As the second son of the Duke of Levonzy, Lord Bramwell Johns feels like a second set of
boots— a soiled, uncomfortable, and unnecessary set compared to the first, finer set of
boots. Based on these life-long feelings of inadequacy, Bram sets out to break every local
law, Ten Commandment, and rule of etiquette he can manage. Indeed his favorite pastimes are
gambling, drinking, stealing, and carousing with other men’s wives.
His secret hobby of being "The Black Cat" burglar satisfies his need to annoy his father
and push the boundaries of society. One night, after breaking into yet another house belonging
to a friend of his father’s, he overhears the Davies family telling Lady Rosamund Davies that
she must marry the cruel Marquis of Cosgrove to pay off a financial debt incurred by her younger
For some inexplicable reason, Bram decides to take on the cause of saving Rosamund from this
dire fate... that is, marriage to an even worse scoundrel than himself. He decides to tutor
her to make her transition to the dark side easier, and then eventually finds that he wants
her for himself. Getting her out of the situation and making her fall in love with him,
however, prove to be substantial obstacles. Luckily he has friends (from the previous two
books in this series) to provide assistance.
Always A Scoundrel is book three in The Notorious Gentleman series, in which very
dangerous men become less so when confronted with the right women. The first two books,
After The Kiss (reviewed
on Myshelf.com in June 2008) and Before The Scandal
(reviewed on Myshelf.com
in August 2008) relate to this story, but aren’t necessary for enjoying this newest addition
to the series. Once again, Suzanne Enoch presents a detailed cast of interesting
characters—including some very nasty villains—involved in an intricate story of
love, passion, scandal, loyalty, and redemption.