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A Woman Scorned (Lorimer Family & Clan Cameron #2)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  505 ratings  ·  43 reviews
From its opening scene to its breath-catching climax, Liz Carlyle's newest novel is a vividly etched portrait of passion and intrigue. When a woman consumed by sinister secrets opens the door to a strikingly handsome stranger, a powerful desire rushes in -- and a love she could not have imagined.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and Jonet Rowland is surely that. Bu...more
Kindle Edition, 452 pages
Published (first published May 1st 2000)
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Julianna
Feb 23, 2009 Julianna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Regency Romance & Liz Carlyle
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A Woman Scorned is yet another worthy effort from Liz Carlyle, but in my opinion, not the strongest of her novels that I have read to date. As with her other books, A Woman Scorned also contained an intriguing mystery element, this one involving the murder of the heroine's husband. The mystery was a bit more prominent in this story though, and consequently, I felt that it overshadowed the actual romance, in some ways. Aside from a strong physical attraction and mutual lon...more
Lisa Kay
Originally reviewed January, 2011.

I am actually re-reading this book again (which I find myself doing more and more with my bookshelf due to the economy) and am enjoying it. A Woman Scorned is considered a prequel to the Lorimer Family series and it is a very good beginning.
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Update: I finished this book, by one of my favorite authors, and found that Cole is one of my beloved heroes by Ms. Carlyle. I’m not really into blonds, but he is an exception. He is dashing and moral and has a sense of hum...more
Keri
It has been whispered that Jonet killed her husband in order to be with her younger lover. Captain Cole Amherst has been ordered by his uncle to find out if it is indeed true that Jonet murdered her husband. Instead what Cole finds is a beautiful woman pushed to the brink of sanity trying to keep her sons safe from an unknown evil.

Cole, on the verge of taken his vows to God, finds himself pushed to the brink himself as he fights his overwhelming attraction to Jonet. For Jonet's part, no man or...more
FreeNightFalls
I love when the heroines are portrayed as strong-willed and smart women. Jonet Rowland is one of them. She is rumoured to be the temptresses and the adulteress, as it always happens when a strong woman does not want to obey the society's rules. The hero, Cole Amherst is more like a brooding, grumpy hero who isn't really considered a rake. He is more like a shy war veteran and I liked that. Unfortunately, for me, the story dragged on and on, and I didn't like some scenes because they seemed force...more
Cyndi
After rereading the book, my initial rating stands. This is a solid 4 star book for me. The relationship between Jonet and Cole was definitely what kept me interested while the mystery surrounding Jonet's husband's death was a bonus. The mystery was not poorly done and was a good foundation for throwing the two characters together.

Cole was interesting for hero. The fact that he took orders and was meant for the church was fascinating to me. When Carlyle describes him slipping on his gold-rimmed...more
Abby
A great sophomore novel from Liz Carlyle! Again, she flips the traditional emotions and roles of the romance novel hero and heroines. Jonet Rowland, Marchioness of Mercer, is a feisty, temperamental, passionate woman who finds her perfect foil in the most unexpected place: the cool, studious and serious Captain Cole Amherst. Great secondary characters rounded out this book. It was gratifying to have small children in the book who weren't cloyingly cute or obnoxiously precocious. They read like r...more
Oleta Blaylock
I was a little surprised by who the villain was in this story. I read the story a number of years ago and I think I was surprised then as well. Ms. Carlyle does a good job of hiding the person’s identity until the very end of the book. This story also has the surprise in that there is a small mention of bondage and domination mixed in. I was very pleased to find that scene. This is a wonderful example of the complex writing style of Ms. Carlyle. She brings such life to her characters are the pla...more
Denise
Jonet and Cole were amazing together!! I am sure I will be rereading this in the near future.
Christine
I have enjoyed Liz Carlyle's books for ages, and just finished a re-read of "A Woman Scorned," originally published in 2000. It has aged very well!

Carlyle really shows off her writing and storytelling skills here. Jonet and Cole are both very fully realized characters. They have depth and scope -- their thoughts and emotions are vivid and realistic. And wow...are they steaming hot together!

"Scorned" is a complete package -- there's Jonet and Cole's growing relationship as well as a nice tightly...more
Joy
The story started out glumly but ended the opposite way, but there is a lot of gloom in the atmosphere not enough to make up for the happy moments. It started with a death, then murder was ruled out and the main suspect is Jonet (heroine), the wife of the deceased. I loved how the author combined a mystery, suspense, and romance and everything worked out perfectly. Characters are unpredictable and unconventional. Sure Jonet was a damsel in distress but she was no meek damsel. She faced her battl...more
Jane Stewart
So boring. Wanted it to end. No emotional buildup.

Reads like a long drawn out mystery – slowly peeling away the layers of an onion. Although, I think many readers will be able to figure out who the villain is and what the Delacourt secret it long before the author gets around to revealing them. The characters and events weren’t interesting enough. I wanted it to be over. Someone killed Jonet’s husband. Cole became a tutor for her two boys. She and Cole started falling for each other. Jonet spent...more
Soteria
Ceritanya lumayan bagus..
Walaupun memang awalnya aku tidak terlalu suka dengan Jonet karena mengira dia wanita tukang selingkuh,tapi akhirnya aku sedikit cukup bisa menyukai wanita ini karena kegigihannya untuk melindungi anak-anaknya setelah suaminya meninggal dunia dan dia menjadi tertuduh utama dari pembunuhan itu sendiri.

Cole sendiri adalah laki2 yang sangat gentleman dan baik hati. Dia berusaha untuk tidak terlalu berprasangka buruk terhadap Jonet walaupun memang tetap merasa cemburu dengan...more
Meliana
Kapten Cole Amherst awalnya menolak permintaannya pamannya, James, untuk menyelidiki kematian Lord Mercer yang diduga meninggal karena diracuni oleh istrinya sendiri, Lady Mercer. Akan tetapi keputusannya itu berubah begitu dia melihat Jonet Rowland, janda Mercer yang sangat cantik itu begitu ketakutan akan keselamatan kedua anaknya, ia pun memutuskan untuk menjadi guru privat bagi kedua putra Mercer dan yakin bahwa pembunuh Lord Mercer bukanlah jonet, dan pembunuh itu masih berkeliaran menganca...more
Ana T.
Different coverIt's been a while since I've read the other books in this series, somehow this book just escaped me at the time and it was recently that I realised I hadn't read. Since I'm a Carlyle fan I decided to pick it up asap!

Jonet Rowland, the Marchioness of Mercer is lovely, rich, and—it is rumored—an unrepentant adulteress. And when her philandering husband is murdered in his own bed, it's whispered that Jonet is a femme fatale in more ways than one. It will take a dashing and honorable...more
Ilze
Loved, loved, loved it! The hero Cole is totally scrumptious and Jonet the heroine is a sparkling delight, even with her temper and outbursts. Both of the main characters are incredibly well-written and alive. Love how Cole finally resigns himself (with a secret happy grin) to marrying a "shrew".

I realized who the villain of the story is almost as soon as they were introduced, but that only made the story more interesting, to see how it would unfold and how the other characters would figure out...more
Lelyana Taufik
Di curigai meracuni suami nya sendiri , Lady Mercer menjadi target penyelidikan pamannya,James dengan mengutus kapten Cole Armhest anggota Pasuka Dreagon Kerajaan Inggris...
So boring, karakter Lady Mercer yg bitchy dan Cole yg lemah terhadap godaan perempuan,penyendiri sangat mengganggu dan benar2 membuat bosan membaca nya...

Yang menarik di baca cuma adegan ehm ehm nya aja...dan cukup banyak juga sih....
Bermaksud untuk menggabungkan misteri denganromance, sungguh cerita ini tidak berhasil meng...more
Jenn
Not as good as her usual stuff - I could not like Jonet very much, she was too busy hating and mistrusting EVERYONE and EVERYTHING. I did not feel sorry for her, but just wanted to slap her. Hard. Cole was a good character, no doubt about where he stood and what a good man he was. It was nice to see a nerdy guy as the hero for a change. Usually the heroes in these bodice rippers are noblemen, or noblemen who are frowned upon or scorned by polite society. But, the author has lived up to her steam...more
Dangermousie
This Victorian (well, not really - it's set too late for a Regency but too early for a Victorian. A Williamian? :P) is so so so good! The hero is an officer in between postings who used to think about becoming a clergyman and the heroine is a widow into whose household he comes as a tutor to her two young sons (long story). There are murders and mysteries but the reason I love the book so much were Cole and Jonet - she is high-strung and brittle but so understandable in it and so strong, and he...more
Jamie

This was Ok It has all the romance ticks but it seemed formulaic. I noticed that in nearly all her books the first lustful encounter with the characters is always around 47% of the book... I think I might have read too many by this author...it all seemed a bit samey and it felt like half the book was page filling, like there was not enough story, so some parts got dragged out to make the story long enough..until the last few chapters, which were better. I'm not a die hard romance reader but I do...more
Netanella
I loved the character of Captain Cole Amherst and was extremely surprised that he could keep his composure during the screaming antics of Jonet. It was refreshing, also, to have the roles reversed, and to have the female lead during the pursuing of what could be described as a nerd of a male lead. The mystery element was well done as well, and I did not suspect the true cuprit until the big reveal at the end. For my first time reading a Liz Carlyle historical romance, I am won over and will defi...more
Nurlely
I never really enjoyed reading suspense or mystery in romance novels. They are all so predictable.

Despite the poor mystery I think the romance was okay. Not extremely good, just average. I felt bored reading some chapters. For the poor mystery execution, I could easily guessed the killer before it reached half of the content. The mystery was not totally mystery, but I could not expect more from a romance novel.
Pamela(AllHoney)
The second book in the Lorimer Family and Clan Cameron series by Liz Carlyle. A murder mystery in a historical romance. Rumor is that Jonet Rowland murdered her husband and Captain Cole Amherst is sent to investigate.

Interesting and intriguing plot as secrets are revealed.
Geulis
This book is too long and boring. The most annoying thing is when a character asked a question there would be paragraphs of description of her/his feeling or history or observation before she/he answered. JUST ANSWER THE DAMN QUESTION AND GO ON WITH YOUR LIFE!
Dawn ♥ romance
This historical romance had a good plot and exciting ending but it got a bit heavy with characters ruminating about the situation and their feelings so I skimmed some. Brother-in-law of newly widowed Jonet sends his nephew Cole in to tutor her boys and spy on her..
Barbra
Enjoyed the story line, and the suspense that built throughout the entire book until the end. A lot of explicit sexual scenes, but found that if you read the first sentence of each paragraph you got the message and could move on with the story.
Julia
Aug 03, 2012 Julia marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This one goes back on the shelf for now. Over the top dramatic and gothic, I'm not in the mood for characters that are always flush with some irrational emotion (or deconstructing those emotions ad naseum in their inner monologue).
Kindaangelic
Liked it,but it seems very familiar. I think I either read some of it before or maybe have read the next in the series prior to this one. I knew who did it and who was who before half way thru the book. hmmmm....
nila

Karakternya agak beda dari HR yang biasanya. Hero-nya seorang intelek, calon pendeta dan veteran perang. Heroin-nya seorang janda yg dianggap telah membunuh suaminya sendiri, temperamental dan terus terang.
Anne OK
Read this some time ago but forgot until a friend reminded me of it. Good solid historical romance filled with tension and angst. I happen to like them that way! Wonderful chemistry between h/h.
Sabrina Jeffries
You won't find more well-developed characters anywhere. Liz's lush style captivated me from the beginning, and I adore her characters, especially the intelligent and strong-willed women.
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