Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition is a meme hosted by Tin @ Love Saves the World and Mary @ Buried Under Romance where you get to feature historical romance novels published before October 3, 2008.
Visit Ki Pha @ Doing Some Reading and check out her pick for the week as well.
This week, I’m featuring Loretta Chase.
Lord of Scoundrels, published in 1995
(cover edition is from a 2008 republishing of the book)
They call him many names, but Angelic isn’t one of them…
Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the “Bane and Blight of the Ballisters”–and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He’s determined to continue doing what he does best–sin and sin again–and all that’s going swimmingly, thank you..until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.
She’s too intelligent to fall for the worst man in the world…
Jessica Trent is a determined young woman, and she’s going to drag her imbecile brother off the road to ruin, no matter what it takes. If saving him–and with him, her family and future–means taking on the devil himself, she won’t back down. The trouble is, the devil in question is so shockingly irresistible, and the person who needs the most saving is–herself.
This was my very first Loretta Chase novel. I think Loretta has that distinctive voice in her writing and even though I have read this a long time ago, I remember my impression of her style was that it was different from the other HR novels that I’ve already read. Her main characters were such a joy to read because they felt so alive. Their personalities just jump out from the pages. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts in my blog, I love unconventionality. During the time that I read this, the hero and heroine were like standards for the unconventional. This was just a delightful read, really. It’s no wonder that it remains one of Loretta Chase’s beloved novels.