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Lady Mercy Danforthe Flirts with Scandal (Sydney Dovedale) [Kindle Edition]

Jayne Fresina
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Book Description

Praise for The Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine:

"Eminently witty."—Publishers Weekly
"A unique historical romance."—Booklist

When a Perfectly Proper Lady...

Lady Mercy Danforthe always has a plan. It's what makes her such a successful matchmaker, and why she's obligated to spend a great deal of time generously organizing the lives of her friends and family. But there's one man beyond her help. One man whose recklessness she can't rein in; whose chaos she can't contain. Her ex-husband, Rafe Hartley. Her one—and only!—mistake.

Flirts with a Reckless Rogue...

Rafe has never forgiven Mercy for running out on him. Their hastily annulled marriage may have one lasted three hours, but that doesn't mean he needs her help finding a proper wife. Someone needs to teach little Miss Know-It-All a lesson about keeping her adorably freckled nose out of other people's business. And it just so happens that Mercy "Silky Drawers" Danforthe still owes him a wedding night...

A Scandal's Never Far Behind

Editorial Reviews


"[Jayne Fresina] story is fast-paced, her characters clearly written and funny! The woman writes the best dialogue I've seen in years." -

"Fresina pens another sexy, fun tale-complete with her trademark wit, humor and delightful characters. 4 Stars" - RT Book Reviews

"Very light and fun, a total joy to read." - 3 Chicks After Dark

"Silly, endearing and fun..." - Long and Short Reviews

"Very light and fun, a total joy to read. " - 3 Chicks After Dark

"A witty bombshell of sexual tension..." - Doing Some Reading

"A whimsical read." - What I'm Reading

"A humorous, sexy historical romance. From the very first line, readers will be drawn into this story. " - Romance Junkies

"An amusing tale... " - Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell

"Fresina has a knack for Regency England and her knowledge of the period is remarkable. " - Debbie's Book Bag

About the Author

Jayne Fresina sprouted up in England. Entertained by her father's colorful tales of growing up in the countryside, and surrounded by opinionated sisters, she's always had inspiration for her beleaguered heroes and unstoppable heroines. She lives in upstate New York. Visit

Product Details

  • File Size: 652 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402266030
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (June 4, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BEXP51Q
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun flirting with scandal June 4, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jane Fresina brings readers back to Sydney Dovedale as two characters first introduced in her previous book, The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne, have their own happily-ever-after.

Lady Mercy Danforthe is a managing woman, who does it so well few have cause to complain. The only time she had ever let rash action reign over reason was when she hastily agreed to marry Rafe Hartley as a young girl of seventeen, a marriage that was declared void by her brother's intervention. In the five years since, she continued living the life of an aristocrat, though occasionally keeping an eye out for Rafe, such as when she masqueraded as an old woman to lend Rafe financial aid. Rafe has a farmer's soul, despite attempts from his father to turn him into a more polished man. As such, he tries to stay away from the aristocracy, especially ladies like Lady Mercy. But alas, fate conspires against him when his intended bride (who is Lady Mercy's maid, Molly Robbins) leaves him at the altar, and Lady Mercy is asked to "resolve the issue." What does Rafe realize? That he needs precisely Lady Mercy to step in and do right by him.

Lady Mercy, sister of the Earl of Everscham, is the very epitome of noblesse oblige. She's determined a course for herself as swiftly as she did for others, and voluntarily chosen to wed a boring man twice her age; preferring to devote her time to charities and the plights of unfortunate souls in the world, as well as matchmaking and giving advice to people. She's sensible, practical, and unduly stubborn when she has a new goal in sight, but she is also understanding and determined to end Rafe's self-imposed isolation from his loving family.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay..... July 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I really liked the two books before this one in the series, not so much this one. It was okay, but I won't be rereading it. Even though it takes place 10 years after the last one I don't feel as if the characters grew any in this book. We met both Rate and Mercy when they were just 12 and 10 years old and they were brats, more so Mercy. I actually didn't like Mercy as a little girl so I wasn't sure how I was going to find her as an adult. She was still a brat and I didn't care for her. Rate was just as bad with all the name calling. I mean act your age for cripe's sake. It was nice to see both Sophie and Ellie as mothers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fancy Breeches. The Danforth Brat October 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Reviewed by Allison
Book provided by NetGalley
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book.

Review: Fancy breeches. The Danforth Brat. Not exactly the sentiments a woman wants to hear from the man she secretly loves. Thus part of the the conflict between the hero and heroine in Lady Mercy Danforth Flirts With Scandal.

Lady Mercy Danforth and Mr. Rafe Hartley ran away to Gretna Green and were married five years ago. But her brother and guardian swooped in and took her away before the marriage was consummated, so they are now exes. However, Mercy can't help herself from meddling in Rafe's life, and pretends to be an elderly woman who becomes his benefactress. Hidden beneath layers of heavy black veils and mourning clothes, Rafe has no idea the woman he looks up to is his ex-wife. She encourages him to return to his home village and be married to a young woman he's been courting (Mercy's own lady's maid). But when Molly refuses to marry him because she wants to set up a dress shop, Mercy goes to Rafe's small village to try and get them back together.

Mercy settles in to life in the small village and begins bossing, guiding people to do what (she thinks) is best for them. She wants order in her own life, and can't see why no one else feels the same way. Mercy holds herself to strict guidelines on a straight and narrow path, never daring to stray off it as her mother did, which ultimately led to an untimely death. This is the conflict Mercy struggles with - she has set her path and is so afraid of taking a chance on the man she really loves because therein lies the unknown, and what could be a devastating heartbreak.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read June 4, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What goes around, comes around, especially for a mysterious lady in black. Imagine my surprise, shock and delight when I figured out that this book picks up where another had left off, but years later. There is no doubt that this is a standalone read but when I realized that this Mercy Danforthe is the same one from The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne it tickled my fancy to realize that this young girl is all grown up and is still as opinionated and full of herself as before. What kind of trouble is she going to get into now?

What a tangled mess of yarn. It's as true now as it was then - things that happened in our youth shape our decision making process in the future, for better or worse. I remember Mercy as being outspoken and quite a little lady of action. That inner motor, that drive to do and to make a mark has been honed and perfected in the Lady Mercy of the present. Readers will have no trouble at all figuring that out.

What they won't realize although I had a sniggle of memory from before, is why she is the way she is. I blame it on her brother. Readers will be quick on seeing that as well. It's tragic, really. You know the old saying, "attention for being bad is better than no attention at all"? That sums up the backdrop that drives the overall motive of the story. It started out that way but became a way of life. It's pitiful! But don't let Lady Mercy hear you say that, she'd be affronted. She has things all planned out and all the logical details dance to her whim. Or so she likes to think. As the tale goes on, a reader gets to understand that Mercy isn't shallow but very passionate, caring and still has her bonnet hung on one man. The worst sort of man - Rafe.

Rafe is borderline anti-hero.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
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Published 5 months ago by Molly B. Laird
1.0 out of 5 stars No longer sleepless in Seattle
Where to begin? I lasted about 10 pages before I started skipping, after a while even that did not help. This would be a great book for anyone who has trouble sleeping. Read more
Published 8 months ago by LRM
2.0 out of 5 stars a waste and dissapointment..
This was probably the worse romance I've read in a long time. I kept reading cause I thought it was going to get better. It never did and I'm mad I wasted 1.99 on this. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Londa L
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing story. A good read
Interesting and amusing story. Lady Mercy is a fascinating character.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Mercy has got to be one of the most unlikeable ...
Mercy has got to be one of the most unlikeable, irritating heroines in all noveldom. I don't care what made her that way, I don't care how she turns out, I quit at p. 92.
Published 8 months ago by AZ Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a cute story
Lady Danforthe is quite the handful. Bossy and controlling she soon learns it's annoying, but not before realizing she's in love. Good story.
Published 8 months ago by Janel Silva
5.0 out of 5 stars Lady Mercy Danforthe Flirts with Scandal
I absolutely loved this book. I loved the Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne and it was nice to go back to those characters too.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was really hilarious and has the quirky characters. Lady Mercy was a pain the butt at 10 but she mellowed some in her old age. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Patty McKenna Van Hulle
4.0 out of 5 stars Busy Body's comeuppance
Lady Mercy Danford is a very outspoken and managing person who has a good heart. I believe she is covering for a void in her own life. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Ms.Harriet M.
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Jayne Fresina's epitaph will probably include the words, "she should have known better." She shuffles around the house in worn-out woolly socks, doesn't own a solitary t-shirt that isn't stained, talks to herself, sings Amy Winehouse in the shower, has a morbid fear of sewing machines and ironing boards, drinks too much coffee, would work for coconut cake, and spends five hours a day writing to maintain a relative degree of sanity.

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