Sunday, October 16, 2016

ARC Review: Once a Scoundrel by Anna Harrington

Title: Once a Scoundrel

Author: Anna Harrington


Stephen Crenshaw, Marquess of Dunwich, has never done the expected. Gambling, drinking, scandals, seduction...nothing seemed out of bounds for the young peer in his wild pursuit to prove himself the worst of society and the exact opposite of everything respectable that his family wanted him to be. But four years in the army and ordering the charge that killed his best friend have irreparably changed him. Now he’s returned to England a new man, one set on reclaiming everything he’d lost... including the woman who loved him.

Lady Faith Westover, daughter of the Duke of Strathmore, knows better than anyone the shiftless scoundrel that Stephen had been. After all, he’d broken her heart in a wounding so terrible that it nearly destroyed her. Four years have certainly matured him physically from a boy into a man, but can anything convince her that he’s truly changed into the responsible lord he now proclaims himself to be? When faced with his past as a scoundrel, can Stephen find a way to obtain what his heart desires most—the woman he was never meant to have?


I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

This novella was everything! Seriously the most perfect historical romance novella I've ever read! First off, I loved that the main couple were the children of previous couples in this series. We got to see Stephen be born in the second book in this series, and here we get to see him as a full grown adult trying to find love and it kind of made me feel like a proud mama. That thought aside, I just really loved his character. There is nothing better in a romance than a scoundrel trying to reform himself. And Faith was an exceptional heroine. Like most of Harrington's other heroines she was a strong heroine and I loved that she didn't let others dictate her life. Moving on to the romance, I loved that while short and fast that the love story was well-developed and made me feel a whirlwind of emotions. As I already said it was perfect! Books like these are why Anna Harrington is my all-time favorite historical romance writer!

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