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Marriage Most Scandalous
Marriage Most Scandalous
Author: Johanna Lindsey
ISBN-13: 9781416505464
ISBN-10: 1416505466
Publication Date: 4/2006
Pages: 448
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 369 ratings
Publisher: Pocket Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
I enjoyed this book, but it did only get 4 and 1/2 out of 5 stars because it was just missing a little something. I did think the story was great, but it was a little slow going at first (or I was just tired) and it took a bit for the story to actually start getting "good". It's a definite reader if your a fan, but just not as good as other books of hers that I've read. The plot seemed a little forced, but the characters had some fun lines that are typical for a Lindsey story. Overall good read.
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historical romance was good read in night.
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Plot twists abound in this melodramatic tale of revenge, families torn asunder and (of course) true love. Set in Regency England, the story opens as Sebastian Townshend, the heir to an earldom, reluctantly takes part in a duel with his best friend. After unintentionally killing the man, Sebastian, now disinherited by his father, leaves England and adopts a new identity as a brooding mercenary called the Raven. Sebastian's Raven persona is so over the top that it's almost laughable (at one point, he fells two burly bodyguards merely by knocking their heads together), but Lindsey (A Loving Scoundrel, etc.) gives her hero enough magnetism, sexual appeal and human flaws to make his romance with 23-year-old bluestocking Margaret Landor believable. Margaret has hired Sebastian to investigate the truth behind the numerous "accidents" that have befallen his father, who also served as Margaret's guardian. To carry out this assignment, Sebastian returns to England, pretending to be Margaret's husband. When they arrive, a series of clues keep the young couple hopping, while their passions lead them to consummate their pretend marriage. One might quibble that the story's final twist comes out of nowhere and that the protagonists are really modern characters in Regency guise, but Lindsey writes with such gusto and warmth that her legions of readers are unlikely to object.
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Deception. lies and greed are the main components of this well paced and sexy story. Lady Margaret Landor and Sebastian Townsend-also known as the Raven come to a bargain that leads to danger and romance with a dash of rumor to round out this story,
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Very good story. Intrigue, and of course two people who couldn't possibly come to love one another.
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Pride and family responsibilities lure an English aristocrat back to a home from which he had been wrongly banished.
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Regency-era romantic tale in Johanna Lindsay's style of passion and excitement.
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I had not read a Johanna Lindsey book in a long time and I was really excited about reading this one. It was dissapointing. To me, it started slow and it just did not get any better. I made myself finish it but was skipping some of it along the way. I liked the characters but they did not click in my opinion.
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More Malory novels! jsut as fantastic as the rest of the line.
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I liked this book enough to go out and by a whole bunch of her older books.
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Great romance, easy to read and surprising.
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This is a typical romance novel set in England. I have not read a romance novel in more than 15 years so I decided to read this one. Fast read. Typical characters.
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Plot twists abound in this melodramatic tale of revenge, families torn asunder and (of course) true love. Set in Regency England, the story opens as Sebastian Townshend, the heir to an earldom, reluctantly takes part in a duel with his best friend. After unintentionally killing the man, Sebastian, now disinherited by his father, leaves England and adopts a new identity as a brooding mercenary called the Raven. Sebastian's Raven persona is so over the top that it's almost laughable (at one point, he fells two burly bodyguards merely by knocking their heads together), but Lindsey (A Loving Scoundrel, etc.) gives her hero enough magnetism, sexual appeal and human flaws to make his romance with 23-year-old bluestocking Margaret Landor believable. Margaret has hired Sebastian to investigate the truth behind the numerous "accidents" that have befallen his father, who also served as Margaret's guardian. To carry out this assignment, Sebastian returns to England, pretending to be Margaret's husband. When they arrive, a series of clues keep the young couple hopping, while their passions lead them to consummate their pretend marriage.
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like all of her books an excellent read the ending surprised me though love the twists and turns in romance novels but this was a pleasant surprise
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This is the first book by Joanna Lindsey that I have ever read and I am really enjoying it.
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Johanna Lindsey does not disappoint with this book!
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An interesting storyline with a few twists and turns to keep it interesting. This is part of the Mallory Family series, so many familiar characters put in an appearance throughout the story. I found both characters to be likeable.
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Sebastian Townshend was banished by his father. Lady Landor goes to Europe to bring him home. A really good romance.
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great book :)
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Very cute book.
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Good regency romance.
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Fun historical romance set in the 1800's. Fun and intrigue.
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Joanna Lindsey always writes a book that is so easy to read. This is another one!
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A Regency-era tale in typical Lohanna Lindsay style. An infamous duel, a scandalous bargain, a deadly scheme, and a fierce passion make this book a great read.
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This book has everything...Humor, intrigue, twists that you don't see coming, passion and even a few tears at the end. As the inside cover of the book explains, Johanna Lindsey has created for her fans "a hero to fall in love with."

One quote in the story stays with me. "A man who assumed he had unlimited power, true or not, is very dangerous." The book was written in 2005; however, the quote is still true today!
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Regency- era romance. Passionate!
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This was a fun-fulled read. Lots of wonderful characters and interesting plots all going at once. You can't go wrong with a JL book.
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I love it, the characters are well developped and the story is entertaining, the interaction between Sebastian & Maggie is funny & captivating. Great book.
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I have all her books in hard back but 2, There is nothing better on a rainy night than a warm cosy fire and a Johanna Lidsey Book. They are must reads all of them over and over again.
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Sebastain Townsend is banished from the family seat and even England after a duel ends in the death of his best friend Giles. Knowing that he is to blame for the whole situation he leaves England with just a friend and a few items and makes a name for himself as "The Raven" on the continent. This mercenary for hire will do whatever he must to see the job done. Does he have a death wish? Maybe. Than a face from his past comes looking for him, appealing to what she mistakes as his honor and pride. Come back to England with her and figure out who wants his father dead. Sebastian agrees after Maggie is willing to pay an outragous fee. In order to get back onto the estate they pose as a married couple. This shame relationship though is hard to put aside after awhile as they both start feeling very intense emotion for the other. Will they allow themselves to have a happy ending or will the enemy hiding in the shadows see to a rather different ending?
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Regency Romance. Passion, intrigue, scandal, some marriges have it all
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Sebastian thought he had killed his best friend in a duel, over a woman he had slept with. He didn't know that the woman was his best friend's wife. Disowned by his father, living with the guilt of his best friends death, he travels throughout Europe as the Raven. He's a man that most people both admire, and fear. He has vowed that England is the one place his work will never take him to, and the one place he will never return to. Lady Margaret goes in search of the Raven. She never dreamed that the man she was going to hire the Raven to find, is the Raven himself. Lady Margaret is worried about Sebastian's father. Too many accidents have happened. She's afraid someone is trying to kill him. Sebastian returns to England posing as Lady Margaret's husband. He finds that the woman who caused the duel is now married to his brother. Is his father in danger from her or his brother? They are defineately keeping secrets. He wants Lady Margaret, but will he be able to live without her? What happens when the best friend that he thought that he had killed in the duel turns up alive and well? If you want the answers to these questions, I suggest that you might want to give this book a listen!
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I love Lindsey so every book she writes is a winner!
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Lindsey at her finest. She's a real talent. I've enjoyed her for decades, if you like historical romance, this one's for you.
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Believing that her guardian's life is in danger, Lady Margaret travels from England to France to find his son, Sebastian. Sebastian never dreams that his attraction to Margaret will overshadow his desire to maintain his identity as the Raven, a ruthless mercenary.
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Passion, Intrigue, Scandall. Some marriages have it all
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Not a big Johanna Lindsey fan, but this was a good read.
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I have all her books in hard back but 2, There is nothing better on a rainy night than a warm cosy fire and a Johanna Lidsey Book. They are must reads all of them over and over again.
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Lady Margaret Landor searches for the childhood friend she knew, who has been banished from his family, and lives abroad as the Raven, a deadly mercenary. She suspects his brother and sister-in-law may be attempting to kill his father, and convinces him to come home....good story.
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good book
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Johanna Lindsey presents the passionate Regency-era tale of an earl's daughter who dares to pose as the wife of a deadly mercenary in order to save her former guardian.
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Very good book - romance, mystery and twists & Turns.
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Lindsey is always a treasure to read.
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Joanna Lindsey is another favorite author of mine. If you love a Lindsey...you'll love this one too.
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she seeks the help of the raven to find oiut that he is the person that shes looking for the difficult part is going to take him back to England and stay away from him
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Sat up late to finish this one, what a surprising ending. Very good, would read again.
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The book was ok. Unlike her other books I could actually put this one down. Don't misunderstand me it was better than much other authors, but not one of her best works.
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It is Johanna Lindsey, what more can I say? A Classic
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This was - without a doubt- Johanna Lindsey's best Regency romance.
Very interesting story line, good character development (a tortured hero), a few unexpected twists and turns, and of course, the requisite happy ending. A very satisfying book - highly recommended.
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My first Johanna Lindsey book. Starts out in London, 1808, with a tragic duel that results in banishment of Sebastian, the heir to the eigth Earl of Edgewood............ I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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excellent, as all of her books are.
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Loved this book and the characters, great storyline that really kept the book moving. Lots of twists and tension to the storyline. She never fails to deliver.
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It was very good and it kept me reading to find out what and with whom it was being done too.
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light reading - interesting
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Great characters and a wonderful story that kept me intrigued beyond the typical love story
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I could not put down this book.
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It's hard to beat a Historical Romance by Johanna Lindsey! Loved it!
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great book!
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Sebastian Townshend was banished from England and vowed never to return. However, Lady Margaret Landor has different plans for him and arranges a scandalous bargain with him that includes returning home as her husband.
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This was the first Johanna Lindsey book I've read in a long time. It reminded me why I love Lindsey's books. Plenty of plot twists and sexy scenes!
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna LIndsay presents a powerfully romantic Regency-era tale that is breathtaking in scope and wonderously passionate.

When Sebastian Townshend, son of the eighth Earl of Edgewood, waas banished from his family due to the tragic results of a duel, he vowed never to return to England. Now living on the continent, Sebastian has forged a new identity as a deadly mercenary, The Raven. But his former neighbor, Lady Margaret Landor, has different plans for him. Read and see what she has in store for Sebastian......

A very enjoyable book and could feel the feelings of the different characters as I was reading it...
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From Publishers Weekly
Plot twists abound in this melodramatic tale of revenge, families torn asunder and (of course) true love. Set in Regency England, the story opens as Sebastian Townshend, the heir to an earldom, reluctantly takes part in a duel with his best friend. After unintentionally killing the man, Sebastian, now disinherited by his father, leaves England and adopts a new identity as a brooding mercenary called the Raven. Sebastian's Raven persona is so over the top that it's almost laughable (at one point, he fells two burly bodyguards merely by knocking their heads together), but Lindsey (A Loving Scoundrel, etc.) gives her hero enough magnetism, sexual appeal and human flaws to make his romance with 23-year-old bluestocking Margaret Landor believable. Margaret has hired Sebastian to investigate the truth behind the numerous "accidents" that have befallen his father, who also served as Margaret's guardian. To carry out this assignment, Sebastian returns to England, pretending to be Margaret's husband. When they arrive, a series of clues keep the young couple hopping, while their passions lead them to consummate their pretend marriage. One might quibble that the story's final twist comes out of nowhere and that the protagonists are really modern characters in Regency guise, but Lindsey writes with such gusto and warmth that her legions of readers are unlikely to object.
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When Sebastian Townshend, son of the eight Earl of Edgewood, was banished from his family due to the tragic results of a duel, he vowed never to return to England. Now living on the continent, Sebastian has forged a new identity as a deadly mercenary.
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This is a very contrived story. And Ms. Lindsey's use of "at'all" and other slangs in the characters' dialogue is very distracting. If she wants to be accurate, she should re-read Georgette Heyer's Regency novels, for the correct slang usage. I didn't like this one very much.
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Entertaining read, but not one for my keeper shelf.
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Johanna Lindsey at her best
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Wonderful fast read! Loved it.
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I love my romance novels. But in order to make room for more i have to let other people have some off my shelf. This is a great read and if you like historical romances you would like this one.
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When Sebastian Townshend, son if the eighth Earl of Edgewood, was banished from his family due to the tragic results of a duel, he vowed never to return to England. Now living on the continent, Sebastian has forged a new identity as a deadly mercenary, The Raven. But his former neighbor, Lady Margaret Landor, has different plans for him. Back in England, Sebastian's father has had several accidents and Margaret suspects foul play and deception that reach as far back as the infamous duel. Convinced that only Sebastian can set the situation to rights, Margaret arranges a scandalous bargain with him that includes Sabastian's returning home as her husband. As the newlyweds uncover a deadly scheme, a fierce passion blossoms between them, which neither anticipated--and neither can resist.
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This has to be one of the best Johanna Lindsey books to date it had intrigue mystery and plenty of romance. Excellent read.
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J. Lindsay tells wonderful historical romances.
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When Sebastian Townshend, son of the eighth Earl of Edgewood, was banished from his family due to the tragic results of a duel, he vowed never to return to England. Now living on the continent, Sebastian has forged a new identity as a deadly mercenary, The Raven. But his former neighbor, Lady Margaret Landor, has different plans for him. Back in England, Sebastians father has had several accidents and Margaret suspects foul play and deception that reach as far back as the infamous duel. Convinced that only Sebastian can set the situation to rights, Margaret arranges a scandalous bargain with him that includes Sebastians returning home as her husband. As the newlyweds uncover a deadly scheme, a fierce passion blossoms between them, which neither anticipated and neither can resist.
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Loved the story.
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A powerful Regency-era romance! Passionate and breathtaking.
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another great story from one of my favorite authors.
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Back of book: When Sebastian, son of the eighth Earl of Edgewood was banished from his family due to the tragic results of a duel, he vowed never to return to england. Now living on the continent Sebastian has forged a new idenity as a deadly mercenary, The Raven. But his former neighbor, Lady Margaret has different plans for him. Back in England Sebastians father has had several accidents and Margaret suspects foul play and deception that reach as far back as the infamous duel. Convinced that only sebastian can set the situation to rights, Margaret arranges a scandalous bargain with him that includes Sebastian's returning home as her husband. As the newlyweds uncover a deadly scheme, a fierce passion blossoms between them, which neither anticipated and neither can resist
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When Sebastian Townshend, son of the eighth Earl of Edgewood, was banished from his family due to the tragic results of a duel, he vowed never to return to England. Now living on the continent, Sebastian has forged a new identity as a deadly mercenary, The Raven. But his former neighbor, Lady Margaret Landor, has different plans for him. Back in England, Sebastians father has had several accidents and Margaret suspects foul play and deception that reach as far back as the infamous duel. Convinced that only Sebastian can set the situation to rights, Margaret arranges a scandalous bargain with him that includes Sebastians returning home as her husband. As the newlyweds uncover a deadly scheme, a fierce passion blossoms between them, which neither anticipated and neither can resist.
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When Sebastian Townshend, son of the eighth Earl of Edgewood, was banished from his family due to the tragic results of a duel, he vowed never to return to England. Now living on the continent, Sebastian has forged a new identity as a deadly mercenary, The Raven. But his former neighbor, Lady Margaret Landor, has different plans for him. Back in England, Sebastian's father has had several accidents and Margaret suspects foul play and deception that reach as far back as the infamous duel. Convinced that only Sebastian can set the situation to rights, Margaret arranges a scandalous bargain with him that includes Sebastian's returning home as her husband. As the newlyweds uncover a deadly scheme, a fierce passion blossoms between them, which neither anticipated -- and neither can resist.
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When Sebastian Townshend, son of the eighth Earl of Edgewood, was banished from his family due to the tragic results of a duel, he vowed never to return to England. Now living on the continent, Sebastian has forged a new identity as a deadly mercenary, The Raven. But his former neighbor, Lady Margaret Landor, has different plans for him. Back in England, Sebastian's father has had several accidents and Margaret suspects foul play and deception that reach as far back as the infamous duel. Convinced that only Sebastian can set the situation to rights, Margaret arranges a scandalous bargain with him that includes Sebastian's returning home as her husband. As the newlyweds uncover a deadly scheme, a fierce passion blossoms between them, which neither anticipated--and nether can resist.
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Hasven't read this one. cover says..."Passion. Intrigue. Scandal. Some marriages have it all."