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When the ton's most notorious heartbreaker..."Dangerously seductive and sinfully beautiful, Susanna Burney is society's most sought after match"breaker." Paid by wealthy parents to part unsuitable couples, she's never yet failed to accomplish her mission of diverting a groom-to-be. Until her final assignment brings her face-to-face with the man who'd once taught her an intWhen the ton's most notorious heartbreaker..."Dangerously seductive and sinfully beautiful, Susanna Burney is society's most sought after match"breaker." Paid by wealthy parents to part unsuitable couples, she's never yet failed to accomplish her mission of diverting a groom-to-be. Until her final assignment brings her face-to-face with the man who'd once taught her an intimate lesson in heartache...."Meets London's most disreputable rake..."James Devlin has everything he's always wanted: a title, a rich fiancee and a place in society. But the woman who's just met his eyes across a crowded ballroom threatens it all. Not because she'd once claimed his heart, or that every sinuous swirl of her ball gown takes his breath away. But because the secrets she carries could cost him everything. To put the past to rest once and for all, Dev just might have to play Susanna at her own wicked game...."Let the seduction begin!"...

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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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Notorious Reviews

  • Ruth
    2019-03-24 22:32

    This was an OK, provided by netgalley. It had a fascinating premise, of a professional marriage-breaker, which was quite different and also quite believable. I really liked what the author did here. It's slightly off-the-wall, but just the sort of thing I can imagine infuriated, panicky parents doing when there was a huge amount of cash at stake, and they wanted to prevent their errant offspring from making bad choices. However, in its execution in the story, I had a few problems. Any parent would actually have had a huge amount of say in whom their children would have married (but not in whom their children kept as mistresses or lovers..), so even if they'd not been able to prevent titles or entailed properties from being passed down to children who disobeyed them by marrying the wrong sort, they would have been able to stop supporting them until they inherited, and pretty much left them destitute if they'd wanted to. Yeah, sure they may have had an alternative source of income, from another relative, for example. But, my point is that parents or guardians had final refusal on prospective brides/grooms, so why go through all the hassle of hiring someone like the heroine to separate them? They could have just said "No". That part of the plot doesn't hold it for me, I'm afraid, even though I really, really like the idea.Also, the problems I have with the heroine actually meant that the marriage-breaker plot was even weaker. I would imagine the type of woman who would do this work professionally as particularly hard-nosed, self-reliant, incredibly strong mentally and just, well, very clever. The heroine doesn't particularly strike me as any of those. In fact, the heroine struck me as a pretty irritating little martyr. She ran off when she first married, and she didn't trust anyone, including the hero, when he finally found her and showed her he was worthy of being trusted even just a little bit. She was just too willing to think how dreadful her situation was, how she'd never sort it out, and how awful her life was. Far, far too much of the "poor little me" thing going on, and not enough of the nerves of steel you would actually expect of someone who'd lived the life she had (and I have to admit, the author did a good job here of painting the backdrop, without boring us with the details), and was essentially a well-paid confidence-trickster.The hero was OK. I did wander whether any more detail was given in previous books in the series, but since I haven't read them, I found him a bit non-descript, unfortunately, and not uniquely intriguing like his backstory would suggest he should be.Probably the biggest problem I had with this book was the Great Mystical Force thing which runs throughout. By this, I mean that the hero and heroine are drawn together by some Great Mystical Force, even though they know they Should Hate Each Other.. They can't rationalize it, don't want it, but can't help themselves.. I'm sorry, but I'm really not a huge fan of this kind of plot development. They want to get it on, because they find each other incredibly sexy, OK? They want to play tonsil-tennis, and hunt-the-cucumber, because they are a man and a woman, and they were man and wife, and never really brought their previous relationship to any kind of conclusion, but liked the bedsport. All the "I don't want this", and "I hate you" etc, just becomes, well, rather wearing after a while, especially when they spent 2 paragraphs in the middle of some extremely tense argument, and then the hero licked her nipple and the heroine melted. It was just unbelievable, and a bit boring, to be honest.So, this was a bit of a disappointment for me. The premise was extremely interesting, but the execution of it and the characters just kinda let it down for me.2 stars. It was OK.

  • Jess the Romanceaholic
    2019-04-03 19:43

    This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.Expected Release Date: July 26, 2011Publisher: HarlequinImprint: HQNAuthor’s Website: Source for This Book: NetgalleyPart of a Series: Book 4, Scandalous Women of the TonSeries Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standaloneSteam Level: Hot*Whew* This one was a complete roller coaster!Susanna Burney has not had an easy life. At age 17, she eloped with the man of her dreams, and then the next day, after having spent a wonderful night in his bed, sacrificed her marriage out of misguided love. Kicked out by her family, she’s had to make her way in life without anyone’s assistance, and despite what others may think of her when they learn her secrets, she never prostituted herself out. Instead, she became a Matchbreaker — someone hired by wealthy families to tempt away the potential grooms in unsuitable relationships. Telling herself that she’s actually doing the women a favor — since if the man truly loved their women, they wouldn’t be tempted away, she is so close to finally having enough money to pay off her creditors and retire to the country with her young wards.James is unapologetically a fortune hunter. Having grown up experiencing the extremes of wealth and poverty that only the children of notorious gamblers can known, he’s not happy with just his inherited title and place in society. He forms a match with a woman he has no hope of loving, in order to get his hands on her fortune. His younger sister has also done some fortune hunting of her own — having fallen in love with the heir to a dukedom, and expecting him to offer for her at any moment. However, the heir’s parents are less than pleased that a nobody like Chessie could possibly ensnare their son, and so enters Susanna.There’s only one small problem, however. The “man of her dreams” that Susanna eloped with when she was 17? That would be James.While I’m not typically a fan of novels where the main characters could have solved their problems had they just sat down and talked in the first chapter, I admit I did enjoy this one. There was so much history and bitterness between the two of them that I could forgive the overuse of a Big Misunderstanding and their constant and deliberate verbal wounding of one another. While there were a couple plot devices that I could’ve done without, and infidelity in some form or another by so many of the major characters, the angst was delicious, and the resolution was satisfying.Recommended for fans of estranged marriages, blackmail, and Big Misunderstandings. 3.5/5 Stars

  • Judith
    2019-04-09 15:48

    There are a group of writers who know how to "handle" historical romance well, and Nicola Cornick is one of those. This story is just different enough that it caught my interest immediately and I am delighted to have read it. The heroine is not present trying to find a husband as is most often the case. Rather she is present at ton events to prevent marriages, specifically the matches that have begun which are not favored by the family of one or the other of the persons in question. Masquerading as a widow who is a friend of well-place aristocratic families, Susanna is being paid to put a stop to a match that the prospective bridegroom's family absolutely don't want. The problems begin when an old beau recognizes her along with the fact that the old beau's sister is the woman Susanna is being paid to pry lose from the man in question. Add in the fact that the old beau is engaged to a woman he doesn't love but who has bags and bags of money, that there is still an unmistakable attraction between Susanna and the old beau, some bad history between them, and on and on. Messy, messy, messy!! All in all, these factors are the makings of a very good novel and one that the reader will be hard put to figure out before the end. What could be better? Don't miss this one!

  • Virginia
    2019-03-20 23:37

    I feel bad. See, Cornick is a good writer. It's just that I absolutely despised her male lead, Devlin. Yes, yes. He's supposed to be passionate and a rake and a pirate and whatever, but really, he's a royal douche. He's threatening, cruel, and his actions border on assault. Just because the female lead doesn't mind it, doesn't make it ok. Usually, there is a fine line between menace and machismo and the reader is supposed to be enthralled or taken in by it. You know, because it's romantic. Not this reader.

  • Fani *loves angst*
    2019-04-03 19:45

    4.5 starsDevlin is a man on the lower steps of the ton's scale, with a less than stelar reputation and in sore need of funds. His only hope to escape his debts, is a good marriage for both him and his sister. But just when it seems that they've both made it, with Devlin being betrothed to a rich earl's daughter and his sister on the verge of being proposed to by a Marquis, Susanna enters. Susanna, happens to be not only his sister's rival for the Marquis' affections, but also Devlin's ex-wife. And suddenly, it appears that the attraction that brought them together 10 years ago, is still there. But is attraction enough to make them forget their lifelong goals and duties?Yes, I am aware of the fact that technically speaking, this book is far from perfect. I also am not oblivious to the cold-hearted heroine, or that this was mostly a tale of falling in lust than in love with each other. However, being a big fan of angsty, heartwrenching romances I can't help but be captivated with it!Well, as I said, the most obvious problem for the story, is that throughout the whole book, Devlin pretty much hates Susanna and with good reason. What he sees, is a cold-hearted, ambitious, manipulative female, even if the reader knows otherwise. Of course, this is a romance, so at the same time, Devlin can't fight his attraction to her. It would be much easier to believe that those two finally fell in love than in lust, had Susanna revealed the truth to Devlin at some point earlier in the plot and thus become more sympathetic to him. As it is though, and with hardly an insight as to how those two met and fell in love in the first place, it is difficult to believe that Devlin not only desires her but also loves her. On top of that, the resolution given to the romance between Devlin's sister and her beloved, was hardly satisfactory at all. On the other hand, the angst, tension and heat between those two, set the pages on fire:) I cried with them, ached with them and was really anxious about how they could escape all the obstacles that seemed to get endlessly in their way. Susanna, for the reader if not for Devlin, is a woman to be admired despite the mistakes she's done in the past. She does whatever she must to survive on her own, using her wits and beauty in the best way she can. I can understand that there are readers who will still think of her as cold-hearted, but personally, I refuse to castigate people for doing what they must, not to gain money or power, but simply to survive. As for Devlin, he might have been a rake in the past, but what the reader sees here is a man devoted to his sister, a man with purpose, patience, decency and reluctant to hurt back the person who has most injured him in the past. Much of the story is told by his point of view and I really appreciated that, especially as I could feel his ache, sorrow and internal conflict between duty and desire as if it were mine.In the end, whatever the book's faults, the fact remains that the book managed to touch me deeply emotionally, as few books have, and that makes it a winner for me. So, it's a solid 5 stars for the emotional punch delivered and a 3 for the plot & technical execution. If you love angsty reads, you should check this out. I know I'll definitely be on the lookout for more works by this author.PS: (view spoiler)[The story between Devlin's fiance and a mystery man, was perhaps as hot and interesting as the main one. I certainly hope there'll be a book about those two! (hide spoiler)]ARC provided by NetGalley

  • Amanda Ryan
    2019-04-03 20:38

    Notorious by Nicola Cornick is Cornick’s latest release in her Scandalous Women of the Ton series. For me personally I’ve found Cornick’s books to be hit or miss. A few of them are my go-to favorites, but I’ve also read some that just really didn’t do it for me. Unfortunately, Notorious fell into the latter.Susanna finds herself face to face with her husband, a man she deliberately left after consummating their elopement and hasn’t seen in several years. James, her husband, is engaged to a rich and beautiful woman and has set himself up to acquire everything he’s ever dreamed of having. Too bad he’s already married…and still ferociously attracted to the woman that jilted him.Cornick has a flair for the back-and-forth “misunderstandings” that are almost always the driving point of her story arcs. James doesn’t know why Susanna left him; Susanna is haunted by her actions and is afraid to man up to them. Of course, she’s also harboring the fact that she had conceived from their one night together, and was unable to carry the pregnancy to term. They each have their preconceptions of one another, and their interactions are strained with sarcasm and thinly veiled disdain. Oh, and sexual tension. Because regardless of their brief but passionate history, they still are attracted to one another.I was excited to get my hands on this book because I’ve come to enjoy Cornick’s work. I was disappointed, however, with Notorious. The plot was predictable and the pacing seemed to drag. On the plus side, James’ humor had some shining moments, and Susanna’s handling of him was fun to watch. Oh, and this cover? Gorgeous.Rating: C-Romance: 2/5 Raunch: 2.5/5

  • Margarida
    2019-03-22 18:52

    Acho que fiquei traumatizada, por momentos fez-me não gostar de romances históricos.Todos os clichés românticos num só livro pequenino, pocketezinho, baratinho. É mesmo verdade os caniches são os mais irritantes!Espero que os próximos dias me curem desta bebida de tão má qualidade, por favor deus, compensai-me com uma ressaca também suavezinha...e com um reset fortezão!

  • Olga
    2019-03-29 20:48

    Libro divertido y con el toque único de nicola cónick.. Los personajes interesantes y la historia se puede leer separada aunque sea una serie... Deseando leer los que quedan:)))

  • Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
    2019-04-19 23:25

    NOTORIOUS is the fourth book in Nicola Cornick's memorable Scandalous Women of the Ton series and takes you on an emotional journey full of passion, deceit, sacrifice and regret.Susanna Burney excels in her chosen profession as a match breaker and is much sought after within society by wealthy parents wishing to break up unsuitable couples. Posing as Lady Caroline Carew, a wealthy widow, her latest commission is to entice the Duke and Duchess of Alton's son, Fitzwilliam (Fitz), away from a certain penniless young lady. Succeeding means everything to Susanna because this is her last job and she will then have sufficient funds to pay off her debts and start a new life. That is, until one night, her husband, James Devlin, walks back into her life after nine years! She also discovers that the young lady she has been employed to lure Fitz away from is, in fact, Devlin's sister, Francesca (Chessie).James Devlin can never forget his childhood years spent in poverty on the streets of Dublin. He now has everything he ever wanted, a title, a place in society and a wealthy fiancée. That is, until one night, he sees his former wife, Susanna, across a crowded ballroom. The same wife he thought was dead! He was eighteen when he had fallen madly in love with and married the seventeen-year-old Susanna, only to have her walk out on him the morning after the wedding.Fearful of being exposed as a complete fraud, Susanna must protect her secrets at all costs even if it means convincing Devlin that she is nothing more than a scheming, deceitful adventuress. For his sister's sake, Devlin is determined to thwart Susanna's plans using any means at his disposal. But neither of them is prepared for the intense desire they feel for each other; a desire they seem unable to control. Will Susanna ever trust Devlin enough to tell him the truth about what really happened nine years ago? Can the spark of love ever be rekindled?Reading this book certainly took me on a highly charged emotional journey. Ms Cornick has captured all the feelings of bitterness, anger, hurt and regret in the antagonistic encounters between Susanna and Devlin. Devlin feels angry and betrayed because Susanna leads him to believe that her reason for marrying him had nothing to do with love:"I wanted to be young and beautiful and intriguing enough to lure a very rich man into marriage. It was not good enough to be a courtesan. I had to be respectable to catch a husband-"her luscious mouth turned up in a little, private smile-"but improper enough to know how to please him in bed."Susanna's life is one of lies and deception but I can fully understand why she is so desperate to protect her secrets. If her true identity becomes known, she fears that her life will once again descend back into the poverty she had struggled so hard to escape from. We discover that she also has the lives of others to consider as well as her own; children entrusted to her whom she will never desert. She is even willing to let Devlin believe the worst of her for fear he may ask too many searching questions. I see Susanna as strong, brave and resourceful and I admire the way in which she retained her moral code, however bad things became.Devlin's childhood had see-sawed between wealth and poverty because his father had been a compulsive gambler. It's easy to understand why wealth and position and the stability they would bring are so important to him. It is Susanna who makes him realise that the price he must pay to attain these things, the loss of his self-respect, is too high. When Susanna finally tells him the full truth about her past, I was impressed with the way he is more than willing to shoulder the blame for what happened and wants to comfort her and ‘banish the misery he sensed in her.' Ms Cornick builds up the sexual tension brilliantly and I could sense the mutual desire simmering just below the surface whenever Susanna and Devlin are together. For those who like their love scenes hot and steamy, Ms Cornick certainly doesn't disappoint!She tried to rise but he gently forced her down, bending to cover the satin skin of her shoulders with soft, biting kisses, to trail his tongue down her the length of her spine, a lick here, a flick over the ribs there that had her squirming. She was hot and panting beneath his hands.I really couldn't believe that Devlin's sister, Chessie, would still love that arrogant, self-centred, spoiled ass Fitz, never mind marry him. After all, he humiliated her and caused her untold misery, but I suppose it's a case of ‘love is blind'. I have to say that this plotline did stretch credulity rather too far for me.I enjoyed seeing Alex and Joanna (Whisper of Scandal) again, albeit briefly, and the villainous Tom Bradshaw (Mistress by Midnight) also made an appearance. I'm sure this won't be the last we see of him. This book can easily be read as a standalone but I can highly recommend the other books in this series and very much look forward to reading the next one, Desired.If you are looking for a well-written, deeply emotional story, in-depth characters and hot love scenes, then NOTORIOUS is definitely a must read. review was originally written for The Romance Reviews

  • Katie Michaels
    2019-04-06 17:52

    On its surface, Notorious is a sexy Regency Romance... a battle of wills between two former lovers with conflicting agendas. But underneath, it's a story of loss, regret, and self-realization. It is, in turns, sad, steamy, frustrating, and rewarding.Devlin and his sister Chessie have always had to scrape to make ends meet. But they finally seem to have a comfortable future in their grasp. Devlin is engaged to a wealthy woman of the Ton. He doesn't love her, but he is pragmatic about the marriage. Chessie is in love with a wealthy peer named Fritz. And while they are not betrothed, he has been seriously courting her for some time.All their grand plans go out the window, however, when Devlin's former wife shows up with an eye for Fritz. (No one knows that she has really been hired by Fritz's parents to lure him away from Chessie.) Devlin is floored by her presence. She abandoned him nine years ago, the morning after they wed... and he has thought her dead for years. It turns out that Susanna left him in an act of innocent self-sacrifice, but she lets him believe the worst of her, to keep him away. Of course, that doesn't work.For two people who consider themselves puppetmasters of other people's emotions, there are very real feelings between these two. It's kind of ironic that their initial parting is what hardened them both in so many ways. But when they are together, they are unable to maintain the walls they have worked so hard to build around their hearts.As more and more of Susanna's backstory is revealed, the story grows heavier and heavier. She has been through so much... and to a lesser extent, so has Devlin. Their past heartbreak is set against their flirting and fighting in the present day. And it doesn't just make me ache for them to give in to their mutual attraction, but makes me beg for them to find a little bit of peace and real happiness. Unfortunately, their financial positions make any hopes of a happily ever after seem unlikely, if not impossible.It was a good love story with a surprising depth. But on a side note, I have to say I had a hard time relating to Chessie and the choices she makes. The resolution of her arc left me scratching my head a little.This is book four in the Scandalous Women of the Ton series. I haven't read the previous books, and though Devlin's uncle Grant and his wife were featured in an earlier book, I never felt lost.4 stars.*ARC Provided by NetGalley

  • Cocktails and Books
    2019-03-25 21:31

    I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I wasn't sure what to expect when I got it from NetGalley, especially since I hadn't read any of the other books in the series. But it turns out you really didn't need to read those to enjoy this one.The last thing Susanna Burney expected when she accepted her latest assignment was to find James Devlin. She'd last seen him when she was seventeen, heartbroken and leaving him. In the years since, she's done what's she's needed to in order to ensure her welfare and that of her two wards.James Devlin thought he finally had everything he wanted. He was engaged to an heiress and hoping to find his place in society. Since the time of his father's death, he has been striving to find his place in the world and hoping that place would gain him enough money where he wouldn't need to worry anymore. Although bored with the life amongst the ton, this was what he had been working towards. His world is turned upside down when he glances across the ballroom to see the Susanna. She was the one woman he thought he had loved and the one that left him.Dev and Susanna circle around each other quite a bit. She's running from her past, hoping Dev won't tell everyone how she knows him and ruin her chance at earning enough money to start a new life. Dev's determined to find out why she is trying to break up the pending betrothal of his sister, Chessie, with Fitzwilliam Alton while fighting his growing attraction to her and keep his fiancee happy. All the while, Susanna is hiding secrets from Dev about what exactly happened to her when she left him.I didn't enjoy the secondary characters as much, especially Fitz and Chessie. I had hoped there was something devious going on with Chessie when she was running off for her secret rendevous, but was really disappointed with that outcome. Same with Emma and Bradshaw (which was the only point in the story where I thought I was missing something from the other books).4 Cocktails

  • Mary Gramlich
    2019-03-24 18:40

    NOTORIOUS by Nicola Cornick7/11 – Harlequin - Mass Market Paperback, 384 pagesWhat if everything I ever wanted is something I had already lost?James Devlin believes he is on the brink of the perfect life. While his intended bride is needy, his future in-laws unwelcoming, and he abhors London society there is the money he will marry into. When you lived in abject poverty anything you must do to turn that around is a possibility and necessity. Dev is one step away from this perfect life when the wife he thought long dead returns with a new name but the same stunning beauty. Susanna left him on their wedding night not to be seen again or so Devlin thought.Susanna Burney is masquerading as Lady Caroline Carew working a scam that Devlin can’t quite figure out. She is still charming and an exquisite woman. His questions of where she has been for the last 9 years go unanswered and his burning need to know why she left him in their wedding night must be given. Devlin has a right to know where she has been and what she is up to now because the apple cart Susanna is about to overturn involves Devlin’s sister. As Devlin and Susanna move around each other they find it difficult to keep wearing the masks of anger and fulfill their passionate desires.Selling your soul comes with such a high price that no one can ever repay regardless of how hard you try. Dev and Susanna found this out many times over but realize that combining their strength helped them overcome any obstacle before and it may again. The past was a burden for them but true love can help you live in the present and prepare for a future.Nicola Cornick knows how to write about the meaning of love and having the work it takes to obtain it. Her books always take you on a journey with amazing characters who you become champions for as they find one another and feel the blush love and romance with a twist.

  • Pamela Todd
    2019-03-30 23:40

    Notorious is the fourth book in the Scandalous Women of the Ton series. I have not read any of the previous books and that did not spoil the read of Notorious. Each novel stands alone, though characters of the other books will crop up familiarly to fans of the series. From the first page, the author transports you back in time to glittering ballrooms, handsome gentleman and elegant ladies. She paints the portrait of the time effortlessly, before ripping the rose-tinted glasses from out face and showing the world of seduction, greed and ambition the glammer cleverly disguises. The story is told in multiple POV’s, which usually I find distracting. In the case of Notorious, I found it exhilarating. Jumping from Susanna’s perspective to Dev’s was intoxicating and only made me yearn for the book more in between my bouts of devouring this book. I found myself bewitched by Susanna and Dev as they played out their bitter contempt for the other, which naturally progressed to deeper, more primal feelings. It was a pleasure to watch as the characters came undone, as they chipped away at the carefully erected exterior they had maintained so well in the past. Susanna and Dev grew as characters and evolved naturally as the story progressed. I cannot praise this book enough. Notorious is one of those rare books that makes you itch when it is not in your hands – when a moment not reading is a wasted one. It will crawl beneath your skin (much in the way Dev does with Susanna) and stay there, unflinchingly. Notorious has everything – intrigue, mystery, betrayal, sex, love, gambling, seduction, loyalty and honour. Grab it up as soon as you can. I guarantee after the first chapter you know exactly what I’m talking about.

  • Wendy Darling
    2019-04-13 21:24

    I never go into historical romances expecting very much, so it's always a pleasant surprise when one is well-written and engaging enough to hold my attention. I liked the premise of this book, which follows Lady Susannah, a woman makes her living as a professional unmatchmaker for men with unsuitable love interests. She's hampered in her quest to break up the current couple that is her job, however, because one man is standing in her way--James Devlin, her husband.The beginning of the book is a little typical with angry words on both sides, but eventually the relationship between them became much more interesting. There is undeniable spark between the two which results in some reckless romps in carriages and in dark gardens, and there's the nice backdrop of Regency London to enjoy as well. What made this book a notch above other historical romances, however, is that soon after they meet again, Dev's attraction to the woman he believes to be his ex-wife deepens into sweet tenderness and caring--it's always nice when authors write men who aren't afraid to show their emotions. I grew to like both Dev and Susannah a lot, and I liked them both together as a couple.There are definitely some things that muddle the plot a bit too much, including the reason they separated to begin with and subplots involving a pair of twins. Still, this is a lighthearted, fun read that is recommended for anyone who enjoys historical romances.3.5 starsAn advance copy was provided by the publisher for this review.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-11 21:41

    In NOTORIOUS, Susanna works as a matchbreaker, dividing unsuitable couples by order of their concerned parents. But she encounters Devlin, a man from her past who threatens to unravel the careful life she has constructed for herself. On the one hand, the characters in this book are written well, because I connected emotionally with them. However, the continuous acrimony between the two main characters got a little hard to take. There wasn't a lot of action in this book, which is fine, given its historical romance genre, but for the most part it seemed like two characters hating each other for the wrong reasons for far too long with a little mystery (blackmail) thrown in. The revelations come in the last part of the book, so when the two main characters finally realize why the other acted as he or she did, it provides a happy ending for all. It seems to me that this could have been a much shorter novel; I quickly grasped that there was more to Susanna's motives than she wanted to tell, and didn't need so many tense conversations between her and Devlin.The cover art is gorgeous, and I liked the love scene with the pearl.I received this book as a digital ARC from Netgalley.

  • Joana V.
    2019-03-20 18:23

    1.75*Review completa em: review: pouca coisa boa para dizer sobre este livro. Susanna e Devlin são personagens irritantes, mesmo no fim não se redimem. Apenas Rosy e Rory, que verdadeiramente não entram no livro, prestam. Eu percebo que em casos de extrema necessidade, tudo possa acontecer, mas isso não justifica a atitude de nenhuma das personagens. Não houve uma única personagem com a qual me pudesse identificar minimamente. A própria história não me prendeu e, apesar de não me esquecer do enredo (desde Novembro que ando com o livro na mala – 6 meses!), não tinha qualquer vontade de o ler. Apesar de normalmente gostar dos livros da Nicola Cornick, este foi uma desilusão.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-14 19:28

    Oh, great. The big misunderstanding, the nonsensical separation, the pure as the driven snow " adventuress", and the endless rehashing of internal turmoil trying to disguise lust as true love. Also, worst secondary "romance" ever. Kind of depressing.

  • Lalu
    2019-03-28 23:25

    An enjoyable short read.

  • Desi
    2019-03-29 16:52

    leído en Julio 2014Bueno y entretenido!!

  • Marcela (BookaholicCat)
    2019-03-26 21:33

    3 ½ StarsThis review is also published at Susanna Burney has been hired by the Duke and Duchess of Aston to impersonate a rich young widow to enamored their son, Fitzwilliam and thus make him forget about his love interest, Francesca Devlin, also known as Chessie, a girl with no titles or money therefore and ill match for a peer of the ton.What Susanna wasn’t counting on was in crossing paths with James Devlin, her husband, who is unfortunately Chessie’s brother.James Devlin had a very tough childhood. His father was a gambler, one day rich, one day poor, until the pressure of the debts was too much and he committed suicide, leaving James and Francesca orphans at a very young age.James has always done whatever necessary to protect and provide for his sister. Now when he thought they would have a safe and steady future, Chessie married to Fitz and him engaged and soon to be married to Lady Emma, the heiress of a big fortune, a ghost from his past comes to ruin everything. This ghost being the woman he married nine years ago whom he thought was dead.After their quick elopement and unforgettable wedding night James woke up to find Susanna gone with just a note left behind saying their elopement was a mistake she was planning to remedy by requesting an annulment. Later he was told she had died and since then he tried to never again think about her, his one and only love.Now they are back in each other lives and don’t know what to do with each other. James hates Susanna for leaving him and now for trying to ruin Cheesie’s future but at the same time he is still attracted to her as much as when they were young.Susanna doesn’t understand why after so many years seeing James still affects her the way it does but she has a mission to accomplish and sadly it doesn’t matter if Chessie gets hurts, there are others more important to her who depend on her to do her job.The question is are they going to be able to continue with their plans or forget about money and social position and continue where they left years ago?Notorious is book four in The Scandalous Women of the Ton by Nicola Cornick and my first book by this author.Because Susanna is a character with many secrets it takes some time to warm up to her and start to like her and even more time to understand her past and present actions. Also to make things harder sometimes her behavior felt a little bit antagonistic. Furthermore she should have been a strong woman to be able to accomplished her “duty”, but this wasn’t always the feeling I got from her, it was more the one of the victim and suffered woman, this might have been because of her situation with James but still I wanted a little bit more of courage from her.I liked James Devlin since the beginning of the book, I guess it has to do with his sense of humor, his love for his sister and his sense of responsibility. It doesn’t hurt that he is also described as a very handsome man who has done all kind of things to be able to provide for his sister.Susanna and James relationship is one of those I love you/ I hate you – I want you/ I cannot stand you relationship, full of banter and witty remarks. The chemistry between them felt real, making the sexual tension sometimes unbearable and when they were together the pages sizzled.The secondary characters didn’t provide anything interesting to the story I could sadly say they took points from it. Fitzwilliam is a spoiled, pompous prick who thinks he can do anything he wants, whenever he wants without caring for the consequences just because of who he is. Cheesie’s story started as a very interesting one with a twist that could have add something nice and spicy to the story but ended in a big disappointment (at least for me) even though Mrs. Cornick tried to implied she will get a HEA what lies ahead for her is not sun and flowers, but headaches, betrayals and disappointments.What attracted me to read Notorious was that it had a different story from the conventional historical romances. It was not the poor girl in love of the Lord, or the heiress in love with the reformed rake. InNotorious both main characters aren’t part of the ton, and have done all kind of things to survive and climb the social ladder, this make it more interesting and as I said before somehow different.Even though I haven’t read the books previous to Notorious I didn’t feel lost in the story. The only moment I felt there must have been a story behind was when a character call Bradshaw was introduced, besides that I never felt I was missing something. I can say this book could be read as a stand-alone without any problem.I recommend this book to historical romance fans, especially is they like steamy hot relationships. I’m sure in the future I will read more books by Mrs. Cornick.

  • Carrie Olguin
    2019-03-24 16:28

    When I read the BOB blog, I thought, "Matchbreaker! What a cool concept!"But the story is dissapointing, the characters non-sympathetic.Here's the rundown full of spoilers:The H and h secretly and impulsively married nine years previous. After the wedding night, the heroine changed her mind and told the hero she was leaving and would obtain an annulment. They parted (hate the hero for not fighting for the marriage. What a coward.) He runs off into the military. She goes to her Uncle, finds out she's pregnant and that an annulment isn't as easy to obtain as she thought. Her Uncle tosses her out of her home leaving her destitute and without resources. She doesn't seek out her husband or try to write to him for support (no reason given - good heavens, at least he has an income! Stupid girl!) She never tries to find her husband to tell him about the child or that they are still married. No, instead she becomes a Matchbreaker, hired to destroy relationships tending toward unwanted marriages (hired by a third party such as parents or guardians).Two years after the wedding, the hero returns (no, he never wrote a letter either), seeks out her Uncle to verify the annulment has been obtained. The Uncle tells him she died.Story starts nine years after all this back story. The hero is engaged to another woman (has been for two years? Two Years? I thought one year was the normal engagment time.) He's titled but poor and his bride to be is wealthy. Yes, he's a "reformed rakehell" and fortune hunter who has abstained from sex for two years.His sister is on the marriage mart, another fortune hunter. Her prey is the son of a duke who seems on the precipice of proposing. On the side she has a secret and deviant lover that even her brother knows nothing about.Enter the heroine, hired by the Duchess to break apart the relationship between her son and the hero's sister. By this time, the heroine's child is lost but she's adopted three other children. She's not taking care of the children. No. She's paying others to do that, either in school or country families. She's heavily in debt and needs this last job to take care of her made-up family. Still no explanation of why she ran from the hero after the wedding night, which apparently was quite memorable - he was kind and tender and loving and good in bed - so why did she run away?When she meets the hero again, finding out he's engaged to be married (just at the moment realizing he could have been married four times over in nine years, duh), does she tell him the truth? No. She decides she will keep the information to herself as it may prove useful to manipulate him.This is as far as I read in the story before I gave up. The heroine is TSTD (really, if she dropped dead, everyone would get their happily ever after). Needless to say, I didn't like any of the characters and I hated the heroine. The hero is as cold, calcuating, non-human, unsympathetic, unlikable as the heroine, but he's also a victum of her selfish, criminal behavior.There's no explanation about how she obtained the three children. The wording is supposed to lead us to believe the heroine has never taken another lover in nine years - still a sexual innocent. Really? As a match breaker? Paid to seduce men away from other women?It's the many inconsistancies in her character that leads me to dislike her. If she had been written "honestly" let her be bad inside and out, I might have felt some sympathy for her - as an historical woman forced to make her way in the world any way she could. But to keep up the deception that she's an innocent and deserving of better things when clearly she is not rubbed me the wrong way. She's a feme-fatal on the outside and a mixed up teen-aged virgin on the inside.The premise, forced internal conflicts, and characters are too difficult to believe.

  • Marlene
    2019-04-01 18:43

    It's almost a universal concept. The person your child looks like they are going to marry just isn't good enough for them. The definition of "good enough" may vary, but the idea probably occurred to the first caveman's parents when he dragged a cavewoman home from the cave next door.In Nicola Cornick's latest Regency romp, Notorious, she takes the concept to a whole new level. Betrothals were broken if one of the parties proved unfaithful before the marriage was solemnized. After the wedding, of course, the rules were a little different. But what if a young man's parents really, really wanted to prevent his marriage to an unsuitable young lady? What if they could hire a professional "betrothal breaker" to tempt him away from someone they were just certain wasn't, in this particular case, blue-blooded enough for their tastes?There weren't, as far as history records, any such things as professional "match breakers", but that hasn't stopped Cornick from creating a story centered around one.Susanna Burney has been hired to prevent the impending match between Fitzwilliam Alton, the heir to the Duke of Alton, and Francesca Devlin, the rather impoverished sister of Lord James Devlin. Miss Devlin isn't well enough bred for the son of a Duke. Not to mention, the Duke and Duchess of Alton fear she is a fortune-hunter. Unfortunately for Francesca, she really is in love with Mr. Alton. It is her brother, Lord Devlin, who is the fortune-hunter. James Devlin has been dancing attendance on Emma Brooke for two years, waiting for her to finally give him her hand, and her fortune.Susanna Burney's introduction into the London Season as the mysterious widow "Lady Carew" causes havoc, not just with Francesca's plans, but also with Devlin's own. Dev has met the lady before. However, he was informed, by her family no less, that the lady was dead. If he had not been so certain of her death, he would never have proposed marriage to the rich and possessive Emma, as Susanna Burney is Devlin's wife.This is a Regency farce that starts out with two couples and ends with three. At the beginning, James Devlin is unhappily engaged to Emma Brooke. He is a former adventurer who is marrying her money. She is a spoiled rich girl who wanted to marry an adventurer and is disappointed that he has become respectable. Francesca Devlin hopes she has an "understanding" with Frederick Alton. She loves him. He is a cad who intends to use her and then throw her away.Enter Susanna Burney, masquerading as the mysterious Lady Carew. Her job is to seduce Alton away from Francesca, to the point where he proposes marriage, and then break the engagement a month or so later. Her plans start to fall apart the minute that she and Devlin meet. He has spent the last eight years believing himself a widower. She, on the other hand, has always known that he was among the living. Her reasons for not seeking him out are just one of the many secrets that lie between them.Escape Rating B: Notorious was a great way to spend an afternoon. I wanted James Devlin to find a happy ending for himself, and I knew from the very beginning that Emma Brooke was not the right girl for him. I think she got what she deserved in the end, and I don't want to spoil the surprise. However, I found the character of Susanna to be somewhat contradictory, and it bothered me. She was a professional "matchbreaker", and her "job" was to be sophisticated and seductive. And yet, she had managed to keep all of the men she had previously become engaged to not just out of her bed but had kept their hands off her as well! This stretched the bounds of either her luck or my fictional belief, even for a romance. But not enough to keep me from finishing the book at breakneck speed!

  • Karyn Gerrard
    2019-03-25 17:35

    Another solid, sensual and emotional read from Nicola Cornick. This is book 4 in her 'Scandalous Women of the Ton' series. This is something I have not read before, the heroine is a 'heartbreaker for hire'. Susanna Burney does what she must to make her way in the world. Hired by the elite of the ton, she uses her feminine wiles and stunning looks to lure the pampered sons of the elite away from inappropriate women. Women of questionable background and low birth to be more specific. Susanna managed to do quite well in her chosen field, keeping her emotions far removed from her task.All that changed when she saw James Devlin at a ball. All James wanted was wealth, title, a place in society. Considering he and his sister Chessie are penniless Irish orphans he managed to achieve some of the goals. But now Chessie is all but engaged to a Marquess, and James has been engaged for over two years to the Earl of Brooke's daughter, Emma. James also managed the title, However, he and his sister are indeed penniless, everything is riding on their possible marriage alliances. James has jumped through hoops to stay in Emma's good favor, including giving up his roving eye/James is shocked when Susanna walks into the ball on the arm of Fitzwilliam Alton, Chessie's possible suitor. She was hired by the Duke and Duchess of Alton to detach Fitz from the unsuitable Chessie. James does not know this, he only sees his childhood sweetheart, his former wife. They had run off together when they were 18 and 17 respectively. Now ten years later, the hurt floods back for both of them. Susanna is also passing herself as a widow, Lady Carew. A lot of heated exchanges between the two at various events is exchanged, but there is no denying the attraction is still there.There are extenuating circumstances to the sudden split and annulment of James and Susanna ten years ago. The layers are slowly peeled back and the heartbreaking reasons revealed. Bitter heartbreak has damaged both these people and you wonder if they will ever find their way back to each other. More is revealed, of which I will not give away.There is a fine line between anger and arousal, so it is inevitable that Susanna and James cross that line. Constant bickering can become tedious when reading a romance, but Nicola Cornick doesn't cross the line here, the emotion, angst and feelings are raw and real.A subplot concerning Chessie and her secret amour was interesting enough, if not a touch creepy. You will see what I mean. Hence the title, 'Notorious.'I found Susanna too stubborn for words, I rolled my eyes near the end of the book. I did love James. He had been through so much, including a stint as a Naval hero, then home to indulge in being a full-blown rake. Then his two year celibate engagement to the empty-headed Emma. Yes, things no doubt could have been resolved if the hero and heroine had just talked, but misunderstandings are a big part of this plot. While that can be frustrating, it works here.It is quite a bumpy ride to get to the HEA, and well worth it. An emotional, sensual read that will grab you and not let go.3.75 stars of out 4(I round up my ratings)

  • Katrina
    2019-03-20 17:23

    Notorious is another great read from Nicola Cornick and The Scandalous Women of the Ton series. In Notorious we meet Lady Susannah, she helps the Ladies of the Ton rid their sons of woman whom they think that are not suitable enough for there sons. Normally ladies who are poor and unable to bring anything to the marriage worth cashing in. Lady Susannah helps the families rid there sons of these women by seducing the men from under the women's clutches, getting her marriage proposal, and months later cancels the wedding. Leaving the poor suitor unwed and heartbroken. But parents happy of this forth coming.Whilst Susannah is on her latest assignment = She meets her husband of 9 years, James Devlin. This comes as a surprise to both. James is suspicious of Susannah's motives and want to exploit her , but delves much further and finds out more than he bargained for., And also the fact that is still married to his x- wife and the marriage was never annulled.My thoughts.Nicola Cornick always portrays historical romance, in exactly that way. Her vivid descriptions, background information, and her storylines are always well scripted giving the reader a feel for the era in which she is depicting. I have enjoyed all her characters in this story , as whiny as James Devlin may have come forth at times; I enjoyed his sexiness and his constant lusting for Susannah. He was loving and passionate and a great catch for any woman of the ton. Despite his past and the rumours of being a rake, Devlin was a man of many colours. Green was certainly one (( lol )) We certainly see the Chemistry between Lady Susannah and James Devlin. He was hot, smoking, and passionate and his Lady Love could not resist this man in pantaloons. The fire works were certainly scripted with passion, love and heat between the pair that was undeniable . I enjoyed Susannah's character - she was faithful, and with a heart of gold, her end to a means may not have been everyone’s cup of tea but her heart was certainly in the right place. I felt her heart ache at the loss she suffered, her struggle to provide for a family she was given, and the struggle to give away her love for unselfish reasons, to give him the life she thought he wanted.Overall, Nicola Cornick always put forth a wonderfully scripted Historical romance, with a wonderful storyline and plot to go with. This one started a little slower than most, but certainly picks up after 3-4 chapters. Be drawn into the pages, to a world Of Scandal, Rakes, and Marriages of convenience, Seduction is at its finest in this story !

  • Danielle
    2019-03-29 21:40

    Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick This was the first book that I've read from this author and it definitely won't be my last. This book was just so good. I admit that when I found out that this book was a second chance at love story I was beyond giddy, those just happen to be my favorite. I believe that Nicola did it justice. I didn't want to put the book down. I was so engrossed with what was happening in the story. I loved Susanna and Devlin together. They were just so feisty with each other. I really got a sense of them both having strong feelings for one another mixed with a lot of anger and pain. Nine years ago Devlin and Susanna ran off and eloped together. After spending one blissful night together, Susanna got cold feet and left Devlin with the promise that she would be filing for an annulment. Devlin, feeling angry and betrayed leaves on his commission with the Navy without looking back. Susanna's life has been nothing but hardships since she made the decision to leave Devlin. A decision that she instantly regretted. To make ends meet, she is somewhat of a reverse match maker. Parents who don't want their children marrying beneath them or to someone who is not right for them hire Susanna to seduce their offspirng. It is while Susanna is on a new commission that she encounters Devlin for the first time since she left him. When Devlin sees Susanna again he is angry, both at her and himself for having all of these feelings rush back at once. He doesn't trust Susanna and knows she is up to something. He is also deeply hurt by her abandoning him after they were wed. With Susanna, your heart just breaks to see everything she has been through over the last nine years. She deeply regrets leaving Devlin after their wedding and everything that has happened as a result of her leaving. While reading this book, I got an immediate sense of longing from both Devlin and Susanna. They both were so hurt from the past and they are still trying to come to terms with everything that has happened. You can see that they both still share a mutual passion for one another even though they are constantly bickering. The banter between these two was great. You could really see the sparks between them. I very much enjoyed reading this book and watching these two finally find their way back towards one another. I was rooting for them from the beginning and I loved how things worked out. 3 1/5 out of 5 **This was an ARC copy provided by NetGalley**

  • Laura
    2019-03-29 22:23

    8.2.2011 - I absolutely loved this book. It was sexy, but still incredibly sweet. I nearly a whole day reading it because I just couldn’t get enough of the characters and Cornick’s superb and sensual writing. There were hot scenes a-plenty and they that perfect tension and eventual satisfaction. There was also romance that had me smiling full on.I loved Devlin. He has a little of that dominance that I find attractive in men. He knows what he wants and he’ll do what he must to get it. There’s also some compassion there, though it takes a little time to show itself. Dev is so mischievous. I love the description of his wicked smile and the gleams in his eyes. It makes him sound so sexy. It makes Susanna come apart at the seams. What more could you ask for in a man?Susanna is great. She’s tough and keeps up some fun banter with Dev in the beginning. Toward the end she becomes a little more vulnerable. There’s some sadness and hardship in her past. I was surprised to find myself connected enough to be bothered by these things when they come to light. There are some really sad moments. But the romance between Dev and Susanna really brightens things up.Okay, okay. I’ll get to what you really want to know. The sex. It’s wonderfully written, and there’s a good bit of it. Dev can barely control himself around Susanna, and she’s not immune to him either. There’s a passion between them from the very beginning that neither of them can deny, and it’s written so well. And the scene with the pearl? Whoa. Being pleasured by a pearl is not some that’s ever crossed my mind. Very inventive.One of my favorite romances. I do so love historical settings. I haven’t read any of the previous books in the series, but I’m planning to. The first one is a about a couple of characters that make a few appearances in this book. It will be nice to have their story.2.19.2017 - This is my try at a second read of this book and I just can't do it. I just don't care about these characters. Dev was such a dick in the previous books that I can't make myself care about what happens to him at all. Also, their connection just isn't there for me. Moving on!12.10.2017 - FINALLY got through this book. It felt like it took me forever though. I was just not into this one very much and I'm surprised this is the book that got me into this series at all. I had to force myself to finish it this time around and I starting skimming things toward the end.

  • Melanie
    2019-04-13 20:38

    I reviewed this book for Romance Reader At Heart website. RRAH's THOUGHTS AND PONDERINGS: Our hero, James Devlin, is at a ball, and he's bored. But then he spots a woman, and she's none other than Susanna Burney, his ex-wife, who he thought dead for the past nine years. Our heroine, Susanna Burney, is at the same ball, and she's on a mission: breaking up a betrothal of Fritz, the Duke of Alton's son, who just happens to be wooing James' sister. Everything about this story sounded and, in the beginning, was interesting. The premise of a woman hiring herself to the ton as a match BREAKER is something I've never read before. The more I read, the more frustrated I got. This had nothing to do with Ms. Cornick's writing. She pulled off a well written, three-dimensional and decently paced story that had plenty of secondary characters to keep me entertained; but what frustrated me was our hero and heroine. With all my heart, I wanted to feel, understand, and love them, but I just couldn't. I disliked Susanna for her selfish, conniving, and deceitful manner, and by the time all her secrets came to light, it was too late for me to like her. As for our hero, I didn't dislike him as much as I was baffled by him, and I couldn't understand why in the world he would love her! I know that opposites attract (my real-life relationship with my husband is living proof), but try as I might, I just never felt the passion he clearly felt for this pathetic, sorrowful, and nasty piece of work. I understand that this is book four out of six in the `Scandalous Women of the Ton' series, and I can tell you, without a doubt, it stands alone. If you've read the previous three, I'm sure you wouldn't want to miss this one. If you're new to this author, as I am, you might be better off starting with another story with a more likable hero and heroine. In the end, I've decided to give this tale Four Roses despite my dislike of the main protagonists and their actions, and the reason is Ms. Cornick herself. She gets credit for engaging my emotions, negative as they may be. Also, this book made me want to read Alex and Joanna's story from WHISPER OF SCANDAL, and only a well written book can accomplish that. Melanie

  • Lisarenee
    2019-03-28 17:28

    Notes: I read the ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this book. Book will be released July 19th.Susanna Burney is a beautiful woman hired by members of the Ton to break up unsuitable matches. Her success rate is impressive. Her current target is Fitzwilliam (Fitz) Alton, only son and heir to the Duke and Duchess of Alton. She is to break up the relationship between him and Francesca Devlin (Chessie). The only thing standing in her way and success is her husband, James (Dev). Fortunately for her, he doesn't know that they're still married. Additionally, he's on a treasure hunting mission of his own in the form of Emma, a wealthy heiress. Did I mention that Chessie just happens to be James' sister? Can you say complicated?This was a delightfully original and fun story that had me grinning. Once I picked the book up, I was unable to put it down until I was finished. The love/hate relationship between Susanna and Dev was explosive and fun. Could definitely feel the heat coming off the pages. The characters were likeable with the exception of one, and there was a twist that caught me off guard. Love it when a book can do that. It had just the right mixture of fun and passion, with a tad bit of darkness thrown in. This is the first book I've read by Cornick, but it will definitely not be my last. *sigh* I love it when I find a new author to add to my ever growing list of authors whose books I must read. I gave this one 5 out of 5 roses. Order books should be read in the Scandalous Women of the Ton series:1. Whisper of Scandal2. One Wicked Sin3. Mistress by Midnight4. NotoriousTo see more of my reviews please check out my blog

  • Eva
    2019-03-25 16:31

    Being in London, visiting Waterstone I bought a bunch of books. One of it only because of the cover – this one. I loved it. It’s so beautiful! It's one of the most beautiful book covers I've seen in ages.“Notorious” is book 4 of the “The Scandalous Women of the Ton” series by Nikola Cornick.The story is rather easy and lovely. Susanna Burney aka Lady Carew comes to London and turns heads. She’s posing as a rich widow but the moment she meets James Devlin she knows that she’s walking on thin ice because he knows who she is – a poor Scottish girl, well now a woman. The girl he married 10 years ago and who ran away after their wedding night.He thinks that the wedding got annulled but doesn’t know that it never has been done because Susanna was pregnant, gave birth to little Maura and lost her to her horrible life standards. She worked hard and one day a rich man asked her to break up his son and the girl he was in love with. That’s how Susanna found a new profession – a heartbreaker.That’s also what she has to do on London – Breaking up Fitz and Chessie, Devlin’s sister. James lives on borrowed money, so does Susanna. Fitz’s parents pay her so their son wouldn’t propose to James’ sister.But Fitz isn’t playing along. He’s betrothed to Emma because of her fortune, he’s hunting fortunes to give his sister a better life. He doesn’t love the girl nor does she love him but they are betrothed for over two years now and it seems like both are kind of bored by each other but Emma is the jealous type so James lived celibate for the last two years. Then he sees Susanna and falls for her all over again because he was told she’s dead by her family years ago.The story isn’t really complicated and the highly erotic scenes start in the middle of the book. It’s a really neat love story with some blackmailing, dealing with debts and family troubles. What I really enjoyed about it was that I could vision all the dresses and everything Nicola Cornick describes. Amazing. Rating: 4stars****

  • Mia
    2019-04-06 16:53

    Meh. Ill-constructed plot, not credible.