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The Price of Scandal

3.18 of 5 stars 3.18  ·  rating details  ·  147 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Lovely Neve Macleod's life is shrouded by scandal. The tabloids delight in branding her a scarlet widow, but in reality her marriage was for convenience. She's still a virgin, and a caring single stepmother--but no one wants to hear the truth....That is, until she finds herself stranded and snowbound with brooding tycoon Severo Constanza--an unlikely savior. As the magnifi ...more
Paperback, Harlequin Presents Large Print #3027, 256 pages
Published November 2011 by Harlequin Books (first published December 2010)
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If there were a prize for the stupidest book character ever created in the history of man kind, this would be a top contender. Completely unreadable story with possibly the most annoying and moronic heroine ever written. I DNF'd this at chapter 4, I just couldn't take being annoyed by the heroine's whining and epic stupidity any longer. I am a Kim Lawrence fan, but this was an EPIC FAIL with a totally implausible and ridiculous story line. This is saying quite a bit considering we're talking abo ...more
The heroine Neve is trying to build a relationship with her teenage stepdaughter and ignore all the public scandal about her and her late husband's marriage. But her stepdaughter seems determined to hate her, and she ends up running off in the middle of a blizzard taking Neve's car with here. Neve impulsively jumps in the nearest car to go after her, and that turns out to be the hero Severo's car. Severo and Neve end up being stranded due to the snow and take shelter in a nearby empty house. Eve ...more
Taya M
This was such a sweet read.... I love the way that the characters get along and I think that the balance of happieness and sadness was perfect. I wish Hannah had been in the book a bit more because she was hilarious and made the plot so much more interesting.

I would recomend this book for people who like happy endings and want to read a relaxing book that makes life seem as though anything can be fixed.

Over all this book was a pleasurable read and it wasn't one that took a lot of effort to get
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Laura Kaye
This was my third Harlequin Presents (I went on a Presents reading binge LOL). I'm more torn about this one than I was the other two I read. The heroine was likeable sometimes, and at least I understood her when she wasn't being totally likeable (i.e., overly whiny), but I think her characterization needed work to be more successful. The hero was introduced as he threw repeated orders at her and continuously chided her for acting like a child, so it wasn't the most favorable introduction--and, o ...more
Neve Macleod was recently involved in a MOC – this was a bit creepy if you thought about it and didn’t make a lot of sense if you did the same, but….okay just…..DON’T. So she tries to get on w/ her teenage stepdaughter, but she doesn’t trust that Neve married her father for good reasons and doesn’t give her an inch. Seems stepdaughter is a bit spoiled, but that just sets up the whole story. Severo Constanza has a nasty stepmom who was awful to his father and Severo doesn’t think much of women th ...more
Lisa Kay
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★★★☆☆ Here I am reading another “snowbound” romance. I didn’t like this one as much. It had a lot of potential, but it really didn’t deliver anything new. The characters were a bit too… one dimensional, despite the author’s attempt to give them some angsty history.

The Italian hero, Severo Constanza, just arrives at the ski lodge when he has to trudge back out in the snow after our innocent heroine, Neve Macleod, steals his car to chase after her spoiled and inconsiderate step-daught
Read as "The Price of Scandal". A wonderful entertaining read. Adventure and scandal abound in this witty story as Neve and Severo battle a snowstorm getting trapped alone for a night of passion. The passion between them is amazingly romantic and lovely. The scene is written so well it seems to come out of your romantic dreams.
Stranded, Seduced... Pregnant by Kim Lawrence was the first Mills and Boons book that I've read in a while and I couldn't help but find myself annoyed towards the heroine. In my eyes, Mills and Boons used to make the female a strong character but Neve MacLeod is the complete opposite. She was helpless, whiny and at times a complete waste of time. This is the first story I've read from Kim Lawrence and I sense her characterisation was pretty weak. Hannah, the stepdaughter, is only fourteen years ...more
Melissa Johnson
I love snowbound themes! I also loved the backstory that told me just enough of Neve's background to learn she's a young step-mother who feels guilty about her lack of control over an out-of-control-teenager. Unlike other reviews (by some who obviously don't like Harlequin Presents' novels anyway so why are they reading them?) I felt she was a sympathetic character and I got to enjoy her escape from reality with the sexy Severno when they get snowbound together. I laughed out loud at their dialo ...more
Melissa Maxwell
I really liked the book though it was so slow at first and rushed in the end. Neve is such a like-able character and I loved her. Severo was a great alpha hero but the story left me wanting. For one it needed an epilogue, it gave you a hint of HEA but I wanted to see it. The second thing is that over half the book takes place in a few hours than jumps months and takes place in a day so overall the couple was together like two days and declaring love after than is a little far fetched, this is wh ...more
Tonya Warner
Rating is probably closer to 2 1/2 than 3.

Tiresome and insipid Neve Macleod ends up stranded in a blizzard with sexy Severo Constanza. Both seem to have issues, Neve is a annoying at first in her self-hatred of how she is handling things with her teenaged stepdaughter. She appears weak and extremely naive about everthing.

Severo comes off as domineering, and even cruel at times. Eventually the story line improves and they get together.

I liked the story, just not sure I liked the characters.
On vacation the heroine and her stepchild run into the hero when the heroine's stepchild takes off. After the hero and heroine search a blizzard comes in and they are stranded in a cabin where they make love and she gets pregnant. After the stepchild is found the hero leaves her and the unborn baby he has no knowledge of. Eventually he finds out and plans to marry her but getting her to agree could take a while.
At some point Severo is very arrogant and neve is very innocent and naive. She thinks everything is her fault and takes responsibility for every bad thing. Did get a bit annoying but story wasn't all bad. I did think this would be better as I have read other Kim Lawrence and really enjoyed them but this book wasn't tragic. HEA
Sort of weird but interesting story.

My god, she had low confidence and enjoyed being walked all over and taken advantage of by everyone around, it was a bit frustrating.

Liked the book. Stayed up reading it all in one sitting.
Stepdaughter, stranded in the cold, gold digger, prego
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Though lacking much authentic Welsh blood, Kim Lawrence comes from English-Irish stock. She was born and brought up in North Wales. She returned there when she married, and her sons were both born on Anglesey, an island off the coast. Though not isolated, Anglesey is a little off the beaten track, but lively Dublin, which Kim loves, is only a short ferry ride away. Today they live on the farm her ...more
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