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The Scoundrel's Secret Siren (Dastardly Lords Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Daphne du Bois
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

'The Scoundrel's Secret Siren' is a traditional Regency romance in the style of Georgette Heyer...

He could deny the truth no longer: the most valuable thing he’d ever won in a game of chance was the heart of Miss Lorelei Lindon. Was love not the greatest gamble of all?

When bored Miss Lorelei Lindon sneaks out in the middle of the night in search of ghosts, she finds rather more than she bargained for in the enigmatic Lord Winbourne. And when he does a dastardly thing and steals her treasured necklace as a memento of their midnight encounter, she must find a way to retrieve it without causing a scandal.

Lord Winbourne is certainly a mystery and he seems determined to make her whole world unravel. How can one man burn with such passion one moment, and assume such a frosty façade the next? Will Lorelei be able to retrieve her trinket without losing her heart and her virtue to the irresistible rake? Is she a complete wanton or is the passion between them so wrong that it must be right? And will he acknowledge the true depth of his own passion before it is too late?

Throw in a few well-meaning relatives, a niece stubbornly caught up in her own romantic dilemmas and duel to the death, and Lorelei’s life will surely never be boring again…

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    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 977 KB
    • Print Length: 230 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Publisher: Daphne du Bois; 1 edition (25 Nov. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00FCWPM9U
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,110 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    More About the Author

    Daphne has always had a passion for literature and history and one day it occurred to her: what better way to use her English Literature degree than to write the kinds of stories she loves to read? She hasn't looked back since.
    Daphne also writes lyrical fantasy under the pen name Emily de Courcy, and who knows where she'll branch out next!

    Daphne has stacks of notebooks full of stories that still need to be written, which she insists on bringing with her when she moves around the world (she's done this a lot!). She likes her books full of romance, magic, adventure, witty repartee and a dash of silly humour. When Daphne isn't writing, she can be found painting, picnicking, reading and listening to all sorts of exciting music.

    Connect with Daphne on Twitter @MsDaphneduBois!

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    Customer Reviews

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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Has It All 30 Sept. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Lorelei reads to cure her boredom, and her favorite types of books are ghost stories. So when she hears about a real-life-ghost who is haunting her neighborhood (the soul of a tragic young woman who is still searching for her lover), Lorelei sneaks out at night to see the ghost. Instead she meets the handsome and compelling Lord Winbourne, and because Lorelei is wearing a veil, she feels bold enough to flirt with him. She even accepts his advances and feels her first taste of passion.

    And that's only the beginning of the story! Lord Winbourne is a resourceful guy, and they meet again, but it's always under the constraints of society and with Lorelei's suspicions mixed. The result is a little Pride and Prejudice, and a lot of fun. My personal favorite was the waltz scene... I don't want to give a lot away, but read the book, and you'll understand why I liked it so much.

    And the ending is good too. Again, I'm staying away from spoilers here, but know this: this a well written book with just the right amount of character development and chemistry. I didn't want it to end, and I highly recommend it!
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars This is my kind of book!!! 28 Sept. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Lorelei Lindon lived in Ledley Court England with her younger sister Constance. They lost their mother from influenza when Constance was only four years old. Their father John Lindon was away fighting for England and left his daughters at his estate in the care of Constance's governess Miss Fallon.

    Little Paddlington was a village with a tale of a lady ghost that was hunting the main road to the village. Lorelei's curiosity made her sneak out in the middle of the night in search of the lady ghost, but instead she encountered the mysterious Lord Winbourne.

    I love the way the romance grew between Lord Winbourne and Lorelei. And I loved their dialog through out the story. If you love the 19th century England, this is the book for you. The author did a great job. It is very well written and provides detail that makes the reader eager to turn the page. It makes you feel their emotions and the passion that keeps growing stronger and makes it impossible to deny what they really feel for each other. I loved the book!

    Great job Daphne!
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful! 29 Sept. 2013
    By Angel
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This book was suggested to me by a friend and I wasn't really sure about it, since I prefer contemporary novels. But I was glad that I read it. It was good, and I enjoyed it. I liked the characters, the descriptions, the setting and the language idioms. I also liked having the opportunity to see how things used to be and how people felt about love, marriage and various aspects of life back then.

    The heroine, Lorelei, was a girl ahead of her time, who wanted a little adventure and excitement in her life. She developed a great interest in a lady ghost who was said to be hunting the main road to the village next to her town. While out in the dark, instead of the ghost, she encounters the very handsome Lord Winbourne. I loved the way they met, and what he did, wanting to make sure that they would meet again.

    Passion and desire consumes their everyday lives, throughout the story, and the development of their romance was intriguing and kept me turning pages.

    I definitely recommend this book!
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars You'll Have No Choice than to be Hooked!! 6 Oct. 2013
    By Solo
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Daphne du Bois is a wonderful writer in the glorious style of regency romance. Her character development captures your imagination right from the start. Her setting descriptions transport you into another world, one that you are sad to leave upon the book's conclusion.

    If you are a connoisseur of romance from any period, you will be enraptured by Ms.du Bois skilled craftsmanship in weaving a story that holds you spellbound, wanting more.

    You will love the tale of Lorelei, and will want to know where her journey carries her. You'll be hooked from the very start. I can't wait to read her other novel, "The Rogue's Reluctant Rose."
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    By JayOTee
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I loved ‘His Wayward Duchess’ in The Lady Adventuress series, and now with time to explore more of Daphne du Bois’ offerings I went with 'The Rogue’s Secret Siren'. A fun a lightly toned book, I hammered through it. Our heroine Lorelei is witty and bold, and always eager for adventure. Deciding to scandalously head off on her own to hunt ghosts one night in the country she comes across the dastardly lord of this book, Alastair, Earl of Winbourne. From that moment on there is no escaping the man, and their unconventional romance dips tantalisingly through all the things that incited gossip in the Regency period.

    It was fun to return to the adventuring and delightful silliness of the author’s characters, lined with passion and sheer romance of the period. I really loved Holly's journey in HWD, but I felt Lorelei with her bluntness and wry humour is way closer to how I imagine I’d be in that era (and indeed today!), and so far is a firm favourite. You gotta stick to your own.

    Though this volume is in need of a final polish in some areas, the author’s love of the era still shines through, vibrant and eloquent, and the flawless shift through stubbornness, romance, heated passion and downright fun makes for a pleasurable romp in Regency society that hits all the right spots – make of that what you will.

    I look forward to following Lorelei’s sister, Constance, in the next in the series and I'm enjoying delving into Ms. du Bois' tales of the era!
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