Sweetest Scoundrel

Sweetest Scoundrel SHE S TAKING CHARGEPrim proper and thrifty Eve Dinwoody is all business when it comes to protecting her brother s investment But when she agrees to control the purse strings of London s premier ple

  • Title: Sweetest Scoundrel
  • Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
  • ISBN: 0349406529
  • Page: 400
  • Format: Paperback
  • SHE S TAKING CHARGEPrim, proper, and thrifty, Eve Dinwoody is all business when it comes to protecting her brother s investment But when she agrees to control the purse strings of London s premier pleasure garden, Harte s Folly, she finds herself butting heads with an infuriating scoundrel who can t be controlled.HE S RUNNING THE SHOWBawdy and bold, Asa Makepeace doesn tSHE S TAKING CHARGEPrim, proper, and thrifty, Eve Dinwoody is all business when it comes to protecting her brother s investment But when she agrees to control the purse strings of London s premier pleasure garden, Harte s Folly, she finds herself butting heads with an infuriating scoundrel who can t be controlled.HE S RUNNING THE SHOWBawdy and bold, Asa Makepeace doesn t have time for a penny pinching prude like Eve As the garden s larger than life owner, he s already dealing with self centered sopranos and temperamental tenors He s not about to let an aristocratic woman boss him around no matter how enticing she is.BUT LOVE CONQUERS ALLIn spite of her lack of theatrical experience and her fiery clashes with Asa Eve is determined to turn Harte s Folly into a smashing success But the harder she tries to manage the stubborn rake, the harder it is to ignore his seductive charm and raw magnetism There s no denying the smoldering fire between them and trying to put it out would be the greatest folly of all.

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    1. Elizabeth Hoyt

      Elizabeth Hoyt is a New York Times bestselling author of historical romance She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with three untrained dogs and one long suffering husband.

    410 thoughts on “Sweetest Scoundrel”

    1. 3.5 to 4 stars. Review posted December 1, 2015.Family issues…September 1741London, EnglandEve Dinwoody, the sister of the Duke of Montgomery, is a tall and thin woman, with a large and long nose and according to Asa Makepeace, she's plain as a shovel and a harpy who tried to steal Harte's Folly, his pleasure garden and theater, by cutting off his credit and funds. No more money meant that the rebuilding of the theater that had been destroyed in a fire would be impeded. His dream…gone. But As [...]

    2. Asa was an ass in the beginningI started Sweetest Scoundrel looking forward to reading a historical romance where the hero isn’t an aristocratic Lordy Lord who thinks everyone should bow down to him. Well, Asa’s not an aristocrat, but he does think his employees should bloody do as he says and if they’re bowing, good. Asa Makepeace owns Harte’s Folly, a pleasure garden. To be honest I wasn’t sure what a pleasure garden was. Me and my dirty mind, thought it was going to be some kind of [...]

    3. I'm not sure I bought the romance in this one. The guy keeps mentioning how unattractive the girl is. Like, a lot. And, he isn't hard-up for female companionship. He also keeps mentioning how much of a shrew she is. Are guys really this intrigued by ugly girls with bad personalities? I'm not convinced.I guess beauty IS in the eye of the beholder. But, I liked the girl, Eve, a lot. She is suffering from PTSD and has a bodyguard who is like the best guy ever. If I were her, I would have fell for t [...]

    4. 3.25/5Not exactly what I expected, but still a decent read nonetheless.Almost the whole first half of the book bored me stiff. Honestly, the thought of putting it down flashed several times through my mind while reading this half. However, I really enjoyed Asa’s character, and somehow, I felt like I wasn’t ready to give up on his story yet. So I decided to keep reading a few more pages to see if things got better in the second half. Luckily, it did! It really made up for all the dull parts t [...]

    5. Asa, or shall we call him Ass! Bit of a fucking prick throughout most of the book. But, hey, I love those assholes. "You swear too much, you know."He fucking did. I fucking loved it. Before her he'd never touched himself in front of a woman - in front of anyone. it was a solitary activity, after all, one done out of boredom or desperation or because he didn't have a woman to serve his needs at that moment."Her breath caught on the thought. Was he saying that a woman would put her hands—her mou [...]

    6. 3.5 stars"Lily of the valley." He made her feel exotic, still dressed in her sensible gray frock, only her hair loose about her shoulders."Lily of the valley," he murmured. "I'll remember that scent forever now, and whenever I smell it again I'll think of you, Eve Dinwody. You'll be haunting my tomorrows forevermore."She gasped and turned, looking up at him. She'd thought that he'd be smiling teasingly at his words, but he looked quite serious and she stared at him in wonder. Had he always carri [...]

    7. *** 4 ***A buddy read with the MacHalo Romantics!Another lovely, although at times sad romance. It was sad because Eve, the young female bastard of a Duke and a sister to a Duke, is a very damaged young lady A very traumatic episode in her childhood has left her with phobias of male's touch and dogs, making her somewhat of a hermit, spending her time painting and doing her brother's business accounting. Asa is the youngest brother in a very religious family, whose patriarch had disowned him for [...]

    8. Well I liked this one more than I thought I would. I have not been excited for Asa’s book because thus far he has seemed like a huge jerk in his parts in the other books of the series. But then we met Eve in Dearest Rogue and I was intrigued by her.Eve is the kind of character I like. She is a bit broken. Not in a silly way either. No she had a true trauma happen to her when she was younger and now suffers from a type of PTSD. She also has a really hard time trusting people and being touched. [...]

    9. Asa Makepeace's passion is life is the theater and garden he owns called Harte's Folly. He loves it so much, he goes by Mr. Harte to most of his acquaintances. After it burned down a year ago, he found an investor in the Duke of Montgomery, and has started rebuilding. Having to rebuild the entire theater and redesign the gardens again, it takes a lot of money and he has been leaning heavily on the duke's capital to get the job finished. Asa loves this theater, but his large family has no idea he [...]

    10. I'm happy to say that this series is climbing out the hole where it was going because the Ghost disappeared and the characters are more interesting then the last books!We have a really good couple here!Eve - straitlaced, not beautiful (finally!!!), prickly, suffereng from PTSD silently. I loved her! She was so well described and so true that I was sorry for her and cheering her on at the same time!The way she wanted very much to overcome her fears was so great!Asa - basic, loyal, foul-mouthed wa [...]

    11. This will be short and sweet.I'm am truly enjoying this series. I love Elizabeth Hoyt's writing and may I say she can write some very sensual scenes. ❤I wasn't sure about these two. Asa, as Mo so perfectly put it in her review, was a bit of a prick for most of the book and Eve was a bit of a plain Jane. But they both grew on me and I ended up liking them quite a bit. The ending was rather sweet too. I'm looking forward to #10.

    12. Solid/Strong 4 stars – Historical RomanceAnother great addition to Ms. Hoyt’s fabulous Maiden Lane series. The H/h were wonderful together, and I especially loved the heroine’s footman/bodyguard/friend, Jean-Marie. I’m really looking forward to Val’s book, Duke of Sin.

    13. The Makepeaces are better as central characters than secondary. I used to find Asa aggravating, but in this? Not so much. I loved his patience, although he wasn't. I loved his dirty yet sweet mouth, and I loved his passion for his job. When I read The Governess Affair, I realized that hair pins can be ridiculously hot. They worked here too. Though this book wasn't dealing with light subjects, with Eve (smart-as-a-whip Eve) having suffered trauma-I did like how light it seemed. Asa and Eve gave g [...]

    14. RELEASE DAY REVIEWThis is the ninth book in the excellent Maiden Lane series and each time I marvel at Elizabeth Hoyt’s ability to make every book such an outstanding read.At the age of nineteen, Asa was disowned and disinherited by his sanctimonious father for wanting to work at Harte’s Folly. Luckily he found a home with the kindly Sir Stanley Harte who was more like a father than his own father ever was. Even after his father’s death, he no longer feels he fits in with the rest of the f [...]

    15. 3.5 StarsLoved Asa but I could not connect with Eve for some reason. I still love this series though. _______________________One of my favorite series ever! Hoping this one is a goodie!

    16. I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars.Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series of books set in Georgian London has been consistently entertaining, well-written and researched and has produced a number of memorable characters and sensual love stories which have proved incredibly popular. Amazingly, now nine books in, the series shows no sign of running out of steam, as this latest offering, Sweetest Scoundrel is another enjoyable tale, this time taking a most unlikely couple as its protag [...]

    17. Warning: possible spoilers!So, here it is, long awaited, high expectations, etc and Elizabeth Hoyt didn't disappoint! Not me, anyway. She is a master storyteller! There are already some lovely reviews and there's probably not really much to add. Only a few thoughts that I had along the way whilst reading the book.1. The atmosphere and settingOne of the things that amaze me every time I read one of her books, is how EH creates the world her characters live in. The gowns, the carriages, the houses [...]

    18. Am I imagining or was there another couple whose story needs to be told. The one where the guy complemented the girl "Your beauty dazzles and leaves me blind" and girl replies "how inconvenient I hope you get your sight back soon" lol I am paraphrasing but those lines stayed with me. Why is she introducing all these new characters???

    19. ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth HoytBook Nine of the Maiden Lane seriesPublisher: Grand Central PublishingPublication Date: November 24, 2015Rating: 4 starsSource: ARC sent by the publisher***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***Summary (from ):SHE'S TAKING CHARGEPrim, proper, and thrifty, Eve Dinwoody is all business when it comes to protecting her brother's investment. But when she agrees to control the purse string [...]

    20. 3.5 stars The beginning of this book was slow and didn't draw me in as quickly as Hoyt's books usually do. I suppose it makes sense it was slow in terms of Eve's character and her history. This is a story of opposites attract. Plot: Eve is her half brother, the Duke of Montgomery's accountant and overseeing his investment in Harte's Folly, a theatre/pleasure garden place. Asa Makepeace is Mr. Harte, the owner/manager of Harte's Folly. Asa isn't very fond of answering to anyone or keeping books. [...]

    21. I've given this a B for narration and a B+ for content at AudioGals.In Sweetest Scoundrel, the ninth book in her long-running Maiden Lane series of set in Georgian London, Elizabeth Hoyt once again features a member of the Makepeace family. In it, big, brawny and bawdy Asa, who has hovered in the background in a number of the earlier books, finally gets his own story.Known to London’s entertainment world as Mr Harte, Asa Makepeace is the owner of Harte’s Folly, the popular pleasure garden wh [...]

    22. I was so excited to win a copy of this gem from the folks!!! Then when I got the book yesterday I was jumping up and down and my son looked at me and rolled his eyes and said Mom I am so glad I have no friends here to see this. I just laughed and promptly ripped my happy package open and proceeded to read this awesome read. Before he left the room I heard him mutter, sure am glad I can feed myself because I guess she won't be cooking tonight. He was right!!! This was a wonderful read and Asa an [...]

    23. 4.5 starsGuess who's back, back again. Hoyt is back, tell a friend. After missing the magic in a couple of the middling Maiden Lane books and seriously scratching my head wondering what had happened to one of my favorite series, Sweetest Scoundrel provided the answer. They didn't include a Makepeace. Asa Makepeace, an 'aggressive, foul-mouthed theatre manager' provided all the gas lit drama and flare that I had been missing - and when his wild-poetic side came out - I knew that I was a Hoyt beli [...]

    24. 4.5 StarsSweetest Scoundrel is another successful romance in Hoyt's super popular Maiden Lane series. I have been devouring these books since the beginning and I am happy that they continue to be of the highest quality. I am also left wanting more which is always a good sign.Eve Dinwoody is the illegitimate half-sister of the notorious Duke of Montgomery and she helps him by protecting his business interests in London including the renovation of the Harte's Folly pleasure garden. Things get comp [...]

    25. NB: I received my copy of this book free in a First Reads giveaway, but that has not affected the content of my review.NBII: This review is six months late, and I did not like the book.NBIII: I will probably never win another giveaway.—I originally rated this three stars after finishing it because there was a cute dog in it and I allowed myself to be emotionally manipulated by its presence, but the further I get from it, the more I’m just like, no, I didn’t like this. It didn’t work fo [...]

    26. The Maiden Lane series by Elizabeth Hoyt continues to be one of my favorite Historical Romances out there. I think Hoyt is readily able to give readers unique stories that both capture the reader’s attention and also offer something different to what’s already out there at the moment.In SWEETEST SCOUNDREL, we are introduced to Eve Dinwoody who has come to Harte’s Folly to investigate her brother’s latest investment. The man in charge, Asa Makepeace aka Harte, assures her that everything [...]

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