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[Always a Scoundrel] [by: Suzanne Enoch] [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Suzanne Enoch
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  • Verlag: AVON BOOKS (1. Mai 2009)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0061456756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061456756
  • ASIN: B0072B2I7S
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17 x 10,4 x 3,8 cm
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Always a Scoundrel Lord Bramwell Johns is a wastrel, a rake, a scoundrel... and proud of it. The second son of the Duke of Levonzy, Bram is bored enough and reckless enough to break into the homes of his peers just for the excitement. But then he overhears a couple arranging the marriage of their daughter to an even more notorious rake than Bram. Full description


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3.0 von 5 Sternen Implausible reformation of a rake 11. Juni 2009
'Dazzling, delicious and delightful' says the front cover in a quote from Karen Hawkins. Well no, I don't agree with that description of this book, although it had some moments of charm.

Could a young boy actually be a wizard with a tame owl? Could Mr Darcy really defy family expectation and marry Elizabeth Bennet? The key to plunging deep into a story and being taken to another place is plausibility. It may be odd or unexpected, but if the book writes the situation well enough, we can believe it.

The problem with 'Always a Scoundrel' by Suzanne Enoch is that I found two central premises entirely implausible. She's working hard at a new-ish angle on the reformed rake type of story, but unfortunately I was in no way convinced why the rake, Lord Bramwell Johns, was reformed by heroine Rosamund. And, even less believable was the strange plot of the Duke of Cosgrove to marry Rosamund in order to degrade her. Why was he so keen to do that? It just didn't add up at all. So I spent most of the book not believing in the situation in which the characters found themselves. And that doesn't make for satisfying reading.

I was even less convinced that Rosamund, a gently-bred woman from the aristocracy, would (a) understand the rough words that Cosgrove said to her (to be insulted by them), and (b) would decide to behave in quite the way she did to spoil his prize of a virginal bride. Some things feel like they could only happen at the pen of an author, rather than in real life.

Despite these rather glaring problems with the story for me, it did improve as the tale moved along. The final third of the book, where Bram was trying to reform and trying to rescue Rose from a potentially disastrous marriage, was much more satisfying.
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Es war mein erstes Buch von S. Enoch. Ich habe weder den Kauf noch die Lesezeit bereut.

"Dazzling, delicious and delightful"? Nein, das sind nicht die passenden Worte, um diesen Roman zu beschreiben. Da kann ich "Aunti Helen" in ihrer Einschätzung nur zustimmen. Obwohl mit den typischen Zutaten dieser Art Romane ausgestattet, wirkt er etwas ernster als andere seines Genres.
Mir hat dieses Buch trotz der etwas zurückgenommenen Leichtigkeit gefallen. Die Geschichte ist in sich flüssig und wirkt nicht irgendwie zusammengeschustert. Das Verhalten, die Entscheidungen und die Entwicklung der Hauptakteure waren nachvollziehbar. Die einzigste Person, dessen Reifesprung zum Ende des Romans ich nicht nachvollziehen konnte, war der jüngere Bruder der Heldin. Ansonsten schlug mein Logikradar für diese Romangattung nicht Alarm.
Es wird schön geschildert, wie die emotionale und körperliche Anziehungskraft zwischen den Protagonisten immer mehr ansteigt. Da "knistert" es dann schon heftig zwischen den Verliebten. Aber auch hier: die Liebesszenen sind vorhanden und beschrieben, ergehen sich aber nicht in die hinterletzte Ausführlichkeit, die so manch anderer Autorin zu eigen ist.
Parallel wird es tatsächlich immer spannender, wie Bram darum kämpfen muß, Rose (und ihre Familie) aus deren Zwickmühle zu befreien.
Also ich fand es romantisch und spannend. Deswegen die vier Sterne. Ich würde gern 4,5 geben, aber...nun ja, das Punktesystem hier erlaubt keine halben Sterne ;).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Outstanding bad boy romance from Suzanne Enoch! 1. Mai 2009
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Despite watching his two closest friends succumb to the happy domesticity of marriage, Lord Bramwell Lowry Johns wants nothing to do with it. He doesn't want or need a "well-ordered life" and believes he would die from boredom within two weeks. His friends, Sullivan Waring (After the Kiss) and Phineas Bromley (Before the Scandal), tell him not to condemn marriage just because Bram hasn't wanted to marry any of the many women he has slept with. When asked if his objection to matrimony is due to his own squeamishness, Bram replies, "I would put it to equal parts horror and compassion, myself. I may be heartless, but I have no desire to inflict myself on a permanent basis upon some chit, innocent or otherwise. It's not my duty to continue the family bloodline, and I can't think of another reason to drag myself into a church before I'm put into a box." Phineas then asks Bram if he plans to spend the rest of his life whoring, drinking, wagering, and being as outrageous as he can manage. The always droll Bram responds with: "Please, Phin, I would never think so small. You know my ultimate goal is to lower the standards of morality enough that everything I do becomes acceptable." I just adore Bram's dry wit!

As the younger son of the Duke of Levonzy, Bram has never been as revered as his older brother August is to their father. And once August married and had produced his own heir, the old duke declared Bram useless, or rather more useless that he already was. Due to the animosity, Bram likes to do things to annoy his sire just for the fun of it. And thus begins his stint as The Black Cat, a thief who burgles various members of the ton. Various members who also happen to be friends or acquaintances of the duke. While attempting to rob the Earl of Abernathy, Bram overhears the earl telling his daughter, Lady Rosamund, that due to her younger brother's recent hazardous gambling, he owes the Marquis of Cosgrove ten thousand pounds and that luckily the marquis will accept Lady Rosamund's hand as payment in full. However, the young lady in question is not happy about it. Knowing the marquis and his sadistic ways, Bram wonders just what his friend has in mind for Lady Rosamund. Whatever it is, it can't be good. When Bram questions the marquis, Cosgrove tells him that besides the obvious reasons (being from a good family, producing an heir, etc.), Rosamund Davies wouldn't dare protest his habitual activities. Bram knows what that means; his friend had chosen a wife he could dominate and would show a respectable façade while the marquis continued his life of complete debauchery. Cosgrove has spent his life plucking people at random to toy with and destroy, but his usual victims knew what they were in for and at least had a choice. Lady Rosamund has no choice and because of that, Bram wants to warn her.

Lady Rosamund Davies is underrated by her family in spite of all that she does for them. She's been a loyal and dutiful daughter, but because she hasn't married yet, her father considers her a burden (among other things). Despite not wanting to, Rose does her duty and agrees to accept Lord Cosgrove's offer when he will officially propose at the end of the month. At a ball, Lord Bramwell Johns warns Rose of the marquis's disreputable reputation and offers to help her. She laughs and tells him that that is like the pot calling the kettle black. Then she experiences first-hand how despicable Lord Cosgrove is and admits that she needs Bram's help if she is going to have any chance to endure the relationship with her future husband. Rose begins to amend her opinion of Bram Johns the more time she spends in his company. And Bram starts to want what he never thought he'd ever have a chance of possessing--the love and respect of a good woman.

What a fantastic book! Bram Johns certainly lived up to both his reputation and my expectations. In the previous two books of the series and at the beginning of this one, Bram is an arrogant, self-serving scoundrel who doesn't do anything unless it benefits him in some way. He doesn't take things seriously and always has a smart-aleck comeback, even to his best friends, both of which he is completely loyal to. As a lover of the "bad boy hero", this is what makes him so appealing to me. Rose is a strong, principled heroine and exactly what Bram needed. While reading, I thought they were ideal for each other and I honestly couldn't see him falling for any other type of heroine. As he gets to know Rose and learns that her parents see her more of a bargaining chip than a daughter, he becomes very protective and finds himself growing fond of her. This, of course, completely confuses him as he's never actually liked a woman as a friend. His change in behavior also throws Rose off balance and makes her wonder which is the real Bram--the black-hearted cynic or the jaded but good-hearted man. Bram admits to himself that he feels restless in his own skin and the moment he comes to grip with his feelings for Rose was thoroughly satisfying, to say the least. Sullivan asks him outright about his feelings and Bram's reaction and answer had me sighing, smiling and immediately reading the passage again. The length he goes to win Rosamund's heart shows just how much of a changed man he has become.

Suzanne Enoch is a master at crafting notorious, bad boy heroes and Always a Scoundrel is a perfect example of that. The way she skillfully combines a cynical rake, a respectable lady, loyal secondary characters and a sadistic villain is nothing short of magical. Always a Scoundrel has joined the first two books of Ms. Enoch's Notorious Gentleman series on my keeper shelf and I suggest you make room on yours, because you do not want to miss this one!

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Best of the Notorious Gentlemen trilogy 11. Mai 2009
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This is a very enjoyable romance. I liked both leads, I loved how the dilemma played out, I hated the villain and the lessons learned were thoroughly explored. This is really one of Enoch's best.

The three friends, Sullivan, Phin and Bram are a great trio. All of them flawed, but, at heart, honorable and decent. They're all excellent heroes. But Bram's story is the most effective of the three. His past is laid out unapologetically. He truly is a scoundrel and not at all misunderstood. So when we see him evolve, and it's laid out believably, it's truly a pleasure.

Rosamund is a great heroine. I actually have little patience for the "Plain Jane" heroine becuase few authors are able to create the kind of chemistry needed for a believable HEA. But Enoch has done a great job with a heroine who has really been blindsided and ill used and who isn't trying to make anyone else suffer for her misfortune. She's refreshing and funny and, when she does get defensive, it makes absolute sense. There are only a handful of Plain Janes that I would call good romantic leads and I wish all romance authors would read those stories and analyze those successful character depictions so they can understand the difference between "bitterly shrewish" and "engagingly spirited." Rosamund is definitely the latter.

I complain a lot about villains getting away with the worst just because our protagonists must have "kind hearts" for the HEA to be satisfying. Sorry. To let evil people off to hurt others is no satisfying wrap-up, IMO. No spoilers, but by the end of this story I was satisfied.

Two complaints. First: Enoch needs to retire the word "apoplexy" from her lexicon. She's used her quota. It appears seven times in this book. Yes, I did a word search on the Kindle to be sure. I actually thought it might have been more. Second: What is up with that cover? I'm so glad I have an e-reader so I didn't have to see that bizarre image glaring at me. The woman looks like she's been electrocuted and the man looks just plain uncomfortable. He should really be more alarmed that his lover has just been struck by lightning, IMO.

But those complaints are small compared to my enjoyment of this book. I'm sure I'll reread this one again and again.
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Lord Bramwell "Bram" Johns is the second son of the Duke of Levonzy. Bram has always wanted to master every vice known to man, and if possible to create several new ones. He is already made a very good start too. Since the few men Bram will admit to calling his friends have recently gotten wed and reformed their wild ways, Bram has become bored. In an attempt to rid his restlessness Bram has started breaking into the homes of his peers. But while sneaking within the home of the Earl of Abernathy, Bram overhears the earl informing his daughter, Lady Rosamund "Rose" Davies, that she will marry the Marquis of Cosgrove at the end of the month. It seems Abernathy's heir, James, has gambled away ten thousand pounds that the family is unable to pay. Cosgrove will forgive the debt in exchange for Rose's hand. Bram knows Cosgrove better than anyone else. Lady Rose would not survive long once she was wed to the monster.

Rose never enjoyed being in Cosgrove's company, but now she actually loathes it. If the marquis were a decent man then she would not mind marrying him and would have done her best to be a good wife. However, it is fast becoming clear that Cosgrove intends to humiliate and even physically abuse her. Since it is obvious that her parents do not care, Rose decides to risk everything and accept help from Bram, a man who's heart is as black as her intended's is.

***** Suzanne Enoch makes being notorious fun! Bram really is as bad as he appears, so watching him reevaluate his life and actually try to be good is extremely entertaining. Do not open this book until you have plenty of time to dedicate to reading. I found it difficult to put down for even a few minutes. If you read the first previous books in the Notorious Gentlemen series, then you will be pleased to know that Bram friends are Sully and Phin. Bram helped them out during their stories, now they get to return the favors. Wickedly delightful! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great historical romance 29. April 2011
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4.5 stars

I am so surprised how much I ended up liking it. With no spoilers let me say:

1-no TSTL heroine
2-no last-page love confession
3-no predictable ending
4-no big misunderstanding
5-no easy outs
6-no over done villain

This is a recipe I enjoy in historical romances. I really liked the H/h a lot, they made a believable love match, and the villain was bad but also believable. It read perfectly as a stand alone, so don't worry about reading the series in order (I never read the first two, but will look for them.) I knocked half a point off for the whole black-cat sub-story with hero as it pulled me out a couple of times. Bottom line, Enoch has a new fan!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen My favorite of the Notorious Gentlemen! 8. Mai 2009
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I have enjoyed all three books in the Notorious Gentlemen series, but this one is my favorite. I like Bram and Rose as characters and the plot is different and interesting.

Bram and Rose are both alienated from their families, but in different ways and for different reasons. Rose is her family's unofficial manager though they are unaware and unappreciative. When her brother James puts the family into financial jeopardy, her father's solution is to marry Rose off to settle the debt despite the bad reputation of Cosgrove, the prospective groom. Bram has intentionally angered his father by stealing from his father's friends (and giving the loot to the church) and making sure his father knows what he has done. Readers have known about Bram's thefts in the other books but the reason comes out in this book.

Bram breaks into Rose's family home and overhears her father telling her she has to marry Cosgrove because James owes him 10,000 pounds. James idolizes Bram and Cosgrove but Bram knows Cosgrove isn't just a rake, he's evil. When Bram meets Rose and learns she is not just another empty headed girl, he gets involved and tries to convince her not to marry Cosgrove. Bram isn't rich or titled (unlike many romance heroes) so he can't just pay off Cosgrove.

The romance builds steadily and with the help of the other Notorious Gentlemen and their wives. The growing feelings between Bram and Rose and the changes Bram makes in his life make this book a very satisfy romance. It was a great ending to a fun trilogy.

If you haven't read the earlier books in the series, I recommend you get them. The first is Before the Scandal: The Notorious Gentlemen and the second is After the Kiss: The Notorious Gentlemen.
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