Scandal Author:Amanda Quick 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 unu... more »sual 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...« less
Really enjoyed this book. I believe it is the first book written by this author under this name. I find it difficult to read books in which I dislike the characters, but these caught my attention and sympathy. The basic plot was similar to others of this genre, but was still enjoyable and proceeded logically to the end. Someone once said "It's not the destination, but the trip" and I believe it applies to books of this type. You know how the book will end, but you want to find out what happens in between. This is a relaxing, light read.
I read The Paid Companion by the same author first and enjoyed it. I grabbed this one because it sounded similar and it was, slightly, in plot structure but not in quality. I'll guess this is an earlier effort and the author has improved over time. The first one I read was good enough to distinguish itself slightly above normal for the genre, but this one is probably just above median. A lot more firelit gown rending scenes in this one though, than The Paid Companion, so if you're into that aspect, this one would definitely be better. She, the author, seems to always have intelligent, assertive heroines pleasantly out-of-step with their historical surroundings. At least her heroes, if slightly unbelievable for the context, are skillfully developed enough for you to care whether or not the heroine succeeds in winning them over by the end. (It's fun to read if only to watch the author go from writing to conform to the genre, presumably to please a publisher, but then becoming more confident and successful and be able to poke fun at elements of the genre in her stories).
An Unfortunate Incident four years ago leaves Emily Faringdon with a tarnished reputation. But Simon Trahern pays no attention to the rumors and turns his attentions to Emily. She falls in love with Simon, only to have her father tell her that Simon is only calling on her to get revenge against her family. Simon does want revenge against Emily's father, and knows her genius at financial matters is the only thing keeping her family afloat. Emily confronts Simon about the accusations. He doesn't deny wanting revenge, but swears she is not a part of his plan and he would never hurt her. In fact, he wants to marry her. Emily agrees believing that Simon will come to love her and eventually learn to accept her family.
I usually enjoy the older Amanda Quick books, but this one was a bit disappointing. Emily may be a genius at making money, but she is a dingbat when it comes to Simon. No matter what he does, she smiles and accepts it. Simon comes off as cold and overbearing. I understood him wanting revenge against certain people, but not their innocent family. The saving point of this book is the amusing conversations and references to "The Unfortunate Incident". My rating: 3 Stars.