The Seduction of an English Scoundrel: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – Apr 26 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
The first in Hunter's new Regency trilogy focusing on the Boscastle family opens with beautiful bride Lady Jane Welsham left at the altar. The rakish Grayson Boscastle, who's both marquess of Sedgecroft and cousin of the groom, decides that as head of the family, he should redeem Jane's reputation. Sedgecroft won't take no for an answer, even when Jane emphatically refuses, so the couple embark on a round of social events that cements Jane's standing and sparks a romance between the unlikely pair. But Jane fears Sedgecroft's reaction when he learns her secret: the jilting was a sham fabricated with the groom, who wished to marry another. Telling himself he needs to teach her a lesson, Sedgecroft pretends to set Jane up as his mistress, even while he secretly plans to marry her. Dispirited by his dishonorable intentions, Jane still rushes into seduction. Readers may wonder why Jane bothers, as Sedgecroft regularly leaps over the line between alpha-male hero and egotistical bully. Hopefully, the next volume (The Love Affair of an English Lord, due out in June 2005) will feature a hero who understands that real love doesn't involve emotional ill-treatment and a heroine who won't accept anything less. Agent, Andrea Cirillo at the Jane Rotrosen Agency. (May)
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Poor Lady Jane Welsham is left standing at the altar. It is a humiliation of monumental proportions and a scandal in the making. Grayson Boscastle, Marquess of Sedgecroft and the missing groom's cousin, is hosting the wedding in his chapel. Surrounded by his unruly siblings and former mistresses, he starts to feel responsible for rectifying the situation, realizing that his rakish ways have set a bad example for his cousin. So he proposes a two-pronged solution. His brother will try to locate the groom, and he will escort Lady Jane back into society. His popularity and attentiveness will quell any gossip associated with her situation and will make her seem desirable once again to a future fiance. Grayson is quite proud of himself, then surprised to find himself in love. Lady Jane is equally as smitten, but there's a catch: she wasn't exactly humiliated. Hunter has written an absolutely delightful tale that's impossible to put down, and readers will simply love Lady Jane and Grayson. Maria Hatton
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Lady Jane is sent to her family's private mansion to recover from all the rumors and humiliation. Although ruined in the eyes of Society, she is delighted to have escaped a loveless marriage. No one knows that Jane has willingly sacrificed her reputation to gain her freedom. All was going according to plan. But then Grayson steps in.
Grayson Boscastle, Marquess of Sedgecrost, is furious when his cousin, Nigel, does not show up for his wedding. In fact, Nigel has disappeared with all his belongings. As the new head of the family, Grayson finds himself weary of his status as a scoundrel. He is determined to shed his past reputation. To do so, he sets out to salvage Lady Jane's pride and restore her honor.
**** A terrific beginning to the Boscastle trilogy. The author has succeeded in giving all the secondary characters some fascinating depths without sacrificing the plot or story of the main characters in the least. This amusing tale of scandal is very well done and leaves me looking forward to Chloe's story. ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
Lady Jane Welsham has been left at the alter. She is not breaking into tears though. This lady knows exactly where her would be groom is and why he's not where he's suppose to be. She can handle the gossip and the taunts because she is going to live her life the way she wants. Hopefully she will find true love...but that's not a requirement. Of course all of her plans go right down the drain when Grayson Boscastle Marquess of Sedgecroft decides for the first time in his life to do something honorable. This rake is going to help Jane back into society. But when faced with Jane he doesn't do anything that he planed. Instead he finds himself falling in love. But what will happen when he finds out that the bride wasn't jilted as he thinks? Will he still follow his heart or will he let pride ruin his chance for happiness?
This was a very entertaining story. The only problems that I found was there were several times when modern day terms and words were used. This pulled me from the historic time period and was a bit de-railing. Aside from that this was a fine romance. Grayson and Jane were fun characters and we were introduced to several other charactres that will play a roll in the upcoming stories. Ms. Hunter is off to a fine start with this read.
I didn't like this book as much as its sequel "The Love Affair of an English Lord." While the characters were well developed and there was chemistry, I thought the book lost momentum 2/3 of the way through. Grayson learns a secret about Jane and decides to teach her a lesson....I thought it took away from their relationship. Nice read though and I cannot wait for Heath's story.