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Once a Scoundrel (Ladies' Fashionable Cabinet Trilogy) Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 610 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (17 Mar. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000VYX99O
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #324,385 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Candice Hern is the award-winning best-selling author of historical romance novels set during the English Regency, a period she knows well through years of collecting antiques and fashion prints of the era. She travels to England regularly, always in search of more historical and local color to help bring her books to life. Her books have won praise for their "intelligence and elegant romantic sensibility" (Romantic Times) as well as "delicious wit and luscious sensuality" (Booklist). Her award-winning website (candicehern.com) is often cited for its "Collections" of Regency antiques, as well as Candice's Regency World, including an illustrated glossary, a detailed timeline of Regency events, illustrated digests of Regency people and places, and much more. It is the only author website listed among the online resources at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, and has been referenced by the Museum of London.


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By A Customer on 17 May 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am becoming very dissilusioned with this genre!! do authors not have an original thought in thier heads? The only redeeming feature about this book was Edwina herself, who was an interesting heroine, as for the Hero, what a fop! more emphasis is put on his fashion than on hers, and we are told (mostly by himself) 1st what a notorious rake he is, and what a notorious reputation he has, then we are told that his is a man who highly values fidelity, and is totally comitted to his relationships... (contrast anyone... or is it just me?) I felt more interested in Flora, Prudence and Edwina than in Tony, they had something to say and werent concerned with people's opinions of them. The reaction from Tony after the 'incident' is totally blown out of proportion. This book annoyed me from start to finish, I only give it the stars because of Edwina herself.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x93731798) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9498ae34) out of 5 stars Once a Scoundrel 13 Aug. 2003
By Elaine Reichert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Laugh out loud funny, excellent historical detail, wide range of intriguing characters. Clever plot with subtle message. Mature heroine and hero with lots of sparks and sparring as they wager their way past their deep-rooted rivalry. Candice is a wonderful writer who has outdone herself in this second installment of her current trilogy. I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel and subsequent offerings.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9372a6f0) out of 5 stars interesting character portrayals saves this book 8 Aug. 2003
By tregatt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Once a Scoundrel" was not a bad read. To the contrary, it was well written and had several interesting (and captivating) characters that the authour successfully made you care about. And yet, on the whole, the novel did not totally satisfy. And that was because the story line was an often used one, with few interesting or surprising plot twists.
Anthony Morehouse is a typical gentleman of the ton: he spends his time drinking and gambling with his friends, and gadding about from one social do to another. So that when he wins the ownership of a ladies' magazine at the gambling tables, he's not too sure what to do about it. A visit to the editor's home gives him the first of many shocks: 1) the magazine he now owns is not some ladies' fashion concern but actually one that writes on political issues, reforms as well as matters about fashion and housekeeping; and 2) the magazine's editor just happens to be Miss Edwina Parrish, his childhood nemesis, who bested him in everything. Suddenly, the opportunity to pay Edwina for all those years of humiliation has been presented to him on a silver platter, and in the mood of mischief, Anthony wagers Edwina that if she can double the subscription level in two months, he will sign the magazine over to her. And in the meantime, Anthony has every intention of spending as much time as possible with Edwina, who has grown up to become a rather delectable young lady...
Edwina has spent the last few years making the magazine over into something that she's rather proud of, only to discover that the ownership of her magazine has changed hands. Edwina's is afraid that the new owner (Anthony) might want to take a more active role at running the magazine, and discover how she has been using the profits from the magazine to run certain charities. Now Anthony has challenged her to a wager for the ownership of the magazine. Should she accept this mad wager? For while she has every intention of wining the wager, working under Anthony's close scrutiny could mean the discovery of all her secrets. And then there is that rather unnerving manner in which Anthony looks at her that's awakening all sorts of feeling that she'd thought she had buried...
I truly enjoyed the manner in which Candice Hern allowed for Edwina's character to blossom from a serious minded editor and reformer to a young woman ready to let a little bit of fun and frivolity into her life. Also well done was the manner in which the authour fleshed out the secondary characters in the novel -- from Prudence, Edwina's mousy assistant editor who happens to have a severe crush on Edwina's brother (I do hope that there's a novel that features Prudence as heroine at some point), to Flora, a woman with a scandalous past whom Anthony and Edwina hire to be the fashion editor, to Anthony raffish friends -- these characters added colour and depth to this otherwise rather ordinary story. Where the novel failed to raise itself above the expected level was in the predictable storyline -- you could almost predict the exact chapter in which Edwina and Anthony would first indulge in a bit of dalliance, to the chapter in they would fall out because of Edwina's political sympathies. I was also disappointed that Anthony's growth as a character was not as detailed as Edwina's was -- we're told about his growth, but not shown. On the other hand, the novel did unfold smoothly and at an even pace.
On the whole though "Once a Scoundrel" was a pleasant enough read, even if the storyline and the hero & heroine were pretty much run of the mill.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93c801e0) out of 5 stars 4.5 star review from Timeless Tales Book Reviews 14 Sept. 2003
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
By TT reviewer Nancy Arant Williams
With a well-deserved reputation as a scoundrel, Anthony Morehouse is at it again, in an alcoholic stupor. But at least he's won his wager. That's something. But what on earth has he won? A cabinet, a wardrobe of some kind? Even after reading the note describing the prize, the description makes no sense to his bleary brain, and he's sure he's been taken for a ride. Tony has the surprise of his life when he signs the papers to take over his cabinet. In fact, it's not a cabinet at all, but a women's magazine, entitled The Ladies' Fashionable Cabinet. Actually, Victor Croyden, its former owner, doesn't look the least bit sad to part with it, and why is that?
It just so happens that a woman, a very forward-thinking woman, is the magazine's editor. And she's no stranger to our hero, either. She drove him nearly to distraction as a small girl. Even back then, she had no intention of following traditional feminine roles. Tony still has nightmares about the years when Edwina Parrish dared and wagered him into more than one tight corner. When the inevitable meeting time comes, Tony barely recognizes the stunning creature before him. What's happened to the freckles and the pigtails, the skinny tomboy he knew so well?
Fortunately, Eddie no longer bears any resemblance to that brat. However, to his chagrin, he finds that Edwina is the same old competitive female he's always known, and she still has something of his. A tiny gilt bronze head of the Roman goddess Minerva--Eddie won it in a wager after Tony said he found it on his father's estate. Even now, it galls him to admit it, but he had actually stolen it and was boasting to her about it when she won it away from him, and he paid dearly--with stripes to the seat of his pants--for the privilege.

Now that the tables are turned, what might he be able to win from her?
Minerva, certainly, but dare he try for her heart? Edwina has little use for men these days. The love of her life was executed in the French Revolution, and she spent years behind bars, emerging singularly independent and afraid to love again. Tony has his work cut out for him, but in wager after wager, which she can't seem to resist, he wears down her resistance, and finds himself changing in the bargain, falling hard for her. When a secret exposes Eddie's betrayal, Tony can't forgive or forget. Who is she really, and will he be able to live with the truth?
In fine fashion, Candice Hern brings to life characters who are, at the same time, wild, witty and charming. Their love is both passionate and tender, changing them both forever. If your passion is historical fiction, grab a copy of Once a Scoundrel. You won't be sorry. Rated R.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9372a6a8) out of 5 stars Enjoyable Regency fluff with a feminist twist and thin plot 24 Oct. 2004
By Kristin J. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Edwina Parrish, the feminist reformer and ex-tomboy, is sorely disappointed in Anthony Morehouse, the dissolute gambler and still-sensitive boy she once knew. Turns out, Eddie did quite a bit of wagering when she and Anthony played together. Anthony, who is, of course, smitten with Edwina, bets her that she can't double her subscriptions in three months. If she can, she'll own the magazine her aunt started as an amusing fashionable and gossip rag. For independent Edwina, this wager is too good to resist.

Anthony's new magazine, The Ladies' Fashionable Cabinet, is the Marie Claire or Vanity Fair of its day, minus the fashion reports. Edwina labors under the illusion that so many of today's feminists still do: you can't be into the latest high-society or haut ton fashion and still write reviews on Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's A Vindication of the Rights of Women. Fortunately, Anthony, who's feeling the need to break out of his role of good-for-nothing privileged son, actively tries to help Edwina---not without a few wagers of course---for example, appointing as her new editor Flora Gallagher, the Heidi Fleiss of the day. The notorious courtesan becomes Edwina's ally and best friend as Edwina and Tony head toward the typical Regency ravishment...except Edwina seduces Tony!

The inevitable boy-loses-girl moment is a ridiculous falling-out between Anthony and Edwina just before the hero proves his love and the heroine realizes her pride (and prejudice) got in the way. Nevertheless, this predictable-but-fun romp into publishing and steamy romance contains a little gem of wisdom on the merits of both beauty and brains.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93b99858) out of 5 stars Average book, could've been better 31 May 2009
By Annegelic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was an ok read - not great, but not completely dull either. It's not something I would re-read over and over again, it was just too slow-moving for my tastes and had very minimal sexual tension built up between the H/H. That is, we are told so much about everything by the author rather than SHOWN. It became too wordy this way with both Edwina and Anthony going on and on with their internal monologues, wishy washy thoughts and feelings.. it would get too repetitive at times. I'd rather their thoughts and feelings be shown not told to us. In this book it felt like Hern's writing style flowed like an internal, descriptive essay. I didn't feel the deep emotion there. I didn't care much for the sometimes-preachy political rants either.
In saying that, I did like the storyline (of H/H being childhood friends and the wagering between the two) and the outspoken character of Edwina in particular was refreshing. This isn't a terrible book in any case just that if you're looking for a meaningful and passionate love affair, I wouldn't look here. It's a nice, simple, fluffy read good enough to pass time with but not necessarily a keeper.
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