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Scandal

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With her reputation forever tarnished by a youthful indiscretion, lovely Emily Faringdon is resigned to a life of spinsterhood, until she embarks on an unusual correspondence and finds herself falling head over heels in love. Sensitive, intelligent, and high-minded, her noble pen pal seems to embody everything Emily has ever dreamed of in a man. But Simon Augustus Traherne, the mysterious Earl of Blade, is not at all what he seems.

Driven by dark, smoldering passions and a tragic secret buried deep within his soul, Blade has all of London cowering at his feet, but not Emily...never Emily. For even as she surrenders to his seductive charms, she knows the real reason for his amorous suit. And she knows that she must reach the heart of this golden-eyed dragon before the avenging demons of their entwined pasts destroy the only love she has ever known...

©1991 Amanda Quick; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 03-27-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A few campy chuckling moments due to naive heroine"

    but plot was weak. My mind kept wandering.

    This author has written many books under the names Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick, and Jayne Castle. She has a wonderful writing style and can make almost anything entertaining. But I feel like she ran out of ideas - as if she pulled the words charming eccentric naive romantic female out of a hat and tried to do something with it, again. Then she added brilliant business financial mind. The positive was that I chuckled several times. But the plot took away from enjoyment. It consisted of two main ideas. Simon takes action to cover up Emily’s scandal from the past, and Simon plans vengeance on some men. The vengeance idea petered out. It was not intriguing.

    Examples of things that made me chuckle. Frequently Emily says that she and Simon communicate on a metaphysical or transcendental plane/level/realm. She says sex will be a wondrous transcendental experience for people like them. She believed that. Simon did not. He just said what he thought she wanted to hear.

    Another: Emily tells the footman to find a person from the criminal class to kidnap someone for her. When she meets with that person, she says “are you a professional villain for hire?”

    The relationship between Simon and Emily happened too quickly - not enough story about that. He pretends to be interested in the same poetry and literature as she. That is why she thinks they communicate on a higher plane. But they meet and quickly marry. There is no interesting push-pull between them.

    One odd thing about Emily. She was a financial genius in the stock and commodities markets, making money for others - think Warren Buffett. To do that she needed knowledge about the competence of managers in companies and projects. A little hard to believe she could have that knowledge, when she lived in the country and her only social interaction was a lady’s discussion group about romantic literature. I don’t mind suspending disbelief for a good story. But this didn’t work. A better story would be seeing how Emily learned things in the markets and how she outsmarted other investors. But that was not here.

    The narrator Anne Flosnik was pretty good, but her voices for men sounded weird. I prefer Susan Duerden who is good with male voices.

    Genre: regency romance

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Hazel Tucker, GA, United States 07-02-10
    Hazel Tucker, GA, United States 07-02-10
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    "Wonderful scandal"

    This was beautifully read and a captivating story. Amanda Quick showed true talent in bringing together the multiple parts to a wonderful conclusion.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Janie 05-29-10
    Janie 05-29-10

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    "Substandard, to say the least."

    Normally, I LOVE Amanda Quick, but I can't decide which is worse - the book or the narration.
    Every single non-main, male character seems to say "ain't" in every other sentence (what's THAT about?) and the storyline is just plain absurd.
    The reader is excruciating to listen to - the accents are appalling and the pace is agonizing. I don't understand why "ain't" is in this story so much, but the reader just makes it WORSE with the way she says it.
    This book and its reader are just plain PAINFUL.

    The only reason I even gave it a 2 is because it IS Amanda Quick, after all...........

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Adrianna Roseville, CA 07-29-17
    Adrianna Roseville, CA 07-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Scandal, what scandal?"

    I am a big fan of Amanda Quick. I practically own all of her books, and I am slowly buying them as multiple formats: Audiobooks, ebooks, and either paperback or hardcover print copies. My favorite Amanda Quick novels are her earliest ones, such as Desire, Dangerous, or Seduction. Scandal is another favorite. I really enjoy Emily and Simon's unique story.

    Emily is a more likeable character than Simon, who was always a little rough around the edges for me. I keep reminding myself that he is a dragon, and dragons are impenetrable. Yet, Emily finds a way through his tough skin to touch his very heart and soul.

    The book touches on issues of gambling and suicide. I was frustrated that not all the supporting characters understand that gambling is a truly devastating addiction that affects many. It is true, though, that you cannot help those who refuse to admit they have a problem. Emily and Simon save who they can and, in the process, bring their families closer together to heal past hurts and sins.

    Anne Flosnik narrated the audible version of the book. I seek her readings of Amanda Quick's novels first because she captures the voices and emotions the best.

    Even with some slightly deeper and darker topics, such as the gambling addiction and suicide, the book is a lighthearted romance. If you seek a fun read with a happy ending, this is the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sue 05-19-17
    Sue 05-19-17
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    "Amanda Quick is awesome"

    Amanda Quick is one of my favorite authors in the historical romance genre. She manages to bring the regency alive, as well, successfully portraying the attitudes of the"ton".
    Anne Flosnick performs well..effectively portraying the condescending attitude of the men toward women during that era.

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    DeLora 03-15-17
    DeLora 03-15-17
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    "Amanda Quick at her best"

    My favorite of her stories. This one is an oldie but goodie. Don't miss it.

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    THERESA SWAYZE 07-26-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Wow"

    Highly recommended. Especially if you like mystery and intrigue. This is classified as a romance but it has such more written in the story. Although I prefer less details in the sex scenes (I just skip thru them) I fell in love with Emily and her romance partner. I won't say more ,don't want to give to much of the story,. I don't read much in the romance genre but Amanda Quick books are not just romances &so worth the time.

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    2-Stage Lincoln, NE United States 04-05-16
    2-Stage Lincoln, NE United States 04-05-16 Member Since 2015

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    "a lovely romance."

    once in awhile I like an Audible that is an escape from life and I know will have a happy ending. Amanda Quick stories always deliver.

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    Nichole 02-08-16
    Nichole 02-08-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyed this over a weekend!"

    This kept me going to get all caught up on house work. I love this author for the easy reads.

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    LBurnett Macon, GA United States 02-25-15
    LBurnett Macon, GA United States 02-25-15 Member Since 2014

    "Book Soldier"

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    "Wonderful and Amusing Story"

    I love reading Amanda Quick books they are very romantic and Amusing but believable stories.

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