- Series: Zebra Historical Romance
- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Zebra; First Edition edition (September 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1420108484
- ISBN-13: 978-1420108484
- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,279,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lady of Scandal (Zebra Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2009
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Victoria Ashton is different from the other woman of the Ton. She is crafty and smart. Victoria is very happy with her life but her father's debts are out of control and must me paid. Seems she is the solution to her fathers problems. Blake Mallorey Earl of Ravenspear has made a deal with Victoria's father that has but her smack in the middle.
Blake Mallorey has overcome poverty and childhood tragedies to become a respected member of society. Behind the handsome facade is a gentlemen bent on revenge. Charles Aston drove Blake's father to suicide and his family to ruin. Blake sees a golden opportunity to make Charles pay and get Victoria as his lover. He proposes Victoria be his
mistress for a year and he will extend time to her father to get his affairs in order.
Blake promises not to force Victoria into anything but spending time with her he is seduced by her wit and charm. Victoria is all set to ignore Blake but she is finding many hidden layers to this fascinating man. As they draw closer together, Charles is pressuring Victoria to betray Blake. Will their new found trust survive?
Lady Of Scandal is a wonderful first book by Tina Gabrielle. Its crisp writing and well developed characters will keep you enthralled. I will be looking for more books from this new author.
What I found unbelievable about this story was Victoria's long standing dedication to her father. Charles Ashton was not portrayed as a complex character; I had no sympathy for his character, and as such, I found it incredibly difficult to understand why Victoria remained loyal to her father. Despite his strict attitude during her upbringing, and the fact that he happily gives her to Blake - with no apology - Victoria doesn't seem to doubt her father. She doesn't seem to be at all angry that her father has prostituted her to Blake. I find this very hard to understand.
The story was quite enjoyable aside from this flaw - but I found it tripping me up several times throughout my reading.
In comes the Earl of Ravenspar - Blake Mallory, who has been abroad for nine long years. Victoria's father is responsible for his family's demise: his father's suicide and the horrible end his mother and sister encountered in a squalid London workhouse where both eventually lost their lives. Blake has come for revenge and he will extract it from Victoria's father in the form of taking her as his mistress for a year or he will ensure that her father and her family end up in the same conditions that befell his family.
Victoria's father hands her over to Blake without the blink of an eye. His callous behavior towards his daughter is no surprise to Blake - but Victoria agrees with the despicable scheme and goes off with Blake to his country estate to ensure her family's debt is paid off.
Much to her surprise, she finds Blake, a man who has made his fortune, is very caring and concerned to those around him. His kindness towards his tenants and everyone he interacts with is a mystery to Victoria as well as the fact that though she may be residing under his roof - he has made no attempt to debauch her and bed her.
I agree with one reviewer here - it was very difficult to understand the staunch loyalty that Victoria exhibits towards her father - a man who has never treated her with any respect or kindness and cares nothing for her reputation when he handed her over to Blake to be his mistress.
Other than that "flaw" the story was quite interesting and enjoyable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is obviously the author's first book and I'm glad I read the later books first. If this was my first exposure to this author there would not have been a second time. Read morePublished on April 16, 2013 by arc
A short and enjoyable read.. I loved that the female character was not portrayed as weak and incapable, but rather beautiful and intelligent..Published on March 10, 2013 by Sandy Hoang
I have read more than 300 historical romances but this book is soooo coming on my shitlist!
This author does not know of nuances, character developement and giving the... Read more
I really wanted the villain to die lol I can admit that, and because he didnt I would really give the book 4.5 stars. with that being said I love Blake. Read morePublished on June 3, 2012 by truthandnothingbut
Tina's books grab you from page 1 and don't let go. Her characters are strong and intelligent. If you're a fan of regency romance, you won't regret getting this book.Published on December 7, 2011 by M. Duffy
I really was upset with the ending. The father of the heroine tries to kill the hero and they let him flee to France. Read morePublished on November 2, 2010 by me
I took a gamble on this book and it paid off. Great story with well developed characters. I really liked that Victoria had to make the best decisions for herself and not fall in... Read morePublished on September 22, 2010 by likeit,loveit,loseit
Blake Mallory, Earl of Ravenspear, returns to England after a ten-year absence and encounters his enemy's daughter, Victoria Ashton. Read morePublished on January 23, 2010 by statengirl