Title: London’s Perfect Scoundrel
Author: Suzanne Enoch
Series: Lessons in Love #2 (Books are stand-alone)
Genre: Historical Romance
Published: April 29th 2003 by Avon
Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★
“If you ask for an opinion, expect to receive one, and don’t make fun of it.”
A determined young lady vows to give one of London’s infamous rakes his comeuppance—but when the rogue turns the tables, who truly learns a lesson in love?
The ton gossips call him “Saint”—but the Marquis of St. Aubyn has well earned his reputation as London’s perfect scoundrel.
Evelyn Ruddick knows she should avoid him at all costs—but the strikingly beautiful lady wants to aid the children of the Heart of Hope Orphanage, and he heads the board of trustees. Evie is determined to teach the charming, arrogant man a lesson in compassion, but it won’t be so easy—especially since his touch is setting her desire aflame, making Evie yearn to submit to his passionate instruction…
The idea of joining in her “project” is unthinkable, but this enchantress refuses to give up! So what else is there for a self-respecting rake to do but seduce the lady? Yet soon it is he who is being seduced by Evie’s tender heart and fiery blushes. Could the temptation of long, passionate nights in her arms bring about the impossible? Could the disreputable Saint at long last be reformed?
4 of 5 stars to London’s Perfect Scoundrel by Suzanne Enoch
As much as I love “The Rake,” I gotta say London’s Perfect Scoundrel is even better. Generally, what made me love this story more than the first in the series is because of the leads’ crackling chemistry. Saint and Evie felt so good together that the pages come alive whenever they are together.
Saint is the definite opposite of his moniker. He might just as well be called devil for his philandering ways, ungentlemanly manners and zero regard for propriety. Evie, on the other hand, seems like a daisy, white and pure and beautiful but strong and resilient. She gets trampled on a lot but slowly learns to stand up for herself. The contrasting personalities made these two so compatible.
I love how Evie and Saint helped each other grow. With the help of one another, they overcame their fears, improved their weaknesses and further enhanced their strengths. More than just the sexual compatibility, these two have proven that even when they are at different ends of the stick, they could still meet halfway by making improvements and sacrifices. I love how they accepted each other, flaws and all, but ultimately changed their character because they wanted to be better for the person they love. A love that grows and learns is a love worth fighting for.
***cover art: 4/5 stars. Classy and beautiful befitting this novel. It’s so refreshing to see an HR cover without a half naked guy or girl on the cover.***