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That Scandalous Evening: Governess Brides #1 (Governess Brides #1)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  1,728 ratings  ·  69 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd spins the captivating tale of a nobleman whose path crosses again with the one woman he absolutely cannot resist . . . .

A Disastrous Season

A simple statue began the scandal.

A Lady Concealed

An innocent English miss conceived of it, her hands gliding across the clay, delineating each smoothly defined muscle and sinew, creati
ebook, 368 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1998)
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Tammy Walton Grant
In 1809 unmarried ladies weren't supposed to think about, much less sculpt, the male figure. Why, the attention to detail a sculptor gives to the male physique even makes ME blush:

As "That Scandalous Evening" opens, our heroine has done just that. Deep in the throes of unrequited, virginal love for Ransom Quincy, Marquess of Blackburn (who is completely undeserving, I might add) she has poured her heart and soul into a sculpture of her beloved.

This sculpture, of course, is never meant to be seen
This was my first book by Christina Dodd, and I was pleased by how much I enjoyed it. She's got such a large backlist that I'll have a lot of reading material to catch up on, yeah!

The beginning of this book was almost painful to read. Not in a bad way, more in an embarrassed for the character way. Poor Jane. I found it amusing that she assumed that people didn't like her statue because it wasn't good enough. Jane lived in society, but at times it seemed as though she marched to a different drumm
Very enjoyable!! I absolutely loved Jane - a wonderful, unique, and strong heroine. She was a perfect match for and could definitely handle Ransom. Someone needs to keep him in check and take him down a few notches and it's very enjoyable watching that happen :-). Also had great secondary characters (specifically Susan, Ransom's sister - *loved* her!!).

Note: If you're a fan of Dodd's Governess Brides series, this is the prequel.

(Written September 10, 2010)
2.5 Dodd often has great concepts/hooks, but I find her plotting to be rather silly and her character development all tell and no show. Though this book got positive reviews elsewhere, I didn't think it much better than any of the others of hers I've read. Guess I'm just not a fan of the "excuse any plot/character confusion, as long as it's funny" type of romance...
Barbara M.
I thought Ransom was a real jerk, and my opinion never wavered from that. Jane should have moved to Paris to live her dream as an artist, but of course she got duped by a man with way more experience than her, and fell in love. My favorite reads are historical romances and this same scenario is in every book so I don't really know why it bothered me so much. I'm normally not so "I am women hear me roar" but this book really p'd me off ;)
Anna Marie
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I wanted to like this, really I did, because the premise was one I'd never encountered before. Unfortunately, it just wasn't done well. Points for the subplot, and for a heroine who is at least likeable as often as she is dislikeable. Overall, a disappointment. Feb 20/11


So confused about this book. I liked bits of it enough to give it a second chance, and on re-reading I found many delightful moments. Some of Dodd's turns of phrase are simply well-written, and I enjoyed some genuine laughs

I did enjoy the book but it was just okay.

Some of my complaints are:

- the current day language was a little out of place.
- I really didn't feel the ending. It was just lacking in emotion and was just like a quick wrap-it-up.
- some of the other characters seemed more interesting than the main characters.
- the main male character was not very likable.
- for someone who suffered great public humiliation before, the main character certainly doesn't mind putting herself in danger again.

A few things
I prefer my historicals to be somewhat knowledgeable about the times written about. I couldn't get much idea of what time in history in which this book was supposed to occur. The sudden inclusion of 21st century dialogue was jarring, to say the least, and the plot was so fictional that I had to finally decide to read it as a fairy tale so that I could enjoy it. After that I did, in fact, enjoy the book. Ms.Dodd can write well enough to keep one's interest. Evidently she has no desire to create t ...more
Christina Dodd- Escandalo nocturno "La belleza de la joven era tan rutilante que casi hería la vista" "Las pestañas caían sobre sus sesgados ojos de intenso azul de un modo que parecía atraer y rechazar a un tiempo lo que hacia enloquecer a los hombres, ya fuesen jóvenes o viejos." "él descubrió que, sin querer, estaba modificando su propia actitud para adaptarse a la de ella" "Pero Jane sólo tenía ojos para Blackburn" "Sus ojos azules la perforaban como una llama, aunque en ese momento la llama ...more
Mey Buentipo
This is the first book I read from Ms. Christina Dodd. I loved teh plot of the story and it really intrigued. At first I am confused about the character of the hero and heroine. I don't get on why they hate each otehr so much and expecially with the hero who have a mixed feelings for the heroine. I just do not get the hate and suspicious part of it. This could have been a 5 stars if it is somewhat polished in a better pacing and story line. I liked the twist of the story on the spying mystery, b ...more
Taylor Grace
That Scandalous Evening tells the story of Miss Jane Higgenbothem who makes a sculpture of a man (Lord Blackburn) and is discovered. Her faux-pas sends her to back to the country in disgrace. She comes back, ten years later, as a chaperone to her niece. Nothing but respectable, proper and keeping her distance from the tempting Lord Blackburn. Then, under the contemptuous eye of the ton, love happens.

It's a story about the ugly duckling becoming a swan and simply lovely. I think there's a bit of
This was just an ok read for me. Ransom never redeemed himself to me. He was a priggish idiot 10 years ago and he never lost that status for me. I thought Jane was a bit too doormattish is some ways. The last 10 pages of the book just didn't make up for the rest.

Feb 19, 2008 ChloeLeeNH rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Regency Era fans
I enjoyed this book... I love the reveal of what the actual torment of the hero was and why he was so upset at her for her sculpture. I would love to reread this one sometime!
Consuela Rossetto
Jane è un’artista di grande talento, ma la sua ingenuità le è costata cara. Anni prima aveva confidato a un’amica non solo la sua aspirazione a viaggiare e vivere della sua arte, ma anche l’orgoglio per la sua prima scultura in argilla quando era ancora studente: un nudo maschile, quello dell’uomo di cui era innamorata. Ed era stato subito scandalo perché non si trattava di un modello qualsiasi, bensì di Ransom Quincy, marchese di Blackburn. Ora Jane è di nuovo a Londra, dove tuttora risiede Ran ...more
I don't know what to think of this book.

On the one hand, I LOVED the heroine Jane. She was so intelligent and passionate and artistically brilliant. In her youth she'd been so eager just to gaze upon Blackburn, the "hero", and after ruin forced her to mature early she was so resilient and determined that her niece would fare better. I LOVED her for throwing Blackburn's idiocy in his face after the true extent of his mistrust in her and betrayal of her became apparent. Poor dear, all she ever wan
Good historical fiction, romance and mystery. Well done
Could not finish. Too many cringe-inducing situations.
I don't know why I liked this book. The hero is a pompous boor and the heroine is a goddess he doesn't deserve...and yet, I still liked this book. The intrigue played out like a farce instead of a truly serious matter. There were more nasty characters than nice characters. There was a woman whose boobs were the size of large melons while her brain was the size of a pea. And I'll say again, the hero was a pompous boor. Somehow, despite all of these characteristics that typically make me hate a bo ...more
Nov 30, 2014 Jacqueline rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance readers who like just a good ol' fashioned love story
Recommended to Jacqueline by: Me, Myself and I
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Este foi o primeiro livro que li desta autora. E devo descrever a história como cativante.
Longe de se agarrar aos clichés muitas vezes observáveis nos romances históricos, o narrador apresenta-nos uma personagem adulta com toda uma vivência passada que destruiu todas as hipóteses de alcançar os seus sonhos ou de ser aceite na sociedade. Esta é uma personagem de carácter forte, inteligente, mas que nos mostra também fragilidades transversais ao sexo feminino.
O personagem principal masculino, devo
Déborah Muñoz
Reseña completa y más en
El argumento, desde luego, es original, aunque tiene momentos en los que aburre un poco en general es ameno y engancha un montón.
Jane me gusta, aunque es un poco atontada y se podría decir que la han sacado del prototipo de artista despistado que vive en su mundo, combinado con el de virgen superinocente. Él es algo más complejo, pero me parece que también es el estereotipo de superficial que se vuelve patriota por los horrores de la guerra.
Surprisingly good. All the reviews I saw spoil for something that the book manages to hide and tease about until rather late in the story, which is a shame. They also indicate the hero is being unloveable and the heroine unfairly treated, which made me wary - and was luckily untrue! I have read way too many current romance novels that all delight in the subjogation of the heroine in various ways, and this is actually completely the opposite.

Bearing in mind that Dodd writes a lot and is a mainstr
Cheap and Lazy
I like Christina Dodd's stories and I LOVED this one. That Scandalous Evening reads more polished than her earlier works I've read, without losing that slightly-over-the-top drama I look to her for. This may be the most satisfying example of a favorite premise I can remember reading (and I look for these): badly-behaving hero comes around and struggles to make it right. And does he! Blackburn/Ransom is spectacular. Jane handles everything exactly as I hope I would do (not like some heroines, whe ...more
Me encanta el libro, lo único que siempre me acaba sacando de quicio Dodd con su estilo narrativo, los personajes no paran de hacerse preguntas que ni necesidad tienen de meditar, porque la respuesta la saben ipso facto, es como si tuviesen epifanías cada segundo.

Me gustó mucho el planteamiento de todo el follón que se pudo armar con un mero dibujo, la deshonra para ella por pensar todo el mundo que ha quedado arruinada y para él porque todo el mundo pensase que la tenía pequeña; mi escena favor
Danette Steward
Didn't see the romance in this book at all. Couldn't wait to finish so I could move on to another book.
Stephanie Bolen
loved that she was a sculptor and painter. spy game is kind of played out but it was really cute.
A rocky road for our main heroes.

Jane has it the worst but she manages just fine and becomes a strong woman, even if it takes her some time.

Ransom makes some high-handed and obviously wrong decisions, but he makes up for them eventually.

The mystery of the story added a note of 'reality' and layers upon layers of complexity to our otherwise simple romance.

The writing felt a little rushed at some points, but the message came across so it didn't affect the flow of the story.

That was the first boo
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