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Preview — Love and Scandal by Donna Lea Simpson
Love and Scandal (Love and Scandal #1)
Nothing sells like love & scandal...
Collette Jardiniere writes of passion and seduction but has experienced neither. Her pseudonymous novel, The Last Days of a Rake, has shocked Victorian society and become a runaway bestseller. Infamous roué Charles Jameson is "revealed" as the author, and Collette is outraged when the cad does little to curtail the gossip.
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Simpson has refreshingly painted Collette, a published novelist under a gentleman’s name as a firebrand, and bluestocking making her way in a man’s world: publishing...more
This doesn't sit well with Collette Jardiniere, a young woman from a small seaside town, because she is the mysterious Colin Jenkins and does not appreciate someone else taking credit for her work. She hops a train to London where she unknowi...more
First published: 2010
Length: 4468 locations
Setting: Kent and London, Victorian. (reference to current conflict in Crimea 1853-1856).
Sex: Explicit. First time unsatisfactory, she did not enjoy it. Some erotic spanking. More erotic/varied than typical.
Hero: Wealthy rake.
Heroine: Bespectacled writer.
I don't know.
I like it.
It's a good story.
And the weaving of literary figures into the narrative was pleasant and unusual.
But I didn't understand the HEA.
Collette suffered from L...more
In 19th century England women are regarded as property of their husbands. Most men think women do not know how to think or form their own opinions. Women are not accepted as authors, except those like Jane Austen, who writes romances. Collette Jardiniere is an author, but found it more appropriate to be published with a male pseudonym. When Charles Jameson is suspected to be the true author of the scandalous book, he does not deny it. Collette refuses to let him take credit for he...more
What I did not care for was a few of the book’s supporti...more
Very little, it turns out. Even though the novel is lauded as being an accurate portrayal of the declin...more