Evelyn Ruddick is an afterthought in her family. She is trotted out at parties, asked to make conversation and entertain people that may assist her brother Victor in his political ambitions. Evie longs to do something useful with her life, to be needed. When she discovers that the Heart of Hope Orphanage is in dire need of assistance, she leaps at the opportunity. Hiding her involvement from her family, Evie sets a course that puts her in direct contact with one of the ton’s most improper nobleman, the Marquis of St. Aubyn.
“Saint” of course is far, far different than his nickname implies. Wanting nothing more from life but a good meal, a diverting game of cards and a willing worldly woman, his lifestyle is nearly perfect. He does have one family obligation - as the chairman of the Heart of Hope board of trustees. At first he amuses himself by opposing the gentle lady’s efforts to assist the orphanage. He makes outrageous suggestions about how she can insinuate herself into his good graces. He delights in shocking her propriety. Then he goes too far.....and finds himself at the mercy of Evie and the orphans.
London’s Perfect Scoundrel is a fine novel in the Regency tradition of Quinn and Laurens. Filled with interesting characters, the book is vivacious and humorous. I was entertained by Evie and “Saint’s manuvering and the way that they came to understand each other. While an unrepentant rake of the first order, St. Aubyn revealed a surprising depth of character as the book progressed. The implication that this is part of an ongoing series has me headed to the bookstore to peruse Ms. Enoch’s backlist. This is a fine selection to pass the time while sitting poolside, sipping a tall cold beverage.