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Scandalous Virtue (The Saint of Seven Dials Book 0) by [Hiatt, Brenda]
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"Brenda Hiatt handles the story beautifully: it is fast, witty and fun." ~Publishers Weekly

"A real gem...Brenda Hiatt beautifully captures the era as we watch Jack and Nessa play by the rules of society while making a few of their own." ~RT Book Reviews

From the Author

Scandalous Virtue is the first of my Regency-set single-title historical romances and a prequel of sorts to my Saint of Seven Dials series, introducing characters who go on to have their own stories later. In this, my first transition from shorter, traditional Regency romances to the longer (and steamier) historical romances, I enjoyed the opportunity to spread my wings outside the stricter confines of my former genre while still staying true to the historical accuracy and sensibilities of the era. I hope you enjoy it, too!

Product Details

  • File Size: 750 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Brenda Hiatt (September 6, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 5, 1999
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LKMR64
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,116 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There is so much to love in this novel. Which makes it even more shocking that I came very close to giving it 2 stars.

The good: A heroine who has been subjected to miserably repressive parenting, further subjugated by by an arranged-&-miserably-repressive marriage, who strives to throw off her patriarchal shackles and find her own desires and choices. A hero who is a sincerely reformed rake, aspiring to live up to the loving respect of his deceased grandfather. They each are attracted to the other by what they internally lack, which can be a cliche, but in this case is heartfelt and believable. And the chemistry between them - both physical and emotional - is plausible and compelling. And then - aargh! And then the author decides this isn't enough.

**Spoilers follow**

The heroine's desires for freedom are apparently too extreme, and she needs to learn a lesson. So the hero takes her to Paris, to see that actual sexual freedom is disgusting and degrading, and also revolutionary and anarchic. Or something. She learns this lesson in 2 days, and then they can go to the French countryside (which is not so depraved and awful) and be happy, which is where she is also allowed to realize she's pregnant.

As if this punishment (of what made the heroine interesting in the first place!) weren't aggravating enough, then the plot goes truly off the rails. We end up running around France, hunted by Napoleon loyalists, as well as vengeful former girlfriends of the hero. After which we get to read about truly the most lame kidnapping / rescue I've ever encountered in a historical romance (and that's saying something, since the genre is rife with them) - all to absolutely no purpose. I cannot forgive Hiatt for betraying the lovely work she started with.
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This is an excellent book, and the characters are great! Jack, with the reputation of being a rake, marries Nessa, who has the reputation of being extremely virtuous and straitlaced. Through their interactions with each other before and after their marriage they find that, at heart they are not what they seem to be on the surface. The fact is the two of them are really very much alike and even before the end of the book it is easy to see that they are a perfect couple. I recommend this book highly to anyone who likes historical romances!
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I'm not a big fan of historical romance (I usually read contempory romances or mysteries), but I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was very well-written and very funny. The way in which the author handled the hero's past was believable and the hero and heroine were extremely well-matched. It was nice to read a character-driven romance, so many of them relie on contrived events to foster the storyline.
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I'm starting to wonder who writes reviews. I would not recommend this book. The characters are not well developed. They're not really even developed. The Tree in The Giving Tree travels a greater emotional distance than any of these characters. The dialogue is not witty. The plot is weak and the book is not fast paced.

It is an OK read for the price, especially if you've got some time on your hands and you'd spend the $3.99 on something more fleeting, like a Starbuck's coffee. Some of the character names are so silly they become annoying. (Lord and Lady Creamcroft? Is this story taking place in Candyland.) I probably would have been less disappointed if my expectations had not been mis-set by the reviews.

Now as far a fiction goes, the review writers get five stars!
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I enjoyed elements of this story but it fell short during the last third. The author writes well and I've enjoyed some of her other books but I didn't believe in the love story between the H and h.

***Spoilers***
I truly hated the fact that the author mentions how the H is tempted but doesn't act on his attraction to amongst others, his previous mistress and some formers flirts in Paris. How am I supposed to believe that this 'former' rake won't stray again in the future. The Paris incident was right towards the end of the book. We'd been told that his former debauched life in Paris was still a temptation for him and that is why he wanted to get married!! In my opinion the H was TSTL when he got involved with his mistress again so soon after his wedding. It would have been far more normal for him to tell his wife why he was meeting with her. I didn't buy this plot device.

It's a pity that the book was brought down by these things because I enjoyed parts of it very much.
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I actually read several of the other books in this series first then came back to read about Jack who was mentioned as the scandolous Lord who fell in love and sequestered himself forever with his lady love. So, it was interesting to read about how this rake overcame his reputation and ended up with the virtuas Nessa. Of course the interesting part was that Nessa wanted to be scandalous and Jack wanted her to save his reputation. Seeing how they gradually got to know one another and how they came together as this great romantic couple was a pleasurable read!! All of these stories from a similar group of Regency friends are wonderful by Brenda Hiatt!!
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