To Sin with a Scoundrel

To Sin with a Scoundrel

Book rating: 05 Paperback Circle of Sin

By (author) Cara Elliot

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  • Publisher: FOREVER
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 109mm x 178mm x 30mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 044654129X
  • ISBN 13: 9780446541299
  • Sales rank: 128,741

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A reclusive widow known for her scientific scholarship, Lady Ciara Sheffield is shadowed by rumours that she poisoned her husband ...A rakehell rogue notorious for his devil-may-care antics, Lucas Bingham - the Earl of Hadley - is not accused of murdering anything save for the rules of Polite Society. Ciara needs a titled fiance to quell the slanderous speculations which may send her to the gallows. Lucas needs brilliant scholar to help his elderly uncle decipher the secrets of the mysterious manuscript. So when her friends urge her to accept the earl's proposal of a temporary alliance, Ciara decides that she has no choice but to make a deal with the Devil. And so begins a seductive dance of sinful pleasures and hidden desires as the two of them waltz through the mansions of Mayfair. Lies, intrigue, treachery, sex. They find themselves facing slanderous whispers, unscrupulous relatives - not to speak of their own simmering passions, which quickly ignite into dangerous flames. It's a potent mix and the result may be explosive-and perhaps deadly - if they don't watch their step.

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Cara Elliott lives and works in New York City

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By Mark & Danielle Grisham 15 May 2011 5

The synopsis of the novel is readily available, so I shall not repeat it again (www.caraelliott.com/books.html). What I will say is that the writing is superb. I will admit to skipping bits when I read a book, I find most authors tend to repeat some information, which I skip and read the dialogue (only in the boring bits)... Not with this book. It was beautifully written, and the characters so becoming. Lucas Bingham, the Earl of Hadley, is witty, charming, dark and sexy, and yet still so very masculine. I think only Anna Campbell could rival Cara Elliot in writing men who behold such wonderful characteristics, yet are not overbearingly arrogant. I also fell in love with Lady Ciara Sheffield, and the support cast, especially as it sets up for the next books which I am waiting to arrive - yes I ordered them as soon as I read this one - but Hadley made this book extra special!

By Gaby @ Starting Fresh 12 Mar 2010 5

To Sin With A Scoundrel is the first in the Circle of Sin series by Cara Elliott. Historical romances are a guilty pleasure of mine and I particularly like stories with misunderstood, dashing, cynical lords and "overly intelligent", brave, and slightly socially awkward heroines. I enjoyed To Sin With A Scoundrel from the very beginning and am eagerly awaiting the next book in the Circle of Sin series.

Lady Ciara Sheffield is a bluestocking who regularly meets with fellow bluestockings who call themselves the "Circle of Sin." Each member has her own special expertisse and Ciara is skilled in ancient languages, archeology, chemistry, and biology and it sounds like most sciences. Ciara is a young widow and her husband's family has aggressively been seeking the guardianship of her son in order to control his assets. They've tried bringing a murder case against her and are not above resorting to violence. Ciara and her friends decide that the best way to protect Ciara and her son is for her to rely on the protection of a wealthy and powerful man. They select one of the most interesting and notorious rakes, the Earl of Hadley, to come to Ciara's rescue. Together, Ciara and Hadley make a great team and turn To Sin With A Scoundrel into a fun, romantic read!

ISBN-10: 044654129X - Mass Market Paperback
Publisher: Forever; Original edition (March 1, 2010), 384 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

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"4 1/2 stars! Author Cara Elliott has created a magnificently compelling read! She has paired a scholar and a scoundrel...and I had a wonderful time watching the chemistry of these two characters mix." Dietra Fitch, Huntress Book Reviews, "huntressreviews.com""