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Scandal Mass Market Paperback – 15 May 2010
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From a stately country house in Hampshire to the dazzling drawing rooms of London Society, comes an exquisite tale of an elfin beauty, a vengeful lord, and a sweet love that is sheer poetry.
With her reputation forever tarnished by a youthful indiscretion, lovely Emily Faringdon is resigned to a life of spinsterhood, until she embarks on an unusual correspondence and finds herself falling head over heals in love. Sensitive, intelligent, and high-minded, her noble pen-pal seems to embody everything Emily has ever dreamed of in a man. But the mysterious Earl of Blade is not at all what he seems.
Driven by dark, smoldering passions and a tragic secret buried deep within his soul, Blade has all of London cowering at his feet, but not Emily... never Emily. For even as she surrenders to his seductive charms, she knows the real reason for his amorous wit. And she knows that she must reach the heart of his golden-eyed dragon before the avenging demons of their entwined pasts destroy the only love she has ever known... --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
Amanda Quick, a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, is a bestselling, award-winning author of contemporary and historical romances. There are over twenty-five million copies of her books in print, including Seduction, Surrender, Scandal, Rendezvous, Ravished, Reckless, Dangerous, Deception, Desire, Mistress, Mystique, Mischief, Affair, With This Ring, and I Thee Wed. She makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Frank. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Simon must enjoy being the object of such trust; he also finds that Emily will stand up for him, which nobody has done in his life. On the other hand, Simon always eventually lives up to Emily's expectations, as absurd as they first seem, and he must be the first person in Emily's life to do this. Emily's brothers are nice but childish, and her father is a spendthrift who manipulates Emily so as to have her at his beck and call all her life. Simon is one who carries himself and could carry several others, would he so wish.
For some, Emily's flights to the world of romance and make-believe might seem exasperating. Not so to Simon, who is allowed to show a keen, quite well-hidden sense of humour when he relates to this side of Emily's person. The humour in this book is mostly in Simon's attitude towards Emily's romanticism, and Emily's sudden turn-abouts. I find it very refreshing. It is also very nice to find in a book a sort of humour that isn't spelled out to the reader. This must be the reason why I have read this book several times. It is not great literature, and after having the couple in bed in the middle of the book (I would have wanted the getting there to be a little more exciting), the romantic plot seems to weaken. There seems to be some sort of flattening towards the end of the book, which is not unfamiliar in Ms. Quick's work; the suspense plot is not very strong, and we have already seen where the romantic plot is leading, and there are no great heights at the end of the book.
Anyhow, this is one of the Amanda Quick books that I have read many times; it is one of her funniest in my opinion. Don't start this book late in the evening; with her books you stay awake until you have finished them. At least I do.
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