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A Scandal to Remember (The Reckless Brides) Mass Market Paperback – August 26, 2014
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I loved this book, I loved Dance and I loved Jane. I thought they were perfect together and I wouldn't change anything about this story.
I especially liked that they slowly fell in love, they worked together, they supported each other and against all odds, ended up with a HEA.
I have enjoyed each and every book I this series, but they are all so loosely connected, that you can enjoy them out of order without any confusion. I can't recommend this series, most especially this book, enough!!
I do wish they had actually said the I love yous - but they both thought it and showed it to the other. So I can overlook that.
We have a sweet, little bluestocking - one of my favorite heroine types in our darling little Jane Eliza Burke, or J.E. Burke as she named herself in order to be able to go along on the Royal Philosophical Society's expedition to the south seas. Jane is a conchologist (I love this word) - an experienced knowledgeable naturalist with her expertise being in the study of mollusc shells. The Society assumed J.E. Burke was a man when they accepted her application - but "he" is actually Jane.
Our to-die-for hero is Lieutenant Charles Dance who arrives for his assignment on board the Royal Navy Frigate - the H.M.S. Tenacious to find a drunken captain, a good-for-nothing crew, a vessel that is sadly in need of repair and a sure-to-be enemy in the person of the bosun, Mr. Ransome. Now, here's where you can separate the gifted from the not-so-gifted writer. The manner in which Ms. Essex uses the character of Charles Dance to deal with his hellish circumstances throughout the story is a fine example of a truly gifted writer. In my opinion, Dance's daily struggles and the way he dealt with them - well, mostly, is what makes the story come alive and remain "real" in the mind of the reader.
Is there a romance? You betcha - can't you tell by the cover on the book? I strongly dislike these types of covers. They tend to deceive the reader in some cases and IMO can even hinder sales - now I'm off the subject. The cover is no indication of the story contained within the pages of this book. Is there a time on a deserted beach?Read more ›
A Scandal to Remember by Elizabeth Essex is a delightful adventure on the high seas. Fast paced and compelling, it is a great read for a summer vacation!
Serious and determined Lieutenant Charles Dance finds himself assigned as the second officer on a two-year scientific expedition to the South Seas by the prestigious Royal Society. When he arrives at his ship, the Royal Navy Frigate Tenacious, he finds the captain drunk, the crew lazy, and the aging vessel in complete disrepair. To make matters worse, when the passengers arrive, respected conchologist J. E. Burke turns out to be a woman, which according to the lore of the sea, spells disaster.
Educated, organized and intelligent Jane Burke is a wonderful heroine. Granddaughter of Lord Thomas Burke, she is determined to leave the expectations of London society behind her and make a name for herself as respected scientist. Not all goes smoothly for her on the voyage, however, as the crew resents her presence, and she, herself, is surprised to find herself attracted to the sexy Lieutenant Dance.
As I was reading A Scandal to Remember, I was thinking that it would be five stars, but then I came to the flaw in this otherwise very well written novel. Without giving away too much, a major event occurs towards the end of the novel. While still fun to read, I found the story immediately following this event to be very cliche. The ending, however, reverted to the previously well written style and was very satisfying.
I’m giving A Scandal to Remember 4½ stars and I highly recommend it to everyone.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Lieutenant Dance is almost overwhelmed in his newest assignment. He is the second in command of a ship that is barely sea worthy. The crew is idle, untrustworthy and surly. The Captain is a drunkard that is barely seen outside of his state room and there are barnacles covering the hull of the ship. The vessel must sail around the world with a group of scientist from the Royal Society and Dance can hardly believe that his ship will be able to handle the journey.
Jane Burke is a scientist and close to being on the shelf at twenty-six. She is efficient, logical and smart. Going on the expedition is the bravest act she has ever accomplished. She worries that she will not be allowed on board but her fears are unfounded as Dance makes certain she and her little boat and equipment are stored aboard. Jane is a conchologist, she is an expert when it comes to shells but not when it comes to men.
Jane and Dance have a perfectly wonderful romance amidst a decidedly awful voyage. The voyage has many hardships like deserters, sabotage, swindlers and lack of ship discipline. These difficulties show the reader the stern stuff that makes up these characters, they respond to each crisis with aplomb and outright bravery. Dance is honorable and loyal. He is responsible and entirely dutiful. Jane falls a little for him more each day. They have charming dialogue and they are honest with each other.
Dance does not treat Jane as a dilettante, her shell seeking and cataloging is not a hobby and she is deserving of respect for her scientific finds and her quick mind.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really, really loved the first book in this series, Almost a Scandal, and then the next one or two were only meh, so I took a break from Elizabeth Essex. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Clio Reads
This may be Essex's best book. I liked it for several reasons. First, they are not fighting each other in the typical "oh baby I know you want me" and "no I don't but... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
A Refreshing change from the usual heroine on a ship that falls for the captain. This romance takes you from the shores of England to the shores of an uninhabited island. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Betty Johnson
First time reading a novel by this author and it will not be my last. The lead characters interactions and banter were engaging and their connection believable. Read morePublished 17 months ago by La Chula
Jane has lived a very sheltered and quiet life but she also lives a shocking secret, she is the mind behind J.E. Burkes the renowned conchologist, not her father. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Whiskey in the Jar
it is a hard read, not a good decision buying this one. Not sure if I will ever get past the third chapter.Published 21 months ago by ROslyn T Davenport
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For too long, Miss Jane Burke’s father has taken advantage of her painstaking research. Read more