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Scandal (Berkley Sensation) [Kindle Edition]

Carolyn Jewel
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Book Description

Sophie has nothing in common with the Earl of Banallt?s many women?and his attempts to seduce her fall flat. Good thing Fate has a way of giving second chances. But can Sophie entrust her heart to a man who appears to be as rakish as her dead husband? Or would that be madness?




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About the Author

Carolyn Jewel was born on a moonless night. That darkness was seared into her soul and she became an award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of historical and paranormal romance. She has a very dusty car and a Master's degree in English that proves useful at the oddest times. An avid fan of fine chocolate, finer heroines, Bollywood films, and heroism in all forms, she has two cats and two dogs. Also a son. One of the cats is his.

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  • File Size: 660 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (February 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001QIGZFE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,719 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Our heroine Sophie has been badly burned by her cheating hubby. He's since died and she's living with her brother still in mourning, when she is visited by Banallt, a Duke, and one of her hubby's scoundrel friends from back in the day; a man with whom she had forged an unlikely friendship. At the time, he was busy drinking and rutting his way through half the female population of England. Oh, and he was married too. To a lovely, sad woman, with whom he was, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, in love.

Our hero's wife has since died, and he's turned over a new leaf. All he has to do now is convince the lovely Sophie that he's no longer a cruel serial adulterer. Easier said than done when she's witnessed first hand what he was like at his worst.

There's some good dialogue here, and the hero actually seems like a decent human being. But there's a striking lack of "why"ness. What I means is, he is in love with the heroine, but it's not at all clear why. But way more importantly, this is a man, who, in a pivotal conversation with our heroine when they are both still married admits that: (a) he loves his wife without reservation, (b) he loves his three year old daughter more than anything in the world, and (c) he cannot and will not stop sleeping with anything in knickers and a dress. No ability or inclination to be faithful whatsoever.

So far so good. I'm interested in how such an unattractive hero can be rehabilitated. I zip through the book in my eagerness to learn (with our dear Sophie) to trust this cad. And I really wanted to.

But here's the problem:

Tommy, the ne'er' Sophie's thoughtless, disloyal, hubby, cheats on her, most likely because he is indifferent to her, the cheats on her and leaves her alone for years at a time.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Promising premise, but story drags March 9, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am an avid historical romance reader, and I love the reformed rake archetype as well as the sexy bluestocking. Carolyn Jewel lays down some very interesting groundwork. I was intrigued by the emotionally abused widow heroine and the rakish hero who is determined to prove that he has changed his ways. However, Sophie and Banallt's relationship felt like one long stall. There was very little forward movement until the end and, by that time, I was no longer interested. And I'm not sure that having TWO other suitors increases Sophie's attraction. In fact, I found those two other storylines distracting because she neither used these men to make Banallt jealous nor showed any interest in them, so I'm not sure how the two men helped with the plotting, except slow it down. Sophie might have experienced a lot of pain and hurt, but I would have appreciated if she demonstrated a little more spirit rather than being so overly tortured. I hope with future books, the author exploits her great ideas more fully and picks up the pacing.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Hero Blindsided by Love April 6, 2009
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This is a story about a rake who falls in love with his best friend's wife. The problem is that she despises him. Over time, their friendship grows and he is overcome by his love for her. He is obsessed with her, and when she is widowed, he will do anything to win her love and respect. This is a good story with a heartfelt romance. The heroine's resistance did wear on me a little. It just seemed to go on and on and on, and consequently, made the heroine a bit annoying at times. However, it was nice to read about a hero who never gives up on the true love of his life. I agree that this story is very slow paced and I also agree that it was nice to finally read a HR without a murder plot driving it.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly beautiful mature and memorable romance February 8, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is such a wonderful story, I felt compelled to weigh in...

I won't sum up the plot, which you can read in the synopsis and in the other reviews. What drew me in was the authors wonderful way with words, and her realistic characters! Both Sophie and Banalt were so memorable and TRUE.

Sophie is an eccentric bookworm and romantic. Against her very nature and instincts, constant betrayals by her first husband force her to raise a high wall around her heart. Her pain and strength are both palpable things in her life. Banalt is a rather typical, jaded, and yes - irredeemable - nobleman. However, his exposure to Sophie's innate strength, goodness, and "beautiful blue-green eyes", inspire a desire in him to become his better self. I felt that I knew them and was very invested in their lives and happiness. Ms. Jewel has done a marvelous job of showing and telling us about these two people. As readers, we understood their instincts, desires, and motivations. I was frequently moved to tears, on both their behalves, because I understood them.

The secondary characters were equally well and honestly portrayed. I will not soon forget Sophie's brother, John.

Bravo to wonderful characters and a wonderful story of second chances!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! February 4, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have to say this was a very, very good book, and only had some minor problems with it. In Jewel's attempt to take a scandal and tell it in a different way, BRAVO and Thank you! I felt this was a new story. When the book begins, we know Banallt is a rake, but yet his love for Sophie, having her or not, has already reformed him. He's smitten, ruined (his words), and utterly enchanted by Sophie's mind, heart and body. They meet under uncomfortable circumstances, but yet become friends while he is a friend of her husband's. In Private Arrangements, it annoyed me bouncing back and forth between present and past, but in this book, it was so enjoyable. You feel the build up of their relationship, and regardless of it starting out a bit slower than I like, it still worked well.

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Ms. Jewel, please tell me there will be a story with Tallboys winning the heartbroken Miss Fidelia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read.
This book had everything a great story needs. The romance, the laughs, the tears. I highly recommend it. I was unable to put it down.
Published 1 hour ago by Joyce B
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Loved the way the relationships grew, the flaws in the characters. Couldn't quite visualize how the rooms really were in those old manor homes, but liked the descriptions. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Mary Jo
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book. I enjoy everything from this author
Great book. I enjoy everything from this author.
Published 5 hours ago by Victoria M. Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good Read
Published 19 hours ago by Maggie May
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
I like this historical storyline and the romance is hot
Published 1 day ago by Smart Shopper
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay read--heroine not as "heroic" as I'd have liked
When I originally started reading, I thought Sophie would have more spunk than she did. Although described as not very pretty, I was sure her personality would more than make up... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Reader in Malone
4.0 out of 5 stars very good.
I love the hero and heroine. The writing made me stop and think and Feel. So much emotions and love. A beautiful fairy tale.
Published 2 days ago by princess
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
too many sexual depictions
Published 3 days ago by anne becker
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Loved it. I'm a Karen Ranney fan and I thought Carolyn Jewel wrote famously as well. I promptly went into the store and added all the rest of her books to my Wish List for next... Read more
Published 3 days ago by MAURINE L BAKER
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
I really enjoyed this book. It keep my interest and the romance was great.this was the first book I read by her and it won,t be my last.recommended read.
Published 4 days ago by Janet
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Carolyn Jewel was born on a moonless night. That darkness was seared into her soul and she became an award winning and USA Today bestselling author of historical and paranormal romance. She has a very dusty car and a Master's degree in English that proves useful at the oddest times. An avid fan of fine chocolate, finer heroines, Bollywood films, and heroism in all forms, she has two cats and a dog. Also a son. One of the cats is his.

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Congrats to Ms Jewel!
Oh yes! I'm so glad Carolyn Jewel wrote another historical! Loved Lord Ruin and couldn't wait to read something written intelligently in the historical romance genre. I too saw that All about romance gave it a B+, but it's a definite A in my book as it is one of the few romances I've actually... Read More
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