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

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  2,327 Ratings  ·  178 Reviews

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.

Paperback, 372 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by Avon
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Jan 31, 2011 Rane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keeper, victorian-era
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
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
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
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...
Jan 11, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 11, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 18, 2011 willaful rated it really liked it  ·  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
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
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
Aug 10, 2011 Carol *Young at Heart Oldie* rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jan 03, 2015 Lyuda rated it really liked it
Shelves: early-20-century
Wonderful story. Ever since reading Ms. Guhrke book Wedding of the Season(the first one in the series), I was intrigued by Aidan and Julie who played secondary characters there. I thought a love story between chain smocking, Mercedes driving social butterfly and honorable and proper duke can be very intriguing and author didn't disappoint! The story opens up in the court where Julie, Lady Yardley, named Aidan, duke of Trathen as her lover in order to obtain a divorce from her despised husband. S ...more
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
May 02, 2011 ChloeLeeNH rated it really liked it
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!

Nov 27, 2012 Mafi rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, eng, emprestados
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
Anna D.
Dec 24, 2012 Anna D. rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why I loved this book so much especially considering that the pace of the book seemed slow…

The H/h’s characters, however, were so rich, developed, and layered. They were both strong, opinionated, kind at their core, and what they presented on the surface was a far cry from what was simmering underneath. The attraction between the two was palpable. I don’t know how Laura Lee Guhrke did it – but it shows how talented she is that she could convey the deep-seat
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 opp
Amanda Ryan
Jun 14, 2011 Amanda Ryan rated it liked it
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
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
Dec 02, 2013 Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical romance fans, Laura Lee Guhrke fans
Shelves: reviewed
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
Feb 01, 2011 SidneyKay rated it really liked it
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,
RomReader *Spoiler Giver*
Unconventional divorcee asks conservative duke for employment due to her large debts. Hero hires her as his social secretary to help him find a suitable wife. Their frequent contact makes it harder for Hero to resist his strong & long-time attraction to her. He's been in love with her since they 1st met 12 years before & she was engaged to be married. Heroine has always known of his interest in her but she's only become aware of her sexual attraction to him & is frightened by it. She ...more
May 06, 2014 Christiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hist-rom, 4-stars
Scandal of the year - Aidan and Julia's story, the sequel to Wedding of the Season. Poor Aidan was jilted by Julie's cousin Beatrix who ran off to Egypt with Will in Wedding of the Season (which is a wonderful story). To add insult to injury, Julia then used Aidan to cuckold her husband so as to force him to divorce her. Consequently she was left in debt and had to beg Aidan for a job as his social secretary, primarily to help him select a wife.
I liked that LLG has included their back story from
Bobs (Reader Unbound)
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.
Aidan is perfect. Of that have no doubt. He is gentle yet fierce at
Sep 09, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
Ordinarily I love Guhrke's historicals, but it took me a while to warm up to Julia, the heroine in this Edwardian romance with a Sleeping Beauty theme. Yet by the end - I was won over. Story of a notorious divorced baroness who is keeping a secret of why she seduced a man (the Duke of Trathen, who she has known since they were 17) in order to be caught in bed with him so her sadistic husband would divorce her. After such a notorious scandal, can these two find happiness with each other or will J ...more
Jul 12, 2016 Sophie rated it did not like it
Shelves: didnt-finished
I decided to stop reading because I didn't like the characters too much. He was too worried about what society thought, she smoked and her personality was not what I like in h. I rarely read any books by this author and I guess I know why...her plots and characters never seem to interest me. At least I tried!
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
I really wanted to love this book. Wedding of the Season (book 1) was purchased just to get background. Book 1 was so much better. I guess I missed how the h/h emotions went from attraction/interest to HEA. This book had potential for so much more. *sniff sniff*
Jan 11, 2013 Gemma rated it it was amazing
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.
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
0 stars... :/ did NOT like the chracters or the dragging plot :( sorry .
Set in the early 1900's. Enjoyed the dialogue and the characters. Different from the normal HR.
Mar 21, 2016 Amafle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aidan :3
Feb 10, 2011 Kitt rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, historical, read-2011
Previously posted at Paperback Dolls

Kitt: I want to put my gushing out there early and tell you that I really liked this book! The romance, the story, the drama! Oh and the hero! Aiden has now taken up ranks in my book boyfriend stable! He's utterly delicious!

Noa: Gush away! I absolutely agree, and I'm surprised that I do! :D When I read Wedding of the Season I thought there was no way I would like Scandal of the Year simply because Aidan was so wooden in it. How can you have a hero who is so st
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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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