Thursday, July 1, 2010


Publisher: Avon Books
Date published: May 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-192300-5
Historical Romance
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher

When you marry a scoundrel, a lady must be prepared for anything he throws at her…even love.

Sadie Moon thought the man she married hung on the moon until he left her to go after his fortune. Alone, heartbroken but not beat down; she turns herself from that heartbroken girl into the ton’s favorite fortune teller. Enjoying the freedom, even Sadie could not have seen in her crystal ball the return of her husband Jack Friday. Can she ever forgive him for leaving her even as the love that she thought had died flares between them? Jack Friday has it all now-money and success, the only thing missing is Sadie, the woman who vowed to wait for him. Jack is determined to never trust her again but love has a way of softening hearts and when intrigue comes after them, can Jack and Sadie find a way to bridge the gap between them in order to survive?

I haven’t read one of this author’s historicals in a long time and found WHEN MARRYING A SCOUNDREL a fun and exciting read. Tight writing, interesting characters, mystery and romance blend seamlessly together in this latest book from Kathryn Smith with surprising results. Reunited love, destiny and mystery all play their hand in this book and it kept things very interesting while reading it. I was unsure how it would end in the beginning as Jack and Sadie found themselves apart longer than I liked but in the end it worked out perfectly.

Sadie left her home she had with Jack years before, heartbroken from his absence. Determined to find a way to make a life for herself, she tries to move on and in the process becomes society’s favorite fortune teller. Sadie is blindsided when she runs into Jack and though she loves him, she holds him at bay, determined to never fall for him again. Jack thought Sadie would be waiting for him when he finally came home. But ten years is a long time and though he is distrustful of her, he still loves the maddening woman. Both characters are perfect for one another though Sadie did get on my nerves a bit. She seemed a little bitter over Jack leaving her yet you could also feel the love she kept hidden from everyone, even herself. Granted she had a right to be bitter but it felt like Sadie took it too far in her stubbornness in listening to Jack. Jack was the best hero in my book. He was a romantic who made me swoon especially as he tried to woo Sadie back by his side though she does make him work for it. Some wonderful secondary characters kept the story flowing smoothly and Ms. Smith shows she has a keen grasp on her characters in WHEN MARRYING A SCOUNDREL.

If you enjoy a fast paced, romantic historical romance, then grab WHEN MARRYING A SCOUNDREL. It will deliver many hours of reading pleasure as you see if Sadie and Jack will finally relent and listen to their hearts for a change. Settle in for a wild, wicked ride in WHEN MARRYING A SCOUNDREL. I am looking forward to more wonderful tales in the future from this talented author.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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