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Highland Scandal (The Scandalous Series #2)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  1,118 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
On the run from the wrathful Prince of Wales, Jack Haines, Earl of Lambourne, is taken prisoner by a Highland laird who makes him an unusual offer: if Jack handfasts his niece, then his life will be spared. The old Highland custom -- a marriage lasting only a year and a day, unless both partners agree to make it a lifelong vow -- sounds preferable to Jack to being dragged ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 370 pages
Published April 21st 2009 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jul 31, 2009 Angelc rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. The plot could have been cute, but unfortunately, I felt like I never really got to know the characters. Complete strangers, Jack Haines, the Earl of Lambourne, and Scottish Lizzie Beal are locked into a handfasting agreement against their wills. The ancient Highland handfasting is a type of trial marriage for one year and one day, at the end of which the couple can part ways if they aren't satisfied with the match. Lizzie and Jack are forced ...more
Miranda Davis
Jun 28, 2013 Miranda Davis rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Die-hard J. London fans, maybe?
Recommended to Miranda by: No one, library freebie
Shelves: dnf, forgettable
Got bogged down halfway, what with all the "when the year is up I'm outta here talk between H/h. Background, discussed in depth elsewhere I'm sure, the H/h are by hook and crook hand-fasted for a year and forced to live as man and wife to satisfy her father for his own nefarious reasons. There was plenty of mutual antagonism between H/h, tho' he was less inflexible than she, but neither really rang my bells. And the chemistry felt off somehow.

I've read other Highland stories by JL and recall lik
Sep 27, 2009 Natascha rated it really liked it
This book made me realize how much I don't like it when the hero and heroine are not fond of or hate each each other until the end of the book where their love is finally realized. I find it SO tedious. Julia London did a good job with her writing.
May 26, 2016 Donna rated it it was amazing
I've been in the mood for books set in Scotland and somehow I missed this one when it first came out. As soon as I started reading it, I realized the hero, Jack Haines, was the brother of the heroine, Fiona, in the novella "Snowy Night with a Highlander" in the anthology "Snowy Night with a Stranger". At the end of that story, Jack was told to hide in the highlands as he is wanted by Prince George.

This book starts with Jack being captured by Carson Beal who forces him to handfast with his niece,
Mar 11, 2012 anieva rated it it was amazing
I don't know what people's problems are with this book. I've looked at some of the reviews here, and feel as though others must have read an entirely different book from the one I did. It was great. Really, really great and warm and loving. Yes, it was in the tradition of all those tales wherein a group of people are thrown together, detest each other and then grow to be each others biggest fans after a remarkably fortuitous shift in the social circle, but who cares? Julia London did it well, ...more
Oct 13, 2010 Bobby rated it liked it
This book vastly improved towards the end. The hero being willing to give up his life for the heroine was probably what saved this book, though. The romanticism of that part could have possibly been played up a little more, although this may not have fit well with the rest of the book. The only real grievance I have about the latter part of the book is the phrase 'She wept with angels and her tears were drops of pure joy'. Seriously. I'm sure I've read books with even more dubious phrases, but ...more
Apr 15, 2016 Zoe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It is quite a shame. Even my appreciation of Julia London's style could not have saved this book.

I have 2 problems with the book:

1. Characters: Jack and Lizzie are boring characters. Jack was not to be taken seriously. He just seemed like a bored playboy who had too much money and time but didn't know what to do with his life. I didn't find him attractive in the least. He seemed unreliable and had little depth. Lizzie was just one angry woman who seemed childish and rude. Granted, nobody would
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Aug 10, 2012 Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb" rated it did not like it
Jack the Earl of Lambourne is fleeing England because his name has been listed in the Book of Scandals. This book list the names of possible lovers of the Princess of Whales and her husband the Prince of Whales is hunting these men down and prosecuting them for treason. Bounty hunters are in hot presuit after Jack , Jack has fled to his native homeland Scotland where he is caught by a Scottish Laird Carson Beal. He promises Jack that if he will Hand fast with his niece Lizzie Beal; which is to ...more
2.5 stars. Since I've read Wicked Angel and Summer of Two Wishes I expected Julia London to deliver a great book with this one. Unfortunately, I didn't. But since I have great imagination, I still liked (barely) it.

Jack and Lizzie have been handfasted, meaning they're married for a year and a day. I would have thought that there would be saucy, sharp-tongue, witty quarrels between the two but somehow I just got frustrated with Lizzie's hard headedness.

Jack. I imagined him soooooo hot in my mind.
Jul 12, 2011 Readitnweep rated it it was ok
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Dawn Kunda
May 25, 2014 Dawn Kunda rated it it was amazing

I can’t help but pick up a novel by Julia London when I’m in the mood for a lot of Scottish kilt and gown mixing.
Jack Haines, Earl of Lambourne, is on the run from a false accusation amongst the London nobility.
Lizzie Beale remains unwed and waiting for her knight in the highlands.
When Lizzie’s uncle captures Jack, Jack thinks he’s done for, and so does Lizzie. Her uncle forces Jack and Lizzie into a hand-fasting for a year. In other words, a pretend marriage for her uncles benefit.
From this de
Mar 18, 2012 Christine rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I never liked the heroine, Lizzie. From the start she came across as an unreasonable shrew who might, if she had just stopped to think for two seconds, have made far better decisions. I also didn't like her instant dislike of Jack, and her failure to empathize with his situation. Possibly for that reason, I never found the passion between these two to be particularly believable. It felt forced to me.
Jun 04, 2013 Ilze rated it it was ok
Not a keeper, unfortunately. The story and the characters are very appealing, but the story lacks flow and the characters are undeveloped. I didn't feel emotionally connected with any of the characters at any point, but this could and should have worked so beautifully given the raw materials of the story. The book could use a lot of revision and editing to tighten it up and deepen the characters.
Jul 04, 2010 Alicia rated it it was ok
I thought this book would be great, but it didn't meet my expectations. I thought the best part of the whole book was the end (last 3-4 chapters)
Nov 05, 2009 Claudine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: julia-london
Excellant book, couldn't put it down, really good series. Can't wait for Declan O'Connor's story with the new quartet series - The Secrets of Hadley Green coming up.
Sep 06, 2016 Heather rated it liked it
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Andrea Hussey
Mar 23, 2014 Andrea Hussey rated it it was ok
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Laura the Highland Hussy
This was really cute! I liked the fast paced beginning, and the ending was happy.
Mahareni Sukadi
Geregetan ama terjemahannya, buku yg harusnya bagus jadi rusak!
Olanrewaju Olarinde
While Jack Haines was a decent Hero, he wasn't captivating. I expected someone who was said to be a master of seduction to be very interesting but I was slightly bored by him.
Lizzie was quite an annoying character. She and Jack found themselves in a predicament, he negotiated them out of it only for her to be a horrible host to him so he can leave her when she knew what the alternative would be for him. That wasn't decent of her. Lizzie and her sister tried to show a bit of character by being in
Jun 21, 2009 Victoria rated it really liked it
In Highland Scandal, by Julia London, Jankin Haines (Jack) - Earl of Lambourne, is heading deeper into the Highlands to escape the prince's bounty hunters, who want him for questioning in a royal scandal, or Delicate Investigation, of Princess Caroline's ehm....boudoir activities.
While fleeing the bounty hunter's hot on his trail, Jack is captured by men of the Beal Clan, and taken to their Laird, Carson Beal. Carson has quite a proposition for Jack: he keeps Jack safe from the royal bounty hunt
Nov 16, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
My review cross-posted from Joyfully Reviewed:

After being falsely accused of having an affair with the Princess of Wales, Jack Haines, Earl of Lambourne, is forced to flee to his native Scotland. With charges of high treason hanging over his head and the Prince of Wales’s men hot on his heels, Jack’s bad luck is compounded when he’s captured by Laird Carson Beal. What Jack doesn’t expect is Beal’s proposition. Either Jack enters into a handfasting – an an
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Yenny toh
Sep 24, 2011 Yenny toh rated it it was ok
demi menyelamtkan nyawany dari inceran prince of wales,jack kabur keskotlandia.sial jack dalm pelarianny jack ditangkap ma paman lizzie...sial..sial...
mau kuserahkan kau ketangan pemburu hadiah atau kawin kontrak dgn keponakanku..lizzie..
ntah apa yg ada dipikiran pamanny lizzie.kok tega2ny dia menikahkan keponakanny ma org yg ga dia kenal.mana kawin kontrak lagi.kawin kontrak selama 1thn.pasti neh ada udang dibalik bakwan.hehehhe
lizzie juga goblok demi menyelamatkan tanah peninggalan keluargany
Darla Stokes
Jul 08, 2014 Darla Stokes rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book, and I usually enjoy Julia London's books, though I do prefer her contemporary to the historical.

Mostly, it just didn't grab me. The hero and heroine were forced into a handfasting (temporary marriage of a year and a day) by her uncle, and it takes far too long before anyone bothers trying to figure out why. The heroine appears to blame the hero more than her uncle, which made her seem fairly dense.

The hero, for his part, was coerced because the prince wants to hang h
Tantri Setyorini
It's the story of Jack Lambourne who made his first appearance in The Book of Scandal as Earl Linsey's best friend. In that book, Jack was falsely accused having scandal with Princess Caroline of Brunswick. Therefore, he needed to escape from Prince of Wales. While escaping to Scotland he was caught by a highland lord and being threatened to marry his niece, Lizzy. Lizzy was forced to marry Lambourne because she had some kind of debt. They hate each other, fight everyday, start to attracted to ...more
Michelle the Romance Witch
This was a good story once you get past the idiocy of Lizzie in the beginning. It moves quickly and there are some very passionate moments. There are some really lovable characters and the ending was hilarious and heartwarming. It was great to see Nathan and Evelyn finally having their HEA and to even get to see more about Fiona, Jack’s sister. I am looking forward to the series finale and to finding out more about Christie. In the meantime just knowing that Lizzie and Jack finally found their ...more
Oct 28, 2009 Erin rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Cute, completely unsurprising, standard trashy fiction fare. The naughty bits were appropriately naughty. I did enjoy some realistic tension between the main characters in that they both want each other, but have reasonable obstacles getting in the way of their love affair. But you know everything will get wrapped up in a bow at the end (it's romance! That's a requirement of the genre!), so tension is always low. Actually, there was a secondary Highlander character who actually intrigued me more ...more
Mar 30, 2013 Judith rated it liked it
I enjoyed this story, but I probably would not buy it to add to my collection. The main problem with the book is that the hero is wonderful, and it seems so unbelievable that the heroine, Lizzy, would not totally thank God for being handfasted to Jack. He is good looking, rich, willing to do manual labor, and he knows how to get her going!!!! I'm not really sure why she would have continued devotion to a man who never officially asked her to marry her, especially since he did not previously ...more
Jul 22, 2010 Gail rated it liked it
I bought this book because I'd just re-read THE BOOK OF SCANDAL by London, and the chapter in the back sounded really interesting. Hero and heroine are kidnapped and blackmailed into handfasting by an evil uncle. The hero's running from scandal in London--serious enough it might get him hanged--and the handfasting, which is just barely legal still, creates a new scandal in Scotland, where most of the book takes place. London creates a complicated plot and complicated characters. I sometimes felt ...more
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Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of more than two dozen romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular historical romance series, the Cabot Sisters, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, including Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming R ...more
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The Scandalous Series (5 books)
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“And what of our understanding?" he demanded. "The handfasting?"
Lizzie's heart skipped a beat. She swallowed down her fear and lifted her chin. "I've no' cried off if that is what you mean. You sent me a bonnet--"
"Woman, I've never in my life imagine one could attach so much meaning to a bloody bonnet It was a hat! No' a jewel, no' a horse--"
"And I am still waiting to hear you say that you esteem me," she said stubbornly. "If ye donna, I will return to Thorntree today and you have my vow I shall never bother you again."
"I donna esteem you! he cried heavenward, and Lizzie's heart lurched. "What is in that head of yours, lass? I love you!”
“Get it off,” she said, jerking their bound wrists up and holding them up under his nose.
“I thought perhaps we might at least introduce ourselves,” he said lightly.
“Get it off!”
“What shall I call you?” he asked as he pulled her to the table and removed the silver dome on the platter. Mutton stew, by the smell of it. Not a single knife to be had. “Lover?”
“Rest assured you’ll never need to call me anything at all!” she said with admirable conviction.
“You may reduce your rancor and save it for when you might need it,” he said calmly. “I am as enchanted by this arrangement as you are. May I remove your brooch?”
“Your brooch,” he said, looking at the small gold ring-shaped brooch that held her shawl on her shoulder.
Her eyes narrowed.
Jack knew that look and gestured to their wrists. “Rein in your thoughts, lass. I need something to get it off.
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