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Born to Scandal

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  127 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Lord Brentmore—half Irish peasant, half English aristocrat—grew up under a cloud of scandal. Even money and a title aren't enough to stay the wagging tongues of the Ton. But he's vowed that his children will never experience the same stigma.After the death of their infamous mother they need a reputable governess. Anna Hill is too passionate, too alluring, but she fills Bre ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Harlequin
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Dec 12, 2012 Rane rated it it was amazing

Governess at times was a truly thankless job with their quasi-invisible role in the household. This role is show with Born to Scandal a homage to one of the greatest governess love story of all time : Jane Eyre.

Gaston's books for me are at times hit and miss. Born to Scandal was differently a hit and my favorite by this author. She shows us the true trial a young woman would have falling in love with a peer of the realm with only love to truly conquer the way.

Anna Hill is suddenly without all
Good book. I liked both Brent and Anna. Brent has spent most of his life fighting the shame of his birth and then the scandal of his late wife's behavior. He is determined to be the best gentleman he can be so that his children do not have to suffer the way he has. When their elderly governess dieshe must hire a new one. Enter Anna Hill. She has been raised as a companion to her friend Charlotte but has been let go. She applies to be the children's governess, but Brent is initially reluctant bec ...more
Apr 19, 2016 Kristi rated it it was ok
I don't like rating books I don't like because I'm embarrassed to admit to reading them. The characters in this book just bothered me. The lady was so self despising..."if I wasn't so much like my mother who was a mistress to a married lord I wouldn't like this single man so much." She gave herself little credit and acted as if she had no self control. Also the guy was not my favorite either. I think I would have enjoyed it more if there was less obsession with jumping in bed together and more a ...more
Feb 10, 2013 Amanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: brain-junk-food
This is the type of book I consider "junk food" for my brain. It's not good for you, it doesn't take long to finish and doesn't leave you very full... of anything... yet we still read them.

This is an easy short read, one that I finished in just a few hours. The plot was not intense or hard to follow. The characters were too easily developed, I doubted a lot of their actions and dialogue. I was not immediately taken into their world, which I had a problem with. The whole book takes you through a
Louisa Cornell
Nov 30, 2012 Louisa Cornell rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful read! Diane Gaston's homage to Jane Eyre does not disappoint! The characters step onto the stage full-blown and intriguing. I must admit an incredible fondness for Egan, Lord Brentmore. He tries so hard to hold onto his dignity, to overcome the shame of his birth - none of his fault at all and the shame of his late wife's infidelity - also not his fault. He feels he must out-gentleman all gentlemen of his acquaintance. He yearns to be close to his children, but doesn't know how. ...more
Sabrina (Soter) Sally
"Quando Brent incontrò Anna al centro, i loro sguardi rimasero incatenati. Quando danzarono in cerchio, la prese per mano. Non vedeva più gli altri, era come se danzasse solo con lei."

Devo dire che inizialmente la storia mi aveva coinvolto, i bambini sono ben caratterizzati, con le loro paure e insicurezze e anche Lord Brent, con il suo passato pieno di scandali e la sua indole cupa. Anche Anna mi è piaciuta, è dolce e gentile ma ha anche il coraggio di discutere con il suo datore di lavoro e di
Feb 08, 2014 Soyanut rated it it was amazing
Love. Love. Love the book. The heat and lust work so well. Even though the H and h only have on one occasion, the strong attraction can be felt on the pages and carry the story forth to a wonderful ending. Diane Gaston's stories feature characters with real conflicts and true burdens that they carry not just for themselves but their loved ones. Their lives have context and their woes are easily relatable, not merely trifle antsy.
Karyn Gerrard
Jan 10, 2013 Karyn Gerrard rated it really liked it
4.25 stars of of 5

A wonderful Harlequin Historical entry from Diane Gaston. I will admit I am partial to governess-type stories. All have "Jane Eyre" at the core, how can you not compare them?

Lord Brentmore—half Irish peasant, half English aristocrat—grew up under a cloud of scandal. Brent had a terrible first marriage, and now a widower, he needs a new governess. He made for a very good hero, just the right amount of brooding, handsome, standoffish-ness with passion and desire bubbling under t
Feb 23, 2014 Terrie rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency-romance
Saw it described as "Junk Food for the Brain." I'd agree, but if like me you sometimes like to binge read books that allow you to just relax, not think too hard and just enjoy the journey this book is great. You get what you expect of a Regency Romance - an easy read which allows you to lose yourself in the story putting aside the reality of every day living for a couple of hours.
Mar 21, 2013 Carrie rated it it was amazing
Diane Gaston never disappoints me and this was another fantastic read! I loved the homage to Jane Eyre and thoroughly enjoyed each of the characters. The children were delightful and instead of being a side-line to the story, they were a significant part of the plot and coupling. It's nice to see little ones incorporated in this fashion; sometimes they are a distraction from the plot or even overwhelm it in some cases. This was the perfect balance! I was immediately interest both hero and heroin ...more
Kin Caid
Jul 13, 2014 Kin Caid rated it it was amazing
Une superbe romance historique à l'écriture soignée qui m'a ravi du début à la fin.
Mar 17, 2013 Regina rated it liked it
A compelling romance between a governess and her widower employer. I was quickly sucked into the building passion between Anna and Lord Brentmore and their tender relationships with his children; Anna as she grew to know them and Lord Brentmore as he learned his role as a father. I found it hard to put the book down and when I did, I could hardly wait to get back to it. I was only disappointed with some loose ends with a couple of subplots and its abrupt ending hence my 3.5 star rating. Still, t ...more
Sep 12, 2015 LyndaLynx rated it liked it
satisfied the romance part of me into mush. simple read.
Dec 08, 2012 Linda rated it liked it
An easy, light n rather sweet short read that u can finish in a few hrs.

Prose=Jane Eyre story. Heroine is forced to find employment as a governess when she is told that her services as the companion to a Lord's daughter; her childhood friend whom she grew up with, is no longer required. Hero is a widower w/2 young children.

Both hv scandals is their background.
Plot is believable & both characters were likable as were the children.
Nov 20, 2013 Zee rated it liked it
It was good and took me to that time which I adore. But after the ball, the story went downhill. I wished that something significant happened like the earl get exposed and everyone knew who Anna's father was. Or something like that! Or at least Norton would try to pressure her that causes Egan to react and defend his love in front of all the guests. Anything that shook them to the core.
Harlequin Books
"Like the original, Gaston's homage to Charlotte Bronti's Jane Eyre is a story about lies and betrayal with a governess at the center. This one is well written, brimming with emotion and populated with characters readers will come to care about and root for. And, best of all, the governess gets her happy ending!" RT Book Reviews, rated 4 stars.
Mar 23, 2014 Sherrill rated it liked it
Cute story.
Sep 15, 2013 Amber rated it it was ok
The writing in this book was quite good, I just wasn't in the mood for this level of angst. Definitely would say it's worth a read, but it's very very melo. Which it's supposed to be! Again, the writing was great, story was good, I just was NOT in the mood for this particular story.
Carrie Olguin
Apr 17, 2013 Carrie Olguin rated it really liked it
Lots of angst.

The hero and heroine behave with honor, resisting the burning attraction between them.

Entertaining story with descent/normal people trying to follow the rules/morals of society.
May 30, 2013 Parker rated it liked it
For what it is, it's an alright book.

The characters are well written, although I found the heroine a tad annoying at times, and the plot was good.

A nice homage to Jane Eyre, in my opinion.
Apr 24, 2013 Cynthia rated it liked it
A pleasant read where both the H/h are half-breeds fighting the passions they have for one another and the restrictions of the ton. However, the ending felt too rushed and contrived.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 09, 2015 10:25AM  
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Diane Gaston’s dream job had always been to write romance novels. One day she decided to pursue that dream and has never looked back; she is now writing full-time. Her books have won Romance’s highest honour—the RITA Award, the National Readers Choice Award and the Golden Heart. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three very ordinary house cats. Diane loves to hear from readers and friends.
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