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The Shocking Lord Standon (Mills & Boon Historical) (Those Scandalous Ravenhursts - Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Louise Allen
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Book Description

Indulge your fantasies of delicious Regency Rakes, fierce Viking warriors and rugged Highlanders. Be swept away into a world of intense passion, lavish settings and romance that burns brightly through the centuries

A dashing beauty is laying waste to the ton, but never did we expect perfect gentleman Lord S – to be entrapped by such behaviour!

Rumours fly that Gareth Morant, Earl of Standon, is to be wed. He cannot honourably deny them, but he won’t be forced into marriage. Encountering a respectable governess in scandalising circumstances, Gareth demands her help – to make him entirely ineligible.

He educates the buttonedup Miss Jessica Gifford in the courtesan’s arts. But Gareth hasn’t bargained on such an ardent, clever pupil – or on his passionate response to her!

He’s wanted to cause a stir – it seems they are about to brew a scandal! Those Scandalous Ravenhursts.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 705 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon Historical (1 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9824
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #152,499 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Louise Allen is the author of more than forty historical romances published by Harlequin and Mills & Boon and of several historical non-fiction titles. Her favourite historical period is 1780-1820 and her interests include collecting ephemera from the period and exploring historic London. Find out more at and discover more about late Georgian London at her blog

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3.0 out of 5 stars Needs a better ending 29 July 2014
By Dee
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While I enjoyed this story, the ending came too quickly as if the author lost interest and decided to just end it. Other than that it was an enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars K Greaves 4 Sept. 2009
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I acquired this book to complete the series and as with many of Louise Allen's works it was an easy read and mainly historically accurate, I enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gareth & Jessica... 7 April 2009
By Cameo - Published on
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There was no doubt that Jessica was Gareth's true soul mate. There are only a handful of heros worth remembering and Gareth is one of them. Every action, every word he spoke, every thought, was perfect. Even when he was less than perfect [in his own mind], when he explained to Jessica that he was 'adequate' with a sword and dueling. He was wonderful. The author did an outstanding job with his dialogue; he said just the right thing every time. Well done, Ms Allen.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Smexy e-book (many typos) 13 Mar. 2013
By Joy-read - Published on
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Content: Explicit sex, a little violence, some mild swearing. The Kindle version has formatting typos.

This is the third book in a series of six (listed at the end). I only read this book and had no trouble following it, but it would probably be better if I had started with The Dangerous Mr. Ryder (Harlequin Historical).

This author also goes by the name Francesca Shaw.

PLOT: A beautiful but destitute music teacher of gentle birth accepts a job as governess, only to realize she's been hoodwinked, locked naked in a brothel. I thought, "Yawn. Not this again." Yup, that overused trope, ubiquitous to Regency romances, but it was handled better than most.

Our dashing hero rescues the mislead musical teacher from said brothel and then pays her to engage in a little masquerade, so that he can appear too corrupt for the marriage his best friend's conniving father would foist on him. Of course, along the way they fall in love and he slays her dragon. A shady past makes her a poor candidate for marriage to the Earl of Standon, but that won't stand in his way. (Advocates of strict adherence to the societal norms of the Regency period would likely look askance.)

MY REACTION: Smexy and fairly light, with some sad overtones here and there, due to Jessica's past. A fun read. Louise Allen writes dialogue well and doesn't bury the plot in pages of internal dialogue, where lead characters muse mentally over every deuced thing (thank goodness). I liked Gareth, Earl of Standon, and his "governess" Jessica Gifford. Jessica is sensible, gutsy, and clever.

Not a keeper, nothing too special, but possibly worth ★ ★ ★ ★ (too many formatting issues -- typos, etc. -- even though I could follow the story line)

Six books in the series: "Those Scandalous Ravenhursts" (from Wikipedia):

The Dangerous Mr. Ryder (2008)
The Outrageous Lady Felsham (2008)
The Shocking Lord Standon (2008)
The Disgraceful Mr Ravenhurst (2009)
The Notorious Mr Hurst (2009)
The Piratical Miss Ravenhurst (2009)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it 22 Sept. 2012
By louvejita - Published on
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I wasn't keen on reading a whole series of books but picked up this one not noticing that was one of the Scandalous Ravenhurst until I got hooked. Of course, I had to read the whole story and I'm now well under way reading about the Ravenhurst family - once you read one, you can just stop there.
In all, the story was original, interesting and I would recommend to anybody interested in the genre. As all I've read by the author so far, they are worth your time.
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good reading 23 Sept. 2008
By Maria Rennard - Published on
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Gareth, Earl of Standon, must wed and so his likely choice is Jessica Gifford a starch-up governess who could use lessons in the courtesan's arts. Gareth intends to do just that. Good reading. Maria Rennard
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