The Sinful Scoundrels (Book 2)
This is my second Vicky Dreiling book. Unfortunately, I didn’t remember I had read her before until I got to the end of this one and the “preview” of the next book in the series, What a Devilish Duke Desires. After reading the preview, I realized I had read that book and ended up just skimming most of it. I won’t review a book I haven’t read in its entirety, so I never reviewed it. I did read this book, although I’m pretty sure I nodded off now and again.
The premise is a fairly common one; Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, a rakehell, assumes his family home, where his mother is buried, will someday be his. But he receives a letter from his father informing him that the property is to be sold. He rushes home and his father tells him he can have the property if he marries within 6 weeks.
Lady Angeline grew up as Colin’s neighbor but his drunken appearance at her debut made them enemies. Lady Angeline has a problem; she broke off her engagement to the scurrilous Brentmoor, who subsequently spread lies about her, severely damaging her reputation. The only way to salvage it is to marry quickly, and to someone with a title.
I usually love this storyline but not so much here. You know from the get go they will end up together, and that’s fine. But what isn’t fine is the repetition – the thoughts, the dialogue, the dog peeing in the water closet. There is more than one way to express a thought or emotion but not in this book. Some of the actions didn’t make sense either – she’s a virgin with a sullied reputation yet doesn’t hesitate to jump into bed?
I was too invested in these characters to give it up but I really can’t recommend this book.
3/15 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch
WHAT A RECKLESS ROGUE NEEDS by Vicky Dreiling. Forever (March 25, 2014). ISBN 978-0062334657. 384p.