of a Scoundrel
book-full of scenes that will have a reader turning pages at a rapid
heirloom, a brazen woman, and a mysterious list turn Brandon St.
John's life topsy-turvy. The perfect order of his days and nights
come unglued when he misses a family meeting. His absenteeism awards
him the honor of paying off one of his brother's mistresses-a chore
that proves to be not as easy as he first thought it would be. The
vision of innocence that confronts him when he visits Lady Verena
Westforth has him doubting his sanity. He knows what she is supposed
to be but her actions are anything but shameless. The angelic face,
blond locks, beguiling purple eyes; she uses these to her advantage
to pin him in his place and turn his mission into an aching battle
affronted that Brandon St. John would dare to buy her off-especially
since she has done nothing wrong. To get back at him she uses his
monetary note in several authentic ways to show his peers what a
scoundrel he is. An irrefutable self-proclaimed rake, he steals
a kiss. She finds his boyish charm and seductive looks to be almost
more than she can bear. When he mocks her and then proposes a wager
of cards (the winner gets a kiss), she is sure she can best him.
But Verena is the one left suffering. Several glasses of port have
her back home with a caring and seductive St. John in control and
wanting her to pay off her debt.
a man is murdered and suspicion falls on Brandon's friend and Verena,
St. John and the lady join forces to find the missing list. Their
midnight plotting turns into moonlight romance but neither one wants
to admit their lustful interlude is more than a passing fancy. Verena
and Brandon ignore their attraction toward one another and hatch
a plot to capture the killer. When a madman-intent on discovering
the list-attacks Verena in her home, Brandon is shocked at what
could have happened, and Verena is humbled by the care he gives
her during her recovery.
Hawkins not only gives her readers romance-she does it with a capital
S for suspense. The love that flares between her exceptional hero
and heroine is captivating and endearing. Her cast of minor characters,
especially Herberts the butler, complete a work of art.