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Always a Scoundrel Suzanne EnochAlways a Scoundrel by Suzanne Enoch. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Never a gentleman . . . until now.

Lord Bramwell Johns, the second son of a duke, is an unrepentant scoundrel. Now that his two closest friends are disgustingly ensconced in domestic bliss, Bram is feeling strangely restless. And not even relieving London’s least deserving artistocrats of their ill-gotten jewels is enough—until the night he overhears an argument. It seems that Lady Rosamund Davies is about to be forced into marriage with a rogue even worse than himself.

Rose is well aware of Bram’s scandalous reputation, so any reason for his sudden interest in her is suspect; more so since he’s close friends with the man about to ruin her family! She has her own plan though, and Bram may be just what she requires—as long as she remembers that he is only looking out for himself. As long as she remembers that his kisses and caresses don’t mean anything. As long as she can keep from wondering whether she can trust a scoundrel . . . with her heart

 

I gave this an A grade back in 2009.

 While most of the relationship conflict is external, there was still very strong emotional draws as Bram grapples with his redemption and Rose works to extract herself from a horrible future. This was a great reformed rake story because Bram’s decision to go down that dark path was so easily understandable. His father hurt him terribly and Bram spent his whole life trying to repay that hurt. It was easy to see how Bram tried to be a better man when he was with his friends, Phin and Sullivan. But it was also easy to see how a negative and dark influence could take over when his friends had moved on to have wives and families. Rose’s decision to support her family made sense in the context of her life and time period. Perhaps her actions with Bram might have been unusual but faced with the fright of Cosgrove, who wouldn’t have taken any lifeline?

There are many Enoch books at $1.99

  • Stolen Kisses A | BN | K | S | Are
  • Reforming a Rake   A | BN | K | S
  • Good Earl Hunting   A | BN | K | S
  • Lady Rogue   A | BN | K | S | Are
  • Meet Me at Midnight   A | BN | K | S | Are
  • A Matter of Scandal   A | BN | K | S | Are
  • London’s Perfect Scoundrel  A | BN | K | S | Are
  • Stolen Kisses  A | BN | K | S | Are
  • By Love Undone   A | BN | K | S | Are

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New Moon by Stephenie MeyerNew Moon by Stephenie Meyer. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of an evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may just be beginning….

Legions of readers entranced by the New York Times bestseller Twilight are hungry for more, and they won’t be disappointed by this gripping sequel. In New Moon, Stephenie Meyer delivers another irresistible combination of romance and suspense with a supernatural twist. Passionate, riveting, and deeply moving, this vampire love saga is well on its way to literary immortality.

Bizarrely the New Moon the second book in the series is only 2.99

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Sweet Revenge by Nina BruhnsSweet Revenge by Nina Bruhns. $ .99

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He was looking for a killer. What he found was a woman who turned his lonely world upside down-and touched him as no other woman had ever done.

Auri ‘Creole’ Levalois is a man on a mission. Determined to put his foster-brother’s killer behind bars, he has taken a leave of absence from New Orleans PD to hunt the man down. Following his last, desperate lead, Creole sets up a surveillance on the girlfriend of one of the bad guy’s minions. Muse Summerville’s thin file says the sultry blonde is hot as the Louisiana summer, and has a penchant for men-the more dangerous the better. But to Creole’s cop instincts, something about her doesn’t quite add up.

Grace Summerville’s identical twin sister has vanished without a trace. Grace has left her cozy Charleston home and high school counselor job, and rushed to New Orleans’ notorious French Quarter, where she has installed herself in Muse’s apartment. This disappearing act is typical for Muse, who is far too much like their good-for-nothing, drifter father for Grace’s comfort. But this time Grace is really worried. Especially when she discovers a dark, mysterious Cajun man watching her from the neighboring balcony-watching her with the feral interest of a predator. Is he somehow involved in Muse’s disappearance? Or is he after something much more dangerous to a good girl like Grace…?

The one Bruhns suspense I read was really good but this was originally published as a Silhouette Intimate Moments which means suspense may be truncated because of length.

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Miss Lavigne's Little White Lie by Samantha GraceMiss Lavigne’s Little White Lie by Samantha Grace. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

A Scoundrel Drives a Hard Bargain…

Spirited and determined to protect her young brother at any cost, Lisette Lavigne is desperate to flee New Orleans. There’s only one ship sailing to England, though, and the rakish Captain Daniel Hillary will only allow Lisette’s family aboard for a very steep price…

But a Lady Always Gets the Upper Hand…

Daniel prides himself on running a tight ship, and he knows a lady will be nothing but trouble on a long voyage. Yet he can’t help but break his own ironclad rules when Lisette persuades him that being gentlemanly just this once is his wisest course of action.

Third in the Beau Monde series.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

6 Comments

  1. Dabney
    Dec 13, 2012 @ 19:08:34

    I liked Always a Scoundrel but liked better London’s Perfect Scoundrel. The hero, Saint, is just so bad he’s great. It’s also the rare book where the added ragamuffin orphans are appealing rather than saccharine.

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  2. Carly m.
    Dec 13, 2012 @ 22:57:33

    Is it just me or is the Enoch cover a dead ringer for Julie Anne Long’s What I Did for a Duke?

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  3. Margaret
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 01:06:34

    After spending too much (read: any) time on this in Photoshop, I have come to the conclusion that while from the same photoshoot, these are not the exact same picture. Rather, they were probably taken a few seconds apart.

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  4. Little Red
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 10:23:37

    I purchased both Enoch novels and can’t wait to read them.

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  5. Jen
    Dec 18, 2012 @ 16:47:32

    A little late to the party here, but I just wanted to say that Sweet Revenge was not a great book. The characters are wooden and the story doesn’t make much sense, even by romantic suspense standards. I had read it before a trip to new orleans thinking it would give a great sense of the place, but I found the setting was also flat–it didn’t evoke any of that NOLA mystery and color. One aspect of the book that totally bugged me was the subtle slut shaming, particularly of the sister (who you don’t meet until the end). Grace is of course good, sweet, and only sexy for the man she loves. Before the hero realizes Grace is not her sister, he’s totally ready to take advantage of her and he spies on her like a perv. Her missing sister apparently has all these mardi gras beads in her apartment and the hero is all judgmental saying something like “Everybody knows what you have to do to get those beads” and assuming the sister is a giant slut. Uh no, you can buy them at every damn store in new orleans, they give them away at restaurants, bars, etc. Plus, flashing is not sleeping around, and even if it was, screw you, judgmental alphole!

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  6. Jane
    Dec 19, 2012 @ 07:32:30

    @Jen: Thanks. Even if the price is cheap, no one wants to waste their time.

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