WHEN THE SCOUNDREL SINS is book two in Anna Harrington's Capturing
the Carlisles series. In the prologue to this tangled
tale, Anna Harrington details how Quinton Carlisle epically
screwed up when it comes to Annabelle Green. The disaster
that happens isn't entirely Quinton's fault, but Annabelle
forever associates Quinton with her humiliation and social
ruin. The main story takes place six years after their last
encounter and has Quinton in a position to help Annabelle
when she is in desperate need of it. This is a great story
for readers who enjoy a "second chance" love story.
This story exemplifies the struggles that women had in the
1800s. In order to get her rightful inheritance, Annabelle
must marry. If she doesn't marry and get her inheritance,
she will be dependent on the charity of friends and other
loved ones, as well as losing everything she has worked for.
When Quinton shows up, Annabelle finds him to be a very
inconvenient hero and is more than a little annoyed at
having to use him. There are definite sparks between
Annabelle and Quinton, but the passion vacillates between
eroticism, frustration, and anger on Annabelle's part.
Having this story told from alternating perspectives makes
the main characters easier to empathize with. Annabelle's
position is the easiest to understand. For years, she has
done the hard work of running an estate only to have the rug
pulled out from under her unless she marries quickly.
Quinton is a little bit more of an enigma -- perhaps
especially to himself. The mystery that Anna Harrington
throws into WHEN THE SCOUNDREL SINS, gives Quinton the
opportunity to show a greater level of maturity and act more
like a hero than merely be a reformed scoundrel.
WHEN THE SCOUNDREL SINS has a man who gets a second chance
to be a hero, and a woman who is surprised by love. Part of
WHEN THE SCOUNDREL SINS seems like a fairy tale in reverse,
but Annabelle is a heroine with backbone and Quinton
eventually proves himself worthy of being a hero and
Annabelle's partner. There is a twist at the end of this
story to shake things up. I look forward to reading Anna
Harrington's next book.
Annabelle Green needs a husband-and quickly. To inherit the
only home she's ever known, she must be married by her
twenty-fifth birthday. But finding a suitor has been next to
impossible after a reckless rogue named Quinton Carlisle
seduced her into a scandalous midnight tryst. Her reputation
in ruins, Belle now needs a rather large favor. And she
knows just who to turn to . . .
Quinn can hardly believe that the shy bookish girl he teased
as a child has grown into such a brazen beauty. The very
idea of marrying Belle to right the wrongs of his past is
downright shocking . . . and deliciously tempting. Too bad
marriage, convenient or otherwise, is the last thing Quinn
wants. He'll help Belle find a husband and be on his way.
But if he can't control his attraction to the bride-to-be,
this marriage could go up in flames-of wicked desire.