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3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  5,890 Ratings  ·  191 Reviews
From a stately country house in Hampshire to the dazzling drawing rooms of London society comes an exquisite tale of an elfin beauty, a vengeful lord, and a wild, sweet love that is sheer poetry.

With her reputation forever tarnished by a youthful indiscretion, lovely Emily Faringdon is resigned to a life of spinsterhood–until she embarks on an unusual correspondence and fi
Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published (first published February 1991)
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I do not think I like Amanda Quick's heroes either. They're all so cool. Marble. Ice men. Emotionless. They NEVER give anything away to their heroines. Can't crack a smile, much less a joke. This irks me. Badly.

And if I have to hear the words: Metaphysical, transcendental, or higher plane one more time....there will be explosive projectile vomiting.

The ending was the best part. It's over now.

3 stars is a high rating. But I suppose it is apt.
I am laughing so hard as I think of this book and what to write. Look I used to devour Amanda Quick's older books with the one word description and usually a random object on the cover. There were some that were really good. And there were some that may be wonder about the intelligence of the hero/heroine involved. "Scandal" is definitely the latter. You have a sort of reformed rake trope taking place here (though the hero is not really a rake, he's just an out and out ass) with a naive heroine ...more
This book was a cracking good read. I really enjoyed the push-pull between the hero and heroine. It was fun and engaging and I was completely immersed -the very best kind of romance!

The tension created by the two different perspectives of Emily and Blade was well done and very entertaining. She is naive and he is cynical and bent on revenge. But Quick inserts enough ambiguity into this dynamic that the heroine never is at the hero's mercy. She never does anything she does not want to do. She has
Jane Stewart
A few campy, chuckling moments due to naive heroine, but plot was weak. My mind kept wandering.

This author has written many books under the names Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick, and Jayne Castle. She has a wonderful writing style and can make almost anything entertaining. But I feel like she ran out of ideas - as if she pulled the words charming eccentric naive romantic female out of a hat and tried to do something with it, again. Then she added brilliant business financial mind. The positive wa
Scandal by Amanda Quick was so not the book for me.

***** slight spoilers*****

Emily Farringdon has been corresponding with the Earl of Blade for some time and has already fallen quite desperately in love with him. She is sure that he is an honorable and good man but she is not counting on ever meeting him. Emily's reputation is tainted by 'the Unfortunate Incident' as she calls it. When she does meet Simon, the Earl of Blade, she is surprised that he doesn't seem bothered by her past and practi
Dec 08, 2010 Brianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Upon reading a synopsis of Scandal, I was hesitant to read it. I haven't read a marriage of convenience in a long time and really, this just didn't seem like my thing. I got about a quarter of the way through and still wasn't so sure. The heroine, Emily, appears almost stupid at parts, too stuck in her romantic literature to face reality. However, there is a point, when she carefully lays out the reasons the Earl should marry her, where Emily's supposed stupidity becomes almost endearing and the ...more
In all the Amanda Quick books I have read s far, this was a bit different, I had some issues with the characters.
But as usual Amanda Quick delivered yet another great book.

One of my biggest issues with the book was the main characters especially the heroine, the only word that comes to mind when I think of Emily is Gullible. Naivete doesn't even measure up, in the story they make it seem that she only sees the good in people, and even the main guy wants her t face reality, I thought her harshest
Willow Brook
Oct 18, 2010 Willow Brook rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Enjoyable story of a wildly romantic, naive young woman who is married by a man who wants to use her to gain revenge on her family. Normally, I have no use for revenge plots that involve using innocent parties but this is a light, airy love story. Simon's 23 year quest for vengence quickly begins to fall apart in face of Emily's steadfast love and conviction that he is a noble and decent man. That is the fun part. At times, Emily teeters on the edge of annoying with her constant reference to flo ...more
Jessica Wimberly
OMG how may times do I have to hear words, Metaphysical, transcendental, or higher plane? Ugh It was getting on my nerves.

I couldn't finish the book it was so boring the characters were boring. First you have Simon an emotionless, cold-hearted man that only thinks about getting revenge that he doesn't care who he ruins to achieve it. Then you have Emily who is quite fankly boring, All she talks about is having a love connection that is on a higher plane. She goes as far as to ruin not only herse
May 23, 2010 Jen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
The other day, I did what I usually do when the book I'm chewing on doesn't agree with me - I went to my historical shelf and looked for something easier to handle. I read lots of books like this one (there's just so many millions of them floating about the universe (or so it seems) that it's only probable that I'll brush up against one from time to time) but I'm not quite sure that I have ever seen one like Scandal by Amanda Quick. The main female character, Emily, is so utterly annoying and ri ...more
I first read this novel in 1991, which is almost 25 years ago. I've since read it about 5 times.

Funny, I used to love the character of Emily. This time around I found her naiveté to be rather tiresome. And if I had to read the word "metaphysical" one more time, I was going to scream!

I'm going to let the 5 star rating stand, but I guess I am past this book now (or I'm really tired of it). It was more of a 3 star this time around.
Jan 30, 2012 Cyndi rated it did not like it
Could there have been a more ridiculous book ever written? If I hadn't read so many other books by Amanda Quick, I'd have to assume this was a joke. No one writes this horribly or includes such absurd dialogue.

Quick tried to develop a completely stupid set of metaphors throughout the book by comparing Simon to a dragon and Emily to an elf. They called each other by pet names - he called her elf and she called him dragon. Yup. Dumb. Emily even went so far as to have dragons embroidered on her cl
Anna D.
Nov 03, 2012 Anna D. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hr
Like most readers I like strong and intelligent heroines. Emily is that, but she's also very naïve and gets carried away with her poetry – which got annoying. Even though later we realize that her romantical (I hate when they used this term in the book) imagination is probably how she coped with the hard realities in her life, it was too late for me to overlook my annoyance.. therefore I never ended up liking her. At all.

In the first 3/4 of the book, I didn’t like any of the characters!! And I R
Feb 10, 2011 Abby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, ebook
This was chosen for the Smart Bitches bookclub over the holiday break and while I didn't get a chance to read it then, I did want to come back to it. Amanda Quick was one of my first romance authors and was instrumental on getting me hooked into the genre. At age 13, I LOVED (lived and breathed) strong, quirky heroines, strong heroes, and the negotiation of relationships in romance novels (not to mention the steamy sexxxings) fed the imagination of this young feminist. Quick tends to write exact ...more
Stacie  M. Ritchie
This is another example of the historical romance that Amanda Quick is known for. Emily Faringdon has been bailing her twin brothers and father out of debt since she was a teenager. She has a youthful indiscretion that led her to be relegated to the country and she longs for a love that will look past the scandal attached to her name. The Earl of Blade has had a plan of vengeance for fifteen years, and he started to correspond with Emily because of her family. When he meets Emily, he finds himse ...more
Kathie (katmom)
May 27, 2011 Kathie (katmom) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emily is deeply into romantic imaginings. She believes that's all she'll ever be able to do, imagine, because she had an Unfortunate Incident when she was 19.

EVERYONE knows about it. Her father tells her (and everyone else willing to listen) how RUINED she is. Too bad she'll just have to stay home and make money on the exchange for he and her twin brothers.

She begins a correspondence with S.A. Traherne, not knowing that he is Simon Augustus Traherne, the mysterious Earl of Blade.

He knows exactly
Quick, Amanda (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) - standalone

With her reputation forever tarnished by a youthful indiscretion,lovely Emily Faringdon is resigned to a life of spinsterhood until she embarks on an unusual correspondence and finds herself falling head over heels in love.Sensitive, intelligent and high minded her noble pen pal seems to embody everything Emily has ever dreamed of in a man.But Simon Augustas Traherne,the mysterious Earl of Blade,is not at all what he seems.

An earl our
Feb 18, 2014 DemetraP rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Scandal by Amanda Quick. It's a historical about a hero who comes looking for revenge and instead falls in love with the heroine. This is a pretty funny book. Heroine wears glasses and is obsessed with reading romantic poetry and says things like, "We connected on a transcendental plane."

She refers to an "Unfortunate Incident" in her past and the entire village refers to it as the "unfortunate incident"

It kept me entertained and I liked how the hero was obsessed with the heroine.
Belinda McBride
May 25, 2010 Belinda McBride rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
OK, so its been eons since I read any sort of romance of this sort...kinda regency, I guess, but not heavy on the historical end. Well, the author (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) just caught me up with the eccentric heroine, the dark, dangerous hero and the odd journey they take together. Its well worth reading, even though she treads the line very close with the heroine, making her just borderline TSTL. But she redeems her beautifully and in all, it makes for a delightful, fun read.
May 07, 2011 San rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Are you kidding me?! What on earth was Quick thinking when she created Emily's character? It's one thing to be naive, but this girl was downright stupid and ridiculous. Throwing in lines about her success with shares and finances does not a smart woman make! She came off as completely clueless and idiotic. Such and unfortunate situation considering Quick did create a relatively interesting male character. Luckily, this was a quick read.
Carolyn F.
The book had a slow beginning or should I say a not very interesting beginning and then got much better. I was a little surprised at how much I liked it. I would recommend this book
Mar 25, 2014 Annette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emily lives in a small village and has plans to write an epic romantic poem, along the lines of Byron. At the same time, she is a down to earth whiz with investments. She has helped her servants as well as some elderly spinsters build pensions for their later years. She has also maintained a very comfortable life style for her gambler father and her twin brothers. All this is based on her knowledge and ability to choose investments which make a good profit.

Emily lives her life based on an Unfort
4 Stars

Resigned to a life of spinsterhood following a youthful indiscretion, Emily Faringdon never dreamed she would meet anyone who could see beyond her past. Simon Traherne, Earl of Blade, will let nothing stand in the way of his vengeance against the Faringdon family until he meets Emily and realizes that some things are more important the revenge.

Quick's books never fail to put a smile on my face. The writing is immersing and the dialogue exceedingly witty.

Emily and S
Amarilli Settantatre
Jan 07, 2015 Amarilli Settantatre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Dopo tutti questi mesi di segrete speranze e fantasticherie, aveva finalmente conosciuto il grande amore della sua vita, ma l'aveva incontrata mentre portava gli occhiali. Era semplicemente troppo da sopportare.

Comincio a pensare che i modelli a cui si ispira la Quick siano sempre gli stessi: l’omone muscoloso finto-cattivo che è fedele al suo motto “io ti proteggerò” e la fatina finto-svampita con occhialini e arguzia infinita che invece ribatte “posso farcela da sola”.
In ogni caso, questi mod
Jedi Kitty
Dec 11, 2012 Jedi Kitty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really cute, quirky and sweet. It had me smiling the whole time. The heroine, Emily, has some duality to her character that reflects her life experiences. She is a determinedly naive aspiring poet, but is also an intelligent investor who handles money matters for her profligate, neglectful father and irresponsible brother. Without a hope for her future, due to a "great Scandal" in her past, she still manages to fall in love with a man she is writing to. She is determined to pursue a metaphysical ...more
Jul 09, 2013 Jenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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J. Rosemary Moss
Emily's naiveté, romanticism and bad poetry might make you cringe, until you realize that her escapism masks an understanding of the harsh realities of life. (Some readers never forgive Emily's flights of fancy--just glance through the other reviews!) But while Emily understands those harsh realities, she doesn't always accept them. She's made her peace with the faults of her father and siblings, but she's determined to see Simon, her revenge-obsessed husband, live up to nobler ideals. Simon gra ...more
Feb 02, 2011 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Simon has spent 20 years plotting revenge against Emily's father. His grand plan is to seduce and marry Emily and financially ruin the family. Emily easily falls into his clutches, she believes herself to be in love with Simon due to their written correspondences. Simon is cold, calculating and ruthless. Emily is spontaneous, romantic and naive. Their romance was light, funny and very cute. Emily believed Simon was good and honorable, and because he loved her he lived up to that expectation by g ...more
My first February read!!!! Huuu!!!!

I'm thankful that it got me out of my reading slump. However, it's not the type of Amanda Quick book that will make me go "OMYGOD I NEED MORE AMANDA QUICK NOVELS RIGHT NOW".

Reasons why:
-Less-than-capable heroine.
She's a trademark AQ heroine- redhead, feisty and intelligent. However, I found myself rolling my eyes at her antics and decisions a little too many times.

He didn't make me swoon, lol. He seemed like a promising hero but he didn't deliver. M
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The author of over 40 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense, often with a psychic and paranormal twist, in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 30 million copies of her books in print.

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