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Book 5 of 5 in the Reckless Brides Series

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“Set sail with Essex as she cleverly pits a bluestocking against a stiff-upper-lipped British naval officer and lets the sparks fly. Essex spices her fast-paced tale with fascinating details of ships and sailing and adds plenty of sexual tension, high-seas adventures, danger and desire. Readers will be on the edges of their seats reading this latest Reckless Brides tale.” ―RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars, Top Pick!)

About the Author

Elizabeth Essex is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed Reckless Brides historical romance series. When not rereading Jane Austen, mucking about in her garden or simply messing about with boats, Elizabeth can be always be found with her laptop, making up stories about heroes and heroines who live far more exciting lives than she.  Her books have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, and RWA's prestigious RITA Award, and have made Top-Ten lists from Romantic Times, The Romance Reviews and Affaire de Coeur Magazine. Her fifth book, A BREATH OF SCANDAL, was awarded Best Historical in the Reader's Crown 2013. Elizabeth lives in Texas with her husband, the indispensable Mr. Essex, and her active and exuberant family in an old house filled to the brim with books. You can sign up for her newsletter at: eepurl.com/bQgwk9
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Product Details

  • Series: The Reckless Brides (Book 5)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (August 26, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250044588
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250044587
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,403,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By TracyJane on September 9, 2014
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Did you ever start a book and keep putting it down, not because it was boring, but because you didn't want it to end? For me, this was that type of book.

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.
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Wowie, zowie, I loved both the hero and heroine in this book. I will say from the outset, I felt the story contained some holes that needed filling, but overall a really good read.

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?
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Originally reviewed for Buried Under Romance www.buriedunderromance.com

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.
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Elizabeth Essex continues her Reckless Bride series in a grand fashion. A scandal to remember has two wonderfully complex characters and a great plot.

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.
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