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Love and Scandal (Love and Scandal #1)

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  12 reviews

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.


Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published (first published June 2010)
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Gems: Anyone who loves Austen novels with fall in love with Love & Scandal. A period time classic filled with all the goods that make women swoon. I adored the male lead character and was enchanted by Collette. She possessed all the strong attributes I want in a female character: intelligence, independence, wit and sexuality. She was soft when necessary and stubborn when needed. I was drawn into the story and longed to linger in London, forever. Perhaps, I am a sucker for these guilty pleasu...more
Fiendishly Bookish
Simpson writes with such a raw sensuality rarely seen in historical romance. The intimacy between her characters are heartfelt, acute and meaningful. And the connection between novelist Collette Jardinaire and Charles Jameson scorches and burns in way that there should be a delicious flaming red disclaimer emblazoned the front cover.

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
Christy B
It's 1850s London. A new scandalous novel called The Last Days of a Rake has become a sensation. The author, a Colin Jenkins, is a mystery; no one knows who this fella is. Until a story breaks one day that the author is in fact infamous rake Charles Jameson.

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
Author: Donna Lea Simpson
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
Portia Costa
Jul 22, 2010 Portia Costa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of well written Victorian set erotic romance.
I thoroughly enjoyed this charming, witty and intelligent book. Great story, vivid, likeable characters, and delicious and appropriate sensuality in a finely crafted Victorian world. Bravo!
3 1/2 - 4 stars

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
I didn’t take to Love and Scandal as much as I would have liked to. There were times when I was really liked it, then times when I didn’t like it so much. To be honest, I can’t say why exactly. My favorite pieces in the book had to do with the literary connections. Collette is a writer. She has publishers. She meets other figures in the literary world. She has inked stained fingers. She’s an independent woman. I love those parts about her.

What I did not care for was a few of the book’s supporti...more
Ashlyn Macnamara
Collette Jardiniere has a secret. She’s the author of a well received novel entitled The Last Days of a Rake, but because she’s not only a woman, but also a spinster from the country, she has chosen to publish under a pseudonym. She and her publisher both feel if her true identity were to get out, it would affect sales of her novel, because what would a woman in her circumstances know of rakes?

Very little, it turns out. Even though the novel is lauded as being an accurate portrayal of the declin...more
Really good. Been feeling kind of sick the past few days, so the book didn't have my full attention. I might upgrade later.
Fantastic. Witty and clever and sexy. I will definitely read this one again.
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Donna Lea Simpson is a nationally bestselling romance and mystery novelist with over twenty titles published in the last ten years. An early love for the novels of Jane Austen and Agatha Christie was a portent of things to come; Donna believes that a dash of mystery adds piquancy to a romantic tale, and a hint of romance adds humanity to a mystery story. Besides writing romance and mystery novels...more
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