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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (5 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380820803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380820801
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Karen Hawkins was raised in Tennessee, a member of a huge extended family that included her brother and sister, an adopted sister, numerous foster siblings, and various exchange students. In order to escape the chaos (and while hiding when it was her turn to do the dishes), she would huddle under the comforter on her bed with a flashlight and a book, a habit she still embraces to this day.


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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Nadia on 10 April 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is my first Karen Hawkins novel, but is is third in the St. John's talisman ring series, (after An affair to remember). But I found no problem in reading and followering the plot.
Brandon St. John has the ring in his possession and who holds the ring will fnd their true love (that is what legend states). Hence why all the St. John men fear the ring. But not our irresistable rogue Brandon. A meeting among the St. John's men to discuss the paying off another of Chases (youngest brother) "fortune hunter" women. It is concluded that Brandon has the duty to visit and get rid of the widowed Lady Westford. But nothing is what it seems, the Lady Verena Westford was a Landsdowne, a family of extraordinary characters. Her wit and strength are things that Brandon has never experienced. The chemistry is strong between the two - like a powder keg.
With the combnations of a deadly plot, Herbert the worst butler in London and verena'a antics. it s book that will make you laugh and keep you on the edge of your seat. A Must read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "blondiemax" on 3 April 2003
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Brandon StJohn is trying to protect his younger brother Chase from himself, even if that means paying off the woman, Verena Westford, Chase wants to marry. Yet, there is a twist because Verena does not want to marry Chase. So when Brandon offers the money she takes it anyway and decides to make Brandon the talk of the town. Along with this, Verena, her brother and Brandon are in a spot of bother with the Home Office and just because of a list. There are a couple of twists, but Brandon and Verena set off sparks when they are together.
With Verena's bulter, a light-fingered fellow from Julia's (of The Abduction of Julia) project to reform the London poor, there is a lot of laughs and the introduction of a number of new characters. Who I can only hope we learn more about soon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nadia on 10 April 2003
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This is my first Karen Hawkins novel, but is is third in the St. John's talisman ring series, (after An affair to remember). But I found no problem in reading and followering the plot.
Brandon St. John has the ring in his possession and who holds the ring will fnd their true love (that is what legend states). Hence why all the St. John men fear the ring. But not our irresistable rogue Brandon. A meeting among the St. John's men to discuss the paying off another of Chases (youngest brother) "fortune hunter" women. It is concluded that Brandon has the duty to visit and get rid of the widowed Lady Westford. But nothing is what it seems, the Lady Verena Westford was a Landsdowne, a family of extraordinary characters. Her wit and strength are things that Brandon has never experienced. The chemistry is strong between the two - like a powder keg.
With the combnations of a deadly plot, Herbert the worst butler in London and verena'a antics. it s book that will make you laugh and keep you on the edge of your seat. A Must read.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3 1/2 stars - Who's the scoundrel here - Verena? 14 Jun. 2003
By baltimore0502 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
At the close of An Affair to Remember an unhappy Brandon St John discovers the dreaded Talisman ring in his piece of wedding cake nearly breaking a tooth! The holder of the ring is destined to meet his true love, but Brandon doesn't believe in such legends. All the same, he'll palm it off on one of his brothers if the opportunity presents itself! It seems like bad luck is all the ring has brought him when his brothers give him the unpleasant task of buying off Chase's latest paramour, worried the gold-digger will trap Chase into marriage. Family head Marcus warns Brandon that "Lady Westforth is not a milquetoast female . . . I advise you to approach her carefully". Truer words were never spoken!
Widowed Lady Verena Westforth has been relegated to the very fringe of society by her vengeful father-in-law. He never approved of her - her parents are charlatans for heaven's sake! - believes her responsible for his son's death and has done his best to ruin her reputation in polite society. And so, she exists in the demimonde supporting herself by some low-key card sharping in gaming hells. But she's no man's mistress and, unbeknownst to Brandon, has already let Chase down easy and sent him on his way. But that does not stop her from having a little fun at the overbearing Brandon's expense. Soon all of society is giggling behind his back - intolerable! And when Verena's brother is blackmailed, Brandon's friend's freedom is threatened and the solution to both is finding a list of British agents abroad, are Verena and Brandon adversaries or allies? One thing is certainly clear - they are extremely attracted to one another!
So why only 3 1/2 stars? SEMI-SPOILERS! Well, first, why would Brandon stick his neck out for a school chum who sounded more like an acquaintance? And while there's plenty of lust and even camaraderie between Brandon and Verena, I didn't feel like they were in love. No love is declared until the last chapter when he is suddenly, out of the blue, planning a wedding! And lastly, the whole blackmail scheme seemed ridiculously convoluted to me. I guess I'm being picky, but I gave An Affair to Remember 4 stars and, though I enjoyed this book, it's not as good as that one in my opinion and I just could not rate them the same. Still, all in all, an enjoyable read.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great story, 11 Jun. 2003
By Cubik - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
But doesn't the St. John brothers sound a lot like those from Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series? If you don't believe me, check it out yourself: From the St John's, we have Anthony, Brandon, Chase, Devon. From the Bridgerton's, we have,Anthony, Benedict, Colin,Daphne, Eloise... See the connection? But other than this little coincidence, this book definitely deserves 5 stars.
This is the story of Brandon St. John who currently holds the St John talisman ring. It is believed that whoever possesses the ring would find his or her true love, in this case, in the form of Verena Westforth, a beautiful widow whom Brand believed, is somehow connected to a murder case.
'Confessions of a Scoundrel' has everything a good romance novel should have: A hot,handsome heroe, a heroine who is witty and intelligent, sizzling love scenes and as a bonus, a little mystery thrown in as well. This is an excellent book, and like so many of you out there, I just can't wait for Chase's story either, now that the ring is in his hands!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Sexy, funny and stimulating 22 April 2003
By M. Rondeau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is another book in the series begun with "The Abduction of Julia". It centers now around the St. John `talisman ring' which rumor has it that whichever St. John is in possession of the ring will find their one true love. With this novel the ring rests in the pocket of renowned scoundrel Brandon St. John who must decide if it is a blessing ... or a curse as he has yet to find a woman that holds his interest for more than two weeks!
Drawing the short straw, so to speak at the latest St. John family gathering Brandon has been assigned the task to `buy off' an undesirable demimonde from the attentions of their younger brother Chase. These St. John men, all handsome to a fault and wealthy to boot have had much experience in thwarting the attentions of marriage minded mamas and their daughters so Brandon, the handsomest of the lot, thinks that this shouldn't take him more than a few minutes time. Expecting a hard, painted, money-hungry grasping widow, the Lady Verena Westforth was definitely out of the ordinary. Lady Verena - blond lovely and indeed enticing - she would put the arrogant, pompous Brandon St. John in his place!
Along with the lovely and comical battle of the sexes, there is a mystery and a murder to solve in which Verena is smack dab in the middle. Verena has grown to enjoy her independence until this wonderfully handsome man has aroused feelings she thought long dead. Her family background and secrets could destroy her should the investigations uncover her past - but more than that she could very well lose her heart.
This was a really good story with the added excitement and mystery of a murder and hunt for a missing list. The characters are extremely well developed, intelligent, and interesting. The introduction of Verena's butler in training - Herbert - the reformed(?) pickpocket provides numerous light hearted moments and the love scenes as Brandon, that handsome devil - shows us his stuff - well he is HOT! Excellent read which I can highly recommend.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Total enjoyment. 8 Aug. 2007
By The Garden Times - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Next in line for romance is Sara's brother (Anthony's half-brother), Brandon St. John. Bad-tempered, hung-over Brandon is sent on A Mission by his brothers. He is to buy off his little brother Chase's love interest and send her packing before an unsuitable marriage occurs. The woman in question is widowed Lady Verena Westforth. She has no intention of marrying Chase but shamelessly takes Brandon's outrageous and enormous bribe anyway. Then she proceeds to ridicule him far and wide, even going so far as to wear the signature from his note entwined in her necklace. Brandon, never one to be bested by a woman, goes on the warpath - a very sensual, wicked, seductive warpath. The joy in this book is the wit and repartee flying constantly between Brandon and Verena as they strive to outmanoeuvre each other. All this, plus a deadly villain who's lurking, waiting for a moment to kill. Look out for the adored thief-turned butler, Herberts. Provided by Julia (The Abduction Of Julia) but not really reformed, Herberts' unpolished speech, opinions, and the moments when Verena forces him to empty his pockets are hilarious.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not as good as An Affair to Remember 1 April 2004
By S. Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Actually, it wavers between 3-4 stars, depending on the exact part of the book. However, the humor and romance cause me to give it 4 stars.
I liked Brandon St. John very much, but wasn't as crazy about Verena. Although spirited and witty, something about her just seemed conniving and untrustworthy.
The blackmail scheme was rather odd at times, and not wholly convincing. Neither was Verena's family situation. On the other hand, wit abounds and there are significant sparks between the protagonists. The scene where Brandon has lost his voice may be my favorite in the book; the previous one when he's soaking wet is also quite good. The love scenes explode with passion. Verena's butler is a hoot. And Roger is one h*** of an actor.
A good book and part of a splendid series, but not my favorite of the group.
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