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A Scoundrel of Her Own

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It was an emotional journey filled with so much emotions and spicyness. Her characters are well developed and are really smart and sexy! This is the kind of historical romance that I like, something that keeps me craving for more and enjoying it all the way!
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As a child, Lady Ophelia Darby was involved in a terrible carriage accident that washed her downstream.  Luckily a young peasant boy jumped into the river to save her.  They stayed together in a cabin in the woods for days until they were rescued.  They promise to wed each other someday.  But how can a peasant boy marry the daughter of a Marquess?

Now an adult, Lady Ophelia moves through her regular society events during the day but sings as Lady Starlight in the shadowy underworld at night.  She wants to find the answer to her father’s dark secret, and also to discover more about the mysterious Devlin Byrne, master of the underworld.  When she discovers that Devlin was the young boy who saved her, she is intrigued.  As the two get to know each other, how can they move forward into the future with such different pasts?

I was engaged by story immediately.  I loved how it started as a childhood love.  I loved a story of two star crossed lovers from different backgrounds trying to figure out how to make it work.  I also loved the mysteries in the romance that had to be solved.  I loved how Lady Ophelia was an independent woman who wanted to marry for love, and I loved how Devlin supported her.  I just loved a lot about this romance novel.  There were a couple of steamy scenes in the novel, but it didn’t go overboard.

This was the third book in the Sinful Wallflowers series, but it read well as a stand-alone.  I want to check out the rest of the series now!

Favorite Quotes:

“We all have a bit of madness in our hearts; we’ve just learned to hide it.  I admit I might sparkle a little brighter because, according to my father, I have been overindulged.”

“He made her feel safe. . . cherished, and Ophelia inexplicably knew he would stand before any storm that came her way.  His loyalty was unswerving, and she felt undeserving.”

Overall, A Scoundrel of Her Own was a delightful Regency romance novel.

Book Source:  Review Copy from Entangled Publishing for being a part of the TLC Book Tour.  Thank-you.  I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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In her “Sinful Wallflowers” series, Stacy Reid chronicles the love stories of a group of friends in Regency England who promise themselves to be wicked, improper, and terribly scandalous and to be daring and take what we need instead of waiting, wasting away on the shelves our family and society have placed us on.
In the third book of the series, A Scoundrel of Her Own, we follow the aptly named Lady Ophelia. The book opens when, at age eight, she almost drowns and is saved by the twelve-year-old Niall. In the nine days they spend in a cottage in the woods, a strong bond forms between the children, but once they are rescued they can no longer be friends. Ophelia is the only daughter of the Marquess of Shelton, no fit companion for a starving flea-infested beggar, as her father puts it.
Fifteen years later, Ophelia has been told by her father that her biological mother is not the marchioness, but a Miss Sally Martin. With only a name to go on, Ophelia disguises herself as the singer Lady Midnight in order to search for her mother in parts of London where the daughter of a marquess would never be allowed to go, escaping the constricting, if glamorous, world of the ton and its gossip columnists. It is in the guise of Lady Midnight, in front of a disreputable pub, that she is seen again by Niall, who now goes by the name of Devlin Byrne, an exceedingly wealthy businessman who, due to his unknown origins and reformists ideas, is exceedingly objectionable to British high society.
What follows is a delightful, if slightly unbelievable, story: as one would expect, Devlin and Ophelia reconnect and fall in love; as one would not expect they both think that, since her parents would never accept their marriage, the simple solution is for Devlin and Ophelia, the unmarried only child of a marquess, to become lovers.
The novel is quite funny at times, the humor mostly coming from someone’s reactions or simply by their presence in a scene: many times that someone is Ophelia’s widowed cousin Effie, who acts as her chaperone and is constantly appalled throughout the book.
Fans of regency romance who don’t mind some anachronisms in their character and plots will certainly enjoy following Ophelia’s and Devin’s story, which includes finding Sally Martin, dancing Irish reels in a tavern - in a scene that is like Titanic in the best way possible -, and a baby goat named Barbosa. Longtime readers of the “Sinful Wallflowers” series will love seeing the wedding of Maryann, the heroine of Her Wicked Marquess, as well as knowing that Fanny is disguised as a housekeeper in the house of a viscount.
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Stacy Reid does it again. 
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Maybe I should start all my review of Reid's books this way. I quite enjoyed all the books in the Sinful Wallflowers series, however, this one has just become my favorite. It is perhaps due to the little childhood interlude at the beginning that made the story more compelling than the others, but it is what it is.
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While young Niall and Ophelia promise to marry each other when they grow up, life has other plans for them and they end up separated. Now both adults, him the rogue Devlin Byrne and her the mysterious singer Lady Starlight, they meet again, and what was slowly rekindles. 
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A Scoundrel of Her Own is a sweet, childhood friends reunited story, with a few ups and downs that ends in a HEA.  
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I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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You all! I loved this book! I love this series and this book is such an amazing addition! I laughed, I cried, I swooned! When I first read the blurb, I wasn’t quite sure if I would like it because I do have a tendency to like the lords (shameless I know) but once I read the opening pages I knew it was going to blow my socks off and it exceeded all my (already high) expectations. Stacy Reid just writes everything I want to read. I love it. 

Some favorite themes from this book:
Loyalty and devotion - both characters are very loyal to the other in spite of their differences in class. I really loved that. Some people may find that a bit possessive of them, but frankly I get sick of all the love-jaded lords who fool around with every woman they can up until they decide they met the right one. Like, give me this level of devotion!!!
Social justice - really gotta love the Robin Hood aspects of our male hero! Devlin really goes out of his way to elevate himself and the people around him who have been wronged by society simply for not being titled. (Hence all my swooning!)

I really cannot recommend this author enough. If you love historical romance, you need to read this ASAP!

Thank you to entangled publishing for the review copy!
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This is such a delicious and delightful second chance romance.  Devlin and Ophelia have a connection forged in crisis, and yet enduring despite the years apart and distance between them. I loved every minute of this read. With every new romance, Stacey Reid proves that she deserves to be considered one of the best out there. 

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Honestly this book is so so good. Second chance (ish), class difference.
Devlin is a man on a mission to better himself, to raise himself up in the eyes of society for a girl he met when he was 9. Ophelia tries to be an obedient daughter but she has dreams outside of her aristocratic circle. It is not until these two are reconnected can their dreams really become reality
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Reid is able to create worlds that just pull you in and you don't want to leave,, characters that make you root for them and a happily ever after that is not easily earned but worth the ride.
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A wonderful tale of Devlin Byrne a man who went from rags to riches finds himself attracted to Lady Starlight aka Lady Ophelia. She’s the daughter of a powerful marquess and also lives underground as songstress Lady Starlight. A captivating book as the lines begin to blur as the two worlds collide and there’s only one man she can trust, Devlin. The one man who’ll stop at nothing to have her in his life. I have voluntarily read and reviewed the great book.
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I am a  big fan of Romance books and I found this one to be a very enjoyable read.  I will be looking for more books from this author.
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Delicious heartbreak.
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A Scoundrel of Her Own is my first read by the popular Stacy Reid, and all I have to say is: what took me so long? From the heartbreaking beginning when we first meet our two love interests as children to the fantastic sexual tension humming throughout, I was hooked. There is a lot of forgiveness that happens in this story that seems to come about very quickly, and I’m always the person that wants the injured party to wait a minute before forgiving, but without giving spoilers away I will say I understand why our heroine forgives. There is a lot of twisting in this story, so without going into plot details, here is a list review of all the things you will love in this book:
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- class difference romance
- self made hero
- heroine with a secret identity
- dangerous man with a heart of gold
- giving an uptight chaperone the slip
- lots of close proximity carriage action
- all the emotional reveals
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This story will definitely pull on your heartstrings from the first chapter, but it will also make your reading glasses steam up, so come prepared with a handkerchief for both eyes and lenses. I’m off to find some more of @stacy_romanceaddict’s books. Thank you to the author as well as @tlcbooktours @tlcdiversity @entangled_publishing and @netgalley for the eARC. 
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** Received review copy* 

I really loved the beginning of this book. The way they meet is fantastic.  
It is a solid historical with some family secrets and a self made man who raises himself in an effort to be worthy of his lady.
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I really enjoyed this book. It’s a standalone in an interconnected series. I think it would have been more enjoyable if I had read the other two books first but everything made sense anyways. 

My only issue with the book is that there were some historical inaccuracies. Nothing too much but there was the use of the f word a couple of times. And I think the relationship went a bit 0-100 but I think it kind of made sense for their characters. It’s just something I felt like I had to take a second to process when reading. 

The other thing is that Ophelia is described as having “raven black hair” and uses a blonde wig occasionally but the cover photo is one a blonde? 

I liked this enough that I would like to go back and read the other two books in the series and follow up with future books I think I’ll like them very much. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to review.
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So, any time I break out the fangirl pic, you know things are about to get seriously real.

Another add to the Sinful Wallflowers series, and another FABULOUS story for Historical Romance fans to indulge in!  These ladies are far from the wallflowers that the ton has made them into, and in an effort to hedge their bets in their own directions, they've come together and made a pact, if you will, to live life on their own terms, seek our their desires, and make their own way in a world dominated by men, but held captive by the women standing subtly by.

I really enjoyed how this story began, in childhood no doubt, sharing with us just how deep their bond really was.  The innocent beginnings that turned into long held desires that seemed as if they would never see the light of another day...and yet, fate showed them just enough mercy for a reintroduction; what they did with it from there is entirely up to them.  Or was it?  It's a time when the voice of one among the ton can make or break you.  Your reputation as a lady, and your family name, are the most important things outside of lofty bank accounts, and stepping outside your class, in any sense of the word, is pretty much forbidden.  But what's a girl to do when her father, lying on his death bed, reveals a secret, startling, yes, and yet making clear things you never before understood?  What if after same said confession, a turnabout in health occurs...leaving the secret aired, and both parties with whom the knowledge lies at opposing ends of what to do next?  It's a predicament that sends Lady Ophelia into a world of shadows and darkness, as she seeks to make sense of her world torn asunder, but she's not truly alone in her endeavor...

Enter Devlin Byrne...my somewhat latest book boyfriend, and mysterious shadow to our Lady Ophelia.  With his connections, nay with his reputation alone, her safety is not in question...but what of her heart?  There's something there just beneath the surface that aches to know more.  The why, what, and who that are driving her mad with curiosity, and yet...in the telling, in the revelation, in the removal of masks painstakingly set in place, her world is about to shatter all over again.  She'll gain knowledge of things she never knew she wanted to know.  She'll grow to understand things between men and women that she and her friends could only speculate about.  She'll discover things about herself, society, and those she holds dear that will shock, awe, and inspire, but ultimately, when all is said and done, Lady Ophelia will understand that life is only well lived if one embraces it with a full and open heart.  

The highs and lows of love and societal demands will keep you turning pages long into the night, while the relationship between our leads will have you on high alert.  You'll hope against hope that all turns out well, both in Lady Ophelia's quest, and Devlin's endeavors...and while it may not all be a smooth road to happily-ever-after, those bumps along the way create pure magic.  A high recommendation for ADULT Historical Romance fans...sorry younger readers, but there's definitely adult content and conversation best kept for older ears/eyes.  Even I never knew there were so many names for certain things between men and women...some most comical too!
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I absolutely loved this book. Devlin and Ophelia’s story is wonderful. It was so sweet and full of feeling and I can’t wait to read it again. It’s early in the year but so far it’s my favorite read I’ve read this year. Lots of feelings and plenty of steam.
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Reading a Stacy Reid book always puts me in a good mood. I know I will enjoy the leads and that there will be steam :) This book delivered on both fronts. While I am not a fan of the "fall in love when kids trope" and still didn't really enjoy it here, I enjoyed Fifi's journey tremendously. I liked how her relationship with her parents was portrayed and I especially loved her scene with Sally. That scene truly moved me. Devlin was an okay hero but tbh this book was all about Fifi and by extension the wallflowers. I can't wait for Fanny's story next! 

You rock SR!

Thanks to the Publishers and NetGalley for the ARC
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Whata great continuation of this series. I loved seeing how the relationship between Ophelia & Devlin/Niall grew from when they were children to adults. I loved the respect & affection they had for each other. Devlin was there for her when she really needed him.
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A Scoundrel of Her Own is the third book in the Sinful Wallflowers series.  It absolutely can be read as a stand alone.  In fact, I think that the events in the first two books take place around the same time as the main events in this one.  This is Devlin and Ophelia's story.  

I thought this was a really sweet and at the same time steamy romance.  I loved how they turned a brief  childhood friendship into a very strong adult relationship.  Their banter was fun both in and out of the bedroom. Ophelia learns something about herself and goes on kind of a quest.  I appreciated that the scene at the end when she fulfills that quest was genuine.  Because in real life when things like that happen, her reaction is often the realistic one. I'm being vague because I don't want to spoil anything.  I definitely recommend this one.
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Well, I needed something steamy, and Stacy delivered, yet again! We have Devlin who was in love with his friend Ophelia since he was 8 years old, not realizing that they were in difference social classes and their love will not be permitted. They get separated and years later Devlin is super rich, and he ends running into Ophelia and ends up helping her, yet she doesn't know who he is, the boy who was there for her before. Secrets come out, lies are told since Devlin lies to himself and others that he only wants her for a few, and she thinks that this escapade cannot continue since he is not from her class, but can their love really not survive? 

rcvd an ARC at no cost to author....(Netgalley) voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions.
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Lady Ophelia Darby may be the overindulged daughter of a powerful marquess, accepted in the highest circles of the ton despite her unconventional ways, but lately she’s been singing in seedy clubs by night as Lady Starlight. She’s protected by mentioning the name of Devlin Byrne, the obscenely wealthy and widely feared scoundrel and gaming club owner. Having learned a long-kept secret of her father’s, Ophelia uses her disguise to find answers, and Devlin is the only man who can help her unearth the information she seeks.

Despite all his wealth and the ability to ruin any nobleman should he so choose; Devlin Byrne will always be relegated to the very fringes of society. No one suspects that he’s built his wealth and reputation with the sole purpose of making Ophelia his, not even Ophelia.

Devlin is most assuredly dangerous, but as Ophelia begins to trust him with more and more of her own heart, she must choose between the life she’s known and one of permanent scandal.

(You may chance some inadvertent, mild spoilers here as I get my thoughts out.) I’m a total sucker for a protective alpha hero and Devlin delivered that and then some. He had the dark, tortured side that made him slightly dangerous, but unlike most heroes I tend to read that have this trait, he also had loving parents who modeled a loving marriage to him as a child. He's also not a rake and he has no shame in admitting his limited experience. These things made Devlin very unique, and I think it earns him a place as one of my favorite heroes of all time. In fact, that’s the reason this book made me nervous at times given how slow Ophelia was to admit her feelings for Devlin and how much she truly seemed to value her position in society. At times, Ophelia comes off sounding just as snobbish and imperious as her parents and that worried me, but other times she’s shrewd and nonjudgmental, then she’d turn back around and once again be a typical aristocrat willing to play games and toy with Devlin’s emotions. This mercuriality in her behavior made me very nervous about Devlin’s heart in Ophelia’s keeping, but she did improve and show immense character growth and I have to give her credit for that and for not backing down from the challenges he placed before her, even when she struggled with wanting to be a dutiful daughter and not break the rules. I kept thinking Devlin deserved more after he shaped his entire life with the goal of marrying Ophelia. Thankfully, she did come through in the end and I was very happy with how their relationship turned out.

What did disappoint me rather a lot was Ophelia’s family and how they are handled in the end. First off, Effie was consistently terrible to Ophelia, condescending and judgmental, not to mention bossy, controlling, and immature, and while Ophelia did put her in her place a time or two, it did no good. Effie continued to be a terrible person under the guise of doing what she felt was best for Ophelia, and she never experienced any sort of backlash or negative effect from it. I have the same complaint of Ophelia’s parents really. They were horrible to her and to Devlin and then somehow every issue they raised against the match just floated away in a very quick resolution in the end. Maybe this is petty, but I wanted to see some comeuppance or at least poetic justice or something for the parents and/or at least Effie and I was left unsatisfied on that score. Overall, her parents were ridiculous, and I really couldn't buy into the supposed closeness of their relationship.

Perhaps my favorite aspect of this book was that we had a case in which both the hero and the heroine are fighting to be together, and they won’t take no for an answer. I think many characters talk a good game, especially when we have a class difference trope in play, but something has to happen to either elevate or lower one of the characters and even out that difference in order for them to come together in the end (i.e., the low-born, self-made hero will be awarded a title for some reason). I was so happy that didn’t happen here and instead we got Devlin and Ophelia both making sacrifices in their own way to be together, and neither experiencing a moment of regret over it. I loved that they prioritized each other and the happy future they knew they wanted together, and they just went for it. That’s what made this novel work for me and that’s why I think, though it's not perfect, it is special.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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To escape the drudgery of life as a spinster, Lady Ophelia Darby moonlights as songstress Lady Starlight, protected only by the notoriously wealthy scoundrel Devlin Byrne who she claimed was her lover. Unbeknownst to her, Devlin Byrne is the man who was one a boy that saved her from an icy river in a carriage accident as a child and then took care of her until she was found and returned to her family. Devlin was rejected by Ophelia's father when she was dropped off at her house after being rescued and the ambition to better himself pushed him to be ruthless enough to earn an extreme amount of wealth. 

This book was an absolute delight and I couldn't put it down once I started to read it! I highly recommend it.

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