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"Readers will enjoy every minute of the shenanigans at the duke's estate, and the three ensuing love stories, in this enchanting Regency. Both humorous and poignant, emotions mount as everyone discovers their true partner. There's an amusing conspiracy afoot that will delight readers." - RT Book Reviews, 4 stars (HOT)

About the Author

Leigh Michaels is the award-winning author of more than eighty romance novels, which have been translated and published in 120 countries, and in more than twenty-five languages. She was born and raised in rural Iowa and was only a teenager when she wrote her first romance novel (which she subsequently burned, along with the next five books she would write). Since then, six of her novels have been finalists for RITA awards, and she received two Reviewer’s Choice awards from Romantic Times. She is also the 2003 recipient of the Johnson Brigham Award. In addition to her prolific writing career, Leigh also teaches romance writing, and is the author of On Writing Romance, which has been called the definitive guide to writing romance novels. Leigh currently resides in Ottumwa, Iowa, where she and her photographer husband enjoy watching white-tailed deer and wild turkeys that visit their property.

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  • File Size: 571 KB
  • Print Length: 375 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612184766
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (October 9, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 9, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007RRM3G8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,264 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Leigh Michaels is the author of more than 100 books, including Regency-period historical romance novels, contemporary romance novels, non-fiction books on writing, and local history books. Her romances have been published in 25 languages and in more than 125 countries around the world, and more than 35 million copies have been sold. Six of her books have been finalists in the Romance Writers of America RITA contest, and she has been honored with Reviewer's Choice awards by Romantic Times magazine. The Iowa Library Association presented her the Johnson Brigham award in 2003 for substantial and sustained literary contributions to American culture.

Her non-fiction books include On Writing Romance, which has been called the definitive guide to writing romance novels, and Creating Romantic Characters. She teaches romance writing online at Gotham Writers Workshop. She is also the coauthor with her husband, Michael W. Lemberger, of a book about the St. Louis World's Fair of 1904, and of many local history books.

She wrote her first romance novel when she was a teenager and burned it, then wrote and burned five more complete manuscripts -- sending more than a quarter of a million words up in smoke -- before submitting to a publisher. Her first submission was accepted and published by the first editor to read it.

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What fun! Ms Michaels has given us a terrific story filled with likable characters, each distinct and with their own 'voice.' There are 3 couples to sort out, each with their own unique set of challenges and problems. The old Duke is throwing a party for his birthday and has plans for his heir, his nieces, and his nephew, and he is not above a bit of trickery to accomplish it.

Gavin, the Duke's heir, arrives from America, and is at something of a loss as to how to get along in polite society. Retired to a cottage, barely scraping by, Emily has sworn she'll never marry, having lost her fiance in a duel (over another woman) on the day after their engagement. The Earl of Maxwell, husband to Emily's sister, Isabel, spent his wedding night involved as second to the ill-fated fiance. So, Isabel blames her husband for Emily's loss and pain, and is not very happy over the fact that she spent her wedding night alone. In fact, she's so mad, she has spent every night alone since, avoiding being in the same house with her husband...who is invited to the party. Rounding out the trio is Lucien, heir to his father's title as an Earl, who prefers life in London to learning about the estates he will one day inherit and has no plans to marry any time soon. Enter Miss Chloe, a nineteen year old neighbor of the Duke, who is being wooed by the trio's father, the Earl, much to the horror of his children. Confusing? Actually, the plot isn't at all. But, there are quite a number of characters and plot lines, which makes it all the more fun.

Having so many plots going on also creates something of a problem since the author is limited in how much time and detail she can give to each. Scenes were sometimes glossed over that could have really shone had there been more space.
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This was a fun romance. An over-bearing father and a scheming great-uncle gang up on siblings Emily, Isabel, and Lucien to give them much improved lives. Emily has been living in seclusion since her fiance was killed in a duel with the brother of the woman he compromised. She got very tired of her father throwing more men at her but is now struggling to survive with a limited income and limited opportunities. She's bored! Her sister Isabel has been estranged from her husband since her wedding when he chose to support his friend in the duel which she felt was a betrayal of her sister. They have spent the past year avoiding each other. Their brother Lucien has been living in London on a small allowance and dodging the young women his father has been throwing at him.

All meet together at their great-uncle's in hopes of bettering their lives. Also at the castle is the Duke's American heir. Naturally, Emily takes one look at him and takes an instant dislike to him. However, since she is determined not to marry but is interested in taking a lover, she thinks he would work quite well in that role. He isn't opposed but his sense of honor won't let him completely compromise her. Along the way they fall in love.

Isabel is surprised to find that her estranged husband has also been invited to the house party. He is willing to compromise with her and offer her an adequate income ... if she will supply him with an heir. As he seduces his wife, she begins to fall in love with him. But her mistaken perceptions about his possible mistresses keep her from trusting him.

All three are surprised to find that their father is on the verge of offering for the nineteen-year-old daughter of a neighbor.
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I am not a fan of books that cram in several stories. Leigh Michaels takes what could be three amazing stories then shoves them into the space of one book. I would have rather read three novellas instead of having to keep track of who was interested in whom.

There were no surprises in this story. Everyone ends up with exactly who you think they will. There was also no real tension. I didn't find myself caring as intensely as I might have. I kept wanting more from each couple. The married but estranged couple were my favorites and there simply wasn't enough story there to sustain their difficulties.

I might read another by this author if it were about one main couple with perhaps a secondary romance that wasn't trying to take over. Having three couples to keep up with was just tiring overall. I ended the story not really knowing who the main couple was but glad to see all six of them settled.

The writing was well done. Michaels kept the story moving along nicely. The sex component is not glossed over but neither is it made to be the be-all/end-all of the tale. If you enjoy a story that plays out within a few short days, you will enjoy this. I guess you might liken it to the Sondheim musical, A Little Night Music, although there is no actress to sing "Send In The Clowns."
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I have a big ol weakness for "I don't want to like you, I don't want to like you, I can't stop thinking about you romance. I love when a character has a Definite Reason to avoid getting involved with someone he or she desires. I love when the Definite Reason is deeply embedded in the person's character, when acting on the impulse that draws one person toward another means breaking a tightly held self-promise. I love when the tension stems from one person desiring another, and the other person feeling that desire and attempting to squish it down because it would be better for everyone if nothing ever happened or you just pretend it never happened.

"The Birthday Scandal" contained all of those things I loved. A heroine denying she will ever find the right man to love and marry yet all the time she is telling the world this the one persons she tells the most she falls in love with against her better judgement. What better way to avoid the tension then to dismiss any true feelings between them and focus on setting him up with someone better suited for him. And Definite Reasons why the hero made himself so accommodating all the while not noticing he too is falling in love. It's delicious.

The author is also able to build several other meaningful characters in this plot each one struggling to love- fall in love - stay in love.
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