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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (20 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380818507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380818501
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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In Suzanne Enoch's A Matter of Scandal, lovely Emma Grenville is the headmistress of Miss Grenville's Academy, a contented spinster, and firmly on the shelf--or so she believes until Greydon Brakenridge, the Duke of Wycliffe, arrives in west Hampshire and threatens to raise her rent and close down her school. He's handsome, intelligent, and thoroughly exasperating, for he believes the academy is nothing more than a "marriage factory" to train young girls to become simpering, clinging ninnies without an original thought in their heads. Greydon is determined to seduce the lovely Miss Grenville, and Emma, although powerfully attracted to the Duke, is just as determined to teach him a lesson about the intelligence of women. Before Emma and her students are done with Greydon Brakenridge, he will have an entirely new respect for educated women. And before Greydon is done with Emma, he will have stirred up a scandal that even his powerful position may not be able to resolve.

A Matter of Scandal is a delightful Regency romp, sprinkled with charming secondary characters both hilarious and endearing, and with a hero and heroine whose romantic escapades and witty dialogue add up to an excellent tale that will please readers everywhere. --Lois Faye Dyer

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Miss Emma Grenville has had her fill of pig-headed noblemen who believe women exist solely to satisfy men. And her arrogant new landlord, the Duke of Wycliffe, is the worst of the lot! The too-attractive cad wants to triple the rent on Emma's finishing school for young ladies to help get his newly inherited estate out of debt. Well, he clearly needs educating—about women. And Emma is just the one to enlighten him.

The sinfully handsome duke has never met a woman he couldn't seduce and outwit.And now that he's tricked Emma intoa wager, he has the stubborn headmistressright where he wants her. But the confirmedbachelor underestimates the quick-wittedand surprisingly sensual Miss Grenville. For she may be leading him to a placeneither dreams they'll ever go—to the altar.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "saggingbookshelf" on 31 Oct. 2001
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Well, you've proabably read the plot summary, and the good reviews - they're what persuaded me to buy this book. But having just finished reading it, I have to say that I found 'A Matter of Scandal' disappointingly average.
Firstly, the period detail is almost non-existent. Yes, Ms. Enoch mentions breeches and barouches and all the other things she should, but there's no sense that the story could only happen in another time. Greydon Brakenridge might as well be visiting a finishing school in Switzerland, climbing out of a sports car, as dismounting from his horse in Hampshire. And is it me, or does his name seem somewhat American - it certainly looks peculiar to my English eyes. Names are so important, and his was so out of keeping with the period that it jarred horribly, that I just didn't fancy 'Grey' at all.
As well, how much does Ms. Enoch know about Regency manners - or is she choosing to ignore what she knows to make the plot work? Grey might well be in a position to ignore etiquette if he likes, but surely the headmistress of a finishing school would be more reluctant to abandon propriety.
This brings me to the second, most important fact: the romance wasn't convincing. All the ingredients are there - he's tall, handsome and well-built, she's slim and equally well-built, in a female way - and you read over and over again how they can't stop thinking about each other, how much they desire each other, but there's just no spark. These characters are attracted because the author makes them attracted to each other, and in the blandest, most conventional way possible.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Newman on 28 Sept. 2001
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This is the story of Emma Grenville, headmistress of a lady's finishing school, and the lesson she wishes to teach the Duke of Wycliffe ('Grey') on the outmoded ideas he has about females, their aims in life, and their education. Together they make a wager - if Emma is to win she must come up with an estate plan for the estate that includes her Academy than Grey has designed, in which case the rent for her school will remain at the low level it has been for years. If she loses, the Academy rent will triple, to assist in Grey's plan to make the Estate solvent again. On Grey's side, he must teach a class in the social graces on presentation to London Society, and prove he can do a better job of it than 'Miss Emma'.
Instead of the anticipated easy victory, Grey finds himself being educated into the ins and outs of the female mind, not only by Emma herself, but also by the 5 pupils in his new class.
Suzanne Enoch has written a delightful romance, but even more than that, has introduced strong secondary characters and the education of the Duke is not only amusing, but endearing. The story switches viewpoints between Emma and Grey, so the reader gets to delve into their thoughts and passions.
The two strongest elements of the storytelling in my view are the humor and very quick wits of all the characters, from the youngest student Lizzy on up. Emma in particular is very clever, thoughtful and well read, with a quick wit and smart mouth. Some of the best moments are their earlier discussions, as Emma and Grey's opposite views clash against the other's considerable verbal abilities. The sparks that fly, and so quickly and brightly!
And on the romance side of the story, I enjoyed that Emma is just as physically passionate about Grey as he is about her.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Passionate and Witty........ 3 Aug. 2001
By Ellada - Published on Amazon.com
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After plowing my way through hopelessly unimaginative, flat-ploted romance novels lately, imagine my utter surprise at discovering that Suzanne Enoch's latest release is a little jewel of delight!
Miss Emma Grenville is a lively, spirited and spunky heroine who knows her own mind and is not afraid to stand up for her beliefs. In fact, in a an era ruled solely by men, she has managed to uphold herself with carving out a career as a headmistress of a girls' Academy. However, her whole world turns upside down when an arrogant and dashing rake known as Greydon, the Duke of Wycliffe storms in and threatens her position as a headmistress and dismisses all her teachings as nothing but calculating husband trapping tricks.
Greydon is at his wits end, trying to dodge from attentions of countless simpering debutantes and their matchmaking mamas. So, when he receives urgent summons from his uncle in the country, it is none too soon for he is desperate to get away from London and its exasperating ton. Upon his arrival, he learns that his uncle's estate is in dire condition and desperately needs his intervention...However, in order to accomplish this feat, he finds himself dealing with one of the most stubborn, impossible creatures; otherwise known as Miss Emma, the headmistress of the blasted, dreaded girls' Academy. And the worst thing of all is that she's totally immune to his charms! He is the bloody Duke of Wycliffe, after all!...Women pursue him endlessly...so, what's amiss here?
What follows is an absolutely hilarious and engrossing regency romp, in which the utterly arrogant and rakish duke is thoroughly reeducated in female vurtues...and learns the folly of falling hopelessly, head-over heels in love with the only female who dared to defy him...
Although the central focus of the novel is the romance between the h/h, there are also wonderful portraits of friendship, devotion and the importance of loyalty.
For those readers that are already acquainted with Miss Enoch creative work, you'll be delighted to revisit with Alexandra and Vixen, the heroines of the previous installments of this trilogy - "Reforming a Rake" and "Meet Me at Midnight" - and their illustrious spouses - Lucien and Sinclair.
However, if you have not read these previous novels, it is not necessary to do so. "A Matter of Scandal" perfectly stands on its own and the characters are well thought out and fully developed. Although the previous two were also enjoyable, this one outshines them both!
Even though this particular plot line has been done numerous times before, in the clever and talented hands of this author, it exudes wit and originality. The story evolves very naturally and the reader is deeply drawn into it and effortlessly falls in love with both the hero and heroine. The passion and sensuality aspects of the novel are done with supreme taste and delightfully evoke all the senses.
Meet a score of delightful and unforgettable characters such as Jane, Lizzy, Tristan, Viscount Dare (whose story I truly hope is next!) and Georgina along with other significant friends, well-wishers and villains...
One point of warning, though: the constant antics and witty, humorous dialogue in this book will bring forth a bout of giggles, snickers and silly grins...So, if you read it in public, you might draw some attention to yourself :-)
I truly enjoyed this book, and I hope you do too. This one definitely goes on the keeper shelf!
32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful, Tender, Funny...Enoch at her best 15 Aug. 2001
By Kathryn J. Lizee - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book. This is the kind of book I wish every romance that I read was...funny, tender, growth on both character's parts...triumph.
Emma runs a girls school on an aristocrat's land. The aristocrat is not doing very well financiall because his previous estate manager robbed him. The aristocrat calls his nephew in, Wycliffe, to offer suggestions on how to recoup his losses. Wycliffe suggests to triple the rents on all the tenants.
This doesn't bode well for Emma, who can ill afford such a rent increase.
As sparks fly between Emma and Wycliffe, a wager is made, which will decide whether the Academy stays or goes.
There is a wonderful host of secondary characters here to love.
I hope Enoch's next story is about Tristan Dare. He deserves his own!
If you love good romance, in the style of Judith McNaught, then you will LOVE this book.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Witty, Enchanting, Totally Wonderful 6 Aug. 2001
By Lilly Rabalais - Published on Amazon.com
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Emma Grenville, headmistress of Miss Grenvillle's Academy for Young Ladies, meets Greydon Brakenridge, Duke of Wycliffe, on the road to his uncle's home when the wheel of one of his coaches falls off and the coach is mired in the mud. He is immediately drawn to her not knowing she is headmistress of the Academy.
While helping his uncle, Lord Haverly, try to work his estate out of near bankruptcy, he advised his uncle to triple the rents on his properties, which includes the Academy. Grey is intelligent, handsome (of course), tired of women chasing him and believes the Academy is nothing more than a school to teach the young ladies to snare husbands.
The two, Emma and Grey, make a wager. She is to find a way besides raising rents to make Lord Haverly's estate profitable, and he is to teach 5 of the young ladies, how to behave at social functions in Society. Emma is determined to teach Grey a lesson about women. While the wagering is going on, many witty situations occur and I laughed out loud in several instances.
Among Grey's entourage at his uncle's home is his mistress (now former mistress), Lady Sylvia (a duchess wannabe), Trev, his cousin and Blumton (another young relation). Lady Sylvia does her best to cause problems for Emma and a scandal develops, which requires the use of his position to resolve. Other characters include his mother, The Duchess, and counsin and a would be rake, Freddie.
This is a delightful story with wonderful characters and secondary characters. You won't be disappointed.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
promising beginning, silly ending 26 Sept. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I like Suzanne Enoch's spirited heroines and her heroes do themselves justice, but she has the disappointing habit, like other competent romancers, to hype up the ending unecessarily and disruptively. The heroine of this novel is the headstrong headmistress of a girls' school who is, naturally, challenged by a cynical, pleasure-seeking duke. Their coming together is pleasingly plotted, though their consummation strains credence a bit. The peripheral characters add spice and interest to the story, especially the heroine's protege Elizabeth and to a lesser degree, the duke's viscount friend. But this same viscount reflects the weakness I began with--that of sacrificing everything to whimsy and melodrama. The drawn-out resolution of the wager between the two lovers became ridiculously tenuous, to the point where I eventually couldn't be bothered to care whether any of it made sense anymore. Some of it was fun, nonetheless, but on the whole it took away from my involvement with the romantic duo.
If Enoch can overcome this tendency, I will stay a loyal reader.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Scandally Delicious 5 Oct. 2002
By M. Rondeau - Published on Amazon.com
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I found myself gasping out loud quite a few times while reading this book as the dialog was so very witty! The insults between the two main characters,Emma Grenville, headmistress of Miss Grenville's Academy, and Greydon Brakenridge, Duke of Wycliffe were priceless! Couple that with some of the comments coming from 'the mouths of babes' or the younger students at the Academy and you are in for a real treat!
One thing you do get when you read Ms. Enoch is outstanding dialog and this story is a prime example of her genius with snappy comebacks! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a hot and steamy battle of the sexes!
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