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Scandalous | [Karen Robards]

Scandalous

When Lady Gabriella Banning receives word that her half brother, the Earl of Wickham, has died on his tea plantation, she faces the reality that she and her younger sisters are suddenly penniless - unless she thinks fast. Arranging Claire’s London season, Gabby pretends that Marcus is still alive, just until Claire can marry a fabulously wealthy nobleman. But when a handsome gentleman arrives claiming to be Marcus, Gabby’s plan backfires. If she exposes this mysterious stranger’s deceit, she exposes her own.
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Publisher's Summary

When Lady Gabriella Banning receives word that her half brother, the Earl of Wickham, has died on his tea plantation, she faces the reality that she and her younger sisters are suddenly penniless - unless she thinks fast. Arranging Claire’s London season, Gabby pretends that Marcus is still alive, just until Claire can marry a fabulously wealthy nobleman. But when a handsome gentleman arrives claiming to be Marcus, Gabby’s plan backfires. If she exposes this mysterious stranger’s deceit, she exposes her own. Bound by secrets and lies, Gabby and the roguish adventurer strike sparks - and soon London society is abuzz over the scandalous “siblings” who appear to be falling in love....

©2010 Karen Robards (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Fast-paced....so much fun to read.” (Midwest Book Review)

>“Robards is one terrific storyteller.” (Chicago Tribune)

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    Karen San Jose, CA, United States 10-24-10
    Karen San Jose, CA, United States 10-24-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Unexpected plot twists"

    As a romance novel junkie for over 30 years, I was actually pleasantly surprised by a couple of the plot changes in this book. Robards did a good job on this story. Well worth the listen. Good narrator.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Anchorage, AK, United States 01-24-11
    Emily Anchorage, AK, United States 01-24-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Keep the Surprises Coming"

    This was the 1st Karen Robards Book I ever read and I go back to it again and again. The twists and turns in the plot keep the pages turning way past "lights out time" and I'm always biting my nails by the end I am just so nervous.
    This is a great addition to any Historical Romance fans collection.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    katie Plano, TX, United States 10-06-11
    katie Plano, TX, United States 10-06-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story gets better as you get farther in"

    This was a decent story. Starts off a little slow but picks up towards the middle and is great at the end!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 03-17-15
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 03-17-15 Member Since 2014

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Typical Regency Romance."

    I had read this book as a teenager and thought I really liked it. While I did enjoyed this book, it was nowhere as good as I thought it was when I was younger. Overall this is a typical regency romance. 3.5 overall it was and enjoyable story and would be a good book for a sale. I probably won't read the other two in the series. I tend to enjoy Karen Robards newer books that have more mystery in them. My favorites being Whisper at Midnight, One Summer, and Walking after Midnight. Narrator does a fairly good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Felicia The Geeky Blogger 01-01-15 Member Since 2015

    AKA The Geeky Blogger

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    "Not for me!"

    Listened for fun (Audible)
    Overall Rating: 2.50
    Story Rating: 2.50
    Character Rating: 2.50

    Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

    First Thought When Finished: I really loved the leading lady but I couldn't fall in love with the hero *sigh*

    Speed Date Review

    First Date: Oh Gabby you are very brave or very stupid--either way I think you and I could totally hang out with a glass of wine! We could stir up some trouble in the name of making our siblings lives better! You go girl!

    Second Date: Oh Nick! I swear I see moments where I think I could like you and then you just go do something totally arrogant and overbearing. Gabby deserves better and quite frankly she should have probably shot you in the rear (just saying)!

    Third Date: Ummm huh? That ending was just not for me! Even if I was falling a little bit for Nick that just went and blew it! Plus, hello snotty sisters alert and they are the leading ladies of the next books *sigh*

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    Narrated by Justine Eyre /LENGTH 9 hrs and 40 mins


    I would marry the audio for Scandalous! Seriously Justine Eyre did such a wonderful job with all the voices, pacing, and emotions. I will be listening to more by her!

    Relationship Status: I think the series and I are not going to work out. Sometimes that happens!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lady M 03-06-13
    Lady M 03-06-13
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    "Good Story!"

    Unlike some I've listen to lately, "Scandalous" actually has a story worth listening to ... intrigue, scandal and romance.

    It seems Justine Eyre's performance depends on the book she's reading -- she did well narrating "Scandalous".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    julianne Eagle, CO, United States 03-14-12
    julianne Eagle, CO, United States 03-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyed"

    Call me a hopeless romantic, it is true. I enjoyed this book very much and am lookiing for more by Ms Robards. I thought the narration was excellent. All in all, it did not disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 08-25-11
    Lisa 08-25-11

    Lisa

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    "Rushed, impersonal narration ruins a good story"

    Sometimes you have to be patient until your ear grows accustomed to the narrator, but this time it was impossible. The narration is rushed and impersonal, with little inflection unless she speaks in a character's voice, for which she has to slow down a little. It made the story kind of embarrassing, if you know what I mean. I'm a long-time audio book reader (since tapes!) and this is the first book I've ever listened to that has destroyed the story. I read "Shameless" first so I know the writer is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RRWS 04-02-11
    RRWS 04-02-11
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    "unsuitable Narrator"

    Story was worth the listen but the narrator voice tone and inflections sounded like a 17th century valley girl. Very grating.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deanna Costa Mesa, CA 03-03-11
    Deanna Costa Mesa, CA 03-03-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Good book, good narration"

    I really enjoyed this book and the narration. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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