Now that his two closest friends are disgustingly ensconced in domestic bliss, Bram is feeling strangely restless. And not even relieving London's least deserving artistocrats of their ill-gotten jewels is enough—until the night he overhears an argument. It seems that Lady Rosamund Davies is about to be forced into marriage with a rogue even worse than himself. Rose is well aware of Bram's scandalous reputation, so any reason for his sudden interest in her is suspect; more so since he's close friends with the man about to ruin her family!
She has her own plan though, and Bram may be just what she requires—as long as she remembers that he is only looking out for himself. As long as she remembers that his kisses and caresses don't mean anything. As long as she can keep from wondering whether she can trust a scoundrel. I'll come to that in a bit. So, Bram is a long-time friend and previous protege of Cosgrove, and he takes an interest in Rose because Cosgrove has taken an interest in her.
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In my opinion, it wasn't insta-love, but it was instant curiosity. Rose is "plain", and her family isn't rich, so it's not clear to Bram how someone like her can catch the eye of someone as powerful as Cosgrove. But, as he pursues his curiosity, he finds himself drawn to her at the same time, until he realizes he can't bear to hand her over to Cosgrove. There's a lot of internal struggle before he reaches this point. On the other hand, Rose reaches this realization much later than even Bram does, because she feels duty-bound to her family. All her life she's cast in the role as the one who holds the family together, so it's understandable that she would struggle coming to terms with the fact that her family sold her off to a monster, and that she has a right to refuse or run away.
At this point, they begin plotting an escape. It's problematic on a lot of levels.
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Bram is basically violating the bro code by snatching Rose from his "friend", who, feeling the slight, doubles his efforts to separate them; Rose can't leave her family in debt, even if the debt isn't her fault; they both don't have a lot of access to money - Bram being a second son - and, since Cosgrove's now onto them, they don't have much time. So, Bram pushes his luck in gambling to try to raise enough money either to pay the debt, or to help Rose run away. It sounds like he's "rescuing" Rose, but what I admire in Rose is that she permits him to do those things for her.
She decides to trust him, and if he doesn't deliver, she vows to take things into her hands. In all this, I never felt she was a damsel in distress. I mean, even with her limited choices and with the way her circumstances seem to cast her as a victim, Rose always seemed to call on the strength to keep going. Part of the resolution of the conflict was also tied with character development on Bram's part, which I highly appreciated.
It all made their HEA well-earned and extremely satisfying. My only gripe with this was that I found the beginning to be slow, and in fact skimmed the first two or three chapters, especially the parts with Bram's very scathing and cynical internal monologue or dialogue about how much he dislikes his friend's domestic bliss, yada yada. He bitched so much about it I began to wonder if he was secretly jealous or insecure, instead of the tough, I-don't-need-anyone machismo he's trying to project. All in all, though, this was a highly enjoyable read.
I would definitely reread it again in the future. May 20, Erin rated it liked it Shelves: romance. I liked this book, but it was kind of a disappointing end to the series. I think Bram is my favorite character from the series. He's the most depraved and gets most of the best lines. But there is, unfortunately, a lot in his book that just didn't quite work. The bad cover art notwithstanding, even. First, the Love at First Sight stuff was kind of unnecessary.
We're told repeatedly that Bram has been with a lot of women, but then he meets Rose, who touches his arm once, and he's a goner. It's I liked this book, but it was kind of a disappointing end to the series. It's hokey, and it's also pretty unnecessary; I don't need for it to be Twoo Wuv from the get-go because there are a lot of other things going on between Rose and Bram that are far more compelling reasons for them to fall in love.
Bram thinks to himself at one point that Rose has all of the qualities he most admires in his friends, for instance, and Rose and Bram come from families that ostracize them in similar ways, so they have lot in common. Why have all the weird cosmic stuff when they first meet? Second, Cosgrove is an annoyingly one-dimensional villain. There's a lot of space there for him to be more interesting—he and Bram are friends at the beginning of the novel, after all—and he's just not, he's all evil all the time.
And he gets his at the end of the novel in an almost cartoonish way. Third, I feel like Rose, for being the sheltered second daughter of a prominent family, is way more worldly than is believable. When she and Bram inevitably have sex, she's remarkably knowledgeable. But, on the other hand, Bram is still a great character. He's got a Robin Hood act going in the beginning of the novel and I thought it would be a repeat of the previous books, with Bram nobly committing crimes in order to serve some greater goal, but he ends up giving up the thievery when he meets Rose though not because she inspires goodness in him, mostly just because he's too distracted.
Phin and Sullivan also come back in this novel, and I think they are around just enough. Jan 02, Ilze rated it really liked it Shelves: suzanne-enoch , 4-star-keepers. Yes - Hortencia has the right summation - "a decent read". I enjoyed the book, but not as much as "After the Kiss". More character development of Bram and Rose, and Cosgrove too for that matter, would have deepened my enjoyment of the story. The initial attraction between Bram and Rose happened too abruptly for me, and didn't really have much motivation, although once that hurdle was done, the rest of the love story developed nicely.
The ending for Cosgrove is a bit disturbing, but ingenious, Yes - Hortencia has the right summation - "a decent read". The ending for Cosgrove is a bit disturbing, but ingenious, and is better than the villain's end in Meredith Duran's "Lady's Lesson in Scandal". There were a couple of points in the book that struck me as anachronistic - the scene where Bram and his niece and nephew are literally "playing for peanuts" - I'm not at all sure that peanuts would have been a cheap and plentiful comestible in England in That scene didn't work for me because of this.
Also Cosgrove's "addiction" to absinthe - yes, absinthe had been invented a few years before in France but it was nowhere near as notorious in as it was later in the 19th century. If he had to be depicted as a drug addict, an opium addiction would have made more sense for that time. Despite the flaws I'm giving it 4 stars because a I couldn't put it down and b I know I'll be re-reading it at some time in the future and hopefully enjoying it even more.
Apr 16, Ruth rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-romance , bad-boy-badass-s-o-b-rake-hero , non-classical-beauty-heroine , regency-victorian , series.
Ooh, I enjoyed this one. The hero is a rake trying to reform, after realising his exploits, intended to relieve himself of boredom, don't work any more. The heroine is trying to keep together her family, which neither wants her nor appreciates her and is perfectly willing to sell her in marriage. It was a great read and Bram is a great hero, but I've kept this one with a score of 4 for a number of reasons that bothered me. We hear that the hero is a complete scoundrel, and the villain he runs Ooh, I enjoyed this one.
We hear that the hero is a complete scoundrel, and the villain he runs around with certainly is a deviant, but apart from one or two things, like sleeping around and doing a Robin Hood thing, he struck me as naughty than rakish. I don't appreciate it when authors tell me how wicked a hero is, and keep telling me, without any evidence. Maybe he could have started out doing something really unforgiveable at the beginning, or even been a hero whose reputation is more wicked than reality, but this bothered me all the way through. I never really got what the hero saw in the heroine, other than the old sparks-when-we-touch chestnut.
She seemed nice enough, and her lack of conventional beauty didn't bother me, nor did her loyalty to her undeserving family after all, as an unmarried woman she really had absolutely no choice, and I really thought this was a great plot , but I didn't really buy the everlasting love thing between these two. Having said all that, it was a very enjoyable read. Mar 12, Huong rated it did not like it. This could've been a 2 star rating but the author's narrative of Rosamund and her family was so gosh darn annoying.
Rosamund's "loving" brother puts the family in major debt with gambling losses but instead of being even a tad contrite, he thinks he is doing his sister a favor because she is being bartered to even the loss. For an 18 year old boy, his insipid presence throughout the book made it so agitating for me to want to read further. And Rosamund, she was OK being traded off to a husband w This could've been a 2 star rating but the author's narrative of Rosamund and her family was so gosh darn annoying.
And Rosamund, she was OK being traded off to a husband who basically threatened to rape her doggystyle than have her family suffer being poor. The romance with Bram was not enough to make up for this atrocious book. Jun 13, LuvGirl rated it it was ok Shelves: dead-tree-book , dull-heroine , rake-playboy , dnfpage-try , 2-stars , what-did-he-see-in-her.
This book started off good but quickly went downhilI fast without an interesting heroine. I could not see what in the world the hero saw in this woman. They did not make a good couple. The hero was a rake that had an appealing personality. I wanted to know more about him, but the heroine did not stand out at all. She seemed dull with nothing special to recommend her,not beauty, not spunk, not spine, not even self perservation since she was willing to marry a cruel man she hated to save her fami This book started off good but quickly went downhilI fast without an interesting heroine.
She seemed dull with nothing special to recommend her,not beauty, not spunk, not spine, not even self perservation since she was willing to marry a cruel man she hated to save her family. I knew I would never have been able to get into this story. I would need a heroine I could admire and understand why the hero fell in love with her, but this book does not offer even that basic element. Mar 31, Becca rated it really liked it.
I think I have discovered a formula that Suzanne Enoch uses, typically to great effect. Girl is wholesome. Guy meets girl and unexpected sparks fly. Guy begins thinking about marriage A LOT. Girl has less than wholesome thoughts about guy. Characters from other books in the series family or close friends band together to help guy and girl. Guy and girl can be together. Happily ever after, the I think I have discovered a formula that Suzanne Enoch uses, typically to great effect.
Happily ever after, the end. Am I disappointed in this? Not really. Enoch excels at bringing unlikely characters together and creating a fun, intimate atmosphere among family and friends. It makes for a nice read. But at the same time, because I have read this storyline before, I could not give Always a Scoundrel 5 stars. I enjoyed the read, but not as much as some of the others with this trope. Bromwell is a rake.
Enoch really does seem to like her bad boys. I do not think they are great husband material, but in this instance, I actually believed the transformation. Bromwell made some mistakes in his youth that set him off the path of a clean life. His friends are happily married and Brom realizes he is bored and dissatisfied with his current existence.
Rose is a bit of a martyr for a family that does not appreciate her. She is about to be traded in marriage for a debt her silly, irresponsible, completely shallow brother made for himself with a monster who looks like an angel i. Brom is attracted to Rose's goodness and sees her as a way for him to do something different in his life. He offers to help. Unexpectedly, Brom also finds the ordinary-looking Rose intriguing which contrasts with the ennui he had been battling on a daily basis before he met her.
As the book progresses, we see Brom steadily shift his attitude. I really enjoyed this. He slowly determined for himself what he wanted with his life and set aside his pride in order to make amends. However, there is still a rakish side of him that never goes away. This is why I found this reformed rake book so believable. We still saw glimmers of the old Brom, but at the same time, we saw how he was able to understand what his dissatisfaction with his life stemmed from and how he slowly came to the realization that his life needed to change in order for him to be happy.
I could believe that this was more of a difference in attitude without a complete change in character. Brom was still Brom, but he discovered that he was ready for something different. As you can tell, this story focused more on the hero than the heroine. Rose was an interesting case. She was a level-headed good person stuck with a family of self-centered imbeciles. Initially, she acquiesced to being sacrificed for the family, but soon realized that she deserved a bit more.
She may have started Brom on a path of change, but Brom also changed her. In a nutshell, I enjoyed this book, particularly because I liked the hero. It is not often that we are in the head of the hero so much and I liked his wit, dry humor, self-evaluation, and charm. Jan 03, J.
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Leigh Hunter rated it liked it Shelves: regency , romance , historical. It was a good ending to The Notorious Gentlemen series, although, in my opinion, still not as strong as After the Kiss. But then he sees that Lady Rosamund is going to be forced into marriage by his tutor, his not-anymore-friend, Kingston Gore, the Marquis of Cosgrove, a man with an even blacker soul than his own. It was a nice enough book. It was a forced plot point to ensure a triptych series of thieves with a heart of gold.
It was silly and stupid, and I feel the story was going very well—and strong! It was subtle, and even at the end you could still catch a bit of his sarcastic nature. Rose succeeded in breaking in her stallion without damaging his spirit. And Rose herself was a nice character. Still strong even though she was resigned to marry a man who, even to her knowledge, would destroy her spirit, both in bed and in public. Sex This book had some good tension.
And, well, Bram has to show her that as well. Jul 20, KarenF rated it really liked it Shelves: historical , kindle , romance. I realized something while reading this one. When I read a historical romance my thoughts depend so much on the heroine and her support network. When a heroine has a great supportive family, like the Bridgertons, the Bedwyns or the Hathaways, I can get carried away in the "romance" of the times. Horseback rides! Carriage rides!
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So, this was one of the latter situations. Betrothed to a psychopath to cover her brother's gambling debts, I have to admit that I don't think I would have been as brave as Rose and I would have run away as soon as Bram suggested it. But obviously, there's no romance in girl meets boy, girl runs away so Rose sticks it out. Knowing Cosgrove, Bram understands it. Bram feels like he's cut from the same cloth as Cosgrove but really, there's a difference being enjoying your pleasures without apology and actually enjoying another person's fear. Bram's an ass when the book starts, there's no doubt.
He's rebelling against his father long past the point where he should have grown up. But he's never cruel for cruelty's sake. Rose also begins their acquaintance thinking that Bram and Cosgrove are more alike. But as she comes to know him she realizes that Bram is a much better man before he does. Once Bram is fully on board with getting Rose out of her situation, the romance takes off and the two are well matched. There were some lighter touches to balance the darkness of Rose's situation.
I loved Bram's conversations with his servants and how every commented when his attire started to change. And I loved the way Rose could deflate him from his "prince of darkness" routine with common sense. The series wrapped up nicely and I'm looking forward to more Suzanne Enoch. May 05, Gail rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-romance. I have now read this book twice. Found it in a bag of books I brought back from RWA conference, and couldn't remember reading it, so I started glancing through it again. And I got hooked. Read the whole thing all over again.
Hero has spent his life trying to live down to his father's worst expectations--which were pretty low.
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Now he's back, his bes I have now read this book twice. Now he's back, his best friends from the army who did wild and crazy things with him are now married, and he's bored. He has nobody to do wild things with, so he goes back to his villainous mentor, and takes up burglarizing houses to annoy Dad, giving away his loot to a church. He stumbles across a plot by this mentor to marry an innocent young woman, and curious--since she seems to be in the same position he is--contrives to meet her. And he's hooked. The hero kept trying not to do nice things, but he just gets dragged deeper and deeper into the complications.
I loved this story. It's a true story of redemption. Aug 04, J. Ostrowski rated it it was amazing. There was a moment near the beginning when I was so overcome with amusement and surprise I nearly said "Bram! This was my favorite by far of the Notorious Gentlemen series. With Bram's previous minor rolls in the first two books, we see the side his friends see. He carries the label of scoundrel but he's there to help - quite selflessly despite his declarations to the contrary.
So when submerged into his own life I was in fact surprised to find he IS a sco There was a moment near the beginning when I was so overcome with amusement and surprise I nearly said "Bram! So when submerged into his own life I was in fact surprised to find he IS a scoundrel.
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And quite a delicious one at that. Oct 19, Kat rated it really liked it. I enjoyed the first 2 books in this series, and I was looking forward to this one because I found Bram to be the most intriguing of the 3 notorious gentlemen. And it was good He was bad for the sake of being bad because he was bored. And really, he didn't seem all that bad to me. But the chemistry between Rose and Bram was great, and the story was entertaining enough. Jan 22, Christy Stewart rated it really liked it Shelves: regency , historical , reviewed , romance , plain-jane-ugly , virgin , wallflower.
Enoch is a good writer of characters so although I was interested and fond of who I was suppose to be until the end the plot was a bit silly. I mean, that's gross but some people are into that. Aug 19, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: library-books , fiction-romance , fiction-unfinished-series. Not her best. It seemed to me that she had borrowed a few ideas from other romances and recreated them, inferiorly. Bramwell's motive for being a cat burglar was very weak and seemed to simply be a plot device so that Enoch could show the scandalous ways that he needed to be reformed or saved from.
Jun 25, Keri rated it really liked it Shelves: reviewed , romance-historical , s-read. This was a great finish to the trilogy. I wish that SE would have wrote a few more in this series. I would have liked to have seen Phin's brother William find someone, as well as his sister Beth. The ending was sweet on this one and the type I love to see.
Jun 25, Samantha Brody rated it really liked it Shelves: adult , historical , romance , Dec 28, Beverly rated it really liked it Shelves: adult , historical , military-ex. Like, Rosamund is being forced into a marriage with a terrible man who promises to be horrible to her once they're married, and Bram, a somewhat friend to Kingston, takes it upon himself to save Rosamund from that fate. They end up spending a lot of time together, simultaneously plotting to break off the betrothal and preparing Rosamund for the marriage in case they fail.
I had a few problems with this book and it's mainly the lack of i bram and rosamund This book had such an interesting premise. I had a few problems with this book and it's mainly the lack of information. For one, Rosamund is constantly saying her family does not appreciate everything she does for them and that they'll miss her when she's gone, but the only thing, and I literally mean the only thing, she mentions her doing for them is setting their clocks ahead or behind so that they are on time to parties.
Like, she doesn't say anything else, she doesn't help with socializing, she doesn't run the household, she really doesn't do much for them other than doing the clock thing, and she mentions that multiple times. So I didn't really understand how she was so invaluable. Granted, he does rob houses out of spite, but other than he's pretty normal.
I would have liked more insight into his history. But, I did like Bram's and Rose's relationship. They got along well, but I did also feel like the affection was one-sided with Bram always doing what he could to reassure Rose, while Rose was constantly wary of Bram. That's understandable considering what she believes of him, but she doesn't even try to understand him until the very end.
Overall, I did like the book, but I don't feel that much of it was memorable. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Suzanne Enoch. Suzanne Enoch. Suzanne was born in Southern California sometime in the latter half of the 20th century. In the way that some people are born knowing they want to be astronauts or cellists, Suzanne always knew she wanted to be a writer.
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. Lady Rogue hit the shelves in March of She wrote a total of 29 books for Avon, including two anthologies and a five-part contemporary series which received a pair of starred reviews from Publishers Weekly.
One of those books, Twice the Temptation, was named one of the five best romances of the year by PW in