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Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: April 27, 2004
ISBN: 0-7434-5625-4
Format Reviewed: Hardback
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Genre: Historical Romance [London]
Reviewed: 2004
Reviewer: Shelina Emery
Reviewer Notes: Sensual (Explicit content) 

A Loving Scoundrel
By Johanna Lindsey

     Danny is a young woman with no memory of her life before she became a thief. What little she did remember seemed more a nightmare. Living with a gang of thieves, all of different ages, they all did their parts to help with food and such. Danny’s job however, disguised as a boy, was to steal from the patrons who slept in the inn. She did this very well, had been for 15 years. But on this night, something more awaited in the room. And a thief was hired to be a thief.

     Jeremy Mallory knew almost immediately he was not dealing with a boy. But she was a thief and would suit his purpose. But once the deed was done, he was shocked to find her pounding on his bedroom door and then demanding a job. Since he was partly responsible for her being kicked out of her gang, he hires her as his maid. But Jeremy wants Danny for more than making his bed.

   When rumors threaten to shackle Jeremy in a marriage, Danny steps in and helps to save the day, and looses her heart in the process. Old enemies Danny never knew she had surface. Twice her life is threatened, and Jeremy saves her. Together they solve the mystery of Danny’s past, and together they look towards a future.

    “A Loving Scoundrel” is the latest, greatest installment in the Mallory saga. Jeremy and Danny fit each other perfectly. Jeremy always intrigued me in the previous novels, and Danny was just the right type of woman for him. As always, if you love your romance with humor, drama, even suspense, you cannot go wrong with this one. Johanna Lindsey and her characters get more exciting with every book.