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Scandalous (Banning Sisters #1)

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England, 1810: When Lady Gabriella Banning receives word that her half-brother, the Earl of Wickham, has died on his tea plantation in Ceylon, she faces the reality that she and her younger sisters, Claire and Elizabeth, are suddenly penniless. The family's riches will pass to the next male heir -- a distant cousin -- and the Banning sisters are doomed unless Gabby thinks ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Pocket Books (first published 2001)
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Shelly
Feb 02, 2016 Shelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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Lisa Jo
Gabriella Banning has been faced with the most unappealing dilemma. She just received word that her half-brother Marcus, the Earl of Wickham has been killed. The Earldom will pass to their cousin Thomas who will surely push Gabby and her two sisters out onto the streets and of course, Gabby’s sister Claire will not have her debut season. Taking a huge risk, Gabby rushes her sisters off to London pretending her half-brother is still alive and well. She figures all she has to do is achieve an adva ...more
Nisha
Scandalous is indeed scandalous as the name suggests.

When Gabby decides to pretend that her half-brother had not died in Ceylon, leaving her and her 2 unmarried sisters destitute, she does not imagine a darkly attractive man to stand in as his impostor. Less did she expect that she would be loosening her morals for a taste of his pleasure. Posing as Wickham, Nick is searching for the man behind the murder of the real Wickham, but after teaming up to perpetuate the charade and spending time in G
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Sumando Libros
Jun 22, 2016 Sumando Libros rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hola a Todos!!!
PRIMERA vez que leo una novela histórica-romántica... de Karen Robards jejejej no es la primera que leo una, de hecho me gustan, son mi placer culpable pero tampoco leo cualquier libro con portada victoriana, intento ser selectiva ya que hay un millón de autores de este estilo y se corre el peligro de caer en un bodrio total.

De Robards he leído otros libros por la misma razón elegí este libro dentro de las novedades de Ediciones B, y lo pasé bien leyéndolos, trataban de suspenso-c
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Thenia
Oct 19, 2015 Thenia rated it really liked it
The story of the eldest of the three Banning sisters, Gabriella, who comes up with a desperate scheme to save her sisters from a life of being penniless and with no prospects or hope for better lives.

She will pretend that she doesn't know that their half-brother, who has given them permission to launch Claire, the second sister's season, has died and go to London in hopes of finding Claire a husband. To her surprise and disbelief, on their arrival to their family town house, they find it occupie
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Ruth
May 09, 2010 Ruth rated it really liked it
A great read in lots of ways: believable hero and heroine, thrilling story and well-written. The heroine is not the usual, perfect beauty, but has a cracking character, which really appeals to me. The story, although it sounds slightly daft, actually works really well, and the prose is very well-written, and fills out the details of the story without being tedious at all. A keeper.
BookMaven
How could such a great plot end up so lacking?

Lady Gabriella Banning has just found out that her half-brother, Marcus, the Earl of Wickham, has died on his tea plantation in Ceylon. His will left no provisions for Gabriella, and her two sisters, Claire and Beth. Their only hope to avoid being put out on the streets would be for them to pretend that Marcus was still alive. This would give them a chance to give Claire a season in London. Claire making an advantageous marriage would save the three
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Luli
May 14, 2014 Luli rated it did not like it
Este libro me está aburriendo un montón, me parece que por más que leo y leo no pasa nada, no llego a ningún sitio, y lo peor de todo, en cuanto empieza a pasar algo…no me gusta, no me lo creo, con lo cual, va a ser un dnf.
Lo dejo al 56%, creo que con más de la mitad del libro leída, debería haber habido una historia y no es así, no ha pasado nada que no haya leído en la descripción del libro, salvo que el protagonista (Marcus por ahora) se sigue recuperando del disparo que recibió a manos de la
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Amanda Ryan
Jun 14, 2011 Amanda Ryan rated it liked it
This was my first read by Karen Robards. Scandalous is the first in a trilogy about The Banning Sisters, three girls who all share the same father but different mothers. The first installation is about Gabriella, the eldest. She’s a take-charge kind of woman, filling the shoes of their parental figures (dad is dead, may the heathen rest in peace; mom(s) are deceased as well) and taking care of her younger siblings. She commits herself to securing a coming-out for her next oldest sister, Claire, ...more
Yunita Taman
Apr 09, 2016 Yunita Taman rated it really liked it
Di luar alur yang lambat dan konflik yang baru muncul setelah tiga perempat buku, menurutku novel karya Karen Robards ini sempurna membuat chemistry antara "Marcus" dan Gabriella mengalir indah dari awal sampe akhir. Karakter Gabby yang galak dan tegas seolah diceritakan dengan hidup dan sebaliknya karakter Marcus diceritakan misterius dan penuh teka-teki, namun rasanya semua misteri masih belum seluruhnya terjawab dan aku berharap akan menemukan lebih banyak kepingan misteri di buku ke-2 mengen ...more
Katie
I was going to give this three stars, but throwing in silly jealous stuff near the end dropped it to two. Well, then something other two-ish stuff (or maybe even one-ish) stuff happened, but I was too bored to care much.

I was intrigued by the premise of this one. Women decides to pretend her brother is still alive (so she has access to his money to go to London for her sister's come-out) only to discover someone pretending to be her brother! So, they know each other is lying, but revealing it wo
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Amalia Kristanti
Buat pecinta hisrom, buku ini HARUS dibaca :*
MountainKat
*3.5 Stars, leaning towards 4*

Nice story and I liked the characters too, although I wasn't sure how they were going to get to the HEA. And even if it was a teeny bit contrived, I was OK with it. It felt a little dated, more than it should for being published in 2001, but I think it was more style than anything. I am interested in what happens to the other sisters now too!

I listened to the audio of this book and enjoyed it quite a bit. I thought the narrator, Justine Eyre, did a very good job and
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penelopewanders
Read this a while ago, here's what I put in the bookcrossing review:

From the Amazon review "England, 1810: When Lady Gabriella Banning receives word that her half-brother, the Earl of Wickham, has died on his tea plantation in Ceylon, she faces the reality that she and her younger sisters, Claire and Elizabeth, are suddenly penniless. The family's riches will pass to the next male heir -- a distant cousin -- and the Banning sisters are doomed unless Gabby thinks fast.
Which she does. Pretending
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KarenF
Mar 17, 2013 KarenF rated it liked it
3.5*. I did like a lot of it but would have liked to get more of the hero's POV and backstory. I have to say "the hero" because he don't even learn his real name until nearly the end of the book. Both he & Gabby were likeable, although Gabby is the more sympathetic if only because you know her so much better. They were fun together and even though there are some dark situation the book is thankfully short on angst. I liked the sisters as well and will read their stories in the future.
Corduroy
I have mixed feelings about this. For the first 70% of the book, I'd give it four stars, easy. Then the hero and heroine make with the sex (I am not going to spoiler-tag the information that in a romance at some point people have sex) and everything gets weird and bad. I'm not sure what happened, maybe the author got stuck and had a deadline she had to meet even if the story wasn't coming the way it had been? A really weird reading experience.

Premise: Gabriella is a spinster, the eldest daughte
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Juliana Philippa
Read this again for the third time and really enjoyed it. My rating dropped by one star (vacillated this time between giving it 4 or 4.5), but it's still a wonderful read with two great leading characters. There are some very sweet and very funny moments between them and I loved the ending.

(Written on August 27, 2010)
Lori
Jan 12, 2014 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Gabriella Banning is in a pickle. After the death of her father, she sends word to her half brother Marcus, who has lived overseas, that he must come to London and take the title as the Earl of Wickham. Unfortunately, Marcus' precipitous death place her and her younger sisters at the mercy of a distant cousin who will gain the title. To ensure the future of her sisters, she fakes no knowledge of Marcus' death and provides her sister with a coming-out party so that she main gain a husband. S ...more
Juli
Heroine got on my nerves. Too many plot points resolved at the very end that could have made the story more interesting if they had been part of the narration earlier. However, I did want to finish it, so I guess there was something to it.
LaFleurBleue
Sep 09, 2012 LaFleurBleue rated it really liked it
Very good story, even though the identification of Wickham's murderer at the end seemed a bit too easy and purely based on chance. I liked however the solution provided for allowing fake-brother and sister to wed...
Very likable characters
Veronica
Feb 12, 2016 Veronica rated it it was ok
This book had a whole lot of potential but didn't live up to it. Mostly because the majority of the book was set in fake-Marcus and Gabby's bedrooms, which didn't lend itself to the real intriguing part of the plot: having to pretend someone's your brother when he's not. There's no real tension of "will he or won't he be discovered" when the two characters spend most of their time alone. I would have preferred if fake-Marcus didn't keep his investigation a total secret from Gabby. Then she might ...more
Amy
Jun 01, 2015 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Diana
Sep 17, 2012 Diana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Loved this series, I need to read Irresistable since I have read 1 and 3 of the books.
Deasy
Ga kebayang, kok bisa adik kakak tapi ga tau gimana tampangnya...;)
Koki
Mar 29, 2016 Koki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ešte-raz, dobrota
Bystré, vtipné, úprimné je toto dielo. Téma výborná, prevedenie ešte lepšie. Hoci spočiatku sa mi zdalo trochu rozpačité, celkový dojem z neho to neovplyvnilo. Mohla by som autorke čo-to vytknúť - ako príliš náhle vyzdravenie hlavného hrdinu alebo zvláštna, trochu škandálna, smrť na konci - no nebudem to robiť, pretože dej šiel hladko, dialógy medzi hlavnými postavami boli skvele spracované a mnohokrát zábavné... jednoducho mi nedá nevnímať celok inak ako pozitívne.

Rozhodne stojí za prečítanie..
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Mar 14, 2013 ɑƨħŵɑɡ ♥Team Magnus Damora FOREVER♥ rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: historical romance fans
Beautiful

Simply, this renewed my love for historical period dramas. My hands kept itching to go look up any new ones xD.

This story is about Gabriella Banning story. When she learns of the death of her half-brother, Earl of Wickham, she realizes that she and her younger sisters Claire and Beth are left with nothing. She has to do something about it. So, she keeps the news to herself and goes on to prepare Claire's "debut" party so that she marries to the best of men. But this is only short-lived,
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Fiary
Jan 13, 2013 Fiary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*3,5
novel Karen Robards pertama yg kubaca.
Gabriella Banning mendapat informasi bahwa Earl of Wickham, kakaknya yang bermukim di Srilanka tewas terbunuh. Demi bisa memberi kesempatan kepada adik2nya, Claire untuk mendapat season pertamanya di London dan Beth untuk keluar dari suasana desa yang terkungkung, juga agar hak waris tidak segera beralih kepada Thomas, sepupunya, maka Gabriella Banning (Gaby) tetap menganggap Earl of Wickham masih hidup.

Saat Gaby, Claire & Beth datang ke London , Gab
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Nyra
Jan 01, 2012 Nyra rated it really liked it


Hola mis queridos lectores! Espero que estén pasándolo bien en estas fiestas y San Nicolás o el Niño Jesús les hayan dejado muchos regalos debajo del árbol, ya estamos a solo horas de que el año finalice, este año ha sido muy gratificante. En mi caso he pasado el tiempo en alegría con mis sobrinos, extrañando a los seres queridos que ya no están y compartiendo con los que afortunadamente aun están con nosotros. Desde este lugar les hago llegar mis mejores deseos para este nuevo año 2012. Esta e
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Netha
Aug 22, 2013 Netha rated it liked it
novel ini dibuka dengan pembunuhan terhadap Marcus Banning, Earl of Wickham.

kematian marcus membuat lady gabriella banning cemas, betapa tidak, jika marcus meninggal maka gelar serta seluruh properti wickham secara otomatis akan jatuh ke tangan sepupu mereka, thomas.
jika sudah jatuh ke tangan thomas bisa dipastikan nasib mereka akan berada dibawah belas kasihan thomas.
jika sudah begitu maka claire & beth tidak akan bisa diperkenalkan secara layak di kalangan ton.
maka dengan bantuan jem, pela
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Karen was born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. She has been writing since she was very young, and was first published nationally in the December 1973 Reader's Digest. She sold her first romance novel, ISLAND FLAME, when she was 24. It was published by Leisure Books in 1981 and is still in print. After that, she dropped out of law school to pursue her writing career. Today she is a regular on the New ...more
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