The Seduction of an English Scoundrel (Boscastle Family Series #1)

The Seduction of an English Scoundrel (Boscastle Family Series #1)

by Jillian Hunter
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The Seduction of an English Scoundrel (Boscastle Family Series #1) by Jillian Hunter

Award-winning author Jillian Hunter pens a delightful romp of passion and tantalizing trickery proving all is fair in matters of love.

It would have been the wedding of the year–had the groom, Sir Nigel Boscastle, bothered to put in an appearance. To the shock of her distinguished guests, the respectable Lady Jane Welsham is left humiliated at the altar. Yet truth be told, although outwardly ruined she is elated to have escaped marriage to a man she does not love.

Enter Grayson Boscastle, the irresistible Marquess of Sedgecroft (and cousin to Nigel). Grayson’s duty is clear: salvage the young lady’s pride and reestablish the family’s good name, while repairing his own tarnished reputation as one of London’s most notorious scoundrels. Their whirlwind affair is the talk of the ton. Yet nothing is as it seems between the bewitching Lady Jane, who knows that her wedding was cleverly sabotaged, and her charming rogue, as they are drawn into an amusing game of seduction and secrets.


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ISBN-13: 9780345484673
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/26/2005
Series: Boscastle Family Series , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 44,816
File size: 633 KB

About the Author

JILLIAN HUNTER is the author of nine critically acclaimed novels. She has received several awards, including the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Jillian Hunter lives in Southern California with her husband and three daughters.


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The Seduction of an English Scoundrel (Boscastle Family Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an avid historical romance reader for over 20 years now (since high school). I left for a few years as the stories were getting boring and predictable and the characters just plain dull. I came back this year and found a few new authors - Jillian Hunter being one. I just finished the book last night and was very pleased with the result. I really enjoyed the story of Grayson and Jane from beginning to end. I liked that Jane was a strong, smart, funny and attractive woman and Grayson was equally appealing in all ways. I felt from the beginning they were an excellent match. As many other reviewers noted, this is a very funny read. The banter back and forth between these two is excellent and you are bound to smile often during your reading of it. The love scenes are descriptive and sexy without being too dirty (it's about romance not porn) some authors forget that. The story line was a bit predictable but, Jilllian Hunter had a great way to keep the game going between the two of them so, that each had victories along the way. In the end of course, the victory was shared - as it should be. I really liked these characters and was sad to see the story end. It's nice to feel as if they come alive when an author does a good job developing them throughout the story line. The secondary characters in the book - her parents & brother, his sisters and brothers and some of their friends was nice to see too. It gave more dimension to the story than just the hero and heroine. I'm confident anyone that reads this will be pleased. I say buy it, read it, add it to your library and do not lend it out - you won't get it back! Enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the things I love the most about Jillian Hunter's books is her wit. Her sense of humor is evident and often catches the reader off guard causing them to burst out chuckling. This sense of humor is again predominant in The Seduction of an English Scoundrel. Grayson Boscastle, Marquess of Sedgecroft, comes to the aid of Lady Jane Welsham when she is disgraced by being left at the alter by his cousin, Nigel. Little did Grayson know that the jilting was an elaborate plan between Nigel and Jane, so the arranged marriage would not happen. Grayson then agrees to escort Jane to try to help elevate her social status so she won't become a spinster. He didn't bargain for the instant chemistry between the two. There are lots of fireworks in this book! Seems Jane and Grayson can't keep their hands (or lips) off each other whenever they are alone, and soon the attraction becomes irrestible and much more than Grayson bargained for. But when Grayson finds out about the ruse of a wedding, he decides to get even with Jane before asking for her hand in marriage. This is where Hunter shines - the banter between the two has the reader actually laughing out a few times. Grayson has a plan to pay back Jane for her deception. Jane finds out about it and turns the tables on Grayson with her own plan for payback. But in the end, all is well in London. The character development is supurb. The reader can choose which main chacter to cheer on - Jane or Grayson - hoping that one outdoes the other's antics. No matter which side you choose, you'll still be the winner in reading this book! We are given glimpses of the inner sides of the characters, as they are developed. We're instantly smitten with Jane's determination to not have her life dictated by her parents. We're enchanted by Grayson who is a lovable rascal trying to do the right thing now that he is head of the family. The plot line was good but on the predictible side. Even so, it is very entertaining and leaves the reader with a smile. The side plots are very funny and keep things interesting. The interlude between Nigel and his wife (previous governess to the Boscastle clan) is absolutely hilarious! This is the first book in a trilogy by Jillian Hunter. If the other two are as much fun to read and as interesting, I can't wait for them to become available! My only complaint is Ms. Hunter needs to write faster, as I hate waiting for the next book to be published. Ok, so maybe I'm impatient, but that's how I am with my favorite authors! If you haven't read any of her previous books, try this one - you'll become a Jillian Hunter fan too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read six of the series so far.  It seems the first book in the series is ultimately my favorite.  In the first book, you seem to learn the names of  other siblings or characters so you want to read more books to learn about those characters also.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My first Jillian Hunter (and first Boscastle novel), and I absolutely fell in love with Jane and Grayson. This book is witty, funny, and very romantic. Jillian Hunter writes very well, and I would highly recommend her. Don't hesitate to pick this one up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lady Jane Welsham had been promised to Sir Nigel Boscastle since birth. They grew up as close friends. Though they did not love each other, Society expected them to someday wed. However, upon her wedding day Lady Jane is jilted. Sir Nigel has run off. ............................................. Lady Jane is sent to her family's private mansion to recover from all the rumors and humiliation. Although ruined in the eyes of Society, she is delighted to have escaped a loveless marriage. No one knows that Jane has willingly sacrificed her reputation to gain her freedom. All was going according to plan. But then Grayson steps in. ............................................. Grayson Boscastle, Marquess of Sedgecrost, is furious when his cousin, Nigel, does not show up for his wedding. In fact, Nigel has disappeared with all his belongings. As the new head of the family, Grayson finds himself weary of his status as a scoundrel. He is determined to shed his past reputation. To do so, he sets out to salvage Lady Jane's pride and restore her honor. .................................................................... ...................... **** A terrific beginning to the Boscastle trilogy. The author has succeeded in giving all the secondary characters some fascinating depths without sacrificing the plot or story of the main characters in the least. This amusing tale of scandal is very well done and leaves me looking forward to Chloe's story. ****
loverofromance More than 1 year ago
Lady Jane, has been stood up at the altar by her fiancée, and close friend. Everyone is heartbroken for her, but Jane can’t wait for the opportunity to find true love. Jane has a secret that she hatched, and she is joyful at the current events, now she knows it will be up to her to make her own fate. But there is one obstacle that she didn’t plan on…Grayson Boscatsle. Gray is furious at his cousin, and knows that it is up to him to maintain the family honor, and seek reparations for the wrong done. But for some reason, Jane doesn’t seem all that heartbroken over what has happened. Gray just assumed she is putting a good front, and he insists that he escort her around town, and show others what he sees in her. But before long, he starts to fall in love with her, but the secret that Jane is hiding from him, will bring about a sensual game of seduction and secrets…but who will win and triumph? Jillian Hunter has been around for quite some time, but for some reason this is the first time I have read a book of hers. She has been on my watch list for a while, and I just had to try her out when I noticed this series on the shelves of my local library. So I thought I would be “original” and try this series in order. Let’s see if I can complete this “mission impossible” since I seem to have the worst habit of reading a series out of order. Any who….I will say that I truly loved this story. Now it did take me a bit of time to get into the book, but I think I was just adjusting to the unique writing style of the author. This book was a ball of laughs and giggles, and I loved this couple. They were so engaging, especially to this reader, and the interaction between them was contagious, I just almost wished I could just jump into the pages and join in their fun. Now the real fun…doesn’t happen until toward the end and wow did that surprise me. Normally, with a plot line like this one, you don’t expect it to turn out this way, but this author really twisted her way with this story; I loved her creativity with the series of events. The way she forms these characters, well it was just charming. I loved every one that played a part in the story. What I also loved was seeing the family of Gray…their comradery and teasing of each other, added a certain flair to the story and a bit of drama at times. But what exquisite drama it is! An lighthearted and playful story with a touch of sensuality and moving emotions…Deliciously SEXY!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the funniest romances I have read in a long time-the plot twists are great fun and I really like Jane and Sedgecroft.Some people may find the hero overbearing, but he means well, and Jane certainly manages to hold her own. I've read several other books in this series since I've read tis one, and I plan to read them all. I liked this one so much, I've already reread it twice.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1814 London, Nigel Boscastle jilts his bride Jane Welsham who stands stoic at the altar by herself. As Nigel¿s cousin, host Grayson Sedgecroft knows he must do something to make this right as he admires Jane¿s butt that he has had a delightful look at for hours and her strength of character. Grayson offers his sympathy to Jane who knows that Nigel has eloped with his governess Esther. Grayson vows to make this right. --- While he sends his brother Heath to find the hiding groom, Grayson vows to make Jane acceptable in polite society by escorting her around town and fake a courtship so that others will follow his example. Still he cannot resist kissing her and both lose some control. Grayson begins escorting Jane not just because of noble intentions as he finds her intelligent and desirable. She reciprocates but worries once he learns the truth of her involvement with her fiancé¿s elopement.--- The cast of this fine Regency make for a delightful romance as the lead couple is a strong duo and the superb support characters, mostly their respective families, bring depth and insight to the protagonists as well as fun to the tale. To Jillian Hunter¿s credit, the entertaining story line contains no phony pretensions of late suspense, but instead satirizes that technique. More information about Esther would have clarified her age as she seems much older than he since she was his governess. Still that is minor while THE SEDUCTION OF AN ENGLISH SCOUNDREL is a straightforward pleasant story.--- Harriet Klausner
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While I thought the story line had promise, the writing really lacked. The characters were boring and predictable and I found myself frequently skipping paragraphs to get through the book.
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I didnt know what to expect when i bought this book. I will say that it was great to read. Im not really into all of the seduction stuff, but other then that it was a great book.
Katelovesbooks More than 1 year ago
I loved the whole story! I'm already on the third one. I highly recommend!
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