on 2 October 2006
Julianne MacLean has a bona fide winner on her hands. SURRENDER TO A SCOUNDREL is easy to read and easy to enjoy! By using her remarkable talent fully, Ms. MacLean gives every scene genuine life! I don't give it often, but I am giving it here - the sacred 10.
As a girl, Evelyn Foster was awkward, wore glasses, and was considered a bluestocking. As a woman, Mrs. Evelyn Wheaton was wealthy, knew all about rejection, and was prudishly uptight. She was at the Royal Yacht Races, in Cowes, to find a potential fiancé.
Not long ago, when Evelyn had fallen through the ice, Lord Martin Langdon had pulled her to safety. From that moment on, she admired him . . . from afar. Outrageously, the mischievous Martin Langdon grew into the "Catch of Eton." Now, he was the famed racing champion of Britain and had turned into a scandalous rake. He was daring and had a passionate zest for life. He was a thrill seeker and he made Evelyn want to break free from her dull life. Martin Langdon was a very bad influence. When he teased her, when he charmed her, when he made sexual overtures, he heightened a dangerous excitement in her. Could Evelyn Wheaton partake in a wild and wicked affair with her childhood hero? Just . . . this once!
He was the Duke of Wentworth's younger brother and Martin Langdon was amusingly dreadful. He lived life for the moment, felt nothing too deeply, and had come to Cowes for nothing but superficial amusement! Evelyn Wheaton knew that. She knew the rules when she entered their affair. He had never made promises! The last thing Martin wanted was a wife and children. Evidently, Evelyn required love and wanted babies. It seemed, Evelyn Wheaton wanted forever and Martin Langdon wanted nothing.
Julianne MacLean grabbed me with her zany opening and managed to keep me right to the end. How? By using snappy dialogue and smooth prose. Remarkably, Ms. MacLean has found her "niche" in the late Victorian era and gratefully, I found myself vicariously involved in SURRENDER TO A SCOUNDREL. I hobnobbed with the rich and famous; drank afternoon tea with the well-bred; and sailed adventurously around the Isle of Wight. Why? Because Julianne MacLean made me believe. Well done!
This review is based on an Advanced Reading Copy.