This was the first book I had ever read by Ann Carberry and I will now be looking for more of her works. I was hooked from the first page of The Scoundrel. The love story between Alexander and Kit was told very realistically (not the usual woman loves man but has no idea why and he treats her terribly, etc.) and progressed well. I also enjoyed the baby (Rose) in the story. There is also a nice secondary love story involved. There isn't a typical "villain" in the book trying to keep them apart except for a housekeeper who doesn't take up an inordinate amount of the storyline which is also a nice change of pace for a romance novel. The only thing about this book I didn't care for was that the ending seemed rather abrupt to me. I like to "see" a little more of the characters after they declare their love for one another. Otherwise, I would have probably given this book 5 stars although like I said in the title, it's still definitely worth your time.