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A Scandalous Charade (Scandalous #2)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  510 ratings  ·  36 reviews
A Regency Historical Novel - Book Two of the Scandalous Series...

Handsome ladies’ man Lucas Beckford has agreed to help his friend, an impoverished baron, win the affections of an icy heiress. It should be a simple task, especially for a seducer of his reputation. However when Luke catches sight of the enchanting lady, he is captivated with her pretty brown eyes, quick wit
Kindle Edition, 257 pages
Published January 27th 2011 by Night Shift Publishing
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After readng this book I felt like I had whiplash. I didn't mind the two main characters Luke and Lady Juliet. They are your typical sexy vs. cool-reserve. Aside main romance however there were about four or five other romances going on between other characters. Normally I like a little background romance besides the main attractions, but in regards to this book the background caused more of a distraction. Just when it felt like the story was getting more into Luke and Juliet's romance it would ...more
The second installment in Ava Stone’s very entertaining Regency era Scandalous series is much more enjoyable than the first book. The hero and heroine, Lucas and Juliet, are more likable and their story more complex than that of Lydia and Robert.

Lucas is Robert’s younger profligate brother, a man who has tired of his licentious life and now finds it dull and boring. When he agrees to help his hapless friend Haywood woo Lady Juliet St. Claire, he isn’t prepared to fall for her himself, even thou
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#2 in the "Scandalous" book 2, while can be read as a stand alone, I would suggest reading Book 1 as well. This is a Regency family saga.
Fast paced story. Written with witty banter, sizzling relationships, family drama, passion and romance.
The characters will woo the reader. Oh, there are some twists and turns, readers won't see coming. An enchanting and entertaining story. I can't wait for the next installment.

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This book is Lucas Beckford's book...that is, it's about his love match with Juliet St. Claire. And, although I whole-heartedly loved Juliet St. Claire, I never warmed to her hero. However, that is ok, because this book still had merit based on the extra lens it allowed into the lives of Robert and Lydia and other supporting characters in this series.

What I really liked about this book:
1) More perspectives and information on Robert and Lydia. That was the main treat in this book! I consider thi
3 1/2 stars

I think Ava Stone is a new author to watch for.

This second book in the series overlaps the first A Scandalous Wife and shows the story from other characters points of view. Very clever. I like the style, voice and wit. My biggest problem was with the hero, Luke. He was a pr*ck and I didn't feel like he redeemed himself enough. There are also quite a few editing errors that I see so much of's getting ridiculous!
Still, I enjoyed this and look forward to the rest.
A Scandalous Charade by Ava Stone
Book #2: Scandalous Series
Source: Purchase
My Rating: 5/5 stars
My Review:

Round two of Ava Stone’s Scandalous Series is an even better read than the first!! A Scandalous Charade follows Lucas Beckford, infamous ladies’ man and confirmed bachelor. Luke has spent the vast majority of his life chasing tail, drinking, gambling and, generally enjoying every second of his life. Luke is wealthy, gorgeous and, has no intention of ever changing his ways.

Lady Juliet St. Cl
Judy Lavik
Rhinoceros horns & elephant tusks, oh my!

What can I say about this book without giving away key pieces of the story? I recently discovered this series and have been reading the books out of order, which I don't recommend. There are many characters to keep track of, and previous stories that I have missed thus far. I will catch up, because I'm hooked on these stories and the characters. They burrow into your heart and make you love them, weep with them, and celebrate with them. Even the rogue
I cannot bring myself liking the H at all throughout the whole book and hence the low ratings.
The book wouldn’t have been too bad except for three things: 1) I have rarely met a hero I liked less, the way he treats the heroine hot and cold, hot and cold is so annoying, at some point he obviously realizes he loves the heroine, but I would have kicked him to the curb way before he comes around. 2) Why did the author think killing of one of the nicest people in the book would be a good idea? 3) There were a few points in the story when I felt like this would be a nice ending to the story on ...more
The heiress Juliet has the biggest dowry in England ton, not to mention she is also the daughter of a Duke and don't forget that she is pretty too which makes for an army of poor suitors that dog her ever step in society. She tries her best to dissuade the suitors with a sharp tongue because she has witnessed terrible marriages in her own family, therefore she has decided to become s spinster, although at twenty years old she has some time to wait before she actually becomes one.
Mr Luke (Lucas)
Melody May
In this book, we focus more on the relationship of Juliet St. Claire and Lucas Beckford. Juliet is described as the "Ice Princess" to all that know her and an heiress. Luke is a scoundrel of the first order. Luke's buddy Hayward enlists his help to melt the "Ice Princess" so he can marry her and get her money. Luke gets to know her and decides that he wants Juliet for himself. Not to marry of course, what scoundrel does that, right? They strike up a bargain, so they can pretend to court each oth ...more
Waited a long time to read this, because it was the 2nd in the Scandalous series. I like to read them in order. I recently bought the first book. Both books alone, were fun to read and enjoyable. Having read them very close together. Finished one and started the next immediately. I was annoyed to no end when entire chapters seemed to have been copied from the first book. Although the story was nice, and if you omitted the copied text from the first book the book was good. In copying, the author ...more
Rhonda Jones
I really enjoy Lucas and Juliet story. There are other plots and stories that set up intros to other books. I didn't like killing off a main character but she had her reasons for this. As you read the story you want to know what is gonna happen to the other characters which makes you search for the connecting books to read
Sally Hannoush
This novel was comical in its troubles. The book was well written and a comfortable read. It had it all- rakes, murder, love and drama. It's a good Historical Romance to get into as a new or old-timer fan. It has a Happy Ever After ending. Good thing there are more books to read in the same universe.
I only moderately liked the first book. But the price was right for the second one. I was surprised by how much I liked this book. I didn't like the main character of this book at all in the first book (he ruined a 16 year old girl and then refused to marry her so his brother did to save the family). I also wasn't impressed by him at the start of this book when his justification for not marrying her was because she wasn't "innocent." Still, as a character he grew in this book. That's what I want ...more
Considering the book was obtained for free, I rather enjoyed it! As for the plot, I really enjoyed the many story lines surrounding the main characters. I found it a bit annoying how the main character luke kept calling Juliette "princess", as if it's the only possible romantic endearment he was capable of. I also hated how some loose ends were left I untied. Also some of the characters, even Luke at times, were wiser her moronic (Hayworth) or bottom line vicious at times (Luke).... But maybe th ...more
Ann Gonzalez
Overall, I liked the book. The story was a little slow going in some parts and I hate when a character I like dies. I would recommend it.
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I absolutely loved this book! If only I didn't have to say goodbye to a certain character. I think this is truly a book about second chances and redemption (to a degree). This book will make you cry one minute and wish to strangle the protagonist the next. The book was, truly, well written.
Suzan Tisdale
I love this entire series! One of the things I'm enjoying most is how Ava has written it. Its all around the same central story, but from different view points and the other stories that surround it. VERY nicely done! ;o)

Overall good book. Didn't like how the recaps from the first book were in the second book. Maybe, summaries or assuming that we read the first book would have been better than re-telling the first book.
This is the first book i am reading in this series... so I didnt face the problems like repeating paragraphs from other books in th series... it was a good read..
Great story! Quite funny and entertaining. Can't wait to read more by this author. I'm a new fan of historical fiction. Well done Ms Stone!
Interesting read with a couple of odd twists and turns and one WTF?! A chaos of characters and subplots with stray threads everywhere.
Madeline Sloane
I enjoyed this book, although I felt like kicking Luke. A lot. But we all fall in love with hard heads at some point in our lives.
Very good story. Kept my interest easily. Although I read book two first, I don't think I'll read book one.
It was a little aggravating that since some of this story was in the first book she had repeat scenes.
Okay..if you liked the first'll love the continuing story of Robert's brother.
Corvinus Maximilus
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Ava Stone is a USA Today bestselling author of Regency historical romance and college age New Adult romance. Whether in the 19th Century or the 21st, her books explore deep themes but with a light touch. A single mother, Ava lives outside Raleigh NC, but she travels extensively, always looking for inspiration for new stories and characters in the various locales she visits.

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