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In Search of Scandal (London Explorers) Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 2015

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Book 1 of 2 in the London Explorers Series

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"[A] delightful debut... Passionate characters and personal adventures come alive in Lord's post-Regency series opener." - Booklist

"A wounded hero, a feisty, vivacious heroine, intense emotions and a vibrant voice mark Lord as a talent to watch. Readers seeking a powerful and poignant story that satisfies both their hearts and minds are sure to put this high on their TBR pile. The ending will bring tears to their eyes." - RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars

""[A] warm and complex Victorian romance...[the characters'] romantic and intellectual connection, as well as the strongly drawn supporting characters, make this novel worth the reader's while."
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"An emotionally compelling, heartrending debut." - Library Journal

"IN SEARCH OF SCANDAL took me on an emotional adventure, with moments ranging from sweet to sexy, funny to heart wrenching. I wholeheartedly recommend this debut Victorian historical romance, and I can't wait for more from Susanne Lord. Reviewers Top Pick!" - Night Owl Review

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Susanne Lord lives beside a beautiful pond surrounded by hawthorne trees and wildflowers. When it's quiet and no one is about, she can pretend she is taking her exercise on the grounds of an ancient, family estate. When it's not, she's reminded her family is not of the landed gentry, the pond is in the middle of Chicago, and the only adventure in her day comes in the form of emails marked 'urgent' at her advertising job. Originally from Okinawa, off-base and on, Susanne now makes her home in Illinois. When not working, writing, attending theater or reading, she travels to England, where she enjoys getting lost in the woods.
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Product Details

  • Series: London Explorers (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (December 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492623504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492623502
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #972,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I enjoyed this book by a new author. Such a trite thing to say, but after being bitterly disappointed in many of my former favorites (Kelly, Campbell, Hoyt, Kleypas and Milan to name some), I’m thrilled to find a book I totally enjoyed.

First glimpse of the Hero went like this: “For God’s sake, man. Make way.” The impatient command came from close behind, startling in its proximity. Will Repton clenched his teeth against a reply and edged to the right of the pavement, his limping gait either too slow or too unsightly for the haughty Londoners passing him. Could six years so alter a city? City hadn’t changed. He had. Will had left London a hale and hearty envoy of the East India Company; he’d returned – after being twice-rumored dead – a famed explorer, celebrated plant hunter, and universally pitied cripple.” Piqued my interest in one paragraph.

First glimpse of the heroine: “ No doubt the girl possessed a colossal dowry to draw this gathering. He turned and nearly plowed over a woman standing in his path. His heart jolted from the near collision – but there was little that didn’t jolt him lately. He stepped back. And stood corrected. Charlotte Baker needed no dowry. Past the spangles and beads sparking into his eyes, a porcelain doll had come to life. Glossy, dark curls framed the flawless oval of her face.” OK, I’m hooked.

Convinced the writing was good, I next discovered the characters were well developed and the real fun began. This book was about the development of a relationship – and it was just what I needed - a nice, substantial, well-written book that kept my interest and didn’t annoy me. I’m finding it a challenge to summarize because it was so relationship-driven and unfolded slowly, yet believably
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This book has most of my favorite things: tortured hero? Check! Playful heroine whose cheerful character is the opposite of hero? Check! Unusual occupation for hero? Check! From the very first page, I enjoyed this book immensely. Will and Charlotte are delightful characters from the get go. The author has a strong grasp of 'showing vs telling' so although Will might say differently to Charlotte, his actions and inner monologues showed us he's totally smitten, even when he himself didn't know it yet. I thought for sure this book was a winner.

And then ..... Will's self denial went on much longer than I could stomach. Even after they married, even after they made love to each other, he was still denying the obvious. What's more frustrating, he's still not communicating with Charlotte. He would unintentionally say something hurtful to Charlotte, then her feelings would be hurt, and then they would stew in their own misery of misunderstanding - without communicating what's truly going on, Repeat that for 10 or so chapters in the book, you get my point. By chapter 15 or so, I was exhausted! You see, as much as one loves a tortured hero, one can only stomach so much of this "I need you but I can't be with you" back & forth before the whole thing becomes exhausting, not to mention irritating. Whatever happened to simple communication between two adults to clear up confusion and further misunderstanding? Is that too much to ask for a romance novel anymore?

And so, I'm giving this book a 3-star instead. It's not a bad debut, better than most actually. But I think the author should tighten up the plot a bit more to avoid prolonged back & forth unnecessarily. Please, I'm begging you and other authors who love to use this plot to build that angst factor.
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Completely engaging book. The characters truly developed into ones I wanted to know about, witty and multi-dimensional. The historical details gives this book more context, adds intrigue. Hoping for a series of books, as I want more of the other characters introduced in the book. Highly recommended even if romance is not your usual genre of choice
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This isn't a just-released HR. I've known about it for a while but the price seemed too steep for a debut work so I was happy to find it at my library. Win-win. A free look at a new author. And, let me tell you, Susanne Lord is now on my list of HR writers that I'm following. The writing in this debut novel is excellent. Superior quality for being a romance. Descriptive abilities high, character development high, ability to get the "love" and other emotions onto the pages also high.

All in all, this was a very pleasant surprise after reading so many duds lately, even written by established, well-known and popular HR authors. This is the beginning of a series set in the 1850s with a connection to that Victorian thirst to explore (and, let's face it, to conquer) new lands. And, oh yay, not one reference to Almack's or Napoleon or Prinny, obviously. Too much Regency wears on me after a while. (BTW, the second of this series, DISCOVERY OF DESIRE, will be out in September of 2016 and will feature a secondary character of this first story.)

In this story our main male character is Will Repton, recently returned from exploration in China and the survivor of a massacre in Tibet which left him with physical injuries and emotional trauma and survivor's guilt. Now that he's back his sole mission in life is to recover from his injuries and to amass enough funds from sponsors and donors to return to Asia. His overt reason to return is to do more exploring and specimen collecting but his real goal is to see if the infant baby of French missionary parents killed in the massacre has survived.
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