Romance is in the air in February, and a title that is at the top of many favorite romance book lists is Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase. Lord Dain is a rake–abandoned by his mother and unloved by a cold and distant father, the walls around his heart are almost impenetrable. Enter Jessica Trent, an independent, strong-willed woman who is trying to save her weak-willed brother from the bad influences of Lord Dain. Sparks fly between the two –Dain fights his attraction to a “lady”, and Jessica is annoyed that she is attracted to a person she regards as the devil, calling him Lord Beelzebub. The dialog is witty and the characters unique and interesting. Funny and sexy, with poignant scenes as well, Lord of Scoundrels is a gem of a romance novel!