Touch of a Scoundrel

Touch of a Scoundrel

by Mia Marlowe
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Touch of a Scoundrel by Mia Marlowe

It's a matter of honor, duty. . . and desire. . .

Griffin Nash, Earl of Devonwood, wants to believe that he's seducing Miss Emmaline Farnsworth out of protectiveness for his young brother. After all, if his brother is convinced that the tantalizing professor's daughter is unworthy of his trust, perhaps Teddy will lose all interest in such an inappropriate choice for his station.

But in truth, something else motivates Devonwood: a scintillating vision he's had of a future tryst with the lovely Emmaline. A vision too realistic to be doubted--and too scaldingly passionate to be denied.

Yet Emmaline is not as easily tempted as Devonwood might have hoped--nor is she actually in pursuit of a wealthy husband. No, the real reason for her visit to the manor is something much more shocking. . . though being enticed by a dashing earl may prove to be a most welcome by-product of her schemes. . .

"A smart and sexy tale." --New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney

<B.Praise for Mia Marlow and her novels

"Marlowe proves she has the ‘touch' for strong heroines, wickedly sexy heroes, and love scenes so hot they singe the pages." --USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Ashley

"Sensuality, sexuality, passion and mystery blend into a wonderfully entertaining tale." --Romantic Times

"Both historical and paranormal readers will love this crossover tale." --Publishers Weekly starred review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758279156
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 07/31/2012
Series: Touch of Seduction
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 214,656
File size: 668 KB

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Touch of a Scoundrel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Griffin Titus Preston Nash or Devon to his friends has controlled the destiny of so many for too long, while trusting no one. He felt that the responsibility of his life and the gift he possessed has become a burden without pleasure. Miss Emmaline Farnsworth always found a way of turning nothing into something with her own type of gift and she is about to pull off the largest swindle of her life. What Emma never expected was for her latest mark to have a brother that can catch glimpses of the future. Emma feels she landed in a bed of roses but Devon sees her thorns and has an uncontrollable desire to prick his finger on one. While Emma tries to balance one brother, while seducing the other it becomes a confusing experience trying to figure out which brother she truly desires. Devon is seeing his future as well as the present very clearly and all of it involves a woman his brother has clearly claimed as his own. Emma tries very hard to resist Devon&rsquo;s charm and let the plan she has hatched unfold but the wrinkles are showing and she is bereft to control the situation. Both Devon and Emma hold their cards close to the vest and keep their secrets safe but is that really going to work when both of them know the biggest secret is the love they feel for one another. Can love be contained or controlled, neither Devon nor Emma think so. Whatever will happen when everyone finds out that the greatest piece of artwork ever created was Emma and Devon will do anything to own her. Mia Marlowe creates magic with her words and romance with her story. No reader will be able to put Touch of a Scoundrel down until the last word is consumed.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
Historical Romance with a touch of the paranormal. 4.5 *Book source ~ Many thanks to Kensington for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review. The Earl of Devonwood, Griffin Nash, has a gift. Or as he sees it, a curse. He can see the future when he touches an object. The vision always resolves itself within 12 hours, so when he gets a Sending from Emmaline Farnsworth&rsquo;s pencil showing Griffin their passionate embrace, he&rsquo;s both turned on and appalled. Emmaline is his brother Theodore&rsquo;s choice for a bride though she hasn&rsquo;t given him an answer yet. Betraying his beloved brother is not in the cards, but his visions always come true. And yet he feels something for Emmaline he&rsquo;s never felt before. What&rsquo;s a guy to do? An historical romance with some psychic ability thrown in is always a favorite of mine. This is the 3rd book in the Touch of Seduction series and it&rsquo;s just as good as the others. The writing is great, the characters are excellent, the plot is a good one and the chemistry between Emmaline and Griffin is off the charts. There is humor, too and I have to say how much I love Baxter the butler. Griffin&rsquo;s friends are a bit barmy and it&rsquo;s sad that he doesn&rsquo;t have some better ones, but if they had been then there wouldn&rsquo;t be much of a story. This book, and in fact the whole series, is a great way to be entertained.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by: Shannon  Book provided by: Publisher Review originally posted at Romancing the Book When his brother, Theodore, comes home from Egypt with a fiancee and her father in tow, Griffin Nash, the Earl of Devonwood, is skeptical of what Ms. Emmaline Farnsworth and her father really want. While Griffin tries to discover just what Emma and her father are up to, he finds himself falling in deeper for her and discovering the Emma manages to take away the pain associated with his gift of seeing the future. Griffin and Emma were two individuals who were trapped in circumstances of their own making. Griffin held himself away from others because he was afraid of what he gift might show him. Emma wanted to be loved so she went along with whatever scheme her adopted father came up with to make him happy. Neither of the characters are very likable and could be downright nasty to each other. Despite that, they&rsquo;re attraction to each other was undeniable and as the story went on you hoped they both had the courage to finally grab the one thing they wanted. I was hoping for so much more from this story. With an Egyptian artifact, an Earl with the gift of &ldquo;sight&rdquo; and a Marquess dabbling in a bit of witchcraft, I thought this would be a book that kept me at the edge of my seat. While the romance between Griffin and Emma is the main focus of the story, the Egyptian statue and the Marquess&rsquo; involvement also played an important role in the how and why Griffin and Emma came together, so I wanted more involvement and the outcome of the story to be a direct result of this storyline and not Ted and Griffin&rsquo;s disagreement. This was enjoyable read for the majority of the story, even if it left me wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MinaD1 More than 1 year ago
Delectable historical romance with a paranormal twist Rating: 4.5/5 I really liked this historical romance novel, with all its emotional complexity. I am not a big fan of love triangles, but the plot, enriched by a light paranormal twist, was original and captivating. I loved Mia Marlowe's writing style, her prose always elegant and eloquent, her descriptions exquisitely vivid, the sensuality incandescent and yet tasteful. Being the heroine a confidence artist, I didn't necessarily admire her, but the author managed to portray her as a sympathetic character with the depths, the lights and the shadows of a young woman who was born an orphan, raised in foster care and whose only family is an adoptive father who deceits wealthy and gullible victims for a living. With her genuine feelings of guilt and gratitude for Theo and her deeply passionate love for Devon, she eventually redeems herself. The suspenseful element, the references to occultist practices and the supernatural qualities of the male protagonist are not heavily exploited and they are packed mainly in the final chapters of the novel. What really defines the storyline is the emotional conflict playing between Devon, Emma and Theo; Devon's visions act more as windows on the ineluctability of their love and perfect narrative devices to advance the plot and reveal the most basic truth about human relationships: laws of attraction are hard to defy. Absolutely delectable! Extended review available on Mina's Bookshelf.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book. Mia Marlowe does a great job in the final installment in this series.
Bukgoddess More than 1 year ago
Mia Marlowe returns with another of her tales mixed with sharp wit, supernatural gifts and the elements sensual romance. Another highly enjoyable read, Touch of a Scoundrel is the third installment in Mia&rsquo;s &ldquo;Scandal&rdquo; series! As a young child, Griffin Titus Preston Nash could see the future in things he touched. His ability, considered by his mother, as a gift due him through she side of the family, his father however, the Earl of Devonwood had other ideas. Griffin knew where the Earl stood in his opinions of the gift he held, as each time Griffin had the courage to voice one of his sendings to his father the result was a beating. Regardless of the fact that the sendings always came true, (usually within twelve hours time), Griffin hoped the beating he would receive would also keep his father safe, for this sending was of the Earl&rsquo;s impending death. At fourteen years of age, Griffin became the Earl of Devonwood, not only responsible for his father&rsquo;s estate but his mother and younger brother and sister. Unable to change a single outcome in the scenes that played before him, Griffin finally stopped trying. Now, a confirmed bachelor, &ldquo;Devon&rdquo; as he has come to be known, spends his life trying to keep his mother the Dowager Countess, living within the means she feels deserved of, providing for his bother&rsquo;s great adventure and the upcoming debut of his sister. Unfortunately, for Devon he was also responsible for the vast estate and those who rely on him for their very livelihood. In an effort to meet everyone&rsquo;s needs Devon turns to cards, (which could not lie to him), to subsidize his income. During an early morning stroll in his garden to help relieve his headache after a late night foray at his club, Devon encounters a lone woman upon a bench, drawing in a sketchbook, which Devon cannot help but admire. Their conversation turns to the missing Earl and Miss. Farnsworth spares no mercy in her opinion of the scoundrel he must be. Unfortunately, before Devon has the chance let her know that he is person she is waiting for, his gift chooses to intercede and fate sends a glimpse of what is to come. For once in his life, Devon will relish his gift, for very soon if he has any say in the matter, Miss Emmaline Farnsworth will no longer be a stranger. However, can his gift also be used to reveal the identity of the true scoundrel within their midst?