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Ripe for Scandal (The League of Second Sons) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2011
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"Ms. Carr has outdone herself!" --Under The Covers Book Blog
"With an intelligent marriage of (in) convenience plot, the second League of Second Sons is a fabulous tale." --Genre Go Round Reviews
"4 Stars! With her witty dialogue and tender romance, Carr draws readers into her marriage-of-convenience plotline that delves into what happens when the couple falls in love and then struggles to build a strong marriage against the odds. It's a lesson all can savor."―RT Book Reviews
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I usually wait to read the reviews before purchasing a book now but took a chance anyway. What a huge disappointment not to mention waste of time and money. I know I am not alone in wanting to read a story about a hero with some integrity and depth....someone with a few morals perhaps? Unfortunately there are too many authors not listening.
The two decide to wed in order to keep Beau's reputation intact --and it works for the most part. But swooping in on a friend's sister is a cardinal sin among gentlemen and the marriage leaves Gareth ostracized among his buddies. The love is there for our couple and so is some pretty rockin' sex... but they aren't without problems. In addition to Gareth losing his friends, they must also deal with a revenge plot against Beau and the appearance of Gareth's bastard nephew, who his brother refuses to claim.
This is where the book lost me. I kind of like the idea of our hero and heroine banding together to thumb their nose at society. They were a united force --who entertained me with steamy love scenes. But Gareth's willingness to break Beau's heart to perpetrate his brother's lies completely alienated me. It was totally unnecessary. Even if he wanted to maintain the pretense to the outside world, lying to Beau was inexcusable.
The first half of the book was pretty enjoyable... and I was satisfied by the time we got to the ending. But the baby plot device/ secret/ misunderstanding was a big fail. 3 1/2 stars.
But I had a real problem with Leo, Beau's brother. (Hero of the first book) He was a complete &(%#&! in this book. I couldn't understand him at all. Why would he mistrust a beloved sister and a longtime friend? Why would he blacken his friend's reputation AFTER that friend was married to his sister - thus hurting HER reputation in the process?
And one niggling detail. I was hard-pressed to understand why one of the villains was let off. He BEAT the heroine up and was planning to hand her over to a psychopath! Hello? And they just let him off? WTH?
Ripe for Scandal
Reviewed by Angela & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
True to its name, this second installment for The League of Second Sons series is full of scandal, family entanglement, romance with steamy scenes, and suspense. Ms. Carr has outdone herself as this book is so much better than the last!
Lady Boudicea Vaughn is the marriageable daughter of the Duke of Lochmaben, also Lord Leonidas little sister. This girl is not the black sheep of the family by far, but definitely a black sheep of their society. She is always going against the rules, and intentionally or not, her reputation is always in question. She will find herself in a situation where her purity will be at risk to the point of no return. And that`s where our Hero comes in, the famous Rake of London.
Gareth Sandison is the second son of the Earl of Roxwell, member of the League, and childhood friends with Lord Leonidas, which complicates things. Now, this guy is "..a rake known for dallying with other men's wives...", he was a flirt, a wanderer living the life of a bachelor. However, when the responsibility of taking care of Leo's little sister came up, he definitely came through, in more ways then one.
They have known each other since they were kids and always had feelings for each other. Knowing it will never be, Garreth and Beau avoided each other but a situation will arise where their attraction cannot be ignored. The love scenes were fairly hot and take note, there is very thorough instruction of how-to-do a Hand Job included.
Their coming together was as predictable as the Guy Next Door story, but do not be fooled. This book has twists and turns that are unexpected and left me holding my breath.
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The plot was fun and the sex was steamy, but what I also liked is the period detail--just enough to get lost in this world, but not too much to weigh the story down.Published 14 months ago by MichiganReader
OK, I am a sucker for "best friends younger sister" books anyway, but this one tops the list. Lady Beau is a hellion in her own right, and Gareth is perfect for her.Published on March 16, 2014 by feysidhe
I enjoyed this book including the fact that the plot is outrageous. I am bothering to write this review to improve the star standing of the book. Read morePublished on April 5, 2012 by Missadventure
This book was not what I expected. It was indeed "Ripe for Scandal", the entire book was one great scandal after another, I really was sick of it. Read morePublished on February 15, 2012 by Amazon Customer
An adventurous and tempting novel, Ripe for Scandal is a great addition to the League of Second Sons series. Read morePublished on February 12, 2012 by L. J. Engelke
Lady Boudicea "Beau" Vaughn, is the daughter of a Duke and heiress to a fortune. She has two older brothers that are very protective over her, even if they won't tell her that to... Read morePublished on January 16, 2012 by Cocktails and Books
An adventurous and tempting novel, RIPE FOR SCANDAL is a great addition to the League of Second Sons series. Read morePublished on December 17, 2011 by The Romance Reviews
The League of Second Sons returns with a bang. Boudicea "Beau" Vaughn is the lovely but untouchable sister of Lord Leonidas Vaughn. Read morePublished on December 5, 2011 by Allison