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Dueling Review: Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase (1995)

This month, as part of talking about morality chain romances, we all read Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase. It comes up frequently as a “canon” romance, but none of us had read it before. Spoiler alert: we all really liked it.

Scoundrels, Book #3

Let’s start by each giving our metrics for the book:

Holly

Heat Factor: Purple prose alert!

Character Chemistry: Sarcasm abounds. Also, she tells him that he’s sensitive and he’s baffled but she’s not wrong. 

Plot: Jessica must rescue her brother from the clutches of the Marquess of Dain. He compromises her. She shoots him. They get married. 

Overall: ZOMG. The plot gets a little saggy towards the end, but I still had a blast.

Erin

Heat Factor: Kissing in the RAIN! 💕 But yeah, standard histrom fare albeit on the steamy side

Character Chemistry: She’s competent AF and he’s a man baby, and they’re both super besotted, so it’s pretty excellent, in fact

Plot: antagonists → spouses → exasperated (Jessica)/emotionally constipated (Dain) → lovers

Overall: Bottom line, this is simply a very fun read

Ingrid

Heat Factor: Oh, my.

Character Chemistry: Had Dain been with any other woman, I would have hated it…but since he was with Jess…swoon.

Plot: Dain is fully committed to a life of debauchery when he meets Jessica, who is a spinster and really doesn’t have any time for his nonsense unless he’s got her pressed up against a wall. Once he ruins her and refuses to do the right thing, she shoots him, they negotiate, and they’re pretty much in a bout of emotional fencing until the book ends.

Overall: Obsessed.

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Review: Ten Things I Hate About the Duke by Loretta Chase (2020)

Difficult Dukes, Book #2

Review of Difficult Dukes, Book 1

Heat Factor: It’s your medium-low-level histrom sexytimes, and it works well in context

Character Chemistry: The way these two processed their relationship – separately and together – was awesomesauce

Plot: Ten Things I Hate About You but more grown up

Overall: I waited a loooooooooooong time for this book, and it was better than I’d hoped for

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Review: A Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta Chase (2017)

Difficult Dukes, Book 1

Heat Factor: There’s a good deal of yearning and burning

Character Chemistry: Aces: I’ve known who you are for years. Why did it take me so long to realize you’re my other half?

Plot: Runaway bride snares groom’s best friend, angst ensues

Overall: Loved it!

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Review: Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta Chase (2015)

The Dressmakers Series, Book #4

Heat Factor: Emotional heat > sexual heat

Character Chemistry: Absolutely

Plot: An unequal match to fight for and a dastardly villain to fight against

Overall: This one might be a guilty pleasure

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