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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061783412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061783418
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,208,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Veteran historical romance writer Callen (Never Marry a Stranger) begins this 1840s romance with a painting depicting two items of interest to Julian Delane, earl of Parkhurst: a gorgeous naked woman, rumored to be one of the ton, and her diamond necklace, stolen from Julian's father a decade earlier. Demure debutante Rebecca Leland was recently seen sporting the diamond, but when Julian catches her and her sister and cousin trying to steal the painting, all three young ladies claim to be the model. Threats from another gem seeker send Rebecca off on a wild journey across the countryside; lustful, curious Julian soon catches up, and they're quick to take advantage of their unchaperoned solitude. Though the tale sports only the thinnest veneer of historical verisimilitude, the hero and heroine are engaging, making this a pleasantly spicy early beach read. (May)
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From Booklist

Julian Delane, the Earl of Parkhurst, is searching for a scandalous lady. Well, two scandalous ladies if truth be told. One is the fabulous red diamond, dubbed the “Scandalous Lady,” which had been stolen from Julian’s family more than a decade before and whose loss had precipitated his father’s suicide. The other is the one whose scandalous portrait graces the wall of his London gentlemen’s club. Once Julian discovers that Miss Rebecca Leland was seen wearing the “Scandalous Lady” at a recent ball, it doesn’t take long for him to put the pieces together and realize that if Rebecca has the diamond, she is more than likely the woman wearing it in the painting. In the first in a new Victorian-set series, Callen neatly matches up a sharp-witted heroine with an irresistibly sexy hero to create a romance composed of equal measures of lively intrigue and potent passion. --John Charles

More About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Gayle Callen writes historical romances for Avon Books.

Gayle's novels have won the Holt Medallion, the Laurel Wreath Award, the Booksellers' Best Award, and finaled in the National Readers Choice Awards. Her books have been translated into over ten different languages. She also writes the Valentine Valley contemporary series as Emma Cane.

Gayle resides in central New York, with her husband and three children. Besides writing, she loves to read, sing, and delve too deeply into historical research. Visit her website at www.gaylecallen.com

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The first tale of a Victorian romantic trilogy is a wonderful story starring two strong protagonists and a solid support cast.
Harriet Klausner
Julian Delane, The Earl of Parkhurst, has an agenda and it includes finding and ruining the woman featured in a painting hanging in one of London's most popular clubs.
MNix
A nude portrait, an fabulous stolen jewel and a hero and herione that you can't help but root for... make In Pursuit of a Scandalous Lady a great read.
KBT

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MNix on June 23, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Julian Delane, The Earl of Parkhurst, has an agenda and it includes finding and ruining the woman featured in a painting hanging in one of London's most popular clubs. The object of his obsession is more than just the woman - she is wearing a diamond necklace that was stolen from his father more than ten years ago. With the necklace's loss, Julian's father's demise, and everything his family has had to endure since, Julian is bound and determined to get to the bottom of the scandal once and for all so he can clear his father's and his family's reputation. Now all he has to do is convince the model, Rebecca Leland, to cooperate.

During this time frame in history, scandal surrounding someone's family was like an instant death sentence and it is with this such knowledge that Gayle Callen weaves an enticing story - one that kept me guessing the entire time I was reading it. I LOVE when that happens because I know that a lot of thought was put into the plot. Besides having a great plot, In Pursuit of a Scandalous Lady has all the right elements to keep readers engaged and enjoying this wonderful start to what I am sure is going to be a highly successful trilogy! Gayle Callen rocks the historical romance!

Talia
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 29, 2010
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In 1846 London, everyone wonders who posed nude for artist Roger Eastland when he painted the Scandalous Lady portrait hanging in a gentleman's club. Julian Delane has a personal interest in locating the model as she stole a gem from his family ten years ago leading to his father's disgrace and death.

The Leland sisters, Rebecca and Susanna, and their cousin Elizabeth Cabot hope to keep their family from another disgraceful scandal that even having a duke to help would not stop the disaster. When Julian and his two friends Leo Wade and Peter Derby meet the three females, each claims to be the model. The three men bet they can prove who the real Scandalous Lady is. Julian believes Rebecca is the one and pursues her as brazenly wears his family's gem in public.

The first tale of a Victorian romantic trilogy is a wonderful story starring two strong protagonists and a solid support cast. Fast-paced throughout, sub-genre fans will relish the battling to love antics of Rebecca and Julian; and look forward to how well Leo and Peter do when they go up against the formidable Susana and equally kick butt Elizabeth.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Luna on July 20, 2010
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I was intrigued for the first half of the book. The interaction between the hero and heroine was fun and interesting. I really wanted it to stay that way, but the book took on a more serious and less flirty tone and the romantic tension between the two started to flatten out, even with the sexual tension that started building. I can't really put my finger on what went wrong. Perhaps, it is like what another reviewer stated, the mystery just went out in the middle when more is admitted and revealed. Although I wouldn't recommend this book, I like the author's writing enough to seek another of hers and hope it is more compelling all the way through.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Regan on June 12, 2010
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I liked the story line...a young woman of the ton poses nude for a painting because she is bored (among other things) wearing a famous jewel believed to be stolen and which resulted in a family's loss of face, etc. But there were problems with the story as it developed. It begins with three young women each of whom claims to be the subject of the painting and three young men who wager they can find out which one it is, one of whom is from the family who lost the jewel. From there, the story devolves into a single tale of Lord Parkhurst (the young man of the three men whose family lost the jewel) and Rebecca Leland (one of the three young women). What happened to the other two stories?? And it seemed less interesting that Lord Parkhurst never doubts that the woman in the painting is Rebecca. It would have been best to allow for some mystery there. So while the story of the romance between them is good, it could have been more complete. A more interesting ending would have had the painting be a composite of the three young women. That way, when each claimed to be the subject they would be correct and they would win the wager with the young men. The wager between the young men and the women just sort of gets dropped along with the other loose ends. Oh, yes...another comment. I felt the author's need to tell us about how the poor lived was over done. Some of the descriptions about the poor living conditions just got old. At times I felt like she was lecturing to us. It's a romance for Pete's sake. I just want a nice intriguing romance with a happy ending. I know the poor existed in England at the time. The poor are always with us, right? I don't want to live it in my romances. Overall, this book is either a 3 star plus or a 4 star minus. Either way, it's not a 5 star.
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The characters were true romance, the strong handsome hero who has some real flaws and the lovely heroine who has faults of her own work together just to fall in love and comes to a happy ending.
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By MMaru on October 9, 2012
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To begin with, I am not a romance reader. This is probably the first romance I have ever read cover to cover (tried to read a P.C. Cast romance from the Goddess series but got so bored with it that I never finished it, not to mention that the mermaid sex was so ridiculous that I burst out laughing) and to be honest, the only reason I even wanted to read it is because the author was doing a book signing at my store, and I wanted to be able to discuss one of her books with her and show some support. So I picked this book up expecting to TRUDGE through it, just hoping that I could force my way to the end and wear a nice smile when I talked about it later.

So I was very pleasantly surprised to find myself utterly captivated within the first ten pages! The book dove right into the plot without flowery introductions like I expected. And what a great plot it was! This book wasn't just about the budding romance between two members of Society (though that was heavily in there as well.) There was an intriguing and exciting story of theft, betrayal, scandal... all told at a great pace that never left me bored. There were some steamy scenes but nothing over-the-top and not so much of it that I got tired of hearing about it. I ended up reading the whole book in three days, and closed it with a smile on my face. The ending was satisfying and sweet, and I really loved getting to romp through this adventure with two protagonists that I equally liked despite them being so different from one another. My only disappointment was not finding out what happened with Susanna and Elizabeth, but fortunately, Gayle has provided their stories in the two sequels. Can't wait to get my hands on those!
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