Monday, June 15, 2015

Review: Lord of Scoundrels (Scoundrels #3) by Loretta Chase

Book coverLord of Scoundrels (Scoundrels #3) by Loretta Chase
Purchase link: Amazon

My rating: star star

Heat rating: Flame  Flame

They call him many names, but Angelic isn't one of them . . .

Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters"—and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He's determined to continue doing what he does best—sin and sin again—and all that's going swimmingly, thank you . . . until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.

She's too intelligent to fall for the worst man in the world . . .

Jessica Trent is a determined young woman, and she's going to drag her imbecile brother off the road to ruin, no matter what it takes. If saving him—and with him, her family and future—means taking on the devil himself, she won't back down. The trouble is, the devil in question is so shockingly irresistible, and the person who needs the most saving is—herself!

The fact that I could not bring myself to finish this book even in audiobook format where I'm often a captive audience and even when the book is not great, I tend to finish it, saddens me. This book is so highly acclaimed and has so graced so many "best of" lists that I thought it would definitely bring me out of my "I'm bored of traditional Regency romance" slump. Alas, it did not.

While the writing was everything that other 5 star reviews said it was - witty, clever, bright, funny, it just didn't captivate me.

I found myself feeling bored and frustrated while I listened even though the narrator, Kate Reading was superb. She's probably the best narrator I've encountered in my short history of listening to audiobooks with her plummy British accent and her wonderful variations in voices.

I got to about 20% of the story and thought "I've heard this story about a thousand times before" in the traditional Regency romance genre and I've read so many of them, in so many "same but different" variations that I think I've reached my limit.

I just got to the point where I did not care what was going to happen between Dain and Jessica because I could predict a large part of the plot. I felt like I was just so over the fact that the beast of a hero was brought to his knees by the wit and love of a unique heroine who thaws his cold, black heart. Been there, done that, got tired of it, moving on.

Fact is, I'm sorry I didn't love this book. I wanted so much to love it as much as all the other 5 star reviews did but it didn't do it for me and I just couldn't bring myself to finish it.

Don't judge this book by my review only though. This book is highly acclaimed for a reason. It's held up as a classic of the genre and the writing has stood the test of time. The writing is good. It's not the book, it's me. If you are curious about this book, read it for yourself and see which side of the fence you fall on. Don't take my word for it.

For myself, I think I need to read something different, something new and fresh in the genre.

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About the author
auLoretta Chase holds a B.A. from Clark University, where she majored in English and minored unofficially in visual art. Her past lives include clerical, administrative, and part-time teaching at Clark and a Dickensian six-month experience as a meter maid. In the course of moonlighting as a corporate video scriptwriter, she fell under the spell of a producer who lured her into writing novels... and marrying him. The union has resulted in more than a dozen books and a number of awards, including the Romance Writers of America's RITA® Award.

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