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Silk and Scandal (The Silk Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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I adore novels, but there is something special about a short story that I truly love. When a short story is as emotional and engaging and well done as this one is, it's a treat to be savored. Cassandra Dean knows her craft, and it shows in every scene of her first Silk Series installment.
- Bridget, The Romance Reviews 

The path towards opening [Thomas and Nicola's] eyes and hearts to the truth about their feelings was done in a smart and scrumptious way that kept me clicking through the pages until the very end. An absolutely fabulous novella from their first letter until their last. 
- Lady Rhyleigh, ARe Cafe

From the Author

SILK & SCANDAL is the first in The Silk Series.

The Silk Series
will comprise five books, beginning with SILK & SCANDAL. Featuring peeps who attended/grew up around Cambridge, each book will feature a law-loving person (SILK) and their hero/heroine (SCANDAL/SCORN/SCARS/SCHOLAR/
SCARLET)
For more info, please visit my website.

SILK & SCANDAL is a sweet romance of approximately 14,500 words.

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  • File Size: 327 KB
  • Print Length: 54 pages
  • Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company, LLC (May 3, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 3, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CNH7KBA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,221 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cassandra Dean is a best-selling, multi-published author of historical and fantasy romance. Her latest novel, SILK & SCARS, is book 3 of her popular Silk Series featuring law-loving peeps and their happily ever after. Her next novels will be SILK & SCHOLAR, book 4 of the Silk Series and THE DIAMOND SERIES BOX SET, collecting together books from her Diamond Series and set in the Old American West.

Cassandra is proud to call South Australia her home, where she regularly cheers on her AFL football team and creates her next tale.

Visit Cassandra's website at http://cassandradean.com

Join Cassandra's mailing list at http://eepurl.com/kzesP

Follow Cassandra on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCassandraDean and on Twitter @authorCassDean

Contact Cassandra at cassandra@cassandradean.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By **** on May 18, 2013
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Though short, this is a very good romantic story. Told in part through letters over the expanse of several years, two friends through misunderstandings eventually find love. Enjoyed this story very much. I just discovered Dean last fall, but she's already on my list of authors TBR.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Historical Romance Books on July 18, 2013
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Silk and Scandal is a neatly wrapped little package of a novella. It is written concisely and to the point; the point being a romance between an orphan turned barrister and the daughter of an aristocrat.

Thomas Cartright, adopted from the poorhouse at age 9 by a wealthy couple who gave him financial and familial advantages in life, is now reacquainted with Lady Nicola Fitzgibbons, his childhood neighbor, now a lady of "scandal" via flirtations across the continents.

"Nic" has taken it upon herself to write about her travels (and travails) to Thomas and he, although vexed by her letters, reluctantly returns them. Their correspondence lasts for almost ten years as Nic hops one country to another, escaping scandal after scandal, whilst Thomas completes his law training.

Upon her return to England, Nicola's and Thomas' lives are rekindled, with Nicola looking for romance and Thomas more concerned about his law career. Through a series of mishaps and misunderstandings, buried feelings are unearthed; however quarrels and calamities abound, making the road for romance as jagged and sharp as an unpaved graveled path.

The characters appear to be typical in nature, with Nicola being flighty and dreamy and Thomas being on the stodgy side; however, when they are with each other, their guards are let down, revealing how very likable their characters are underneath all the crinoline and cravats, but not without an extraordinarily mortifying moment that puts Thomas' hard-earned career in dangerous peril.

Cassandra Dean has written a very amenable and enjoyable short story that allows the reader to escape into a brief, albeit, delectable 19th century liaison.

(Review posted on Long Ago Love Historical Romance Blog. Reviewer received no compensation for the review of this book.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Romance Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 19, 2013
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I adore novels, but there is something special about a short story that I truly love. When a short story is as emotional and engaging and well done as this one is, it's a treat to be savored. Cassandra Dean knows her craft, and it shows in every scene of her first Silk Series installment.

Once upon a time, Thomas Cartwright and Lady Nicola Fitzgibbons were childhood friends who grew up next door to each other, meeting on either side of the garden wall to share all their secrets. Thomas discussed his dreams of becoming a barrister and making his adopted parents proud, while Lady Nicola whispered of her abhorrence of society's rules that keep ladies in their restrictive place. Then Lady Nicola's diplomat father was sent to Hong Kong, and for eight years, she and Thomas have been able to communicate only through letters--or the occasional mention of Nicola's scandals in the newspapers.

With each new bit of gossip that reaches his ears, Thomas knows that a man in his position cannot afford to consort with a lady with such a reputation and resolves to sever all ties with her. It's a resolution he somehow manages to keep--until Nicola herself returns to England. Now, though eight years may have taken their toll on their relationship, Nicola is determined to prove that some things never change...

The characters at the heart of this story are so vibrant and compelling that they leap off the page, capturing the heart and imagination within just a few pages. While Ms Dean's descriptions and insight are marvelous, readers are also treated to a peek at the correspondence between Nicola and Thomas, which added enormously to the foundation of their relationship, and also provides a glimpse beneath the facade each present to the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nikita @ Plot Twist Reviews on May 5, 2015
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Lady Nicola Fitzgibbons is the audacious daughter of an Earl who travels the world with her diplomat father and trails waves of scandal wherever she goes. For a time, these scandalous stories amuse her childhood friend and penpal, Thomas Cartwright. But now that he is a Barrister with his eye set on a prestigious seat in Parliament, Tom decides he must distance himself from Nic and he stops writing to her. But now Nic is back in London and she won’t put up with any of Tom’s ridiculous notions of propriety.

This was a very sweet, but humorous novella. The writing is sharp and doesn’t spend superfluous time describing things that don’t add to the narrative. Nicola is bombastic and flighty, but possesses a keen intelligence and understanding that belies her antics within society. Thomas is a bit uptight and perhaps even cold in the way he treats his once-good friend, but this juxtaposition just serves to highlight how well Nic and Tom’s relationship makes perfect sense. Nic brings excitement and opportunity to Tom’s otherwise dreary and stuffy life whereas Tom’s calming, sensible influence brings balance to the relationship.

As with all good novellas, I wish it was longer! The characters are likeable and the plot interesting. I look forward to reading the rest of the Silk series.

Originally posted at Plot Twist Reviews [dot] Com

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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