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Monday, December 5, 2011

Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel by Samantha Grace

Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel by Samantha Grace
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
genre: historical romance
Length: ­Full length (427 pages)
Heat Level: spicy
Book Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Lavender

An exciting debut in a series that introduces the first of four debonair Regency bachelors who have it all: wealth, influence, and women swooning at their feet.

Love 'em and leave 'em Lord Andrew Forest receives a dose of his own medicine when jaded heiress Lana Hillary beds him then disappears without so much as a by-your-leave.

Tossed aside like an old hat by the only woman to capture his heart, Drew is determined to intercept Lana before she reaches London and convince her to marry him. He'll teach the little vixen a thing or two about how to love a man.

Miss Lana Hillary is in trouble. Can she get away from the cad pursuing her? The book Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel starts right with action: an exciting but funny escape.

It's early nineteenth century England, and Miss Lana Hillary is an heiress. Her mother feels she should bring a fellow up to scratch, that is, as a husband. The problem is, those found suitable by her mother are not desirable to Lana.

In comes the man with a reputation among the ladies, Lord Andrew Forest. Drew has everything going for him, except that he doesn't want commitment. His first meeting with Lana is unusual to say the least. She intrigues him. His older brother demands that Drew stay away from the respectable young lady.

Can Drew do it? He challenges himself to win her without actually touching her. She takes him by storm with her charm and wit and feisty disposition. Something in him changes as he is drawn to her. She's drawn to him too but doesn't trust him due to his past.

The interactions between Drew and Lana are engaging. He respects her mind and loves her laughter. He has a good sense of humor and Lana appreciates it. He's an interesting character, at first going back and forth between being a scoundrel and being a gentleman. When he falls for her and proposes, she fears he'll be unfaithful and turns him down. He may be experienced with women, but can he win this one over? His attempts show his growth as a character.

The secondary characters add excitement and mystery to the plot, and a couple of them put Lana and Drew in a dangerous situation that could end everything.

This is an entertaining story with a humorous underscore that should keep readers of historical romance interested until the end.