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Desperately Seeking a Scoundrel (The Rescued from Ruin Series) Audio CD – Unabridged, March 1, 2021
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Miss Sarah Battersby is in dire need of a man, preferably one skilled at deception. Upon her father's death, she will be left with no home and nary a penny. With time running out, she must either accept the proposal of a man she loathes, or stall long enough to secure a teaching position by telling one teensy, trifling lie—that she is promised to someone else . . . who doesn't technically exist. But Sarah refuses to be defeated by insignificant details. The answer lies in finding the right man for the job. And, as luck would have it, she has stumbled on just the candidate . . . though he could use a little patching up.
Desperately seeking a refuge . . .
Where Lord Colin Lacey goes, trouble follows—even when he attempts to do right. Tortured and hunted by a brutal criminal, he is rescued from death's door by the stubborn, oddly fetching Miss Battersby. In return, she asks one small favor: Pretend to be her fiancé. Temporarily, of course. With danger nipping his heels, he knows it is wrong to want her, wrong to agree to her terms. But when has Colin Lacey ever done the sensible thing?
Desperately seeking a love to conquer all . . .
As lies turn to longing, and longing to something deeper, they realize it will take more than passion to see them through the danger to come. They will need a plan. They will need family. Above all, they will need a love strong enough to steel a lady's resolve and transform a scoundrel’s heart.
Contains mature themes.
About the Author
Reading romance novels came easily to Elisa Braden. Shes been doing it since she was twelve. Writing them? That took a little longer. After graduating with degrees in creative writing and history, Elisa spent entirely too many years in real jobs, writing T-shirt copyand other peoples resumesand articles about giftware displays. But that was before she woke up and started dreaming about the very unreal job of being a romance novelist. Frankly, she figures better late than never. Elisa lives in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest, where youre constitutionally required to like the colors green and gray. Good thing she does. Other items on the like list include cute dogs, strong coffee, and epic movies. Of course, her favorite thing of all is hearing from readers who love her characters as much as she does.
- ASIN : B08Z5LSZ5S
- Publisher : Tantor and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (March 1, 2021)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8200416295
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 5.7 inches
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Sarah is the impoverished daughter of a vicar and head mistress of a girls school - at least until her very ill father passes. On a trip back home from London, she happens upon a very badly beaten Colin. She brings him home and nurses him back to health. She then persuades him to pretend to be her betrothed to save her from a very persistent suitor.
Colin agrees to help Sarah - but knows he is in danger and therefore she will be as well if he doesn't leave as soon as possible.
Colin is a hunted man and a man haunted by his past mistakes - which to be honest, are HUGE and almost unforgivable. He is attracted to Sarah, but doesn't think he is, nor will he ever be worthy of her. Knowing her has made a profound difference in his life - he wants to be a better man and he knows that he can't be trusted around her. He leaves and knows that he will never forget her.
When Colin leaves - Sarah misses him but she never expected him to be interested in someone like her. Her father passes away and she and her mother are preparing to leave for Bath, when Colin's past shows up on her doorstep, she is desperate to warn him and convinces her mother to tell her where he is.
She shows up at the estate he is staying at and doesn't recognize the gorgeous stranger with Colin's voice at the door.
Colin is beyond shocked and elated to see Sarah - the way Ms. Braden described the scene was perfect - just perfect.
This time Colin persuades Sarah to come to London and pose as his betrothed - to protect her, of course.
This was the only part of the book that seemed standard HR fare - the deliberate misunderstanding of the others feelings and motivations. These two dance around their feelings - neither believing that the other feels the same way. They marry because Colin believes it is the only way to protect Sarah (of course that's why, why else would he insist that they marry?)
Things with the villain come to a head not long after they marry and even after threat has passed, these two don't see what is obvious to anyone who has eyes.
But the declaration was worth the wait - it was very sweet and very heartfelt.
The book is well written, flows along at a decent pace, has a really nasty villain, some very warm love scenes (I would have liked more - but Ms. Braden nailed it - any more and I would have doubted Colin's redemption) and a very sweet love story. Plus as a bonus we get to catch up with Victoria, Lucien, Harrison and Jane!
I am happy to recommend this book and cannot wait to see who is "ruined" next!
Then when everyone gets to London, things take a turn. The girl loses her brain and Colin's character seems to lose something. I'm sure this is to show Colin's growth. But he does have it bad for Sarah and that does come through.
I gave it an extra star due to way hotter sex scenes, and way more blood and violence. After all it is Colin's story. And for one who fell so hard his story had to be just a bit more savage. Besides that's why I read these books. I hate reading to 85 percent and all there is, is a kiss.
I read lots of disappointing reviews about this book. But I bought it anyway, and thought it was the best in the series so far.
There's a lot going on in this one, and I'm just not a writer. But I liked the way Colin loves his horse,and when his horse gets cut, it sorta foreshadowed the wound that Sarah gets at the end.
If you're reading the series don't skip this one!
Lord Colin Lacey has made many mistakes over his life and his misdeeds have caught up to him. He is being hunted by a creditor who wants a pound of flesh. Colin has not led a good life, he has not been altruistic and he knows he needs to be a better person.
Sarah Battersby finds Colin along the road to London badly beaten. She takes him into her village home and there she nurses him back to health. Sarah though has her own problems, her family is destitute and worse she has an odious man pursuing her, circling like a vulture just waiting to pounce when she runs completely out of money. Sarah sees a short term answer to her problems, she will pretend that Colin is her betrothed.
Colin at first does not want to be part of Sarah’s plan. After all, he has a vindictive man pursing him, one who is lethal and he does not want to endanger Sarah. Colin to his credit, is trying to turn over a new leaf, although he is quite taken with Sarah.
The leads have a fine tension between them. They are protective of each other. They are both loyal to the other and this is a fine start to their relationship. They want to believe the best in each other. They are both self-sacrificing and Sarah really does help Colin see himself in a better light. Colin must learn to forgive himself and Sarah’s unconditional acceptance paves the road for this. Sarah is the kind of heroine I have always enjoyed, kind, loyal and generous and non-judgmental. Colin is the kind of character I like to read about, one who becomes a better man as his story moves along. Together they are a wonderful couple.
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I particularly liked the start of the book covering how Colin and Sarah met. The characters are sympathetic and Colin has matured from the shallow and self-centred young man he was in Book 1. He was then justifiably a figure of contempt, but I found myself liking him a lot and quite able to see what Sarah saw in him! It was difficult to put down as I was keen to see how the plot evolved. I would recommend this book, and will be looking, myself, to finding Book 2 and anticipating Book 4 (which I believe is just due out).