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13 March 2010

Book Review and Tour: To Sin With A Scoundrel by Cara Elliott

Title: To Sin With A Scoundrel
Author: Cara Elliott
Publisher: Forever Special Release
Publication Date: March 1, 2010
Paperback: 384 pages
ISBN: 9780446541299
Genre: Historical Romance

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About the Book:

A reclusive widow known for her scientific scholarship, Lady Ciara Sheffield is shadowed by rumors that she poisoned her husband . . . A rakehell rogue notorious for his devil-may-care antics, Lucas Bingham--the Earl of Hadley--is not accused of murdering anything--save for the rules of Polite Society. The only thing they have in common is seeing their names featured in the lurid gossip columns of London's newspapers. Until an ancient manuscript draws them together.

Ciara needs a titled fiancé to quell the slanderous speculations which may send her to the gallows. Lucas needs brilliant scholar to help his elderly uncle decipher the secrets of the mysterious manuscript. So when her friends urge her to accept the earl's proposal of a temporary alliance, Ciara decides that she has no choice but to make a deal with the Devil. And so begins a seductive dance of sinful pleasures and hidden desires as the two of them waltz through the mansions of Mayfair. Lies, intrigue, treachery, sex. They find themselves facing slanderous whispers, unscrupulous relatives-not to speak of their own simmering passions, which quickly ignite into dangerous flames. It's a potent mix and the result may be explosive-and perhaps deadly-if they don't watch their step.

My Review:

The novel is told in alternating narratives between Lady Ciara Sheffield and Lord Hadley, both of whom are rather infamous. Lady Ciara has a brilliant scientific mind and rumours are circulating that she poisoned her husband. Lord Hadley on the other hand has been making the gossip section due to his rather rakish behaviour. While Lady Ciara has her young son Peregrine to focus on as well as her scientific endeavours along with the other ladies in The Circle of Sin, Lord Hadley has his chums and many ladies. Lady Ciara and Lord Hadley could not be more opposite, however, the prevailing belief is opposites attract and what brings this extremely opposite pair together is none other than Sir Henry Phelps. Lard Hadley's uncle, Sir Henry Phelps, has come into possession of a manuscript that may possibly be an ancient scientific treatise. Knowing the brilliance of Lady Hadley, he has requested his nephew bring her the manuscript in hopes that she and the Society of Sin may be able to translate and verify the contents. To Sin With A Scoundrel is the first novel in Cara Elliott's newest Regency Series, Circle of Sin. Her female characters, especially the members of the Circle of Sin are highly intelligent for the era and of course the new man is not only devilishly handsome he is also a rogue who needs to be tamed. Whether or not Lady Ciara and Lord Hadley are able to come together as a couple remains to be seen, as both are equally matched when it comes to stubbornness. Elliott's novel is written with wit, intelligence, and intriguing characters. Unlike some romantic historical works, this one has a few unexpected plot twists throughout the novel. To Sin With A Scoundrel is a delightful and intellectual romantic historical novel in Elliot's newest series. The Circle of Sin series is off to a brilliant beginning.

About the Author:

I started creating books at the age of five, or so my mother tells me. And she has the proof — a neatly penciled story, the pages lavishly illustrated with full color crayon drawings of horses and bound with staples — to back up her claim. I have since moved on from Westerns to writing about Regency England, a time and place that has captured my imagination ever since I opened the covers of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
I have a BA and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University and now work as the creative director of a lifestyle sporting magazine, a job which lets me combine my love of the printed word with my love of art. I’m very fortunate in that my work allows me to travel to interesting destinations around the world — however, my favorite spot is London, where the funky antique markets and used book stores offer a wealth of inspiration for my stories.


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I received a complimentary copy of To Sin With A Scoundrel by Cara Elliott from Hachette as part of the tour. Receiving a free copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.


1 comment:

Mary said...

Nice review - can't wait to read it. I won't have to wait long because I won it in another blog giveaway last month and it arrived in the mail this week - yay! : )