London's Perfect Scoundrel [NOOK Book]

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A determined young lady vows to give one of London's infamous rakes his comeuppance -- but when the rogue turns the tables, who truly learns a lesson in love?

Beloved Sinner

The ton gossips call him "Saint" -- but the Marquisof St. Aubyn has well earned his reputation as London's perfect scoundrel. Evelyn Ruddick knows she should avoid him at all costs -- but the strikingly beautiful lady wants to aid the children of the Heart of Hope Orphanage, and he heads the board of ...

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Overview

A determined young lady vows to give one of London's infamous rakes his comeuppance -- but when the rogue turns the tables, who truly learns a lesson in love?

Beloved Sinner

The ton gossips call him "Saint" -- but the Marquisof St. Aubyn has well earned his reputation as London's perfect scoundrel. Evelyn Ruddick knows she should avoid him at all costs -- but the strikingly beautiful lady wants to aid the children of the Heart of Hope Orphanage, and he heads the board of trustees. Evie is determined to teachthe charming, arrogant man a lesson in compassion, but it won't be so easy -- especially since his touch is setting her desire aflame, making Evie yearn to submit to his passionate instruction ... The idea of joining in her "project" is unthinkable, but this enchantress refuses to give up! So what else is there for a self-respecting rake to do but seduce the lady? Yet soon it is he who is beingseduced by Evie's tender heart and fiery blushes. Could the temptation of long, passionate nights in her arms bring about the impossible? Could the disreputable Saint at long last be reformed?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061748608
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Series: Lessons in Love Series , #2
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 41,539
  • File size: 493 KB

Meet the Author

A native and current resident of Southern California, Suzanne Enoch loves movies almost as much as she loves books. When she is not busily working on her next novel, Suzanne likes to contemplate interesting phenomena, like how the three guppies in her aquarium became 161 guppies in five months.

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London's Perfect Scoundrel
Lessons in Love

Chapter One

In law an infant, and in years a boy,
In mind a slave to every vicious joy,
From every sense of shame and virtue wean'd,
In lies an adept, in deceit a fiend;
Vers'd in hypocrisy, while yet a child,
Fickle as wind, of inclinations wild;
Woman his dupe, his heedless friend a tool,
Old in the world, though scarcely broke from school.


&#8212Lord Byron, "Damaetas"

One year later

"I really wish you wouldn't make such a fuss about it," Evelyn Ruddick said, taking a step away from her brother. "Lucinda Barrett and I have been friends since we came out together."

Victor closed the distance between them again, his tone clipped and annoyed. "Be friends at some other soiree," he returned. "Her father doesn't even have a vote in the House, and tonight I need you to chat with Lady Gladstone."

"I don't like Lady Gladstone," Evie murmured back, stifling a curse when Victor clasped her arm, preventing her from sidling away again. "She drinks whiskey."

"And her husband is an influential West Sussex property owner. Putting up with a little inebriation is a small price to pay for a seat in the House of Commons."

"You only say that because she won't be breathing on you. Victor, I came here tonight to dance, and to chat with my fr&#8212"

Her brother lowered his dark eyebrows. "You came here tonight because I escorted you. And I only did that so you would be able to assist me with my campaign."

They both knew she'd lost the argument before it began; she frequently had the suspicion that Victorallowed her to debate him only so he could put her in her place more often. "Oh, faddle. I liked it better when you were in India."

"Hm. So did I. Now go, before one of Plimpton's cronies gets to her first."

Pasting a polite, friendly smile on her face, Evelyn strolled the fringes of the crowded dance floor in search of her brother's latest source of possible votes. In all truth, Lady Gladstone's choice of liquor wasn't all that troublesome. Thirty years younger than her husband, the viscountess had worse habits than whiskey. And Evelyn had already heard a rumor that one of the worst was in attendance this evening.

She found Lady Gladstone seated amidst the scattering of chairs arranged in a shallow alcove to one side of the orchestra. Emerald-green silk clung closer than paint to the viscountess' much-lauded curves as she lounged, her head tilted to one side. Indecent as the sight seemed in Lady Dalmere's conservative ballroom, the man who leaned over her shoulder, his face so close to her ear that dark brown hair brushed her burnished gold curls, was even more unsettling.

For a moment Evelyn contemplated pretending that she hadn't seen anything and walking away, but that would only give Victor another chance to call her foolish and empty-headed. So instead she stood there until she began to feel like a voyeur, clearing her throat when she couldn't stand it any longer. "Lady Gladstone?"

The viscountess lifted dark eyes to her. "Saint, it seems we have company," she tittered, her voice a breathless giggle.

The form leaning over Lady Gladstone's shoulder straightened to his full height, and startling green eyes set in a face of dark, lean, masculine perfection took their leisure sweeping the length of Evelyn from her slippered feet to her face. She couldn't have stopped her blush if her life depended on it.

All young ladies mindful of their reputations made a point of staying well away from the tall, jaded, and devilishly handsome Marquis of St. Aubyn. If not for her brother's political ambitions, Victor wouldn't have allowed her anywhere near Lady Gladstone for exactly that reason.

"My lord," she said belatedly, gathering her wits enough to dip in a shallow curtsy, "good evening."

He gazed at her for another moment, his wicked, sensual mouth turning upward in the faintest of cynical smiles. "It's still too early to tell." Then, without another word, he turned on his heel and strolled away toward the gaming rooms.

Evelyn let out the breath she'd been holding. "That was rude," she muttered, once he was out of earshot.

Lady Gladstone chuckled again, her own cheeks flushed&#8212and decidedly not from the warm room. "My dear Miss Whoever-You-Are," she murmured, "Saint doesn't have to be good, because he's so very ... very, bad."

Well, that made no sense. She hadn't barged in, though, to debate the merits of poor behavior. "My name is Evelyn Ruddick, my lady," she said, curtsying again. "We attended the Bramhurst Christmas soiree together, and you said I might call on you in London."

"Oh, dear me, I am too generous sometimes. What was it you wanted from me, then, Miss ... Ruddick?"

Evelyn hated this part, mostly because it always entailed lying. And she detested lying. "Well, first of all, I wanted to tell you that your gown is absolutely the most splendid creation ever."

The viscountess' lounging curves became even more pronounced at the compliment. "How very sweet of you, dear." Full lips smiled. "I would be happy to recommend my dressmaker to you. I'm certain you and I are of nearly the same age, though your ... bosom is less ... "

Obvious, Evelyn finished silently, hiding her scowl. "That would be most kind of you," she said instead. Then, though she would have rather swallowed a bug, Evie went closer to take a seat beside the viscountess. "I had heard," she continued in a more conspiratorial tone, "that you are greatly responsible for your husband's political success. I ... am somewhat at a loss as to how I might assist my brother, Victor, in the same arena."

Lady Gladstone's distant expression warmed into one of calm superiority . . .

London's Perfect Scoundrel
Lessons in Love
. Copyright © by Suzanne Enoch. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    Very poor story line. St. Aubyn was over the top scandalist and

    Very poor story line. St. Aubyn was over the top scandalist and Evelyn let her brother and mother rule her life. The more I read the worse the story got. The story just ran amuck. I just threw away money on this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Great 2nd book of the series.

    Great dialogue & a great book. This is a great series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Good nook book

    I liked this book a lot...could not put it down. Read it in one day.

    Second in the series and just as good as the first book. Evie and Saint are a perfect match.

    The event in the middle of the book which one reviewer did not like I thought was funny. It made Evie stronger and the only woman Saint could respect. It broke Saint of his dark streak.

    I would recommend the series. Loved the book and characters.

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

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    Oh My

    Saint is the perfect unlikely hero, not completely gone to the dark side but definetely too bad to be good. He toes the line at almost being a villain without actually doing it and all the time we are left wanting more.

    Evelyn Mary (only Saint can make just a name sound sexy) is a very good heroine. She was a little annoying at times in her innability to stand up to her brother (who didn't get what he deserve at the end) that I wanted to shake her a little, but she was noble and funny, smart, brave and good.

    I really enjoyed Georgina's and Dare's book but this one I liked even more.

    I am sooo glad I found Suzanne Enoch!

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

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    good not great

    I just finished reading this book. I was alittle surprised but not in a good way. It wasnt a bad book, I just didnt like a major event that occurs in the middle of the book. I thought it was a little too psycotic on the part of the main female charecter and COMPLETELY unrealistic! I was so taken back by that part, that it kind of ruined the book for me. Other then that, it was an okay book, however there are MUCH better books for fans of historical romance! look at my recommended list. If you want to read it, go ahead, but Im just warning you that its really not the best. Im kind of confused as to why this book got such great reviews. I hope my review helps!

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    WooHoo!

    This book was really really good! I was very surprised to find the story and the characters very believable and genuine. Saint and Evelyn Marie were adorable. I gotta say I'm a little shocked at my reaction. I really didn't want to put it down.

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    Surprised

    This book was really really good! I was very surprised to find the story and the characters very believable and genuine. Saint and Evelyn Marie were adorable. I gotta say I'm a little shocked at my reaction. I really didn't want to put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2005

    A Fun Love Story - Great Characters....

    This is the first romance novel I have read by Suzanne Enoch. I read the reviews on her and looked through some of her offerings and started with 'London's Perfect Scoundrel'. I have been reading romance novels for over 20 years so...I expect alot out of good authors in order to keep me entertained. I agree with most of the readers that the story of Saint and Evie was a good one. I liked that Evie knew there was more to life than being a pretty socialite climbing the ladders of power and wealth. She had a head on her shoulders, ideas and thoughts she wanted to put to action. Her family and political aspiring brother Victor did not share her woman's lib notions but, they were not bad people, simply out of step with the growing times. I like the twist of how Saints' mother began the orphanage called Heart of Hope, gave it to him in a trust to handle once she passed on and in turn...it became a part of his life and future in ways he could never have imagined at the time. He saw the orphanage as a burden in the beginning but, a gift that it was eventually. Their relationship developed in fun ways surrounding this place and the children that were part of the orphanage. This was a very entertaining book and it was enjoyable to see a true 'rogue and rake' find the right woman who made him want to be a better man. In turn, he made her an extrodinary woman as she wanted to be. The love scences are rather minimal but, the few places it was discussed were appropriate and tasteful. This wasn't a hot and steamy love story - instead it was a warm and enjoyable novel of how love and friendship develop in the most unusual circumstances. And...you often end up with the people you least think are right for you. This was a fun read. I would recommend this book and plan to buy other novels of Suzanne Enochs as well and hope for further characters like this. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2004

    Excellent as Always !!

    ...Saint & Evie 's story ...(purring) .....what can I say...is definitely worth reading.. Indulge and be delighted...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2003

    This one deserves a sequel.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am eagerly awaiting a sequel that features Evelyn's 'odious' brother, Victor, and her best friend, Lucinda. I think it would be the perfect revenge to have him succumb to that tender emotion that he so callously disregards on his sister's behalf. Incidentally, I would like to put in a plug for more tasteful paperback covers for romance novels. Women do not need to see men with bare chests clutching women in passionate poses to entice them to buy a book. For me, a good author's name and a brief synopsis of a good story line is sufficient to make me grab a book and head for the checkout line. All too often I must re-cover the book (like we used to do with our school books) in order to hide one of those ridiculous and garish covers that are an insult to the intellect of all women readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2003

    Great Book

    Saint was a bit arrogant at first but as the book progresses, he showed a strength and genuine kindness for others. I suppose it helped that he was a hunk and had an attraction towards Eve that was titillating beyond words! Eve was what every woman dreamed she could be, smart, sharp witted and stood up for what she believed in regardless of the ramifications. This book was funny, sad and very romantic. I was hooked from page one. Although I have to say that Victor, Eve's brother was a horses you know-what. He was mean and only cared about himself. Although I am not one for violence against others, fictional or not, I must confess that I was hoping I'd read that Saint knocked his lights out... oh well, one can only hope. All in all this book was a keeper so read it for yourself and see if you don't agree.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2003

    An absolutely adorable story...

    I thought this book was really cute...the heroine was thoroughly likable and most of the time, the hero was as well. The ending wasnt as satisfying as I had hoped, but the story itself was entertaining and some of the scenes were just so humorous that I found myself bursting into laughter. I have to admit though... I really wanted strangle her brother because of his arrogance and selfishness. I couldn't put the book down and I was sorry when it was over. I have never read a book by this author before, but I believe that if her other books were as good as this one, I will have to track them all down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2003

    nice

    This book was cute but what I didn't like about this book is the fact that Evie shared the spotlight with Victor. His attitude was terrible and I didn't appreciate the way he controlled his sister. He was really mean. I thought the end could have been stronger. Evie and Saint being in love snuck up on me and it felt as if Enoch rushed it at the end. All in all it was a nice read but not a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2003

    Love Those Bad Boys

    If anyone ever wants to know why girls fall for the bad boys, they should read this book. I could not put it down. Naming this rake, Saint is comical, but you come to love him and his ways!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Engaging Regency romance

    Evelyn Ruddick wants to help society¿s poor though a young lady like herself is expected to embroider not visit orphanages. When she sees the Heart of Hope Orphanage, she selects that as a place she can provide some good through donating her time and money. However, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees the Marquis of St. Aubyn, better known by the misnomer, ¿Saint¿, thinks otherwise. Saint tells her to go back to her aristocratic cronies, but when she persists he insists she come back with a plan as he still tries to get rid of the meddling do-gooder.<P> Saint wants out of the orphanage business, but his mother¿s will ties him to the place that he hopes to tear down. He finds himself quite attracted to Evelyn, who wants to implement an education program for the children. However, her brother sees Saint as a reprobate who will cost him his political career so he bans his sister from seeing him. Still, Evelyn and Saint fall in love while she tries to improve the lot of the poor children.<P> This engaging Regency romance hooks the reader from the moment the cynical Saint meets the Pollyanna Evelyn. Though the complex social issues are too easily resolved, the story line is fun to follow especially when the endearing mischievous children fluster Evelyn and she in turn emotionally moves the Saint, who knows how to retaliate via kisses. The audience will appreciate this entertaining Regency.<P> Harriet Klausner

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