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A lady must be prepared for anything . . . when marrying a scoundrel.

Sadie Moon once thought she was in love. Then her dashing husband left her to seek his fortune, and she had no choice but to transform herself from a heartbroken waif into London Society's favorite fortune-teller. But even she could not have foreseen Jack's return—until their paths cross in the last place either would have expected: London's most exclusive house of pleasure.

Now wealthy and successful, Jack Friday has everything he'd ever dreamed of . . . except Sadie. He swears he will never trust the woman who broke her promise to wait for him, though his passion for her burns as hotly as ever before. But love, like the past, comes back to haunt them—drawing them into a web of intrigue and betrayal that could save or destroy them both.

About the Author

Kathryn Smith has always loved happy endings. From the bedtime stories her wildly imaginative mother told, to the soap operas she wasn't supposed to watch, Kathryn loved to speculate as to how the characters would end up. Needless to say the entire Smith household heard about it when things did not go as young Kathryn thought they ought. Through her school years, Kathryn wrote stories and books for her friends to read. Even during college, when she studied journalism, her need to make up her own tales often drove her to late nights at the typewriter, writing about sexy men and the women they fell in love with. Fortunately, Kathryn's idea of sexy has changed over the years. Instead of rock stars and spies she writes about lords and...well, spies. The best part is she gets to share these stories with a few more people than were in her homeroom class!

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Product Details

  • Series: Victorian Soap Opera (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061923001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061923005
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,248,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up in rural Nova Scotia -- a beautiful piece of the earth, but there wasn't much going on. My mother used to tell me stories and encouraged me to write my own when I was very young.

My first book was 372 hand-written pages about a rock band that sounded (and looked) suspiciously like Duran Duran. I know, I'm dating myself! At that point I was already stealing my sister's romance novels and had fallen in love with the historical genre. Anyway, it was many years later, during a return to university, that I would attempt to write a romance novel. My boyfriend (who I later had the good sense to marry) urged me to return to school and 'write that book', so I did. That book, Elusive Passion, sold to Avon Romance in the summer of 1999. It was published in 2001, and I'm proud to say that since then I've written more than 20 books, many of which have made national best seller lists (including the USA Today list) and have been translated into more than half a dozen languages. My goal is to write until I'm dead. Preferably leaving this world draped over a keyboard. :-)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melissa VINE VOICE on June 9, 2010
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Reunited love, fate, and mistrust are all central themes of When Marrying a Scoundrel. I enjoyed the tension of the book but not necessarily some of the actions of the characters. The leads have a terrible tendency to believe they know what the other is thinking and usually they are wrong in their assessments.

Sadie Moon reads tea leaves for the wealthy and aristocratic in London and even though she can see the fates of others she is unable or perhaps unwilling to read her own fate (or even remembering it from a past reading). She is therefore unprepared to encounter her estranged husband Jack at a soiree. She is astounded to see him after a ten year absence.

Jack is also surprised. He is in London to oversee some investments and he is deeply moved when he sees his wife. Both characters are mistrustful of the other. Jack left Sadie to seek a fortune and after he departed Sadie left their home too. Both feel abandoned and in the right and neither really listens to the other person, in fact, they have a tendency to talk past each other. They do not have a big misunderstanding, more of miscommunications as they listen and empathize with the other person.

Sadie is emotional and angry but she seemsto be oblivious about her own personality quirks. She realizes she is still attracted to Jack and this disturbs her equilibrium. They bicker but not to the point of being maddening to the reader. Sadie surprisingly is loyal to Jack when others cast aspirations upon him.

Jack knows his heart much more than Sadie does, he is willing to make a go of their marriage but convincing Sadie is another matter all together. I liked Jack, probably more than I did Sadie. Both have been faithful to each other and Jack is a romantic at heart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 20, 2010
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I really enjoyed this story which was a lovely romance with two warm main characters. I think it could have been a little more edgy to have made 5 stars but otherwise, a sweet love story about lost and found love. I am really looking forward to reading more books in this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RomReader VINE VOICE on March 2, 2012
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Fortune-teller to the wealthy hopes that the man she married in a pagan wedding ceremony when she was 15 doesn't divulge her true identity to the public. They have not seen each other since he left her in London to make his riches abroad 12 years ago. Each blames the other for their marriage breakup. They attempt to continue on with their separate lives in London but seeing the other with a different partner encites strong feelings that eventually lead to sex. But there are things from their past that are kept secret from the other & there are certain people that know Hero & heroine from the past. Will their past secrets detain them from a future together?

I really liked Smith's When Seducing a Duke so I expected this book to be as good of a read. I was wrong. This book was an unpleasant read for me. The characters were so fickle with their ambivalent feelings & hot-cold treatment towards each other. For example, Hero professed to have loved heroine every day of their 12-year separation. Yet several occasions in the book he expressed his tendency to bed different women casually. He was even almost overtaken by his lust for another woman with heroine in the same vicinity. He would've had sex with the other woman too if not for the interruptions. He also expressed how much he detested heroine on occasion. Both main characters also frequently seesawed in how they thought about each other. They disliked each other & wanted to continue living life as an unmarried person. Then, next thing you know, they were both in love with each other & professed to how they've never stopped loving each other & viewed the other as their spouse.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 29, 2010
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Years ago Jack Farrington abandoned his wife. To eat Sadie Moon became a fortune teller, which she is quite good at. However, lately her tea leaves readings have included some personal messages that she cannot fathom what they mean. Jack's visage keeps showing up.

In 1877 wealthy investor Jack Friday and Sadie meet when she wants to lease a store from him. Neither lets the other know they recognize one another as their spouse. He remains angry that she deserted him and she feels likewise. Both moved on. However, each quickly realizes they remain in love, but will either risk their heart again; if they do they will learn the truth of why they separated and who plots to keep them apart. If they don't, a second chance to correct what should have been will be lost as will their respective hearts.

This is a strong second chance Victorian romance if either of the still in love star-crossed pair takes that key first step of reconciliation. Both are likable but obstinate not trusting the other or their betraying heart. Fans will enjoy this profound historical due to the strong lead pair while reading the tea leaves that insist their friends will continue the gender war.

Harriet Klausner
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This is Smith's second in her new Victorian series (it follows WHEN SEDUCING A DUKE, which I also reviewed). The stories take place in London in the late 19th century and much of the action centers around a scandalous club called "Saint's Row." The stories are fast paced and the dialog witty as Smith draws us into the lives of those who spend their evenings enjoying the many pleasures to be had at the club owned by the beautiful Vienne La Rieux.

In SEDUCING A DUKE, we met the Duke of Ryeton, a very bad boy, and the young innocent Rose Danvers, who became his duchess. They are still characters in this second installment. Now we have the story of Sadie Moon, the amazing teller of fortunes at Saint's Row (from the first book). Ten years ago in Ireland, Sadie fell in love with and married Jack Farrington a young nobleman. Jack's grandfather, an Irish earl, disowned Jack when he eloped with Sadie. Jack's tealeaves once told Sadie they would love each other forever but would face a long separation. Well, it's been 8 years since he left her to make his way in the world so he could give her a better life, and now he's back in London, as a wealthy businessman named "Jack Friday". Jack's angry because when he returned two years after leaving, Sadie was gone without a word. Sadie is angry because he deserted her when she needed him most.

There is great sexual tension here as Sadie and Jack try to deny they still love each other, as each blames the other for the separation. The emotions between the two are very believable and Sadie and Jack are loveable, she the Irish lass, he the Irish rogue. The relationships and chemistry between the other characters are also very enjoyable.
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