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A Matter of Scandal: With This Ring by [Enoch, Suzanne]
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Lovely Emma Grenville is the headmistress of Miss Grenville's Academy, a contented spinster, and firmly on the shelf--or so she believes until Greydon Brakenridge, the Duke of Wycliffe, arrives in west Hampshire and threatens to raise her rent and close down her school. He's handsome, intelligent, and thoroughly exasperating, for he believes the academy is nothing more than a "marriage factory" to train young girls to become simpering, clinging ninnies without an original thought in their heads. Greydon is determined to seduce the lovely Miss Grenville, and Emma, although powerfully attracted to the Duke, is just as determined to teach him a lesson about the intelligence of women. Before Emma and her students are done with Greydon Brakenridge, he will have an entirely new respect for educated women. And before Greydon is done with Emma, he will have stirred up a scandal that even his powerful position may not be able to resolve.

A Matter of Scandal is a delightful Regency romp, sprinkled with charming secondary characters both hilarious and endearing, and with a hero and heroine whose romantic escapades and witty dialogue add up to an excellent tale that will please readers everywhere. --Lois Faye Dyer

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Miss Emma Grenville has had her fill of pig-headed noblemen who believe women exist solely to satisfy men. And her arrogant new landlord, the Duke of Wycliffe, is the worst of the lot! The too-attractive cad wants to triple the rent on Emma's finishing school for young ladies to help get his newly inherited estate out of debt. Well, he clearly needs educating—about women. And Emma is just the one to enlighten him.

The sinfully handsome duke has never met a woman he couldn't seduce and outwit.And now that he's tricked Emma intoa wager, he has the stubborn headmistressright where he wants her. But the confirmedbachelor underestimates the quick-wittedand surprisingly sensual Miss Grenville. For she may be leading him to a placeneither dreams they'll ever go—to the altar.

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  • File Size: 683 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0380818507
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)
  • Publication Date: October 13, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000JMKT1Y
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After plowing my way through hopelessly unimaginative, flat-ploted romance novels lately, imagine my utter surprise at discovering that Suzanne Enoch's latest release is a little jewel of delight!
Miss Emma Grenville is a lively, spirited and spunky heroine who knows her own mind and is not afraid to stand up for her beliefs. In fact, in a an era ruled solely by men, she has managed to uphold herself with carving out a career as a headmistress of a girls' Academy. However, her whole world turns upside down when an arrogant and dashing rake known as Greydon, the Duke of Wycliffe storms in and threatens her position as a headmistress and dismisses all her teachings as nothing but calculating husband trapping tricks.
Greydon is at his wits end, trying to dodge from attentions of countless simpering debutantes and their matchmaking mamas. So, when he receives urgent summons from his uncle in the country, it is none too soon for he is desperate to get away from London and its exasperating ton. Upon his arrival, he learns that his uncle's estate is in dire condition and desperately needs his intervention...However, in order to accomplish this feat, he finds himself dealing with one of the most stubborn, impossible creatures; otherwise known as Miss Emma, the headmistress of the blasted, dreaded girls' Academy. And the worst thing of all is that she's totally immune to his charms! He is the bloody Duke of Wycliffe, after all!...Women pursue him, what's amiss here?
What follows is an absolutely hilarious and engrossing regency romp, in which the utterly arrogant and rakish duke is thoroughly reeducated in female vurtues...and learns the folly of falling hopelessly, head-over heels in love with the only female who dared to defy him...
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I really enjoyed this book. This is the kind of book I wish every romance that I read was...funny, tender, growth on both character's parts...triumph.
Emma runs a girls school on an aristocrat's land. The aristocrat is not doing very well financiall because his previous estate manager robbed him. The aristocrat calls his nephew in, Wycliffe, to offer suggestions on how to recoup his losses. Wycliffe suggests to triple the rents on all the tenants.
This doesn't bode well for Emma, who can ill afford such a rent increase.
As sparks fly between Emma and Wycliffe, a wager is made, which will decide whether the Academy stays or goes.
There is a wonderful host of secondary characters here to love.
I hope Enoch's next story is about Tristan Dare. He deserves his own!
If you love good romance, in the style of Judith McNaught, then you will LOVE this book.
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Emma Grenville, headmistress of Miss Grenvillle's Academy for Young Ladies, meets Greydon Brakenridge, Duke of Wycliffe, on the road to his uncle's home when the wheel of one of his coaches falls off and the coach is mired in the mud. He is immediately drawn to her not knowing she is headmistress of the Academy.
While helping his uncle, Lord Haverly, try to work his estate out of near bankruptcy, he advised his uncle to triple the rents on his properties, which includes the Academy. Grey is intelligent, handsome (of course), tired of women chasing him and believes the Academy is nothing more than a school to teach the young ladies to snare husbands.
The two, Emma and Grey, make a wager. She is to find a way besides raising rents to make Lord Haverly's estate profitable, and he is to teach 5 of the young ladies, how to behave at social functions in Society. Emma is determined to teach Grey a lesson about women. While the wagering is going on, many witty situations occur and I laughed out loud in several instances.
Among Grey's entourage at his uncle's home is his mistress (now former mistress), Lady Sylvia (a duchess wannabe), Trev, his cousin and Blumton (another young relation). Lady Sylvia does her best to cause problems for Emma and a scandal develops, which requires the use of his position to resolve. Other characters include his mother, The Duchess, and counsin and a would be rake, Freddie.
This is a delightful story with wonderful characters and secondary characters. You won't be disappointed.
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I like Suzanne Enoch's spirited heroines and her heroes do themselves justice, but she has the disappointing habit, like other competent romancers, to hype up the ending unecessarily and disruptively. The heroine of this novel is the headstrong headmistress of a girls' school who is, naturally, challenged by a cynical, pleasure-seeking duke. Their coming together is pleasingly plotted, though their consummation strains credence a bit. The peripheral characters add spice and interest to the story, especially the heroine's protege Elizabeth and to a lesser degree, the duke's viscount friend. But this same viscount reflects the weakness I began with--that of sacrificing everything to whimsy and melodrama. The drawn-out resolution of the wager between the two lovers became ridiculously tenuous, to the point where I eventually couldn't be bothered to care whether any of it made sense anymore. Some of it was fun, nonetheless, but on the whole it took away from my involvement with the romantic duo.
If Enoch can overcome this tendency, I will stay a loyal reader.
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