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Scandalous Again (Switching Places, Bk 1)
Scandalous Again - Switching Places, Bk 1 Author:Christina Dodd Two exquisite cousins must exchange identities in a scandalous deception. — Madeline de Lacy, the duchess of Magnus, prides herself on being one of the most sensible young women in England, which is why she can't believe that, in a turn of the cards, her noble father has lost his entire estate -- and her! -- to a stranger. — On a mission to sa... more »lvage her family fortune, she changes places with her cousin and companion, sending the meeker Eleanor to confront the man who had won Madeline's hand. Now, Madeline is free to enter the home of a notorious gambler, and pretends to be meek, humble, and competent with an iron. She is, of course, none of those things; she simply is resolved to win her family's fortune back. Just when she thinks matters can't get worse, she meets Gabriel Ansell, the earl of Campion, and they do. Horribly worse.
Four years ago, Madeline was engaged to Gabriel, and worshipped his arrogant kisses. Now, being forced to marry a man she doesn't know pales in comparison to the ordeal of facing Gabriel again, the man who betrayed her -- Gabriel, the only man she ever loved.« less
After reading over 1000 books, I've read this one several times, & enjoyed it more each time. Good plot - mystery, intrigue, suspense, a twist or two.
Interesting characters & development; secondary characters,too. Excellent sex scenes; not too graphic, but sensual & teasing. All in all, this one is a keeper, but it's too good not to share.
From Book Description: The efficient , levelheaded daughter of the Duke of Magnus, Madeline cannot believe that , in a turn of cards, her father has lost his entire estate- and her!- to a stranger. Now she's expected to marry a mysterious blackguard in a fortnight! Worse still, the only man who can help her is someone she hoped never to set eyes on again: her former fiance, Gabriel Ansell!
Madeline can still taste the arrogant Earl of Campion's kiss- and feel the heat of his passion- as if it were their last night together four years earlier. And she remmebers the betrayal that sent her running from Gabrial's arms. Now, as she enters, incognito, the home of a notorious gamber, Gabriel's there to distract her from her mission to salvage what's left of her family's fortune and pride... and tempt her once more toward recklessness.
But Gabriel has his own mission in mind: to win back forever the heart of the only woman he could ever love.
An enjoyable book by Christina Dodd. It was a fun, light read, if not a little predictable, but still entertaining.