by Karen Hawkins

March 2003
ISBN: 0-380-82080-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

Whereas I had problems with Karen Hawkins’ first book in the Talisman Ring Series, An Affair to Remember - I got rid of it as soon as I finished the last page - I loved every moment I spent with Brandon St. John and Lady Verena Westworth in Confessions of a Scoundrel.

The St. John brothers watch out for each other and so bored and jaded Brandon needs to free his little brother, Chase St. John from the not so respectable Verena’s influence. What better way to do it than offering a bank draft of considerable worth? And despite her high moral standards Verena accepts the bank draft, not to cash it in though, but to get back at Brandon for the insult of offering it in the first place. And let me tell you she succeeds beautifully. Think ornate table displays and the worst gossips feasting on her words.

So, when a friend asks Brandon for help and it seems that the incorrigible, but beautiful Verena is involved he’s only too happy to latch onto the excuse to pay her another visit. After all her very public ridicule of his persona is not something that can be allowed to go unpunished.

With a lost list, missing love letters, the appearance of her disreputable brother, blackmail and a dead acquaintance their “relationship” is not an easy one. Verena loves to taunt Brandon, trying to get a rise out of him, asking for punishment, or better for a punishing kiss. One just wasn’t enough. You have to admire her for her brazen and daring nature. Especially as it leads to sparkling and sizzling exchanges that are pure fun and great entertainment. I can safely say that I enjoyed every spoken and insinuated word.

But Brandon is not one to give up; he’s a St. John after all. As such he’s arrogant, successful, seductive and very protective of what is his. And for now Verena belongs to him.

Confessions of a Scoundrel is delightful, funny, charming and with just the right amount of ridicule – watch out for the butler! And with a few glimpses in Chase St. John’s life and character it promises to continue very much in the same manner with his story coming up. Can’t wait, now that Ms. Hawkins has proved her storytelling talent once more.

Reviewed in April 2003 by Kris Alice.

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