AFTER DARK WITH A SCOUNDREL by Alexandra Hawkins
Copyright: February 2011
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Series: Lords of Vice — Book 3
Source: Received from Publisher.
Notorious, handsome, and decadent, the Lords of Vice break rules and hearts with equal aplomb. But what if one woman is on to their game—and the player becomes the played?
ONE STOLEN KISS
Young, tender, and highly impressionable, Lady Regan can’t help but be intrigued by her brother’s wayward friends—the wickedly charming Lords of Vice. One man in particular, the dashing Lord Hugh Mordare (known simply as “Dare” among the ton), utterly captivates her—in spite of his reputation as a notorious womanizer. But when she steals an innocent kiss from Dare, Regan is swiftly packed off to boarding school, safely away from danger…and desire.
ONE SWEET SEDUCTION
Five years later, Regan returns—a proper lady and ravishing beauty. Miss Swann’s Academy for Young Ladies has taught her how to behave in polite society. But all the training in the world cannot extinguish her love for Dare. Now, she hopes to beat the master of seduction at his own game—by daring Dare to love her in return. This time, both of their hearts are on the line…and winner takes all.
Here we are, back with the Lords of Vice. I have to be honest and say that after a while, since I read these back to back to back, whenever the term “Lords of Vice” was mentioned, I rolled my eyes because it’s said so many times in all the books. I get it. They’re the Lords of Vice. Wooo to the hooo. Can we just call them by name now? It’s so repetitive and I think I need to stop reading series/trilogies back to back like this because I’m finding I’m not enjoying them as much as I want to. It becomes a nitpicking thing to me to find similar phrases and/or a game of “See how many times Lords of Vice are mentioned on one page or how long I can read before it’s mentioned again.” Pure silliness on my part but it amuses me.
This one opens up when the heroine is 15 and the hero is in his early to mid 20s. At one point he’s got her in his lap and he’s thinking the following to himself:
As far as Dare was concerned, he had earned a hefty reward for resisting Frost’s tempting little sister. Two years ago, he had managed to keep his hands off her, had he not?
That gave me a slight ick factor moment because he had these thoughts about her when she was 13. Yes, I know it’s a historical and they married young but still…knowing it and accepting it are two different things and it just creeped me out a bit.
Anyway, they share a kiss, big brother Frost comes in, turns all icy on them and sends his sister away because while he’s part of the Lords of Vice and Dare is a friend of his, no way does he like the fact that one of the Lords of Vice is messing with his sister. Five years later, Regan finds her way back home by way of bending the truth. One, because she missed her brother and her home and two, because she was twenty now and she wanted to seduce Dare because she’s always loved him.
What ensues next is Regan doing whatever she can to get her way, Dare “pretending” he’s just looking out for his best friend’s little sister & Frost acting like the King he seems to think he is and making everyone around him his pawns. Throw in a few batshit crazy family relatives on Dare’s side and you have a riveting tale on your hands because you just have to see how it all plays out.
I will say in book 1, I thought Frost was a douchebag. In book 2, I thought he was an ass for the way he spoke about Sophia & in this one, at the beginning I thought he was an arrogant jerk but by the time I reached the end of the book, he seemed a little more human to me, not as icy/cold as he has been described. I’m still intrigued enough by this series to wonder if he will get his own book and if he does, I hope it’ll be by someone who will knock him on his ass and have him questioning everything he thinks he knows.
TILL DAWN WITH THE DEVIL by Alexandra Hawkins
Copyright: August 2010
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Series: Lords of Vice — Book 2
Source: Bought Kindle copy from Amazon.
Notorious, handsome, and decadent, the Lords of Vice break rules and hearts with equal aplomb. But even the wickedest of men is no match for a virtuous woman…
SOMETIMES IT TAKES A ROGUE…
Few women can resist a man like Gabriel “Reign” Housely, the Earl of Rainecourt. With divine good looks, delectable charms, and delicious wealth, he would seem to be every marriage-minded mother’s dream match for their daughters. But not so, given the mysterious death of his first wife. Fortunately for Gabriel, he has no plans to seriously court any of the London ladies ever again. That is, until he shares one unforgettable dance with a mysterious stranger…
TO CAPTURE AN ANGEL…
Exquisitely beautiful though decidedly modest, Lady Sophia usually shuns the festive ballrooms of London society. But when a man who calls himself “Reign” enters her life—seemingly from out of nowhere—and shows her true kindness, her wary young heart begins to melt. Of course, Sophia would be shocked to learn the truth about Reign’s past. But when scandal strikes, this devilish stranger may be her only salvation…
So far my mood this month is calling for historicals. I’m reading what calls out to me when I browse through my TBR and e-TBR. After reading ALL NIGHT WITH A ROGUE and having such a strong reaction to it, I felt I should give her Lords of Vice series another try and read this one.
I really liked Sophia. Despite her handicap, she refused to let it define her. She was a very strong, independent woman. I also liked Reign. He put out this image of who he was when it really wasn’t him. Both had a shared past that Reign didn’t know about when he first met her and by the time he did, I could see he was already hooked and he didn’t care about it. He just wanted Sophia.
I don’t know, maybe because I read them back to back, I noticed similar things happening. Sophia’s brother tries to trade in/marry off his sister to cover debts he can’t pay off. (Mother of heroine in book 1 tried that too, she had a gambling problem.) Reign jumped in to save the day. Well, not really, Sophia had already escaped her locked bedroom and was outside the house when Reign came to save the day. (Hero in book 1 went to save heroine from clutches of creepy dude too.)
Overall, although there were a couple things I did not like in it, this one was much better for me than the previous book.
Next up, Dare’s book!
ALL NIGHT WITH A ROGUE by Alexandra Hawkins
Copyright: February 2010
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Series: Lords of Vice — Book 1
Source: Discounted at Amazon for $2.99 for Kindle so bought it. Also listed for same price for Nook.
Notorious, handsome, and decadent, the Lords of Vice prowl the glittering ballrooms of Regency London— breaking rules and hearts with equal aplomb. But even the wildest rogue must eventually meet his match…
IT BEGAN AS A FAVOR…
Seduce Lady Juliana Ivers and then cast her aside: Those are his sister’s instructions. Alexius Braverton, Marquess of Sinclair—known as Sin to the ton—is happy enough to oblige, especially when he catches a glimpse of his target. Juliana is completely unlike the empty-headed chits who barely hold his attention for a week. A true gentleman would leave her to find a worthy suitor. But then, a Lord of Vice would never claim to be a gentleman.
WOULD IT END IN FOREVER?
Juliana is expected to marry well to improve her family’s finances, even if she secretly longs to make a living through her musical compositions. A dalliance can only complicate matters, though not even practical Juliana can help succumbing to the aptly named Sin. But one unforgettable night will draw her into a scandalous affair—and a seduction begun as sport will soon become deliciously, dangerously real…
I don’t even know where to begin with this book.
Nicknames of hero & his friends reminded me a lot of Stephanie Laurens’ Bar Cynter series…Sin, Vane, Dare, Reign, Frost, Saint, etc.
Hero is basically whored out by his sister and told to seduce the heroine then dump her because heroine was so much younger than sister who feared she was going to lose the one guy who paid her any attention at balls.
Mother dearest is a compulsive gambler and to pay off her debt, she practically sold the heroine to some random titled idiot for the summer so she could play his mistress. If that wasn’t enough, she was saved from that only to be locked in a room & tied to the bed in her “cousin’s” house because creepy cousin has wanted to marry her since he saw her when she was 13 years old. Pervert. (Although creepy cousin is no blood relation, she grew up thinking of him as such so that just gives me a creepy vibe about what he tried to do to her.)
Hero comes in, saves the day blah blah blah but there is NO groveling, no confrontation with the harpy of a sister and nothing to make up for the humiliation of everything the hero and his sister put the heroine through and she, the brainless twit, just takes him back once he says “I love you”.
Blech. Spare me.
I truly need a WTF icon to use in books/reviews like this.
As I am a glutton for punishment, I’m currently reading Book 2, TILL DAWN WITH THE DEVIL, about Reign. Let’s hope his book doesn’t make me want to hurt him as much as Sin’s book made me want to kill him & his harpy of a sister.