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A Lady's Lesson in Scandal

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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  2,349 ratings  ·  255 reviews
IN GRITTY, WORKING-CLASS LONDON, SHE DOES WHAT SHE MUST TO SURVIVE . . .

When Nell Whitby breaks into an earl’s house on a midnight quest for revenge, she finds her pistol pointed at the wrong man—one handsome as sin and naked as the day he was born. Pity he’s a lunatic. He thinks her a missing heiress, but more to the point, he’ll help her escape the slums and right a gra
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Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published by Pocket Books (first published June 28th 2011)
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valee
Can you guys remember the last time you read a book really, really slowly not because it was boring but because you just wanted to pay a lot of attention to every word so you could fully comprehend what's going on? Well, I certainly can say I just can't remember the last time this happened to me. I tend to skim many parts in all my reads. I wasn't a person who did this but once I started to read more frequently it just started to happened. I may be loving a book but if it gets too descriptive o ...more
Juliana
(4.5 stars)
Have been reading and reviewing so much, I'm a little reviewed-out, so don't know if I will come back to write a full one. Basically, it was really good. I wasn't sure how it would be, since the plot seemed a little used and contrived, but it ended up working very well.

Duran was very realistic in her portrayals and depictions, and one knows she did research on in order to stay true to what life would have been like for Nell. Oftentimes in romance, if a main character is living in pov
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Christina
Ι felt like this book had a lot of potential. The hero was interesting, the premise highly original and intriguing: A factory girl turned heiress is struggling to adjust from the gritty brutality of working-class London to the haughty glamour of the ton, all under the supervision of a seductive, clever aristocrat bent on marrying her. Sounds cool right? I thought so. But in the end, it all revolves around the heroine. The untrusting, obstinate, ungrateful, hypocritical,judgemental heroine.

Now I
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Shawna
4 stars – Historical Romance

This is a really good romance that’s complex and honest, with a destitute, stubborn, strong lower-class heroine and a handsome, selfish, titled rake hero who sees her as the answer to saving his bankrupt estates.

I think these two lines sum up the H/H really well.

Nell’s attraction to Simon:

But oh, he was beautiful. As he took the step that closed the distance between them, his slow smile might have lured the angels from heaven, flocking noisily, arms outstretched, hap
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Katie(babs)
One of the Historical romance authors I’ve come to count on for great writing is Meredith Duran. Every single one of her books have been winners for me, so much so that I’ve become a total fan girl of hers. Her words are pure poetry, where I gobble up each page as I read. Meredith’s latest, A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal is her best book to date. She takes the classic Pygmalion story and makes it her own. If George Bernard still lived, I could see him praising A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal and telling ...more
♡Karlyn P♡
:-( I DNF'd at 60%. I just didn't like the heroine as she border lined on TSTL for me, nor did I feel any genuine heat or chemistry between H/h. Too much suspending disbelief required too. I was having a hard time buying much of it. But I think my biggest problem was more to do with timing then the actual book. This was such a close storyline to the classic by Judith Ivory 'The Proposition', which I just re-read a few weeks ago and absolutely love. MD is a great writer, but her stories are becom ...more
Mary Chen *Nulla in mundo pax sincera*
I'm really torn between giving this book a 4-star rating and a 4.5 rating, for reasons I will explain.

Meredith Duran's writing has a way to make one feel, to experience vicariously through the characters intense emotions that transcend the pages of this novel. For that, I would rate her writing and accurate but gruesome depictions of London's seediest areas a 10 stars on a scale of 5.

Duran's characters are also written with an astounding complexity and wit. Simon and Nell's thoughts are always
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Nikki
4 stars.

I don't know what it is about Meredith Duran but whenever I finish one of her books I'm left with a feeling of detachment. I could describe reading one of her books as though I'm reading it through a pane of glass. She obviously puts a lot of thought and research into her work; but perhaps so much at times that I can't feel connected to the characters.

I was pretty excited starting this one because Duran set the scene so deliciously and Nell and Simon seemed like original, vibrant charact
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Cecilia Grant
Job one of the romance author, in my opinion, is to make me care, deeply, that these two characters should 1) find happiness and 2) find it with each other. Nobody right now does that more consistently than Meredith Duran.

I particularly appreciate how she takes the time to show the hero and heroine coming to know each other - there's a lovely long scene where the two are playing billiards, and while yes, it's filled with flirtation and eventually leads to a passionate encounter, it's not just a
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Aly is so frigging bored
Why I DNF-ed it:
-it was boring
-didn't like either character
-the heroine was annoying in her feeling superior to everybody
-I couldn't feel the plot: long stolen daughter of a count by the crazy(might have been raped) wife's maid, found in her dead-father's bedroom trying to kill him. Too Disney mixed with Dickens for me.
-as I kept reading only one thought kept repeating: geeez, how much more till it ends?! I read the last chapter though and couldn't believe the author threw in more drama... sooo
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Jan
I'm somewhere between I liked it and I really liked it, as in I liked it a lot...

The plot is a little contrived and far fetched, but Duran wouldn't be Duran if she didn't make it work, and she does.

The conflict was not so much a personal one as a true conflict of upbringing and social class. Both Nell and Simon are completely shaped by their past, and for a long time I thought they were too different to really understand where the other was coming from. Like Nell says somewhere, when you've neve
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Ann Aguirre
Meredith Duran is one of the most gifted writers of historical romance on the market today. I fell in love with her gorgeous prose after reading her debut, THE DUKE OF SHADOWS.

I continue to be awed by her talent and imagination. This is a beautiful, evocative book. It enthralls you. It enchants you. It breaks your heart and makes you smile with tears still drying on your cheeks. Unlike many historical romances, this one has grit. You can taste the smoky air of Victorian London. You can imagine
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Felicia
See my review of "Duke of Shadows" by this same author, I really enjoyed this book (although enjoyed the other one slightly better) but I really appreciate the attempt to ground the cliched characters of this genre in a bit of reality. It makes it much more relatable. For some reason this one fell a bit short for me, the scope was a bit confining, most the novel is two people talking, but I still enjoyed it and will look up the next one by the author for sure!
Diana~
I've always had a soft spot for Cinderella-esque types of stories and Meredith Duran's latest installment is just that! We have our heroine from the East End of London, Nell, and our hero who is a peer from the ton, Simon. You ask how they're supposed to be connected to each other? Well, Nell hapens to be the lost/missing daughter of Lord Rushden, Lady Cornelia. And Simon happens to be their heir to Rushden's title... What a small world huh! The story starts out pretty slow, but it soon picks up ...more
KatLynne
4.5 stars
I love this author! She has such a unique way with words and this book had all the elements making it a pleasurable read!
• A good plot that holds my interest and keeps me wanting more
• A story that is more showing than telling....the banter between the H/h is fantastic
• A H/h who are witty, smart- full of intelligence, vibrant
• A poignant tale that touches my heart while other pages makes me laugh
• A sexy, smexy hero that I love and a feisty heroine that I adore
• Some hot sexy lovin’
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Wicked Incognito Now
A bit more melodramatic than I usually care for. Complete with long lost twin, stolen baby, murder attempts, and sacrificing true love for his own good.

But Meredith Duran could write the phone book and it would punch you in the gut with its believability and intensity. So the reading experience was entrancing and enjoyable overall.
Janga
This one has it all--engaging characters, compelling plot, and wonderful prose. Another keeper from Duran who gets better with every book.
Annie
Meredith Duran has become one of my favorite romance authors this year. Her writing can be pleasingly poetic at times, without being overdone. And while there's the typical melodrama, a lot of the tension comes from the characters themselves. There are times in romance novels (and TV) where the writer tries to build suspense by leaving things unspoken or ignoring certain leaps of logic to create a build-up. What I like about Duran is that she doesn't resort to this. Nell and Simon are always awa ...more
Mandi Schreiner
Nell has grown up in Bethnel Green, a shabby town, working in a tobacco factory, living with her very sick mother and cruel stepbrother. Although she has a roof over her head, she lives in very poor conditions and is always worried where her next meal is going to come from. In a very sick and hazy state, her mother starts spouting off nonsense about Nell’s real father being Lord Rushden.

But then her mother dies. And her stepbrother wants her to go into whoring to bring more money in. In a fit of
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Jen (Red Hot Books)
Nell is a woman who has lived a hard life and things look like they're only getting worse. She works in a factory, barely scraping by in the slums of London's Bethnel Green. Her mother is dying and her step-brother is ready to whore her out for money. On her deathbed, Nell's mother reveals that Nell's father is a highborn lord who may be willing to help her financially. But when her letter to him is ignored and her mother dies, Nell decides to get her revenge by killing the man in his sleep.

Only
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Angelc
4.5 Stars

At first this book seemed like it was just another rags to riches tale with very little romance. But once the hero and heroine started to fall in love, this story flew off the charts! The romance was so intense, and there were so many obstacles for this couple to overcome, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.

I really liked Simon, he was more complex than some heroes are in historical romances. He wasn't a stereotype at all, and he didn't always make the most flawless decisions. All of
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Kay
Life hasn't been easy for Nell, who lives in poverty stricken Bethnel Green and works hard in a tobacco factory to earn minimal wages to care for her sick mother & awful gambling, abusive step-brother. As her mother's health deteriorates, she learns that Lord Rushden is her real father. She sends a letter to him for help to aid her mother but receives no response. When her mother dies, Nell has no choice to take revenge on Lord Rushden. She sneaks into his home with a pistol and intends to k ...more
Slavena
I have a problem with Meredith Duran's writing. It is a love hate relationship. This book falls in between. I did like the storyline but this may sound weird to you "the book is full of words" and don't call me crazy but the words she uses its almost like trying too much to say something in a more complicated manner. I had to double back many times and wonder why did she choose to write the sentence the way she did. The text did not flow like in a normal book, although the story was interesting ...more
Jennifer
Nell is a sharp one, and she is so indelible in her 'guttersnipe' role that it is really hard to picture her as A Lady - since much of that transformation is dealt with lightly and offscreen. Also (view spoiler)

But they are a fun pair, the conniving rake and the clever survivor, who
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Amanda
The reason I stopped reading a lot of romance was that sometimes the reasons for the couple not to be together seem stupid and manufactured. Like they both require a smack upside the head and a stern talking to about the values of communication.

In many ways, this is a romance characteristic of its genre. For die-hard romance fans, I have no doubt it hits on all the good spots. After authors like Tessa Dare and Sarah MacLean, I'm a little more... demanding and picky. In all the worst ways.

Nell is
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Lauren
A Lady's Lesson in Scandal
4 Stars

Living under the thumb of her odious stepbrother in the slums of London’s East End, Nell Whitby resigns herself to a life of poverty and hardship. However, on her death bed, Nell’s mother imparts a secret regarding her daughter’s true identity that sends Nell to the upper echelons of London society and into the arms of Simon St. Maur, a notorious rake who immediately recognizes the value of the woman in front of him.

One of those rare historical romances that actu
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Ally72
This is the BEST historical romance I have read this year (Hands Down)! A full review to come...!!!
Nancy
I liked it. Perhaps the best one I've read, from Meredith.
Michelle (Michelle&Leslie's Book Picks)
Nell Whitby grew up in Bethnal Green, one of the shadiest and the poorest part of London, and worked as a factory girl. With her mother very sick, Nell wrote a letter to Lord Rushden, a man who Nell suspected was her father (her being an illegitimate daughter) to ask for help. The lord never responded to her letter and her mother died. Bent on revenge and armed with a gun, Nell sneaked into Lord Rushden's home and points the gun to Simon St. Maur, the new Earl of Rushden.

The old Lord Rushden was
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Karen
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MEREDITH DURAN grew up enamored of British history. At thirteen years old, she made a list of life goals that included writing romance novels, trying sushi, and going to London to see Holbein’s portrait of Anne Boleyn. Now a doctoral student in anthropology, she is happy to report that all three goals have become her favorite things to do. When not studying, doing fieldwork in India, or working on ...more
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