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Scandal (Historical Jewels)

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From an author known for her "pulse-pounding action, well-drawn characters, and sexy romance",* comes the tale of a proper young widow and the rake who is out to steal her heart...

The Earl of Banallt is no stranger to scandal. But when he meets Sophie Evans, the young wife of a fellow libertine, even he is shocked by his reaction. This unconventional and intelligent woman
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Mass Market Paperback, 309 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Berkley Sensation (first published January 23rd 2009)
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♡Karlyn P♡
Really, really good. Fans of historical romances will love this one. This author can write. It is also a very steamy, passionate read too. (She writes love scenes how I like them -- filled with passion, humor, buring heat but NOT full of body part descriptions and sex for the sake of sex. The scenes are very meaningful to the romance and the progression of the story.)

This was my first book by this author, and until last week I had never even heard of her. I saw some reviews and thought what the
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Juliana Philippa
(Reread December 2015) 4 stars : still a great book, but WHAT is up with that ending?! So, SO abrupt. Forget wanting an Epilogue - I want an ending!! Because that so didn't feel like one. Lowering rating to 4 stars for that alone, because another 3 or 4 chapters were needed, frankly. Disappointing, since I remember how much I loved the book and so my expectations were super high. Guess I blocked out how much I hated the (LACK OF AN) ending.

(July 2011) 4.5 stars
This time, when I say I'm too ex
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Ally
I had no idea this book would make me scream

scream

And I mean scream in a good way. That's what that there gif is...screaming in a good way. And an excuse to post a shirtless man in aviator shades showing off his rack of steel and those super hero deltoids.

Setting / Time / Genre: Regency-ish

Series: Dunno. But I should find out.

Sexy times: Yes. Amazingly well done. Well described. I mean apparently Ms. Jewel had to act these out to get all of the body positioning correct. Well done, you, well done.

Pl
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Shawna
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Tammy Walton Grant
This book took me completely by surprise. I opened it up, not expecting much out of the ordinary and was completely swept away. It is beautifully written, with clean and evocative prose that pulls you into the world created by Carolyn Jewel. Her writing is haunting, melancholy and full of longing. All that with a Hero to die for. Seriously.

I absolutely LOVED this book. So much that I posted quotes on my updates (something I rarely do). So much that I found it on my other GR friends tbrs and sent
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Rane
May 12, 2011 Rane rated it it was amazing
This is my first book I've read of Carolyn Jewel and it just so beautiful.
I fell in love with Lord Banallt and his journey to win Sophia's heart. You can't help but cheer for him until the very last page.
Fani
I'm so angry with the rating system! I want to be able to include half points, because this one's so clearly a 4.5 for me that neither 4 nor 5 will do. But since a couple of things bugged me near the end, I couldn't convince myself to give it a 5 right now.

This is an emotional, melancholy, angsty story 'a la' Private Arrangements. The story involves lord Banallt and Mrs Sophie Evans. When they first met, they were both married but that didn't stop Banallt from trying to get into her bed. Surpri
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Mimi Smith
Jul 17, 2014 Mimi Smith rated it liked it
3 stars

I've never had a gramophone, you know. Mine is a time of CDs and iPhones. Still, I believe that a broken record was perfectly demonstrated in this book. It went like this:

Banallt loves Sophie who doesn't love him back and thinks he's a cheating scumbag. Banallt loves Sophie who doesn't love him back and thinks he's a cheating scumbag. Banallt loves Sophie who doesn't love him back and thinks he's a cheating scumbag. Banallt loves Sophie who doesn't love him back and thinks he's a cheating
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Audrey
The Earl of Banallt makes love like a pornstar...if pornstars were crafted with beautiful and provocative words, that is. That's not to say that this book is lurid - far from it, in fact. The love scenes are intimate and revealing. They're also so well-choreographed that I got the feeling that Banallt really knew what he was doing. Yes, it's pretty darn sexay.

I really enjoyed this book, and I loved reading about the Earl of Banallt's agonizing unrequited love for our heroine, Sophie. The story
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Jacqueline
May 30, 2012 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
I'd give this more than 5 stars if I could. This book immersed me in the time period from the first paragraphs. The writing was moving and evocative of the world of lords and ladies of the regency period. It was not done with the use of archaic words but with deft word choices and sentence structures.

As an example, here are the first 2 paragraphs:
"The first thing Gwilym, Earl of Banallt, noticed when he rounded the drive was Sophie perched on the ledge of a low fountain. Surely, he thought, s
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Anne
Nov 19, 2012 Anne rated it it was ok
Whoa! I'm seeing tons of 4 and 5 star ratings for this book, but after reading it, I'm just not seeing where they're coming from. Did we read the same book?
It was ok...ish, but for a romance novel it was also really hard to slog through.

The widowed Earl of Banalt is desperately in love with the widowed Mrs. Sophie Evans. But since he used to be an unfaithful to his wife, and her husband used to be unfaithful to her, she won't give him a chance. Makes sense at first, right?
It does!
Except the the
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Ruth
I really loved this book.

It's not a galloping romp through Regency London, but a study of the heartache, betrayal, cynicism and coldness left behind a rake's endless pursuit of pleasure. The plot is actually quite simple, but the writing, oh, the writing, is just so superb, that I could probably do a beautiful precis of the story and you would still be stunned by the book if you read it.

It has strains of Persuasion, but is more of a step-by-step, breath-by-breath study of two people, their inter
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Quinn
Jul 05, 2011 Quinn rated it really liked it
Recommended to Quinn by: Tammy Walton Grant
Carolyn Jewel is not an author I had heard of before this book, so suffice it to say Scandal was my first read by her. I’m not disappointed. I was inspired to read this one by my friend Tammy’s joyful review, and I’m really glad I did.

The author’s prose is lovely – simple without being basic – and I was immediately drawn into the story. It grabbed me literally from the first page and that doesn’t happen often with me. It had a great opening that left me immediately wanting more.

We start the book
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Mar 10, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
Carolyn Jewel's historicals are normally a breath of light, fresh air, bubbling over with an almost giddy sense of fun. But her latest, "Scandal", carried an air of heavy emotion that left me wondering where the cloud over my head came from!

Sophie was just a young, impressionable girl when she fell in love with a fortune hunter. It didn't take long after their elopement for the stars to fall out of her eyes and leave her trying to maintain their home in the country while her husband caroused an
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KatLynne
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Katie(babs)
Gwilym, Earl of Banallt, has quite a reputation of being a womanizer and a rake. Scandal follows him wherever he goes. Women practically fall at his feet, except for the one woman who has become an obsession. Sophie Evans, a widow he first fell in love with, while her husband was still alive. Tommy Evans married Sophie for her fortune, and left her in the country while he continued his debauched lifestyle in London. Banallt was one of Tommy’s friends who joined him as he cut a path through Londo ...more
Tinsoni
Oct 02, 2015 Tinsoni rated it liked it
Why authors write a 500 pages book...but don't bother writing 10 pages of epilogue beats me...it was well written but all over the place. The interaction between the characters were a bit awkward and the scene where she receives a devastating news and her reaction is to get in bed with Banalt didn't sit well with me...her change of heart in the end was not very convincing either.
Carrie
Grade A-

It's safe to say almost everyone makes mistakes when young. Those mistakes will shape the rest of our lives, hopefully as lessons that help us grow. For some people, however, the bad choices of youth haunt them forever, perhaps keeping them from ever being truly happy. In Scandal we meet two such unfortunate people, the Earl of Bannalt and Sophie Evans.

Carolyn Jewel's writing is somewhat dramatic, and yet it works incredibly well. The emotions of her characters can be felt by the reader.
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Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
This book is in my top 2 books of all time. I read it some time ago and I can't get it out of my head. I thought it was just magnificent.

It was a little different to anything I've read before. The rake (and yes, he was a real rake) is actually reformed before the start of the book and he is already deeply in love with the heroine. The book is about how he has overcome his dark past and becomes a worthwhile man, pursuing the heroine in an attempt to prove to her that he is worthy of her love.

Th
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Catherine
Jul 09, 2011 Catherine rated it really liked it
Recommended to Catherine by: Tammy Walton Grant
If there’s one thing I can say about Carolyn Jewel, it’s that she can write the hell out of an emotional scene. While reading, I rarely found individual lines that jumped out at me as quotable. I was surprised by this, since I had heard so many people say how awesome this book was, but I soon realized that it’s not the lines themselves that make Jewel’s work so memorable, it’s the way she layers those lines together and builds the emotion in a scene. By the time she was done, her writing had gra ...more
Giedre
May 13, 2016 Giedre rated it it was ok
2.5/5
I suppose, there's something to be admired about this book: Jewel's writing is quite good, her characterization is solid, and the internal conflict is more than plausible. That said, the internal conflict is also where the story ultimately stumbled and dragged on and on. Don't get me wrong, I understood the heroine's point of view and position well. I just wanted more self-awareness from her when it came to her feelings for the hero in the last third of the book. The resolution of the inter
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Jane Stewart
Apr 28, 2014 Jane Stewart rated it did not like it
Shelves: regency-romance, dnf
Did not finish. Writing style too wordy. I was not interested in anything.

I also did not like the jumping back in time. There are four chapters that interrupt the current story to tell a short back story about the main characters. I read those four chapters first and then went back to read the rest. It would have been better if the author told the entire back story first, and then proceeded to the current story. There was nothing in the back story that needed to be spread out the way it was. It
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Jen
Jan 15, 2009 Jen rated it it was amazing
Gah! This was so good. Right from the get go Scandal reeled me in which is just fantastic seeing as I'd just finished a sort of shitty book before that, and I have an odd propensity for reading books that you don't realise are crappy until it's too late.

Branallt and Sophie have an odd but utterly compelling history, which slowly unravels as the years go by, but one thing is certain—Branallt has been in love with Sophie since the very day they met. However, both of them are married to other peopl
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Tina
Dec 14, 2009 Tina rated it really liked it
Although I put this one is as four-stars, It is actually a 3 1/2 star book. I loved the writing and the structure of the story. However there was a heaviness to the story that didn't completely appeal to me and i had a few issues with some character motivations.

First, I must say the writing is terrific. Jewel does a wonderful job of writing this romance between these two people. Nothing is wasted on secondary or ancillary plotting. There is a cast of secondary characters, but this book is about
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Mitzi
Loved this book. Great love story and pretty darn hot too. Sophie Evans is The Earl of Banllt's friends wife. Sophie's hubby (whom she eloped to marry and is in love with)leaves her bed after a few months of marriage and parties hardy with the Earl in town. She rarely sees him and pretty much lives a life of seclusion. She meets the Earl one night when her husband brings him to their house...the Earl has a lady friend with him, of course. Her husband passes out. She places the Earl's friend in a ...more
Tami (synchro from BL)
Hm. The writing was good, but not brilliant.

It was a more or less standard historical romance.
It tried for more structure with including flashbacks into the past when the couple met first (both having been married at that time) and then back in the present both having lost their partner.

There were some really good parts, some very memorable scenes, e.g. when Sophie sees this beautiful beautiful man in the crowd at a ball and feels instantly incredibly drawn to him, purely based on physicality. A
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Ashley
Essentially a reformed rake story,'Scandal' is formatted with bits of the past interspersed throughout the present showcasing the tenable friendship that Sophie and Banallt shared, plus his irreproachable attempts to seduce her.

Once an infamous rake, libertine, and fellow ne'er do with Sohpie's husband, Tommy Evans, and whose name is synonymous with scandal, the Earl of Banallt is now a changed man; the catalyst - his love for Sohpie. Despite the fact that their final moment together didn't end
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Dancechica
Jan 01, 2016 Dancechica rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, though I wasn’t sure I would. I’m not always fond of romances where the main characters already have a history before the readers are introduced to them, and I especially don’t care for stories where there are a number of flashbacks, mostly because I hate being disrupted from the present storyline. But Jewel did a wonderful job of intertwining the past with the present so that I wanted to learn more of the characters’ history. Jewel also succeeded at making me feel for the c ...more
Sandy Williams
Jun 05, 2010 Sandy Williams rated it it was amazing
I told myself I wasn't going to read another good book until I'd finished writing my own, but I made the mistake of opening this one. I bought it because I'd seen reviews on several of the blogs I read, so I thought, why not? I don't usually read historical romances, but I'd enjoyed Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase (also recommended by bloggers) so I thought I might like this.

I loved this. It was - how should I say this - lovingly hot. It's a story about the Earl of Bennalt who has quite the
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  • Written on Your Skin
  • Her Ladyship's Companion
  • Romancing the Countess (Romancing, #1)
  • To Have and To Hold (Wyckerley Trilogy, #2)
  • Lessons in French
  • Revealed (The Blue Raven, #1)
  • The Proposition
  • Tempt the Devil
  • One Week As Lovers (Somerhart, #3)
  • Black Silk
  • Libertine's Kiss (Rakes and Rogues of the Restoration, #1)
  • Private Arrangements
  • Heiress in Love (Ministry of Marriage, #1)
  • Ruthless Heart (Heart, #1)
  • The Portrait
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Carolyn Jewel was born on a moonless night. That darkness was seared into her soul and she became an award winning and USA Today bestselling author of historical and paranormal romance. She has a very dusty car and a Master’s degree in English that proves useful at the oddest times. An avid fan of fine chocolate, finer heroines, Bollywood films, and heroism in all forms, she has two cats and a dog ...more
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“One of her arms was around his waist as her eyes fluttered open. He found himself lost in limpid blue green. She wasn’t his. Not legally. He could as yet lay no claim to her heart. He wanted the ceremony that would make her indisputably his. He wanted Sophie to be the mother of his children. He wanted Sophie. He wouldn’t ever be whole without her. If he rushed her, he stood to lose everything.” 8 likes
“Sophie.” He said her name softly. If her life depended on it, she could not have looked anywhere but into the flat, silver depths of his eyes. She didn’t think it was possible to be more aware of him than she already was, but the next moment proved her wrong. “Darling. I must turn down your offer. I am as astonished as you. But this is a subject upon which I’ve had months to think.
You’re intelligent. You suspected my first offer of marriage was based upon my conviction that you would never consent to an affair with me and that it was desperation only for your person
that drove me to offer for you.”
“And the second upon a need to rescue me.”
He nodded. “Far more straightforward, darling, yet hopelessly complex.”
She ignored the shiver in her belly. “Meaning?”
“I love you.” He reached for the wine and filled the two glasses, though he left them on the table.
“I’ve become like you. A hopeless fool who cannot break his vows. And I did make vows to you today.”
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