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Length: 384 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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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

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  • File Size: 920 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Brenda Hiatt (September 6, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 5, 1999
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LKMR64
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,259 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 an award-winning 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 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. For the latest updates on Brenda's books, subscribe to her newsletter at http://bit.ly/BrendaNewsSubscribe

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 1999
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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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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By jhinva on May 7, 2012
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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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rachael Ruby on February 17, 2014
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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 By J. Brennan on 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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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 1999
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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 By Gwendoline Ewins on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Milan on May 22, 2013
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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 between the H and h.

***Spoilers***
I truly hated the fact that the author mentions how the H is tempted but doesn't act on his attraction to amongst others, his previous mistress and some formers flirts in Paris. How am I supposed to believe that this 'former' rake won't stray again in the future. The Paris incident was right towards the end of the book. We'd been told that his former debauched life in Paris was still a temptation for him and that is why he wanted to get married!! In my opinion the H was TSTL when he got involved with his mistress again so soon after his wedding. It would have been far more normal for him to tell his wife why he was meeting with her. I didn't buy this plot device.

It's a pity that the book was brought down by these things because I enjoyed parts of it very much.
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