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Lessons from a Scandalous Bride: Forgotten Princesses [Kindle Edition]

Sophie Jordan
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“Sophie Jordan is one of a kind!”
—Samantha James

Best-laid plans beget sizzling passion in the second book in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s delectable Forgotten Princesses series. A sweeping and breathtakingly dramatic historical romance, Lessons from a Scandalous Bride features a haunted hero, a Scottish viscount, who hopes to snare a wealthy wife in Victorian England—only to have an inappropriately independent heiress catch his eye and steal his heart. Sophie Jordan is well-known and well-loved for her dark, brooding heroes and sexy heroines—and her fans will not be disappointed by these Lessons…nor will readers of the bestselling love stories of Lisa Kleypas and Sabrina Jeffries. When it comes to Ms. Jordan and her extraordinary historical romance novels, Kirkus Reviews offers the best advice: “Just surrender to the sizzle.”

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From the Back Cover

A life can change in an instant . . .

No one knows this better than Miss Cleopatra Hadley,who went from poverty to plenty when she discovered one of England's richest men was her true father whowanted her to share his wealth . . . if she married intothe upper echelons of Society. A high price to pay for someone whose mother taught her just howdangerous a marriage could be.

An imposing yet impoverished Scots nobleman,Lord Logan McKinney knows he must wed some vapidtitle-hunter with a substantial dowry in order torestore his once-thriving estate. Having the vibrantCleo nearby, however, makes his task even moreunpalatable—for she tempts him like no other woman . . .just as he's precisely the sort of man she most fears:exciting, unpredictable, fiercely passionate. But whenattraction proves too powerful, they succumbto a kiss that quickly leads to lessonstoo scandalous for even thedarkest nights . . .

About the Author

Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows..

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1107 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (31 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007678O7G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #222,440 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas Hill Country, where she wove stories of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she is also a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author.

She lives in Houston, and when she is not writing she enjoys true crime and reality TV shows. She also writes paranormal romances under the name of Sharie Kohler.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice historical romance 17 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Lessons from a Scandalous Bride is a good read if you like historical romances. Its originality lays in the turns of the action when you least expect it. It has a nice built plot an realistic characters for that time, making it an interesting read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story as usual from this author 5 Aug. 2012
By Nik
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I agree with the reviews that other than the end begin a little abrupt this was a great addition to this series. Love this author and this didn't disappoint.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Story! 9 Aug. 2012
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Cleo Hadley, the illegitimate daughter of one of London's richest and most unsavory characters, has agreed to marry a man with a title and fulfill her father's dream. She's even found the perfect candidate--an ancient earl who can never be a husband in the bedroom.

Scottish lord, Logan McKinney may be impoverished but he'd hoped to marry an heiress he at least found tolerable. He'd never expected to meet a woman as exciting as Cleo. Women have always thrown themselves at him, and yet Cleo prefers the company of a decrepit old man to his. When he tempts her with a kiss, her passion is awakened but she's still determined to marry the earl.

The last thing Cleo wants is a handsome, virile young husband--a lesson she learned from her mother's tragic life--so why can't she resist Logan's kiss or his touch? And if she doesn't marry the earl quickly, her stepfather will surely make good on his terrible threats.

I'll admit there were times in the story I thought I knew where these two were headed, only for Ms. Jordon to take them in an expected direction. Cleo has very logical reasons for wanting a husband in name only, reasons she can't share with anyone, much less Logan. Meanwhile, Logan knows what he wants and for the first time in his life must treat a woman as his equal if he's to have any chance of winning her.

Once again Ms. Jordan has created a worthy hero and heroine who grow and open up in order to earn their happily-ever-after. I love that Logan is not a rake, a scoundrel, or wild young rogue of the ton, but an honorable man doing his duty. That he wants to care for the woman he marries only makes him better. Cleo is a loving daughter and sister whose sense of responsibility often misguides her, but I cheered her on as she found her way to happiness with her dashing Scot. A thoroughly delightful historical romance that belongs on everyone's keeper shelf!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lessons from a scandalous bride 2 Sept. 2012
By Gigi - Published on
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I didn't find this book very interesting at all and was quite disappointed. I have read other books by the same author but this book seemed a chore to finish.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lessons from a Scandalous Bride~ 31 July 2012
By Lisa Wolff - Published on
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Miss Cleopatra Hadley grew up impoverished with her mother and stepfather and has just delivered yet another stillborn babe to be buried when she vows to never be at the mercy of a man, never let her body betray her. When her birth father suddenly appears in her life, she goes with him in exchange for enough money to keep her mother and all her siblings in a decent life. A bit of time passes and Cleo has begun a campaign to wed a doddering old earl, in part to please her father with the English title he so wants in his family but more since she knows her marriage will unlikely be consummated. Her plans go awry though when a Scottish man appears and tempts her body and her heart. With the threat of harm coming to her siblings if she does not marry and pay more money quickly and a jealous nephew also at her neck, how can Cleo let go of the past to embrace a happy future?

Lord Logan McKinney needs to marry an heiress quickly to help his family and his falling down castle. He had decided on a lady, and while she will do, she does not stir his blood like the delightful Cleo. Once he meets Cleo, he knows she is the one for him. Convincing Cleo that the attraction that burns between them proves to be very difficult but Logan uncovers the clues surrounding Cleo's instance of a loveless marriage and takes steps to protect her and her family. But when circumstances force the couple together before Cleo is ready to let Logan in, can Logan find a way to show Cleo that love is possible as well respect or will Cleo's fear override her heart until it is too late?

Oh, what a delightful, witty, sexy book! The attraction between Cleo and Logan just leaps off the pages! But I admired Cleo for standing firm with her beliefs and also with her knowledge that she was soon to be engaged to another man. She refuses to let herself fall for a man, just to be used physically and emotionally as she can not stand the toll it has taken on her poor mother and wants to do whatever she can to provide for them, even if it means sacrificing her happiness. The beginning of this story is very sad and sets up Cleo wonderfully. Her dedication to her family and to herself was a delight to read and I loved when Logan arrived and upended all her careful plans. Cleo continues to push Logan away and that got a bit tiring at times but Logan was persistent and was the perfect man to break down her defenses. I loved the epilogue, it brought happy tears to my eyes, but I would have liked to have seen more resolved with Cleo family situation and I also thought her change of heart was just a tad abrupt. The ending is fast paced and exciting and I breezed through this book and was disappointed that I had to let go of these characters already! Overall, a wonderful romance that is sure to make you smile, laugh, sigh and cheer. 4 stars

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Falters at the end, otherwise quite wonderful! 31 July 2012
By Letitia - Published on
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-- A Romantic Book Affairs Review

Rating: B-/C+ ... Heat: Warm

Life has not been kind to Cleopatra Hadley or her family. When the story opens, Cleo is holding in her arms the body of yet another stillborn half-sibling. Cleo is charged with the harrowing task of taking the tiny body to the undertaker. This is a familiar occurrence for Cleo, who is her mother's oldest daughter--one of fourteen living children and numerous that did not survive. Cleo's life is filled with births and deaths, all at the hands of her stepfather and his rather... prodigious need to procreate.

When Cleo returns home, she finds her mother out of bed and entertaining a strange man who turns out to be a representative for her father--a man she doesn't know and has never met. He is offering to give her mother enough coin to last the family two years... if Cleo agrees to come live with him. For her family's sake, Cleo accepts the offer.

And then everything changes for Cleo--taking her from impoverished with no expectations to an heiress who must marry an English gentleman (her father's request). As Cleo has no desire whatsoever for a handsome face or a virile body, she sets her sights on the elderly (see: octogenarian) Lord Thrumgoodie. As he is both feeble and frail--and couldn't produce any heirs with his previous four wives--Cleo see's him as safe from both consummation of the marriage and unwanted pregnancy.

Logan McKinney is the opposite of safe. Logan's Scottish estate is in need of many repairs, so he is expected to marry an heiress. A seemingly easy task until he is introduced to the vapid ladies on the marriage mart. When Logan meets Cleo, he thinks she is the answer to his problems. And so he pursues her, cajoles and woos her. To say it isn't an easy task is quite the understatement.

Nothing about Cleo is easy.

There are a great many things I loved about Lessons from a Scandalous Bride. Cleo is a clever and resourceful lady who happens to have the weight of the world (or, fourteen siblings and her mother) on her shoulders. Her sense of responsibility and selflessness was endearing. And then there is Logan, who is six feet plus of tall, dark, and handsome, and cares enough for his family and people to give up love for financial security. A man who won't let Cleo hide behind her deeply rooted fears. I enjoyed the development of their feelings and Logan's pursuit of Cleo. I even liked the way things played out with Lord Thrumgoodie.

But there was also a great sense of missed opportunities within the story. I believe the rush to resolve Logan and Cleo's emotional stand-off at the end could have taken place earlier. I don't think saving it for the last 20% worked well for this story. It didn't leave enough time for me to truly believe in their `I love you's'--not after such a long battle of wills. My other (and biggest) complaint is with the way things are resolved for Cleo's half-siblings and mother... It didn't feel right. Or natural. I don't think Cleo would have waited that long to retrieve them. Or even just check on them. It was a great resolution, just oddly timed.

All in all, Miz Jordan gives us a wonderful romance with a rich sense of backstory--filled with tender and touching moments... and a hero and heroine you can't help but cheer for.

Favorite Quote:
Cleo wrapped her arms around his neck and clung as if some great force might pull her away, separate them. Their mouth consumed each other, kissing, sucking...
He groaned her name. "I have to have you, Cleo...please..."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lesson #1 SKIP THIS BOOK 28 Aug. 2014
By ASpoon - Published on
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Again, I say I CANNOT stand an overly strong minded heroine. I mean to the point you want to reach inside the book and slap some reality into her. A heroine like that makes it hard to feel any kind of sympathy for her and it makes it hard to believe that she could turn a complete 360 and feel love and romantic emotions for the man she is overly hostile and stubborn towards. This heroine (and I use the term loosely)…was annoying to no end, which basically took away from truly connecting to the hero because now you’re agitated. I couldn’t finish the book which is VERY rare for me. No matter how bad the book is, I usually finish it just because I dedicated too much time to it…so that should tell you that this book isn’t worth the time and trouble. Also, I wasn’t completely sure what time period this book was set in but the dialogue seemed so contemporary at times that it threw me off...I think the author was getting her contemporary and regency books mixed up. LOL

Of course this is my opinion and to the new readers of this book, you may very well like such a heroine… Good Luck and Happy Reading!
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