I loved this, especially devilishly charismatic rake, the Marquis of St. Aubyn. Shes determined to save the Heart of Hope Orphanage and teach Saint a lesson in compassion in the process; even if it means engaging him in a provocative battle of wills and indulging in his dangerous game of seduction. If you enjoy romances with unrepentant rake heroes who just love to be bad and spirited heroines who give as good as they get, then dont miss this wonderful, engaging read. My ode to Saint: S-infully scrumptious, seductive scoundrel A-morous, amusing, and amoral rake I-rresistibly charming N-efariously naughty T-enaciously wicked I love Evies musing of Saints sex appeal.
What I liked: Saint was reported to be a rake and actually acted as one. This one had a slightly darker feeling than The Rake and both Emma and Saint had hidden depths as characters.
Saint sees Evelyn as another busybody, and with a little luck hell have her in his bed and out of the orphanage in no time, that is until hes in for his own lesson in love by Evelyn herself Theres been many reformed rake stories, but more often then not, the rake isnt really shown to be a rake in action. Even with his sexy overtures he whispers in her ear, and his hot kisses, Evelyn still wants to help the orphanage and makes a deal with a devil St.Aubryn but at the same thinks its about time she teaches him a good lesson. St.Aubryn is a rake, a scoundrel, and is tried of the fakes out there in the ton and seeing it first hand by his own family whom used him and forgot about him, life has taught St.Aubryn some hard lessons. With Evelyns help and love, Saint sees that he still has a heart, one that is full of kindness and love, the lengths Saint goes to prove hes changed makes me sigh happily The steam level between the two were smoking, and the heated whispers that Saint told in Evelyns ear made me fan myself!
The Marquis is a horrible, heartless, unconscionable person who I do not believe for a second truly redeemed himself in this book. Second, the Marquis had no redeeming qualities whatsoever. I felt like this darkness went to the core of the Marquis, at least in part because he didn't have redeeming qualities, and when it goes to the core, it can't be reformed. Third, the heroine should not be randomly attracted to the hero for no particular reason whatsoever other than it's convenient to the plot. (There was no real reason the heroine needed to interact with the Marquis at all in this book.) To make a long story short (too late): There is a fine line between a dark hero and a total jerk.
Indeed, the ending is way too rushed and I longed for Evie to stand up for herself against her family, but it has a magic that makes me love it regardless. He starts the book as a complete jerk. His naughtiness is absolutely delicious and when he eventually starts to change his ways and fall for Evie it absolutely wonderful to watch. There's a part where Evie takes charge and makes Saint listen to her that is really the moment when the book turns excellent. There are no real outside distractions to take away from watching Evie and Saint change and fall in love.
The Marquis of St Aubyn spits out these verbal jabs to male and female alike and doesnt care who he offends and its like this nearly to the end of the book! Book 2 in Enochs Lessons in Love series tells the story of St Aubyn who isnt a scarred hero like other jaded rakes, hes just someone whos always treated people as disposable because his position allowed it.
The only thing I would say is that the book could really use an Epilogue - yes we kind of get one when reading the third and final book, because Evie and Michael show up again quite frequently, but still would be nice to have it in the same book.
Her brother, Victor (the villan of our story), takes advantage of Evie's popularity and charm by using her for his political aspirations. Enter Marquis of St. Aubyn a/k/a "Saint", the Chairman of the Board of Directors. He only sits on the Board of Directors because of a clause in his late mother's Will. After an unfortunate kidnapping and several stolen kisses, Saint resorts to black-mailing Evie and even intervenes in her brother's political plans. While both Evie and Saint were self-centered and shallow at the beginning of the story, they eventually grew on me as their characters developed and I learned why they did certain things that they did.
She dabbled in romantic fantasy writing for a year or two after graduating with a degree in English from the University of California, Irvine, until her affection for traditional Regency romances led her to write one for fun. When Avon folded its traditional Regency line, Suzanne was encouraged to try her hand at historical romance. channel in the television special Star Wars: The Force Is Back, where she discussed the romance in the movie series and ended up with more air time than George Lucas. In 2010 Suzanne left Avon Books for St. Martins Press, where she continues to pen historical romance novels.