Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Book 1 of the Beau Monde
Publisher: Sourcebooks – (February, 2012)
Rating: A; Nearly Perfect; A Keeper!
Heat Level: 4; Very Hot!
Miss Hillary Schools A Scoundrel by Samantha Grace
Looking for the next ‘must have’ historical romance? Well look no further than Samantha Grace’s debut novel Miss Hillary Schools A Scoundrel. Here you will find an irresistible couple and their journey towards a love you will find impossible to forget.
A marriage match founded on love? Lana Hillary realistically thinks such a thing is impossible, but that doesn’t squelch her hope that it might be possible for her. The problem is that she is on her way to becoming a spinster and sees no prospects that claim her heart. Well, there is one, but he is the last person Lana should ever be pinning over. Lord Andrew Forest is the lowest of rakes and notoriously known for the number of beds he has had the pleasure to grace. Yet that doesn’t stop him from approaching Lady Lana and wanting her with a fierce hunger. They both understand their passion is forbidden, because Lana is a lady seeking a husband and Lord Andrew never intends to marry, or so he thought. Now he is bewitched by the beautiful Lana and can’t envision a life without her. With a past like his, convincing Lana and the world of his love may not be all that easy.
While most characters in this story hate Lord Andrew, I found it very hard to agree! His character may be a rake but his transformation throughout Miss Hillary Schools A Scoundrel is nothing less than stunning. He went from lusty thoughts in the beginning to romantic notions by the end and I soaked up every bit like a giddy school girl. I fell in love with Andrew just as Lana did because he was far more than meets the eye…and much more than any other romance hero I’ve encountered. Grace develops the story enough so you can actually experience his transformation to husband material, not just imagine it. I can’t remember the last time I became so engrossed in a character’s journey and loved every moment of it.
Holding her close, Drew stroked the length of her spine as her heartbeat slowed. “You’ve ruined me, peach.” His breath blew across her ear.
She laughed and pushed away from him. “Oh, Andrew, you were ruined long before me.”
“No,” he replied, still running his hands along her back. “I am quite hopelessly in love now.”
Then of course you have the lovely Lana. A lady with a sensitive heart and an overwhelming wealth of courage, who like her hero, is more than meets the eye. She has a demure, innocent nature, yet she always seems to stay one step ahead. As Lana and Andrew encounter various obstacles throughout the story, Lana never let her emotions completely rule her. Inside, she may have been devastated, but she always kept herself together. She was regal and sophisticated, yet a hopeless romantic in love with a man she thought impossible to tame. All in all, she was fabulous.
There are plenty of aspects within this novel to praise. You have the excellent writing, the exquisite hero and heroine, and you also can’t forget the cast of secondary characters. Most of whom we will hopefully see more of in future novels. Andrew’s family was particularly delightful and provided many light-hearted and humorous moments to the story. In addition to great characters is the excellent plot. The story flows extremely well with surprises along the way…a few of which, I never saw coming. You can never truly figure this story out and you can’t imagine what will happen next. Again, fabulous.
Miss Hillary Schools A Scoundrel may be Samantha Grace’s debut novel, but she writes this story with the elegance and talent of a well established author. This novel is a beautiful and remarkable story that is sure to please. I read it in a few sittings because I just couldn’t get enough of these fabulous characters and their stunning romance. While the novel may start out with a rake chasing another skirt, it turns into a classic and irresistible love story by the end. I loved it, I adored it and I can’t wait to read more from this author. My final conclusion? Miss Hillary Schools A Scoundrel is an absolute ‘must read.’