Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Review: Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase (5 stars, historical)





Full Description: Amazon

Rating: 5 out of 5

Thoughts After Reading:
I was ready to read Lord of Scoundrels based on the description and overwhelmingly positive reviews alone. When I realized that Loretta Chase was the same author behind Mr. Impossible and Miss Wonderful, though, I fully expected great things. And, luckily, Lord of Scoundrels delivered even more than I hoped. It was a book that contained significant emotional depth while simultaneously not taking itself completely seriously.

The heroine is a beautiful spinster, who hasn't married by choice. She is also the antithesis of a TSTL (too stupid to live) heroine. With one or two exceptions, she is an intelligent, clever, and very quick-witted woman who knows what's what. She never allows herself to be set aside and, once she begins to understand the hero better, tries to adjust her actions accordingly. How many times have you heard of a heroine who explains her options before she makes a rash decision? The heroine falls "in lust" with the hero immediately, and it's fun to see a heroine that is almost as besotted with the hero as the hero is with her. The hero has developed a poor opinion of his looks, and there's some funny scenes later in the story where the heroine dissuades him of this opinion (at least from her perspective). The hero, meanwhile, is very much a tortured rake. He was abandoned by his mother as a child, and had a horrible father. He was interested in a woman once, until she tried to manipulate him. This has given him a mistrust of women, and he unsuccessfully tries to stay away from the heroine after he first meets her. My overall feel for the book was that it takes fairly common themes - tortured hero, moderate-sized misunderstandings, serious relationship disagreement - and makes them work really, really well, often infusing the situations with humor. A mild spoiler, but one example of this would be the misunderstanding where the hero thinks that the heroine set him up to compromise him and he uses reuses his line "then shoot me." I just knew that the heroine would truly take him up on that challenge and she doesn't disappoint ;). I wasn't crazy about the fact that the final relationship conflict dragged on over a month, but it wasn't enough to lower the rating. More importantly, there was no great angst, no drawn out depression - instead, the reader gets fairly frequent comedy and a plot that never meanders.

I had two reasons for loving Chase's Lord of Scoundrels. It was an excellent novel on its own, one that was overall light and fun while still being a very meaningful read. The heroine was awesome, the hero's transformation was awesome, and the HEA was - you guessed it - awesome. The second reason I loved the book was that it allowed me to rediscover Chase as an author, one who's other works will probably be showing up on this site soon :).

2 comments:

  1. I love this book! This book, Mr Impossible, The Last Hellion, Not Quite a Lady and Captives of the Night are on my all-time favourites list. I just love Loretta Chase's writing. I'd been waiting to read Captives of the Night for ages and finally got it last week, waiting for Lion's Daughter to be digitised now so I can read that.

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    1. That sounds excellent, I'm really looking forward to reading some more of her novels.

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