The Beloved Scoundrel Paperback – Jan 1 1994
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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.
From Library Journal
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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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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 morePublished on Dec 14 2002
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This novel made me an Iris Johanson fan! What I love about her works are her strong characters, particularly the heroines. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 1999
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 morePublished on Feb. 24 1999
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 morePublished on June 16 1998
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.Published on March 24 1998 by email@example.com