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Under the Quick ( Surrender ) pseudonym, veteran romance novelist Jayne Ann Krentz (see review of Silver Linings below) offers a tale of Regency England that, while deftly handled with touches of humor, is more notable for its darker side: the hero and heroine rescue each other from past injuries while challenging each other for control within their relationship. Emily Faringdon, a 24-year-old spinster, adores a man she has never met: Simon Traherne, her favorite correspondent on her favorite subject, romantic poetry. When Simon attends a meeting of Emily's local literary society, he indeed seems to be "the man of her dreams," a handsome earl apparently willing to overlook the scandal in her past--a thwarted elopement. But Simon is interested in her mostly as an instrument for revenge: he blames Emily's father for his own father's ruin and suicide 23 years before. Since then, Simon has plotted to destroy the Faringdons. A romantic with a strong pragmatic streak, Emily persuades Simon that marrying her enhances his possibilities for gaining revenge and she then begins her own campaign to win his affection and free him from the past that has poisoned his life.
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From a stately country house in Hampshire to the dazzling drawing rooms of London Society, comes an exquisite tale of an elfin beauty, a vengeful lord, and a sweet love that is sheer poetry.

With her reputation forever tarnished by a youthful indiscretion, lovely Emily Faringdon is resigned to a life of spinsterhood, until she embarks on an unusual correspondence and finds herself falling head over heals in love. Sensitive, intelligent, and high-minded, her noble pen-pal seems to embody everything Emily has ever dreamed of in a man. But the mysterious Earl of Blade is not at all what he seems.

Driven by dark, smoldering passions and a tragic secret buried deep within his soul, Blade has all of London cowering at his feet, but not Emily... never Emily. For even as she surrenders to his seductive charms, she knows the real reason for his amorous wit. And she knows that she must reach the heart of his golden-eyed dragon before the avenging demons of their entwined pasts destroy the only love she has ever known... --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (November 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553592831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553592832
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,651,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

The author of over 50 New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 35 million copies of her books in print.

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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Geri on January 1, 2000
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I am usually the first to rave about a book by Amanda Quick (Jayne Castle/Jayne Ann Krentz) but I'm afraid I have to pan this one.
While the dialogue was, for the most part, as witty and charming as usual, there were many fatal flaws which completely ruined the experience of this books.
Blade was a character I just wanted to strangle. He was cold and calculating and did everything he could to crush Emily's sweet adoration of him. It was rather reminiscent of the early scenes between Demetrius and Helena in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". The usually undercurrent of the hero needing the heroine's love to fill a void wasn't developed enough and when Blade finally comes to accept and love Emily due to her "sacrifice," it seems a little too abrupt. Yes, I see how AQ was working him up to that point but it still didn't come off right.
Emily became rather annoying at times. She was so blinded by her infatuation that I wanted to shake her (which is rather silly considering she's a fictional character). Yes, the few pages where she actually shows a shrewdness is refreshing but there simply isn't enough in there to make me like her.
I'm used to characters I can grow to love and *respect* and for the first time in my history of reading Amanda Quick, I was disappointed. I do not recommend buying this book but it can still make for an interesting time-killer if you can get it from your local library.
Overall, badly done.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By bookjunkiereviews on August 20, 2001
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SCANDAL was probably one of the first Amanda Quick books I read (before all her heroines started intermingling into one "Amanda Quick heroine" in my mind). Recently I picked up another copy of this same book and decided to re-read it. It was a good thing coming back to an early Quick after having given up on reading her for many years.
The plot is essentially the same: A young lady of good birth with a scandal in her past and with a somewhat unrestrained tongue (at least in the use of swear-words) meets up with a mysterious stranger. Except that she has been corresponding with this man for some time under his name, and not his title. Except that the man is out for revenge against her father and indeed her entire family. One of Quick's trademarks (for me at least) is that she quickly identifies what drives the hero - usually a past family or personal disgrace, coupled sometimes with financial ruin. If you don't like guessing at the hero's motives, this Quick habit is great. On the other hand, it makes some plot devices fairly obvious.
In this book, the mysterious stranger is an Earl whose father was ruined by Emily's father. We never quite learn what Simon (the Earl) had planned for Emily, but his plans rapidly change. He realizes that Emily is a financial and business genius, and that she is keeping her family afloat. He will marry Emily, and in so doing, revenge himself by ruining her family financially. After all, after they are married, Simon can forbid Emily to help her father and brothers. Or can he?
There are some other Quick trademarks - loyal servants, a genuinely evil villain, a relative who is absolutely indifferent to the heroine's plight. At least, I have come to think of them as Quick trademarks. That does not mean that the story is not interesting.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Carrell on October 6, 2004
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Revenge is sweet, especially when it leads to love, as it does for Emily Faringdon and Simon Traherne, Earl of Blade, in _Scandal_ a phenomenal book by acclaimed Regency author Amanda Quick. _Scandal_ is a new and exhilarating twist for Ms. Quick. As opposed to the usual mystery that drives the plots of her books, we are presented with a matter of revenge.

Forced long ago to flee his home, Simon Traherne harbors a dark and brooding hatred for the man who won that home in a frivolous card game -- Broderick Faringdon. In order to extract vengeance, Simon vows to wed the daughter of the man who ruined his life and destroyed his family. Starting a correspondence with Broderick's daughter Emily, Simon spins a web of romance and love that leaves the whimsical and fanciful Emily powerless to resist his charms. Married for all the wrong reasons, Simon soon finds out that he got more than he bargained for in Emily. Her fierce love and devotion breaks the hard ice that covers his heart and shortly he finds himself in love with a member of the family he vowed would pay for his pain.

Without fail, Amanda Quick always wields a tale so full of romance and adventure that it keeps the reader enthralled from the start and _Scandal_ is certainly not an exception. The characters are lively, witty and endearing. Simon is a dark, forbidding dragon and Emily is a charming, brilliant, and highly intelligent elf and together they heal each other and grow strength from their love. There is a great chemistry between Simon and Emily that fairly crackles from the pages. They are so completely different while being so much alike. Both were forced to grow up way too quickly and thus are the perfect match for one another.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 1999
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Eight years ago, I was drawn to this book by it's beautiful stepback cover...what a pleasant surprise!
Great story! My first book by this author too--I ran to buy the two she wrote previously to this as well.
Emily is fun, funny, and very likable. Blade is so sexy. The lovescenes are hot but not too overdone. (The scene with the necktie is quite memorable.)
Fast paced, never boring, a great intro to regency romances in general and Amanda Quick in particular.
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