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The Beloved Scoundrel Paperback – Jan 1 1994

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (Jan. 1 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055329945X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553299458
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 3.1 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #902,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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By Kelly on Sept. 1 2002
Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on Aug. 23 1998
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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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By A Customer on March 17 1998
Format: Paperback
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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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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By A Customer on June 8 1999
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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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