Lord Martin Langdon takes pride in his scandalous reputation as a scoundrel, and he considers the art of seduction a most rewarding pastime. So when this dashing rakehell learns of a particularly beautiful woman who is "impossible to flirt with," Martin is determined to prove that not even the prim and proper Evelyn Wheaton can resist his charms. Evelyn knows all about the reckless rogue's shocking reputation and she wants nothing to do with him. She may be looking for a husband, but Martin is certainly not a candidate. The smoldering looks he sends her way, however, are a different matter entirely.
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Technically this story was well written. The opening is cute. Evelyn and Martin have a history together that neither acknowledge. Unfortunately, this connection which seemed so important in the 30 or so pages never comes around again. The setting is and primarily takes place around Cowes week. Cowes week is a week of yacht racing for only the most privileged. Evelyn Wheaton, a very wealthy widow, is present at Cowes week looking for a husband. She has been lonely and longs for a family.
The current winning suitor is the Earl of Breckinridge. He seems like a courteous man and a good match. Lord Martin Langdon is a man devoted to frivolity. After suffering a terrible loss in America, Martin returned home and began a reckless existence living life from frivolous moment to frivolous moment.
Evelyn goes from being plain to being beautiful. I wanted to see the progression. I wanted to see more about the lushness of this time period. The excessiveness of the people. A greater description of the pomp and circumstance. For some reason, I always felt like I was sitting in the nosebleed seats watching the action afar, instead of being immersed inside the book. Part of it was the lack of conflict early on with a forced conflict, the villianization of Breckinridge, and separation at the end.
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Surrender to a Scoundrel
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Technically this story was well written. The opening is cute. Evelyn and Martin have a history together that neither acknowledge. Unfortunately, this connection which seemed so important in the 30 or so pages never comes around again. The setting is and primarily takes place around Cowes week. Cowes week is a week of yacht racing for only the most privileged. Evelyn Wheaton, a very wealthy widow, is present at Cowes week looking for a husband.
REVIEW: Surrender to a Scoundrel by Julianne Maclean
Surrender to a Scoundrel. Evelyn has been enjoying her life as a rich widow. After all, she had spent years as the one girl no one ever noticed, not even her father. When she meets Martin again, Evelyn is surprised that he remembers her at all, and she is even more surprised when she realizes he wants her for another conquest. Although she may be looking for a husband, there is no way she would ever consider this rogue as a candidate, even if he does send her those looks that could melt her where she stands.