Once a Scoundrel

Once a Scoundrel

by Anna Harrington


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ISBN-13: 9781542548083
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/13/2017
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 284,360
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

I fell in love with historical romances and all things Regency-and especially all those dashing Regency heroes-while living in England, where I spent most of my time studying the Romantic poets, reading Jane Austen, and getting lost all over the English countryside. I love the period's rich history and find that all those rules of etiquette and propriety can be worked to the heroine's advantage...if she's daring enough to seize her dreams.

I am an avid traveler and have enjoyed visiting schools and volunteering with children's organizations in Peru, Ecuador, Thailand, and Mexico, and I have amassed thousands of photos I unleash on unsuspecting friends who dare to ask about my travels.

I love to be outdoors! I've been hiking in Alaska, the Andes, and the Alps, and I love whitewater rafting (when I don't fall in!). I earned my pilot's license at Chicago Midway (To all the controllers in Chicago Center-I greatly apologize for every problem I caused for you and Southwest Airlines), and it is my dream to one-day fly in a hot-air balloon over Africa.

I adore all things chocolate, ice cream of any flavor, and Kona coffee by the gallon. A Doctor Who fanatic (everyone says my house isbigger on the inside), I am a terrible cook who hopes to one day use my oven for something other than shoe storage. When I'm not writing, I like to spend my time trying not to kill the innocent rose bushes in my garden.


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Once a Scoundrel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
JustAnAverageReader More than 1 year ago
A fun little novella. Not a lot of room for character development--as are most novellas--but Harrington does a good job with this.
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book by Anna Harrington! It is the fourth book in her The Secret Life of Scoundrels series. Four years ago Faith Westover thought Stephen Crenshaw had feelings for her, but he left for India serving in the military and she hadn't heard from at all during that time. He's just returned and along with that has come a woman and child in his care and a tremendous amount of gossip and speculation. Faith can't stop the gossip and it's becoming more difficult to ignore it and Stephen since he shows up where ever she seems to be. He wants her to forgive him for being so callous with her friendship and feelings all those years ago and hopes they can start over. Starting over for Faith is going to involve a lot of forgiveness and forgetting how lost and lonely she felt those years that Stephen was gone. Could they really start over? Was Stephen a changed man, like he said? I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good flow and story line. Enjoyed the book!
Stefanie0 More than 1 year ago
Anna Harrington has done it again!!! She has written a fourth installment in the Secret Life of Scoundrels series. It is just as captivating and interesting as the other three books!! Lady Faith Westover, daughter of the Duke of Strathmore has always had feelings for Stephen Crenshaw, Marchess of Dunwich. He is a notorious rake and a scoundrel!! Stephen rebelled against anything that was expected of him and did everything that was not expected of him! He toyed with her feelings and broke her heart four years ago. Stephen ran away and joined the army. Faith trusted him then but is determined to never make that mistake again! Now, he is back and is being more charming than ever. Stephen has changed and wants to prove it to the woman he stupidly walked away from four years ago. He is up against vicious rumors, innuendos and people's suppositions and expectations that he is the same man from four years ago. Faith doesn't know what to think. Stephen still has the ability to make her feel things she does not want to feel again. He is insisting he has changed and is saying all the things she wants to hear but she simply cannot believe him again. She does not want to entrust her heart to him again because if he hurt her again, she would be destroyed. Will Faith trust her head or her heart? Has he truly changed or is he still the scoundrel? Will Stephen overcome the many obstacles to win Faith's love again? I truly recommend this book and this series as well as this author. I really loved reading this book!! I was so connected to the characters that I could not put the book down!! It is a unique presentation of an intriguing storyline that is a great addition to this fantastic series's of books!!
Deborah Cochran More than 1 year ago
Ms Harrington has done it again--a well-written story, a strong heroine with uncommon gifts who stands her ground to get the man she deserves, and great dramatic scenes--no sappy syrup in sight. I don't usually read romance but Ms Harrington's gifts have locked me in. I received this book from the author at no cost to me and volunteered to read it; my review is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
'Once a Scoundrel' by Ann Harrington is book four in the "The Secret Life of Scoundrels" series. This is the story of Stephen Crenshaw, Marquess of Dunwich and Lady Faith Westover. This was a sweet love story of second chances and a easy read to! The book is a Novella with about 140 pages and can easily be a standalone book. Faith has always had a crush on family friend Stephen but about four years ago he started to notice her and they kissed a few times. But then Stephen up and left with his friend and joined the military whit not a word to her. Faith suffered a broken heart and swore to not let him back into her heart again. Now all these years later he has returned home with his friend dying in the war. Stephen has sworn that he is changed and wants only to be with her but Faith does try to stand by her feelings of protecting herself. But Faith has a soft heart and Stephen isn't letting her go this time! I have enjoyed Ms. Harrington's book so much! I am so happy this was just as great a read as the other ones I have read! “I received a free, advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.”
dfosterbooks More than 1 year ago
There’s only one man for Lady Faith Westover and that man broke her heart many years ago. Now he’s returned. Faith has sworn she will not fall for his charm once more. Knowing him for the scoundrel he is doesn’t seem to make a difference to that contrary organ she thought was forever hardened to him and nothing makes that clearer than his appearance at her family’s summer party. Now to keep her heart under lock and key while avoiding any contact. Stephen Crenshaw, Marquess of Dunwich, is suffering. Suffering the death of his best friend, a woman and child he has vowed to protect, the life he used to lead, and most of all having left the one woman he now knows he loves with all his heart. With rumors swirling about his life since returning from war it is now his mission to convince the woman he loves that they belong together. Faith presents as a girl who has grown into a woman who knows what she wants. Her desire to stay friends with Steven without falling for him all over again is a struggle that Anna Harrington writes so well. I could feel the pull to Steven along with her war with herself to protect her heart. And with Steven, his guilt leaps from the pages and his desire to do what is right for everyone he holds dear. I had to admire his determination to accept his responsibilities and to go after what he wants without being overbearing. Anna Harrington has written a tale of love lost and found again along with the trials to obtain it. Ms. Harrington is a talented writer that pulls the reader into her story as if they were there. Looking forward to reading more of her work. I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book at no cost to the author.
JoRead More than 1 year ago
Faith was heartbroken when Stephen joined the army and left England without even a goodbye note. As far as she knew, they were more than friends and shared a bond that in her heart she dared call love. Stephen apparently didn’t see things that way. He pretty much refused to carry the title of a Duke by being a rake of the worst class and by providing fuel to the endless gossip and tales that people liked to create about him. Four years later, Stephen returned claiming to be a changed man, ready to settle down and asking Faith for a second chance. So, our hero wounded our heroine and now he’s trying to make amends. Faith sounded a smart woman, resolute in refusing Stephen advances because she knew the kind of man he used to be and of course she didn’t want her heart crushed once again. Also, the fact that he brought home some unwelcomed people didn’t help much his cause. As I was reading I kept asking myself, can a rake truly change? Can you learn to believe in him again? Particularly in this instance when he kept saying one thing but actions expressed something completely different. He was open and honest with Faith (I mean, I was reading his side of the story) but she didn’t know that so she relied on what she saw to make a decision. The good thing is that he never gave up on her and in the end she realized that either she took a risk or she could lose him forever. Although the story was a bit slow-paced for me it was still enjoyable. In truth, I think it was more a matter of lack of communication that delayed the HEA than anything else. It is part of a series but can definitely be read as a standalone and I recommend it to historical lovers that like light stories with a bit of heart tugging. ** I requested and received this book from the author at no cost to me and volunteered to read it; my review is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher. **
JeneratedReviews More than 1 year ago
Once a Scoundrel, the fourth work in Anna Harrington's The Secret Life of Scoundrel Series, is another well written and satisfying story by an author who is quickly establishing a strong presence as a must read! Ms. Harrington latest work brings to mind the old adage "can a leopard change its spots?" or more aptly can a scoundrel change his ways? An unfinished past is confronted as long confirmed rogue Stephen Creshaw, Marquess of Dunwich returns to his former life four years later a changed man after serving in the military. Stephen's transformation from scoundrel to respectable man is unfortunately only apparent to him and sets him on a course of proving his worth to the woman he left behind brokenhearted, Lady Faith Westover. An engaging story of extreme desires, the heroine's conflict between denying her urges and embracing a chance at love are well matched with the heroes determination to win her over. The hero's inner pain, that he carries from his past, add another interesting layer to this work as he struggles to find a place of acceptance within himself. Depictions by this author never take the easy route and are that much more intriguing and dimensional as a result of this. Ms. Harrington's ability to create kisses with words that leave readers with tangible heart flutters shows her mastery at portraying romance. Once a Scoundrel is a novella full of emotional stutters that as it progresses to a wonderful conclusion will leave not only its characters full of hope, happiness and peaceful resolutions but also its audience! *I was given an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own.* *While part of a series this book can be read as a stand alone.*
Miesa More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this novella. It was a story about redemption and rebuilding trust. The hero refused to give up despite the heroine's initial mistrust. He understood why she felt the way she did and appreciated that it would take time to rebuild their relationship. This was a novella, but it did not feel rushed to me. It helped that the characters already had a history, and the story built on that. It was fun seeing cameos of other characters I'd enjoyed too! I received an advanced reader copy at no cost from the author.
BrendaOllis More than 1 year ago
When Stephen Crenshaw, the adopted son of Major Nathaniel Grey (from Along Came A Rogue), comes home from war, his life has changed. Events that happened during his time at war have changed his life. He has decided that he wants to change and for his life to mean something besides being a rake and scoundrel. He owes this to not only himself but to a friend. To accomplish this, his life has to include Lady Faith Strathmore, daughter of Edward Westover, Duke of Strathmore (from Dukes Are Forever), He left never telling Faith how he felt about her. When he left to join the army he left Faith behind. He broke her heart and now he wants to make this up to her. To Faith, his leaving left her so devastated she doesn't know if she can forgive him. But the love she has for Stephen Crenshaw refuses to go away and she is so torn between the Stephen who left and the Stephen who returned. The path to true love and happily ever after never runs smooth as the two soon find out. I received an advanced reader copy at no cost from the author
Rosemary_Pennington More than 1 year ago
What a great novella about Stephen Crenshaw, the Marquess of Dunwich and the girl he left behind; Faith. The battle scarred Stephen returns home after 4 years of military service in India to convince Faith that he wants to pick up where they left off. First he must convince Faith to forgive him and also believe that the woman and child residing in his home are not what the tongue-wagging gossips think. Stephen has returned more mature, ready and willing to do the right thing, if only he can tie up the loose threads of his past. Faith has only ever loved one man; Stephen. He broke her heart by toying with her emotions, never making promises, stealing kisses and leaving without a proper goodbye. She feels used and silly for allowing Stephen liberties, after all, she knew he reputation for being a rake. Now, 4 years later, she is wiser and determined not to let Stephen toy with her heart again. While she see him as a man who feels honor bound to make her his wife, she refuses to marry for duty. She is determined to marry for love or not at all. This was a marvelous novella, packed full of all you can expect in a regency book. You will get the ballroom gowns and the waltz as well as the scandal and redemption. Throw in a endearing rescued mutt and a father with a line of “Because it would be a shame if I had to shoot you." and you will gain a few laugh too. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I received an advanced reader copy at no cost from the author. I chose to review this book because it was well worth the read and I think that other Regency fans will enjoy it too. This author is certainly becoming one of my favorites.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
Once A Scoundrel by Anna Harrington is Book 4 in her amazing "The Secret Life of Scoundrels" series, but can be read as a stand alone. What a beautiful love story packed into a 140 pages of pure delight! Follow, Stephen Crenshaw, Marquess of Dunwich and Lady Faith Westover, daughter of the Duke of Strathmore, on a journey of second chances, healing, forgiveness and finding their HEA if Faith can forgive and forget Stephen's past sins. Well written with well-developed characters and an intriguing storyline. I enjoy second chance stories filled with intrigue, passion, duty, honor, mystery with a touch of suspense and romance. Another great read by Ms. Harrington! Powerful and compelling! I'm a huge fan of Ms. Harrington's and she never disappoints me in her fantastic storytelling. A must read! Fans of Regency Romance, Historical Romance, great storytelling and romance will not be disappointed. I received a complimentary copy. Rating: 4.5 Heat rating: Mild Reviewed by: AprilR