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Whisper of a Scandal (The Scandalous Women of the Ton #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  672 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
Widow Lady Joanna Ware has no desire to wed again but that doesn't stop the flurry of suitors knocking on her door. Desperate to thwart another proposal, Joanna brazenly kisses Arctic explorer Alex, Lord Grant. Unable to deny the blazing attraction that flares, Joanna knows she's just set the gossip mill turning.
Paperback, 362 pages
Published June 17th 2011 by Mira Books (first published 2010)
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Apr 12, 2016 Olga rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Igual que los demás libros de esta serie, me ha encantado los personajes ( con sus historias previas y sus vivencias) y la historia de superación de ambos... Deseando leer los siguientes:)))
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
‘Whisper of Scandal’ is the first book in Nicola Cornick’s sparkling ‘Scandalous Women of the Ton’ series and is a winning blend of passionate love story and intrepid adventure.

The story opens where Alex, Lord Grant, is reluctantly visiting Lady Joanna Ware, the widow of his best friend and fellow explorer, David Ware, in order to pay his respects. He dislikes her because he knows from his friend’s comments that she is shallow, manipulative and deceitful. His opinion is further confirmed when he
Mar 30, 2015 Eva rated it it was amazing
Being here in Milan makes me finish the book – finally. That’s a good thing actually because I loved it. After driving for nearly 7h to Verona and two more by Milano I needed to get some reading done before being able to fall asleep. I left Vienna with only like 100 pages left on this one so it was kind of a quick read before falling asleep finally.
„Whisper of Scandal“ is the 1st book in the „Scandalous women of the ton“ series by Nicola Cornick, and the 4th I think I read so far but of course
Feb 14, 2014 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whisper of Scandal was the first of Nicola Cornick's books I have read. It came as a recommendation and I was not disappointed.

Joanna Ware has been badly treated both physically and mentally by her, now deceased, husband. They were estranged before his death and as a result of his treatment of her, she has become rather self absorbed with outward appearances and the superficiality of the ton. David Ware was an explorer, a hero, and darling of the ton. He courted this popularity shamelessly, whor
It's a quick light read; nothing more, nothing less than I expected from a Nicola Cornick book.

Having read and been disappointed by Desired my expectations weren't that high for this novel, but the second half--more like the last third--of the story surprised me positively. Joanna's trip offered few very vivid images and events that helped me to round up the rating despite the distasteful sauna sex.

Seriously people, what will it take you to understand that sauna is not a place for sex?!

I'm cho
Jun 12, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Joanna Ware is a widow recently out of mourning. She has a long line of possible suitors lined up even though she has no desire to remarry. Lady Ware was left with a bad taste for marriage after her former husband, Lord David Ware, created quite the reputation for himself as a womanizer. When Lord Ware died, he left his estate to his only remaining relative, John Hagan. John Hagan is a middle aged man and has kindly agreed to let Lady Joanna remain in the home that she shared with her husba ...more
That was the second book from this author I read. The first one had been given to me by a friend and had not made such an impression. This one was very cheaply priced and that's the reason why I decided to give it a chance.
I did not like it much. I felt that there was too much liberty taken with the historical reality. I did not care much for most of the characters. The hero had been wrong his whole life regarding the true personality of his best friend. The heroine was a vain and selfish chit.
Jun 09, 2014 Sally rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fiction
Meh. I like a lot of Nicola Cornick's writing. The characters are well drawn, the pacing good, the dialogue witty, the chemistry well done... but this book featured a trope I'm coming to LOATHE. The 'terrible misunderstanding' trope. Hero thinks heroine is shallow/vapid/sluttish/awful in some way, despite having no real reason to. He begins to suspect that he may be wrong and then - boom - at the slightest provocation decides that no, actually, she really is shallow/vapid/sluttish/awful after al ...more
Carolyn  Storer
Jun 14, 2015 Carolyn Storer rated it really liked it
"Whisper of Scandal" is a meaty historical romance, with great plot and well defined characters. I liked the heroine straight away. Widowed Lady Joanna Ware is a complex character, as is the hero, but she is immensely likeable, whereas Lord Alex Grant is not. It took me quite some time to warm to him due to his arrogent, presumptuous and incredibly shallow manner, where he dislikes Joanna without knowing her and only goes on one person's opinion.

From the first chapter, when Lady Joanna and Lord
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Apr 07, 2014 Jynt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm beginning to think that there are no spectacular regency romances that's been translated into Estonian.

Nicola Cornick was not new to me before I started reading this novel. Although I admit that I don't remember much of her earlier works, I had hoped to read something good. You can imagine my disappointment when I discovered that I had rated both books that I had read before 2 stars. Unfortunately, I hadn't written anything about my opinion regarding the books so I can't really tell why they
Lady Claire, Marchioness of Fancy Pants
Perhaps not a true 4 star book. However I have been reading such crap romance novels lately this got extra points for keeping me entertained and not being complete shite.

The tension between the couple was well done. I liked that they didn't like each other at all from the beginning. Ms. Cornick somehow did the impossible (apparently it's impossible since most authors fail achieve it.) She didn't make the hero a complete dick. Amazing, right? You could feel the dislike, but the hero never called
Aug 10, 2014 Mudpie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Randomly bought book because it was on sale. What a lovely story of two lovers who are predisposed to dislike each other slowly open their eyes and fall in love with each other's qualities! As the story unfolds we too discover more of the back story...I really don't like Lottie but hope to see Merryn, Devlin and Owen Purchase having their own book! I must go research this series now ;)

PS. The sexual tension is delish and love scenes - tender yet hot! Alex is direct yet not crude and Joanna might
May 13, 2011 Debbie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not even the sex/love scenes could save this book for me.
Oct 25, 2010 Kimm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Nicola Cornick is fast becoming a favorite of mine. I find myself intrigued with her character and plot choices. I never know what to expect next with her selections. In Whisper of Scandal, Cornick starts her setting with Regency London and then sweeps the reader away on a journey by ship to Spitsbergen at the North Pole. Her descriptions of this harsh and cold climate left me filled with interest over the culture and lifestyle of those raised in such a remote landscape. This is one of my favori ...more
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Sensitive readers warning: Contains graphic love scenes

Wow. I started this book and didn't want to put it down. I thought about it when I had to put it down. I loved it.

The main characters were engaging. I even liked Alex, with his arrogance and ignorant determination to believe in his "friend's" honesty, thus believing Joanna to be a manipulative harpy. I thought it made him realistic. At moments it was irritating, but like I said, realistic.

My favorite part of this w
Oct 05, 2011 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lady Joanna Ware is the widow of Lord David Ware and she has decided she would never marry again. Not because of a great love affair but because of her unhappy marriage, even before his death she had been estranged from David for five years. Yet she is still the darling of the Ton whom everyone adores as she adores them, at least that is until she meets Lord Alexander Grant. Grant was her errant husband’s best friend and is disturbed by Joanna. David had tainted Joanna’s reputation by speaking i ...more
Fiendishly Bookish
4.5 Stars

Lady Joanna Ware holds a secret close to her heart, and after having been devastated over and over again in her marriage, she has perfected a frosty persona that the ton has both embraced and whispered about.

It has taken her twelve months to get used to the death of her husband, explorer Lord David Ware. And during that year she has lived on borrowed time, in a house that is no longer hers, and an uncertain future. When Lord Alex Grant returns from the Arctic with a missive from her hu
Jun 09, 2012 Julischka rated it really liked it
Whisper of a Scandal von Nicola Cornick ist ein historischer Liebesroman, der überwiegend im London von 1811 spielt.
Lady Joanna Ware ist Witwe und nach ihrer lieblosen Ehe mit dem Polarforscher Lord Ware steht ihr nicht der Sinn nach einer erneuten Ehe.
Sie hat sich ihr Leben schon während sie noch verheiratet war ohne Mann eingerichtet, da ihr Ehemann ständig auf Reisen war. Joanna ist angesehenes Mitglied der Londoner High Society und liebt die Zerstreuungen, die London ihr bietet.
Trotzdem wird
Aug 04, 2011 Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency-romance
[ 4.75 STARS ]

I would say, this is by far, one of the best and fast read I have ever done in a few hours. Truly a great story with great characters and definitely great flirtations of steamy scenes and words! However, with a slight tingle of hope toward the end--ending with a small disappointed--nonetheless content with its ending earned it a 4.75 STARS from me. Reason, below.


I enjoyed the first part of the story quite well. Especially since Alex is such a sexy man already and his daring
Jo (My House of Books)
At first glance, Whisper of Scandal is a classic he said/she said book. The she in question is Lady Joanna Ware; the he, her deceased husband, Lord David Ware, Alexander's best friend. Alex believes everything David ever said about his marriage and almost nothing Joanna says in defense or rebuttal. So Joanna leaves him to his incorrect and biased opinions. She's content to never see him again until David manages to toss them together via a guardianship for his illegitimate daughter. Only then do ...more
Isabella Kai
Whisper of Scandal tells the story of Lady Joanna Ware, a society hostess and widow of a philandering adventurer, who on his deathbed left the care of his illegitimate child to his wife and his friend Alexander, Lord Grant. Joanna and Alex travel to the Arctic to claim the child battling each other and everything Mother Nature throws their way only to realize things are much more complicated than they appear.

I loved Alex from the moment he threw open the library door in chapter one and Joanna fo
WHISPER OF SCANDAL by Nicola Cornick is a wonderful historical romance set in 1811 London and the Arctic. It is well written with details and depth. It has danger, romance, secrets, betrayal, sensuality, intrigue, danger, wit, adventure, a high sea voyage, suspense and of course true love in the making. The characters are enchanting, interesting, believable, handsome, adventurous, and determined. The hero, Alex, is handsome, trustworthy, sexy, passionate about his work, an adventurer and determi ...more
Feb 20, 2012 lia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

The first book that i read from Nicola Cornick and it took me by surprise that i actually enjoys it.
I have this book for a while and i keep putting it off and not reading it because the scenery in Artic doesn't really reel me in. But from the first chapter Nicola Cornick successfully keeps me reading ( i never hesitate to drop a book if it bored me).

The story is about Joanna a widow of an explorer and hero, David Ware. After David's dead, Alex Grant paid a visit to David's widow and
This was a pretty good story. I really liked how it was set in the Arctic, that's a setting you don't see much of in Regency era roms. The characters were different too, an explorer and a widow rather than the typical rake and debutante. I liked Joanna she was good and kind on the inside, though on all outer appearances she was just another superficial society lady. Alex was alright too, he had misguided judgement of her sometimes, but he was always quick to understand motives, and didn't spend ...more
Dec 04, 2010 Joanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read, Nicola never has let me down with her great works!!

Lady Joanna Ware has no desire to wed a second time. Desperate to refuse another proposal, Joanna brazenly kisses Alex, Lord Grant, Artic exployer, even though he knows that gossip will fly among the ton about them. Even though no affair is going on.............yet.

In her first marraige, her husband went from one bed to another of lusty women. But when her dead husband's will is read, she is shocked at hie bequeathel for his ille
Sep 17, 2010 Ana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keeper-shelf
– Nothing gives me a bigger thrill than discovering a new-to-me author. Whisper of Scandal is the first Nicola Cornick book I’ve read and I’m glad I did. Her characters are original, no cliches here, as are her settings. The North Pole? I’ve never seen that one used before. Her writing style is smooth and the sensuality level is high even though the love scenes don’t occur until later in the story. Building and maintaining sexual tension is, IMO, one of the most important factors in a romance no ...more
Sep 24, 2010 Jude rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Joanna and Alex and the chemistry between them sizzles on the page. Ms Cornick immerses you in a Regency world with the unusual setting of the Arctic. The story really comes to life when Joanna and Alex embark on their expedition to Spitsbergen, and it's in this harsh landscape that Alex finally faces his fears. Great stuff.

This is the first book in a new series about the Scandalous Women of the ton. One Wicked Sin is Lottie's story and Mistress by Midnight is Merryn's story. I really ho
Mar 28, 2014 Charlie rated it did not like it
This book makes me angrier than the author (repeatedly) tells us the main characters are with one another for most of the book.

There are so many unnecessary lies and so much selfishness and shallowness.

Worse than that, the plot is illogical and unreasonable in too many instances to list.
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International bestselling author Nicola Cornick writes romantic historical mysteries and witty and passionate Regency romance. 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.

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