When the Scoundrel Sins by Anna Harrington

Sportochick’s Musings ~ Annabelle’s character wins the award for coming back from defeat in style. I like how the author develops her character.


When the Scoundrel Sins

Capturing the Carlisles #2

by Anna Harrington

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Genres ~ Historical Romance


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. 

What a great opening Prologue! The setup was perfect for this story that then takes place six years later.

Annabelle’s character wins the award for coming back from defeat in style. I like how the author develops her character from naive bluestocking debutante to mature woman who though still a bluestocking has also become a woman able to take care of her land and the people the land supports. It is enjoyable to read a story where the heroine takes a horrible situation and becomes a woman worth admiring. Her persistence on finding a man to marry at all costs to save her beloved home is the main theme of this book. The secondary theme is getting Quinn to go away. This adds a few smiles for the reader as she continually pushes him to go away and devises reason why he should.

Quinn starts off as a man I would avoid. Yes, he is easy on the eyes. Yes, he could talk one into doing anything but really there are times in this book that I wanted to hit him upside his head for his thick headedness and self-worth. That being said the author does a fine job of causing a change in him that the reader will be thrilled with as the story progresses.

This is an enchanting story and I give it 4 STARS for how Annabelle makes her final decision. 

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

My Reviews Of The Capturing the Carlisles Series
If the Duke Demands – My Review  Amazon
When the Scoundrel Sins #2 – My Review  Amazon


I fell in love with historical romances and all things Regency—and especially all those dashing Regency heroes—while living in England, where I spent most of my time studying the Romantic poets, reading Jane Austen, and getting lost all over the English countryside.

When I read my first Regency romance in 2012, I was hooked and longed to create my own independent and spirited heroines and dashing heroes. The best part of writing historical romances is falling into history—to live in the world of Regency England through my characters, with dazzling balls, beautiful dresses, and gorgeous houses that I would otherwise never be able to experience. I love the period’s rich history and find that all those rules of etiquette and propriety can be worked to the heroine’s advantage…if she’s daring enough to seize her dreams.

In addition to earning my degrees in the U.S., I have studied theatre in London, Mexican history in Guadalajara, and Spanish in Ecuador. I am an avid traveler and have enjoyed visiting schools and volunteering with children’s organizations in Peru, Ecuador, Thailand, and Mexico, and I have amassed thousands of photos I unleash on unsuspecting friends who dare to ask about my travels.

I love to be outdoors! I’ve been hiking in Alaska, the Andes, and the Alps, including one week spent dangling off the via ferrata in the Italian Dolomites, and I love whitewater rafting (when I don’t fall in!). I earned my pilot’s license at Chicago Midway (To all the controllers in Chicago Center—I greatly apologize for every problem I caused for you and Southwest Airlines), and it is my dream to one-day fly in a hot-air balloon over Africa.

I adore all things chocolate, shamelessly dive into ice cream of any flavor, and guzzle Kona coffee by the gallon. A Doctor Who fanatic (everyone says my house is bigger on the inside), I am a terrible cook who hopes to one day use my oven for something other than shoe storage. When I’m not writing, I like to spend my time trying not to kill the innocent rose bushes in my garden.

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