The Perks of Loving A Scoundrel

The Perks of Loving A Scoundrel

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"Every girl dreams of a hero...But sometimes only a scoundrel will do. No one loves books more than Miss Mary Channing. Perhaps that's why she's reached the ripe old age of six-and-twenty without ever being kissed. Her future may be as bland as milk toast, but Mary is content to simply dream about the heroes and adventures she reads about in her books. That way she won't end up with a villain instead. When she unexpectedly finds herself in the arms of Geoffrey Westmore, London's most notorious scoundrel, it feels a bit like a plot from one of her favorite novels. Suddenly, Mary understands why even the smartest heroines can fall prey to a handsome face. And Westmore is more handsome than most. But far worse than the damage to her reputation, the moment's indiscretion uncovers an assassination plot that reaches to the highest levels of society and threatens the course of the entire country. When a tight-laced miss and a scoundrel of epic proportions put their minds together, nothing can stand in their way. But unless they put their hearts together as well, a happy ending is anything but assured." -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
ISBN: 9780062335142
0062335146
Branch Call Number: FIC MCQUIST
Characteristics: 384 pages ; 18 cm.

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nidofito
Apr 24, 2017

When I first started the book, I was pretty scared that I wasn't gonna like it. The last book from this series was a DNF for me. And the first couple of chapter did not impress me much either. But I was really happy how Mary made a comeback with a new and improved personality when she and West first became privy to the assassination plot. After that, the book maintained its momentum and was very entertaining all round. I do however feel like the Duchess and her circumstances were not properly addressed. The author focuses on the trauma that returning soldiers face and how they should not be victimized but rather treated so that they could be healthy again. But what about the trauma that women in domestic abuse have to deal with? Should they not be extended the same courtesy instead of being labeled as villains or flat out ignored? I will say though that there were some good thoughtful points in the story relating to domestic abuse so kudos for that.

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miraellie
Dec 11, 2016

The main couple was cute but they were addled with Plot Induced Stupidity. The mystery in this novel was sort of laughably easy to figure out -- I called the main culprit and the "twist" before 50%. The fact that they couldn't put the obvious pieces together while it was staring them right in the face was frustrating. The chemistry they had as a couple could only carry the book so far when the other half of it was focused on the "mystery".

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