by Jillian Hunter

May 2005
ISBN: 0-345-46121-5
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Lady Jane Welsham has been abandoned at the altar by Sir Nigel Boscastle. Her situation is the talk of the ton, and some are even calling her Lady Jane Jilt. Grayson Boscastle, the new Marquess of Sedgecroft, is tired of his family members having a poor reputation about town, and even though he is known as a notorious scoundrel, he is making plans to rebuild his family’s good name. The first step – send someone out to find Nigel and thrash him soundly. The second step – repair Lady Jane’s reputation by escorting her around town.

Jane is unprepared for Grayson’s decision to be her protector. Happy to escape from a marriage which was not based on love, she is content to hide away for a while until she is able to enjoy her personal freedoms. At the same time, no one can escape the Boscastle curse, and Jane quickly becomes enamored of Grayson. The feelings are returned, and for the first time, Grayson experiences love. Will his love be strong enough to overlook Jane’s secret or will the consummate rake suffer from his first broken heart?

Award-winning novelist Jillian Hunter gives her fans an exceptional reading experience with The Seduction of an English Scoundrel. This delightful frolic of love and deception is the first book in the Boscastle Family Trilogy.

Jane and Grayson are a mesmerizing couple; they are perfectly matched in wit and spirit. The searing passion that sizzles between them and the sharp dialogue they share can only be illustrated by an expert writer like Hunter, and indeed, Hunter is a master of the writing craft as she enhances a flawless story with outstanding secondary characters like Grayson’s sister, Chloe Boscastle, and Jane’s charming but protective sisters, Caroline and Miranda.

In a time when so many novels seem like carbon copies, The Seduction of an English Scoundrel is a much welcome original. Readers can expect the next book in the Boscastle trilogy, The Love Affair of an English Lord, to be just as impressive.

Reviewed in June 2005 by Natasha.

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