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The Shocking Lord Standon (Those Scandalous Ravenhursts, #3) (Those Scandalous Ravenhursts #3)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  101 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Regency. Rumors fly that Gareth Morant, Earl of Standon, is to be wed. He cannot honorably deny them, but he won't be forced into marriage.

Encountering a respectable governess in scandalizing circumstances, Gareth demands her help--to make him entirely ineligible.

He educates the buttoned-up Miss Jessica Gifford in the courtesan's arts. But Gareth hasn't bargained on such a
ebook, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Harlequin Enterprises (first published August 21st 2008)
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3.75 stars
A beautiful but destitute music teacher of gentle birth accepts a job as governess, only to realize she's been hoodwinked, locked naked in a brothel. I thought, "Yawn. Not this old cliché."

Yup, that overused trope, ubiquitous to Regency romances, but it was handled better than most.

Dashing hero rescues her from said brothel and then pays her to engage in a little masquerade, so that he can appear too corrupt for the marriage his best friend's conniving father would foist on him. Of c
Not a bad regency romance, but I was put off by the numerous typos. This book needed better editting.
More like 3.5 stars, but I'll round up. If I had to describe The Shocking Lord Standon in one word, it would be "pleasant". It was a pleasant storyline between a respectable gentleman and a sensible governess, applying well-used tropes (rescue from brothel, job as fake mistress) surprisingly well to precipitate feelings of lust and a growing level of affection. There were no great dramas, and even the final conflict wasn't very emotionally taxing. The story made an effort at historical authentic ...more
Rachel Brand
Requested this from BookMooch as I wanted to see what Mills & Boon Historical Romance novels were really like, and if they were as awful as people claim, or if they were the kind of thing I'd treasure as a guilty pleasure.

Well. The first chapter was kind of exciting but it went down hill after that. I got to page 100 and decided that I didn't care what happened to Lord Standon and that since nothing shocking had happened in the first third, what was the point in reading on? This is very simp
I enjoyed Garath and Jessica's story. They really shone as people and I loved her desire to be correct and respectable, even in the face of what she saw as her mother's shame. And yet, because she thought she was not good enough to be his wife, she was willing to be his mistress. I loved that he didn't want that, that he said if it is only that or nothing, it would be nothing. Their final coming together was lovely. A thoroughly lovely story.
A fun read, a good mix of prim & proper with active (het) sexuality.
no need or desire to own this book but have reserved other parts of the series at the library.
It got knocked down a star because I wanted SO MUCH MORE from the ending. Sigh. Would read it again and will now be looking for more books by this author.
Standon overcomes several obstacles as he passes off a governess as his mistress in order to get out of an arranged marriage.
Another good read from Louise Allen
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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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