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Dishonoured and ashamed, the ton's scandalous darling, 'Beau' the Marquis of Beaumont, is forced to flee England to escape debtor's prison. After a chance encounter, it appears Miss Millicent Sparrow is his only remaining friend, however unlikely. Miss Sparrow lives up to her name. Damaged and terrified by her cousin's violent abuse, Milly is used to being overlooked and p Dishonoured and ashamed, the ton's scandalous darling, 'Beau' the Marquis of Beaumont, is forced to flee England to escape debtor's prison. After a chance encounter, it appears Miss Millicent Sparrow is his only remaining friend, however unlikely. Miss Sparrow lives up to her name. Damaged and terrified by her cousin's violent abuse, Milly is used to being overlooked and prefers it that way, until the desperation of her bleak world is gilded by rakishly handsome Beau's extraordinary friendship. Miss Sparrow’s lively letters help Beau through his banishment and when his father dies suddenly and Beau inherits the Dukedom, he seeks out his little bird. To his shock he finds a woman in despair and, moved by pity, he offers her the protection of his name by marriage. But Milly becomes impossible to overlook, and the more Beau needs his wife, the less interested she seems in her gorgeous husband. For this rake, getting a woman's attention has never been so complicated.


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Dishonoured and ashamed, the ton's scandalous darling, 'Beau' the Marquis of Beaumont, is forced to flee England to escape debtor's prison. After a chance encounter, it appears Miss Millicent Sparrow is his only remaining friend, however unlikely. Miss Sparrow lives up to her name. Damaged and terrified by her cousin's violent abuse, Milly is used to being overlooked and p Dishonoured and ashamed, the ton's scandalous darling, 'Beau' the Marquis of Beaumont, is forced to flee England to escape debtor's prison. After a chance encounter, it appears Miss Millicent Sparrow is his only remaining friend, however unlikely. Miss Sparrow lives up to her name. Damaged and terrified by her cousin's violent abuse, Milly is used to being overlooked and prefers it that way, until the desperation of her bleak world is gilded by rakishly handsome Beau's extraordinary friendship. Miss Sparrow’s lively letters help Beau through his banishment and when his father dies suddenly and Beau inherits the Dukedom, he seeks out his little bird. To his shock he finds a woman in despair and, moved by pity, he offers her the protection of his name by marriage. But Milly becomes impossible to overlook, and the more Beau needs his wife, the less interested she seems in her gorgeous husband. For this rake, getting a woman's attention has never been so complicated.

30 review for The Devil May Care

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jilly

    I'm feeling especially bitchy tonight. I'm dieting and you all know that I usually run on chocolate and alcohol. Is it wrong that I'm considering eating a container of fat-free cool whip just to make it through the night? And, vodka doesn't have calories, does it? Oooh, how about a vodka cool whip float? That might help bring me down to less-homicidal. I need this cat so I'm not the fattest thing in the house. Actually, my dog is pretty fat too. Self-esteem rising... Considering all of this, the fa I'm feeling especially bitchy tonight. I'm dieting and you all know that I usually run on chocolate and alcohol. Is it wrong that I'm considering eating a container of fat-free cool whip just to make it through the night? And, vodka doesn't have calories, does it? Oooh, how about a vodka cool whip float? That might help bring me down to less-homicidal. I need this cat so I'm not the fattest thing in the house. Actually, my dog is pretty fat too. Self-esteem rising... Considering all of this, the fact that I gave this book a good rating means it was pretty damn good. It contained one of my favorite character-types in Historical Romance - the reformed rake. Oh, hell, I love a good rake. Preferably a funny one. I've always said that if I were a girl just coming into society in London, I would only need one good gown for the one ball I would attend before being ruined by a rake. It would be spectacular! I would walk in, enchanting as hell, of course. Then, I would meet the rake, he'd make me laugh - BAM - ruined. Because, you see, I'm a laugh-whore. Make me laugh and I'm your bitch. Of course, if I make YOU laugh, I consider you MY bitch. I think I'd do well in prison. I understand the whole owning bitches thing.... I heard that guy is not only a great hairdresser, but super hilarious. This book had a hero who I guess was the bad guy in the previous book. I didn't read it - I'm picking this one up mid-series. That's right. I'm a rule-breaker. I'm a bad girl! Tags on my mattress? Gone! I cut those bitches. He meets up with this very mousy girl and they start a friendship. Eventually, he offers to marry her out of pity to protect her from her asswipe cousin that she lives with. And, it's on! Romance-novel style. Because you know these two crazy kids will eventually fall in love after a lot of pretending to just be friends. It's gonna be a little angsty, but that's okay. He'll get out of the ye olde friend zoneth. I loved both of the characters in this book and the writing was great. I am thinking of going back in time to read the earlier books in the series. Maybe. When I feel like it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves

    What a great premise and setting of tone. But the book lost me at many a place and on one particular irritant. Still a good book. *spoilers* Opposites attract and how! Who doesn’t love a plane Jane, mousy h who is secretly smitten and slavishly devoted to a flamboyant man she has admired for years, from afar especially when she manages to land him as her husband? Even more so as this happens through a credible friends-to-marriage route. I loved the beginning as how they become friends and it’s no fo What a great premise and setting of tone. But the book lost me at many a place and on one particular irritant. Still a good book. *spoilers* Opposites attract and how! Who doesn’t love a plane Jane, mousy h who is secretly smitten and slavishly devoted to a flamboyant man she has admired for years, from afar especially when she manages to land him as her husband? Even more so as this happens through a credible friends-to-marriage route. I loved the beginning as how they become friends and it’s no forced or unbelievable connection despite their completely different personalities and lifestyles. He might be a dissolute wastrel who was the villain in the previous book, rightly hated and reviled (while being admired as well) by many but his actions towards her have always been kind and generous. Whether it’s off pages from the last book or in the present. When he briefly flees to France, they start a correspondence that was amazingly sweet and amusing. He comes back and acts as her savior knight again, and here he proposes a moc/mino to her. The odds are all heavily stacked in her favor but she demurs (for his sake) but of course, quickly relents. So, they marry with the understanding that they will give each other space and more (other women in his case) but he soon gets smitten by his slowly (and reluctantly) blooming wife. She doesn’t want him to take any romantic/sexual interest in her as she values his friendship above all else but he slowly starts pushing the envelope. And herein lies the problem. I am all for character development and strong, opinionated women but the h takes it bit too seriously and remains on her own trip. She goes from a sweetly infatuated and stubbornly devoted girl to an overconfident and independent wife who, not only charts an independent and secretive path but now doesn’t seem to like or respect him enough. While he follows her around like a lost and kicked puppy. Yes, his (initial) words do not match his present (courting) actions and she feels uncomfortable and wary of allowing intimacy that might prove fleeting. But, with her indifference, she comes across as mean and callous at times. Meanwhile, his character growth (from the last book) is admirable. And so, too much role reversal for me! The sex scenes are blazing hot! Lots of expected anachronisms. The h’s fits/seizures are used as a convenient plot developer - his dead brother being similarly afflicted and so his empathy from the beginning - and I see no other reason/purpose for adding it. Either show an episode of seizure as it would unfold or don’t. It won’t be just her ‘having a fit’ . I love the H. The h not as much.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jultri

    4.25/5. This was an impulsive download from KU as I have never heard of the author previously and what a pleasant surprise it is. I really enjoyed the author's writing style, the period appropriate dialogue and behaviours and the likeable protagonists. The start of the book saw us introduced to a less than exemplary hero, one who was about to flee England in disgrace following his failed attempted abduction of his best friend's fiancee in a desperate effort to rectify his dire financial state. M 4.25/5. This was an impulsive download from KU as I have never heard of the author previously and what a pleasant surprise it is. I really enjoyed the author's writing style, the period appropriate dialogue and behaviours and the likeable protagonists. The start of the book saw us introduced to a less than exemplary hero, one who was about to flee England in disgrace following his failed attempted abduction of his best friend's fiancee in a desperate effort to rectify his dire financial state. Marquis of Beaumont, commonly known as Beau, had been estranged from his hateful father for many years. The Duke of Ware regarded his son as a dismal failure and and yet Beau had been able to maintain his popularity in the ton with his good looks and charming ways which had enchanted many a lady. His amorous adventures were frequently mentioned the gossip sheets, which only served to enhance polite society's fascination with him. Millicent Sparrow, true to her name, was a wisp of girl favouring browns to match her brown hair, brown eyes and indistinct looks. However, despite her timid and hesitant manners and her fragile looks, she mustered the courage to approach Beau in a park to thank him for being the only person to come to her aid after she succumbed to one of her seizures at a ball. Orphaned in her early teens, she was made a ward of her odious cousin who subjected her to daily intimidation, threats and abuse. Beau's action had been one of very few acts of kindness she had experienced since her parents' passing, and she instantly had a bad case of hero-worshipping. They struck up an friendly rapport fanned by their respective isolation and even though it was highly inappropriate, agreed to keep up a platonic correspondence while he waited out the scandal his disgraceful and ill-thought out conduct in the kidnapping saga had brought him. Beau's empathy with Milly had a lot to do with the fact that his beloved twin brother died as a result of his seizure disorder many years earlier. The unexpected death of his father, brought the new Duke of Ware back to English shores. One of the first things Beau did upon his return was to seek out Milly, whose amusing and clever letters had kept the misery and boredom at bay while he was in self-imposed exile in France. Beau was horrified to find his little friend even thinner and looking more haunted than before. When he discovered the extent of her cousin's abusive treatment of this gentle and witty woman, he stepped in to the rescue and offered her marriage of convenience as the only suitable way to get her out of her dismal situation. Little did he know that in marrying her, he ultimately became the one who was rescued. His fragile little bird gradually became his champion and protector, fighting off his fearsome and malicious grandmother and the ghosts of his childhood as she blossomed physically and mentally. Milly turned the cold and uninviting ducal residence into a home and provided his undeserving soul, aimless and adrift for too long, a safe harbour. Soon, he was desperate to change their companionable arrangement into something, not only more physical, but also more emotionally committed. She, though, was determined to keep him at arm's length. “If I was embarrassed by you I would hardly have married you. I am damned, however, if I will allow you to treat me in the same way you were forced to deal with your despicable cousin. Or am I to take it that you view us in the same light, Milly? Is that it?” Her eyes flew open and he was relieved at least to believe in the look of horror he saw there. “No! How could you ever believe I would think ...” “How the bloody hell am I ever to know what you think? You never talk to me!” And why was it those bloody high necked, long-sleeved dresses were beginning to play on his mind in such a devious manner? It was getting to the point where he thought he might actually run mad if he was granted a glimpse of bare skin. Beau was very sweet and caring, always on the alert for any agitation she might experience (which would put Milly at risk of a seizure) and at the ready to soothe and comfort her. He respected her remarkable intellect and worked hard to show her that he was more than just the hedonistic rake, she had read about in the gossip pages. He even took her to the museum to impress her with his studied knowledge: “Even I can learn something from a guide book, love.” Her smile fell and she frowned for a moment. Reaching out she placed her hand on his chest. “Don’t do that, Beau,” she said, sadness in her eyes. “I know how much more there is than just that beautiful face. You don’t need to prove it to me. Not to me.” The guide called them to come and see some point of interest and the moment was gone. Beau swallowed and they moved forward again, but he wished he’d been able to tell her - she was the only one he wanted to prove it to. They didn't consummate the marriage until past the 60% mark, but the heat was already well and truly felt, once Beau decided he would seduce his young wife. Okay, her 5 orgasms in a row during their first time was just over the top, but otherwise the sex was sizzling without being crude. I did also scratch my head a bit at Milly's comment about not being able to give him children because she was fearful of passing on her epilepsy to their offsprings, considering his own brother had epilepsy also. Overall, this was an unexpected joy to read. I will definitely check out her other books.

  4. 4 out of 5

    imanreads

    Such a GOOD HR ! That was my first book from this author whom I have never heard about before in the HR realm, such a loss ! Multidimensional characters + character growth + no-alpha-a** + have-to-root-for-darling hero + not-rushed-storyline + well-written story = a very pleasant reading ! Out of everything, it is seeing Millie Sparrow opening up & becoming the person she should have always been, that was truly wonderful & made this story stands out !!! Bravo as we say in French !

  5. 4 out of 5

    Irene

    Impulsive read. 4 stars for the chemistry in some scenes but 3 stars overall since I skimmed this about halfway through. The Devil May Care is my first book to this series, not sure what was going on before, but apparently Beau tried to kidnap his best friend's fiance in the last book? Anyways, Beau meets Milly Sparrow, a shy-looking wallflower type, at a park, when he's feeling a bit down on himself. They begin a letter correspondence when he leaves England, after fighting a duel and other thin Impulsive read. 4 stars for the chemistry in some scenes but 3 stars overall since I skimmed this about halfway through. The Devil May Care is my first book to this series, not sure what was going on before, but apparently Beau tried to kidnap his best friend's fiance in the last book? Anyways, Beau meets Milly Sparrow, a shy-looking wallflower type, at a park, when he's feeling a bit down on himself. They begin a letter correspondence when he leaves England, after fighting a duel and other things that force him to leave the country and cool his heels in France for a while. Upon his father's death, he returns to England, he happens to see Milly at the park, where they first met. Up to this point, their friendship has been one where they both enjoy having a pen pal. Milly has admired him after he took care of her when she had a seizure in public, and Beau finds Milly a nice but also funny person. Their letters to each other weren't the greatest, but my attention was gripped when we find out why Milly is so shy and nervous, and Beau takes it upon himself to marry her to protect her, and to avoid having to be in the marriage mart. Milly is now in a conundrum because she loves Beau but worries that if she shows it, Beau will be uncomfortable or try to be kind to her, and their easygoing friendship will suffer as a result. Therefore, she continues to bind her chest, wear false glasses, and pull her hair back from her face, and even avoiding time with him. This, amusingly, trips Beau out, especially after he realizes Milly is attractive but hiding it, and he starts to believe that Milly doesn't find him attractive, or that she does but in an abstract, detached way, like viewing aesthetically-pleasing art. He also starts to think that Milly thinks he is shallow and superficial so he ends up going to the British Museum to know everything about the art before he takes her there. I enjoyed this, and I also particularly enjoyed how jealous Beau became. So, while at first I rolled my eyes at Milly's decision to avoid Beau, I liked how it played out. I did end up skimming this about halfway through.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chetna

    This was a good book, I wld have given it 5stars rating if and only if it was disclosed what happened to My lady's future, there were only talks abt renewing it, but nothing was touched on it. considering it was such a vital part! Also no mention of how Beau felt/reacted abt milly's business partner. Felt that the ending was rushed. But over all the story was seamlessly written. And you can feel their growth as well as chemistry. Highly recommend . This was a good book, I wld have given it 5stars rating if and only if it was disclosed what happened to My lady's future, there were only talks abt renewing it, but nothing was touched on it. considering it was such a vital part! Also no mention of how Beau felt/reacted abt milly's business partner. Felt that the ending was rushed. But over all the story was seamlessly written. And you can feel their growth as well as chemistry. Highly recommend .

  7. 4 out of 5

    SassyLeg

    3.5 stars An unlikely friendship forms between our h/H: they are total opposites and there is no insta-attraction (at least on his part). Anyway, our quiet-abused heroine become the only positive thought in the H's life, so a marriage of convenience seems to be a good solution between two people who need to get together for practical reasons. But attraction and passion get in the way.... yes, this is a steamy read! Not a masterpiece, but a good pastime. 3.5 stars An unlikely friendship forms between our h/H: they are total opposites and there is no insta-attraction (at least on his part). Anyway, our quiet-abused heroine become the only positive thought in the H's life, so a marriage of convenience seems to be a good solution between two people who need to get together for practical reasons. But attraction and passion get in the way.... yes, this is a steamy read! Not a masterpiece, but a good pastime.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ursula

    3.5 stars. This was much better than I had expected. A sweet, romantic story about a very likeable heroine and a good guy, who took a while to wake up and realise he was in love with our sweet girl (but doesn't it always take them too long??) Nicely written and a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. 3.5 stars. This was much better than I had expected. A sweet, romantic story about a very likeable heroine and a good guy, who took a while to wake up and realise he was in love with our sweet girl (but doesn't it always take them too long??) Nicely written and a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dea

    3,5 I am maybe too old for or bored by the historical romance genre with this much misunderstanding and lack of communication between main characters. Otherwise, a cute story without the description of many ballroom and dance scenes and overbundance of unnecessary secondary characters.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 4.5 stars. Extremely enjoyable until the last climax with the fire. I didn't really see the point of making OM into a horrible person, except for the reconciliation of the H and his friend. That could have happened earlier. Instead I was annoyed. I loved that the h took charge in the bedroom and the H was the first to admit his love. 4.5 stars. Extremely enjoyable until the last climax with the fire. I didn't really see the point of making OM into a horrible person, except for the reconciliation of the H and his friend. That could have happened earlier. Instead I was annoyed. I loved that the h took charge in the bedroom and the H was the first to admit his love.

  11. 5 out of 5

    OhWell

    Don't expect historical accuracy, but it's original, entertaining and overall pretty good for a freebie. Don't expect historical accuracy, but it's original, entertaining and overall pretty good for a freebie.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    It was... fine. I had a very difficult time warming up to the heroine. The plot could have had some delicious mutual pining and so many other tropes I like, but Milly jumped to every wrong conclusion and put off every wrong signal. It seemed that Beau was trying to be honest and fair and calling her "love" and being sweet and she kept pushing him away. It was understandable but frustrating. There's also a lot going on here, drama from previous books (which I haven't read), Milly worrying about h It was... fine. I had a very difficult time warming up to the heroine. The plot could have had some delicious mutual pining and so many other tropes I like, but Milly jumped to every wrong conclusion and put off every wrong signal. It seemed that Beau was trying to be honest and fair and calling her "love" and being sweet and she kept pushing him away. It was understandable but frustrating. There's also a lot going on here, drama from previous books (which I haven't read), Milly worrying about her fits (which I assume are seizure like? They aren't really described here), Beau's guilt over his brother, money troubles for the estate, Beau keeps rescuing orphan boys, Milly thinks Beau is unfaithful, he worries she is, an evil cousin, a murder attempt, etc etc there is so much more. I would have liked more of a focus on the estate's money troubles and Milly's business plans, with perhaps jealousy being the misunderstanding. As it is, it's a lot.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Johnston

    I gave it two+ because I feel like I've seen the reformed rake and mousy orphan type before, and that whole "I can't let him/her know I love her!" bit is tiresome. I also rolled my eyes at the virgin who makes up for lost time by being not at all shy about sex, and insatiable to boot. But then I read a review that whinged about explicit sex (of which there really wasn't that much), and I feel like I should give it more stars because hell yeah, the sex wasn't bad and probably the best part of the I gave it two+ because I feel like I've seen the reformed rake and mousy orphan type before, and that whole "I can't let him/her know I love her!" bit is tiresome. I also rolled my eyes at the virgin who makes up for lost time by being not at all shy about sex, and insatiable to boot. But then I read a review that whinged about explicit sex (of which there really wasn't that much), and I feel like I should give it more stars because hell yeah, the sex wasn't bad and probably the best part of the book. Take that, prudes! An extra star. I'm going to find something even more explicit, just because. 😏

  14. 5 out of 5

    LowBrowReader

    3.8 points From what I gathered the hero seems to be a villain of the previous book in the series and as that I would be automatically lured in :D Not terribly bad reading, the author is OK-ish. If you want totally faithful Regency manners and customs and mode of speaking and thinking, look elsewhere. Raising the score a bit on account that the author has the courage to write an epileptic heroine. Haven't seen that before so kudos! 3.8 points From what I gathered the hero seems to be a villain of the previous book in the series and as that I would be automatically lured in :D Not terribly bad reading, the author is OK-ish. If you want totally faithful Regency manners and customs and mode of speaking and thinking, look elsewhere. Raising the score a bit on account that the author has the courage to write an epileptic heroine. Haven't seen that before so kudos!

  15. 4 out of 5

    ☽ Rhiannon ✭ Mistwalker ☾

    I loved this!!! Seriously nailed some of my favorite tropes! I LOVED watching Beau fall in love with Milly, it felt very natural and believable. Having not read the previous books in the series, I had a bit of a hard time buying him as a rake, for he is nothing but kindhearted and romantic in this book. I adored the angst and insecurity of course. (4.5 stars)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Keri

    Such a good book! I love marriage of convenience stories and this started as the hero trying to save the heroine from a bad living situation and she ends up being the one to rescue him from his bad memories. The author did a great job with the evolution of the characters to their best selves. Some cute dialogue, a little drama, and an epilogue. My favorite kind of book!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Martha B.

    Beau and Millie challenge the devil and win their HEA. If you read Scandal's Daughter (book 3 in the series -- if not, you really should) then you must be wondering what happens next for Lord Beaumont, after his ill advised actions cost him his best friend and almost cost him his life. You would have also briefly encountered Miss Millicent Sparrow and wondered about Beau's kindness to her during her gossip-worthy distress in the midst of a ball. The Devil May Care (book 4 in the series) will answ Beau and Millie challenge the devil and win their HEA. If you read Scandal's Daughter (book 3 in the series -- if not, you really should) then you must be wondering what happens next for Lord Beaumont, after his ill advised actions cost him his best friend and almost cost him his life. You would have also briefly encountered Miss Millicent Sparrow and wondered about Beau's kindness to her during her gossip-worthy distress in the midst of a ball. The Devil May Care (book 4 in the series) will answer all your burning questions in a most entertaining and heart-bending fashion. Emma V. Leech has written a truly an emotional Regency love story of personal realization and redemption, sacrifice and salvation, friendship and forever love. As with her past books, Ms. Leech's writing style flows beautifully in both dialogue and descriptions. Even though the pace of the plot is steady, this is not a book to skim read. Each word and phrase is filled with meaning and emotion, so readers must just take their time and enjoy it rather than rush through it. You will also want to savor Beau and Millie's development and growth as individuals and as a couple. All in all, I loved this book. Although there are no vulgarities, there some pretty descriptive marital intimacies and erotic circumstances, which only allow me to recommend this enjoyable stand-alone story for mature readers who are not easily offended.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    Women were no more then property back when and any man could beat, bully or terrorize any woman under their protection. Millie Sparrow is living with an extremely abusive relative--with only her maid and friend for comfort. She is totally cowed and miserable-there is no way out for her or so she thinks. Then the fateful day when, totally miserable, she happens upon Beau, the Marquis of Beaumont. Beau is getting ready to leave for France in disgrace. You may remember him from the novel Scandal's D Women were no more then property back when and any man could beat, bully or terrorize any woman under their protection. Millie Sparrow is living with an extremely abusive relative--with only her maid and friend for comfort. She is totally cowed and miserable-there is no way out for her or so she thinks. Then the fateful day when, totally miserable, she happens upon Beau, the Marquis of Beaumont. Beau is getting ready to leave for France in disgrace. You may remember him from the novel Scandal's Daughter (see my review here) They strike up a friendship and agree to correspond via letters. Beau's father dies and suddenly he is a Duke and is able to return to England. Taking pity on Millie, he offers her marriage in name only. She accepts and that is where the fun begins! You see Millie has an astonishingly brilliant mind. I truly LOVED this book and am looking forward to reading more in this series!! I received an ebook copy of this book for enjoyment and possible review. The Devil May Care

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Lots to like, and a few little issues On the positive side, the characters, even the secondary ones, are well-developed and interesting. The plot is complicated enough to keep the readers interest, but not so complex that it requires overmuch energy to follow. I genuinely enjoyed the story, and did not feel like I'd jumped into the middle of it despite not having read all the prior books in the series. There are a few redundancies very early in the book, and way too many references to the butter Lots to like, and a few little issues On the positive side, the characters, even the secondary ones, are well-developed and interesting. The plot is complicated enough to keep the readers interest, but not so complex that it requires overmuch energy to follow. I genuinely enjoyed the story, and did not feel like I'd jumped into the middle of it despite not having read all the prior books in the series. There are a few redundancies very early in the book, and way too many references to the butter yellow walls. I did get a little tired of two people afraid for half the book to actually talk to one another. And I did think it seemed very unlikely that Milly would go from frightened innocent to sex-starved temptress in 48 hours - graphic prints or no graphic prints. Fnally, I don't know much about epilepsy, but I will say I was a bit skeptical that people die from it the way Edward did.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    Just Makes Me Sigh With Happiness There are many things I like about this book and its characters. I must say first off how well-written it is. The hero started out on the precipice of reaping what he sowed. He was already in the process of outgrowing his wicked ways. The heroine was in situation where she needed rescuing. They meet and develop a friendship despite time and distance. So we have beautiful character development. Their story actually reminds me of a Lisa Kleypas book but in a good w Just Makes Me Sigh With Happiness There are many things I like about this book and its characters. I must say first off how well-written it is. The hero started out on the precipice of reaping what he sowed. He was already in the process of outgrowing his wicked ways. The heroine was in situation where she needed rescuing. They meet and develop a friendship despite time and distance. So we have beautiful character development. Their story actually reminds me of a Lisa Kleypas book but in a good way and not a copy cat sort of way. I love how the book focused also on the inner thoughts of the hero. There was a wonderful balance of romance, intrigue, transformations, reformations, reconciliation and steam (there were sexy scenes that added to the enjoyment of the romance overall). I love how the hero exerted effort to really pursue the heroine and win her over. And I love the epilogue.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Barbara "Cookie" Serfaty Williams

    The Devil May Care (Rogues and Gentleman Book 4) The love story of Milly and Beau. Milliken Sparrow was like a little sparrow when she met the Marque of Beaumont. She was half in love with him then. Molly was in the care of her cruel cousin, Brownlow since she was a little girl and life was hard. Beau was a Marque and on the run because he try to run off with his best friend's fiancee but was caught and end in a duel, so he run to France. While he was in France his father for and he is now the Duk The Devil May Care (Rogues and Gentleman Book 4) The love story of Milly and Beau. Milliken Sparrow was like a little sparrow when she met the Marque of Beaumont. She was half in love with him then. Molly was in the care of her cruel cousin, Brownlow since she was a little girl and life was hard. Beau was a Marque and on the run because he try to run off with his best friend's fiancee but was caught and end in a duel, so he run to France. While he was in France his father for and he is now the Duke of Ware. When he return the first person he want to see was Milly. At a party, Milly was being threaten by Brownlow when Beau can to her aide, now they are marry. Can he find love with Milly and can Milly see herself as a beautiful woman? Great story.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Pontiki

    This is the first book I’m reading in this series. I love the letter writing between Beau as Milly, and his escape to and return from Paris. As he is her saviour, Milly doesn’t see all the criticism of the ton as being true. Beau isn’t thinking of Milly as a wife, but is trying to help her. In the end, truly, they save each other from their awful families. If Beau had at least let Milly know he’d changed his mind about their initial agreement, it would have moved things along. Too easy, I know. This is the first book I’m reading in this series. I love the letter writing between Beau as Milly, and his escape to and return from Paris. As he is her saviour, Milly doesn’t see all the criticism of the ton as being true. Beau isn’t thinking of Milly as a wife, but is trying to help her. In the end, truly, they save each other from their awful families. If Beau had at least let Milly know he’d changed his mind about their initial agreement, it would have moved things along. Too easy, I know. Also, the book went a bit too long with all the angst and doubt, could have been done by about 10 chapters earlier. Lovely people, with Edith, Dollie, and a few others helping things along. KU

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ms M

    Good potential but poor delivery Or not delivering a right h for the H. The h just unbelievable. She supposedly timid, biddable, however in front of him, she acts so differently, hmmm gets into my nerves But I kept reading until she was harshly defending the H from rude treatments his grandmother, the dowager duchess of ware, said to him. Seriously? 1😏 If heroine shy, quiet and meek but with a compelling characters due to this era that'll be fine. However the h here not what I want to read out o Good potential but poor delivery Or not delivering a right h for the H. The h just unbelievable. She supposedly timid, biddable, however in front of him, she acts so differently, hmmm gets into my nerves But I kept reading until she was harshly defending the H from rude treatments his grandmother, the dowager duchess of ware, said to him. Seriously? 1😏 If heroine shy, quiet and meek but with a compelling characters due to this era that'll be fine. However the h here not what I want to read out of my HR leading ladies. Loved book 1 & 3, couldn't finished 2 & 4. I read it in between books since I couldn't read in one sitting for books that didn't catch my attention well enough. I wish the next one the h more like book1 & 3.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Frances Law

    A fresh Regency romance. I had become a little jaded with Regency romances and not read one for a while but the blurb to this story caught my attention. It’s promise was certainly fulfilled and I have to say that I enjoyed it very much. There were shades of Georgette Heyer in its elements and she was a beloved author of mine. Milly is such a lovely character and very simpatico. Beau, of course, is the essence of a hero. Although he is taken by Milly’s intellect he is still a gentleman of his time A fresh Regency romance. I had become a little jaded with Regency romances and not read one for a while but the blurb to this story caught my attention. It’s promise was certainly fulfilled and I have to say that I enjoyed it very much. There were shades of Georgette Heyer in its elements and she was a beloved author of mine. Milly is such a lovely character and very simpatico. Beau, of course, is the essence of a hero. Although he is taken by Milly’s intellect he is still a gentleman of his time and has an authoritarian streak in him. His insistence of a marriage of convenience from the beginning was his downfall in the end. I loved the story but be aware that there are some explicit love scenes.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Carpenter

    Have you ever noticed that the most handsome man is always the most messed up in the head? The Marquis of Beaumont is in disgrace in France when he learns of his father's death making him the Duke of Ware. He has been writing to the only person left to speak to him, a mousy little woman, Miss Millicent Sparrow. To find out why he is in France, you'll have to read "Scandal's Daughter". Millicent is a woman who was abused by her uncle. Beau rescues her when he returns to England and marries her. T Have you ever noticed that the most handsome man is always the most messed up in the head? The Marquis of Beaumont is in disgrace in France when he learns of his father's death making him the Duke of Ware. He has been writing to the only person left to speak to him, a mousy little woman, Miss Millicent Sparrow. To find out why he is in France, you'll have to read "Scandal's Daughter". Millicent is a woman who was abused by her uncle. Beau rescues her when he returns to England and marries her. The problem throughout this whole story is these two are never on the same page. It's not until Millicent gains her freedom through Beau that she learns her own strength and character. Beau learns that one woman like Millicent is worth being faithful and it's possible to be a good man.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    This was amazingly a turn off event read for me. I loved the way the discriptions of the characters and the events are written and how it shows really anything can happen in a chapter of Emma Leech.. With all of the feelings that seem to flow straight to your heart and I loved the way this book had so many surprisingly different scenes that just had you reading as fast as you could.. I can't wait to get this one as well in paperback form from Emma Leech because as usual, she has another wonderfu This was amazingly a turn off event read for me. I loved the way the discriptions of the characters and the events are written and how it shows really anything can happen in a chapter of Emma Leech.. With all of the feelings that seem to flow straight to your heart and I loved the way this book had so many surprisingly different scenes that just had you reading as fast as you could.. I can't wait to get this one as well in paperback form from Emma Leech because as usual, she has another wonderful KEEPER!!!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    This was a very emotional read, both Milly and Beau had many difficulties to overcome. When we were introduced to Beau in book 2, he came across as a shallow spoilt rake, yet that is not who he is, Beau is an extremely complex character. Though Beau is described as being very handsome and charming, his character appealed more to my maternal instincts. I felt glad that he had not only Milly, but Mrs Buss, Rexom and the orphaned boys and that they saw his worth and moved his life onto a different p This was a very emotional read, both Milly and Beau had many difficulties to overcome. When we were introduced to Beau in book 2, he came across as a shallow spoilt rake, yet that is not who he is, Beau is an extremely complex character. Though Beau is described as being very handsome and charming, his character appealed more to my maternal instincts. I felt glad that he had not only Milly, but Mrs Buss, Rexom and the orphaned boys and that they saw his worth and moved his life onto a different path.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    Very well done! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Dear Miss Milly Sparrow meets Beau in the park. It is his last day in England and he needs a friend. An unusual friendship develops between the two. When Beau returns as the Duke of Ware, he finds Milly in a horrendous situation. How will he save her? How will she save him? How will they save each other? Highly recommended.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mindy Martinez Borda

    I had the best time reading this story. Never judge a book by its cover. That is what thos story stands for and what I did when I decided to start reading it. I wasn't wrong. This book transported me through time. I felt very one of the characters' feelings and desires. The story is powerful and so raw at times it is impossible not to cry your eyes out. It is definitely a lovely story that totally deserves to be read and enjoyed greatly. I had the best time reading this story. Never judge a book by its cover. That is what thos story stands for and what I did when I decided to start reading it. I wasn't wrong. This book transported me through time. I felt very one of the characters' feelings and desires. The story is powerful and so raw at times it is impossible not to cry your eyes out. It is definitely a lovely story that totally deserves to be read and enjoyed greatly.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Bolen

    The beginning is slow The chapter titles are very appropriate for the time period, but a bit overdone considering the rest of the book. If you are looking for a period appropriate book--this ain't it. But it's a very good modern historical romance. Women are smart and interested in things other than gossip and fashion. Everyone is liberal/progressive and care about the underprivileged. The beginning is slow The chapter titles are very appropriate for the time period, but a bit overdone considering the rest of the book. If you are looking for a period appropriate book--this ain't it. But it's a very good modern historical romance. Women are smart and interested in things other than gossip and fashion. Everyone is liberal/progressive and care about the underprivileged.

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