LORD OF SCOUNDRELS (Scoundrels #3) by Loretta Chase
Mass Market Paperback, 375 pages
Published January 1995 by Avon Books
Genre: historical romance novel
Rating: 5 stars
Of all the romance novels inspired by the timeless fairytale of Beauty and the Beast, Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase is probably one of the best ones, my favorite anyway. What I loved the most about it is the strength and the vulnerability of the protagonists (polar opposites in personality and physical look), the way they wonderfully match and complement each other, the mutual trust they struggle to achieve and when they finally do…well, it’s heaven.
Sebastian Marquess of Dain, notorious, brutish, arrogant, devilish, wounded and scarred at the age of eight by the loss of his mother, by the cold and cruel upbringing of his father and by the bullying he had to suffer in school because of his “not exactly handsome” looks, is attracted by Jessica’s clean innocence and determination, smart brain and delicate beauty. Jessica Trent , headstrong and independent, beautiful and ladylike, is charmed by his virility and strength, but most of all she can sense his incredibly deep and repressed need for love and acceptance.
Witty dialogues, steamy love scenes, great romantic tension, heart-wrenching plot…you couldn’t ask for more. Extremely enjoyable reading!