A Notorious Ruin, Sinclair Sisters Series, Book 2

A Notorious Ruin, Sinclair Sisters Series, Book 2

by Carolyn Jewel

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She hides her heart behind a thick skin. He's the only one who sees right through it.

Lucy Sinclair Wilcott is a widow and the subject of public scorn. She knows her first marriage ruined her, and she couldn't remarry if she wanted to. A façade of bland kindness is the only thing that keeps her sane in the face of thinly-veiled tabloid insults. She wants nothing more than to save enough money to move to a cottage of her own to keep her sister safe from their father's poor judgment.

The Marquess of Thrale, a visitor to the Sinclair home, picks up on Lucy's emptiness, but he soon realizes it's an act. Everything he believes about the beautiful widow is wrong. She's a brilliant, amusing, and arousing woman of deep honor.

As Lucy's long-absent feelings of desire surge back, Lord Thrale must convince her that she's everything he wants in a lover, for the rest of his life.

A Notorious Ruin is the second book in the Sinclair Sisters saga, a series of Regency romance novels. If you like unpredictable plots, refreshing dynamics, and sensual attraction, then you'll love Carolyn Jewel's tale of passion.

Buy A Notorious Ruin to continue the sumptuous series today!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150657342
Publisher: Carolyn Jewel, Author
Publication date: 09/21/2014
Series: Sinclair Sisters Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 380
Sales rank: 168,093
File size: 534 KB

About the Author

Carolyn Jewel was born on a moonless night. That darkness was seared into her soul and she became an award winning and USA Today bestselling author of historical and paranormal romance. She has a very dusty car and a Master’s degree in English that proves useful at the oddest times. An avid fan of fine chocolate, finer heroines, Bollywood films, and heroism in all forms, she has three cats and a dog. Also a son. One of the cats is his. Visit her on the web at carolynjewel.com

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A Notorious Ruin, Sinclair Sisters Series, Book 2 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
jdh2690 More than 1 year ago
I am awed by this author’s command of the English language and grammar and her descriptive writing of the inner thoughts and feelings of her characters.  Ms. Jewel paints pictures with her words so that with a choice sentence or two a reader knows exactly what’s going on with the characters and what’s going to happen between them.  This is a delicious love story set in a time when Lucy, a woman who marries a man of a lower class, becomes a pariah and the subject of much ridicule and gossip.  Upon the death of her husband Lucy believes she cannot find love again, that she must live alone with her dog and remain an outcast.  Along comes Thrale, our noble hero, who sees the “real” Lucy beneath her fake smiles and dull eyes, pursues her gently and falls in love with her.  He has an “uphill battle,” due to Lucy’s history, a mystery and heartache, convincing her that there is a future for them together.  What a marvelous story this is and what a wonderful writer Ms. Jewel is.  Now I must have her backlist!     
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While others have summarized the plot, I would add that the book captures the social schema of the era as well as providing a great read.
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book! Thrale is my new book boyfriend. Lucy and Thrale are wonderful characters. I like that Thrale does not accept Lucy's empty look at face value when he meets her again. He looks beyond the front she presents to the world. Lucy tries to hide her intelligence and interest in the world behind a façade of the simple-headed society miss to avoid being hurt or hurting those close to her. Her reputation is in ruins because she, a gentleman's daughter, married far below her station. She married a pugilist. She also came to love him and their sex life. When she was widowed she returned home where no one speaks of her marriage. The Marquess of Thrale likes the sport of pugilism and practices it. Lucy teaches him things he did not know about pugilism. She was an avid student of it because of her husband. She has insights that Thrale never expects a woman to have. I like that Thrale treats her as an equal during their discussions of it. I also enjoyed their fight scene. I loved that Lucy was treated as an intelligent woman who was interested in more than fashion and gossip. Her forthrightness was wonderful to hear. I also liked that Lucy could admit, if only to herself, that she liked sex and she liked it rough. When she and Thrale finally get together, their sex scenes were some of the most arousing I have read. I loved the honesty between them at those times. I hope more books are planned in this series. I enjoyed this book.
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celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
I thought I would never escape from this book. I started reading and I was sucked straight into this story. I believe this one book has truly shown me what living back then was like. You and read about The Ton and being ruined but this showed how cruel one could be back then. My heart broke for Lucy. She is forced into a marriage to save her family and is basically shunned for life. Lord Thrale sticks his nose up at her and slowly learns all he knew was wrong. This story is about boxing, assemblies, showing up your neighbor and reminding the ruined they are misfits for life. This is one historical you really should read! I will reread this one a lot. This is the best, truest Adult book Carolyn has written. Please read this book-with tissues at hand. Enjoy! I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.
2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
A historical romance with flawed characters & NEKKID NAUGHTINESS! Lucy Sinclair Wolcott was sold lock, stock & virtue to a prizefight named Jack "The Devil" Walcott for £50,000. She was the sacrificial lamb to marry him because of her beauty. She widowed, only shows the world her "empty" smile, tries to protect her younger sister from her greedy father, stretches the household budget without breaking it, called a whore by the village ladies & just wants a little "totally away from her dad" cottage, to live in peace. Marquess of Thrale is a quiet man, who loves the outdoors, so he is visiting with Mr. Thomas Sinclair's home, with Captain Niall in tow, for a Sportsmen house party. Also the famous Johnson's Academy of Pugilistic Arts is located in their village & he loves all things boxing. Thrale likes beautiful woman, but they need to have a brains, instead of air between their 2 ears. So he actually likes 3 out 4 sister like Miss Emily, Ann the Duchess & Mary the baroness, but their widowed sister, Lucy, just smiles her vacate smile. Lucy just smiles her vacate smile at Thrale & he isn't impressed, but the Captain seems smitten with her empty beauty. As the week goes on, he sees Lucy without her knowledge & see the deep emotions behind those sensual eyes & he actually wants to get to know her. Lucy's dad has gotten himself in debt again, blames her because she advised him on who was the better fighter & he lost the bet, so he lays the debt at her feet, expects her to smile pretty & get the money from her brothers-in-law. She has been betting on the local boxing matches to save for her cottage & soon Thrale & her bond over her hubby's boxing career & all things boxing & it opens the door to friendship. With friendship comes understanding, with understanding comes emotions & their emotions sets LUST roaming freely between these 2, with electrified caresses, pantie dropping kissing & their clothes begin melting off. Soon everything seems to hit the fan, as old enemies pop back into her life, Mrs. Glynn gets uppity, passions unleashed on a comfy couch, a selfish, drunk & useless father who never learns, Thrale has a quickly defrosting heart, many insulting mistress proposals made, knee melting kisses exploded, a blood & guts boxing match watched, clothes banished for skin & meddling sisters who use some LOVE induced PIXIE DUST! Will Lucy sacrifice herself again by pushing Thrale away? Can Thrale uses their passions against her, to snag her forever? Is their a happily ever after for these 2 stubborn kids? Will Lucy ever put herself 1st? But most important, can I beotch slap Mrs. Glynn into another universe? I didn't read the 1st book in this series, Lord Ruin, but this book did stand alone well & made me CRAVE Lord Ruin. My mom taught me that you have to love yourself, before anyone can love you & I know it is super hard to even like yourself sometimes. Poor Lucy was her Father's doormat which she allowed, but she needed to accept herself as loveable & Thrace showed her to see herself that way. Thrale was an unusual man of his time, by craving brains over a lady's beauty & he also a fierce protector at heart. Ms. Jewel slowly exposed their good, bad & ugly & I loved peeling the many layers back & seeing their inner essence. Let chat about sex, because HELLO it's a romance. Ms. Jewel uses all forms of NAUGHTINESS with swallowing-lightening shivers & quivers to all my girlie parts & assorted NEKKIDness! A lot boxing was in this read & I did get lost in some of it but I still enjoyed this read. I enjoyed the flow of this character driven romance that will make you smile, giggle, want to kick some folks down the longest stairs & even cry yourself ugly, so Ms. Jewel gets my score of 3 fingers up & 7 toes. ARC given for my honest review.