Summary

< i>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's going swimmingly…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 that the person who needs saving most is Jessica herself.
©1995 Loretta Chekani (P)2014 Blackstone Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Suzy GM on 23-01-15

Great story. Wonderful narrative!

Love this book have read others and enjoyed all of them. The narration is super you always know which character is in play. Says everything!

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5 out of 5 stars
By L on 10-01-15

Fantastic story, adorable/not quite the usual

The main man is actually adorable & more complex the the usual. Leading lady is a strong character too & the plot is good...loved the book but did find the reading a bit harsh on my ears. The 'stupid man' voice is used too often & for every man...yes, the reader took a bit of the pleasure from the story but better than some I've heard - the Italian for instance was great. Fantastic story though...one I'd like to have read properly.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Marcheta on 30-01-14

Witty dialogue highlights battle between the sexes

Alex Kingston (River Song from the 11th Doctor Who series) would make a great Jessica Trent, the heroine of this story. The banter between Jessica and Sebastian, Lord Dain, (large, dark, wealthy) kept me laughing throughout the night as I couldn't stop listening. This book is well served by this audio performance. Kate Reading nails Jessica. The side characters are also interesting, e.g., Genevieve, Jessica's femme fatale grandmother, and Bertie, Jessica's brother. Lord Dain is paranoid about women only wanting him for his money and has a very jaundiced opinion of all females.

If you want an intelligent plot and laugh-out-loud dialogue, give this one a try. It's one of my top five romances.

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5 out of 5 stars
By CAROLYN on 01-02-14

1 SINNER + 1 SAINT = A RIVETING NON-STOP LISTEN

Lord Dain was an ugly baby, his Mother ran off when he was little, his Father hated him and all his classmates mocked him so what was he to do? He hardened his heart and, as he grew up, became cold, arrogant, selfish and only paid for sex (and lots of it) because his low self worth made him believe no-one would do it willingly unless they were after his fortune. Then he met beautiful, clever and witty Jessica and his unemotional life was about to change forever.

Jessica had journeyed to Paris determined to keep her younger Brother away from a group of degenerates led by the Lord of Scoundrels himself - Dain but it only took one long appreciative top to toe look at him to bring forth the stirrings of passion. Once introduced, they immediately started up witty banter, quick responses and intelligent conversation however, their mutual sizzling attraction and lust was hidden beneath it. There were many chance, annoying or forced meetings, where sparks flew between them, and it was at one such meeting, that their mutual longing was ignited and passion and hope blossomed. But someone's betrayal quickly quashed their feelings replacing them with wounding words, hurt, anger, doubts, misunderstandings and matters suddenly took a potentially disastrous route..... which included a shooting.

The funny, enjoyable and captivating plot was mainly character driven but it did have twists, surprises, sex, touching and oh so tender scenes and the usual flow of likeable, greedy and unpleasant secondary characters. But the main focus was on a mentally tortured and damaged Hero whose self-doubts made him physically damaged too and the feisty, strong, quick-witted, ruthless Heroine whose relentless love eventually penetrated the long-standing walls around his heart and she was rewarded with his gratitude, caring, deep undying love and a sweet HEA.

Worth a credit? This was such a beautiful and skilfully written romance that's humorous, sad, frustrating and had a likeable strong Heroine that you're desperately rooting for and a despicable, confused and misunderstood Hero that just needed a bit of understanding and a big hug from the right woman. You'll laugh, you'll cry and even sigh but hopefully you'll find it as creditworthy as I did. This is Book 3 of LC's Scoundrels series and I hope Audible will get the others soon as they will be an auto download for me.

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