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Simply Scandalous (Zebra Debut) Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 2005

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Book 1 of 3 in the Wayborn Siblings Series

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When Juliet Wayborn discovers that Geoffrey Ambler, Marquess of Swale, hired thugs to beat up her brother, Cary, so that he would not be able to race against Geoffrey, she comes up with a plan to thwart the brutish nobleman's despicable scheme. Disguising herself as Cary, Juliet shows up at the curricle race and not only proceeds to neatly beat Geoffrey but also to publicly humiliate him once she reveals her true identity to the crowd. Geoffrey vows that Juliet will not get away with her little stunt nor with falsely accusing him of trying to harm her brother. How to even the score? He decides to seduce Juliet and ruin her already less-than-stellar reputation. The only thing Geoffrey didn't plan on was falling in love with the insufferable, impertinent, and totally irresistible Miss Wayborn. With its marvelously original characters, rich use of language, and deliciously outrageous and whimsical plot, Lejeune's debut is rare and resplendent. John Charles
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Product Details

  • Series: Zebra Debut
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (December 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821779737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821779736
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,771,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Misuzmama on January 12, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Under the assumption that Lord Swale was the one who hired ruffians to brutally attack her brother the night before his big horse race, Lady Juliet Wayborn seeks revenge. She disguises herself as her brother and enters the race -AND beats Lord Swale easily, thus embarrassing him greatly. But Lord Swale, a man of great temper, will be avenged! And by God Miss Wayborn is going to pay! But just who is going to best whom in this madcap story?

This is one funny book! A long RED-haired Viking-like ugly hero? -with a wretchedly short nose to add? And a not-so-pretty heroine who cares not one wit over her reputation and has the gall to call the hero *Ginger*? -and not affectionately I might add. He calls her abominable transvestite and a mustachio'd amazon? I laughed out loud many times reading this one! The hate-turns-to-love relationship of the H/H is stretched out to the extremes. Trust me, all the name calling is really very funny and the story very lighthearted. The insults keep coming, as do all the crazy misunderstandings and there's plenty of them which make the book a real breath of fresh air amid *serious* and emotional historical romance.

And the secondary characters are a hoot too! One misunderstanding leads to another and while one character is speaking one thing the other is speaking completely of another -well, you get the idea. It could have been confusing and annoying, but Lejeuene (author) handles it well and makes the book even that more entertaining with all its strange twists and turns.

I must warn those looking for some flowery romantic novel abound with declarations of love and love scenes-there is none. Well, there is actually a love scene, but it's in keeping with the flavor of the book -a bit unexpected and not sensual in the least.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jill A. Alters on December 20, 2005
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Well, this book was simply delightful. I admit to having some trouble with it at first - the characters are hardly standard Regency, the dialogue a bit more stilted, but once I got into the rhythm of the story, and understood how much of it was played for laughs, I really enjoyed it.

The plot isn't so original on the surface: a man and woman of the ton meet each other, despise each other immediately, are thrown together constantly, and feelings develop. But the characters ARE unusual, in every way. The man isn't especially bright, certainly isn't handsome, but he has a joie de vivre that energizes every scene he's in. The girl is as high-spirited as he, and just as impulsive, making for some hilarious scenes.

Misunderstandings abound, but are quickly solved and don't go on for 100 pages. The two understand each other very well immediately, and are much more alike than they could ever guess. This was a very entertaining book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marybeth Wallick on February 1, 2006
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What a delightful surprise!! I bought it with reserves, never heard of the author, etc. But what a delight! Lejeune has a wonderful sense of humor, the characters were well-developed, a real story line that kept your interest. I laughed out loud over and over, and it leaves you laughing. The book is as clean as they come anymore and I appreciated that. Lynn Kurland writes so well she doesn't bother with sex scenes and this author doesn't have to either. It was a true 'romance', one of the best books I have read in a while!!

I am looking forward to Lejeune's next book...maybe Benedict and Serena...? : )
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nursemom on February 6, 2006
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I had absolutely no idea what to expect from this author, this being her debut. I absolutely hope and pray it won't be her last!

I have been a huge historical romance fan for years and feel qualified to say that this book is nothing like any other romance out there. The hero is not dashing or handsome and certainly doesn't have a silver tongue. (In one hilarious scene, he compares the heroine to his favorite dog!) In the beginning, the reader is convinced that the heroine is the perfect lady. However, it is soon apparent that under her ladylike facade lurks an unconventional, fun-loving woman. There were so many times that I laughed out loud that I'm sure my husband thinks I am crazy. (He kept giving me strange looks.) And, the story carried itself beautiful without the abundance of gratuitous sex scenes that have become so common in romance novels. This book is worth every one of the five stars I've given it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nun ya business on January 3, 2006
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This is the only book that I've come across, with the leading man not being handsome, but the leading lady even stating "his face belongs in a grotto". It was very entertaining. His lordship knew he wasn't handsome, but was still a matromonial prize and was set out to win her hand, at 1st for revenge. When he was cast aside by her family, his feelings for her changed and hers as well. Lots of mishaps, dead rat & newt stunts and misleading converstations later, the book gets a bit confusing as to who is thinking what, but it is cleverly written and gave me some laughs. I liked the fact this book was different than a lot of other romances out there.

It is a keeper & I would recommend it. I hope the author is checking out her reviews and would like to see that she writes another with Cynthia and Sir Benedict as the couple next! Then we can see some more of Lord Swale and Juliet. I wish it wouldn't have ended so soon!
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