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Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Seduction of an English Scoundrel

by Jillian Hunter

It would have been the wedding of the year–had the groom, Sir Nigel Boscastle, bothered to put in an appearance. To the shock of her distinguished guests, the respectable Lady Jane Welsham is left humiliated at the altar. Yet truth be told, although outwardly ruined she is elated to have escaped marriage to a man she does not love.

Enter Grayson Boscastle, the irresistible Marquess of Sedgecroft (and cousin to Nigel). Grayson’s duty is clear: salvage the young lady’s pride and reestablish the family’s good name, while repairing his own tarnished reputation as one of London’s most notorious scoundrels. Their whirlwind affair is the talk of the ton. Yet nothing is as it seems between the bewitching Lady Jane, who knows that her wedding was cleverly sabotaged, and her charming rogue, as they are drawn into an amusing game of seduction and secrets.

Book reviewed by Lynn Lamy
I really enjoyed the tension between the two main characters, and the fact that, while the sexual tension was great, they also enjoyed each other's company and intelligence. I also really liked Sedgecroft's struggle with his sister; he wants to order her around, and she wants her brother, not a tyrant. Lady Jane was good at getting Sedgecroft to see what his sister really needs. They argue, but not constantly, which is more believable to me than the constant bickering of some hero/heroine couples. Sedgecroft and Jane both have a sense of humor, and they let it show.
The premise that a relationship with Lady Jane would help the Boscastle family's reputation was a bit thin. I don't quite know how Sedgecroft being with Jane would improve his family's standing in society. I also didn't like the way that Jane and Sedgecroft finally come together. It seemed a bit too contrived to me, in that Jane acted in a way I didn't think she would have, and lots of people all came together in a strange situation. All in all, though, it was a fun read, with fun minor characters (loved Jane's sisters!) and good humour.