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Secrets of a Scandalous Bride (Widows Club #4)

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Her first secret: She is not a widow.

Elizabeth Ashburton has never even married, and at this rate, she never will. But pretending to be a bereaved young wife was the only way she could escape her horrid fate—being forced to marry the man who destroyed her father.

Her second secret: She is not a prim young lady.

Her third secret: She's willing to risk all.

Elizabeth knows she
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Avon
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Mar 16, 2010 Katie(babs) rated it did not like it
Elizabeth Ashburton is in dire straights. She’s in hiding, well more in plain sight than say under a rock, from a man who is obsessed with her. He’s General Leland Pymm, a man all of England admires, including the Prince Regent. Elizabeth fears Pymm because she knows he killed her father on the battlefield where she would be left alone and easy for the plucking. Elizabeth blames herself for his unhealthy affection because she dared to flirt and preen before him and because of that his fixation w ...more
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Aug 30, 2012 Melody May (What I'm Reading) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, historical
There are two things I do the most. The first is I look for a good deal. I love when books are on sale. It makes me want to do a happy dance. I also love that when I find a good deal and its a great read. The second thing I do is find a book that is in a middle of a series. I don't do this on purpose; it just happens. Trust me I'm notoriously picking a book in the middle of series I don't know why or how. However, I find out when I get close to the end of a book. Then I notice it's book three or ...more
Virginia Campbell
May 27, 2011 Virginia Campbell rated it it was amazing
If you are attracted to heroes with a darker side, one terrific example of a redeemed villain is found in The Widows Club Series by Sophia Nash. In the third book of the series, Love With the Perfect Scoundrel, we are introduced to the villain of the piece, Rowland Manning. Driven by the hardships of his early life, Rowland is ruthless in his actions, even attempting at one point to kill his own brother. In the fourth book, Secrets of a Scandalous Bride, Rowland is the tortured hero of his own s ...more
Sep 10, 2010 Lynette rated it did not like it
I tried for over a week, but I could not finish Secrets of a Scandalous Bride. Ms. Nash is obviously a talented writer, but Secrets of a Scandalous Bride hit all my hot buttons and I couldn't get past Chapter Three. Maybe it's because this is the fourth book in the series and there were things explained in previous books that I didn't catch on too. I don't know. But here are the reasons why I couldn't get past the third chapter.

Chapter One: The heroine is attending a wedding where the hero is es
Oct 20, 2012 Aps_nat rated it did not like it
This was one of the most illogical and boring romance novels I have had the misfortune to attempt. I have never before read this author and took up this title on a whim(because I always see this book every single time I go to the library, for over a year now. I guess now I understand why I always see it there)

The heroine, Elizabeth Ashburton is hiding from her fiance(in plain sight, using her own name except with a silly Mrs. tagged onto it) and she goes about hiding and running away like a fiv
Apr 25, 2010 Alicia rated it liked it
This is one of the bad boy romances and I have to admit, while I like to flirt with the bad boys, the thought of dating one or marrying one leaves me a bit perplexed. Reading about them on the other hand, can be quite fun. Anyway, there were parts of this novel that I really enjoyed but I couldn't figure out why the bad boy would essentially kidnap a woman and then make her cook for him when he doesn't like food. I think having him not ask for sex (as is typical in a bad boy novel) was showing t ...more
May 05, 2014 Cherie rated it really liked it
All the loose ends tied up. In addition to the central couple, two additional HEAs occur. Michael was an incredible hero. He was villainous in the previous book starring his half-brother so making him into a hero was quite a feat. Ms. Nash pulled it off though, and without stripping him of his rogue personality. Elizabeth was the perfect match for him since she was a risk taker and did not hold back. She was fabulous.
Ms. Nash writes well, though I'd prefer a tad less descriptions and detail. While the story flows, it would probably read better if one has read the earlier 3 books in the series as back stories were sketchy. The premise for this story is shaky as the heroine is shown trying to hide from a man feted by the ton yet is shown attending a ton wedding playing a prominent role. The hero is drawn blacker than black and shown acting irrationally (opportunistic kidnapping of heroine only to make her cook ...more
Dec 06, 2010 chanceofbooks rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-read
I think I would have enjoyed this more had I read the first three in this series, so I would definitely suggest reading the others! I enjoyed Nash's crisp writing style and clear POV with interesting secondary characters very much, and I'll look for others by her. I had a very hard time with the hero of this book, however, because he's beyond dark--he's downright cruel for 3/4 of the book without much redeeming at all. I think more of his backstory comes out in the first few books of this series ...more
Feb 16, 2015 Andreajanel rated it it was amazing
The tension between Rowland and his beloved was exquisite. Pymm's motivations for his pursuit of the heroine however were not quite believable. overall, a very satisfying read.
Apr 04, 2013 Sharyn rated it liked it
Oh my I read the 4th 1st! Now I must go find the 1st 3. I had just finished a more recent series, so I tried to find her other books. "Secrets" is a Regency that has some background about the war and Wellington and Prinny are characters. All the widows from the previous 3 books are also here and supporting a heroine who is only pretending to be a widow. She falls for a man who was apperntly the villian in the prevoius book, and here we find out why. He is a bastard 1/2 brother to a Duke and his ...more
Apr 16, 2015 Desi rated it did not like it
DNF, it was just too ridiculous for words. Needed a red marker through the first thirty or so pages and a complete overhaul so that some logic could be included.
Nov 08, 2010 Judith rated it really liked it
A very compelling historical novel filled with tension. The heroine is the object of obsessive lust on the part of a war hero; he murdered her father and her best friend's husband. She wants nothing to do with him. The hero is nearly a lost soul--illegitimate, poverty-stricken in his youth, a mother and sister worn to death by life on the streets, and now his soul is nearly deadened against any kind of gentleness or goodness until he encounters Elizabeth. She woos him with her wits and her gourm ...more
Jun 14, 2012 Michelle rated it liked it
After the previous book in the series, in which the villain is Rowland Manning, who now is the hero in this book, I wasn't sure I could get over hating him enough to like it. But I guess if Michael his 1/2 brother, who he so greatly wronged, could do it, then so can I.
The characters just didn't gel for me in this installment. Both had deep dark pasts, by they seems a bit fuzzy to me, as they were just alluded to and therefore not fully formed. Don't get me wrong, I did like it enough that I rea
Melanie (Moviemavengal)
Thoroughly enjoyed certain scenes, but I was hampered by not remembering the back story fully from the other books in the series. This book felt uneven in pace somehow, and didn't totally gel for me.
Feb 27, 2013 C rated it really liked it
I'm still not convinced that Mr. Manning is the best hero character but the story flows well at the end.
Mar 01, 2010 Pmcpmd rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful and romantic. Must go back to read the others. A new staple.
Jul 28, 2010 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
liked the plot but the story (writing) lagged - took too long to finish
Feb 21, 2013 Jennifer rated it did not like it
Rowland comes off as a brute, and she falls in love with him?
Apr 16, 2010 Helen rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic book a great series loved it
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May 08, 2013 Ebony Morton rated it liked it
It was ok.A little confusing.
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Sophia Nash’s novels have won almost two dozen national awards including the prestigious RITA Award and two spots on the American Library Association's “Top Ten Romances of the Year.” Sophia was born in Switzerland, raised in France and the United States, but says her heart resides in Regency England. Her ancestor, an infamous French admiral who traded epic cannon fire with the British Royal Navy, ...more
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