Reviewer: Kimberly Stephens
Title: Always a Scoundrel - 3rd in the Notorious Gentlemen series
Author: Suzanne Enoch
Release Date: April 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: Regency London
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate (Once, 2 very foul words are used)
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Suzanne's Website: www.suzanneenoch.com
Always a Scoundrel was a very delightful read, and offers a great twist to the typical historical romance plot of handsome noblemen rescuing a helpless damsel in distress! In Always a Scoundrel, the two main characters, Rose and Bramwell, rescue each other!
Rose seeks out Bramwell, a virtual stranger, to help her during one of the most frightening times of her life. She seeks Bramwell's guidance on how to deal with one of London's most infamous bad boys, a nobleman of questionable character and morals, after her ungrateful family decides that she must marry him to save the family from ruin. Rose is resigned to her fate, until she has several unsettling encounters with him. She feels that Bramwell is her only hope of survival.
Bramwell is also one of London's most infamous scoundrels, but he finds himself at a crossroads, and develops a genuine fondness for Rose that quickly turns into an obsession. He will stop at nothing to protect her and make her his. This story is as much a love story as it is about Bramwell growing up, finding, and accepting himself. You see two Bramwells in this story; the one he puts out as a front, and the real him that is only known to select few. Bramwell is a great hero!
Always a Scoundrel is a great story about the ties that bind, and shows that it's never too late to change, and that there really is only one person in the world for each of us. Rose and Bramwell share disappointing pasts, disapproving families, and a fierce sense of independence.
Always a Scoundrel is the third book in a series, and all of those characters make an appearance in this book. Yet, it is a great story to read on its own, and it has interested me to read the other two books.
This book kept my interest, was easy to read, and kept me guessing up until the last second. It's a story of rich primary and secondary characters, and the author uses great emotional language, that's has you celebrating, laughing, and crying with the characters you love, while deepening your anger at the ones you don't. If I had one complaint about this story, it would be that it got off to a little bit of a slow start. I wasn't really 'loving' the book until almost halfway through, but once I was into it I couldn't put it down! I hope that you enjoy Bramwell and his headstrong heroine as much as I did.
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