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The Lord and the Wayward Lady (Regency Silk & Scandal #1)

3.51  ·  Rating Details  ·  258 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews

The closest milliner Nell Latham has come to high society is making fashionable bonnets for ladies. But when she's asked to deliver a message to the Earl of Narborough, she's soon swept up in a web of intrigue and scandal!

Marcus, the Earl's sinfully sexy son and heir, tracks down the messenger, little expecting to find her so attra
Paperback, Harlequin Historicals #996, 283 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Harlequin (first published 2010)
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I quite enjoyed this one. It's the first in the series, and sets the scene for the rest. It's quite difficult for me to be fair with the review, since I read the 6th in the series before this one, before I realized it was a series, so I understood quite a lot of the outcome half-way through, but I think a 3-star "I liked it" rating is a good one.

Some things I liked about this one:
- The way the plot is related to something intriguing which happened a long time ago. I like the way it's going to be
I've read a few of Louise Allen's other books and have enjoyed them. I like her writing style and her characters are immediately clearly delineated without being drawn heavy-handedly.

This is the first in a series of eight books in the "Regency Silk & Scandal" series, in which a number of authors write different stories involving all of the characters we meet here. It's a nice idea, and this first story makes an excellent introduction to everyone, and has a strongly written romance at its ce
Part of the Silk & Scandal continuity series from Harlequin Historical--Book #1, in fact. The heroine is a milliner (she makes hats) who is hired to deliver a package to an earl. The earl has a heart attack when he opens the package, and the milliner is detained. The hero, the earl's heir, interrogates the heroine, decides she's hiding something, and determines to get to the bottom of things. The package contained a silk rope--the kind of rope used to hang noblemen convicted of a crime. The ...more
Oct 03, 2010 Ana rated it really liked it
I’ve never read Louise Allen before and I was pleasantly surprised. Her voice makes it easy to sink into the book and her characterizations are fully-realized without page after page of introspection. Nell is a sweet and industrious heroine who is only looking to make a living while she dreams impossible dreams in her shabby one-room home. Marcus is a take-charge hero who has a tendency to jump to conclusions and they’re invariably wrong. So the question is, will he see the error of his ways in ...more
Oct 30, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it
First book in the Silk & Scandal series, dark secrets from twenty years back has affected and are still haunting them all, in different ways. Nell Latham, a milliner all alone in the world, was once Lady Helena Waredale and had a family. Now her father has hanged for a murder he didnt commit, her mother died from a broken heart, her brother disappeared and her sister is lost with a new name and no way of finding her.
Nell gets drawn back into the old mystery by an unknown puppet master and f
Aug 15, 2012 Cadiva rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this start to the series, the characters were well fleshed out and the story line flowed nicely. The "reasons" for keeping the hero and heroine apart were well written and believable and the conclusion nicely reached. As it was book one in a series of eight, there were things left unresolved but nothing which prevented the book from being an interesting read in its own right.
Sep 19, 2010 Deanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It is the first in a series and it definitely has intrigued me to read all 8 that are in the series!
Feb 19, 2013 Crystal rated it really liked it
The starting book and one of the better entries in the very enjoyable Silk & Scandal series. The heroine is likable and easy to respect. The hero is dashing, if a bit irritating in his need to constantly jump to incorrect conclusions. Louise Allen has a great voice, and I found myself chuckling throughout. The romance is wrapped up satisfactorily, but be prepared for the central mystery not to be. There are still seven books to go, after all!

My only real complaints: the sex was pretty borin
Lillian Kollar
Jun 28, 2010 Lillian Kollar rated it did not like it
The Lord and the Wayward Lady by Louise Allen was boring and barely tolerable. Since I have liked all of Louise Allen's previous books, I was very disappointed. There were the usual detailed sex scenes, which seemed to be added as a formulaic requirement, a plot that crawled along to an unsatisfying conclusion, and characters who were totally unrealized, unbelievable, and unmemorable. Give me Diane Farr or Candace Camp anytime! And why did the sister team of Alexandra Bassett stop writing? Wake ...more
Sep 25, 2014 Desiree rated it liked it
Fun, reads easily, will be looking into the next book of the series
Julie theriault
I wasn't able to get into the story wasn't interesting enough
Diane Brown
Feb 27, 2015 Diane Brown rated it liked it
Had a good mystery attached.
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"Read it in an afternoon. If all the books in the series are like this one it’s going to be an amazing series. ... The mystery surrounding their families is intriguing .... I’m even more eager to get my July historicals in the mail now. I want to see what happens next." From a review posted by an member, read more Here.
Aug 06, 2011 Dancer rated it really liked it
I am a big Louise Allen fan. Unfortunately, I read the books in the Silk and Scandal series out of order, and that was a bit confusing. However, I liked this story on Nell and Marcus. I first met them in Hal's and Louisa's story, and somehow, I felt cheated. It was nice to fill in the blanks on how they came together.
Feb 02, 2012 Julie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Regency Romance Lovers
Shelves: regency-romance
Nice story. It has a little mystery mixed w/romance. Pleasant, but not a "knock me off my feet" type of romance. I finished reading this story feeling rather neutral about the experience. I would not consider rereading it, but it did supply an evening of pleasant entertainment.
Sep 23, 2015 Crystal rated it liked it
Shelves: soft-copy, 3-star
I enjoyed this book. The story line was great and kept me interested. I did find it a little slow and the ending was very blah and that is why I gave it a 3 star instead of a four.
now I finally know how this series started and I'm not dissapointed
Jun 16, 2010 Judy rated it it was amazing
Book 1 in the Regency Silk & Scandal series

Loved this! A perfect mix of romance and mystery.
May 09, 2011 Carrie rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
This was like a completely unfinished story.
Aug 25, 2013 Amanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
Vacation read.
Nov 19, 2013 Zinnia rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 24, 2015 02:23PM  
  • Unlacing the Innocent Miss (Regency Silk & Scandal, #6)
  • Paying the Virgin's Price (Regency Silk & Scandal, #2)
  • The Smuggler and the Society Bride (Regency Silk & Scandal, #3)
  • The Viscount and the Virgin (Regency Silk & Scandal, #5)
  • Claiming the Forbidden Bride (Regency Silk & Scandal, #4)
  • More Than a Mistress (Rakes in Disgrace, #2)
  • Secret Life of a Scandalous Debutante
  • His Enemy's Daughter
  • Surrender to an Irish Warrior (MacEgan Brothers #6)
  • Rake with a Frozen Heart
  • The Taming of the Rogue
  • Mail-Order Groom
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. See this thread for more information.

This author also writes under the name Francesca Shaw.

I have had my nose buried in a history book - fact or fiction - for as long as I can remember, but even more important to me are the places and the objects that conjure up the past. My first attempt at historical fiction
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Other Books in the Series

Regency Silk & Scandal (8 books)
  • Paying the Virgin's Price (Regency Silk & Scandal, #2)
  • The Smuggler and the Society Bride (Regency Silk & Scandal, #3)
  • Claiming the Forbidden Bride (Regency Silk & Scandal, #4)
  • The Viscount and the Virgin (Regency Silk & Scandal, #5)
  • Unlacing the Innocent Miss (Regency Silk & Scandal, #6)
  • The Officer and the Proper Lady (Regency Silk & Scandal, #7)
  • Taken by the Wicked Rake (Regency Silk & Scandal, #8)

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