“A Proper Scoundrel” By Esther Hatch
Published by Covenant Communications May 10, 2021
His scandals were right on track until she derailed everything.
As the successful owner of multiple railroad lines, Diana Barton is all too accustomed to fending off suitors seeking to stake their claim on her wealth. In order to keep the wolves at bay, Diana has contrived the perfect plan: appeal to the most notorious rake in London, the Baron Lord Bryant, to ruin her reputation and scare off the worst of the time wasters. The ruse will be no hardship—she’s secretly been fascinated by the man for years.
Lord Bryant is well aware of his questionable reputation. Indeed, he has cultivated the image carefully, and the last thing he wants is a wife. When he’s approached by the younger sister of a business associate, he tells her in no uncertain terms that he cannot help. However, when he sees for himself what she is up against, Bryant grudgingly offers his assistance. Faced with his most complicated entanglement yet, Bryant is firm in his conditions—and Diana knows that to get romantically involved with Bryant would spell certain heartbreak. But as the counterfeit couple grows ever closer, the line between truth and lies becomes blurred, threatening both Lord Bryant’s well-laid plans and the future of Diana’s railroad business.
About the Author:
Esther Hatch grew up on a cherry orchard in rural Utah. After high school, she alternated living in Russia to teach children English and attending Brigham Young University in order to get a degree in archaeology. She began writing when one of her favorite authors invited her to join a critique group. The only catch was she had to be a writer. Not one to be left out of an opportunity to socialize and try something new; she started on her first novel that week. Visit her at estherhatch.com.
|I love Esther’s books and I’ll be honest, when she announced Lord Bryant was the hero, I wasn’t sure. He is in both books and has funny scenes and lines in both books. I didn’t see Lord Bryant as a hero, I thought he was older in a previous book. But never have I been so happy to be wrong! So basically trust Esther. She did Lord Bryant justice! 👏🏻👏🏻|
Diana has learned to run her brother’s booming train line business. She’s a boss and is great at her job. Her problem- she’s an attractive single female. Men come in her office all the time to try to wed her. She’s done with it. She can’t get any work done!
She needs someone who will scare the other men away, a fake courtship is in order but it has to be with the right person.
Lord Bryant loves playing the scoundrel but it’s a facade and something to do but it’s exhausting.
The chemistry! Esther turns up the heat (while still being clean) but that closet scene! I loved the book and couldn’t put it down! Diana is a strong smart female who doesn’t need a man. She’s a perfect heroine to cheer on. And Lord Bryant – you love him, you hurt for him and you almost wish he were real 😉
This long awaited book doesn’t disappoint and once I got a copy from the publisher I devoured this book. Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the book. These are my own thoughts and opinions. The books can be read as a stand alone but is best to be read in order. You can see my review of “A Proper Scandal” and “A Proper Charade“.
Esther confined to up the ante and proves herself as Victorian RomCom queen and 100% auto-buy author.