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Julia London
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18 May 2009 Scandalous
Jack Haines, The Earl of Lambourne, has been accused of adultery with the Princess of Wales and has fled to his native Scotland until the scandal subsides. But Jack gets word from his sister that the Prince of Wales has sent men after Jack, with instructions to bring him back to London to face charges. The message includes the warning that if he is found guilty of adultery with the princess, he could hang. His sister urges him to flee deeper into the Highlands. In a remote corner of the Highlands Jack is apprehended by two Scots bounty hunters who offer him a deal: They won't turn him over to the prince's men if Jack helps them with a family problem. They need him to get engaged to their sister to ward off a suitor from a powerful rival clan who is intent on controlling their land. Facing a choice between being hanged in London and pretending to woo a lass, Jack agrees to the bounty hunters' demand. But the task becomes more challenging when Jack meets the men's beautiful, fiery-spirited sister.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Original edition (18 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141654710X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416547105
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 679,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sinfully sexy romance." -- "Booklist"

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Julia London is the bestselling author of THE DANGERS OF DECEIVING A VISCOUNT, THE PERILS OF PURSUING A PRINCE, THE HAZARDS OF HUNTING A DUKE and 11 other romantic novels. She lives in Texas.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Handfasting in the highlands 27 April 2009
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is one of Julia London's 'Scandalous' series although it works as a standalone book. Although a passable read most of the time, this reader felt that it suffered very much from improbabilities; too many areas of the plot seemed just so unlikely that I wasn't ever entirely convinced.

The difficult life situation of Lizzie Beal was convincing. A woman who lives with her disabled sister in the Highlands, Lizzie has few choices for her future apart from marriage; fortunately she has some kind of understanding with a neighbour, Mr Gordon, and hopes that he may be able to rescue her and her sister. However the improbability commences when Jack Haines, the earl of Lambourne, arrives in the Highlands as he is escaping a false rumour about an assignation with the Princess of Wales which means the Prince is after him. Jack somehow finds himself involved in a handfasting with Lizzie, a woman he hasn't previously met, in order to keep himself from bounty hunters.

Jack and Lizzie start their life together (which has to be for at least a year) in a rather uncomfortable manner. Lizzie spends the first half of the book being unpleasant to Jack and I found her a fairly unsympathetic character, even knowing the difficulties she is facing. I also found the first half of the book rather slow and in places almost boring. However the story did pick up a little eventually as Jack and Lizzie get to know each other and try to find out why Lizzie's uncle, in effect her guardian, is so against her marrying her neighbour Mr Gordon.

All in all this was a unsatisfactory book in many places with neither lead character particularly convincing or even that likeable. The side characters were interesting although not that deeply explored and the plot events often not quite believable.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book Helen Hancox 2009
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highland Scandal Review 4 Jan 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this book and all of its Scotish setting. Lizzie is a spirited lass and Jack is the classic London Rogue at first. The Romance kindles quiet fast but takes a while to properly sink in, for both of them are reluctant to admit to the bond between them. The plot is well developed and the characters are interesting to follow, I enjoyed the read and if you are in the mood for a good romance I totally recommend it!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Scandal is right! 20 May 2009
By Booklover1335 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was eagerly anticipating this new series from Julia London, because I am a highland romance junkie. I mean what's not to love, men in kilts, the oftentimes romantic Gaelic language, the raw beauty of the landscape, and did I mention men in kilts...I think you get the picture. I have read many of Ms. London's romances, and have never been disappointed...until now. When I read the teaser line "You deserve to know what it is like to be wholly seduced" I thought, "wow", which unfortunately turned into more of a "huh".

I'm not going to go into much into detail about the book, because frankly the blurb on the back cover pretty much covers it all. It wasn't until I got to about page two hundred, that the story finally started to become somewhat interesting, but even then their story wasn't scandalous. It all seemed like words on a page, and most of them boring & forgettable. The emotions and the characters of Jack and Lizzie never really seemed to come alive for me. I thought the story might become more interesting when it is revealed that Jack's father was an emotional and physical abuser, and Jack fears becoming like him. Yet very little is done with this fact. Lizzie is "almost" engaged to another man, but she and her almost fiancé give each other up without too much thought, or guilt. The few romantic scenes came off to me more "cheesy" than heartfelt declarations of love. But the biggest revealing disappointment for me was the moment Jack decides to appeal to the king on Lizzie's behalf, knowing by doing so he could be sent to his death. This kind of sacrifice almost always gets to me (we're talking major tears and heaving sobs...I'm a sucker for it), but in Highland Scandal this element failed to induce any sense of loss, or sacrifice, which is sad.

The story that I wish Julia would have written was the secondary romance between Lizzie's handicapped sister Charlotte and the highlander sent to protect her, Newton. Charlotte was the family beauty, sophisticated and charming, with her pick of eligible and wealthy suitors, whose world came crashing to a halt after she became paralyzed from a horse riding accident. After the accident she becomes reclusive and bitter, mourns the loss of her dreams, resents the fact that she is dependant on the people that she loves, and feels guilty for being an added burden on their meager resources.

Newton is a modest highlander, who is sent to protect Charlotte when Lizzie is taken to her Uncle's castle to become hand fasted to Jack. Despite Charlotte's abrasiveness, a friendship blossoms between these two unlikely people, and Newton finds endearing ways to bring happiness back to her life. The reader is given very brief glimpses into their romance, but the few scenes we are gifted with are sincerely touching. I wanted more of Charlotte and Newton's romance, and less with Jack and Lizzie. Unfortunately, the epilogue written at the end of Highland Scandal concludes both love stories, so sadly we will never get to fully enjoy the more compelling love story between Charlotte and Newton, and that for me is truly scandalous.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Annoying Heroine 26 May 2009
By S Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The main heroine, Lizzie, is everything I hate in a heroine. She is uncommunicative, uncompromising, and whiny. Her horridness is even more obvious since the hero is so reasonable and likeable. He acknowledges the situations and makes the best of it while she whines and attacks him more than once. Both are being forced into this relationship, but she makes it all about her. Oh, I find her so annoying I can't put it into words.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Is this Julia London? 27 July 2009
By M. O'Rourke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I won't describe the book as others before me have already done so. I am a big fan of Julia London and have not read any of her books that I didn't like. I made it through about 6 chapters of this book before I couldn't stand it anymore. The heroine is self-centered, cruel and whiny and treats Jack, the hero, terribly. The two are forced into a handfasting yet she treats him as though it's all his fault. Jack could be hanged if he didn't accept this handfast, but she could care less. She does whatever she can to get away from him and her uncle even though the uncle has said Jack will be handed over to the bounty hunters if she gets away.

Even her sister is a shrew so I can see how they're related. You wouldn't know these women were 23 and 25 years with such nasty behavior. Jack, on the other hand, looks at the situation with a clear head and resolves to make the best of it. He treats her well while she attacks him with a dirk, kicks him under the table, has him locked up in a shed and on and on.

There was no depth to any of the characters. They seemed fairly one dimensional. I can't believe Julia London wrote such a terrible story and used such miserable, mean female characters!
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Scottish Saga 26 April 2009
By R. Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love Julia London stories and I think that can be a blessing and a curse -(it's the same with Lisa Kleypas). I have such high expectations for her books, and as a result, I find myself comparing Julia London to Julia London.

I am usually captivated by London's stories from page one, but this one didn't pull me in so quickly. I found it an entertaining read that got better as the story progressed. The romance got much better. I had a hard time feeling the connection between the hero and the heroine in the beginning and I felt as though I didn't know the heroine as well as I needed to. I never wanted to put the book down and not finish. It was more like I was reading an interesting book but I just wasn't enthralled by it. Although the latter half of the book was much better in my opinion, the resolution of the problem in the end was a little abrupt. There was no explanation of what took place that brought about the conclusion - the reader was told things were getting worse, not better. Also, the reader is not told very much from the heroine's POV of what she was doing and thinking during those final two weeks. So I was left with a little, "hmmm, okay...". There had been such an exhaustive, expensive effort on behalf of the prince, yet we are told very little in the end of what transpired to get to the conclusion...(bear with me, I'm trying to avoid any spoilers).

I liked the hero and his struggles but I also often wondered that if he were so fabulously wealthy, why did he not at least buy the heroine some dang peat so everyone in the house would not freeze. I was just confused by some of it - what I felt were a lot of loose ends. At the same time, I did not doubt his love for her. I guess that's why I rate this a "liked," not "loved." I believe there are some who will really like this book and others who won't. I bet we will see a mixed bag in the reviews. I don't consider it is one of Julia London's best books, but she certainly will remain an auto buy for me.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Horrid Heroine Makes This Book Impossible To Enjoy! 4 Jun 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Let me start by saying that this is the first Julia London book that I have read. Therefore, I am unable to compare it to her other works.

I won't detail the plot since it has already been summarized far better than I could have done (especially since I skimmed most of the book).

Thankfully, I picked up a copy from my local library. The back cover seemed interesting and I believe that the plot no matter how implausible had serious potential.

My main problem was the heroine. If I were the hero I would have rather taken my chances with the Prince and risked being hanged than spend an hour with her. She was utterly unlikeable, whiny, and demanding. Not to mention how all the other characters in her household treated Jack, shutting doors on him, not feeding him. As if he had a choice in the matter! Perhaps she wouldn't have seemed so bad if it hadn't been for the fact that Jack was one of the nicest men you could imagine. He was always trying to make the best of the situation, very charming and patient with her and her household.

I will give this author another chance and look up some of her higher recommended works. But...if the exerpt from the next book is any indication it seems that it will be the same problem with the gender reversed. (ie. charming, sweet girl with a horrid man).

Bottom Line: Please, save your money for another book. If you have to have it check it out from the library first.
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