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Throwback Thursday Review: When Marrying a Scoundrel by Kathryn Smith

Posted June 18, 2020 by Holly in Reviews | 2 Comments

Throwback Thursday Review: When Marrying a Scoundrel by Kathryn SmithReviewer: Holly
When Marrying a Scoundrel by Kathryn Smith
Series: Victorian Soap Opera #2
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: May 25, 2010
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Point-of-View: Third
Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 385
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Series Rating: four-stars

A lady must be prepared for anything . . . when marrying a scoundrel.

Sadie Moon once thought she was in love. Then her dashing husband left her to seek his fortune, and she had no choice but to transform herself from a heartbroken waif into London Society's favorite fortune-teller. But even she could not have foreseen Jack's return—until their paths cross in the last place either would have expected: London's most exclusive house of pleasure.

Now wealthy and successful, Jack Friday has everything he'd ever dreamed of . . . except Sadie. He swears he will never trust the woman who broke her promise to wait for him, though his passion for her burns as hotly as ever before. But love, like the past, comes back to haunt them—drawing them into a web of intrigue and betrayal that could save or destroy them both.

*** Every Thursday, we’ll be posting throwback reviews of our favorite and not-so-favorite books. Enjoy! ***

This review was originally posted on June 18, 2010.

Kathryn Smith is hit or miss for me. I’m never sure which way a novel is going to go for me with her. Some are fabulous and others leave much to be desired. This one falls under the “hit” umbrella.

I really like the “reunited lovers” plot device, and I think Smith did a good job with it here. It was easy to see why both parties felt they were the ones who got abandoned. I really liked that Jack never stopped loving Sadie, and had no problem admitting it. He no longer trusted her, but he still loved her. I really loved that though Jack and Sadie had issues with each other, they were able to set them aside to help one another when they needed it. They were very adult about their relationship, which was refreshing.

Jack frustrated me at times because he refused to believe in Sadie, especially early in the book. When he called her a fraud my heart broke along with hers. My frustration didn’t last long, though, because Sadie kept belaboring the point, ad nauseum.

I know why Sadie felt so angry toward Jack, and he toward her, but I found myself getting frustrated with Sadie as the novel progressed. Her reasons for pushing him away seemed contrived and silly. She didn’t think she was good enough for him or the class he belonged to, but that didn’t hold water since she’d already married him once. I also had an issue with the way she kept the nature of her relationship with Jack a secret from Mason, the man who was courting her. They had no formal arrangement or agreement, but it was obvious they both thought it could go somewhere. Sadie owed him more than lies, IMO.

I was able to let it go, however, since she realized the problem was hers and made it right.

Though I had issues with both main protagonists, they weren’t enough to detract from my overall enjoyment. Yes, I became frustrated by their actions at times. But more, I was swept up in their rekindled romance, waiting to see when they’d finally realize what we as the reader knew all along – they were meant to be together.

4 out of 5

Victorian Soap Opera


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What I Read Last Week

Posted November 24, 2009 by Tracy in Features | 13 Comments

Holy schmigoly my life is crazy! lol But it’s all good and I can’t complain about a thing! How are you all?

My oldest sister, who lives in Alabama, was in San Diego (about a 3 hour drive from here) for work these past few days but was inundated with work. The girls and I were going to go down to see her on Saturday but alas she had to work. Lucky for us she didn’t work yesterday and drove up. She picked her daughter up in Pasadena and they came up for lunch. Then they went to my house and we all got to spend the evening together along with my mom and dad. It was a lot of fun and just wonderful to spend time with her and my parents since she flew home today and won’t be able to be here for Thanksgiving.

I haven’t had time to think much less post so this is really behind. Of course I’ve not had time to read this week but hopefully that will change since I have a 4 day weekend – woohoo.

My first read was my Tracy’s TBR Challenge Read. I was in the mood for a contemporary so I chose Suzanne Brockmann’s Hot Pursuit. You can read my review here.

Next up was I Spy Something Wicked by Josh Lanyon. This was a short story follow up to his wonderful book I Spy Something Bloody. The story take place 4 months after the first and follows Mark trying to make a decision about doing one last job for his previous employer. It’s well worth the read – especially if you’ve read ISSB. I just love Josh’s work! 4.25 out of 5

Next was the short story Holiday Affair by Yvette Hines. It was the story about a woman who is getting secret gifts from a co-worker and though the person who is giving them hasn’t asked her out she’s determined to start something with him. Knowing he will be at his cabin by himself during the holidays she plans to have her friends drop her off and abandon her at the cabin, with no clothes, for the week. When she gets there though she discovers that another man, one she has secretly lusted after, is there instead. What follows is the story of the two of them spending the week together. There was lots of sex involved but I just never could get into the characters. I definitely liked the hero of the story better but I didn’t know him that well. 2.5 out of 5

My next book was The Spanish Groom by Lynne Graham. Tumperkin had a huge hand in my reading this book. I will be reviewing it for my Year of the Category Challenge so I will post the review later in this week (or Monday depending on how my time goes).

After that I started Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs and just couldn’t put it down. It was such a great book and one that I just loved. It was sad, heart wrenching and horrifying but just so damned good. 5 out of 5

I couldn’t very well finish Iron Kissed and not immediately move on to Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs – thank heavens I had ordered it from the library! Although I loved this book as much as Iron Kissed I had a few issues with it. I think it was more the timing of when things took place – so close on the heels of the previous book. I would have liked it to at least have been a coulple of months down the road – but understand, with some issues with Adam, that it had to be done quickly. 5 out of 5

Last for the week was When Seducing a Duke by Kathryn Smith. This is the first in a new victorian series that she’s doing and it was my first read by this author. I read this one for The Book Binge and my review has been posted. You can go here if you’d like to read it.

Happy Reading!

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Guest Review: When Seducing a Duke by Kathryn Smith

Posted November 23, 2009 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments

Publisher: Avon, Harper Collins
Tracy‘s review of When Seducing a Duke by Kathryn Smith

Greyden Kane, Duke of Ryeton is a very bad man. At least he used to be. He used to be out to get whatever he could from women and he truly never cared who was hurt in the process. But 4 years ago he was attacked and his face was scarred. Since that time he has become a recluse and only see’s his servants and his family without wearing a mask (those few times he does venture out of his house).

Along comes Rose Danvers, a sweet 23 year old who has loved Grey for years. Grey has taken care of Rose and her mother since her father died. She is now out of mourning and ready to go out and get a husband. She wants Grey but knows he’s not going to marry her. Except things don’t always go as planned.

Grey and Rose end up marrying but the whispers about Grey, whispers about Rose and the blatant comments Rose gets soon has her staying out of society more and more. She wants Grey to go out with her but knows he won’t. This starts to drive a wedge between the two and puts them both on edge.

This was my first read by Kathryn Smith and it definitely won’t be my last. I liked the flow of the book as it was a constant rhythm rather than the hurry up and wait that we sometimes see in historical novels. There were no rescuing of damsels in distress, it was just a good book where slow and steady won the race.

Ms. Smith definitely knows how to write some great seduction scenes as well. At the beginning of the book Grey and Rose are at a masked ball. Grey is looking for a woman that looks like Rose so that he can “get her out of his system” – which we all know never works out for the men. When he finds a woman, he meets her in a room and they have their wicked way with each other. Little does Grey know that the woman is indeed Rose and makes plans to meet her the following week. In these scenes there was an urgency and yet I found that they weren’t rushed and became very much a part of the story.

When Seducing A Duke is very much a story about a man finding that love can overcome fear and shame, but it is also a book that shows the importance of ones family and I can’t wait to read the books about the rest of Grey’s.

Rating: 4 out of 5
This book is available from Avon. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Giveaway Winners Announced: Night After Night by Kathryn Smith.

Posted April 29, 2009 by Rowena in Giveaway Winners | 7 Comments

The winner for NIGHT AFTER NIGHT by Kathryn Smith is:

Congratulations to Lisa F. for winning a free copy of NIGHT AFTER NIGHT by Kathryn Smith. Please send us your snail mail addy address at contests[at]thebookbinge.com and we’ll get your book sent out as soon as we can.

Thanks to everyone who entered their name in the giveaway and stay tuned for more chances to win free books. =)

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Giveaway: Night After Night by Katrhyn Smith.

Posted April 18, 2009 by Rowena in Giveaways | 17 Comments

Publisher: Avon, Harper Collins

Centuries ago, this magnificent chalice sealed my fate as a vampire, and now I am its protector. Many have hunted me for it, but only Vivian has accomplished the task. Strong, lovely, haunted . . . I am more attracted to her than I should be, yet her loyalty lies with a man determined to bring about my destruction. But I am not so easily locked in a cage, and now the captive has become the captor.

Though her stormy eyes tempt me, there is too much at stake—not merely my life, but the lives of my vampire Brotherhood. And I am not above using Vivian to achieve my goals, even if it means denying my own heart. The battle to end all battles is just beginning, and I must fight . . . if I could only let my desire be damned.”

I have an extra copy of NIGHT AFTER NIGHT by Kathryn Smith that is up for grabs should anyone want it. To make this a little more interesting, your mission to win this book is to tell me, Rowena, why I am missing out on not reading paranormals. I haven’t been in the mood to read paranormals in a very long time and I kind of miss it (not really) so seriously, tell me why I should be reading paranormals and then I’ll choose a winner from the answers with the most compelling arguments and announce that winner some time next week, sound good?

Alright, let the commenting begin….good luck everyone!

This book is available from Avon. You can buy it here.

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