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Ruined By Moonlight: A Whispers of Scandal Novel [Kindle Edition]

Emma Wildes
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What is society to do when the diamonds of the first water are caught in compromising situations, one after the other? Can the young ladies survive the season with their reputations intact…or will the scandalous whispers surrounding them bring about the ultimate ruination?

When Lady Elena Morrow, the reigning belle of the ton, suddenly disappears, her family is desperate to find her—and to keep the story from spreading through London society like wildfire, before her reputation is ruined. Unfortunately, it may be impossible to avoid a scandal. Viscount Andrews, better known as the Raven, London’s most notorious rake, has gone missing at exactly the same moment.

Benjamin Wallace, Lord Heathton, is more accustomed to untangling political difficulties, rather than those of the heart. But when he is pressured to help find Lady Elena, he can’t refuse—the distraught father is also his wife’s uncle. Now he must find the beautiful debutante before the connection to Andrews does away with her innocence—assuming the vulnerable young lady wants to be found.…

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 973 KB
    • Print Length: 335 pages
    • Publisher: Signet; Original edition (4 Sept. 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B007T94VPK
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    • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #165,375 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 28 Aug. 2014
    By miranda
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    another great writer really enjoyed this book
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    1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars None 7 April 2013
    By carofan
    Format:Kindle Edition
    fun with interesting plot. marred by sloppy cutting and pasting. two versions of parent's deaths pp110 and a new one pp168. surelysomeone checks? come on emma you're usually so good
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it right from the opening chapter 8 Sept. 2012
    By Melissa - Published on
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    Ruined by Moonlight is a tale of two couples, both are engaging with one couple being a little more compelling than the other and there's even a little mystery thrown into this story to make it more intriguing.

    Opening with a very unique chapter, Elena Morrow awakens in a room with notorious rake Randolph (Ran) Raines, Viscount Andrews and she has no idea how she has ended up in bed with the handsome fellow and Ran has no inkling how he ended up with beautiful Elena either. They dedeuce they were drugged and then stuck in a beautiful room in a tower with a big bed, good food and nothing to do all day and night.

    Ran is angry but he is also intrigued by Elena who he has never met. Ran is a confirmed bachelor and he worries that he might be forced to marry Elena, but as the hours turn into days he begins to think Elena is someone special, certainly different than the grasping spoiled ladies of the ton.

    Elena is drawn to Ran and as they converse she discovers he is more than the disreputable rake the ton has painted him to be. He genuinely cares for his sister and Aunt and he believes people can fall in love(although he feels immune to the emotion) since his parents were a happy romantic couple before they passed away.

    The other couple in this novel is Lord Ben Wallace and his wife Alicia who happens to be Elena's cousin. Before his marriage, Ben was a spy and he has been enlisted by Elena's father to search for his missing daughter. Ben agrees and he is a rather shrewd insightful man when it comes to solving mysteries but he lacks perception when it comes to his wife. Alicia wants a marriage that is emotional and passionate, something she does not have with Ben so she sets out to make their staid predictable marriage spicy.

    Of the two couples I liked Ran and Elena the most, possibly because there was a mystery tied to their kidnapping and the reader really sees this couple fall in love. Ben and Alicia are a nice couple but don't have the spark of Ran and Elena. I was rooting for Ran and Elena from the beginning and even though I wanted to know who was behind their kidnapping, I was not that anxious to see them rescued either; their chemistry was amazing.
    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly very good... 11 Sept. 2012
    By Pamela B. Hermano - Published on
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    This book was in my maybe/maybe not list of books to purchase for some time. Although I'm a fan of Emma Wildes' work, I'm not a fan of two romance stories in one, and that's the reason why I found this book surprisingly good. There are two couples in this novel. The problem with this setup I've found in other books is that I usually become engaged in only one couple and therefore I skip essentially half the book. However, I was equally engaged with both couples in this book, and I thought the author did a good job of connecting both stories. That being said, this book was a real page turner and I finished it in a day. It does leave you on a bit of a cliffhanger and I for one can't wait to read the next book.
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Ruined By Moonlight by Emma Wildes 4 Oct. 2012
    By Tori @SmexyBooks - Published on
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Favorite Quote: "Do you think a woman, experienced or not, cannot tell if a man puts true emotion into a kiss? "

    I'm a well established fan of Ms. Wildes's historical romances. I enjoyed her previous trilogy, Notorious Bachelors, a great deal and was excited to see her starting a new series. Ms. Wildes has a unique approach to historical romances. Her heroes and heroines are never over burdened with misunderstandings or book filling situations. Sweetly portrayed characters exist in viable storylines. Not overly emotional or angst driven, her books fill a nice spot on my bookshelf.

    I wish I could say this story blew me away me, but I cannot. An interesting premise and mildly intriguing mystery that never seems to quite gain a foothold and expand. A deliciously decorated package that when opened, lacks substance. The best I can say is that it is sweet. The characters are sweet. The plot and subplots are sweet. The rescue is sweet. Even the villain, who isn't really a villain, is sweet. There is no sense of adventure within the plot, only mild intrigue and suspense. No standing on the precipice, quivering in anticipation wondering what will happen. I knew from the beginning what the end would hold in store for us. Our main protagonists, Elena and Ran, are calm, rational, and mild mannered. No arguing. No fussing. I was taken back that Elena remained as calm as she did. She awakens in a strange place, almost stripped bare, with a strange man. She doesn't succumb to hysterics or even accuse him of setting it up. Ran, on the other hand, does have a realistic moment when he accuses Elena of trying to trap him into marriage. She quickly disabuses him of this idea when it becomes apparent he really doesn't have anything she needs. She's rich and engaged to be married. I would have loved to see some conflict between them concerning the situation they find themselves in. Rather, we are treated to the beginnings of a lovely, somewhat textbook, first romance.

    The secondary romance, which receives as much attention as the main romance, was more interesting to me. Benjamin Wallace, Lord Heatherton, married his bride six months ago and admits he married her for her looks and the fact that it was time. A former political analyst during the war, he is a seemingly cold, inattentive man. His wife, Alicia, comes to him with a cleverly stated ultimatum. She wants a different marriage. She feels that their marriage of convenience could be so much more if Benjamin would just open up to her, so she tells him she would like them to spend more time together getting to know one another before continuing their conjugal visits That's right. She kicks him out of bed till he straightens up. Ben is quite funny in his shock and dismay that his wife is giving him this ultimatum. He can't believe she dares, yet it works because he begins to notice her more. As if seeing her for the first time, Ben begins to see beneath the trappings and notices her beauty, wit, and charm.

    The love scenes between both couples are done well. I loved that in each romance, lessons are taught and learned. Both of our heroes keep their emotions well hidden to avoid any romantic entanglements, each choosing a different method to ensure the women they are with never gain access to their hearts, therefore making them vulnerable to pain. The slow dissolving of the walls each man has built is well done, though I felt the love aspect for our kidnapped couple happened fast.

    Why would someone kidnap an innocent and a well known rake? How was the villain able to kidnap them from under the noses of everyone? Are they together? Ben asks these questions and more when Elena's father comes to him for help in finding Elena and tampering down the gossip already running rampant. Ben receives some unlikely help in his quest to find the couple which helps to facilitate his own romance. There are a limited number of secondary characters for a book this size, which surprised me. With such an elaborate plot, I expected more characters to be a part of the undertaking. Maybe more will be revealed in later books. Our kidnapping victims are rescued, more by chance than anything else, and the true villain behind the kidnapping is never revealed, leaving us in the dark about the reasons this entire scenario happened in the first place. A viable resolution combined with an epilogue gives clues that lead me to believe we will not know the true reasons behind any of this until the last book in this series.

    Overall rating: C-
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, sensual and one of the most romantic books I've ever read 8 Oct. 2012
    By Barbara Schamberger - Published on
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    Ruined by Moonlight is fabulous! Absolutely fabulous. The climactic ending is one of the most romantic, if not the most romantic scene I have ever enjoyed reading. I've already re-read the book and re-read the final confrontation between the fiance, the Rake and the Ruined Diamond of the First Water--and I must tell you, if this book were a movie, I'd be replaying that scene over and over. The tale is splendid and unique. The writing is lovely, the four protagonists are extremely interesting and the mystery quite real rather than a mere familiar plot device. Well done Ms. Wildes! I already have the second installment on pre-order!
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A great start to the Whispers of Scandal series 17 Nov. 2012
    By Elf2060 - Published on
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    Randolph Raine, Lord Andrews, is known as the Raven and is a much sought-after rake due to his seductive prowess. His disappearance, which coincides with that of Lady Elena Morrow, the daughter of Lord Whitbridge, threatens to tarnish the heretofore spotless reputation of the beautiful debutante who is engaged to Lord Colbert. Alicia Wallace, Lady Heathton, is Elena's cousin, and seeks to engage her husband Benjamin's intellect and pique his curiosity, not only about her cousin's disappearance but about the status of their own relationship. A game of wits between multiple players results in a fascinating quest which, hopefully, will result in a positive outcome for all concerned but there are no guarantees in life, especially when the rules of the game are only known to a select few. A sensual and entertaining read.

    This was an erotic historical romance that starts with an intriguing scandal and progresses from there. The two main characters are apparently maneuvered into a compromising position and provide a titillating mystery for Society (and the reader) while Benjamin Wallace, Lord Heathton, is forced into investigating at the behest of his familial connections even as he is also being coerced into a much more personal and pertinent exploration. The progress of both quests provides a very entertaining counterpoint even as all of the major characters discover more about both their sensual natures and their true personalities. Benjamin will need to draw on the expertise that he developed while discreetly serving his country even as he learns that there is much he still must discover about being a married man including the realization that his wife is more than just a beautiful decoration in his home. I greatly enjoyed watching both relationships develop depth and blossom even as I was amused and touched at Benjamin's fumbling attempts to grasp what was being demanded of him. This story was an enjoyable blend of sensuality and romance and I look forward to more adventures featuring Benjamin's investigative prowess and hopefully, his wife's ingenuity.

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