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  • Publisher: Tantor Audio; MP3 Una edition (14 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145265476X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452654768
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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One tryst was all she wanted . . .

From their very first meeting, Julia knew that Aidan Carr, the oh-so-proper Duke of Trathen, had a bit of the devil in him, a devil who secretly yearned for what he could not have, a devil who harbored a desire for her. So when she needed to be caught in a compromising situation, Aidan was the answer to her prayers.

One tryst just wasn't enough . . .

Aidan is supposed to be looking for a bride, yet his scandalous liaison with Julia is all he can think about. Hot, erotic memories of kissing her skin, falling into her bed, pulling her naked body on top of his own continue to torment and tempt him. What is it about this brazen seductress that he finds so hard to resist? And how can he stop himself from falling into her bed a second time?

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About the Author

Laura Lee Guhrke spent seven years in advertising, had a successful catering business, and managed a construction company before she decided writing novels was more fun. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Laura has penned more than twenty historical romances. Her books have received many award nominations, and she is the recipient of romance fiction's highest honor: the Romance Writers of America RITA® Award. She lives in the Northwest with her husband (or, as she calls him, her very own romance hero), along with two diva cats and a Golden Retriever happy to be their slave.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Leanne A. Lingwood on 20 Feb. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Julia used Aidan to help her escape an unhappy circumstance which leaves them ruined in the eyes of society. Some months later they are both trying to rebuild their lives but end up doing this at the same time which leads them to meet each other and the passion is still there. It seems Aidan can't forget and soon realises he needs to get her out of his system but is she as willing. And why was she is intent on using him.

As you start to read it you try to find out why Julia did what she did and as you progress through the book the reasons come out slowly and you really start to feel for the woman. She did it to survive and have a life away from the confines of marriage. But Aidan has the way of getting to her and you fall in love with his strong sense of right character and wish for them to make it.

Lovely love story with a way of grabbing your attention and make you read it without putting it down once.
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By A. Mathewson on 15 Nov. 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book. The heroine was kicking against the traces of Victorian England and then found herself married to someone dreadful. As a result she behaved really badly and felt herself unloveable. But the hero persisted and the ending was very happy. Written with a sense of humour and a light touch considering the seriousness of the subject at times
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nj on 5 Dec. 2011
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I never wrote a review before but after reading this book and been deeply disappointed. I wish to advise readers that this is a two-dimensional book.

I bought this book with the "wedding of the season" and found both books difficult to read as they were so badly written.

the storyline itself was good but that were my liking stop. it was difficult for me to get interested into the story as it was so dull.

Julia is a woman who went through a lot and is fighting to learn to love and trust again. But it is so badly written than it feel like even the author got bored at the end and couldn't bother to end it properly. Such a shame.

I would only recommend this book to a 15 years old reader who went to read a longer story than a Mills & Boons book. But if you do not enjoy Mills & Boons anymore, please do not bother.

This review is nothing against the author as my comment only apply to this book and "wedding of the season".
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Good Book, However the Ending was Rushed 26 Jan. 2011
By I Read Romance - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Laura Lee Guhrke brings readers back to the turn of the 20th century when the nouveau riche Americans, the feminist movement and world wars would soon change the landscape of European culture. In her first book, LLGuhrke offered us young love rediscovered with more traditional characters: two aristocrats brought up to understand their proper role in life. This second book in the Abandon at the Altar series delves deeper into social changes during the era which influence the characters' romance.

The hero, Aidan, is a wealthy duke who understands his role in life. He sits in the House of Lords, rides his horse and carriage, and enjoys classical music. He is a traditionalist. The heroine, Julia, is a lady. She's always been a bit of a rebel, but as an adult she personifies the bad girl of the early 20th century. She smokes, drives a car, plays that scandalous ragtime music, and even gets a job. She is a modernist. Conflicting as their social views are, the one thing they do agree on is that they are attracted to each other; and have been since they met as teenagers. However, their romance has been star crossed since the beginning and it's not until more than a decade passes that something happens to change their course. The English have progressed to the point where divorces are now granted, however the power to bring cause for divorce is still mostly in the hands of the husband. In Julia's case, the only option she has is to be charged with adultery, and she uses Aidan to that end.

The bulk of the story focuses on the characters after the scandal of divorce. Julia is now a social pariah and Aidan is slightly tarnished in the eyes of the ton, although he is a wealthy, single duke so he's not given the cut direct. However, their mutual notoriety and mutual friends force them to be in contact with each other and ultimately gives them the time to discover and develop their romance.

I truly enjoyed following Julia and Aidan through their romance, however so much of the book was devoted to creating the back story of the lead characters that it felt like LLGuhrke all of a sudden realized there was less than 1/3 of the book to go and rushed through the actual courtship, romance, and happily ever after. Aidan realizes he's been in love with Julia since they were teenagers; but his realization is not very believable. You get something to the effect of "oh duh, I love her. I've always loved her."; it puts a damper on the romance. The proposal, marriage, and happily ever after all occur within 20 pages or less and you're left kind of hanging at the end wondering what happened. I only say this because LLGuhrke made it such a point at the beginning that Aidan was searching for a wife because he didn't want his wastrel of a cousin to inherit the dukedom, but by the end there's a possibility that Julia can't have children yet it's glossed over in about a paragraph of dialogue.

Overall I do recommend this book as the characters are not your typical glass case nobles and it's refreshing to be in a non-standard historical romance time period. Also of note to readers, unlike its predecessor, the characters for the next installment of Abandoned at the Altar are barely mentioned in this story. LLGuhrke has a short synopsis on her website, but, at least for me, there isn't the excited anticipation for Book 3 simply because we aren't given the opportunity to know those characters other than their names.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I liked this. I really liked this. 27 Jan. 2011
By OLT - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This may be Guhrke's best work since AND THEN HE KISSED HER. It's not as good as that one, but it runs a close second. I was looking forward to Aidan and Julia's love story since reading WEDDING OF THE SEASON, the first in her new Abandoned at the Altar series, since they were, for me, the most appealing characters of that book.

If you read Book 1, you'll know that Aidan is the jilted fiance of the heroine of that book and Julia is her friend and cousin. You could tell that there were some undercurrents in Aidan and Julia's relationship and all is revealed in this book.

Here Julia finally has her divorce from her abusive husband. Unfortunately, to do so she unabashedly used Aidan as corespondent in an adultery charge to obtain it. We readers of HRs are pretty much aware by now that historically women had no power in their marriages and could not even divorce an abusive husband, so Julia was desperate to find a way to force her husband to divorce her.

You'll find out all about this in the book. You'll learn more about the 13-year history between Julia and Aidan and you'll see a beautiful romance develop between two people who superficially have been very antagonistic to each other.

The H and h of this book were very appealing to me. I love a good, noble and honorable hero, even if he seems a bit stiff and pompous on the outside. You just know he has hidden depths. And the heroine here is much more complex than she seemed in Book 1. She's more than the free-spirited, devil-may-care, cigarette-smoking, Mercedes-driving female of that book.

This was a well-written book. Laura Lee Guhrke seems to me to be growing and maturing as a writer and the relationships between her Hs and hs reflect this.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
self-absorbed heroine 15 Sept. 2011
By RomReader - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Unconventional divorcee asks conservative duke for employment due to her large debts. Hero hires her as his social secretary to help him find a suitable wife. Their frequent contact makes it harder for Hero to resist his strong & long-time attraction to her. He's been in love with her since they 1st met 12 years before & she was engaged to be married. Heroine has always known of his interest in her but she's only become aware of her sexual attraction to him & is frightened by it. She later succumbs to their mutual attraction but does not want to marry again. How will Hero convince her otherwise?

I wasn't very impressed with this Guhrke book & I usually am with many of her books. Although the writing & romance development was good I just didn't care much for the heroine. She seemed too self-absorbed. When she & Hero 1st met when she was 17 she was carefree & self-focused. Twelve years later she was still self-focused & her carefree attitude morphed into a frenzied quest for freedom from responsibilities. The poor Hero suffered from unrequited love & being used & manipulated by her. And he still bent over to help her with her troubles. Hero is definitely not an alpha-male hero but I wouldn't call him a doormat either. He's just a nice guy who wants a good-enough marriage & family. But his heart is with heroine & he eventually is able to chip down her defenses by his good-guyness. Sexual chemistry was one-sided until ½ of the book. Sex scenes were detailed but there were only a couple scenes. I believed that heroine did eventually fall for Hero but Hero still seemed to love her more even at the end.

Somewhat recommended.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Questions from book one are answered 27 Jan. 2011
By Mary - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When the first book (Wedding of the Season) of this series ended I wondered about a couple of the characters: Why did Aidan give up so easily; Would Julia find happiness? I hoped my questions would be answered in the second book and was happy to find that Scandal of the Year is the story of Aidan and Julia.

As you would expect, Laura Lee Guhrke's main characters are more fully developed than they were in the first book. I came to appreciate the reasons for their actions as the author let us in on their lives. There is a lot of push and pull between Aidan and Julia. Aidan is a true gentleman - honorable and quite devoted once his trust is gained. Julia has hidden behind a bold and happy facade for many years. She doesn't want anyone to know how frightened she has been and how horrible and abusive her marriage was.

Ms.Guhrke brings Aidan and Julia together slowly. I was glad about that. In book one they seemed to abhor each other but in this book we find they have a history and there were reasons for their previous behavior. If you're an impatient reader you may get frustrated and wonder if things will work out for these two. You'll have to read the book to find out.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Scandal of the Year 11 April 2011
By M. Nix - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although she won't admit it to anyone, least of all herself, Julia has loved Aidan Carr, the very proper Duke of Trathen, almost since she met him. Although she is trapped in a very unhappy marriage, to an abusive husband, it still broke her heart when she introduced him to her cousin Beatrix and watched him fall for her and ask her marry him. Now that Beatrix has ended their engagement, Aidan is on the look out for a proper bride to give him the heir he needs but he can't stop being drawn to Julia. Julia is determined that before she loses Aidan for good, she's going to have an affair with him. Only love grabs hold and won't let go. After looking at all the very proper candidates for his wife, Aidan knows that only the very unproper Julia will do. But Julia's sadistic husband refuses to let her go and Aidan refuses to take no for an answer!

I honestly admit, I didn't pick this book for review. Due to a snafu it made it into my review list. But now I can only be grateful for that snafu or I would have missed a truly entertaining read. Julia pulled my heartstrings from almost the first page and I desperately wanted Aidan to save her. I couldn't let go of reading until I turned the last page. Don't miss out like I almost did! Add Laura Lee Guhrke's Scandal of the Year to your reading list today!

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