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A Matter of Scandal (With This Ring #3)

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,790 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
Miss Emma Grenville, who is no silly debutante, has had her fill of thick-headed noblemen who believe women exist solely to satisfy men. And her arrogant new landlord, the Duke of Wycliffe, is the worst of the lot! The too attractive cad wants to triple the rent on Emma's finishing school for young ladies to help get his uncle's estate out of debt. Well,
Mass Market Paperback, 372 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by Avon
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Oct 15, 2009 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: To regency romance fans who want the steam and romance without the realistic aspects
My problem with this story is the sexual mores in it. I find it very distressing that a young woman who is completely dependent on her position as a schoolteacher would risk her livelihood by dallying with a careless lord, including having a sexual encounter in her schoolroom. I spent the whole book waiting her someone to catch her and for her to get fired. I was disappointed that she had such reckless decision-making and also at the hero for being so selfish as to pursue an affair with a woman ...more
Mary C. *Nulla in mundo pax sincera*
I won't bother with a long review as this book did not really create a strong, lasting impression. There are a lot of stupid arguments between Emma and Grey, but what's worse is how Enoch manages to squeeze in sex scenes (mandatory, of course) in a scenario of a virtuous headmistress being seduced by a duke. One would really need the headmistress to set a good example for her charges, after all, and some of her problems seemed to have been caused by insta-lust.

I particularly did not enjoy the v
Jul 02, 2008 Eastofoz rated it really liked it
Recommended to Eastofoz by: Julie (on loan)
A light historical with a feisty get-out-of-my-way heroine and a Jo Cool alpha who unexpectedly falls in love with the least likely woman.

Witty in your face dialog, some very mean characters from the infamous "ton" all set around a school that teaches girls how to become respectable ladies.

Not a lot of bedroom steam here but if you're looking for a well-written quick story for the weekend this would be a good one to pick up.
Jun 20, 2009 Holly rated it liked it
Grey really despises women and Emma doesn't think too highly of her fellow man either so this story has an amusing battle of the sexes. His opinion of female education and their usefulness was pretty outrageous. (Really, dude. Don't hold back. Tell us how you feel) Their combative relationship was a lot of fun to read about and for the first half of the book I was really enjoying it. Grey's and Emma's witty banter was very lively and I was pretty happy with my decision to force myself to read th ...more
A fun ride with a girl's school headmistress and a rakish woman-hating duke. Worth a read, if you enjoy bad behavior and rakes, in general. It has the added bonus of a varied cast, such as students, Triston (the rake from 'The Rake' before his love story), Grey's ex-mistress, reappearance of this series' H/Hs and so on. They are also quite entertaining. The fights between Emma and Grey are fun and there is no angst. Thank God! Emma is easy to relate to, as she is basically a modern woman, workin ...more
Jul 07, 2008 ChloeLeeNH rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Regency Era fans
I liked the tension between the h/h from the beginning. Nice theme of setting a wager and then they both realize that they can learn things.
Libro que cierra la trilogía y también el que menos me gustó. Tiene el punto original de ambientarse en el campo, pero el carácter de Emma no me cuajó y, en comparación, con los dos anteriores, aquí baja el nivel.
Maggie Hesseling
Jun 16, 2014 Maggie Hesseling rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This wasn't the first time I had read this novel. A couple years ago I picked it up in a 2nd hand book store and when I started transitioning part of my bookcase to Kindle last year, this was one of the novels I really wanted to get a copy of.

It's a good, solid historical romance. The characters are interesting and the situations different. I like that they can't get along with each other at the beginning, and love that they have to change each other's mind pertaining to the school. I especiall
Bruna Vraničić Vujević
Pribojavala sam se hoće li uspjeti biti jednako dobra kao prethodne dvije, ali nisam trebala! Odličan kraj serijala! Predobra je! Čista petica!
Sex and School, Yuk.

Greydon Brakenridge, the Duke of Wycliffe, was duty-bound to help his uncle with his money woes. Toward that end, he suggested that his uncle triple his estate's rents. Emma Grenville, headmistress of the finishing school situated on the Duke's uncle's estate, knew that the elevated rent would destroy the goals of her academy, so she protested this rent increase. The Duke had reasons to want the Academy shuttered, and in his arrogance, he suggested a wager between himself and
Aug 27, 2014 SidneyKay rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-regency
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Pamela Shropshire
Jul 10, 2016 Pamela Shropshire rated it it was amazing
This is the 3rd and final book of this trilogy and most definitely my favorite. It features Emma Grenville, who has been headmistress of the girls' academy since her aunt's death. Emma is a close friend of both Alexandra and Victoria.

Greyson Brakenridge, the Duke of Wycliffe, is trying to help his uncle, Lord Haverly, to become solvent again. Miss Grenville's academy is located on Haverly grounds and Wycliffe recommends increasing the rents of all tenants. He holds a very low opinion of women's
Aug 13, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
"A Matter of Scandal" rounds out Suzanne Enoch's "With This Ring" series, which was so enjoyable overall that I'm pained that there is no epilogue to catch a last glimpse of these couples' happily ever afters. The premise was very similar to Lex and Lucien's only in that it is a nobleman falling for a prim governess, but beyond that Grey and Emma were very much their own power couple.

I loved Grey despite the rather rough start to his character. He has an air of entitlement that comes with being
Jan 19, 2014 Melanie rated it it was amazing
I reviewed this novel for Romance Reader At heart website:


Emma Grenville is a spinster and the headmistress of a reputable girls’ school in Hampshire.

Greydon Brakenridge, the Duke of Wycliffe, finds himself in the middle of a London Season, visiting his uncle’s estate in Hampshire and offering a solution to his money woos.

To that end, Emma is soon drawn into a wager with this arrogant Duke, and she is determined to teach him a lesson and prove to him and all his
May 16, 2014 Jubel rated it it was ok
I'm having second thoughts giving this novel a one or two star ratings. I really love the tension between Grey and Emma. they're relationship starts like a cat and mouse. I find the first to three chapters amusing that's why I continue reading it. But, as I continue I find faults in this story. And I hate this feeling that I love this from the start and I ended up not sleeping OVERNIGHT but the more I read the less the story progress. First, how in their right mind, will someone, having sex from ...more
Nov 01, 2012 Vicki rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book and all the secondary characters. Had some LOL moments. I hope Tristan gets his own book.
Jan 14, 2015 Maggie rated it liked it
This was an enjoyable story, but I know I would've liked it more if the scandal wasn't so silly. Obviously it was a big deal at the time, but reading about it now seems ridiculous that something like that could ruin someone and shut down a school.

People were so insane about sex, and they still are, but it seems like there was a total mania about preserving a woman's virginity during this time period. It's just hard to understand and accept even in a fictional story that I know is set during a t
Jul 21, 2015 Nessa rated it it was ok
The plot was a bore. I had the idea that the characters would be more involved in some kind of interesting banter, apart from going on and on about the wager regarding the Academy. The emotional development between the characters were poorly written that I don't find myself attached to them at all. The only reason I read this was because of Tristan, Lord Dare and Georgiana's story, in which I was curious to read about Greydon & Emma's story as they seemed like a sweet couple in the other boo ...more
Ana T.
Feb 28, 2016 Ana T. rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2005
Nice but nothing special...
Sep 09, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
At last we get to read the third and final in Enoch's With This Ring Series! This is the story of Emma Grenville, the young headmistress of a girl's finishing school who tangles with Greydon Brakenridge, the Duke of Wycliffe who can't resist her condescending ways towards him. We've gotten to know Emma slightly in the previous books and her happily ever ending was just delicious! While visiting a relative in the country who is having money problems, Greydon helps him by having him raise his tena ...more
Dec 26, 2008 Dancer rated it really liked it
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This book showed promise but it was a little "blah" in the end. While I normally don't have a problem with arrogant heroes, this one grated on my nerves a little too much. I just couldn't like him. He was just a little TOO much. A little too sexist. A little too overbearing. A little too set from the very beginning that "oh, this woman defies me so I will have sex with her and it will be okay."

Much of that is standard romance novel trope stuff, but it was just a little too much. The heroine was
May 28, 2014 Ivana rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure if to give this book a four or five starts, but in the end I decided it did deserve a five star review. It was a charming and funny story, the characters were interesting, and their chemistry was nicely written.

P.S. But the first book from this series is still by far the best ...
Jul 31, 2016 Dolly rated it liked it
why always with these predictable, boring endings. not that the book needs more drama but i was more interested in why the heroine might want to get married than the hero proposing to "save her reputation". i just sigh that the plot chooses the later when i care much more about the former.
Jul 07, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
Clever headmistress intrigues rakish Duke so much that he sets out to ruin her. Not so much to like about The Duke of Wycliff at first, but as Emma Granville and her students educate him, he grows up. Though he does still want to ruin her, just in a sexual way, and has no compunction about what it might do to her as well as the Academy (!) I had a hard time getting over that, as he WAS very much a rake, but he does come around. And their banter was pretty entertaining. Plus the girls' interactio ...more
It wasn't bad, but the last few chapters were a bit disappointing. For the romance to fully develop in the span of barely a month was a bit unbelievable. I liked Lucien's character development in Reforming a Rake much more.
Lady Darcie Guenon
Aug 25, 2011 Lady Darcie Guenon rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: romance lovers
Recommended to Lady Darcie by: with this ring #2
Emma Grenville has been running her aunt's academy for over two years and she has done everything to keep the academy flowing smoothy until the price of rennt went up and a wager was made which had Emma placing everything on the line and that maybe something she can't afford.
Grey Brakenridge, the Duke of Wycliffe escaped london to find something less devious to do but he didn't expect to help his uncle in running his estate nor did he expect to fall for a women let alone a educated women, but wh
Jan 08, 2015 Ankon rated it it was amazing
I read Lessons In Love before I knew about this. When I read about Grey & Emma, I had feeling there has to be a complete a novel about them. Guess I was right. And it's awesome as well..
Bebe Four
Series rating: 3
Each book centered on a woman who was connected to the others. The books were generally enjoyable with decent premises, but they didn't really rise above that.
Mar 07, 2014 SAHMwIssues rated it liked it
Emma and Grey... I loved how Grey was intrigued by Emma's wit and unflinching pride to stand up to him. They had fun banter!

I was a bit disappointed in how things wrapped up in the end, but I'm pretty sure that was the only solution possible for that time.
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