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The Seduction of Scandal (Scandals and Seductions #5)

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  398 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
The Seduction of Scandal—the fifth book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cathy Maxwell’s Scandals and Seduction historical romance series—is a thrilling tale complete with secret identities and runaway brides, a notorious English highwayman and dangerous intrigues…and, of course, wildly passionate love! This is romance, adventure, sensuality, and wit blen ...more
Kindle Edition, 375 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Avon
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Sep 28, 2011 Karen rated it did not like it
I finished it, but with many eye-rolls. Picky daughter is betrothed by her father to the supposed catch of the Season when she turns down every proposal she's gotten. Lady Corinne would just as soon someone ELSE "catch" Freddie-- she finds him reprehensible... and finds him in bed with her own maid. But no matter how awful his behavior (and it gets PRETTY awful), her parents will not allow her to cry off. (Frankly, I didn't think the author established that Corinne's parents "doted" on her-- the ...more
Mary Gramlich
Aug 18, 2011 Mary Gramlich rated it it was amazing
08/11 - HarperCollins Publishers - Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages

Are we all divided personalities – the one we show and the one we really are?

You might convince Lady Corinne to do any number of things she might not like but no one was going to make her marry that horrid man regardless of his title or incredible lineage, the man was a nightmare. Both fathers have big plans for this merger, I mean marriage and Corinne pleading to beg off is soundly reject
Jul 22, 2011 SidneyKay rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-regency
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Oct 29, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book. I liked Will and the way he protected the people of the village where he served as the rector. He was determined to keep Lord Bossley from harming anyone else in his quest for wealth and power. Corinne knew that she could not marry Lord Bossley's son, that there was something very wrong about that family. When she saw an opportunity to escape, she took it. She ended up in Will's village, where he and the villagers hid and protected her. She also saw how good a man Will was, and b ...more
Oct 13, 2011 Kimberly rated it it was ok
I'm usually a big Cathy Maxwell fan, but I was disappointed in this book. The storyline was strong & the hero was great! But the heroine was an unlikeable spoiled brat! I couldn't understand what the hero saw in her. There were also a few plot points that pushed my willing suspension of disbelief. I just couldn't buy into it.
Jessica Grogan
Oct 18, 2015 Jessica Grogan rated it liked it
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Christine Seybolt
Nov 14, 2011 Christine Seybolt rated it it was amazing
Storm your book store readers. Raid the bookshelves for New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell has done it one again. With her sixth book in her fabulously engaging Scandal and Seduction series she gives her legions of devoted fans a hart pounding romance in THE SEDUCTION OF SCANDAL which just released on August 30, 2011 from Avon Romance and all ready the reviews a singing her praises once again.

To the world Lady Corinne has everything. She has just landed the catch of the season Lord
Sheri South
Mar 18, 2016 Sheri South rated it it was ok
The idea of a masked Robin Hood figure is appealing, and when he happens to be a clergyman who has assumed the role in order to protect his parishioners from the powerful man who is his own mentor and foster father, it becomes especially intriguing. Will's struggle to balance care for his flock with betrayal of the man who raised him makes for an interesting moral dilemma, and one that set him apart (at least for a while) from the plethora of rakes that seem to populate the historical romance ge ...more
Lady Corrine has realized that her father, the duke of Banfield, is not going to allow her to cry off her wedding to the despicable Lord Freddie Sherwin, son of the earl of Bossley, as their marriage would be a great combination of power between the two fathers. So she decides to take matters into her own hands and takes the drastic step of stowing herself in the boot under a carriage bound for London. What she is exactly going to do there, she is not quite sure but she knows she needs to stay h ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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Much more than just a story of a girl who runs from an unwanted marriage, The Seduction of Scandal hums with secret treasonous deals, a one-man campaign for justice, and the blooming of love that brings a sense of belonging never before known to the hero and the heroine.

Corinne Rosemont wants a husband who loves her even when she is silly and obstinate, a husband who relishes her opinions and shares her passion. She just knows there
Karyn Gerrard
Sep 13, 2011 Karyn Gerrard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adored this book! It had humor, romance and adventure all in an enchanting mix as only Cathy Maxwell can do. This is the fifth and final book in Cathy's 'Scandals and Seduction' series.

This book is another one for me where I preferred the hero over the heroine. Lady Corrine is very spunky. I hate spunk. Well, to a point. Corinne is the daughter to a Duke and is furious she is being made to marry the rakish Lord Freddie Sherwin. Her self-absorbed parents will not listen to her prognostications
Jul 14, 2011 Kimberly rated it liked it
My review cross-posted from Joyfully Reviewed:

Lady Corinne, daughter of the duke of Banfield, is doomed to marry Lord Freddie Sherwin, despite the fact that he’s the most repulsive man of her acquaintance. But on a trip to Freddie’s ancestral home, Corinne comes up with a plan: she’ll flee and hide out until after the wedding is over. A trick of fate sends Corinne’s escape awry and she lands in the path of the notorious highwayman known as the Thorn. Cori
Aug 22, 2011 Jaime rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lady Corinne wants a man who is honorable and respected. That are not the words to describe her fiance, Lord Freddie Sherwin. Since her father wont listen to her pleas of not wanting to marry the disspisable Lord Sherwin, Corinne decides to take action for herself. Running away until after the wedding may of sounded like a great plan until she finds herself in the company of the notorious highwayman Thorn. Some suspicions are confirmed and other are proven wrong a
Katie Michaels
Sep 16, 2011 Katie Michaels rated it liked it
Lady Corrine is being forced into a marriage she doesn't want. While many other women consider Lord Freddie to be a catch, she sees his true colors. But her parents won't let her cry off, even after she finds him in bed with her maid. So she does the only thing she can do: she runs away.

During her escape, she stumbles into the path of the notorious Thorn. He's something of a Robin Hood, stealing from the wealthy and greedy Lord Sherwin to help the common people. He has a reputation as a dangerou
May 28, 2012 Regina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If this book was your first experience with Cathy Maxwell, keep in mind that this is not a good representation of the wonderful stories she normally writes. I don't know what happened here, but her usual engaging and entertaining style wasn't present this time around. This story had so much potential! It's not often that you come across a hero who's a vicar and keeps a low profile, who's in a sense more like your average, everyday type of guy who wants to help the people around him. A hero's unr ...more
Mar 25, 2012 Dancer rated it really liked it
It’s never wise to blackmail a highwayman.

Lady Corinne, rebellious daughter of the duke of Banfield, refuses to marry Lord Freddie Sherwin. Yes, he’s the catch of the Season and the man her father chose for her. He’s also the most despicable male of her acquaintance. With her wedding only weeks away, she flees and finds herself a prisoner of the notorious Thorn!

Who says the devil isn’t a woman?

The rich and powerful tremble at the highwayman’s name, while England’s villagers rejoice in his bold e
Oct 14, 2011 Daisy rated it it was ok
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Okay, so based on the summary, I was thinking: ooh, dangerous man with a soft heart! And I like my dangerous men to have softs spots in their hearts, if they're just dangerous, it's no fun. But to my disappointment, the man was not so much dangerous as he was soft.

I'm wondering what went wrong in the combination of this book and me, and I think it's the fact that I didn't quite believe everything that went down. And most of all: I didn't believe the romance. I did not believe that one meeting,
Oct 19, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t have a lot of Cathy Maxwell under my belt so it’s always fun for me when I get a chance to pick one up. Initially I felt that the heroine was a little immature but as we moved in to the story it almost felt like all the characters that she had to deal with were just as immature. Corinne finds her fiancé in a compromising position but her parents don’t seem to want to listen to her or her reasoning. She does what she feels is right but ends up in the arms of a notorious highwayman. Can Co ...more
Sep 14, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing
As it is with all of Cathy Maxwell's books.. The Seduction of a Scandal was wonderful. The characters are not your "normal" romance hero and heroine. They are strong individuals with very interesting personalities and an undying love. I love reading books with strong women, and Corinne is a wonderfully strong and determined woman. William dual "identities" make for a "perfect man". I did find it funny how William was not supposed to be a man that attracted women, because when you look at the cov ...more
Nov 03, 2012 Chava rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
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Feb 18, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
After reading this book, I could have smack myself off the side of the head. Not because it was bad, but because is was SO good and was languishing on my TBR pile forever. I love finding a new, good author to read and have added Cathy Maxwell to the list.

I loved all her characters, the setting and storyline, which read like a cross between The Highwayman and Scarecrow of Romney Marsh. This was a light read so any antics made by the heroine shouldn't be taken too seriously, which I didn't, and ju
Karen  Boruff
Dec 03, 2013 Karen Boruff rated it it was ok
My first Cathy Maxwell and may be my last. This was a terribly infantil book. I couldn't get into the character's and couldn't understand why they would eventually fall in love. Bored me to tears in places and I had to struggle to finish the book. I kept falling asleep. I am in a great deal of physical pain and have trouble sleeping, so from that point it was good, but that pain means this had to be pretty dull and slow to bore me enough to actually fall asleep. Based on this book I will not loo ...more
Ilse DeBord
Jan 05, 2016 Ilse DeBord rated it liked it
A good rainy day read

The book started with a strong female Character who was very sympathetic at start. As the story progressed the characters got flatter and not as fully developed. The story line was very creative and the premise was plausible but the last part of the story was almost a let down. But altogether it was an almost satisfying book. A good story with great characters deserves more than being read once. One reading was enough for this book.
Oct 02, 2011 Eve rated it liked it
Mixed feelings! Her character annoyed me. His on the other hand, I liked, and I really liked the fact that he wasn't your typical run-of-the-mill rake type character (I mean I love it when it's done well, but come on!) Kept my attention but was annoyed at her, some of the situations were a bit outlandish, not enough focus on them actually falling in love, and the end was wrapped up a bit too quickly/neatly.
Dec 25, 2011 Cat rated it it was ok
I tried to like the heroine, but she just seemed to be too sure of herself and seemed to suddenly love Will, I couldn't tell when she was falling for him, it just came out of nowhere. The supporting characters were fun, but I couldn't seem to get over the fact that Will was a parson, it got a little weird. Other than that, the plot twist at the end shocked me and was very well played.

This was one of the books where I didn't want to hear about the romance, but more about the plot.
Sep 03, 2011 Robin rated it it was amazing
This is a K.I.S.S. and Teal book. Avon is teaming up with the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance to raise awareness and research funds for Ovarian Cancer. Between August 30, 2011 and February 28, 2012 portions of the purchase of books with the k.i.s.s. and teal logo will go toward programs that support Ovarian Cancer patients and their families.
It did progress a little fast and the main characters weren't entirely likeable. I can agree that it was a little strange to be reading about a clergy man falling in love. And even more weird that he didn't wait till he married her to claim her. I guess it was just for the story but it did seem a little out of character. The story was good though.
Jul 27, 2014 Sharyn rated it liked it
book #5, maybe the last in the series as there is no one whose story is left to tell. I liked this the least of the series, an improbable story all around, headstrong girl, love sick vicar, mistaken identity, treason, so many plot points. Just too many secrets, and I just didn't like the story. Oh well, off to another author.
Carlene Love
Aug 06, 2014 Carlene Love rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you just want to be able to magically gift a special book to every single person you've ever met on the planet. That was me with this one. It was incredibly romantic and emotional and fun and serious and thought provoking and I know I'll be reading it again as my heart belongs to both Will and Corinne. :)
Aug 14, 2011 Ora rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I was able to figured out who Will really was relatively quickly, however that didn't detract from me wanting to read it. I really enjoyed Will and Corraine's story and is worth reading. I am hoping that Freddie will get his own book. He may be very selfish and spoiled, but he isn't a villian.
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CATHY MAXWELL spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, "Why do people fall in love?" It remains for her the mystery of life and the secret to happiness.

She lives in beautiful Virginia with her children, horses, dogs, and cats.
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