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Scandalous (Scandalous Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

H.M. Ward
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (494 customer reviews)

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Book Description


I never thought I'd see Jack Gray again, so when I hear his voice behind me during a job interview, I nearly fall out of my seat. It's been years since I've seen him and heard that voice. Since then, Jack's become an artist for the wealthy, and I've become dirt poor.

If I don't get this job, I'm screwed. But, if I have to work near Jack I'll lose my mind, because he's the one who got away, and there are no second chances when it comes to love.

Genre: New Adult Romance
Type: Novel - 325 pages
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Editorial Reviews


"5 huge sinfully scandalous stars! Beautifully erotic. I cannot recommend it enough." -Tessamari

"This might be the sexiest book I have ever read! Sooooo freaking sexy!"

"Steamy, sexy read... One of my favorite couples." -Faithima

About the Author

H.M. Ward is the #1 bestselling New Adult author in the world, having sold over 2 million books in 2013. This NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, USA TODAY, and Amazon #1 bestselling writer's series include: THE FERRO FAMILY: DAMAGED, THE ARRANGEMENT, and STRIPPED; as well as SCANDALOUS, TRYSTAN SCOTT, and SECRETS. Ward was recently featured in FORBES, the WALL STREET JOURNAL, and the WASHINGTON POST.

You can interact with this bestselling author at: Don't want to miss a release date: Text AWESOMEBOOKS to 22828 and get an email reminder on release dates.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1050 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Laree Bailey Press (April 29, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Z5POMM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,513 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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66 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FIVE HUGE, SINFULLY SCANDALOUS STARS =) May 28, 2012
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"I see it, Jack. Your muse is back. The thing that gave you passion, tormented you, and haunted you is back. You're reeling in ecstasy and dread. It's something you want, but can't ever have. And the one that brings the pain is pure, white as snow... and standing in front of you"


This is one of the best books I've read all year. That's a heck of a statement, but I mean it. I don't know how I found this book, maybe it was divine providence, but it quenched everything I love about romance books. I was initially hesitant at first, considering the H/h were not at all typical, but the cover and hidden promise of what might transpire just drew me right in. By the way, how beautiful is that cover? I'll tell you right now, the story is just as provocative. It tore me up, made my heart ache, made me cry and made me happy.

As I said, Jack & Abby were not your typical H/h. Jack is a famous artist, whose work can be construed as either fine art or pornographic. He does not touch, nor date, nor sleep with his models. He also hires a female assistant to oversee his every move when he's painting a model. With these simple rules, he maintains a pristine reputation that helps him sell his art. Abby is the dubbed as the one who got away. Jack and Abby were close high school friends until she disappears after their near kiss. A decade has passed and Abby returns, practically penniless & desperate looking for job. She has spent most of her time as a minister in a small church in Texas. However, her church forced her to take a mandatory sabbatical after she openly commits an offense. So she's back and her desperation lands her at Jack's studio. Yes, she is a minister, but she doesn't find his work offensive or disgusting, but innovative and beautiful.
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Scandalous by H.M. Ward/ Ella Steele June 28, 2012
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Review of Scandalous by H.M. Ward/ Ella Steele


Millionaire Jack Gray earned his fortune creating erotic art for a discerning clientele. He doesn't use a brush to depict these hauntingly beautiful portraits--he uses bare skin. A sterling reputation is the only thing standing between Jack and poverty as he skirts the thin line between fine art and cheap sensationalism. To ensure that his character remains beyond reproach, an assistant observes his sessions.

While interviewing for a new assistant, Jack hears her voice--Abby Tyndale--the girl who got away. The last time Jack saw her was over a decade ago. After years of romantic tension she had nearly kissed him, but then disappeared without a trace. He hasn't seen her since. Until now. When he learns that his lost love joined the clergy after she fled to West Texas, his heart sinks. She's forbidden, forever set apart by her vows.

Jack's life quickly spins out of control as Abby grows closer to him, and worsens when his client list is stolen. The financial blow alone is damning, but it's the scandal brewing beneath the surface that he fears the most. Jack and Abby's livelihoods rely on their reputations. A single scandal will destroy them both. While fearing a contrived scandal, they have courted a very real one as their romance reignites.

This erotic romance is an addictive tease that will leave you breathless and begging for more.

This romance novel is by bestselling author H.M. Ward under the pen name Ella Steele.


I wasn't sure what to expect from H.M. Wards novel Scandalous before I read it. I loved the cover, just like all her others, was completely stunning. While reading I honestly could not put this story down.
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79 of 101 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Scandalous?? Did not live up to its name... January 13, 2013
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Sometimes I write reviews about bad books; most of the time I just delete them and move on. If I paid for a bad book on Kindle and can't finish it, I sometimes request a refund. I decided not to request a refund because I finished the book and it was only 99 cents. I also feel compelled at times, to warn others about bad books.

Scandalous was so bad that it almost (not quite) ventured into the so bad that it's good category. The only thing scandalous about this book is how bad it is. I was so excited to find what I thought would be a great read for only 99 cents. Unfortunately, the best thing I can say about this book is that I only paid 99 cents for it.

Abby has been ordered by her church board to take a one year unpaid sabbatical from her post as a minister in some Texas fire-and-brimstone backwater. Abby is now back in New York, desperately looking for employment to make her huge student loan payments. Jack Gray (now known as Jonathan Gray), is a hot, young artist, famous for his unusual nude paintings. Jack and Abby were friends in high school, haven't kept in touch or seen each other in 10 years, when Abby almost kissed Jack. They meet again when Abby returns to New York and applies for a job at his gallery.

My problems with this story - both Jack and Abby were TSTL. Abby and Jack are attracted to each other but she acts like a dumb, scared little girl and Jack acts like an idiot. But the biggest thing that bugged me was all the erroneous information about ministry, nuns, police procedure, etc. The author confused Abby's being a preacher/minister, with her being a nun.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars SCANDALOUS!!!!!!!!!
I found this series by mistake and I am so glad that I did. Abby has to head back home after she has some issues with her congregation. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book
Holly outdid her self again steamy but not over the top great read with good characters twist and turns keep you thinking!
Published 1 month ago by Ewkonzelman
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great H.M. Ward book! Hot painter, yep thanks!
Jack and Abby are so wonderful together. I will say loved Jack off the bat but Abby had to grow on me for a bit. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Violet Hat
5.0 out of 5 stars Read in 3 Days!
I was one of the first to buy this book when it came out 2 years ago! I had recently read 50 Shades of Gray and couldn't get past that the author had used the same name. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Socialbelle
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the love storiesthat have twist and turns
I am addicted to anything HM Ward writes.I love the love storiesthat have twist and turns.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 7 months ago by Marie Miceli
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked.
You will love the characters...,
Published 7 months ago by Cheryl Powers
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Scandalous it really is! Love every character, is different kind of story and I love it!
Published 8 months ago by Mara FP
5.0 out of 5 stars H. M. Ward is a wonderful writer.
This story about Jack Gray and Abby is one of Holly's best stories. I loved it!
Published 8 months ago by Sherry Slate
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Couldn't put it down, awesome x
Published 8 months ago by Mrs Karen Drew
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H.M. Ward continues to reign as a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author who is swiftly approaching 10 million copies sold since 2011, placing her among the literary titans. Ward has been featured in articles in the NEW YORK TIMES, FORBES, and USA TODAY to name a few.

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