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Notorious, handsome, and decadent, the Lords of Vice break rules and hearts with equal aplomb. But what if one woman is on to their game—and the player becomes the played? One Stolen Kiss Young, tender, and highly impressionable, Lady Regan can’t help but be intrigued by her brother’s wayward friends—the wickedly charming Lords of Vice. One man in particular, the dashing Lor Notorious, handsome, and decadent, the Lords of Vice break rules and hearts with equal aplomb. But what if one woman is on to their game—and the player becomes the played? One Stolen Kiss Young, tender, and highly impressionable, Lady Regan can’t help but be intrigued by her brother’s wayward friends—the wickedly charming Lords of Vice. One man in particular, the dashing Lord Hugh Mordare  (known simply as “Dare” among the ton), utterly captivates her—in spite of his reputation as a notorious womanizer. But when she steals an innocent kiss from Dare, Regan is swiftly packed off to boarding school, safely away from danger…and desire. One Sweet Seduction Five years later, Regan returns—a proper lady and ravishing beauty. Miss Swann’s Academy for Young Ladies has taught her how to behave in polite society. But all the training in the world cannot extinguish her love for Dare. Now, she hopes to beat the master of seduction at his own game—by daring Dare to love her in return. This time, both of their hearts are on the line…and winner takes all.


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Notorious, handsome, and decadent, the Lords of Vice break rules and hearts with equal aplomb. But what if one woman is on to their game—and the player becomes the played? One Stolen Kiss Young, tender, and highly impressionable, Lady Regan can’t help but be intrigued by her brother’s wayward friends—the wickedly charming Lords of Vice. One man in particular, the dashing Lor Notorious, handsome, and decadent, the Lords of Vice break rules and hearts with equal aplomb. But what if one woman is on to their game—and the player becomes the played? One Stolen Kiss Young, tender, and highly impressionable, Lady Regan can’t help but be intrigued by her brother’s wayward friends—the wickedly charming Lords of Vice. One man in particular, the dashing Lord Hugh Mordare  (known simply as “Dare” among the ton), utterly captivates her—in spite of his reputation as a notorious womanizer. But when she steals an innocent kiss from Dare, Regan is swiftly packed off to boarding school, safely away from danger…and desire. One Sweet Seduction Five years later, Regan returns—a proper lady and ravishing beauty. Miss Swann’s Academy for Young Ladies has taught her how to behave in polite society. But all the training in the world cannot extinguish her love for Dare. Now, she hopes to beat the master of seduction at his own game—by daring Dare to love her in return. This time, both of their hearts are on the line…and winner takes all.

30 review for After Dark with a Scoundrel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Spanglemaker9

    There's a difference between rogue and unrepentant jerk and this hero crossed that line for me. It's already mildly uncomfortable that he was close to her when she was growing up and remembers kind of lusting after her when she walked out of a lake in nothing but her wet shift when she was thirteen. He was twenty one. To his credit, he stopped hanging around her then, but really? Thirteen? That's kind of creepy. And yet for all his noble intentions to steer clear of her and keep his hands to hims There's a difference between rogue and unrepentant jerk and this hero crossed that line for me. It's already mildly uncomfortable that he was close to her when she was growing up and remembers kind of lusting after her when she walked out of a lake in nothing but her wet shift when she was thirteen. He was twenty one. To his credit, he stopped hanging around her then, but really? Thirteen? That's kind of creepy. And yet for all his noble intentions to steer clear of her and keep his hands to himself, when they find themselves thrown together when she's fifteen, he has no problem with making a move on her. Even if she adores him and she's more than willing, just... no. So fast forward five years and she's all grown up and still wants him. I like this trope, actually, so I'm still hanging in there. There's some back and forth and he's resisting (mostly because she's his best friend's younger sister), but STILL, one moment alone and he totally throws that out the window and takes her virginity on the library floor. Then when they get caught by the brother, who asks what he intends to do, he basically just shrugs and says he'd make a terrible husband. NOPE. No no no. I'm fine with rogues deflowering virgins (assuming she's willing, and this girl was), but once the deed is done and you've "ruined" her, YOU DO THE RIGHT THING, especially if she's your best friend's little sister and a girl you helped raise and ostensibly care about. Sure he comes around and marries her, but he lost me with that initial refusal.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    This is the third book of "Lords of Vice" series, and there are seven of them. Lords of Vice are seven friends, very close, more like brothers. All seven are titled, rich, Rouges, Rakes and Scoundrels and very proud of it. Rules for these men are there in order to be broken. We meet all of them, (Sin, Vane, Hunter, Saint, Frost, Dare and Reign) in "All Night with a Rogue", where we can't but fall in love with Sin, who is one sick Rogue. I just loved everything about that story. All the character This is the third book of "Lords of Vice" series, and there are seven of them. Lords of Vice are seven friends, very close, more like brothers. All seven are titled, rich, Rouges, Rakes and Scoundrels and very proud of it. Rules for these men are there in order to be broken. We meet all of them, (Sin, Vane, Hunter, Saint, Frost, Dare and Reign) in "All Night with a Rogue", where we can't but fall in love with Sin, who is one sick Rogue. I just loved everything about that story. All the characters, the plot, pace, dialogue and humor. In this first book we get a glimpse of each of these men, and we are intrigued with each one. From the beginning, from the first moment our Hero looks into Juliana's eyes, we're hooked. We root for these two and we are rewarded with telling of a wonderful love story. In the second book "Till Dawn with the Devil" the boys are back and Reign's story is just full of twists and turns and once more we're just lured into their world with a very compelling story in which one more Lord of Vice succumbs to love. Ms. Hawkins yet again did a wonderful job in telling the story of Reign and Sophia. All the characters were very well developed, and we've gotten to know more of our Lords and their lives, and at this point we are well into the series that we need to know more of Dare and Allegra. What happened, how it happened and why it happened? "After Dark with a Scoundrel" opens with Regan, Frosts sister at fifteen who was basically brought up with the Lords of Vice as brothers. She had a fancy for one in particular, Dare. And here is where I encountered my first problem with this book. Dare is eight years older than Regan, and while at her twenty to his twenty eight, all is well and good, I had a big problem with a twenty three year old dallying with a fifteen year old sister of his best friend. I just didn't buy it. It felt wrong. On top of all that, Frost's only reaction upon finding those two kissing is to send Regan to a Boarding school. Dare gets off scot free. Fast forward, and I mean FAST, five years and we get to meet the little Regan at twenty, back from school and still what? In love, in infatuation with Dare that she set out to seduce him? Yet again, I'm not buying it. As for Dare, at sixteen he falls madly, passionately in love with Allegra, who is his age as well. He loves this girl with all of his heart and soul, and she cheats on him with his older brother Charles, (the future Duke), who has no qualms of getting the stupid chit pregnant and passing her off on his younger brother. When push came to shove, Allegra admits to Charles having fathered her child and in that moment Dare's heart breaks, but still he would have married her, however question still remains if he would have forgiven her. Eleven years later, we see Dare living with the consequences of this triangle. Allegra's panting for him, demanding his presence, Mrs. Randall wants him for her lover, and Regan is after him also. What's a poor Scoundrel to do, but seduce his friend's sister and never even thinking much of the consequences of the liaison? NOT BUYING IT! NONE! I wish this story was thought through better. It had so much more to give us. It was rushed, and it suffered. BIG TIME! I wanted to feel the pain of a boy who was mentally abused by his father as well as physically by his brother. A young man who was badly used by a girl who played him falls, who has broken his heart, and afterwards for years played on his sympathies. I wanted to know that at twenty three he knew better than to kiss a girl that was vulnerable and innocent. Yes, I know. He's a Scoundrel. But even though he is, I needed him to have honor. To have shame. He showed none. Frost baffled me as well. He finds out that his best friend takes his sisters virginity, and he coldly throws him out. Really? Seriously? That's it? NOT BUYING IT! I've anticipated this book for a while and it let me down. I expected more of this story. Dare's story should have been as compelling as the other two. I will buy the next four in the series. At this point I'm invested in these men. I like them. I want to meet the women they fall in love with. I also want to let Ms. Hawkins know that she can do better than this book. I know it. I read the first two books and I LOVED both. Melanie

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I love when I finish a book with a huge smile on my face and a feeling of contentment - and that is exactly how I felt after reading After Dark with a Scoundrel. Dare is a man with deep loyalty - even when that loyalty goes against his own wishes. He has troubles with his family, but everytime he is called on for help he will always eventually cave - no matter how much personal pain it causes him. He is also loyal to his friends - the Lords of Vice - and debauchery aside, is an all around good g I love when I finish a book with a huge smile on my face and a feeling of contentment - and that is exactly how I felt after reading After Dark with a Scoundrel. Dare is a man with deep loyalty - even when that loyalty goes against his own wishes. He has troubles with his family, but everytime he is called on for help he will always eventually cave - no matter how much personal pain it causes him. He is also loyal to his friends - the Lords of Vice - and debauchery aside, is an all around good guy. He is not even a cynical man, when his past definitely could have turned him as such. That, I think, was the greatest part of this book - that Dare was not the typical hero that has forever lost trust in women due to a past betrayal. He still believes in love and lasting relationships, even though he does not necessarily believe in them for himself. However, he just cannot resist his friend Frost's little sister Regan. Regan, of course, was a hellion, basically having been raised by the Lords of Vice until she was sent away at the age of fifteen to get polished. She has an interesting relationship with her brother, and it is a relationship that I wish Hawkins had explored more. I was never 100% sure what Frost's reasons were in sending her away to school, Regan thought it was because of a fire she accidentally caused and something that happened with Dare, as well as just plain getting her out of the way - but Dare had implied that there was another reason, and I was left a little confused by that (I probably totally overlooked something, and in the grand scheme of things the reasons did not matter for the plot). Needless to say, Regan has loved Dare since she was a young girl, and was determined to get back to London to seduce him. I loved every interaction that occurred between Regan and Dare (yes, even the non-steamy ones!) - especially when Frost was involved! I am also a huge sucker for jealous heroes, as well as heroes that just cannot stay away from the heroine. My only complaint was that the book was too short. The ending definitely felt rushed, and there could have easily been another 25-50 pages. There had been a subplot of a woman being murdered, as well as attacks on a few of the characters, and it was all cleared up too quickly. The reader was never really given a chance to wonder about the crimes that were happening before you found out the whos and whys. I cannot wait until the next offering in this series, and although I am pulling for either Frost's or Vane's story next (I am betting it is Vane's), no matter who's book it is I know it will be great! Highly recommended to historical romance lovers.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth (Liz)

    This one was less painful than the other NRCA books I was chosen to read, but not by much. I expected to enjoy this one far more than I did. It was a real disappointment.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sangria

    Awww....much better! I liked this book a lot. I love a best friends little sister genre romance, and it being our surlys Lords Frost, made it all the sweeter. I’m starting to really look forward to his book, lol! We open with a young Lady Regan. Her and Her brother, an Earl, Lord Chillingsworth aka Frost were deserted by their mother after their fathers death. Regan has basically been raised by the Lords of Vice, at Nox, their gambling establishment. At 15.....she’s a beauty and our young Lord Dar Awww....much better! I liked this book a lot. I love a best friends little sister genre romance, and it being our surlys Lords Frost, made it all the sweeter. I’m starting to really look forward to his book, lol! We open with a young Lady Regan. Her and Her brother, an Earl, Lord Chillingsworth aka Frost were deserted by their mother after their fathers death. Regan has basically been raised by the Lords of Vice, at Nox, their gambling establishment. At 15.....she’s a beauty and our young Lord Dare, second son of a Duke and business partner of Frosts takes notice. A kiss ensues..... Regan is immediately sent off for 5 years to finishing school. But, she’s feisty and fun, and she returns with a vengeance, her sights set on the same man, Lord Dare. It’s cat and mouse and seduction. It’s a fun romance, with a bit of suspense surrounding Dares family and a women he once loved that married his older brother. I can say FINALLY in this book, everyone got what they justly deserved! Amen, lol. HA!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lover of Romance

    Lady Regan, was raised by her brother, a member of the Lords of Vice. As such she grew up learning to climb trees, fishing, fencing lessons and gambling. Regan is not your typical English miss. But when Regan and "Dare" are caught kissing, her brother sends her away to school and for five years she has been patient. Regan was hurt when her brother sent her away, and from the only family she has ever known. Now she is ready to take part of the Season, and put her brother in his place a bit, and s Lady Regan, was raised by her brother, a member of the Lords of Vice. As such she grew up learning to climb trees, fishing, fencing lessons and gambling. Regan is not your typical English miss. But when Regan and "Dare" are caught kissing, her brother sends her away to school and for five years she has been patient. Regan was hurt when her brother sent her away, and from the only family she has ever known. Now she is ready to take part of the Season, and put her brother in his place a bit, and seduce Dare and show him what she is made of. Dare was betrayed by the only woman he ever loved, who married his brother because he was the "heir". Dare is the second son, and has been a member of the Lord of Vice, but there is one woman who has held his interest more than any other, but she is forbidden, but when she comes back to London, and he is forced to escort her, passions between them are inflamed and this time it won't be just desire than could be dangerous to them... After Dark With A Scoundrel is the third installment in the Lords of Vice series. I am very proud of myself for having read this series in order so far....I hope I can keep going strong. I have the worst habit of reading a series out of order. But since all of the books are at my local library, I decided to try this one in order. In this book we have Dare's book, and we have Regan as the heroine. Now I will say that if you have yet to read this author, and you love historical romance and you want to get started into historical romance...this series just might be for you. I feel like this author is underrated, but as far as regency romances go, this author is at the top of the list. You can never go wrong with Alexandra Hawkins. We begin with bit of bad luck for Regan. Regan is a bit of a tom boy, and has a connection and bond with all of the Lords of Vice, and you see the close ties she has with them. AT the beginning she is only fifteen, and through a twist of events, she ends up in a sensual embrace with Dare, which she doesn't expect but that kiss changes her. When her brother forces her to school, she is furious and hurt. Now we skip ahead five years, Regan is still just as mischievous and sassy as ever, five years at school hasn't changed her personality, she just has a better way of seeming to be more polished. She is determined to come to London and make some changes in her life. Her first goal is to show up with no notice to her brother, and to seduce the one man she craves. This heroine...was so fun, and she definitely has the type of personality you can just enjoy while reading her. This story definitely had me laughing, and the kind of creative schemes she comes up with, and then join that up with her wit and sass...well she is a heroine you can adore. This is a story that brings together steamy chemistry, full of life characters, enticing mystery, a enchanting mix of flavors and spices to make you hunger for more. WICKEDLY SENSUAL!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marita

    The series peaks here IMO. Decent use of some of my favourite tropes-such as best-friend's-little-sister and friends-to-lovers. It still had a lot of issues. For one, it's pretty unbelievable that someone as volatile as Frost is about the few things he cares about in the world, would have taken Regan and Dare's sneaky HEA as lightly as he did. Yes, I get that he wants Regan to be happy always, but my God I was looking forward to a scene where Frost very silkily and calmly tells Dare they're takin The series peaks here IMO. Decent use of some of my favourite tropes-such as best-friend's-little-sister and friends-to-lovers. It still had a lot of issues. For one, it's pretty unbelievable that someone as volatile as Frost is about the few things he cares about in the world, would have taken Regan and Dare's sneaky HEA as lightly as he did. Yes, I get that he wants Regan to be happy always, but my God I was looking forward to a scene where Frost very silkily and calmly tells Dare they're taking this outside and then proceeds to punch his way through all his issues about his best friend shacking up with his little sister. Also, Regan was 15 and Dare 23 when they first made out. EW. Also, how did Frost not knock the stuffing out of Dare for THAT alone?! The only counter I have to offer is to continue maintaining that Frost is secretly the world's greatest matchmaker and knows JUST how to goad his best friends into admitting they're in love :D Love how Dare used his sneaky rakish skills to the best of his abilities in ensuring he snuck Regan out from under Frost's nose :D

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Connolly

    What?! So that was it? That was the ending? Thank God for the epilogue! The book isn't bad, it's just not great. It had a lot of the elements I usually enjoy very much in a romance (secret unrequited love, falling in love with a siblings friend, childhood friends, etc) but the author didn't really exploit them. We get a general view of what's happening and the events that lead up to the H and h's happily ever after, but we don't get to see what's really going on in their minds and hearts. We don What?! So that was it? That was the ending? Thank God for the epilogue! The book isn't bad, it's just not great. It had a lot of the elements I usually enjoy very much in a romance (secret unrequited love, falling in love with a siblings friend, childhood friends, etc) but the author didn't really exploit them. We get a general view of what's happening and the events that lead up to the H and h's happily ever after, but we don't get to see what's really going on in their minds and hearts. We don't see the struggle they go through or the emotional conflicts. You don't really get to know the characters very well, so it's hard to relate to them. I, for one, can't really say I liked Regan very much. I wasn't particularly fond of Dare either, but I liked him better than Regan. The truth is I didn't really care that much if they ended up together (although you obviously know they will), and that's not what you're looking for when picking up a romance.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Blodeuedd Finland

    A nice, kind of short historical romance. But I did have some issues at first. Some very disturbing things mentioned. Regan grew up with the Lords of Vice, scoundrels all of them. Ok nothing wrong there. That thing came when Dare thought back about how he stopped swimming with her at 13 cos he felt something...ok euwwww! She was 13, you were 21! I can forgive you for kissing her at 15, but that is still, ok no. I tried to put that behind me so I could enjoy the book. She comes back at 20 and he do A nice, kind of short historical romance. But I did have some issues at first. Some very disturbing things mentioned. Regan grew up with the Lords of Vice, scoundrels all of them. Ok nothing wrong there. That thing came when Dare thought back about how he stopped swimming with her at 13 cos he felt something...ok euwwww! She was 13, you were 21! I can forgive you for kissing her at 15, but that is still, ok no. I tried to put that behind me so I could enjoy the book. She comes back at 20 and he does not recognize her at first...whatever. She wants him, he thinks with his head in his pants and stuff obviously happens. Her brother is very whatever about the whole thing. Not a fan of her brother. But hey, I enjoyed it... after getting over the euww parts. They have their little dance. There is drama with his family and everyone will live happily ever after.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Noracq

    I really expected a lot more than just good writing. There is no plot, a meh storyline and unlikable characters. The H/h are both so shallow you can't glimpse any depth in the character and it's really hard to.connect with them. Regan was meant to be fiery lady who means to attract Dare with wit and charm alas there is not one scene where any of these characteristics are shown. I dont recall any part of the book where I felt she was a lady. As for Dare he kisses her, abondons her, kisses her, goes t I really expected a lot more than just good writing. There is no plot, a meh storyline and unlikable characters. The H/h are both so shallow you can't glimpse any depth in the character and it's really hard to.connect with them. Regan was meant to be fiery lady who means to attract Dare with wit and charm alas there is not one scene where any of these characteristics are shown. I dont recall any part of the book where I felt she was a lady. As for Dare he kisses her, abondons her, kisses her, goes to another lady, makes love to her (believe me I'm stretching the phrase) abandons her since he cant love her BUT he is possesive and "you are mine".Seriously!!!! As for Frost what kind of brother is that?!! This book is a no no no.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lorka

    I couldn't get into this book at all. The back of the book sounded great, I love a good fall-in-love-with-your-brothers-best-friend-story! But this was horrible... unlikeable characters, unbelievable storyline... I couldn't find myself rooting for any of the characters, so I just wasn't able to get hooked :( Even the heroine's older brother was a jerk. I get that he was a rake and he belonged to some Lord of Vice 'gang' with his buddies, but he was not properly protective of his sister at all an I couldn't get into this book at all. The back of the book sounded great, I love a good fall-in-love-with-your-brothers-best-friend-story! But this was horrible... unlikeable characters, unbelievable storyline... I couldn't find myself rooting for any of the characters, so I just wasn't able to get hooked :( Even the heroine's older brother was a jerk. I get that he was a rake and he belonged to some Lord of Vice 'gang' with his buddies, but he was not properly protective of his sister at all and I found it a huge turn off. I am surprised this book has 4+ stars, I guess I missed something :/

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I probably would have given this book 3.5 stars if half stars were a possibility, but I rounded down because I was really bothered by some of the story elements. For example, in the beginning Dare came across as a decent guy despite calling himself one of the Lords of Vice. He made an effort to take care of his family even after Charles and Allegra's betrayal, plus he looked after Regan to ensure that no rake took advantage of her (besides himself, anyway). Given this characterization, it didn't I probably would have given this book 3.5 stars if half stars were a possibility, but I rounded down because I was really bothered by some of the story elements. For example, in the beginning Dare came across as a decent guy despite calling himself one of the Lords of Vice. He made an effort to take care of his family even after Charles and Allegra's betrayal, plus he looked after Regan to ensure that no rake took advantage of her (besides himself, anyway). Given this characterization, it didn't make sense to me that Dare would begin an affair with Regan with no qualms whatsoever. Once he decided to seduce her, he just went ahead and did it without thinking of the potential consequences (including pregnancy!) or having any second thoughts. He had to have known that she would be terribly hurt when he announced that he had no intention of marrying her, and that she would be ruined if their affair ever came to light. Considering his behavior towards his family and the fact that he considered Regan a part of it, why wouldn't Dare have taken more care with her? No matter his reasons, his behavior towards Regan was pretty awful IMO, and he didn't seem very remorseful at the end of the book. I would have liked to see him grovel a little more before Regan agreed to marry him. Frost's reaction when he discovered Dare and Regan's affair didn't make sense to me either. Sure, Dare was one of his best friends, but I still think Frost would have done something more than throw Dare out of the house after discovering that he had ruined his sister. At the very least, I would have expected him to be a LOT more angry than he was. Also, while I understand why Frost would have told Regan that it was for the best that Dare didn't want to marry her (he thought Dare was still in love with Allegra), I'm surprised that he didn't push them to get married anyway. As a rake himself, he was a lot more understanding of their affair than most brothers would have been, but he must have known that the rules for gently bred young ladies were different than those for the young men of the ton. He told Regan that one affair wouldn't hurt her, but I don't think that's entirely true. Even if no one found out about Regan and Dare's affair right away, what if she had gone on to marry someone else? There could have been a huge scandal when her husband discovered on their wedding night that she wasn't a virgin. In those days, there were a lot of men who would not have accepted a wife who wasn't a virgin, so she still could have been ruined if her husband tried to have the marriage annulled. Overall, despite my problems with parts of the plot, I thought this was a mostly enjoyable book. I think the first two books in the series were better, though, and I agree with the reviewers who have noted that Hawkins could have done a better job with the material. Hopefully the next book in the series will be an improvement on this one.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Book Review Diva

    Alexandra Hawkins- “After Dark With A Scoundrel” Lady Regan grew up being raised by her brother and brothers friends who are also known as the Lords Of Vice. Her father died when Regan was younger and her mother abandon her and her brother for some guy. The Lords of Vice and her brother are the only family she has ever had. Regan and Lord Hugh Mordare, also known as Dare, get caught in a romantic kiss by Regan's brother, but before Regan can explain herself her brother quickly ships her off to a Alexandra Hawkins- “After Dark With A Scoundrel” Lady Regan grew up being raised by her brother and brothers friends who are also known as the Lords Of Vice. Her father died when Regan was younger and her mother abandon her and her brother for some guy. The Lords of Vice and her brother are the only family she has ever had. Regan and Lord Hugh Mordare, also known as Dare, get caught in a romantic kiss by Regan's brother, but before Regan can explain herself her brother quickly ships her off to a lady's school for reforming younger girls. Regan wonders if the kiss between her and Dare ever meant anything to him, does he truly have feelings for her? Regan is all grown up and has turned into a beautiful and confident young lady. She has finished her schooling at the lady's school for reforming younger girls and is on her way back to London. Ever since the kiss her and Dare shared five years ago Regan is determined to seduce Dare into her bed, but will it backfire on her? Will Dare already have moved on with his life, or will he be seduced by Regan? Also, will Regan forgive her brother for shipping her away from the only family she has only known? Lord Mondare has always had a soft spot for his best friends sister Lady Regan. So when he kisses Regan he has no idea that the soft spot ignites something inside him. Thank god Regan is shipped off to a ladies school for reformed girls, because he knows that things could have gone too far that day. Five years later while at the opera gazing across the opera hall is the most beautiful women he has ever seen. He soon realizes that the beautiful women is Regan and she is all grown up. Before Dare can comprehend that it is Regan, he starts reliving the kiss that he and Regan shared five years ago. All the feelings he had for her start coming back to him, but will he be able to suppress them and prevent himself from acting on those feelings? Dare also has no idea that Regan has a plan to seduce him into her bed. Find out if Dare can keep his sexual and emotional feelings under control and not be seduced by the beautiful Regan. This is the third installment from Alexandra Hawkins Lords of Vice Series. Alexandra Hawkins draws you into the world of Dare and Regan's sexual relationship. This book is full of passion and excitement and will keep you wanting to know what is going to happen next. 4 Hearts Out Of 5 Reviewed by Lady Victoria-HistoricalRomanceBooks.ca Visit my Website at http://www.historicalromancebooks.ca

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dione Sage

    After Dark with a Scoundrel is the first book I have read by author, Alexandra Hawkins. It is also book three in her Lords of Vice series. Even though the book is a quick read it was well written. The storyline was good. The book is about the young Lady Regan who has been raised by her older brother and his roguish friends, known as the Lords of Vice. She is a wild and unruly young girl. Her brother sends her to a lady’s school when she is 15 out of love and fear that Regan is being influenced t After Dark with a Scoundrel is the first book I have read by author, Alexandra Hawkins. It is also book three in her Lords of Vice series. Even though the book is a quick read it was well written. The storyline was good. The book is about the young Lady Regan who has been raised by her older brother and his roguish friends, known as the Lords of Vice. She is a wild and unruly young girl. Her brother sends her to a lady’s school when she is 15 out of love and fear that Regan is being influenced too much by himself and his friends, especially his dashing friend Lord Hugh Mordare, known as Dare among his peers and the ton. Five years later, Lady Regan returns to London and even though Miss Swann’s Academy for Young Ladies has taught Regan many things her schooling has not tamed all of her wildness. She is hoping to impress the ton, thwart her brother at every opportunity and most importantly she hopes to intrigue Dare. Regan has loved him since she was shipped off to school and five years was not enough time to change that. I liked this book well enough, I think I enjoyed the idea of a young girl being raised by a bunch of rouges that truly do care about her as a little sister (Well that is until she returns and has grown into a beautiful young lady). Regan is the type of heroine that is quirky, wild and innocent in many ways but she is also wickedly devious. The Lords of Vice are also very intriguing and it is easy to see the temptation that all of those men present. However, Dare’s character was not the most intriguing to me because he at times was too fickle or too impulsive. The only other thing I wasn’t impressed with about this book is the ending. I wish the ending was a little more developed and perhaps a little more intriguing to tempt me to read more of the Lord of Vice series. I will say that there were parts of this book that made me a laugh a little and I would definitely love to read the story of Regan’s older brother, Frost, but sadly after I searched that books has yet to be written. I will have to wait.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melody May (What I'm Reading)

    All righty, the third book in the Lord of Vices series After Dark with a Scoundrel by Alexandra Hawkins. I have to say this is my favorite so far out of the five (since there is only five at this time) and I haven't gotten to the fifth book yet. Overview: Also found at http://sillymelody.blogspot.com We meet up with a precocious 15 year old Lady Regan Alice Bishop who is helping Vane in making fireworks. Well, she's not paying any attention and accidentally sets the kitchen in Nox on fire. Lord Hugh All righty, the third book in the Lord of Vices series After Dark with a Scoundrel by Alexandra Hawkins. I have to say this is my favorite so far out of the five (since there is only five at this time) and I haven't gotten to the fifth book yet. Overview: Also found at http://sillymelody.blogspot.com We meet up with a precocious 15 year old Lady Regan Alice Bishop who is helping Vane in making fireworks. Well, she's not paying any attention and accidentally sets the kitchen in Nox on fire. Lord Hugh Mordare is coming back to the club after a trying day with his family when he notices the smoke. Once he arrives he notices Regan's cover in soot from head to toe. A protective instinct takes over, and he takes her back inside to one of the parlors. One thing leads to another, and Frost catches his sister kissing Dare. Yeah, not good at all. Then Regan is banished from London to go to a girls school. The nerve, right and over a little harmless kiss. Five years later, Regan returns intent to seduce Dare. However, things are not going according to plan. He's taking his duty to help Frost keep an eye on Regan a little too serious, and there is a widow waiting in the wings. Will all her refinement help her win Dare or will it go up in smoke? My Thoughts: LOVE THIS ONE! I mean this is my favorite book out of the series, which could change with the next few books. However, I think it might be a challenge. I love the relationship between Regan and Dare. She is a challenge to him and is not afraid to make his life a living hell. Regan is no simpering miss and is willing to go after what she wants. It's possible that being sister to Frost has taught her a thing or two. So, there you go. I hope you get a chance to check out this book if it intrigues. Well, I hope that you have fun this weekend and enjoy what your reading.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    Meh. Since this book is the highest rated in this series it seems I might be done with this series. The romance was unfortunately not believable for me. Also, the editing in this book and the two before it get a bit weird. Like a chapter was suddenly cut short and the next chapter just moves on to a couple hours later, its a bit weird. And the chemistry between these two was just lacking.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kelli

    I started out really enjoying this one in the series - It was very good - but I felt a little disappointed when I finished it, I was expecting certain things to happen - certain bust ups that didnt .... bust up and I felt a lot of opertunity was missed on following through with some plot twists - or going into things deeply enough. Despite this I did still enjoy the book - there were some beautiful moments and some funny ones - the wrapping everything up at the end was extremley rushed - and I fe I started out really enjoying this one in the series - It was very good - but I felt a little disappointed when I finished it, I was expecting certain things to happen - certain bust ups that didnt .... bust up and I felt a lot of opertunity was missed on following through with some plot twists - or going into things deeply enough. Despite this I did still enjoy the book - there were some beautiful moments and some funny ones - the wrapping everything up at the end was extremley rushed - and I felt the threat that was lurking all the way through the book - wasn't really that much of a threat at all , and dealt with within about a 3 page section..... But still some very nice monents.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amanda The Book Slayer

    Love this series. I think this is my favorite so far. I can't wait till the next book.This is about Dare and Frost's sister, Regan. She always fancied Dare, but was too young and her brother sent her away to finishing school after a failed chemical experiment. She came back a women and Dare finally allowed himself to fall in love with her. Great story. Love this series. I think this is my favorite so far. I can't wait till the next book.This is about Dare and Frost's sister, Regan. She always fancied Dare, but was too young and her brother sent her away to finishing school after a failed chemical experiment. She came back a women and Dare finally allowed himself to fall in love with her. Great story.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Eve

    Probably give it 3 and a half stars. Definitely she seems to be getting better as an author - much better than her first book. Kept my interest, although his family issues detracted a bit from the love story, with his former love and then another potential love interest before he and Regan get together..

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    DNF at 66%. Hero was a gross, hypocritical asshole and the heroine had a personality about as exciting as drying paint. Everyone else was more or less unlikable, and their names were stupid. I was skipping paragraphs by page 50, and I just gave up (view spoiler)[after the hero has sex with heroine and then doesn't step up to marry her. (hide spoiler)] DNF at 66%. Hero was a gross, hypocritical asshole and the heroine had a personality about as exciting as drying paint. Everyone else was more or less unlikable, and their names were stupid. I was skipping paragraphs by page 50, and I just gave up (view spoiler)[after the hero has sex with heroine and then doesn't step up to marry her. (hide spoiler)]

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sofia Lazaridou

    This book is great. It was what I needed. An amazing historical romance. It had ballrooms, the heros found themselves in compromising positions, a notorious gent, the ton and everything else I expect from a novel of this genre... *dreamy eyes*

  22. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    4 Stars

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vania Nunes

    **REVIEW SOON*** 5 stars

  24. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    My favorite Lord of Vice out of the four I've read!. I need to read the rest of the series. My favorite Lord of Vice out of the four I've read!. I need to read the rest of the series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jell B.

    This was charming and delightful because of the hero and heroine. The heroine, Regan, is a mischievous younger sister of a Lord of Vice (Frost) who grew up with the Lords of Vice and knew all about their…well, vices. And she has always been in love with Dare. At fifteen, with Dare noticing that she has become a woman, they shared a passionate kiss which promptly caused Regan to be shipped off to boarding school. Five years later, at 20, she comes back to London, supposed to be behaved lady but s This was charming and delightful because of the hero and heroine. The heroine, Regan, is a mischievous younger sister of a Lord of Vice (Frost) who grew up with the Lords of Vice and knew all about their…well, vices. And she has always been in love with Dare. At fifteen, with Dare noticing that she has become a woman, they shared a passionate kiss which promptly caused Regan to be shipped off to boarding school. Five years later, at 20, she comes back to London, supposed to be behaved lady but she’s really there to seduce Dare. Though Dare might have tried to forget the minx (sisters are off limits to the lords of vice), her return makes him realize that he has always really wanted…and loved her. Regan’s brand of mischief is just charming. And Dare trying not to seduce her but not really trying hard enough is amusing. Every time they’re together, the chemistry is explosive. Reading these two, they’re witty, and funny, and natural, you just know that they’re supposed to be together. Their love affair thrusts Frost (Regan’s brother and the most cynical and scary among the lords) into a good light – showing his love for his sister, and a part of him that envies what Regan and Dare have (because he is scarier in the first Lord of Vice book which I read after this). The added mystery plot (poor Mrs. Randall, she was just a woman trying to get her own life after three years of mourning) is a plus as well.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Now this is more like it. Usually when one reads a series, it's because one enjoys the first book and hopes the series continues to meet expectations. Not so for this series. I read a short story that included the "Lords of Vice" and was intrigued and entertained. I was extremely disappointed in the first book of the series. It was so bad, I thought there were missing pages, I kept having to go back and read passages to make sure I hadn't missed something... I hadn't :( Maybe there is some blame Now this is more like it. Usually when one reads a series, it's because one enjoys the first book and hopes the series continues to meet expectations. Not so for this series. I read a short story that included the "Lords of Vice" and was intrigued and entertained. I was extremely disappointed in the first book of the series. It was so bad, I thought there were missing pages, I kept having to go back and read passages to make sure I hadn't missed something... I hadn't :( Maybe there is some blame to be laid at the feet of editors and proofreaders??... Anyway, the short story so entertained me, I decided to try book #2. I am glad I did. Now book #3 is the best so far. The story of Regan and Dare give us readers a glimpse of life with the Lords of Vice. Sassy, entertaining and even steamy at times, this was a very satisfyingly entertaining tale.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Demelza

    I had a difficult time with this one for a few different reasons. The Hero seemed to show up a lot, grab the heroine, kiss her, and then run off again. I never fully understood his motivation. The fact that he first kissed her when she was 15 didn’t entirely work for me either. The heroine was OK, but overall her chemistry with Hero was ho-hum, and I’m really not fond of the overly virginal heroine and her “sheath”, even if said heroine has pizazz.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Derosa

    It was difficult to like the H/h. She was sometimes too immature. He appeared to take advantage of that. I almost stopped hAlf way thru but continued on. The story and characters did improve and I was happy with the ending.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nyssy

    A delightful read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sandy M

    I love a good scoundrel story, especially when the scoundrel is more than what he seems, has a conscience meter despite what the ton thinks or believes about him. We get to see that other side of him and still enjoy his scoundrel-ness before he gives up all for love. It’s always fun to watch him realize little by little he no longer wants his previous way of life any longer, that that life isn’t worth losing the best thing to ever happen to him. Alexandra Hawkins has given us Dare in this latest I love a good scoundrel story, especially when the scoundrel is more than what he seems, has a conscience meter despite what the ton thinks or believes about him. We get to see that other side of him and still enjoy his scoundrel-ness before he gives up all for love. It’s always fun to watch him realize little by little he no longer wants his previous way of life any longer, that that life isn’t worth losing the best thing to ever happen to him. Alexandra Hawkins has given us Dare in this latest edition of her Lords of Vice series. He’s faced with a number of losses in this book, and I enjoyed watching his realizations come to fruition when he least expects it. Because Regan is the younger sister of Frost, another of the Lords of Vice, she’s grown up unsheltered when it comes to all the goings-on at Nox, the lords’ club. She’s seen it all. The men do protect her when her needed, teach her a host of unorthodox elements of life, along with the ordinary; she’s the sister they never had. It’s during a swimming lesson when all her newly attained womanly assets become apparent to Dare for the first time. He promptly ends the lessons and tries to put distance between them. He’s successful to a point, but years later when Regan is injured during a failed fireworks display, his protective instincts kick in, followed by those of a carnal nature. The next thing they all know, Regan is being sent to a girls’ school, no matter how much she objects and rebels. Needless to say, it’s the ensuing years that is the most detrimental to Dare and Regan. She’s tired of being kept away from home after years of learning to be a lady, so she takes matters into her own hands and returns to London without Frost’s approval. She has seduction on her mind, and Dare doesn’t stand a chance. He’s lost the moment he sets his eyes on her, even before he knows it’s Regan. Their attraction has survived her absence, and though Dare tries to continue to do the right thing where she’s concerned, there’s no keeping them apart, no keeping them from falling even further for the other. In between their dance of seduction, we also learn a great deal about Dare and why he’s the man he is. I’m surprised the man has turned out as well as he has considering his family. His loyalty, however, is one of the things I love about him. His honor, as well as that of all the lords, is another. He stands tall and lets Frost have a shot at him when necessary. And when it comes to Regan, Frost is constantly taking a shot at Dare! But I like that it’s because they are friends that their honor means that much more to them. I did enjoy Dare’s jealousy when either Regan flirted with another man - even another of Dare’s friends - or someone flirted with her. The poor gent tries to stay away, but near Regan is one place his honor takes a backseat, though he still does what’s necessary despite his refusal and vow not to. Dare is a very sensual and sexual man and Regan brings that out in him. Of course, that’s her aim when she decides to go back to London, and at first she’s not sure whether she’s made a mistake when Dare takes her up on her offers. I still vividly remember their love scene in the library. But it’s a scene later when Frost acknowledges their love to himself, Dare’s protection of Regan, and wonders if they realize the depth of their love. Wonderfully done. This is an intriguing series and Ms. Hawkins knows just how to pull the best from her characters to make you care for them, love them, get irritated with them, and all those other delicious emotions we romance readers need in our books. There is much more to come in this series and I’m looking forward to every last bit of it. See my complete review at http://www.goodbadandunread.com

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