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review 2013-11-27 15:22
Delightful (except for the Plot Moppet)
Lord of Scoundrels - Loretta Chase

I had heard great things about this book, and mostly it lived up to the hype (and isn't that rare?). The heroine, Jessica Trent, is going down on my list of all-time favorites: she's smart and snarky and able to take care of herself. The hero, Lord Dain, is a conscience-less rake who reforms over the course of this book. His reasons for being such as ass in the beginning are believable and sympathetic, and his reform doesn't happen overnight, so that's believable, too. 

 

I loved the witty, sarcastic dialogue between the hero and heroine. I loved that Jessica was so honest, confronting misunderstandings and issues in the relationship with frank conversation. (So often romances let misunderstandings fester for the sake of dramatic conflict, when an honest conversation could clear everything up.) I love that she didn't let Dain walk all over her, but gave as good as she got (maybe even better). 

 

Actually, I was loving just about everything about this book until about 80% of the way through it, when the plot moppet showed up:

(Dain's eight-year-old bastard son).

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I like kids, but I don't generally like the 'plot moppet' trope -- where a long-lost child resurfaces suddenly, or the lovers take in a street urchin or other foundling. I just don't find these plots believable, because, no matter their tortured pasts or personal issues, these kids invariably clean up well and settle into their newly-priviledged lifestyles with remarkably little turmoil. Here, as is typical, the plot moppet arrives and is swiftly incorporated into the happily ever after, and I'd have liked the book better--found it pretty much flawless, actually--if that plot line had just been left out.

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text 2013-11-26 21:02
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Lord of Scoundrels - Loretta Chase

Dang. A plot moppet. And things were going so well....

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text 2013-11-26 12:26
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Lord of Scoundrels - Loretta Chase

     Dain turned his moody black gaze upon her. "Now, as to you, Miss Termagant Trent--"

     "I love these pet names," she said, gazing soulfully up into his eyes. "Nitwit. Sapskull. Termagant. How they make my heart flutter!"

 

And they say sarcasm is the lowest form of humor!

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text 2013-11-25 13:16
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Lord of Scoundrels - Loretta Chase

     "Ah, you are familiar with my reputation, are you, Miss Trent?" Dain enquired.

     "Oh, yes. You are the wickedest man who ever lived. And you eat small children for breakfast, their nannies tell them, if they are naughty."

     "But you are not in the least alarmed."

     "It is not breakfast time, and I am hardly a small child."

 

Lots of people here on BookLikes have mentioned that this is a favorite book, and I haven't ever read it. I'm loving Jessica Trent so far, and I just got started. This is gonna be fun!

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