Oct 9, 2015

The Heart of a Scoundrel by Christi Caldwell Review

Ruthless, wicked, and dark, the Marquess of Rutland rouses terror in the breast of ladies and nobleman alike. All Edmund wants in life is power. After he was publically humiliated by his one love Lady Margaret, he vowed vengeance, using Margaret’s niece, as his pawn. Except, he’s thwarted by another, more enticing target—Miss Phoebe Barrett.

Miss Phoebe Barrett knows precisely the shame she’s been born to. Because her father is a shocking letch she’s learned to form her own opinions on a person’s worth. After a chance meeting with the Marquess of Rutland, she is captivated by the mysterious man. He, too, is a victim of society’s scorn, but the more encounters she has with Edmund, the more she knows there is powerful depth and emotion to the jaded marquess.

The lady wreaks havoc on Edmund’s plans for revenge and he finds he wants Phoebe, at all costs. As she’s drawn into the darkness of his world, Phoebe risks being destroyed by Edmund’s ruthlessness. And Phoebe who desires love at all costs, has to determine if she can ever truly trust the heart of a scoundrel.

I am super excited to be reviewing The Heart of a Scoundrel or as I like to call it Rutland’s Book! That’s right, Rutland finally meets his match!
Edmund; Marquess of Rutland is hell bent on revenge! Ever since a failed duel several years ago, Rutland has planned to destroy everyone he feels has crossed him. Now he has set his sights on the niece of the women that he entered the duel for…and the women that disregarded him, so he plans on getting close to the niece through her pretty friend. He owns her father, so why not use the chit!  But he wasn’t expecting Miss Phoebe Barrett and the effect that she would have upon him.
Phoebe Barrett lives in constant shame! Shame of her father brings upon them, he is a disgusting man who doesn’t care for any of them, but gambles away their fortune and betrayals her mother with women of the night. But despite all this, Phoebe see the good in everyone (except her father), so when Rutland shows an interest in her; she looks for the good in him and allows herself to fall in love with him. But then Phoebe finds out the real reason Rutland is interested in her and she is absolutely devastated and wants nothing more to do with him, but Rutland blackmails her into staying with him.
Now Rutland has a wife, but the light within her has vanished; he doesn’t understand why he cares so much, but it all becomes clear when an enemy attacks Phoebe…but is it too late!
This truly is THE BEST Christi Caldwell book to date! This is the bad guy with a heart book and you honestly cannot stop yourself from caring for Rutland! Even though I truly think all of the characters in this book are amazing! The one who stands out the most is Andrew! Oh my goodness I crack up at his antics!
The book was beautifully written and without a plot hole to be found! The characters jump off the page at you and at times, the story simply blew my mind! By the end of the book, I was truly saddened to see these characters go.
I give this book 10 out of 10. It is a simply enchanting book; that proves everyone can find change in their heart.

Everyone had their weaknesses. The trick to life was identifying those weaknesses and exploiting them; taking them and twisting them to suit one’s uses for that person. Edmund grinned. This was the moment where he’d effectively trapped Phoebe Barrett. “What of you, Phoebe? Do you, too, dream of far-off places and escaping,” he gestured about the walls of the museum. “This?”

She followed his gesture and then ultimately fixed her gaze upon that map trapped behind its crystal confines. “I do,” she said softly.

He put his lips close to her ear. “It begs the question, what would you escape from?” The safe answer she wasn’t aware of was, in fact, him.

Her brow creased. “That is a rather intimate question.” There was a faint hesitancy to those words that hinted at a logical, practical woman of some caution. She angled her head back, craning to look at him. “What if I were to say I’m not escaping but searching?” she asked, instead, proving she was not cautious enough, not when those unguarded words let him, a stranger, far more into her world than she should ever dare allow.

“And what are you searching for?"

For the span of a heartbeat that question was borne of a desire to know what would make a polished, English lady seek a life beyond the glittering world of their London Society. Why, when ladies were mercenary creatures, driven by greed and a lust for the material and their own pleasures?

Her expression grew shuttered. “I…” She flicked her gaze about and then settled her stare on his cravat.

He’d unnerved her. A triumphant sense of power filled him. It was entirely too easy.

“Do you know what I am searching for, Phoebe?” Revenge. Domination. Control.

USA TODAY Bestselling author CHRISTI CALDWELL blames Judith McNaught's "Whitney, My Love!" for luring her into the world of historical romance. While sitting in her graduate school apartment at the University of Connecticut, Christi decided to set aside her notes and pick up her laptop to try her hand at romance. She believes the most perfect heroes and heroines have imperfections, and she rather enjoys torturing them before crafting them a well deserved happily ever after! 

Christi makes her home in southern Connecticut where she spends her time writing her own enchanting historical romances, chasing around her feisty seven-year-old son and caring for her twin princesses in training!

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