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- Publisher: Mira (1 March 2016)
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- Language: English
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Steve West, the winner of multiple Earphones Awards for narration, is an international actor who has starred on London's prestigious West End stage, including productions of Mamma Mia! and Oh, What a Night! He is widely known for his television and film work in both the United States and the UK, and he has performed for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. He hosts his own television show for the UK live from Los Angeles.
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Eleanor's sister dies giving birth to an illegitimate child. With her dying breath she begs Eleanor to bring down the corrupt Marquess of Leath who ruined and taunted her. Months later Eleanor is employed as a servant in Leath's household. While searching for a diary that will provide evidence of his crimes, Leath discovers her. A heated exchange turns into mutual attraction and Eleanor wonders if her sister was mistaken.
To this point I had bought into the plot and the characters 100%. But after this there was not enough momentum or depth to keep me fully engaged. It seemed a bit arid somehow. The plot picked up with some rollicking action toward the end but the characters never fully came to life for me.
This is a book for the romance reader who just wants the drama and the passion. I may have been spoiled by writers like Amanda Quick, Lynsay Sands and Loretta Chase who also write passionate romance, but with humour and interesting secondary characters.
So if you want a hot and heavy dramatic romance told really well, this is the book for you. If you want a few fun extras you may be disappointed
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This is one of those books I read full stop without putting it down for a rest. I couldn't. I've re-read it (as I have the rest in the series) and I love it. What is appealing is Ms. Campbell's vivid character portrayal and dialogue. I've said it over and over again in each review I've written regarding her work and it's consistently true. You're going to be entertained; you're going to care about these characters, and you're going to root for them all the way.
Others have outlined the plot in detail, so I'd encourage you to read as many reviews as you need but honestly, if you're looking for a well-written romance, or a series of them, this is the place to start. I'll mention I did read these out of order without issue.
While I wasn't as fond of this hero as I have been others in Ms. Campbell's arsenal, I still had a fine, spicy reading experience. My thanks to the author for the many hours of entertainment she's provided me. Thanks, Anna.
Nell manages to secure a position in his household and shortly becomes companion to Leath's mother. This enables her to search for incriminating evidence that can be used to expose the wicked Marquess.
Thus begins this captivating story that transforms the lives of Nell and the Marquess from lies and mistrust to a willingness of each to die to protect the other.
Characters from previous books make their appearances and play important roles as they stand together to battle the forces of evil that threaten them.
The heroine worked as a maid/companion in the hero's house because she wanted to avenge her dead sister who, on her death bed, said that the hero had seduced her and then laughed at her when she said she was pregnant. Our heroine is looking for evidence against the hero, namely a book where all the seductions are written down.
Now, we readers know that the hero did not do this (it was his uncle) but the heroine believes it and has no evidence to say otherwise.
And yet she still accepts the position as his mistress. Not to find the evidence and not to avenge her sister - no, because he is apparently so hot that she can't turn him down.
So we are expected to believe that she would turn her back on her life to become the mistress of the man she believes to be her sister's "murderer"? As his mistress she would depend entirely on him for however long he would want her and then she would be completely ruined. I had to stop reading because it made me completely sick.
I don't know why the title is Scoundrel by Moonlight - James was in no way a scoundrel. Not even a little bit. I loved James, he was such a wonderful hero. He is not a man-ho, he cares about his mother, he is trying to right wrongs that are in no way his fault, he is honorable and smart. And when he fell in love - he was all in - nothing was going to stop him from having the woman he loved by his side.
Nell comes into the story bent on destroying James. She believes that he ruined her half-sister and that he is responsible for her death. As she gets to know him, she wonders if her sister had named the wrong man as her defiler. Nell is torn between hating James for what she believes he did and loving the man she has come to know. When she believes she has found proof of his treachery - she did disappoint me.
Nell takes her proof to Cam, The Duke of Sedgemoor, who she thinks is James' enemy and will be willing to help her destroy him. When James shows up at the Duke's estate - Nell will realize what a colossal mistake she has made. Her actions for this brief section of the book, really confused me. I had a hard time believing that she would be so pigheaded and unwilling to listen to reason. It seemed a bit out of character.
James accepts help from Sedgemoor, Hillbrook & Harmsworth to finally track down the villain that has hurt so many people. I found this to be a bit anti-climatic - don't get me wrong - it was well done - but it seemed to wrap up too quickly.
The ending of the book was honestly beautiful - I was overwhelmed by the emotion the author was able to convey. Heroes in most of the books I read don't usually make me believe/feel the depth of their love for the heroine - I usually believe that they are in love - but in this book - I FELT the love and it was awesome.
The writing is great, the story never flounders, the love scenes are well done, the villain gets his comeuppance, we get to visit with past heroes/heroines and have a really beautiful HEA. I highly recommend this book - you could read it as a stand alone, but to better understand the villainy, it is best to read the books in order.
Nell Trim promises her dying sister that she will seek vengeance against the man who callously seduced her. Her quarry is James the Marquess of Leath and her fury is righteous and all encompassing. Nell does not come from an aristocratic family but she does not allow her humble circumstances to stop her, she is both clever and resourceful.
James is a politician and one who has stepped on toes (and had family scandals). He retreats to his estate while things cool down in London. He is surprised to find a beautiful woman in his library when he arrives at his country home. Nell is stunned to see James. She is searching for incriminating evidence against him and his appearance will make her hunt more difficult.
From their first meeting there is a stirring within them. James is honorable and tries to keep his distance. Nell is his mother's companion and he wants to give Nell a wide berth but he does not trust her story or his own feelings.
Nell is prepared to hate James. She can barely keep her subservient demeanor around him. They clash but it doesn't degrade into name calling or out and out meanness. They have grown up conversations and grown up feelings. Nell cannot reconcile the James she sees at the estate with the man her sister described. He is respectful and considerate not an unprincipled libertine.
There is palpable tension throughout Nell and James's romance. Ms Campbell shows the reader Nell's reactions from a pounding heart to breathlessness. Both the leads experience a range of emotions from uncertainty to exhilarated joy. They are truly discovering what it is like to fall in love for the very first time.
If there is one hiccup in this tale it is Nell's supreme stubbornness and her inability to trust her own judgment. Fortunately this does not last too terribly long. James's mother shares the same stubborn streak too.
James is a dreamy wonderful hero. He is forthright, accepting, open hearted and most of all forgiving. His ability to forgive is enormous. He is such a terrific man, that Nell could not help falling for him and neither can the reader.
This is standard Anna Campbell, with good plot development, speed, and premise. There may be a few holes in the plot, but things move fast enough that I didn't see them. Another beautiful book, Anna, my thanks.
So begins a lively dance between two like-minded individuals who have to unravel threads of misinformation and deceit before they can find their happily ever after. Some interesting issues play out between the pages of A Scoundrel by Moonlight, particularly around the themes of trust, family loyalty and accepting the help of others. When do you trust your instinct and when the 'facts'? Is it wise to accept a hand offered in friendship, or is it better to rely only on your own resources? How do you reconcile family needs with your own desires? There is also a heathy dollop of adventure and derrng-do as well as the reappearance of all three delightful couples from the previous books in the series.
Anna Campbell has written another winner with her characteristic lively dialogue, humour and smouldering sensuality. I loved this particular scoundrel of hers and how he throws off his cloak of stuffiness to reveal the smart determined, knows-his-own-mind, sometimes taciturn but definitely loving Alpha male beneath. I highly recommend both this book and the others in the Sons of Sin trilogy: Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed, A Rake's Midnight Kiss and What a Duke Dares. Ms Campbell has revealed that she is also writing a series of novellas for other characters in the series ... thank goodness because I couldn't bear to say goodbye to any of them just yet!
She never fails to entertain and charm her readers with unforgettable characters.