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Sweetest ScoundralSweetest Scoundral (Maiden Lane #9) by Elizabeth Hoyt

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SynopsisSHE’S TAKING CHARGE

Prim, proper, and thrifty, Eve Dinwoody is all business when it comes to protecting her brother’s investment. But when she agrees to control the purse strings of London’s premier pleasure garden, Harte’s Folly, she finds herself butting heads with an infuriating scoundrel who can’t be controlled.

HE’S RUNNING THE SHOW

Bawdy and bold, Asa Makepeace doesn’t have time for a penny-pinching prude like Eve. As the garden’s larger-than-life owner, he’s already dealing with self-centered sopranos and temperamental tenors. He’s not about to let an aristocratic woman boss him around . . . no matter how enticing she is.

BUT LOVE CONQUERS ALL

In spite of her lack of theatrical experience—and her fiery clashes with Asa—Eve is determined to turn Harte’s Folly into a smashing success. But the harder she tries to manage the stubborn rake, the harder it is to ignore his seductive charm and raw magnetism. There’s no denying the smoldering fire between them—and trying to put it out would be the greatest folly of all.

Review:  Asa Makepeace is a volatile and crude male protagonist, but he is also fiercely passionate and patient. Eve Dinewoody is not a typical heroine, she is quite plain looking and Asa doesn’t find her attractive at all, but her personality and strength draw him in unlike beautiful looks. I enjoyed their story, how they sparred together, worked well together, and how Eve stood up to him. I enjoyed watching Asa win Eve’s trust and help her with the scars from her past.  Her traumatic past is definitely an obstacle and when she finally reveals the truth to Asa, it explains a lot about how Eve conducted herself in the beginning. The plot was fun, their love story beautiful, and the conflicts moved the story along well.

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