[After Dark with a Scoundrel] [by: Alexandra Hawkins] Paperback – 1 Feb 2011
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After Dark with a Scoundrel The third novel in the Lords of Vice series. The lure of the hunt brings Lord Hugh, or Dare, to London. He's not searching for a wife; all he requires is a willing lady or two to warm his bed. However, the one lady he desires is the one most likely to get him killed. Original. Full description
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Ms Hawkins is sloppy (or her editing team are) and her research is very lazy. I have come across this before in historical romance and, if the story and writing style are good enough, I can turn a blind eye to glaring historical inaccuracies. In this case, I couldn't because the inaccuracies were on every other page, she really should be writing contemporary if she has this bad a feel for the Regency period.
The characters are utter cliche and not even internally consistent and the plot is so very predictable, it was joke. In fact, these books are just like very bad parodies of the books of better authors such as Eloisa James and Julia Quinn (although those two do appear to be going through bad patches themselves).
Her only redeeming quality is that she writes an adequate sex scene but, as in the romances these authors' write about, it's not supposed to be all about the sex!
Maybe she'll develop as an author but I don't think I'll be trying her work again.
After five years at the academy, Lady Regan Bishop is now more lovely than ever. Miss Swann's lessons were rather mundane. There was not a single fireworks rocket, sword, or brace of pistols on the property. However, the academy has schooled Regan on dancing, patience, and how to play the part of a proper lady. They are lessons Regan fully intends to utilize as she bedevils Frost and seduces Dare.
Dare is the second son of the Duke of Rhode. The duke has always encouraged his heir, Charles, and Dare to beat each other to a pulp. Of course this ends up making the brothers hate each other.Read more ›
Dare has his own past. He fell for a lady, but she married his brother instead. He knows his brother is no gentleman, so finds himself drawn into helping her when she asks for it. It is hinted that they share a child, so that's why he helps her out so much. He also struggles to cope with his emotions when he sees Regan again, and realises that he can't keep away from her much longer.
Overall, the book was good, but not as good as the first two in the series. I hope to see more books with the other Lords of Vice characters, especially Frost. He's a character begging to be written about!