- File Size: 4970 KB
- Print Length: 222 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Cielito Lindo Press; 3 edition (March 17, 2011)
- Publication Date: March 17, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004SPWFJM
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,809 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Lady Scandal: A Traditional Regency Romance (Regency Ladies in Distress Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
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.Read more ›
When I started to read this one, I could not put it down till I finished it. Its fast paced with a suspense of wanting to know what happens next. It combines adventure with romance. There is an actual story behind it.
Without giving the story away, I do think though, Shannon Donnelly could have created a more imaginative way of escape, other then bringing Bonaparte into it. To me, that was just a quick & easy way of ending the adventure.
But still a recommended read.
I know there is a sequel with Diana & Lt Taliaris. I will definately read that.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Miss Donnelly writes lovely historicals and always delivers a wonderful read. This one is no exception. Read morePublished 3 months ago by jules
How does one resist a book with this title? I very much enjoyed the characters. Trying to find their
Way back to each other after so many years. Read more
War has been declared and now Lady Alexandria is tasked with getting herself and her niece, Diana, out of enemy territory. Read morePublished 14 months ago by A. Woman
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 morePublished 21 months ago by like2read
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 DianaPublished 23 months ago by Robinm910
Take two old flames, allow them to mature, have them meet again during challenging times, and you have a plot! Read morePublished on November 29, 2013 by Liz Baker
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 morePublished on October 15, 2013 by Feehan5
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 on September 10, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Made a person doubting love exists believe in it again...funny not a lot of sexusl content but real love existing...Published on September 4, 2013 by heyitsme