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Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage (Secret Brides #3)

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A Notorious Crime

A duchess awaiting trial for her vile husband’s murder is the most delicious gossip the ton has heard in years. But for Kate Townsende, the woman in question, it could be a matter of life and death. And when a shrewd and handsome nobleman offers to publish her side of the story while arranging for a barrister to take her case, she’s tempted by much more th
Mass Market Paperback, 323 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Valerie Bowman
Aug 31, 2014 Valerie Bowman added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Finally! Medford's book!
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
Oct 03, 2013 Melody May (What I'm Reading) rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, romance, historical
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Rating: 4 1/2 Stars

So, I spent most of my day devouring Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage, which is the latest release from Valerie Bowman. Ever since reading Secrets of a Wedding Night, I have always hoped Medford would get his own story. Here's why: I normally tend to go for rakes in romance, but there was something different about Medford. He was just so lovable and needed his own happy ending. After reading Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage there is a bit more to Medf
Nov 11, 2013 Maria rated it it was amazing
Clever, witty, sweet, and fun, Valerie Bowman's latest was a treat. The third book in her Secret Brides series, we finally got to see the love story of James, Lord Medford, Lily and Annie's good friend. My thoughts:
I hadn’t given much thought to Lord Medford (James) before this book as he always seemed like a background character in the first two books, a sort of matchmaker up to some mischief. But he turned out to be a man of outward control and perfection—they called him “Lord Perfect,”“The Lo
Blythe Barnhill
Oct 12, 2013 Blythe Barnhill rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-books
Sometimes I really wonder at the standards of readers who give a book like this four or five stars. When you read an ACTUAL good book, how do you rate it? If every book you read is five stars, why are you even reviewing them? Enough about my reviewing philosophy. This is mediocre at best, and that's probably a little generous. If you want to see "Tell, don't show" in action, then I guess this is the five star book for you. If you'd prefer some subtlety and a decent plot, you should search elsewh ...more
Amy *Rawr*
Oct 09, 2013 Amy *Rawr* rated it it was amazing
Oh my god finally. James's story. I loved this one the best in the series.
Denise Stout
Nov 02, 2013 Denise Stout rated it it was amazing
This is the third in the Secret Brides series. Kate is imprisoned, accused of murdering her husband--a Duke. She will most likely be hanged if the truth is not unearthed. James, Viscount Medford, known as Lord Perfect to his friends, has a secret side business in the press--not done by a member of the ton. He feels Kate's story will make a sensational pamphlet for printing, and it could help unearth the truth.

After gaining Kate temporary freedom while a barrister and runner try to find the real
*I won this book through Goodreads FirstReads Giveaways.*

Actual rating 2.5 stars

This book...was just not my cup of tea.

I found I could not really care for either the hero or the heroine all that much as they didn't feel like three dimensional characters to me. The hero was too perfect at first (and by the time that facade cracked a little, it was too late), and it never bodes well for the heroine when her most defining trait seems to be her beauty. I am not sure more than five pages went by at
Sarah Simas
Aug 09, 2013 Sarah Simas rated it it was amazing
What happens when a duchess with a dangerous past and a viscount known for perfection meet? A reader stays up all night!!

Kate Townsende, the Duchess of Markingham, has been accused of her husband's murder and locked in the Tower to await her trial. With a guilty verdict nipping at her heels, Kate has no other choice but to accept James Bancroft's shocking proposal: write a pamphlet in exchange for help with her defense.

James Bancroft, Viscount Medford, wants only to print the Kate's scandalous t
Nov 17, 2013 Glenda rated it it was amazing
Valerie Bowman's Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage is the first of the series that I have read but it won't be the last! I was impress enough that I want to read all of her books - current and future.

We meet Kate when the entire world seems to be convinced she murdered her estranged husband. She is locked in the Tower of London awaiting trial. James has a secret press and has made money publishing pamphlets of a scandalous nature. He wants Kate to write one so that her story can be put out to the
Oct 30, 2013 Taryn rated it it was amazing
So it only took me a matter of four hours and fifty-eight minutes but I finished Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage by Valerie Bowman. I received the book a few days ago after winning it in one of the first-read giveaways. What truly amazed me was how successfully the author managed to swap the roles of the main characters. In most romances, historical or other-wise, it is the man with the scandalous reputation and woman with a virtue to protect. Kate Townsende is a woman with a tattered reputatio ...more
Oct 02, 2013 Betty rated it it was amazing
Kate Townsend is in the tower charged with the murder of her faithless, cheating husband. James Bancroft, Viscount Medford visits her in the jail and offers her a deal. If she will write a pamphlet detailing her side of the murder, he will pay for her defense and help her to 'live' a little before the trial. She accepts and after a late night 'escape' in his coach, she moves in with him.
Medford has a hard time being near Kate as he has been drawn to her from the beginning. He doesn't want to
Nov 06, 2013 *MariaA* rated it really liked it
I am so glad James got his HEA..he intrigued me from the very first book in the series! He is not the usual rakish kind of hero instead a very prim n proper guy known as 'Lord Perfect' and how his penchant to fix everything lands him in the midst of the biggest scandal at the time is the story you will enjoy!

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Nov 01, 2015 Jaci added it
Daphne and Rafe are secretly married to help her brother Donald catch traitors to the crown. Donald is killed during the mission and now Rafe wants Daphne to reprise her role as his cabin boy and catch the traitors who killed his friend and Daphne's brother. Daphne regrets her adventure for many reasons and wants nothing to do with Capt Rafe or anymore adventure. All it causes is heartache and loss. She wants to marry and have a family and she knows she cannot stay married to Rafe because of his ...more
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Locked in a tower, accused of murdering her cheating husband, Kate Townsende is not hopeful about her future. That is until James Bancroft, Viscount Medford, shows up and offers her a chance to live again, at least for a little while. The catch? She has to write a pamphlet and tell her side of the story and the truth about her marriage. When Kate agrees, James has her released from the tower and brings her to his house so that she can enjoy a taste of freedom and life while she writes the pamphl ...more
Oct 24, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. It is a historical love story with a touch of a murder mystery. The hero is a rigid, unsentimental peer determined to remain untouched by such a thing as love. It only takes a brief meeting with a beautiful, accused murderess to turn his well-ordered life upside down. It seems he does have one weakness. He can't help rescuing those who need help. I never had read Valerie Bowman before and enjoyed this book.
Oct 16, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
This is one book that I just couldn't read fast enough. I DEVOURED this book. I loved the way it ended- while it did end in happily ever after, it didn't end in the normal way historical romances do, with the bad guy being discovered and ta-dah everyone is happy- it went on beyond that which I LOVED. It really is just a wonderful book that if you like historical romances, you should read.
Oct 21, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
I received this as a goodreads first-read.

I adored this book!! I did not read the first two books in the series, and this one did give a few tidbits away about those two books, but you did not need to read those two to understand or fully enjoy this book! Great plot, great characters, smart banter, romantic, the whole lot! New author to follow for this reader! So glad I got this!!!
Oct 01, 2013 Kathy rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to receive an arc of this book. Medford is my favorite character in all three of the "Secrets of" books and I am pleased to say that his story does not disappoint. Medford is described as "He cannot help but rescue a damsel in distress." Kate is the perfect damsel for him. I also appreciated seeing Lily and Annie throughout the book. Overall this was a delight to read.
Jan 22, 2014 Natalie rated it it was ok
Another very meh romance. The writing wasn't terrible or anything, but I just couldn't get into it. It just felt altogether passionless for me. It was just devoid of suspense, angst, or action. I like my romance novels to be EPIC, over-the-top, fun, or exciting; and this just didn't fulfill any of those wants.
Jun 29, 2013 Sheilam rated it it was amazing
I love anything by Valerie, and this is no exception. The heroine is in the Tower for murdering her rotter of a husband. The hero writes pamphlets about scandals. You can guess the ending- fun, frivolity and sex ensue.
Ann Gonzalez
Feb 16, 2015 Ann Gonzalez rated it it was amazing
First, let me say I will not give details of the story. Nothing is worse, to me, than someone giving away all the good parts.
I was happy to read Lord Prefect's story. He is a character you fall in love with. It was also great that the story included Lily, Annie, and their husbands.
Some may not want to read the story after reading some reviews. I am glad I read it. Valerie Bowman did not disappoint. Sometimes I think readers expect to much. The book is a great Regency romance and has a twist in
Ann Sheiring
This was my first audio book and I did enjoy it. I listened to it on my way to and from work. The story was a bit predictable and there was no great surprise at the end, but the characters were likeable enough. Kate and James were an ok couple and he treated her very well, but I didn't feel any chemistry. The false accusation of Kate being a murderess was too quickly resolved and how the ton forgave all to easy. I will definitely listen to another audio book and maybe read another by Valerie Bow ...more
Apr 14, 2016 Mischa rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
It wasn't bad. But I was hoping for a little suspense about Kate's husband's death, maybe a little investigation or, you know, a scene where one of them is in danger. Not just a sudden reveal and done. So that was a bit dissapointing.
Also, the main characters went too back-and-forth for my taste. One day Kate wants James, he doesn't want her, then he wants her and she doesn't want him... at least four or five times. Exhausting, let me tell you.
But the writing definitely got better (I can definit
Nov 03, 2013 Kristen rated it it was amazing
Just like the first two books in the series, a cute, quick romp that I didn't want to end!
Oct 17, 2013 Annetta rated it it was amazing
Great crom start to finish. The who done it and why was the most fun part.
Oct 13, 2013 Corey rated it it was amazing
Loved this! It was so great to see Medford finally find happiness.
Tamra Baumann
Oct 09, 2013 Tamra Baumann rated it it was amazing
Just need two words for this one: LOVED IT!
Nov 17, 2013 Marie rated it it was amazing
Oh so good, loved this one the best :-)
Kimia Safavi
Oct 17, 2013 Kimia Safavi rated it it was amazing
Fabulous and delightful story.
Oct 13, 2013 Cari rated it it was amazing
Set Valerie Bowmon as an auto buy!
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 01, 2015 07:20AM  
  • Once She Was Tempted (Honeycote, #2)
  • Lady Jenny's Christmas Portrait (The Duke's Daughters, #5; Windham, #8)
  • Christmas Brides
  • Twilight with the Infamous Earl (Lords of Vice, #7)
  • A Breath of Scandal (The Reckless Brides, #2)
  • Lady in Red (Mad Passions, #2)
  • A Lady's Secret Weapon (Nexus, #3)
  • Let It Be Me (The Blue Raven, #5)
  • Say Yes to the Duke (House of Brady, #3)
  • The Trouble With Being a Duke (At the Kingsborough Ball, #1)
  • Sweet Madness (Veiled Seduction, #3)
  • How to Entice an Earl (Ugly Ducklings, #3)
  • One Night Scandal (The Spinster Club, #5)
  • A Most Devilish Rogue
  • The Scoundrel's Seduction (House of Trent, #3)
  • When the Rogue Returns (The Duke's Men, #2)
  • And Then Comes Marriage (Worthington, #2)
  • I Married the Duke (The Prince Catchers, #1)
Valerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels aka Racy Regency Romps!

Valerie’s debut novel was published in 2012. Since then, her books have received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She’s been an RT Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books h
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Other Books in the Series

Secret Brides (3 books)
  • Secrets of a Wedding Night (Secret Brides, #1)
  • Secrets of a Runaway Bride (Secret Brides, #2)

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