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Lady Scandal (Ladies in Distress Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Shannon Donnelly
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $2.99


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Romantic Times Bookclub Nominated "Best Regency"

4½ STARS TOP PICK – "Excitement and passion are fierce companions and the danger never ends... sure to captivate readers." -- Romantic Times Bookclub, Robin Taylor

"Don’t miss LADY SCANDAL. Shannon Donnelly will heat up your summer reading with her latest book." -- Romance Review Today, Jani Brooks

"If you have a love for...resourceful heroes and heroines... and for enduring romance...you will absolutely love this book." -- Rakehell.com, Barbara R. Hume

"Totally engaging! Donnelly’s pen is wicked with inspiration." -- Scribes World, Brenda Ramsbacher

Romantic Times Bookclub Nominated "Best Regency"

When war shatters the fragile peace of 1803 between France and England, Alexandria must get her niece home safe. Escaping from Paris will not be easy, for Bonaparte has ordered the arrest of all English—and there is an added complication. The man she once loved her, the man for whom she almost gave up everything, the man who left her branded "Lady Scandal", needs her help.

Although she has not seen Paxten Marsett in years, she recognizes her former lover's voice when he hides in her coach. But can they overcome a past left bitter by betrayals and find a second chance at love?

Half French and half English, Paxten Marsett has never felt at home anywhere. Now he is unwelcome in France due to a misunderstanding with a general's wife. But in fleeing France, he comes across the one woman he has never forgotten.

Will he use this chance to seduce her into falling in love with him again so he might break her heart—or will he find himself seduced instead by an old love?


Product Details

  • File Size: 4965 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cielito Lindo Press; 3 edition (March 17, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SPWFJM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,812 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 1/2 stars, at best August 8, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Alexandra, who was once known by the nickname "Lady Scandal," is surprised when she finds herself thinking about her former lover, Paxten Marsett. She and her young niece are in France. Unfortunately, they picked a bad time to be there. Napolean went to war with England, and all English are to be arrested--and that includes herself. So, she and her niece, Diana, must return to England at once.

Paxten Marsett is also haunted by thoughts of his old fling with Alexandra. He loved her once, and when their affair ended, she broke his heart. A wounded man (in more ways than one), Paxten is also fleeing from France... and imagine his surprise when he comes in contact with Alexandra. His initial reaction is to break her heart like she did his. But as time wears on, his old flame ignites passion, which may ultimately lead to a second chance at the love they lost.

I was surprised by the extremely positive reviews on this book. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't BAD. But I've read better, especially from Shannon Donnelly. I liked how the characters were older, and that they had their flaws. On the flip side, I couldn't really care about them very much. A lot of their relationship was very carnal... and it originally began as an extramarital affair. The book, which fancies itself a sweeping epic, failed to capture me. There were several times when I thought, "please move along." On the other hand, it managed to hold my interest, even during its lull periods. I attribute that to Ms. Donnelly's talent.

I don't think, however, that she'll ever be able to match the charm, originality and wit of "A Proper Mistress." That was my favorite Donnelly book. If you haven't read it, give that one a shot.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Left me cold and bored April 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I wanted to like this book. Really, I did. I've read many of Shannon Donnelly's other Regencies (Proper Conduct is one of my all times favorites), and I wanted ever so much to settle down into another of her deftly-plotted, character-driven, and lushly romantic stories. Alas, that was not to be.

First things first, I found it next to impossible to connect with the characters. Alexandria is an older heroine, especially for a Regency, and, while I'm not opposed to older heroines, I'm not used to the heroine being so much older than I am. I could have easily gotten past that though, if I had actually liked her personality, or if she had really had one. She seemed very bland and inconsistent--waffling between screechy, uptight, and laissez faire with little justification for why she was which in a given scene. Not to mention, she came across as extremely weak-willed. Throughout the story, she seems simply buffeted along by whatever forces come her way, and virtually never successfully stands up to anyone.

Paxten, the "hero" of this tale, was worse. Far worse. I don't know if I've ever disliked a Regency hero more. He is introduced to us as he escapes a married woman's bed and things just go downhill from there. Paxten carries a huge chip on his shoulder because of his past with Alexandria in which Alexandria refuses to leave her husband and run away with him to France. In his mind, this is absolutely unforgivable. Never mind that such an act would be the complete social ruination of a Regency-era lady. Never mind that Alexandria is mainly motivated by trying to protect her school-age son's social standing, not her own.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!! September 8, 2011
By Ash
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First of all I want to say English is not my first language and please sorry if I make a grammar error.Anyway, the book was amazing!!! Love the characters and love the plot. This book made me cry,laugh,and smile. This book has action and romance which I love. I just want to say to you guys that read this book and set your own opinion. This book is one of my favorites and I can read it again over and over. Alexandria and Paxten is a love to be remember!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars riveting adventure/second chance at love Regency June 27, 2004
By tregatt
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Partly an adventure novel and partly a second chance at love story, this latest Shannon Donnelly's Regency-era romance novel proved to be a totally captivating read.
Alexandria, Lady Sandal, knew that she should have heeded the early warning signs and quickly seen to the removal of her seventeen year old niece, Diana, her servants and herself from France before hostilities between the two countries were declared. But who would have counted on things escalating so fast, or on Napoleon ordering the arrest of all English citizens in France? Now, she must see to it that she and her niece get to the coast as quickly and as unobtrusively as possible (and from there, safely to England). And the last thing she needs is to get caught up in the affairs of ex-lover, Paxton Marsett. An ex-lover, moreover, who's wounded and being hunted by the French army and who, obviously, is still hostile and angry towards her for the way things had ended between them. Common sense tells Alexandra that her first duty is to her niece and that she should leave Paxton to his own devices. But she is relucatant to leave Paxton alone and vulnerable, and so she decides to throw her lot (as well as Diana's) with Paxton's. With the French army nipping at their heels, and facing danger and discovery at every turn, Alexandria little thought that the greatest danger she would actually face would be a resurgence of all the feelings she had had for Paxton, feelings she had thought to have buried all those years ago...
Swiftly paced and peopled with characters that were complex and engaging, "Lady Scandal" was a hard book to put down once I had started it. The pacing was excellent, and the manner in which Ms Donnelly drew out and built on suspense where the manhunt for Paxton was concerned was brilliantly done as well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars IF this is from a 4.5 starred author, I'm a monkey's uncle
On the basis of the glowing reviews posted about this author, I first visited her website and discovered she produces copious amounts of advice to writers. Read more
Published 3 months ago by like2read
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok
If you love regency romance you will probably like this. Definitely a light read, but still ok. I will probably get the next in the series just to see what happens to Diana
Published 5 months ago by RobinMor
3.0 out of 5 stars Mature lovers
Take two old flames, allow them to mature, have them meet again during challenging times, and you have a plot! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Liz Baker
2.0 out of 5 stars Eh, just eh. Should have been a novella
The good: liked the three main characters, they were well defined, liked the premise. I also liked the side story with Diana and the French soldier. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Feehan5
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Diversion
Not always the most believable in how the plot unfolds, but it was still fun. I could see Antonio Banderas playing the male protagonist.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Scandal indeed
Made a person doubting love exists believe in it again...funny not a lot of sexusl content but real love existing...
Published 12 months ago by heyitsme
3.0 out of 5 stars Lady Scandal
When two people collide at the wrong time someone will and does get hurt. Take this and years and maturity (?) and see where they land. Read more
Published 12 months ago by DAA
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Adventure
Not your average romance novel, this has the young debutante trying to guard her Aunt's virtue as they travel across France trying to escape Bonaparte's soldiers. Read more
Published 18 months ago by eichy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
This is a good book for one of those lazy rainy days with nothing to do. Good strong characters and a good story line with enough twist and turns to hold my interest. Read more
Published on April 23, 2012 by TINA CHELTON
3.0 out of 5 stars An afternoon entertainment
This was a very impractical story that was well paraphrased in various other reviews. Suffice it to say, the decisions made by the English "ladies" were beyond absurd and did not... Read more
Published on April 2, 2012 by Loree
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More About the Author

Shannon Donnelly's writing has won numerous awards, including a RITA nomination for Best Regency, the Grand Prize in the "Minute Maid Sensational Romance Writer" contest, judged by Nora Roberts, RWA's Golden Heart, and others. Her writing has repeatedly earned 4½ Star Top Pick reviews from Romantic Times magazine, as well as praise from Booklist and other reviewers, who note: "simply superb"..."wonderfully uplifting"....and "beautifully written."

Her books include the Demon & Warders Urban Fantasy series, Burn Baby Burn and Riding in on a Burning Tire, and the Urban Fantasy, Edge Walkers.


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