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[Always a Scoundrel] [by: Suzanne Enoch] (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Mai 2009
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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
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. I still found implausibilities everywhere, and felt that Bram's final method of dealing with Cosgrove rather unheroic, but it was at least more interesting a story at that stage.
As a reader I find it hard to appreciate rakes, reformed or otherwise, and Bram was no different. His former wild lifestyle didn't appeal to me and I wasn't entirely convinced that Rose could keep him on the straight and narrow, or indeed why her influence so changed him. But I suppose that this is fiction and that it's escapism and fantasy. For this reader, however, a little more plausibility would have gone a long way.
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2009
"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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Rose comes from a family who is always worried about how the 'ton' perceive them. When Roses little brother gambles away the family fortune to a monster of a man she has no other choice but to sell herself to the devil.
Hence Bram meets Rose and becomes a totally changed man and saves the day for everyone. Predictable, slightly boring yet readable love story.
My issue with Ms. Enoch's Notorious Gentlemen series became that the story was less romance and more solve the issue plots. To me, romances are my escape into an alternate reality. I want to fall in love through the characters all over again. And I don't want to worry too much about the bad guys while doing so. With this book, even with knowing that there is an HEA coming, it is so hard to not be worried and stressed out because of the villain. Ms. Enoch definitely does her job in writing these characters and the story - you hate and worry just like she wants you to - but it was a little too much for me.
Here's what I liked and didn't like:
1. Superbly well written characters and plot - I loved Bram from the very first book, and loved him even more so with this one. Rose, her brother, and oh the villain Mr Cosgrove are well sketched out. So is the plot. It keeps moving, keeping you guessing and sitting almost on the end of my chair to figure out what happens and if Bram is able to save Rose.
2. Humor - There is some very funny and witty dialogue in this book. Bram's sarcasm is second to none, even when it is aimed at himself. Absolutely loved that I giggled through parts of the book, and had to pause to admire Ms. Enoch's handiwork.
1. The villain - He was so well written that I hated him and the vibes he brought into the story. It was too much to worry about, very yucky feeling especially with the descriptions of the sadism he enjoyed.
2. Romance - It was there, but not as regular courtship. More secret meetings and escorting here and there type of stuff. I liked both the H/h so much that I wanted to see more interaction between them. The first sex scene was very disappointing. It seemed so transactional and that both characters could keep themselves emotionally detached through it.
The HEA was great. Phineas and Sullivan, the heroes of the prior two books in the series, coming in to help Bram, their friend was great. I love to revisit characters in series, especially when they're rescuing the hero. :) That scene when the cops come in was too cute and wanted me to applaud and cheer for Bram's friends.
I'd read this story, but temper your expectations of it being purely romance.
I don't recap stories, as others do it so well. I can tell you that this book was great. The story was original and there was no part of it that was not interesting and well written. I fell in love with the hero and the heroine was smart enough to do the same. I never guessed how they would solve the major obstacle, and frankly felt almost sorry for the villain of the saga. Almost.
I read my first Suzanne Enoch book initially because someone said if you were a fan of Madeline Hunter and Julia Quinn you would love it. How correct they were and now I have a new author to explore. Thanks guys.
I second that recommendation, and will add, even if you have not read those two authors but are a fan of historical romance, don't miss this. It is simply a great read.
I'm anxious to begin a new Enoch series. I enjoy her writing.
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