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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
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
4.5 stars
This time, when I say I'm too exhausted to write a full review, I actually mean it!! This will not be like my recent failed short-review attempt. The book was excellent though, so I have to write at least a little something ...
(PostScript: In case you have not noticed the minuscule size of your scrollbar on the right: I dismally failed - even more than last time).

{ Loved }

* Main characters together --- Both Sophie and Banallt have made it onto my favorite heroines and heroes lists, re
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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.
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
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
Mimi Smith
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
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
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
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
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
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
Julie (jjmachshev)
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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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
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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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
Jane Stewart
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
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.

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
Wicked Incognito Now
I don't know what's wrong with me. Lately I am dissatisfied with most of what I read. Perhaps I ought not to review books in this state of mind. Nevertheless, here I go....

So I was apprehensive about reading this. Scandal has gotten a lot of buzz this year and has made it to the "Best of 2009" lists for many of the romance bloggers that I regularly read. However, I read Carolyn Jewel's paranormal romance *My Wicked Enemy* that was offered as a free ebook this year. Actually, I can't say I read i
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
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
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
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
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
Jill Dunlop
Sophie Evans was once married and deeply in love with Tommy Evans. She eloped to be with him when she was a young girl. It turns out he only wanted her for the inheritance she would bring him. He was a rake and a libertine, yet she loved him anyway. Her husband Tommy was friends with the Earl of Banallt. The Earl's reputation for womanizing was legendary and it was no surprise that Tommy would be friends with him. The Earl after taking one look at Sophie was fascinated by her and wanted to have ...more
5++ Brilliant Shining Stars ++
Published in 2009 and a 2010 RITA Finalist, Scandal is a Masterpiece of Historical Romance Fiction about second chances and the redemptive power of love. Scandal is a beautiful gem with such breathtaking emotional depth and beauty that every subsequent read uncovers yet another beautiful facet.

5 Star Heat & Romance: WOW! The sexual heat and tension is at a constant simmer throughout, and when it boils over, the SEX is SCORCHING FLASH POINT HOT!

I'm so glad Carolyn Jewel is writing historicals again. While I wasn't wild about Lord Ruin, the dark, moody tone of The Spare made me her slave forever. Scandal matches it for moodiness and emotional intensity. The scene where Banallt comes to Sophie to tell her about her brother's death was devestating; I felt everything-- her numbness, her desperation, her terror at being left alone-- and I felt Banallt's ache to make everything better for her. Banallt is a delight, a hero who decides to refo ...more
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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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