12 Responses to “TBR Day: Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase”

  1. Sarah Frantz October 15, 2008 at 3:16 PM #

    I feel this way about Mary Jo Putney.  I made it through her <i>The Rake and the Reformer</i> but her tone or style or something just doesn’t work for me somehow.  So I know what you mean, although I adore Chase.

  2. Jane October 15, 2008 at 3:49 PM #

    Wow. I am totally astounded by your lack of good taste.  Not love Jessica? Is that even possible.  Must go defriend you from Facebook.

  3. Jorrie Spencer October 15, 2008 at 4:40 PM #

    I was at something of a loss with Lord of Scoundrels. It may be in part because I went in expecting to be wowed like I had been by Laura Kinsale. But I found this story slight and not to my taste.However, I loved Mr. Perfect and Miss Wonderful. So some of Chase’s books work for me. (Her latest on the other hand, didn’t work so much. Obviously she’s hit and miss with me.)

  4. Angie October 15, 2008 at 5:37 PM #

    Oh well, I have almost 500 “friends” on Facebook, I guess I won’t notice one less. I noticed you didn’t say anything about Twitter, so I can live with that 😛

    I think this is how people must feel who don’t like JD Robb/Nora Roberts. Like people are going to treat them as though they’ve just landed their spaceship?

  5. Kat October 15, 2008 at 6:37 PM #

    I find that my sense of Chase’s voice varies hugely depending on the book. Lord of Scoundrels was enjoyable, but I thought the last twist was too much. My favourite Chase is Mr Impossible, which starts off slowly, but the characters just crack me up.

  6. RfP October 15, 2008 at 7:25 PM #

    It’s interesting how all-over-the-place we are.  I didn’t enjoy Mr Impossible at all–writing or characters.  It put me off Chase until Your Scandalous Ways–which I did enjoy, though I didn’t love it.

  7. Casee October 15, 2008 at 10:22 PM #

    I liked this book, but like you, I wasn’t “wowed” by it. I think it was all the hype. Nothing can live up to that much hype.

  8. Jane October 16, 2008 at 12:42 PM #

    I can’t remember when in my romance reading career I read LOS but it was fairly early on and I had just never read a heroine like Jessica Trent before.  There are things in that book that are a mess, but I adored her and her pragmatism. 

  9. C.L. Wilson October 17, 2008 at 6:51 AM #

    :gah: You WEREN’T wowed by Lord of Scoundrels? :spank: :spank:

    Aaaaaaaaaah!

    This is one of my top five favorite reads. Okay, it’s been a few years since I last read it, but I adored this book and still do to this day. I loved Jess, the way she understood Dain, I even loved her ridiculously annoying brother, the dimbulb Bertie. There were laugh out loud moments and tear-me-up moments…and the scene where Dain and Jess are sitting together and he’s speaking in Italian to her – smokin’! (Reminds me of the Age of Innocence scene where Daniel Day Lewis takes off Michelle Pfieffer’s glove and by the time he does, virtually every woman in the theater had melted in a puddle wanting him to take off every stitch of their own clothing with exactly the same smoldering intensity.)

    This book was funny, it was tender, it was extremely sensual. It hit many of my emotional buttons and used two of my favorite romance hooks: the ugly duckling and beauty and the beast (only the ugly duckling was the man rather than the woman, which I found a very engaging twist)

    I also loved LC’s other books with characters who made appearances in this story.

    Ah, well, you know, this only goes to prove exactly how subjective reading really is.

  10. Angie October 17, 2008 at 3:37 PM #

    But, CL, you at least know that I love YOUR books, and that’s way more important, right? Of course, maybe I’ve now called my taste into question with my lack of regard for Jess and Dain 😉

  11. Kassia October 19, 2008 at 1:30 AM #

    You know, I’m not sure we can be friends anymore :). While I can see your hesitations about Dain,  hello?, Jessica. I fell in love with her in the first scene. She ruled that moment. It’s so interesting how some faves just fall flat with others (I hated the follow-up to this book, but trusted friends find it awesome). I guess I need to issue a WTT challenge.

  12. Angie October 19, 2008 at 8:44 AM #

    Oh dear. I would have been fine with just losing the friendship of Jane, but both Jane AND you, Kassia? It might be too much to bear. But yeah, I definitely didn’t have the warm fuzzy feelings for Jessica you all had. I did think she was an interesting character, and different from what you normally find in historicals, but a little too perfectly accepting.

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