The Heart of a Scoundrel (Heart of a Duke Series #6)

The Heart of a Scoundrel (Heart of a Duke Series #6)

by Christi Caldwell


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The Heart of a Scoundrel (Heart of a Duke Series #6) by Christi Caldwell

Ruthless, wicked, and dark, the Marquess of Rutland rouses terror in the breast of ladies and nobleman alike. All Edmund wants in life is power. After he was publically humiliated by his one love Lady Margaret, he vowed vengeance, using Margaret's niece, as his pawn. Except, he's thwarted by another, more enticing target-Miss Phoebe Barrett.

Miss Phoebe Barrett knows precisely the shame she's been born to. Because her father is a shocking letch she's learned to form her own opinions on a person's worth. After a chance meeting with the Marquess of Rutland, she is captivated by the mysterious man. He, too, is a victim of society's scorn, but the more encounters she has with Edmund, the more she knows there is powerful depth and emotion to the jaded marquess.

The lady wreaks havoc on Edmund's plans for revenge and he finds he wants Phoebe, at all costs. As she's drawn into the darkness of his world, Phoebe risks being destroyed by Edmund's ruthlessness. And Phoebe who desires love at all costs, has to determine if she can ever truly trust the heart of a scoundrel.

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ISBN-13: 9781983839092
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/24/2018
Series: Heart of a Duke Series , #6
Pages: 314
Sales rank: 306,272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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The Heart of a Scoundrel (Heart of a Duke, #6) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always so good.
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MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
WOW!! Another awesome read for Ms. Caldwell! Fast paced and exciting. A heartwarming tale with a dark side. The characters are engaging, endearing, challenging and passionate. The storyline is unique and intriguing. A must read story! Once again, Ms. Caldwell pulls her readers into this amazing tale and holds them in awe. I absolutely loved this story! Simply put, awesome, awesome read! Highly recommended! Thank you, Ms. Caldwell, for writing such brilliantly written stories for fans like myself, who adore reading Historical Romance written with such aplomp and detail to history. Another must read by Ms. Caldwell! * Personal Buy * Rating: 5 Heat rating: Mild Reviewed by: AprilR
skelley55 More than 1 year ago
In previous books, Rutland is a detestable character. He really seems to relish his villian persona. As he plots his revenge, he becomes intrigued by Phoebe - light to his dark. This book will draw you into their story. I loved it, but I love all of Ms. Caldwell's books.
KimRocha More than 1 year ago
Okay so Edmund, the Marquess of Rutland has pretty much been a totally detestable man and he relishes in that fact. He has not real friends and seemingly couldn't care less. Thoughts of seeking revenge on his lost love fuel his every breath. Mamas of the ton keep their daughters far away from him and he has no qualms about that either. His plan involves his former love's niece and ruination, but the niece is one tough cookie, cynical and not easily swayed. Enter Miss Phoebe Barrett, one of the nieces best friends and someone Edmund is drawn to with her unconventional Miss Phoebe Barrett is not a young woman who has blinders on. She knows what the world thinks of her and her family, thanks to her deviant of a father who selfishly thinks only of his own pleasures. Phoebe is resigned to the spinster life as long as it will keep her free from degenerate males. Meeting Rutland, however sparks an interest in Phoebe, who after hearing all the gossip believes they are alike in some ways. Rutland decides to use Phoebe in his despicable plan of revenge, but his twisted sense of vindictiveness does a major backfire when he comes to understand that Phoebe is not only a exceptional young woman, but the object of his deeply hidden desires. After all the wrongs Rutland has committed, the man actually has a conscience and Phoebe brings that conscience out like no other woman could ever attempt. But Phoebe wants love and Rutland doesn't believe in it. What will it take for the scoundrel and the rare young miss to come to terms with what is right in front of them? Well, that would be an ending that only and author like Christi Caldwell can tell. THE HEART OF A SCOUNDREL by the exceptionally talented Christi Caldwell is perfection in the form of novel. I can honestly say that since I began reading her books only a few scant months ago, that I have been awed by each and every tale she writes. Meeting this odious man in MORE THAN A DUKE evoked such feelings in this reader that I knew he had to have his own book. Rutland;s redemption is difficult task that Ms. Caldwell achieves with such finesse. Phoebe is one heroine to be admired. Her life hasn't been an easy one with the daily disgraces her sire commits, but she rises above all without pity or distress. One of the most memorable scenes for me is when former rogue, the Earl of Stanhope gives the conflicted Rutland a talking to that changes his perception completely and opens him to finally feel. Stories like this stay with you. Timeless as well as entertaining. Christi Caldwell reminds me of one of my favorite authors, Bertrice Small, whose tales have woven a web into my imagination as Ms. Caldwell now does as well.
Karen_E More than 1 year ago
"Scoundrels, rakes and rogues are not to be trusted." But, they are such a pleasure to read about. In Christi Caldwell's latest book The Heart of a Scoundrel, Edmund Deering, the Marquee of Rutland, is a black hearted scoundrel who has been on the periphery in the previous The Heart of a Duke series. He has been villain and a romantic foil in the previous series of books. But now, Edmund gets his own book. Honestly, I could not fathom how Caldwell was going to make me love him as a hero, in light of the past she had written for him. I did not want Edmund, a dark and dangerous blackguard, becoming a milk sop, love sick, ninny. Edmund true to form does everything he can to seek revenge on those who have spurned him, or might spurn him in the future. He is a character who never wants to be at the mercy of another, and he has lived his life as one needs to, ahead in the game of life at all costs. Then he meets the fiery and happy Miss Phoebe Barrett. The daughter of one of the many who owe him a debt or a favor. Edmund is all about keeping account and making sure he is the one with the most power. What Phoebe thinks is a chance meeting is actually a move in a long game of revenge that Edmund happens to be playing. The major difference is that Edmund is playing a game and Phoebe is unknowingly a pawn in this game. Or is she? “Panic pounded in his chest as he, who prided himself of his mastery over self-control, had succumbed to his hungering for the breathless, wide-eyed innocent before him.” Edmund is caught in his own trap, and ensnared by Phoebe. He doesn’t even know he is caught until it is far too late, and true to his character he lashes out at the one person who loves him. He feels caged, and doesn’t actually know how to live any other life than the one filled with games and revenge. The book Caldwell has written is the best of her combined work. She delves deeply into Edmund’s character and gives the reader a stark bright light into the darkness that formed Edmund from a very young age. Edmund is a product of his environment, and a pawn of his vengeful parents. He was twisted and formed by their own hate to the extent that Edmund is a emotionally stunted adolescent in the body of a thirty two year old man. In sharp contrast is the woman he adores, Miss Phoebe Barrett, who despite his father being a leech, drunkard and gambler, is a open, happy and bright young woman. She is not a cynic, as she has a bright light that shines from her, drawing Edmund like a moth to the flame. “Then one such as she would never be needing forgiveness. No, she was the light to his dark. The innocence to his evil. And he was nothing more than that serpent tempting naïve Eve with that apple, and she was as drawn to that succulent red object as those two weak willed sinners in the garden had been.” Where Edmund sees love as being weak, Phoebe sees love as being her strength, and the novel goes on to contrast the difference between the two character's views on love and family. Edmund maybe broken, but is he salvageable? That is the greater question in the book. “I wish I’d never met you Phoebe Barrett. For then he’d have never know this vulnerability.” Another aspect of this book that I so thoroughly enjoyed was the camaraderies between the characters. First you have Phoebe, and her friend Honoria Fairfax and Gillian Farandale, two of her closet friends who have also been gossiped about by polite society because of their family c
katiebasie More than 1 year ago
With each of Chrisiti Caldwell's books, I cannot (and do not) want to put the book down...this was certainly no exception! You feel everything that her characters feel and then some. Wonderfully and very well much so that I can't wait to read it again!
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
The Heart of a Scoundrel by Christi Caldwell Heart of a Duke Series Book Six Edmund Deering, the 5th Marquess of Rutland would seem to have no redeeming qualities at all. He lives a dark life in his dark clubs. And he lives for revenge. His next target for destruction should have been an easy one, only he wasn't prepared for Phoebe Barrett. Phoebe Barrett had dreams of love and marriage. Unbelievable since her father's horrid reputation had her on the bad side of the ton. Being a victim of the tons gossip, she refused to listen to anything about the marquess. She saw the man inside that no one else did. Or was he just that good at pretending while he went after what he wanted? Both Phoebe and Edmund had negatives when it came to their parents but each took a different road in life. Edmund has been mentioned in the other books as well. Another great book in this series. **Sexual content (Unlike her other books this is outside of marriage)
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
A real page turner! Once, again, Christi Caldwell wrote another beautiful, sweet and romantic story The Heart of a Scoundrel, her sixth book in the Heart of a Duke series. I really enjoyed following Rutland and Phoebe's romantic story. Perfect for fall reading! The dark and dangerous Marquess of Rutland has his own story, we met him in a previous story in this series. Enters in his life, Miss Phoebe Barrett! As soon as she meets him, sparks flare and she becomes captivated by this charming and mysterious man! But, Rutland only has revenge in his heart but his plan might change when he discovers that he wants Phoebe! But can she trust him? What will happen next? I love the chemistry between the two. Some scenes are filled with romance added with a dash of humor. Christi Caldwell really wrote a fun and charming love story that will surely please you! I really enjoyed it!