Scandal of the Year (Abandoned at the Altar, #2)
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Scandal of the Year (Abandoned at the Altar #2)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  1,526 ratings  ·  126 reviews
ONE TRYST WAS ALL SHE WANTED ...

From their very first meeting, Julia knew that Aidan Carr, the oh-so-proper Duke of Trathen, had a bit of the devil in him, a devil who secretly yearned for what he could not have, a devil who harbored a desire for her. So when she needed to be caught in a compromising situation, Aidan was the answer to her prayers.

ONE TRYST JUST WASN'T ENOU...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by Avon (first published January 1st 2011)
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Rane
In the books and stories I’ve read by Laura Lee Guhrke, she has a way and writer’s way of re-building a relationship, such that it’s like the people involved or say the lead couple are discovering things about the other they didn’t know, or eyes were not open to before. In the Abandoned at the Altar series, that is one of the true premises along with second chances and other chance at love.

In Wedding of the Season we meet Aidan Carr, the Duke of Trathen the straight lace very honorable duke, l...more
Shawna
5 stars – Edwardian/Historical Romance

Wow! I loved this! It's an emotional, sensual, and engaging romance between a free-spirited, indecorous, rebel heroine who's brazen ways mask a fragile soul and a steadfast, honorable, strait-laced, to-die-for duke who can't resist her scandalously tempting allure. I loved the complexities of the characters and the chemistry, connection, and passion between Julia and Aidan. Scandal of the Year is another Laura Lee Guhrke favorite! I just wish the wait wasn't...more
Ruth
Again, a great read from LLG. Good characters, great backstory, nice use of characters from other stories (you do have to read the story that precedes this one or it'll all be meaningless), and also nice setting (early Edwardian and in Cornwall and Devon). Very, very enjoyable. Waiting for the next story is going to be torture...
Heather
This was one of those books that was SO good, that I had to think on it before I could even write a review. Julia and Aiden were simply wonderful together; two such opposite personalities who balance, and were looking for something that they never expected to find with each other. As with the first book in the trilogy, the early 20th century was a nice and unusual time period that allowed for great social changes to be captured within the story, including Julia's scandalous divorce with Aiden na...more
Lisa Kay
With this book Laura Lee Guhrke goes a little deeper into the psyche and pain of her characters than she has in her previous books, and it’s worth it. There were times in this book I felt LLG had painted herself into a corner and I would never truly like the heroine (she broke one of my romance “don’t”) or get a satisfying HEA. They go from family friends, to lovers, to ‘frienemies’, back to friends, to true loves. It is an interesting circle. Not every author can change my mind about one of my...more
Lisa
I was really looking forward to reading this book, which follows Wedding of the Season, and features the straight laced Aidan, Duke of Trathen, and the carefree Julia and I am so glad that it was just as excellent, if not a bit more, than the first! The book opens with Julia finally getting her divorce from her hateful husband, Yardley. But in the process of getting it, she ends up causing yet another broken engagement and scandal for Aidan as she uses him in her desperate plan to leave her husb...more
Among The Muses
Scandal of the Year is the second installment of the Abandoned at the Altar series, and it is even better then the fantastic first! Laura Lee Guhrke gives us another unique historical setting, with dynamic characters that whisk readers away to a place in time that pops of the pages, forces you to take a side to the old Britain societal obligations - especially of woman, and embraces you with sensual, romantic second chances.

Poor Aidan Thomas Carr, Duke of Trathen. He has NO luck when it comes to...more
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
The second book in the Abandoned at the Altar series, SCANDAL OF THE YEAR is a beautifully crafted love story from the very talented Laura Lee Guhrke.

"On the afternoon of August 21, 1903, I had intimate relations of a sexual nature with Aidan Carr, the Duke of Stathen."

With these words Julia, Baroness Yardley, is finally free after twelve long years of a loveless marriage. But her freedom has come at a price because, seeing Aidan Carr as she leaves the courtroom, she is overcome with guilt for...more
Laura
In Wedding of the Season, you knew that Beatrix didn't belong with Aidan. He was clearly the "Baxter" of the situation, he was so straight laced and stuffed shirt-ed and everything. But you still liked him. He was sympathetic. So, while many romance heroes are just "the perfect guy and anyone would be lucky to be with him", this one definitely shows you why some people belong together. Aidan is paired with "wacky" Julia, and while I rather disliked her in Wedding of the Season, here she is round...more
Mafi
Sooooo goood!!! description Love it!!

Why this and other books by LLG are not published in Portuguese??

Sometimes I don't understand the publishers description
AzuresHeart
I liked Julia and Aiden... but though I saw there was an attraction... I am not sure I was totally with it. I liked that they had some sparring but other than that... I am not sure if I really LOVED them.. hummmm.. I think I will have to think on this one some more... I love LLG books so this one might just need to grow on me!

willaful
Apr 18, 2011 willaful rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: readers who have given up on Gurhke
Since reading Wedding of the Season, I’ve been looking forward to the story of Aidan -- a priggish duke who gets tiddly much too easily has a lot of entertaining potential. But although those factors do play into the plot, this didn’t turn out to be the “bad girl makes the good boy loosen up” theme I was expecting. Instead it was a “good boy makes the scared bad girl open up” story, and a lovely one.

The book opens with Lady Julia Yardley being divorced by her husband, after he caught her in bed...more
SidneyKay
Who says nice guys finish last?

Aiden; what an honorable, trustworthy, nice guy and he's a hunk on top of that. Aiden's problem... he just can't find a fiancee who will stick around. He can't seem to hold on to them. His first one dumps him for her childhood sweetheart, and the second gets a tad bit upset when he's caught in bed with "that woman." And, it is "that woman" who is like a nettle under his skin, a ringing in his ears that he can't block. She's constantly irritating him, arousing him,...more
Tina
Although this book was 10 times better than her last book, it still lacked her original spellbinding passion and story telling. From start to finish, the book didn't go anywhere and the whole book is just a retelling of old events with random flashbacks. I thought the plot line pretty thin and everything wrapped up too easily and clumsily. Furthermore, there didn't seem to be any conflict that made much sense to me, therefor the climax seemed as fulfilling as empty air. I was left feeling pretty...more
Kelly22
4.00 Stars - Late Victorian/Early Edwardian/Historical Romance!

Her scandalous liaison with the duke may be one scandal too many ...

Scandal Of The Year tells Julia’s story who would go any length to get rid of her husband Lord Yardley whom she despised. Therefore eventually she got involved with Aidan Carr, Duke of Trathem, and managed to sanction a divorce in the adultery case. Aidan is a sophisticated wealthy traditional duke who understood he was maneuvered by Julia, who was his complete oppo...more
Bobs (Reader Unbound)
SUMMARY:
The year is 1903 and Lady Julia Yardley has just been grated a divorce after she was caught in a compromising situation with Aidan Carr, the Duke of Trathen. So Julia is finally free from Yardley and so romance of her life begins.
Aidan Carr should be looking for a wife but strangely he cannot take his mind of that seducing woman and the night they shared, though he does not remember quite a lot of it.
READER'S OPPINION:
Aidan is perfect. Of that have no doubt. He is gentle yet fierce at...more
Amanda Ryan
Notice how this book wasn’t included in my upcoming books post from a few days ago? Yeaaaahh…NO self control. Hey, that just means more crap for me to ramble on about here, right? *rationalizes manic desire to buy books*
I like our main chica, Lady Julia Yardley. She’s a tough cookie. She smokes, she drives, she swears like a sailor, and she puts on an incredibly convincing facade that she doesn’t give a fart about what people think of her. And she needs to because her divorce from her depraved h...more
Brittany
I enjoyed the story, however it wasn't fantastic. It was just average in almost every way so I gave it the 3 out of 3. The interactions between the hero and heroine were interesting but fairly predictable. I did enjoy the mystery as to why the heroine went after the divorce and I liked that it was drawn out till the end to get the answer. I also loved the love scene when it occurred. I didn't like the ending, but recently I haven't been overjoyed with many endings lately. I had questions I would...more
Greselley
When I'm about to read this one, I just knew this would be good but I was wrong. I was hoping like crazy that Aidan and Julia would have their own story. I can really feel they're not just mere acquaintances. There's something deeper between this two. Like I said I was wrong, this is not just good but one of the best historical romances I've read! And I am right with the kiss between Aidan and Beatrix. don't know why but I'm just too caught up with the story, I feel like I need to see them happy...more
Gemma
Loved this! Great heroine, great hero, great tension. And it made me cry at the end. This is why Guhrke is an auto-buy for me.
Kim
Set in the early 1900's. Enjoyed the dialogue and the characters. Different from the normal HR.
Gabriella *is awesome*
0 stars... :/ did NOT like the chracters or the dragging plot :( sorry .
Tabitha
Dec 02, 2013 Tabitha rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Historical romance fans, Laura Lee Guhrke fans
The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

::sighs contently::

Why, oh why, have I waited so long to read another historical romance novel? Seriosuly, I know many of you won't understand it, but it's like comimg home. I think it's because no matter what, I know when I start one it will have a happy ending and it will make me laugh and smile and maybe even cry along the way. I vow never to go this long without reading a romance novel ever again.

This one follows Lady Julia...more
Gina
Lady Yardley, Julia, is desperate for a divorce from an abusive husband and uses Aidan, Duke of Trathern, to get it. She is a wild woman of her time who smokes and drives her car too fast. He is an uptight Duke with two failed engagements on the market for a wife. They've known each other for years and have always shared an attraction. I have to give it props that this is the first time I've read of a roofied sexual encounter (she puts the drugs in his drink after he says no) used as a plot devi...more
Jessi
The very staid and traditional Aidan Carr, Duke of Trathen was involved in a scandalous affair that resulted in the divorce of Julia, Lady Yardley. He knew that he lusted after her, but didn't think that he had it in himself to do something so... outre. Even now, a year later, with a blemish on his reputation which is somewhat impeding his search for a wife, Aidan is attracted to the woman.
For her part, Julia only just got out of a hideous relationship and, while she regrets pulling Aidan into...more
Kristina
I have to give this four stars instead of five because about halfway through the book the main male character had a total flip of character. For an entire book and a half (this is the second book of the "Abandoned at the Alter" series) he was reserved and polite and "oh-so-proper" and then all of a sudden he seemed to be a rake. Although she did establish that the main female character always suspected a "bit of the devil in him," it just seemed wholly out of character for a while. I did eventua...more
Sandy M
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book after reading Wedding of the Season, which didn’t quite make the grade for me (see my review here). But I went in with an open mind and I was rewarded quite nicely with a story that had me hooked from the first page.

I did like both Aidan and Julia in WotS, and I hoped they would be the featured characters in the next book in the series. Seeing that’s what Ms. Guhrke has done in SotY gave me hope this book would be more enjoyable. One of those rare time...more
Kaycee Sapinoso
I can’t believe I only discovered Laura Lee Guhrke. I absolutely adore everything she writes! She has given us readers another marvelous story to read. I just loved the emotional roller-coaster and I’m so excited to read her other books.

SCANDAL OF THE YEAR is a book you will not want to miss.

Aidan Thomas Carr, The Duke of Trathen - Handsome, Responsible, A perfect gentleman. Every girl’s dream. He was honorable and willing to accept his mistakes. He had such a strong sense of what was right. But...more
Danielle
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

I am a huge Laura Lee Guhrke fan and I was extremely anxious to read Scandal of the Year. This book definitely did not disappoint.

SOTY, picks up two years after Wedding of the Season left off. SOTY opens up with Julia Yardley being accused of having an affair with Aidan Carr, the Duke of Trathen by her husband. After publicly declaring her affair, she obtains a long sought after divorce from her abusive husband.

Now six months later Aidan Ca...more
Malin
Scandal of the Year is a sequel of sorts to Wedding of the Season, and in it, the man jilted in the previous book, Aidan Carr, the Duke of Thathen, finally finds his Duchess, but only after yet another broken engagement. While his first engagement was broken once he found Lady Beatrix Danbury in the arms of her childhood sweetheart, in a particularly passionate snog, his second attempt at matrimony was ruined about a year later, when he was found naked in bed with Lady Julia Yeardley (Beatrix' c...more
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From the publication of her very first historical romance, Laura Lee Guhrke has received numerous honors and critical acclaim for her novels and her writing style. She has been honored with the most prestigious award of romance fiction, the Romance Writers of America Rita Award, and she has received additional awards from Romantic Times and All About Romance. Romantic Times has proclaimed her, “On...more
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