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The Beloved Scoundrel [Paperback]

Iris Johansen
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Book Description

Jan. 1 1994
Now, from nationally best-selling Iris Johansen comes a thrilling tale of abduction, seduction, and surrender that sweeps from the shimmering halls of Regency England to the decadent haunts of a notorious rogue...

She was a hostage torn between passion and loyalty...

Marianna Sanders realized she could not trust this dark and savagely seductive stranger who had come to spirit her away across the sea. She possessed a secret that could topple an empire, a secret that Jordan Draken, the duke of Cambaron, was determined to wrest from her. In the eyes of the world the arrogant duke was her guardian, but they both knew she was to be a prisoner in his sinister plot—and a slave to his exquisite pleasure.

He was the fabulous rake they called the Duke of Diamonds...

For years, brilliant, deadly Jordan Draken had schemed to destroy the emperor who threatened everything he valued most in the world. Now that he held this defiant woman who was the key to his final triumph, he felt a fierce sense of satisfaction...and the first stirring of desire. She was only supposed to be a pawn in his plans, but once alone with his captive, Jordan realized she was a prize he could never surrender.

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From Publishers Weekly

In 1809, after seeing her mother raped and killed in the Balkans, Marianna Sanders and her little brother, Alex, are taken in by Jordan Draken and return with him and his faithful servant, Gregor Damek, to his English estate. Draken is part of the ruling family of Kazan. Sanders is the granddaughter of a master stained-glass craftswoman who created the "Window to Heaven," containing a panel known as the "Jedalar," which reveals the layout of a tunnel running under the city of Moscow. As Napoleon is on the march, many--including Draken--covet the window. Much in the plot remains fuzzy until far into the book--for instance, the very pursuit of the Jedalar, which appears from the book's opening to have been destroyed. Johansen ( The Magnificent Rogue ) makes some valiant attempts at feminist revision: Draken's cousin Dorothy Kinmar has penned a few tomes on "the shameful lack of freedom given women in our society." On the negative side are Draken's smarmy and often raunchy sexual comments and Sanders's expressions of ecstasy in response to light and stained glass.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In this absorbing Napoleonic-era romance by the author of The Magnificent Rogue (Bantam, 1993), Eastern European stained-glass artisan Marianna Sanders becomes privvy to a politically charged secret sought after by the leaders of two warring countries. One of them, Jordan, Duke of Cambaron, takes her to his home in England and tries to get the information gently; inevitably, they fall in love. His nemesis, the Duke of Nebrov, murders Marianna's mother and kidnaps her much-loved younger brother in hopes of extorting the information, but Marianna has plans of her own. To the author's credit, her romantic heroine has guts, intelligence, and strength that carry the day. Readers may be reminded of Kathleen Woodiwiss's The Flame and the Flower (Avon, 1972); they certainly won't be able to put down this new book, as the experienced Johansen has outdone herself here. Buy plenty: it's certain to be popular and well loved. --Bettie Alston Spivey, Charlotte-Mecklenburg P.L., Charlotte, N.C.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her best Sept. 1 2002
By Kelly
I did enjoy it but not as much as her other books. You get the usual strong and possessive hero and spirited and passionate heroine. But it was not packed with exciting plot twists every other page, like her other books such as Wind Dancer. I was a little surprised that the Jordan and Marianna succumbed to their passions after 3 long years. I found that a little stretched given the intensity of how they felt towards each other. The first half of the book was a bit dull. It was unclear whether Jordan tried to seduce Marianna because of his pent up lust or was he induced by the time urgency to get the Jeledar from her and thought seductive persuasion was the way to go. It was not convincing how the Jeledar could protect Kazan from Napoleon, in the end, it was a little anti-climax. I liked the part when Jordan trailed Marianna to ther destination. That illustrated Marianna's determination, resourcefulness and courage, which earned Jordan's and his troops' admiration and love. Because before that, we only knew that Marianna was a gifted in making stained-glass, had a mind of her own, stubborn and not with a very clear objective what she wanted to do other than protecting Alex and the Jeledar. Overall, I found the plot and character development a bit under my expectation but an enjoyable read nevertheless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A passionate tale of Intrique and wonder Aug. 23 1998
By A Customer
Definately among Iris Johansen's best novels as she captivates her reader with a mystical aura of intrique. Jordan, A.K.A. "The Duke of Diamonds" is an exquisite character refusing to be taken with the unique Marianna Sanders and her stained-glass window creations. Taken from her conquered town by the "DUKE" when she was but 16 years old, she and her younger brother are forced to England, where Jorden promises to keep them warm and safe, But not without a price... Marianna holds the key to an ancient secret, and Jorden, nor the enemy will stop at nothing to obtain it. As the tale heightens, so does the passion between the two. What follows is a deadly Journey back to her beloved fallen town when her young brother is taken by the enemy. What follows is an incredible tale of stubborness and trickery, as the final treck is made to unvail the Secret; unknowing what she may lose if she does. A recommended book for all who enjoy Iris Johansen. It is a superb story which adds a unique fantasy to it, as well as enables the reader to quickly turn the page.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fast-paced, sensual, enjoyable read. March 17 1998
By A Customer
Iris Johansen has created yet another compelling romance. The characters are vivid, their emotions and desires well expressed, and their actions clearly explained (even if I didn't always agree with them). The plot is well developed and executed.
The story begins in the fictional country, Montavia, located near Russia, and continues through England and other fictional Balkan countries. It takes place during the years of the Napoleanic Wars. The heroine, Marianna Sanders, is endagered due to her knowledge of facts that could change the course of the entire war; she also has to find a way to protect her little brother. The hero, Jordan Draken, is one of several people trying to get to her to discover what she knows. He ends up being their rescuer and protector from the bad guys, who want the knowledge that Marianna has to do evil and gain more power. In the process of trying to save the world, Marianna and Jordan fall in love (the love scenes, as expected from this author, are very well done). But living happily ever after won't be easy, as they encounter obstacles toward their path to happiness. In addition to the main action, there is a very interesting subplot involving the hero's mother.
As mentioned before, the characters were well done; my only problem with the characters is their reasoning in doing some of the things they do. But overall, this was a very good book that will give readers many hours of pleasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NO ONE CAN MATCH IRIS JOHANSEN! June 16 1999
This was the very first historical romance book that I read and because of it I have gone on to search, find and read every other book written by Iris Johansen (not to mention about 500 other historical romance novels). She is unmatched in the field of romance. Her mystery thrillers are also wonderful but I must admit I am partial to her romance novels and hope one day she will return to the genre. This book is beyond compare and anyone who disagrees should re-read it!
Both her historical romances and her Loveswept collection are excellent. I can only recommend to readers to search out the used bookstores, websites, etc. and find Iris Johansen's books, you won't be sorry!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unconvincing Historical Romance June 8 1999
By A Customer
I enjoy Iris Johansen's modern thrillers, but I must say that her historical romances do not convince me. This one took place in an unidentified Balkan kingdom, so it is difficult for me to evaluate how accurate its history was. I have severe doubts, however.
More importantly, the romance itself did not work for me. The hero annoyed rather than attracted me, his sidekick was too good to be true, and the heroine recovered too swiftly from the extremely traumatic event that sets the stage for the novel. The only character I liked was the heroine's little brother, but he was too peripheral to the action to carry the book. I'll stick to her thrillers from now on.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment
I've read a few of Iris Johansen's books, and they were very good. However, I know during that day and age men were marrying and courting younger girls, but I just could not get... Read more
Published on Dec 14 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Iris's best work ever
Another amazing book by Iris Johansen. This book was one of her best works, taking the reader into a great story of love, deception, and adventure. Read more
Published on July 14 2002 by Sarah Longwell
2.0 out of 5 stars The Boring Scoundrel
I found this book a bit boring midway. On and on it went and finally I decided to just stop reading it. Read more
Published on June 26 2000 by "sistah38"
4.0 out of 5 stars The Face of Deception
This is my first book of Iris Johansen and I loved it. She states in the book she will write another to find out if Bonnie can come home to Eve Duncan. Read more
Published on March 7 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful romance!
This novel made me an Iris Johanson fan! What I love about her works are her strong characters, particularly the heroines. Read more
Published on Aug. 19 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC CREATIVITY!!!
I can't say enough about Iris Johansen's writing technique and the strength of her characters. She doesn't keep the hate - love fight going on page after page as some others do. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant reading
I love reading the beloved scoundrel, but i couldn't understand what makes or how did Jordan feel lust for Marianna,they hardly know each other except for a few heart conversation. Read more
Published on June 16 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Cloud nine with Iris Johansen!!
Iris Johansen has a totally unique writing style. Her characters are so memorable that I still remember the storyline whereas the book is in tatters from repeated handling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was GREAT !! Iris Johanson has done it again!!
Iris Johanson takes you away to a war torn country and then whisks you to a fabulous estate in England.Her characters seem like real people and they are unforgettable.. Read more
Published on March 19 1998 by Susan Atkins(
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