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Publisher's Summary

Lady Margaret Landor first met Sebastian Townshend as a child, when he caught her peeking into her older sister's engagement ball. Tall, dashing, and charming, Sebastian was one of the most sought-after bachelors in Kent and cut a romantic figure she would not soon forget. Never did she dream that one day she would be living at his family's magnificent estate with Sebastian's father, the eighth Earl of Edgewood, as her guardian and Sebastian banished from his family due to the tragic results of a duel.

When life at Edgewood takes a sinister turn, with the earl suffering a suspicious number of life-threatening accidents, Margaret wonders if Sebastian's younger brother and his wife have grown impatient to inherit the earldom.

Setting out to find the one man she believes can set the situation to rights, she discovers that Sebastian Townshend has forged a new identity for himself on the continent. Now known as The Raven, a deadly mercenary, notorious for accomplishing any mission no matter how seemingly impossible, he has vowed never to return to England. Not until Margaret meets his outrageous monetary demands does Sebastian agree to return home, reluctantly posing as her husband in order to facilitate his return to society. When he learns she cannot afford to pay his fee, he suggests a scandalous trade.

As Margaret and Sebastian work to uncover the intrigue at his father's estate, a fierce passion blooms that neither of them anticipated and neither can resist. But can Margaret persuade Sebastian to abandon the dark path he believes is his fate and claim the life - and love - he deserves?

Breathtaking in scope and wondrously passionate, Marriage Most Scandalous is Johanna Lindsey at her finest.

©2005 Johanna Lindsey (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Lindsey deftly mixes danger and sensual sizzle in a quicksilver plot before neatly wrapping up her subtly witty, deliciously sexy historical romance with a clever twist." ( Booklist)

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Excellance Performance, Exceptional Story!

Johanna Lindswy weaves a romance including blackmail, murder, intrigue, and humor providing her readers with hours of delight. However, the performance of Anne Fosnik is what captured this readers attention the most. She brings each character to life using her voice go introduce each characters as the author uses words to bring the story life. Many times I am distracted from a story by the performance as it is read, but this performance by Ann Fosnik was intune with the talented writing of Johanna Lindsay to provide this reader a wonderful experience.

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One of my favorite Johanna Lindsey OSR

This is probably one of my favorite Old School Romance of Johanna Lindsey to read again, I love the characters, the wit and playfulness that she created between the H&H. I will happily read this again in a few years.

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Cute story

This was a cute and enjoyable novel. I appreciated the banter between Sebastian and Maggie, the author did a good job of developing the characters. I felt like I knew them well by the end of the story.

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great

this was a great book when i read it and even better to hear it. i highly recomend

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Loved from start to finish!

Superb story with a twist I never saw coming! Truly enjoyed this and the narrator was Fantastic!

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Predictable but still enjoyable listen

Love the narrator so I gave it a try! A somewhat predictable story but it was a good listen.

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My First Audible

This was my first audible and I enjoyed every moment. Also, I'm a big Lindsey fan.

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Enjoyable

It was an enjoyable listen.
The premise was stretching it pretty far, like real far, but kudos to the author, because how many ideas are even possible for the short time period of Regency? Only so many!
Since women are the main audience, a decent lead guy’s voice is important. Gotta admit it. And this wasn’t exactly what I’d hoped for, but it wasn’t terrible. The other men sounded about right, but we audio listener/readers have become spoilt I think. When I remember what used to pass for the heroine’s voice by old British men, omg and lol. And how they would thunder through a romantic scene! I’d be in stitches, picturing an old BBC actor getting through that with a straight face. Talk about needing a stiff upper lip!
Back to this audiobook, the cadence and inflection was great.
Story wise, the writer did a good job of letting men be men. Some writers have the men gushing and gushing their feelings. Men may feel all that, but they don’t babble on and on that I’ve ever seen or heard of.
Therefore, overall, I’m glad I listened to this one, I’d say it was worth the credit. But something wasn’t quite right or left me unsatisfied a bit. The ending did have some necessary explanations for a ton of unanswered questions. I can’t put my finger on what I was missing. Maybe I’m getting too picky.

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Exciting & different

So why a 3 star? For me it wasn’t a traditional romance. It read more like an adventure novel with some sprinkling of love. Even at the end when all was revealed it was a bit “meh”.

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The second time around!

Read this story many years ago. Still as delightful, Johanna Lindsay one of my all time favorites.