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rating by Hilary, Nov 13, 2016
"I sat down in the evening to read a couple of chapters of Elisabeth Hobbes' book, "The Saxon Outlaw's Revenge" with my cocoa before I went to bed. In the early hours of the next morning, I finished it. There was no way, once I had started, that I could put it down. The story was page-turning and fast paced, but even better than that, it felt real. Not once did I think, "that could not have happened," or, "that's a strange thing for someone like that to do." From the first page, the story had atmosphere. I could feel the cold and the rain, smell the smoke from the fires. The tension in the opening scene gripped me. A lot of research had gone into the book, but it was never obvious. Instead, there was a feeling that this author knew her subject well and could be trusted to deliver. If the story had one flaw, it was that Robert de Coudray was too unremittingly awful. From page one, he was not just villainous, but unsympathetic, a bogeyman. He had no redeeming features at all, and I found myself wondering why anyone would promote him to the position he was in, trust him, follow him or fall in with his schemes. He had no charm, not even a surface niceness, nothing to make anyone take him seriously. However, the other main characters were so engaging that his one-dimensionality did not detract from the story. I will definitely be reading more of this author's work, and recommending it to my friends."
The Saxon Outlaw`s Revenge by Elisabeth Hobbes
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rating by Hilary, Oct 9, 2012
"I loved this book. So often, the "rakes" in Regency romances are not really rakes, just normal men with a little backbone. It's great to find a rake who is exactly what it says on the cover. Riordan Barratt doesn't have an honourable intention in his body, and even when he could lose everything because of his behaviour, he cannot seem to help himself. He is perfect! On top of which, the whole story centres around his bad boy image, so his rakishness is not just thrown in to the mix, but is essential. My one reservation is that I could not immediately bring to mind the heroine's name after having finished reading, but to be honest, that's something that happens a lot. As long as I can remember the heroes, I know the book was enjoyable. I'll certainly be reading more of Ms Scott's work when it comes out. Thank you for the enjoyable afternoon."
How to Sin Successfully by Bronwyn Scott
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rating by Hilary, Sep 25, 2012
"The book was beautifully written, a page turner. The story built nicely, showing us how Ashe had become the way he was, and showing us his path back to happiness. I did guess who had done what almost from the start, but I don't think it was meant to be much of a surprise - there was one major surprise that I did not see coming, and it shocked me. I liked that very much. If I had one criticism, it would be that, once again, the man called a rake wasn't really. He was misunderstood, unhappy, damaged, but he was as honourable as every other gentleman in his own way, and he was not a true rake. That seemed to matter more in this case, because the first book of the trilogy, "How to disgrace a lady" had a REAL bad boy, and the story hinged on him being bad and less than honourable at the start. Ms Scott has given us heroes like that before, with Paine Ramsden, for example, and they are wonderful, but they do serve to make their more honourable brothers just a tad disappointing. That is what lost the book the last of the five roses. A rake who IS a rake, coming towards redemption through the love of a good woman, that's what I want, not a decent man pretending. Having said that, if Ms Scott keeps writing books of this calibre, I will keep reading them. She's one of those authors, if I see their name on the cover, I buy. Simple as that."
How to Ruin a Reputation by Bronwyn Scott