Friday, August 5, 2011

The Beloved Scoundrel by Iris Johansen Book Review

From the title of it, this book sounded intriguing already. My sisters loved reading books by Iris Johansen and I have never expected to be a fan of hers. The torn blue book I found a week ago had been sitting in an old box for ages.

It's about a girl early in her teens found by a young duke during the invasion of her hometown. He offered her her young brother shelter and protection if she came with him. In her dire situation, she felt she had no choice but to give in to the strangely alluring duke's proposition.

She had him intrigued and at the same time, he needed something from her. He decided to take care of her and acquire what he needed from her when the time was right. Marianna ( the main female character) and Jordan's (the duke) love and hate relationship in this story unfolds their true desire for each other and their denial for one another's feelings.

I read the book chapter after chapter. I had actually known they'd end up happily together but the culmination of the story- how the series of events connected- was something I wanted to learn in detail.

Iris Johansen has a writer's magical pen. The words flowed like liquid chocolate, each sip from the cup a satisfying treat. Her descriptions of the stained glasses, the majestic castles, the rich environments and the colorful characters were clear and beatific.

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