siblings were definitely interesting.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    3/5 moved it to 3 Fun, silly, light read with a few problems. This is actually the second time I've read this but I haven't catalogued it yet. Anyway, the premise of this book with a fake jilt is quite the amusing read and I really did enjoy Jane and Grayson's banter. This isn't the most amazing book but it is one that I have kept coming back to because I really like Jane and Grayson. What I don't like is the lies and subversion go on for a little too long for my tastes. Plus Grayson kinda humili 3/5 moved it to 3 Fun, silly, light read with a few problems. This is actually the second time I've read this but I haven't catalogued it yet. Anyway, the premise of this book with a fake jilt is quite the amusing read and I really did enjoy Jane and Grayson's banter. This isn't the most amazing book but it is one that I have kept coming back to because I really like Jane and Grayson. What I don't like is the lies and subversion go on for a little too long for my tastes. Plus Grayson kinda humiliates Jane which I am not a fan of obviously. The ending is nice but a little drawn out honestly. However, what bothers me the most is the fatphobia in this book. Esther is a minor character who was previously a governess for the Boscastle's despite her being similar in age??? But, the only thing you know about her is how stern she was and how big she is. The author never fails to bring up her weight when talking about her or all of her negative qualities. Even though Esther has a husband who loves her everyone is so surprised she could land him. At one point when she is pregnant someone says she is gonna give birth to a gorilla because of her size which really grinds my gears. If you're gonna use her an unlikable or even ugly character then call her ugly or give her an ugly personality, fat does not equal ugly. Get a new schtick.

  11. 4 out of 5

    MaggieReadsRom

    3.5 stars This book was funny as well as very romantic. I loved everything: the story, the characters, the romance, the writingstyle. This is a series I’m really going to enjoy reading. Grayson is a hero to die for, Jane is a heroin you can really relate to. Their interactions are romantic and fun, their chemistry is hot. Grayson is endearing and in the way he wants to do the right thing by Jane, by his family and by the memory of his late father and brother. Jane is endearing in the way she doesn 3.5 stars This book was funny as well as very romantic. I loved everything: the story, the characters, the romance, the writingstyle. This is a series I’m really going to enjoy reading. Grayson is a hero to die for, Jane is a heroin you can really relate to. Their interactions are romantic and fun, their chemistry is hot. Grayson is endearing and in the way he wants to do the right thing by Jane, by his family and by the memory of his late father and brother. Jane is endearing in the way she doesn’t stand in the way of Nigel’s true happiness in spite of it causing trouble for herself. The siblings, both Boscastle and Welsham are a delight to read about. I loved the way Jane and Grayson tried to trick and seduce eachother at every opportunity without knowing they each know of each other’s schemes. Jillian Hunter had a way of writing that enthralls you despite of it being simple and straight forward. The dialogues and interactions are simply great. I can only say that I want more of this and luckily for me there are at least 5 more books in this series to come.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    "The Seduction of an English Scoundrel" of Jillian Hunter was recommended to me because I really like historical romances. This is the first book I've ever read from this author. So, the love story is captivating and intense. The characters are very nice, witty and well done. Unlike other reviewers, I have no problems with arrogant, intrusive or macho characters, since they get me to care for them. Sedgecroft has all these features and a few more, but the fact that I like to read something in a b "The Seduction of an English Scoundrel" of Jillian Hunter was recommended to me because I really like historical romances. This is the first book I've ever read from this author. So, the love story is captivating and intense. The characters are very nice, witty and well done. Unlike other reviewers, I have no problems with arrogant, intrusive or macho characters, since they get me to care for them. Sedgecroft has all these features and a few more, but the fact that I like to read something in a book does not mean that I accept it in real life. So I do not understand the criticism regarding his attitudes. However, the historical accuracy is quite regretable. Jane's reputation would never survived being left at the altar and then courted by the cousin of the groom in such a short time. Jane's parents would never let her return to public life as early or allow her to be constantly accompanied by a man with questionable morals. These are only some of the points that Hunter chose to ignore in the name of making the story more delicious.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lynne Tull

    Take the title of this book seriously. The entire book was a give and take between the H/H with very little story. Actually, none of it made sense, considering life during the Regency Period. As usual the story would not have taken place if the heroine had been honest and told everyone the truth. Of course that was the only thing that she did that was out of character. Any other action she made was abrupt almost to the point of being rude. But, what do I know? I thought it quite boring. Toward t Take the title of this book seriously. The entire book was a give and take between the H/H with very little story. Actually, none of it made sense, considering life during the Regency Period. As usual the story would not have taken place if the heroine had been honest and told everyone the truth. Of course that was the only thing that she did that was out of character. Any other action she made was abrupt almost to the point of being rude. But, what do I know? I thought it quite boring. Toward the end of the book I was skipping most of the text to get to the point. The next book is about the Boscastle sister, Chloe, a rebel in her own right. So far, she has come across as a silly, self absorbed, spoiled child. I will read the next book because I have it in hand...I am hoping Chloe has grown up.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kendra Galyean

    I read so many serious books, so once a month I read a romance novel. I'm very picky - they have to be historical, with lots of humor and sex. As such, I don't find many that I really like. This book is the first in a series by Jillian Hunter that follows a scandalous family, and I usually choose to re-read one of them instead of trying to find a new romance. Tease me all you want, but this book is too much fun to pass up. I read so many serious books, so once a month I read a romance novel. I'm very picky - they have to be historical, with lots of humor and sex. As such, I don't find many that I really like. This book is the first in a series by Jillian Hunter that follows a scandalous family, and I usually choose to re-read one of them instead of trying to find a new romance. Tease me all you want, but this book is too much fun to pass up.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Fuller

    Nice fuffy, cozy, steamy romance.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    The Seduction of an English Scoundrel by Jillian Hunter (Boscastle #1) 3 stars Review – may contain spoilers Jane is left supposedly humiliated at the alter when her fiance Nigel refuses to show up, except it's actually all going according to her plan. Nigel's cousin Grayson Boscastle feels he must come to her rescue to prevent gossip on the family name while also setting a good example for his out of control family. I find a definite improvement already in Hunter's Boscastle series versus her older The Seduction of an English Scoundrel by Jillian Hunter (Boscastle #1) 3 stars Review – may contain spoilers Jane is left supposedly humiliated at the alter when her fiance Nigel refuses to show up, except it's actually all going according to her plan. Nigel's cousin Grayson Boscastle feels he must come to her rescue to prevent gossip on the family name while also setting a good example for his out of control family. I find a definite improvement already in Hunter's Boscastle series versus her older work. This story just seemed to flow a bit better. It had her funny, fast paced dialogue I've come to enjoy from her. There are definite funny parts. I wouldn't say its extremely steamy. A few kisses, a few scenes. While enjoyable, they aren't extremely descriptive or long. One thing that made me sad was once they started happening, much was skipped over, like there is a scene where the heroine is remember what happened the night before and it actually sounded quite fun and interesting and more adventurous than your average scene but you get jipped out of experiencing it. I will admit I am not a stickler for historical accuracy, mostly as I don't have a lot of research done for what was real and what is not possible for the time, but I get the feeling that a lot of this book stems from nonsense haha. I didn't like how fast the hero moved in after the heroine was supposedly devastated and I also didn't like the revenge-ish plot towards the end. Especially the way everyone went on with it, it was a little weird. Anyway, on to The Love Affair of an English Lord, where Grayson's sister Chloe is the heroine.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mira

    I almost gave up reading at 30%. The story wasn't going anywhere, the romance between the two main characters was a bit too much, too soon. But the real joy was last quarter of the book. I thought there would be some angst-filled moment but Ms Hunter took the story in a different, delicious direction. Overall, I enjoyed this book, especially the second half. Perhaps I did some disservice to this author when I rated another of her book a bit low because I was looking for some heavy emotions in th I almost gave up reading at 30%. The story wasn't going anywhere, the romance between the two main characters was a bit too much, too soon. But the real joy was last quarter of the book. I thought there would be some angst-filled moment but Ms Hunter took the story in a different, delicious direction. Overall, I enjoyed this book, especially the second half. Perhaps I did some disservice to this author when I rated another of her book a bit low because I was looking for some heavy emotions in the story. Had I known she writes light, feel-good and humorous book, I would have read the book in a different light and perhaps rated it better.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marlene

    The head of the Boscastle clan gets married. Series Starter. A family of handsome rakes (Heath, Drake, Devon and more), and a couple of sisters (Emma,Chloe) at the center of society. Grayson B is the consumate charming wicked rake, and his interest is Lady Jane who was stood up at the alter by his cousin Nigel B. Nigel eloped and married the B governess instead and he and Jane planned their fake wedding. I own the whole series so I will try the next book. I wasn't blown away by this one, but the The head of the Boscastle clan gets married. Series Starter. A family of handsome rakes (Heath, Drake, Devon and more), and a couple of sisters (Emma,Chloe) at the center of society. Grayson B is the consumate charming wicked rake, and his interest is Lady Jane who was stood up at the alter by his cousin Nigel B. Nigel eloped and married the B governess instead and he and Jane planned their fake wedding. I own the whole series so I will try the next book. I wasn't blown away by this one, but the writing is very good. Maybe the next one will hook me.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stef

    Read 2019. Romantic. Little erotica. Historical. New author for 2019. As I am writing the review I have read books 1, 2, 3, & 4 and all have been fast reads. Great books. Read in Order: YES, you need to read in order. Since all of the characters continue in all of the books since it is about the Boscastle family and all the ins and outs of their lives. Looking forward to reading all of them. . .

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tarra

    Very funny and witty. Great dialogue between the characters. I do think the pace slowed in the middle quite a bit, and I didn't care for the silly "revenge" plot towards the end. I think that was drawn out much too long. Definitely a book that defies Regency conventions, so if being a stickler to historical accuracy in books is your thing, you may cringe at some of the events. Or just take the book at face value and enjoy the romp. 3.5 stars Very funny and witty. Great dialogue between the characters. I do think the pace slowed in the middle quite a bit, and I didn't care for the silly "revenge" plot towards the end. I think that was drawn out much too long. Definitely a book that defies Regency conventions, so if being a stickler to historical accuracy in books is your thing, you may cringe at some of the events. Or just take the book at face value and enjoy the romp. 3.5 stars

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jazmine

    Couldn't finish this one. Boring plot with characters I cared nothing about and the dialogue sounded nothing like the time period. I found myself getting annoyed with the constant reminders that he's the leader of the family and how blue his eyes are. DNF. Couldn't finish this one. Boring plot with characters I cared nothing about and the dialogue sounded nothing like the time period. I found myself getting annoyed with the constant reminders that he's the leader of the family and how blue his eyes are. DNF.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sofia Currin

    Pretty good read. I enjoyed the smut and the characters but I hated the manipulation. I do look forward to Chloe's book, that seems a little interesting. I'm adding this author to my reading list, so far she's pretty good. Pretty good read. I enjoyed the smut and the characters but I hated the manipulation. I do look forward to Chloe's book, that seems a little interesting. I'm adding this author to my reading list, so far she's pretty good.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Isabelle

    This books starts with an unusual act: the h has arranged to be stood up at the altar. In regency England, knowing how humiliating and how much scandal this would cause, this was quite the daring act. The h is a daring woman who shows spunk and falls for a rogue with a tender heart.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Al

    3 1/2 stars Loved it! A game of one up man ship from 2 well matched protagonist. I hope I used that word in the right context.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    I must have gotten a good deals on this series. I have not read anything from this author and I probably won’t after these four books. They seem to try a little hard to be clever and witty.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    A nice, light, Victorian era romance- this book is just what I needed.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Macias

    Perfect mix of romance in the plot of story.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    Haven't laughed that much at a book in a long time. What a mood lifter!!! Haven't laughed that much at a book in a long time. What a mood lifter!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Miriamgreen

    thoroughly enjoyable, passion, humor, and a good beginning to the series. was disappointed with two later bocastle titles --recommend they be in some order since the series is infinite. despite some plodding and the poor choice of forcing Jane as mistress, this serves as the cornerstone of the following titles. they are all intertwined, and interestingly done. thus far Chloe's story is the best. thoroughly enjoyable, passion, humor, and a good beginning to the series. was disappointed with two later bocastle titles --recommend they be in some order since the series is infinite. despite some plodding and the poor choice of forcing Jane as mistress, this serves as the cornerstone of the following titles. they are all intertwined, and interestingly done. thus far Chloe's story is the best.

  30. 5 out of 5

    patricia levy

    I know its fiction but really?? So much of this is farfetched, but who doesn't love a hero with principles and awillimgness to accept he is not perfect. I know its fiction but really?? So much of this is farfetched, but who doesn't love a hero with principles and awillimgness to accept he is not perfect.

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