Title: Virtuous Scoundrel
Sebastian Sherbrook, a self-proclaimed scoundrel and the newly minted Marquess of Manwaring, returns to London after his estranged uncle dies, intent on reforming his rakish image once and for all. Yet through no fault of his own, he’s soon embroiled in the biggest scandal of the Season, and his secret plans to court the only woman he’s ever wanted are in shambles.
Lady Katherine Manwaring knows her poor opinion of her late husband’s nephew isn’t about to change, even if the Times has dubbed him “The Singlemost Beautiful Man In London.” When fate casts Sebastian upon her mercy, however, she learns two shocking truths: he may not be the scoundrel his reputation suggests, and he’s hopelessly in love…with her.
But an irate squire, an even more irate dog, several dawn appointments, meddling friends, and a touch of blackmail aren’t the only things that stand in the way of their happy ending. Can Katherine accept Sebastian’s love—and will he still want her if he learns her own dark secret?
Author: Maggie Fenton
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Duke's Holiday
Series: The Regency Romp Trilogy #2
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: The Duke's Holiday
Published by Montlake Romance Source: Publisher
Published: 6 October, 2015
Genres: Historical Romace
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The second title I’ve read by this author, Virtuous Scoundrel is a tale of a rake in reformation and the woman (and others) who provide distractions from his stated goal. Part love story with the occasional slapstick moments thrown in, the premise is solidly presented and there are some moments and characters that shine.
After a few years away from England, Sebastian’s return is heralded by false paternity claims, danger of a duel, and several rumors more on the lines of “he’ll never change”. But, he’s truly wishing to make a difference, and to find the woman he’s always loved, his late Uncle’s wife, Katherine.
Katherine has not had a great track record with men, and feels that her chances at love are limited. She does care for Sebastian, but prefers to believe the rumors and history rather than listen to Sebastian’s own story. Two loves, torn asunder by miscommunication, assumptions and pure circumstance.
And circumstance continues to get in the way with the determined squire looking to make a match with his daughter, dognappers, blackmail and a French toff…. One or two of these ‘distractions’ would have been more than enough. Romp truly isn’t the word, and like the first book, I found the humor and hijinks trying after repeated instances. At some point, the character’s own voices and emotions need to play for the story to work. And while the characters were decently built, too often the humor took place of actual interaction and emotion, and left me wanting.