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Seduced by a Scoundrel [Mass Market Paperback]

Barbara Dawson Smith

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (Dec 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312972725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312972721
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,437,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  18 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT, GREAT ROMANCE! 3 Jan 2000
By Amy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I can't say enough good things about Seduced by a Scoundrel. The characters were fascinating and unforgettable. Alicia is a lady who is forced into a desperate situation -- her younger brother lost the last of their money at a gaming club owned by the infamous Drake Wilder. Drake offers to forgive the debt if she'll marry him and introduce him to high society. Having a sweet but crazy mother to take care of, Alicia has no choice but to agree, though she insists on a marriage of convenience. Little does she know, Drake planned the whole thing. He wants to get back at his nobleman father who abandoned him at birth. Drake grew up on the streets and had to rely on his wits to become the rich owner of a gambling club. Now he wants revenge, and Alicia is his pawn. I just loved the both of them -- they started out with lots of misconceptions about each other, and she slowly learns Drake isn't entirely the hard-as-nails man he appears to be. He too learns Alicia isn't a shallow lady who looks down on base-born commoners. Seduced by a Scoundrel kept me fascinated to the very last page. It was tender and touching and exciting and sexy. I intend to recommend it to all my romance reading friends!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and poignant historical regency 3 Dec 1999
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Gerald Pemberton, the Earl of Brockway, foolishly follows in his deceased father's footsteps and gambles away what remains of the family money that his sire failed to waste. Gerald owes a fortune to gambling hall owner Drake Wilder. Out of fear for the brittle mental health of her mother and unbeknownst to Gerald, his sister Alicia offers her self in barter for her sibling's debt. Drake agrees to marry Alicia in exchange for Gerald's IOU.

Drake has a secret agenda and the lovely Alicia provides him with giant steps towards achieving is goal of attaining entrance into polite society. He also has the double satisfaction of knowing he possesses the woman his estranged father wants. However, against all his desires, Drake soon falls in love with his wife and in spite of his mistreatment of her she reciprocates those feelings.

SEDUCED BY A SCOUNDREL shows why fans think Barbara Dawson Smith is one of the genre's top historical romance writers. The story line centers on love conquering hate, but done in a fast-paced Regency format. Drake is an enigmatic character whose need for vengeance thrusts the story line forward. Alicia is a warm, intelligent, and brave person who sacrifices her own needs for her ailing mother. The secondary players provide a feel to the era, especially the gambling "hells" and the shunning of a person born on the wrong side of the covers. Ms. Smith imbues the plot with plenty of sexual tension, a move that will elate Regency readers who love a touching tale with lot of spice.

Harriet Klausner
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Plot like a sieve 14 Jan 2000
By Passionate - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you must read Barbara Dawson Smith, I'd recommend Once Upon a Scandal, where the plot is much more consistent. Here, we are to believe that Alicia agrees to marry Drake in order to repay a family debt, but only on the condition that their marriage be a chaste one. He agrees. WHY? She doesn't have a penny's worth of leverage with which to bargain.
When they finally do consummate their marriage, we get no real explanation of the reasoning behind Alicia's change of attitude. Why has she decided to stop hating this man, and surrender her prized virginity to him?
Another thing that bothered me was that Drake was too perfect. For most of the book, no sooner did a thought pop into Alicia's head that he knew exactly what it was. That served no purpose except to constantly pull me out of the story to wonder if Drake was psychic. Who else in the world is that perceptive--especially if we are talking about men! Also, all along the story, most of the misapprehensions and errors of judgment belong to Alicia, while Drake sails along with the wisdom of a saint. And the only time he does regret his actions, it's not really made clear what exactly it is he wishes he hadn't done.
The only things that redeemed the book in my eyes were the passably humorous episodes with Alicia's mother, and the sub-plot with James and Sarah. I wish more had been written about their romance, as I thought it was the only part that didn't seem to have been written by a sixteen-year-old.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Dawson Smith's always a dependable read. 12 Dec 1999
By L. Ponder - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really had trouble rating this book. Three and a half stars is probably a more accurate rating, as far as I'm concerned. However, I have so much respect for Ms. Smith's writing....
A marriage of conveniece is forced by the debt of Gerald, brother of the heroine, Alicia. Drake has the mortgage to Alicia and Gerald's home. Drake has set the marriage up, to seek vengeance. In my view, this was the only "scoundrelous" behaviour on Drake's part.
Drake cares for Alicia's mother. He takes into his employment the needy people he encounters--a deaf maid, an accounts manager in a wheelchair, a drunken butler...and so on. The only conflict , is the original motivations for Drake's and Alicia's marriage. I think, because of that, this is a slow read, at times. Also, I felt somewhat manipulated. I felt the author tried too hard to get the reader to love Drake.
This book, has many pluses. I enjoyed the supporting characters; a secondary romance was very entertaining. The love scenes are very well done. There's no purple prose; but each scene, is uniquely sexy.
This book may not be a keeper for me. But, it was definitely worth my time and money!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Try Too Wicked to Love instead 27 April 2000
By pontmarie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Too Wicked to Love is one of my favorite books of 1999 - but this latest offering falls just short of the mark.
Lady Alicia Pemberton's brother Gerald, Earl of Brockway, loses what is left of the family fortune at Drake Wilder's gambling hall. Aside from her family's declining social and financial status, Alicia must care for her mother, who has fallen prey to dementia. It's up to Alicia to save the family once it is clear that the debt of 20,000 guineas will send them to ruin.
Drake is not prepared for the woman who offers him her virtue as payment for her brother's debt. He demands marriage, not just sex, and not because of any tender feelings, but because his bitter enemy - the father who won't acknowledge him - Lord Hailstock, wants Alicia for his own. To Alicia, who wishes to marry neither man but is instantly intrigued by Drake, the choice comes down to who will be considerate of her mother. Because Hailstock insists that Lady Brockway be kept out of their lives, Alicia chooses to marry Drake, as long as their marriage is a chaste one. Drake, who has agreed to no such nonsense, figures his bride will soon succumb to his considerable charms.
Drake's motivations (or seeming lack of common sense) were a little too convenient to the plot. Aside from forcing Hailstock to recognize him in the eyes of the society he'll be a part of, Drake would "raise his social consequence" if he marries Alicia. Oh, really? Alicia's family was nearly ruined, even before the disastrous loss of 20,000 guineas, and they've been selling off family possessions and Alicia's clothes that are not suitable for any sort of Season. Add to this the well-known dementia of the Dowager and you have, in Alicia, a girl that no one interested in social climbing would marry. Drake is kind and generous to every pregnant maid, orphan, brain-rattled former boxer, etc., that he meets - this felt a little manipulative after a while.
While Alicia manages to convince herself that she is marrying Drake to save the family, especially her mother, she soon discovers that she is attracted to her charming husband. Misplaced pride keeps her from her husband's bed, and her only recourse when she finds herself about to surrender to Drake is to hurl insults at him. She started off as a likable, capable heroine, but she is also ready to believe the worst of him, even though he has been nothing but kind to her family.
There were other problems with this book, the worst of which was Gerald's painless cure from his gambling addiction, and his new career as counselor, working in Drake's hall. Anyone, with any form of addiction, will tell you that his recovery was just a little too swift to have any degree of verisimilitude.
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