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Peek Inside The Scoundrel and the Lady

Iris Bennington is furious her brother is following advice on How to be a Gentleman. She confronts the author, Merritt Steel, who is amused and proposes a wager: bring him anyone and he can pass them off as a gentleman.

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Iris Bennington is furious when she discovers her younger brother is following the instructions found in the acclaimed advice columns on How to be a Gentleman. The so-called “advice” is more likely to turn her brother into a scoundrel than a true gentleman. Iris decides to locate the author of the columns and confront him.

Merritt Steel, the Earl of Ashby, cannot help but be amused by the slip of a woman who comes calling. Unwilling to let such a delightful potential conquest go, he proposes a wager: bring him anyone off the street and he can pass them off as a gentleman. It’s a bargain she readily accepts—but with a twist.

Their bargain proves to be a greater challenge than either anticipated. Merritt finds it near impossible to keep his hands off Iris, and she begins to see the undeniable appeal of ungentlemanly behavior…

Each book in the Lords of Vice series is STANDALONE:
* The Scoundrel and the Lady
* The Marquess and the Maiden
* The Earl and the Reluctant Lady


“Great writers develop characters with charisma, storylines that keep readers entranced until the end, a few twists around a turn, and always with romance a love that you can feel to your toes.  Robyn DeHart does all of this and adds one more element that takes her writing to the expert level, a deep seeded love for the written word.  Ms. DeHart understands the depth of her ability and ensures her readers know that she is writing every word she puts in every sentence on every page with love and conviction.” –Mary G., NetGalley

“An entertaining read! The chemistry between Merritt & Iris is apparent from the start & only increases throughout the book.” –Janet B., Goodreads

“This was a very engrossing and enjoyable read!” –Brenda T., NetGalley

The characters are charming, they are very loyal to their friends and family. The descriptions help the story come alive for you. The plot is excellent with a few twists and turns. I really loved this tale of a woman who thought she was a spinster but there was more. Her best friends were fun and they were all young. The author did a marvelous job!” –Candy B., Goodreads

“I loved this book, it was perfect and the plot line was truly wonderful. It made me laugh and sigh all the same time!” –Nadine C., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640632592
Series: Lords of Vice, Book 1
Release Date: Sep 25, 2017
Page Count: 209
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: historical, historical regency, historical victorian
Tropes: across the tracks, bet/dare/wager

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By Maria September 08, 2018

Cozy and light, an ideal way to unwind after a long day. I liked Iris more than I liked Harriet (yes, I'm aware that I read the books backwards) because Iris is less naive in some ways. In other ways she was so damn innocent it was painful to watch. Merrit was fun to read and easy to sympathize with ...more

By Brenda September 17, 2017

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Iris Bennington is furious when she discovers her younger brother is following the instructions found in the acclaimed advice columns on How to be a Gentleman. The so-called “advice” is more likely to turn her brother into a scoundrel than a true gentleman. Iris decides to lo ...more

By Janet September 09, 2017

Merritt Steele owns and runs a newspaper & then he finds that he’s inherited an earldom but being the Earl of Ashby won’t curtail his newspaper column.
Iris Bennington is furious when she discovers her younger brother Jasper is following the instructions found in the acclaimed advice columns on How t ...more

By Amanda October 11, 2017

I have to say that I loved the Ladies of Virtue! It is an interesting dynamic of the story. I though it was a fun cute read but I would not necessarily call the new earl a Scoundrel. I found the brother to be super annoying and his actions towards the end should not have been easily forgiven. Overal ...more

By Meesh September 07, 2017

The Scoundrel and the Lady is a very cute story around Lady Iris Bennington and Lord Merritt Steele. I'm not sure I'd call Merritt a scoundrel but he's definitely not your usual kind of earl. He only inherited his earldom in the last year from a distant relative. He was not raised in society and had ...more

By Patricia October 03, 2017

Many years ago I used to read Robyn DeHart and then I lost track of her. I am so happy that I have found her again. I had forgotten how much i enjoyed her books. This book is just another example.
The story is about Iris and Merritt. She is the daughter of an Earl, independent, strong minded and who ...more

By Candy September 26, 2017

Lady Iris Bennington lost her parents young and had to assume the care of her brother, the Earl of Nickerson, and managing the estate. Merritt Steele was a merchants son, he started at the paper on the bottom and worked his way up until he could buy it, which he did.
The characters are charming, they ...more

By wonderfullyweird88 September 08, 2017

I received a copy from the publishers in via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Merritt Steel, the Earl of Ashby, never expected to inherit the earldom. He was happy running his newspaper and publishing the sordid scandals of high society.
Iris Bennington is dismayed to discover her beloved yo ...more

By Angela September 03, 2017

A merchant’s son, a newspaperman and an earl…all the same person. Iris is furious with her brother for living the life of a “gentleman” (drinking and gambling to excess) until she finds out why he thinks it is okay. As with most newspapermen, Merritt is looking for the next big story and refuses to ...more

By Lisa September 21, 2017

Lady Iris Bennington, sister of the Earl of Nickerson, is a rule follower who has never broken the rules society has set down, until Merritt. She has given up the dreams all young debutantes have; have a come out, be courted, fall in love, marry and have children. Iris is a woman that can take care ...more

By Mary September 22, 2017

Merritt Steele loves a scandal and the more illicit the better and he knows that every writer envies his knowledge of the well to do and his paper that he built from the bottom up proves how in step he is with his readers. By a wicked turn of fate Merritt is now part of the group he is so enamored o ...more

By Melody October 05, 2017

Posted on What I'm Reading

First off, let say that I love that dress. Oh my goodness, the cover totally caught my eye. I also love the background. Gorgeous! Anyway, I did enjoyed The Scoundrel and the Lady. We meet Merritt Steele at the beginning. He kind has a disdain for the ton, so it's ironic tha ...more

By Debbie September 25, 2017

Merritt Steele owns and runs a newspaper and has made himself quite the successful and wealthy. He recently found out he’s inherited an Earldom from a distant cousin, one in which he can barely remember his deceased mother taking him to visit. He’s sees merit in signing the paper to become an Earl f ...more

By Lori September 25, 2017

This is the first book I have read by the author, but I will definitely read more! Within the pages of "The Scoundrel and the Lady" you get delightful characters and a wonderful plot.

Lady Iris Bennington, sister of the young Earl of Nickerson has a problem. Her brother, who she raised once their par ...more

By Sissy's Romance Book Review September 24, 2017

'The Scoundrel and the Lady' by Robyn DeHart is the First Book in the Series "Lords of Vice". This is the story of Iris Bennington and Merritt Steel, the Earl of Ashby.
Iris has been looking after her brother for years but he is suddenly acting different. Irs finds out it is due to a so called advis ...more

By Carol September 27, 2017


I absolutely love this story! Lady Iris, has raised her younger brother since their parents death. Jasper, a spoiled young Earl , is driving Iris insane with his unruly behavior, that he picked up in a newspaper of all places. Merritt, whose father was a Merchant, has raised himself for be ...more

By Anna October 08, 2017

Definitely a buy book. Well I almost stopped reading and I would of been very sorry! It took some time but the story picked up and then remained a good story line and a very enjoyable read! I will say it this way, this author is very talented and her worlds are very creative, sometimes it takes time ...more

By Brittany September 18, 2017

I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a new book in a new series by a new author to me. Merritt runs a Scandal paper and is now an Earl. Iris is a lady of the town who wants to save her wayward brother. When these two meet sparks fly. I enjoyed the chemistry betwee ...more

By Tammy September 27, 2017

I really liked this fun, fast-paced and steamy read. Iris plans of confronting the man writing columns on how to be a gentleman when it is poorly influencing her brother. She goes to confront Merritt and instead of getting what she wants she ends up making an interesting bet. Who will win, perhaps b ...more

By Donna September 26, 2018

Newspaper men can you trust them!

Maybe not. I absolutely adore strong-willed women they are smart and nice and make the best heroines. I hope she's going to make a series out of this because of those two other friends. This was very well written ,steamy but a well done happy ever after. It will leav ...more

By Marianne September 30, 2017

Sparks fly

Merritt is a self made man. Iris is a take charge woman. No spoiler here, but when they meet trouble follows. Siblings play a big part in their challenges. I love Iris. She puts her brother first in her life. Merritt puts business first. Pick up this book, and see where it leads you. Meanw ...more

By Melanie September 13, 2018

I am a big fan of this author because she can write romance as well as mystery so well.

This is the first story in her brand new series, Lords of Vice. The story is fast moving and very fun, while the characters are charming, entertaining and intriguing.

If you’re looking for a quick and fun read, thi ...more

By Paige June 04, 2020

Great story and enjoyable characters, but the love scene was thoroughly underwhelming (despite all the fun lusty moments in the lead up) and hardly any time at all spent on the HEA. Give us at least a few scenes with them together! ...more

By Amy August 07, 2018

I really enjoyed Iris and Merritt's story!

Iris is trying to do right by her brother, whom she practically raised, but he keeps sinking himself deeper in vice by following the dictates of a newspaper columnist. She soon find the man and they strike a bargain. Iris soon learns that a woman doesn't alw ...more

By Seanna September 26, 2017

Advice columns causing trouble in one's life, can also bring love. I enjoyed the moments of humor in this historical romance. ...more

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Robyn DeHart

About the author

Robyn DeHart

National Bestselling author, Robyn DeHart's novels have appeared in the top bestselling romance and historical romance lists. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages. Her historical romantic adventure series, The Legend Hunters, were not only bestsellers, but also award-winners, snagging a Reader's Crown and a Reviewer's Choice award. She had three releases in 2013 and 2014 will see four more, all set in the popular historical romance Regency and Victorian eras. Known for her "strong dialogue and characters that leap off the page" (RT Bookclub) and her "sizzling romance" (Publishers Weekly), her books have been featured in USA Today and the Chicago Tribune. A popular writing instructor, she has given speeches at writing conferences in Los Angeles, DC, New York, Dallas, Nashville and Toronto, among many others. When not writing, you can find Robyn hanging out with her family, husband (The Professor) a university professor of Political Science and their two ridiculously beautiful and smart daughters, Busybee and Babybee as well as two spoiled-rotten cats. They live in the hill country of Texas where it's hot eight months of the year, but those big blue skies make it worth it. Sign up for Robyn's newsletter 

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