Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Notorious (The Scandalous Women of the Ton, #4)” as Want to Read:
Notorious (The Scandalous Women of the Ton, #4)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Notorious (The Scandalous Women of the Ton #4)

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  378 ratings  ·  69 reviews

When the ton's most notorious heartbreaker…

Dangerously seductive and sinfully beautiful, Susanna Burney is society's most sought after matchbreaker. Paid by wealthy parents to part unsuitable couples, she's never yet failed to accomplish her mission of diverting a groom-to-be. Until her final assignment brings her face-to-face with the man who'd once taught her an intimate

Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by HQN Books
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Notorious, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Notorious

Wither by Lauren DeStefanoEntwined by Heather DixonSilence by Becca FitzpatrickDie for Me by Amy PlumAnna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Best Book Covers 2011
464th out of 717 books — 3,099 voters
A Lot like Love by Julie JamesEleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart by Sarah MacLeanThe Perfect Play by Jaci BurtonCall Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth PhillipsJust Like Heaven by Julia Quinn
2011 Romance
364th out of 385 books — 815 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 1,023)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

This novel centers around the story of Susanna Burney and James Devlin. Susanna and James were married for one day years ago before Susanna abandonned James after their wedding night with the intention to seek an annulment. Years later they meet up at a ball where Susanna has been hired to seduce James's sister's fiance.

Overall, I found this book to be a pleasant read. I liked James from the beginning. He was a bit of a fortune hunter but his love fo
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

Expected Release Date: July 26, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: HQN
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Book 4, Scandalous Women of the Ton
Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone
Steam Level: Hot

*Whew* This one was a complete roller coaster!

Susanna Burney has not had an easy life. At age 17, she eloped with the man of her dreams, and then the
This was an OK, provided by netgalley. It had a fascinating premise, of a professional marriage-breaker, which was quite different and also quite believable. I really liked what the author did here. It's slightly off-the-wall, but just the sort of thing I can imagine infuriated, panicky parents doing when there was a huge amount of cash at stake, and they wanted to prevent their errant offspring from making bad choices.

However, in its execution in the story, I had a few problems. Any parent wou
I feel bad. See, Cornick is a good writer. It's just that I absolutely despised her male lead, Devlin. Yes, yes. He's supposed to be passionate and a rake and a pirate and whatever, but really, he's a royal douche. He's threatening, cruel, and his actions border on assault. Just because the female lead doesn't mind it, doesn't make it ok. Usually, there is a fine line between menace and machismo and the reader is supposed to be enthralled or taken in by it. You know, because it's romantic. Not t ...more
Before we begin, let us just take another moment to admire that cover art. Take several minutes if you must. There isn’t anything about that cover that isn’t great. And after looking at Cornick’s website, I’m seeing that most of her cover art is top notch. Bravo!

Moving on to the story …

Conflict is a crucial element in story telling. Without it you have a … well, not much of a story. Some authors center on one main conflict. Some authors throw in a second or third smaller conflict to go along wit
4.5 stars

Devlin is a man on the lower steps of the ton's scale, with a less than stelar reputation and in sore need of funds. His only hope to escape his debts, is a good marriage for both him and his sister. But just when it seems that they've both made it, with Devlin being betrothed to a rich earl's daughter and his sister on the verge of being proposed to by a Marquis, Susanna enters. Susanna, happens to be not only his sister's rival for the Marquis' affections, but also Devlin's ex-wife. A
There are a group of writers who know how to "handle" historical romance well, and Nicola Cornick is one of those. This story is just different enough that it caught my interest immediately and I am delighted to have read it. The heroine is not present trying to find a husband as is most often the case. Rather she is present at ton events to prevent marriages, specifically the matches that have begun which are not favored by the family of one or the other of the persons in question. Masquerading ...more
Amanda Ryan
Notorious by Nicola Cornick is Cornick’s latest release in her Scandalous Women of the Ton series. For me personally I’ve found Cornick’s books to be hit or miss. A few of them are my go-to favorites, but I’ve also read some that just really didn’t do it for me. Unfortunately, Notorious fell into the latter.

Susanna finds herself face to face with her husband, a man she deliberately left after consummating their elopement and hasn’t seen in several years. James, her husband, is engaged to a rich
Acho que fiquei traumatizada, por momentos fez-me não gostar de romances históricos.
Todos os clichés românticos num só livro pequenino, pocketezinho, baratinho. É mesmo verdade os caniches são os mais irritantes!
Espero que os próximos dias me curem desta bebida de tão má qualidade, por favor deus, compensai-me com uma ressaca também suavezinha...e com um reset fortezão!
Wendy Darling
I never go into historical romances expecting very much, so it's always a pleasant surprise when one is well-written and engaging enough to hold my attention. I liked the premise of this book, which follows Lady Susannah, a woman makes her living as a professional unmatchmaker for men with unsuitable love interests. She's hampered in her quest to break up the current couple that is her job, however, because one man is standing in her way--James Devlin, her husband.

The beginning of the book is a
Jen (Red Hot Books)
On its surface, Notorious is a sexy Regency Romance... a battle of wills between two former lovers with conflicting agendas. But underneath, it's a story of loss, regret, and self-realization. It is, in turns, sad, steamy, frustrating, and rewarding.

Devlin and his sister Chessie have always had to scrape to make ends meet. But they finally seem to have a comfortable future in their grasp. Devlin is engaged to a wealthy woman of the Ton. He doesn't love her, but he is pragmatic about the marriage
Cocktails and Books
I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I wasn't sure what to expect when I got it from NetGalley, especially since I hadn't read any of the other books in the series. But it turns out you really didn't need to read those to enjoy this one.

The last thing Susanna Burney expected when she accepted her latest assignment was to find James Devlin. She'd last seen him when she was seventeen, heartbroken and leaving him. In the years since, she's done what's she's needed to in order to ensure her welfa
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
NOTORIOUS is the fourth book in Nicola Cornick's memorable Scandalous Women of the Ton series and takes you on an emotional journey full of passion, deceit, sacrifice and regret.

Susanna Burney excels in her chosen profession as a match breaker and is much sought after within society by wealthy parents wishing to break up unsuitable couples. Posing as Lady Caroline Carew, a wealthy widow, her latest commission is to entice the Duke and Duchess of Alton's son, Fitzwilliam (Fitz), away from a certa
Mary Gramlich
NOTORIOUS by Nicola Cornick
7/11 – Harlequin - Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages

What if everything I ever wanted is something I had already lost?

James Devlin believes he is on the brink of the perfect life. While his intended bride is needy, his future in-laws unwelcoming, and he abhors London society there is the money he will marry into. When you lived in abject poverty anything you must do to turn that around is a possibility and necessity. Dev is one step away from this perfect life when the w
Pamela Todd
Notorious is the fourth book in the Scandalous Women of the Ton series. I have not read any of the previous books and that did not spoil the read of Notorious. Each novel stands alone, though characters of the other books will crop up familiarly to fans of the series.

From the first page, the author transports you back in time to glittering ballrooms, handsome gentleman and elegant ladies. She paints the portrait of the time effortlessly, before ripping the rose-tinted glasses from out face and
Aug 09, 2011 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: historical romance lovers, readers of angsty romance
In NOTORIOUS, Susanna works as a matchbreaker, dividing unsuitable couples by order of their concerned parents. But she encounters Devlin, a man from her past who threatens to unravel the careful life she has constructed for herself. On the one hand, the characters in this book are written well, because I connected emotionally with them. However, the continuous acrimony between the two main characters got a little hard to take. There wasn't a lot of action in this book, which is fine, given its ...more
Oh, great. The big misunderstanding, the nonsensical separation, the pure as the driven snow " adventuress", and the endless rehashing of internal turmoil trying to disguise lust as true love. Also, worst secondary "romance" ever. Kind of depressing.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Karyn Gerrard
Another solid, sensual and emotional read from Nicola Cornick. This is book 4 in her 'Scandalous Women of the Ton' series. This is something I have not read before, the heroine is a 'heartbreaker for hire'. Susanna Burney does what she must to make her way in the world. Hired by the elite of the ton, she uses her feminine wiles and stunning looks to lure the pampered sons of the elite away from inappropriate women. Women of questionable background and low birth to be more specific. Susanna manag ...more
I really enjoyed this book! Some of the frustrations I've had with the last couple of historical romances I've read didn't enter this one, so I'm good.

Devlin and Susanna have a history together and if it becomes more widely known, it could ruin both of their plans. Enter angst and tension. Enter more angst on Susanna's side because she knows they have history Devlin isn't aware of. Mystery, check! Tension, check! Lustable male, check! Strong female, check! Hearbreak, check! Believable love, CHE
I reviewed this book for Romance Reader At Heart website.


Our hero, James Devlin, is at a ball, and he's bored. But then he spots a woman, and she's none other than Susanna Burney, his ex-wife, who he thought dead for the past nine years.

Our heroine, Susanna Burney, is at the same ball, and she's on a mission: breaking up a betrothal of Fritz, the Duke of Alton's son, who just happens to be wooing James' sister.

Everything about this story sounded and, in the beg
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

This was the first book that I've read from this author and it definitely won't be my last. This book was just so good. I admit that when I found out that this book was a second chance at love story I was beyond giddy, those just happen to be my favorite. I believe that Nicola did it justice. I didn't want to put the book down. I was so engrossed with what was happening in the story.

I loved Susanna and Devlin together. They were just so feis
Carrie Olguin
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jo (My House of Books)
3.5 almost 4 stars

For the past two years, he's been celibate and engaged to Lady Emma Brooke, thanks in part to her dowry and connections, both of which can provide a stable life for Devlin and his sister, Francesca. When he's introduced to Lady Caroline Carew, he's very surprised to be reacquainted with his ex-wife whom he thought to be deceased, Susanna Burney. Susanna as Lady Carew has set her cap for Francesca's intended, Fitzwilliam Alton.

The years apart, a supposed annulment, and a purport
Heather Book Savvy Babe
I enjoyed reading Notorious, the main characters are a part of the Ton, but not born into it. Susanna and Devlin had been married briefly when they were young. But, as young people do, they made mistakes and were separated. Susanna did what she had to do to survive, and Devlin went on to explore the world in the navy. After 9 long years, their paths cross again in London, where sparks fly and carefully laid plans change.

What I really liked about Notorious was the nature of the main characters. T
Epic romance tends to guard its deepest, darkest secrets closest to the heart rather than wear them on its sleeve, so pardon James Devlin if he fails to acknowledge his perfect-in-every-way fiancée when he spots his dead wife across the ballroom. No, not zombified, but very much alive and currently seducing a gentleman away from Devlin’s sister!

Susanna Burney had learned long ago that love is not invincible and has found a lucratrive job in helping disapproving mamas and papas of the ton to brea
Interesting premise. Parents hire a woman to seduce their very eligible son away from a totally unsuitable young lady. Sounds like it could happen.
Ms. Cornick is a good writer and I quite liked our hero(Sir James) and heroine(Lady Carew), who are at cross purposes and who share a connection unknown to the rest of the ton. Add in a whole lot of angst re: their past And you have a very emotional story going on--
And, after many trials and tribs they get their HEA--hooray!

What didn't work were the
Notorious is another great read from Nicola Cornick and The Scandalous Women of the Ton series.

In Notorious we meet Lady Susannah, she helps the Ladies of the Ton rid their sons of woman whom they think that are not suitable enough for there sons. Normally ladies who are poor and unable to bring anything to the marriage worth cashing in. Lady Susannah helps the families rid there sons of these women by seducing the men from under the women's clutches, getting her marriage proposal, and months l
Notes: I read the ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this book. Book will be released July 19th.

Susanna Burney is a beautiful woman hired by members of the Ton to break up unsuitable matches. Her success rate is impressive. Her current target is Fitzwilliam (Fitz) Alton, only son and heir to the Duke and Duchess of Alton. She is to break up the relationship between him and Francesca Devlin (Chessie). The only thing standing in her way and success is her husband, James (Dev). Fortunately for her, he d
RATING:4.5)NOTORIOUS by Nicola Cornick is an exciting historical romance set in Regency England. It is book #4 in The Scandalous Women of The Ton,but can be read as a stand alone. See Book #1"Whisper of Scandal",Book 2 "One Wicked Sin" and Book 3 " Mistress By Midnight".This is a wonderful series that shows not only strong,wicked,sexy,heros,but also strong,beautiful heroines. Who can stand their ground,hold their own against a tough, determined advisory and come out one of the winners. While Jam ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 34 35 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Vampire Dimitri (Regency Draculia, #2)
  • Confessions of an Improper Bride (Donovan Sisters, #1)
  • Lessons in Indiscretion (The Merry Widows, #1)
  • Dangerous Lord, Innocent Governess (Belston & Friends #2)
  • A Marriage of Inconvenience (The Arringtons and Wright-Gordons, #1)
  • Shameless (The House of Rohan, #4)
  • The Taming of the Rake (Blackthorn Brothers, #1)
  • Soldier of Fortune (Rakes and Rogues of the Restoration, #2 )
  • Always a Temptress (The Drake's Rakes #3)
  • How to Seduce a Scoundrel (How To Series #2)
  • Seduction & Scandal (The Brethren Guardians, #1)
  • Trial by Desire (Carhart, #2)
  • By His Majesty's Grace (The Three Graces, #1)
  • Improper Relations (Improper, #1)
  • The Perfect Scandal (Scandal, #3)
  • It's Always Been You (York Family, #2)
  • Dangerous in Diamonds (The Rarest Blooms, #4)
  • The Shadow Wolf (Draicon Werewolves, #9)
USA Today bestselling author Nicola Cornick writes witty and passionate Regency historicals for HQN Books and MIRA. She studied History at London and Oxford and was awarded a distinction for her dissertation on historical heroes. It was a tough study but someone had to do it. Nicola has a “double life” as a writer and guide at the stunning 17th century hunting lodge, Ashdown House.

Romantic Times h
More about Nicola Cornick...
Whisper of Scandal (The Scandalous Women of the Ton, #1) One Wicked Sin (The Scandalous Women of the Ton, #2) Mistress by Midnight (The Scandalous Women of the Ton, #3) Desired (The Scandalous Women of the Ton, #5) The Confessions of a Duchess (The Brides of Fortune #1)

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »