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Scandal and the Duchess

Highland Pleasures Series, Book 6.5
Narrated by: Angela Dawe
Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (548 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Scandal follows Rose Barclay, young widow of the Duke of Southdown, wherever she goes. It's never her fault, but newspapers love to write about the simple girl from Scotland and the much older duke who died suddenly on their honeymoon. And now there is even more talk as the legitimacy of the marriage is being contested by the duke's son and heir. Steven McBride is a decorated soldier-and a notorious gambler and womanizer. The last thing he wants is marriage, but due to a series of unfortunate events, his and Rose's names are linked in the papers, threatening the lovely lady with ruin. To save the day, Steven suggests that they claim to be engaged. But as desire boils between them, Rose and Steven soon learn the difficulties of maintaining their deception, which might not be a lie after all....

©2014 Jennifer Ashley (P)2014 Tantor

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 01-08-15

Terrific read..

Any additional comments?

So, 5 two stars and 52 four and five stars on Amazon.. Go figure..
As with ALL the Mackenzie books, except Daniel's story that I haven't gotten to yet, I simply loved this story. Loved Steven and Rose, what an awesome twosome. And it was nice seeing Ian, Beth, Ainsley, Cam, and Sinclair, even if it was them having lines in the book or just a mention that they were there. Wonderful storyline and some great sexual tension and sex. You just can't go wrong with the Mackenzies and McBrides.
Just ignore the lower reviews cuz I highly recommend this read..

As to the narrator: Ms. Dawe gets better with each book she reads. As with a lot of the female narrators all her men sound almost alike but at least they sound like men. All she needs to do is work on her emotions and she'll be an awesome narrator.

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Sweet, quick story ... Nice addition to the series

One thing I see..the McBride's claim thier women quick! They either marry the woman right away, get engaged right away or move them in the house right away!

I enjoyed this short novella about Steven and Rose
Their relationship is filled with sexual tension, but they are cute at the same time.

The mystery of the story held my interest and the plot was imaginative. I also found myself laughing a few times. Overall I liked it.

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Highly recommended!

Such a sweet story! Absolutely loved this short story, so lovely and cute! Wish it would happen in real life more often. Nice to see Ian and Beth again too!

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Scottish accent distracting

Story was good but the reader's poor Scottish accent was very distracting. I found myself trying to place the accent instead of focusing on the storyline. Unfortunately, the hero was Scottish so there was no getting around the accent as it was a major character.

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A chance encounter changed their lives forever

A stumble in a drunken stupor, bumping into a woman, leads to a very different life for both of them.
There's, off course, another substory, which shows a conniving son, trying to ensure that the young woman who had married his father, before the father's death, got nothing. However, our hero, Captain Stephen McBride has other ideas.
Another enthralling episode from this writer.

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Good book

Enjoyed listening to it. I've enjoyed the series so far. Recommend this book to others.

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Another great book.

This book is not as long as the others, but clearly just as good. I have loved this series from the beginning. Angela Dawe has done a great job narrating it as well. Jennifer Ashley has written a wonderful and engaging series.

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Short But Sweet

As others have mentioned, I wish this story was a bit longer. This book is more a novella than a novel. So the author makes some big jumps in the storyline to get to the "happily ever after" that we all love in these novels. Despite, that it's an enjoyable book and an easy listen.

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Phenomenal, as usual. Ashley can't write a bad book.

Take a sodden soldier, add a dutchess in despair, mix with wit and a glorious storyline -- voila -- another delightful tale that will steal your sleep and chill, then wrench, then warm your heart. She's done it again!

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fell short

the story feels like she wanted to be done with the character and did a mildly dramatic storry with a real quick ending...to be honest it left me wanting in character development and overall story

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  • 06-10-17

Excellent as always. This lived up to expectations from this author and I like the narrator.

The plot twists are good and lead to a happy ending. I also like the references and inclusion of other family members, especially Ian.

Well worth reading.