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Scandalous Virtue [Kindle Edition]

Brenda Hiatt
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Brenda Hiatt handles the story beautifully: it is fast, witty and fun." ~Publishers Weekly

First impressions can be most deceiving!

Under the tutelage of her strict father, then that of an equally strict husband twice her age, Nessa, Lady Haughton, has been trained all her life to be a model of English propriety and virtue. But beneath the inexperienced young widow's oh-so-prim exterior, she craves a taste of the wickedness she has always been denied. Now that she is finally free, she intends to satisfy that craving!

Notorious rakehell and war hero Jack Ashecroft finds himself unexpectedly elevated to Marquis of Foxhaven. But to claim the fortune that goes with the title, Jack must renounce his wild ways and establish himself as a respectable member of Society. The surest, quickest path, he is certain, will be to find and wed a woman beyond reproach—if one will have him.

When Jack and Nessa meet, each thinks the other is exactly the ticket to the changes they are seeking. Sparks will fly when they discover each other's true goals—especially if it's already too late to turn back!

"A real gem...Brenda Hiatt beautifully captures the era as we watch Jack and Nessa play by the rules of society while making a few of their own." ~RT Book Reviews


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Regency afficionadoes will find this a real gem, as witty and clever as any traditional Regency in which two intriguing characters square off in a mutual marriage of convenience. Brenda Hiatt beautifully captures the era as we watch Jack and Nessa play by the rules of society while making a few of their own. ~Kathe Robin, RT Book Reviews

Scandalous Virtue was named Best Romance Novel of 1999 by the American Book Readers Association. -- American Book Readers Association

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Brenda Hiatt has published nearly twenty novels to date, including traditional Regency romance, time travel romance, historical romance, humorous mystery, and a new teen science fiction romance series.

In addition to writing, Brenda is passionate about embracing life to the fullest, to include scuba diving (she has over 60 dives to her credit), Taekwondo (where she recently achieved her 2nd degree black belt), hiking, traveling, and pursuing new experiences and skills. She is an active member of Romance Writers of America, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and Novelists, Inc, an international organization of multipublished novelists, where she served as President in 2006.

For the past dozen years, Brenda has also collected data on writers' earnings, which she shares at her website, brendahiatt.com You can also find Brenda on Facebook at facebook.com/BrendaHiatt and on Twitter at twitter.com/#!/Brenda_Hiatt

Product Details

  • File Size: 716 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Brenda Hiatt (May 5, 1999)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LKMR64
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,449 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe, maybe not August 27, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is an excellent book, and the characters are great! Jack, with the reputation of being a rake, marries Nessa, who has the reputation of being extremely virtuous and straitlaced. Through their interactions with each other before and after their marriage they find that, at heart they are not what they seem to be on the surface. The fact is the two of them are really very much alike and even before the end of the book it is easy to see that they are a perfect couple. I recommend this book highly to anyone who likes historical romances!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Starting to wonder who writes reviews.. May 7, 2012
By jhinva
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm starting to wonder who writes reviews. I would not recommend this book. The characters are not well developed. They're not really even developed. The Tree in The Giving Tree travels a greater emotional distance than any of these characters. The dialogue is not witty. The plot is weak and the book is not fast paced.

It is an OK read for the price, especially if you've got some time on your hands and you'd spend the $3.99 on something more fleeting, like a Starbuck's coffee. Some of the character names are so silly they become annoying. (Lord and Lady Creamcroft? Is this story taking place in Candyland.) I probably would have been less disappointed if my expectations had not been mis-set by the reviews.

Now as far a fiction goes, the review writers get five stars!
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully amusing regency romance September 13, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm not a big fan of historical romance (I usually read contempory romances or mysteries), but I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was very well-written and very funny. The way in which the author handled the hero's past was believable and the hero and heroine were extremely well-matched. It was nice to read a character-driven romance, so many of them relie on contrived events to foster the storyline.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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There is so much to love in this novel. Which makes it even more shocking that I came very close to giving it 2 stars.

The good: A heroine who has been subjected to miserably repressive parenting, further subjugated by by an arranged-&-miserably-repressive marriage, who strives to throw off her patriarchal shackles and find her own desires and choices. A hero who is a sincerely reformed rake, aspiring to live up to the loving respect of his deceased grandfather. They each are attracted to the other by what they internally lack, which can be a cliche, but in this case is heartfelt and believable. And the chemistry between them - both physical and emotional - is plausible and compelling. And then - aargh! And then the author decides this isn't enough.

**Spoilers follow**

The heroine's desires for freedom are apparently too extreme, and she needs to learn a lesson. So the hero takes her to Paris, to see that actual sexual freedom is disgusting and degrading, and also revolutionary and anarchic. Or something. She learns this lesson in 2 days, and then they can go to the French countryside (which is not so depraved and awful) and be happy, which is where she is also allowed to realize she's pregnant.

As if this punishment (of what made the heroine interesting in the first place!) weren't aggravating enough, then the plot goes truly off the rails. We end up running around France, hunted by Napoleon loyalists, as well as vengeful former girlfriends of the hero. After which we get to read about truly the most lame kidnapping / rescue I've ever encountered in a historical romance (and that's saying something, since the genre is rife with them) - all to absolutely no purpose. I cannot forgive Hiatt for betraying the lovely work she started with.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good romantic story! November 4, 2004
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I actually read several of the other books in this series first then came back to read about Jack who was mentioned as the scandolous Lord who fell in love and sequestered himself forever with his lady love. So, it was interesting to read about how this rake overcame his reputation and ended up with the virtuas Nessa. Of course the interesting part was that Nessa wanted to be scandalous and Jack wanted her to save his reputation. Seeing how they gradually got to know one another and how they came together as this great romantic couple was a pleasurable read!! All of these stories from a similar group of Regency friends are wonderful by Brenda Hiatt!!
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating story... an excellent read. June 19, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Nessa and Jack became my friends for the short time they touched my life. We laughed and cried together listening to Prudence advise... Well written and researched, I highly recommend this book for Regency amd Historical Romance readers...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great beginning but ... December 28, 2012
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I like Brenda Hiatt's books and appreciate her writing. A few weeks ago I bought Scandalous Virtue and put it aside for a special treat.
Initially it was what I'd hoped for and I found Nessa and Jack engaging, but somewhere in the middle of the book it began to be all-too predictable. I continued to the end I'm left disappointed. Gwendoline Ewins
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scandalously fun read November 4, 2012
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I've thorougly enjoyed all of Brenda Hiatt's novels, and this one was no exception.

A scandlous rake. A virtuous widow. He needs to reform to claim his title and fortune. She longs to escape the chains of proper behavior and experience life. Will she help him repair his reputation? Or will he drag her down to his level?

This book was fun to read. No deep plot. No hard-to-follow list of characters. Just fun. Perfect for a quick weekend read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Scandalous Virtue by Brenda Hiatt
Love this author...started with the 7 Dials series and am continuing with her others. Thoroughly enjoying and entertaining....on to the next!!!
Published 22 days ago by Pati1967
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable historical romance
Jack needs to find a respectable wife and Lady Haughton is about as respectable as they come. She is nearly out of the year of mourning for her late husband and is itching to lead... Read more
Published 1 month ago by TBreakiron
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Very lively characters, great dialogue and an interesting dilemma. This is the first book by Brenda Hiatt I've read, but not the last.
Published 1 month ago by Becky L Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the first half of the book
I enjoyed the first half of the book. I liked the hero and heroine, their romance and especially the secondary characters. The story falls apart in the 2nd half. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MysteryReader
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read.
Not really a plausible story line but a fun read. It does leave you wanting to know more about what happens and more about the main character's sibling.
Published 4 months ago by Wendy Mizanin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read! Good Girl falls for the "Bad" Boy....!
Above Reproach Widow is "Seduced" into falling for a self-made man(Cit), which is not done! Also, on her deceased Husband's deathbed, he requested that she marry his best... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Linda G
4.0 out of 5 stars like
i definitely liked this story. What more could you want than a woman that was finally willing to take what she wants in life. Read more
Published 14 months ago by sharline
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Regency Romance
The quality of this book goes beyond most of the ebooks I have read in the past year. Excellent story, great characters, lots of action and a delightful read. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Janice M
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good book
Detailed characters, interesting plot. Dialogue was well written, and editing was pretty good. I also liked the epilogue, with a clear and satisfying ending. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Feehan5
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much better - 2.5 stars
I enjoyed elements of this story but it fell short during the last third. The author writes well and I've enjoyed some of her other books but I didn't believe in the love story... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sandy Milan
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More About the Author

Whatever the genre or subgenre, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Brenda Hiatt writes sparkling romantic adventure stories. To date, she is the author of six traditional Regency romances, one time travel romance, eight historical romances (most set in Regency England), one upbeat mystery and a brand new teen sci-fi romance series. In addition to writing, Brenda is passionate about embracing life to the fullest, to include scuba diving (she has over 60 dives to her credit), Taekwondo (where she achieved her 2nd degree black belt in 2012 and recently competed in the USA Taekwondo National Championship tournament), hiking, traveling, and pursuing all kinds of new experiences and skills. She is an active member of Romance Writers of America, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and Novelists, Inc, an international organization of multipublished novelists, of which she is a past president. For more than a dozen years Brenda has also collected data on writers' earnings, which she shares at her website, http://brendahiatt.com You can also find Brenda on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BrendaHiatt on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/Brenda_Hiatt and on tumblr as Brenda Hiatt.

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