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Lessons from a Scandalous Bride (Forgotten Princesses #2)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  781 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Well-laid plans burn away into sizzling passion in the second book in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan's Forgotten Princesses series.
ebook, 218 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Avon
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Cleopatra aka Cleo is another of Jack Hadley's illegit daughters,there is a total of four, each with different women.He comes into each of his daughters lives when they are grown and he wants to make good marriages for them and provide them with a dowry.
This is Cleo's and Logan's story.Logan is an impoverished Scottish Lord who needs to find a rich wife to help him restore his castle and provide a better life for his siblings.He has a candidate in mind.Cleo vows that she will not end up like her
Sophie Jordan
Jul 18, 2012 Sophie Jordan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Hope everyone enjoys reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Miss Cleopatra Hadley grew up impoverished with her mother and stepfather and has just delivered yet another stillborn babe to be buried when she vows to never be at the mercy of a man, never let her body betray her. When her birth father suddenly appears in her life, she goes with him in exchange for enough money to keep her mother and all her siblings in a decent life. A bit of time passes and Cleo has begun a campaign to wed a doddering old earl, in part to please her father with the English ...more
Near gothic beginning with the elderly titled lecher - very fun! Then things took a turn for the dumb and boring.
Rating: B-/C+ ... Heat: Warm

Life has not been kind to Cleopatra Hadley or her family. When the story opens, Cleo is holding in her arms the body of yet another stillborn half-sibling. Cleo is charged with the harrowing task of taking the tiny body to the undertaker. This is a familiar occurrence for Cleo, who is her mother’s oldest daughter—one of fourteen living children and numerous that did not survive. Cleo’s life is filled with births and deaths, all at the hands of her stepfather and his r
Ash Ash
The second book in the Forgotten Princess series about the second Illegitimate daughter of Jack Hadley aka Cleo Hadley and Scottish Lord Logan McKinney .. Cleo lived with her mother, step father and step siblings until adulthood.. Jack Hadley searches for his illegitimate children and finally finds Cleo.. His man pays Cleo's Step father some money and takes away Cleo to London.. Jack wants Cleo to get married to a English nobleman with a title so he offers her a huge dowry to make her one of the ...more
I'm so glad this story didn't waste any time on convoluted plots or deceptions. Instead I found a simple, straightforward storyline that focused on Cleo and Logan's budding romantic relationship and subsequent marriage. Cleo's background--an over large family steeped in poverty and rife with premature death--was original and fascinating. Her fear of being trapped in the same type of family life as her mother was real and a strong motivator to avoid marriage to any virile man and instead secure a ...more
I received this ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest opinion. I am in no way obligated to give a glowing review. However, I am glad to give this one five stars because it was fantastic. Tugged at my emotions right from the start. I was actually wiping away tears as Cleo was carrying her infant brother to the graveyard. Wow! This story really was so emotional. The attraction between Cleo & Logan sizzled. They just couldn't deny the chemistry between them no matter that they both starte ...more
A cute read. Scottish hero, English Heroine who saw her mother have many babies, many who died and is afraid of love, afraid to become her mother.We see into the thoughts of both characters and root for them both. This is the 2nd in the Forgotten Princesses. !st is about Greir, Wicked in your arms. #rd is I presume about Annalise, How to lose a bride in a night. They are 1/2 sisters. I am now going to search for those to read. However, the story about the 1st sister is in another series, Wicked ...more
This book was a decent historical read, but I wanted more from it than there was. Cleo was selfish, to my way of thinking, only believing in one aspect of marriage, one of the worst ones she could. Logan was an unapologetic hero, but he was also a bit of a jerk too, only wanting Cleo's surrender. Neither of them attempted to understand the other, and yet they enter a marriage based on lust alone! I was not surprised she wanted to leave! It was entertaining enough for a Sunday afternoon, but I'm ...more
He was the type of pain she’d wished to avoid. And still he had found her. The moment she trusted him. The moment she gave herself to him, it had happened. He crushed her.

The moment I finished reading the first book, I'm curiously wondering what would be the plot for this book. Most authors give hints in the preceeding book but well, the author is not like that. The plot was not really spectacular but as a whole if the first was a wow, this would be wow wow wow. This is deeper, more intense t
Again, I say I CANNOT stand an overly strong minded heroine. I mean to the point you want to reach inside the book and slap some reality into her. A heroine like that makes it hard to feel any kind of sympathy for her and it makes it hard to believe that she could turn a complete 360 and feel love and romantic emotions for the man she is overly hostile and stubborn towards. This heroine (and I use the term loosely)…was annoying to no end, which basically took away from truly connecting to the he ...more
This wasn't a bad read, but it also wasn't the best. I really enjoyed the beginning, that opening really grabbed me, and honestly I was interested till about the middle of the book.
Looking back I feel this was almost two books in one. The first half 'England' the second half 'Scotland', but not enough time was spent on either half. I really wanted more to happen in the 'England' half, you know with that whole marrying-the-wrong-man-and-his-jealous-heir thing. I feel like I was led to think more
Cleo doesn't want babies and has lots of money. Logan wants both Cleo's money and her body. Scandal, marriage, they fall in love, yadda yadda.

Ugh. This is a plot I would have loved to see explored in greater detail, being children-adverse myself, but instead it's played off as an irrational fear that can be cured through the proper application of the Magic Penis©.

The entire plot felt mired in irrationalities. Which, I could do the whole love-is-not-a-rational-line-between-two-people talk for a
What a wonderful read. This is book 2 of the Forgotten Princesses series, in which Cleo is found. Cleo is the third daughter that Jack Hadley tracks down and she goes from living a life of squalor in which her stepfather has mired her and her many, many siblings. She initially resists the idea of joining Jack, the father that never knew her but when weighed against the possibility of easing the life for her mother and siblings, she decides to go to London with Jack.

As with her sister Grier, Jack
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When a mysterious man offers her money to leave her stepfather’s house for the opulent elegance of her biological father’s life, Cleo has no choice but to agree. The money can keep her mother and siblings from dying in their poverty stricken circumstances. In order to secure a better life for them all, Cleo has only to meet one requirement. She must marry a titled lord to help her father rise within society’s highest circles.

Lord Logan McKinney needs an heiress. His Scottish estate is in dire st
Guys, I've raved about Sophie Jordan's amazing talent when it comes to writing swoonworthy historical romance before. And I'm going to do it again, cause I absolutely LOVED Lessons From a Scandalous Bride!!!

I mean, gosh, this was just everything I wanted from a historical romance! It had a likeable heroine who had issues that were not because of being a bit cray-cray in the head, but real issues. A swoonworthy hero who totally made me cry, wonderful tension and believable romance. ALL THE THINGS
Oh my goodness! Talk about a hard luck story! This was such a great rags to riches tale that by the time I finished with it, I could have danced a jig!

One can safely say that Cleopatra Hadley was born under a lucky star but for many years it certainly didn’t feel like it to this wonderful girl. My heart was breaking as much as hers was while she takes yet another stillborn sibling to the undertaker.

As the oldest and one of fourteen living children and many that hadn’t survived, it has always fal
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

I really enjoy this story. I liked the chemistry between Cleo and Logan. I liked the dynamics between them.

Cleopatra Hadley has wants no part of being married. She has watched her mother time and again get used and discarded by her step father one too many times and is not a fan of the consequences. So when her long father comes to collect her in the hopes that she will marry and marry well she know she must think of a plan. She decides to set
Morgan (Fictitious Escape Reviews)
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Title: Lessons from a Scandalous Bride

Author: Sophie Jordan

Series: The second book in the Forgotten Princess series.

Genre: Historical Romance

ARC Provided by: Edelweiss (Thank you for the opportunity to review this title!)

Rating: 4 Bookmarks

Review (Warning: Contains Spoilers!): Sophie Jordan's new book was exciting, fast-paced, and will engross readers from the very beginning. The story follows Cleopatra Hadley a
Miss Cleopatra Hadley is not your usual debutante. This is a young woman who knows how it is to be poor, to live each day as if it is your last. Everything changes when her real father comes for her. Now years later it is her duty to marry seeing as she is now over the age to capture a young husband. Her mother always taught her to never marry without love for if you marry with no love it will be marriage of hate and scorn. This is something that Cleo keeps reminding herself that her upcoming ma ...more
Cleo Hadley's been rescued from poverty and the oppression of her stepfather by a wealthy father she's never known but she hasn't left behind the fears and worries that she's carried all of her life along with the heartache of lost siblings. She's learned that there are no promises kept, no love of a man worth sacrificing a life for, and that she's sworn that she will live her life the way she chooses not the way a man chooses for her. Her father, Jack Hadley, is seeking a higher standing in ton ...more
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For Cleo Hadley a life in the ton is something that she never dreamed was possible. When you come from a family with less than nothing and a step father that is repulsive to everyone, life is barely worth leading. when a stranger comes to her home and shatters everything she thought she knew about herself, it could just be the best thing that ever happened to her. But the fears of losing herself to a man
Apr 09, 2013 x0unerthanlater rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone

**Disclaimer** I received this book through a giveaway hosted on a blogger's site. My review is of my own opinion. Thank you.

"Lessons From A Scandalous Bride" is book #2 in the "Forgotten Princesses" series. Although the actual reading order might be different because some of the characters involved have their own books already. (You'll understand what I mean if you read the series) You might want to check out Sophie Jordan's site for specific details here or find her profile on Goodreads.

This book was what I wanted from the second in the Forgotten Princess series and more!

First off I didn't realize it was directly connected to "Wicked in Your Arms" until it mentioned in the first few pages about Grier, but I should have known better because as an after thought I remembered that Cleo, the lovely subject of this one, was in the first book when Grier was introduced to her towards the end when their father found out about her.

Anyways, "Bride" was truly a great heart wrenching story
My Synopsis:

Cleopatra Hadley knew what it was to live a hard life. She knew what it was to live in poverty--to live without. She knew there were better ways to live then the life she led. Her stepfather kept her mother in a perpetual state of pregnancy, and they had fourteen children with another four lying in a neighboring cemetery to prove it. Cleo did what she could to help, but at times there wasn't enough to eat or enough money for them all to be properly clothed. Her own father had been ou
Anna  (Martini Times Romance)
Lesson's From A Scandalous Bride was something I purchases at the end of last year and had just got around to reading it.

The story starts off with Cleopatra nervously pacing with one of her 14 siblings in her arms as she awaited the birth of yet another child frm her mother's womb. She's terrified that nothing good will come of this birth and knows in her heart that it will be another still born, and quit possibily this could be the time her mother dies during child birth. Her body just can't ta
Elis Madison
Cleopatra Hadley has good reasons to marry the decrepit but titled genteman she's angling for. She doesn't WANT a man who makes her mouth water. She's seen firsthand what happens to women who succumb to those feelings--and to their children. Her father wants her to marry a title, so she's picked the oldest and hopefully most impotent suitor possible.

As for Scottish Lord Logan McKinney, he's getting used to the idea that love won't be a factor in his marriage. His family and estate need money--lo
Rebecca Graf
Romance. Historical romance. A man pursuing the woman he wants. Sounds like my kind of book. Sophia Jordan delivered just that with her book Lessons from a Scandalous Bride.

A young woman has watched her mother at the hands of her stepfather. The drunken man kept her mother pregnant and watched with uncaring eyes as many of the children died at birth or soon after. When she has to find a husband, she chooses a man who can’t perform his husbandly duties. She has it all planned out until she meets
Prelim Review: I'm kind of wondering if the title here was meant for a different book because Cleo isn't really scandalous. She actually does everything in her power to be as conventional as possible. I think a more apt title would be 'Lessons from a Scandalous Groom', but that doesn't have the same wham bam attention grabber.

I was enjoying this book up until the actual marriage (does that count as a spoiler since the title involves bride?). Cleo was a little frustrating with her constant intern
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Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.

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