Scoundrel for Hire (Velvet Lies, Book 1) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Raphael Jones is a Kentucky-born scoundrel, who has never played by the rules. When Colorado mining heiress, Silver Nichols, hires him to stop her precious daddy from marrying a golddigger, Rafe sets out to seduce Silver and win her fortune.

But beneath Silver's cool ...
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Scoundrel for Hire (Velvet Lies, Book 1)

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Overview

Raphael Jones is a Kentucky-born scoundrel, who has never played by the rules. When Colorado mining heiress, Silver Nichols, hires him to stop her precious daddy from marrying a golddigger, Rafe sets out to seduce Silver and win her fortune.

But beneath Silver's cool veneer, Rafe encounters a sweet vulnerability and an aching secret that threatens to send his whole world up in smoke.

Now the wily scoundrel must choose: walk away or wager the one thing he can't afford to loseā€”his heart.

REVIEWS:
"Wickedly funny! This book sizzles with a scoundrel you won't mind losing your heart to." ~Christina Dodd, New York Times Best-Seller

VELVET LIES in series order
Scoundrel for Hire
His Wicked Dream
Seduced by an Angel

WILD TEXAS NIGHTS in series order:
Texas Outlaw
Texas Lover
Texas Wildcat
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781614174271
  • Publisher: ePublishing Works!
  • Publication date: 6/5/2013
  • Series: Velvet Lies , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 16,223
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Bestselling author, Adrienne deWolfe, is a professional journalist, publicist, and fiction teacher, who calls Austin, Texas, home. Recipient of 48 writing awards, including the Best Historical Romance of the Year, Adrienne loves to mentor aspiring authors at WritingNovelsThatSell.com.
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Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    Handsome Hero plus Feisty Damsel equals one fun afternoon read!

    This is an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon at the beach or on the deck. Enough plot twists and turns to keep it interesting, without requiring deep thought to follow the action. Characters with a sense of humor accent the romance. I highly recommend this book for a light read. And then loan it to a friend. She will thank you.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2013

    I enjoyed reading Scoundrel For Hire. There was an interesting

    I enjoyed reading Scoundrel For Hire. There was an interesting plot in this book that I had never encountered before. I would read more from this author.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    To Plot Spoiler......

    Why every week must you complain? BIG HINT... if the review is longer then a paragraph DONT READ IT SKIP OVER IT SIMPLE AS THAT!!

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    People, please don't penalize the writer with one star because s

    People, please don't penalize the writer with one star because someone is a plot spoiler or you don't like the genre for the freebie. The appropriate place to complain is on the blog.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Good

    It started a little slow, but picked up. Turned out to be a great story. Will have to get the others. Loved it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Good read

    This was a good read. Lots of suspense and sexual tension. The only thing wrong was a couple of type-o's and that it moved a bit slower than I liked. 296 pages

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Delightful Hero in a Unique Storyline

    Ms. deWolfe has created an entertaining series starter that brings together two apparently different people under the guise of a scam that doesn't go as planned. When emotions get in the way and the past comes back to haunt them their burgeoning relationship might be over before it starts in this historical read populated by colorful characters and flashes of the supernatural.

    Rafe grew up as a constant reminder of his mother's shame. His religiously over zealous father constantly belittled and damned him trying to taint his siblings against him, thus making him feel alone and worthless. After setting off at an early age to make a living for himself he stumbled across a group of talented actors/grifters who taught him a way of living but enforced his feelings of loneliness as they used any display of care and compassion against him. It's hardened his heart making him doubt faith and love and all these betrayals he endured made me ache for him. There are still flashes of his caring nature as seen in the affection he shows a homeless otter (and which results in some humorous and sweet moments) and in his dealings with Silver which opens his heart even further as he sees an unexpected connection between them. He's a charming fellow who still feels indebted to a small group he calls family even after being hurt time and again. He finds it easy to open up to Silver though and is protective of her and willing to sacrifice himself once he realizes what she means to him. Theirs is a relationship that started off as adversaries but quickly evolved into a playful and flirty friendship that morphed into a deep and abiding love that gave both of them someone to count on.

    Silver lost her mother at an early age too and has had no one to comfort her as her father's a fanciful sort with his head in the clouds. He's a dreamer and she's the thinker who's kept their business flourishing. She's strong-willed but wary of men and love after being brutally betrayed by a despicable and dishonorable man of wealth whose painful shadow still haunts her. With her father's upcoming nuptials she formulates a plan using Rafe to stop it as she doubts the sincerity of the oddly prophetic woman. There's also a bit of jealousy involved that she's no longer the apple of her father's eye that she'll never admit. I felt sympathetic for all Silver's gone through that has turned her into a brittle and untrusting woman. Rafe brings a smile to her face and makes her feel like a woman with the sensual feelings he engenders in her. They're a delightful couple with their mutually scheming ways and the guilt they both feel regarding their actions. Their mutual loneliness binds them together and keeps them fighting for their HEA in the face of death.

    The premise of this story is a uniquely entertaining one that nicely blends building sexual tension amidst a battle of wills. Their scenes together sizzle in the rapid-fire dialogue and underlying sensuality and had me looking forward to each time they were alone. Rafe and Silver really want nothing more than to be happy. At first they're willing to sacrifice others to reach that goal but their innate goodness wins out which puts their lives in jeopardy in a heart-pounding and fast-paced conclusion where the past comes back to take their happiness before it's barely begun. The secondary characters are a distinctive group where not everyone does what's right but in the end they come together to assure a HEA.

    3 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    OK, NOT GREAT!

    Just ok in my opinion, hard to follow. I had a little trouble staying
    Interested enough to finish, but it got better toward the end.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Beware of Trolls

    I've come to the conclusion that trolls are having a lot of fun complaining each Friday about "plot spoiler" reviews on Free Friday books. According to them, any description of the plot at all -- a standard feature of real book reviews -- is a "spoiler" demanding punishment of the author with one-star reviews.

    Hint to reasonable people: Don't bother feeding the trolls. Just leave five-star reviews to make up for the trolls' vandalism of review pages.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    Not good

    Very dry and uninteresting. Resorted to skimming pages just to get thru. As for plot spoilers, i dont like them either. They give away too much. As for not reading them as one rude poster said, i dont but when you have to scroll down thru miles of them, its hard not to see something that spoils the story, so not reading them doesnt really solve the problem now, does it? The only solution is to stop them from posting and giving away the entire story.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Really?

    Not the quality I expect from BN, even for free. Sorry.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2014

    Good

    Enjoyable read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Good read

    What a good story,kept me interested the whole time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Ok

    The areas of details seemed misplaced. I did alot of skimming.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2014

    Great Read

    Good story...lots of twists and turns you do not expect....You are never sure of the out come until the very ending...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    Unbelievable

    Lame plot, paper cut-out characters, little effort at getting the historic context right. A shame, since the author shows a flair for writing, but a decent carpenter does not an architect make.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Painfully boring

    Slow moving, boring book. I should have paid attentionto the reviews.
    DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Historical Romance - Velvet Lies Series #1

    283 pages

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Recommend highly!! Jmm44

    Very well written!! Characters are well described -- and there's even a pet otter who shows the way out of a sealed cave where the river goes underground & back above ground to become a waterfall still inside the cave!! Great story!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2013

    highly recommended

    I couldn't stop reading it

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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