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Lord Ruin Paperback – 7 Feb 2012

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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Carolyn Jewel, Author (7 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937823008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937823009
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,386,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Carolyn Jewel was born on a moonless night. That darkness was seared into her soul and she became an award winning author of historical and paranormal romance. She has a very dusty car and a Master’s degree in English that proves useful at the oddest times. An avid fan of fine chocolate, finer heroines, Bollywood films, and heroism in all forms, she has three cats and a dog. Also a son. One of the cats is his.

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This could have been so much better. The characters are engaging and although the initial plot device to marry off the hero and heroine is rather wobbly, generally there is just enough to keep you reading.

Two factors prevented this novel achieving another star. Firstly, the background mystery is not particularly well handled, and tends to be lost amongst Cynssyr's (and what a silly name that is!) other duties. In this muddle, the author nearly loses all sense of jeopardy, and ultimately the denouement is no great surprise.

Secondly, and I'm beginning to feel like a broken record, the author's research of Regency England seems to be non-existent. Ms Jewel, using "half one" to indicate the time of day is a relatively modern usage. Regency ruffians did not drink lager, and Regency beds had no duvets. Both laqer and duvets are more recent European imports. If these were the only examples, then a pass could be given, but there are many more. Please, please, read your Austen and Heyer before you start typing.

I didn't hate this book, but it left a lot of room for improvement.
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Despite the unpromising title, this is a lovely Regency romance. It centres around the hasty marriage of Lord Ruin and Anne Sinclair. I enjoyed reading his side of the story and it was a refreshing change to read of the rake falling hopelessly in love before the innocent virgin bride succumbs! Ms. Jewel writes very well and there's plenty of sensual loveplay and sexy scenes (is there anywhere in the house they didn't perform?!). Sometimes the 'token mystery' writers include just get in the way being so incidental as to be superfluous, but the plot kept my interest to the end. My slight criticism would be the naming of the hero - really, why must writers think it's so amusing to give their sexy leads names like Lord Ruan/Ruin (get it) and Insincere Cynssyr - please! But don't let the title put you off, this is a great book.
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Really angry I bought this book. I had read the other reviews before I purchased and I thought Ok this seems good. Jee but I was sorry. This has a very silly story line that could have been written by a school girl who thinks she knows what love is about.
The lead male, the Duke of Cynssyr. who I refuse to call a hero,was a sad 'know it all' who seem to go from a being a layabout dandy to the man who was leader of everything, he was involved in so many different activities it seemed he was running the country single handed.
The lead female, Anne, went from being a sensible woman who everyone liked because she was nice, not pretty, to being a raving beauty the minute she had sex with Cynssy and she got upset over everything, she cried and threw up so much I found it very hard to like her.
The background plot was ridiculous and I'm being kind when I say that. How they went about catching the villain was even more stupid.
Who does Carolyn Jewel think she is writing for? Just because a bit of sex is thrown into a book every couple of chapters does not make it a good book or better yet a good read. And from my reading Anne did not even take much pleasure from the sex for the first 20 chapters or so.
Ah I am not writing any more about this book as it annoyed me so much, I am angry I paid so much for the silly silly novel.
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I'm very glad to have downloaded this book. It's definitely a more modern take on the Regency novel but written with great elegance that keeps the spirit. The characters are complex and well drawn, with the mystery elements tying in well. The only thing that grated a little was the names but that was easily ignored. I'm definitely going to look out for other novels from this author.
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I bought this book as it was in the best seller list for Historical Romance and was only 70pence so thought I'd give it a try. I have to agree with the other review that says ignore the corney names etc as this was a really good story line and the romance and relationship which builds between the main charaters is great. My biggest criticism was the that the end felt rushed (both with t he crime plot and the romance) and I think the book could have done with tying up some loose ends. The main characters seem to suddenly get it all together but I woudl have liked to have seen either an epilogue or an follow on book for the other character (Devon and Thrale which appear to start and story line in the book) which could then have given more info on this couple as time went on. I did have a quick look and couldn't see a follow on book. I realsie that not everything should be neatly tied up but as I said somethings needed to be to stop the end seeming rushed.
There were also gramatical and spelling errors in the kindle version which were few and didn't spoil the story.
Overall I would recommend this book and would buy other books by Carolyn Jewel.
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Loved this story. Both H/h were well drawn and totally credible. I read another of this author's books before this "Scandal" and liked it well enough but this was so much better. Good plot, well developed characters, although I'd have liked o know more about the Sinclair father, he was an odd character with unexplained motivations. But that's a minor point, this was a great read.
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