Lord Martin Langdon takes pride in his scandalous reputation as a scoundrel, and he considers the art of seduction a most rewarding pastime. So when this dashing rakehell learns of a particularly beautiful woman who is "impossible to flirt with," Martin is determined to prove that not even the prim and proper Evelyn Wheaton can resist his charms. Evelyn knows all about the reckless rogue's shocking reputation and she wants nothing to do with him. She may be looking for a husband, but Martin is certainly not a candidate. The smoldering looks he sends her way, however, are a different matter entirely.
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Lord Martin Langdon takes pride in his scandalous reputation as a scoundrel, and he considers the art of seduction a most rewarding pastime. So when this dashing rakehell learns of a particularly beautiful woman who is "impossible to flirt with," Martin is determined to prove that not even the prim and proper Evelyn Wheaton can resist his charms.
Evelyn knows all about the reckless rogue's shocking reputation and she wants nothing to do with him. She may be looking for a husband, but Martin is certainly not a candidate. The smoldering looks he sends her way, however, are a different matter entirely. She suspects there is great passion to be had if she'd throw caution to the wind and surrender to this scoundrel.
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Julianne MacLean fell in love with some of the classic romances— Jane Eyre , Wuthering Heights , and Pride and Prejudice —while completing her degree in English literature.
Then she decided that she needed a "real job," but after a brief stint as a government auditor, she realized she just didn't care enough about numbers matching up. So a month before her wedding, she sat down and wrote the first paragraph of a romance. Now fifteen years, a husband, and a daughter later, Julianne is a happy, fulfilled, stay-at-home mom and a devoted romance writer. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
No woman can resist him. Except one. And will Martin, who hides a most tormented past, find true love at last? Read more Read less. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Portrait of a Lover. Julianne MacLean. Mass Market Paperback. Love According to Lily.
To Marry the Duke. Affair Most Wicked, An. Customers who bought this item also bought. Register a free business account. From Booklist After winning the last two yachting races at Cowes, Lord Martin Langdon is looking forward to adding another trophy to his collection.
Then he decides that an affair with the very proper, very wealthy, and recently widowed Evelyn Wheaton is too tempting to resist. He uses all of his seductive skills to melt her icy reserve, and soon realizes that her love is the only prize worth winning. A nicely detailed Victorian setting and fascinating details about yacht racing give this bracing book its refreshingly different twist as MacLean brings her "American Heiress" series to a splendid conclusion.
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. J MacLean has been a pretty automatic buy for me, but I could not finish this one I enjoy hot love scenes in my books but this one made my skin crawl How could you not like this story She was a wonderful character, and so very easy to relate to, it was as if I was her and experiencing everything.
The hero was a great male lead, wonderful, real, genuine, passionate, troubled, and the scenes of these two are written in the most lovely way. Truly inspiring story. Some authors start with a few really great titles, but then the quality decreases. Other build up steadily to some good titles, but somewhere along the way run off the rails. A few just plain can't write, or endlessly grind out formula stories that leave a sour taste behind and a strong urge to avoid them at all costs.
And then there are those funny, quirky few who write novels that tend to leapfrog each other in quality, much like Star Trek movies. Julianne MacLean is one of those authors who fall into that final category. Continuing on in her late Victorian milieu, she has taken a different direction than most authors in the historical romance genre. For one, the heroine isn't the usual sort, all blonde, slightly dense and of course beautiful. The story opens in , and a teenager is about to sneak off into an exclusive boy's school to slip a note avowing her true love to a boy.
Her friend, Evelyn, isn't so sure that the scheme is about to work, and is reluctant to say the least. Their target, Lord Martin, the younger son of a duke already has a less than perfect reputation, and when they find him in bed with another girl, Evelyn resists the urge to tell her friend, I told you so.
And now the story picks up ten years later. A lot has happened to Evelyn -- she's been married, widowed, and has come to the Isle of Wight to find herself a suitable husband among the aristocracy as they gather for Cowes Week, a time of parties, and watching the fastest yachts in the world race for the America's Cup.
But Evelyn is a realist. She's grown up in a home with a cold, emotionally abusive father, and her marriage was also an arranged one that has left her no doubt what it is that men want of her.
It's not her looks, which are ordinary -- but rather that she's a very wealthy widow. They are after her money, and she knows it. But old emotions are about to return when she meets Lord Martin again. He's matured into a reckless man, known best for his skill at racing, and also for seducing the more than willing women who pant after him continually.
And he's interested in her, especially when a racing rival, Lord Beckinridge, is making it plain that he intends to marry the lovely widow himself. Will Lord Martin and Evelyn find each other? Will the reader care by the end? Well, yes, yes, I did care by the end. That's what surprised me by this novel. It's a plot full of romance, yacht racing, summer parties, and a particular sensual session of lovemaking on a beach.
It's also a tale that isn't silly in the least; both of the main characters have emotional issues of their past that MacLean handles well, and not just in the deus ex machina way that most authors resort to when they write themselves into a corner. Instead, she has them work things out together or go and grow up a bit, and time passes.
I like that, especially when she does it in a sensible way that doesn't insult the reader. Silly dialogue is kept to a minimum, there are plenty of little details about sailing -- a sport that I enjoy learning about, the lives of the rich, a few appearances by actual folks who lived in the time, and finally, several characters from her earlier novels in this series make a return, but don't hog the story.
The sexual encounters never sink into dreary smut that relies more on shock, but rather has the mood of a lovely impressionist painting, or that tingly feel of falling in love with someone that you've never really seen before.
Finally, our heroine, wears glasses. At last. Someone notices that the world does not have perfect vision. What a nice touch. In short, this is one of those novels that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and sighed a bit when I put it down.
Yes, it is a romance novel, but it's a smart novel, and there are just too few of them out there. I really enjoyed this book. I read it on one afternoon. It does not make my favorite list, however, it was a very good read. Couldn't put the book down. Martin's and Evelyn's story was a breathless race to the finish.
Would love to read more about their life together and where it takes them. MacLean's Usual Vibrant Characters. Evelyn Foster, as a young awkward girl fell through the ice and was saved by Lord Martin Langdon.
Since then, Evelyn has had a spot in her heart for the charismatic young man, though she has never confined that to another. Ten years later that young man has grown up to be a known rakehell, as well as a noted racing champion of Britain who is much admired by both men and woman alike.
When they meet during a racing championship, the now widowed Evelyn Wheaton, a matronly woman, will find the thrilling company of Martin too much to resist. Can she overcome her tight restraints and let Martin show her the wonders of passion between a man and woman?
MacLean is known for penning torrid historicals that tease and tempt the readers time and time again, sadly this book paled in comparison. It was a good solid novel, yet is lack that spark of originality and the characters never quite became full-fledged lively individuals in this reviewer's opinion.
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Technically this story was well written. The opening is cute. Evelyn and Martin have a history together that neither acknowledge. Unfortunately, this connection which seemed so important in the 30 or so pages never comes around again.
REVIEW: Surrender to a Scoundrel by Julianne Maclean
Lord Martin Langdon takes pride in his scandalous reputation as a scoundrel, and he considers the art of seduction a most rewarding pastime. So when this dashing rakehell learns of a particularly beautiful woman who is "impossible to flirt with," Martin is determined to prove that not even the prim and proper Evelyn Wheaton can resist his charms. Evelyn knows all about the reckless rogue's shocking reputation and she wants nothing to do with him. She may be looking for a husband, but Martin is certainly not a candidate.