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Publisher's Summary

Handsome ladies’ man Lucas Beckford has agreed to help his friend, an impoverished baron, win the affections of an icy heiress. It should be a simple task, especially for a seducer of his reputation. However when Luke catches sight of the enchanting lady, he is captivated with her pretty brown eyes, quick wit, and sharp tongue; and his desire to see his friend marry the girl quickly evaporates. Now he just has to find a way to convince the penniless lord to turn his attentions elsewhere - leaving the Ice Princess to him.
Lady Juliet St. Claire has always believed that her fortune would protect her from ever having to relinquish her freedom in marriage. Though fortune hunters endlessly hound her, Juliet's outwardly cold demeanor keeps most of them at bay, licking their wounds or patching up their pride.
However when Luke charms his way into her life, he easily melts more than just her heart. Unfortunately, the rogue is of the love 'em and leave 'em variety, and leaves Juliet's tender heart in pieces. But when her fortune lands her in danger from an unscrupulous foe, Luke returns to her side, offering his help and protection. Now Juliet has to decide if her heart is strong enough to trust the rogue a second time.
A Regency Historical Novel - Book Two of the Scandalous Series...
©2011 - 2016 Second Wind Publishing (P)2013 Jodie Pearson
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4 out of 5 stars
By Zzrole on 06-07-13

Read the series in order

What does Stevie Zimmerman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She does a great job of expressing each character's lines and putting personality into each one.

Any additional comments?

It was a little annoying the way book 1 overlapped into book 2. You heard the same scenes reread from Book 1 because the 2 stories overlapped time wise. I found it a little hard to really like the hero in this book because his character was severely flawed by his actions 5 years earlier with his brother's wife. (she wasn't his wife at the time, but she was a 16 year old girl he thought was a virgin. Really, what kind of man seduces a 16 year old virgin with no thoughts toward a serious relationship and no remorse or misgivings about his actions. A very gross kind of man in my opinion. Even WITH thoughts toward a serious relationship, it's creepy. I wasn't sure I would be able to root for him. In the end, he realizes his lack of character and changes. That's what saved it for me.

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4 out of 5 stars
By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 06-24-13


This is the same story as book 1 A Scandalous Wife but told from Lucas (Luke) and Juliet's perspective so certain parts of the story are a bit repetitive but I didn't think this detracted from my overall enjoyment of the book however it would definitely be better to listen to book 1 first.

Lucas, through most of the book, is a dislikable 'love em and leave em' handsome rogue who is attracted to Juliet but, unlike everyone else, it's not for her money as he has no plans on marrying her or anyone else. Juliet can't believe her luck when Lucas pays attention to her and she agrees with him about the marriage bonds so they hatch a plan to pretend to court whilst actually bedding each other (oh... how shocking!!).

In the end, and thankfully, Lucas realises he has to change his character because he starts a damaging rumour and all the family have to stick together, pitch in and do their best to squash the rumours. Coupled with that he panics, frightens poor Juliet who is heartbroken and in danger. There's sub plots, a villainous greedy Uncle, a shocking murder that'll have you saying "WHAT!!", revenge, a romance or two and everyone gets what they deserve.

There was no Bonus Novella called A Scandalous Secret as mentioned in the summary.

Worth a credit? Yes - I don't know where the series goes from here but it was very unusual to get a different take on the same storyline.

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4 out of 5 stars
By JulieGeorgiana on 01-07-18

Really can't get into the narration...

This book is slow for the first half but the second half is better but not quite as good as the first.

But I don't think I will be listening to anymore in this series, read... absolutely! listen... No! I really can't get along with the narrator... and I think it spoils a good story.

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