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Lady Victoria Jane Emerson left behind her girlish notions of romance when Jonathan deserted her without a backward glance. Now the time has come when she must finally choose a husband, and she has vowed to marry someone who will never break her heart.

Jonathan Pierce Thatcher, Viscount Remington, has returned home, free of all his family's debts. Only to discover that by s
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 18th 2011 by HQN Books (first published 2011)
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Keri
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Diana~
My heart broke for Remington because despite all of the misfortunes that he has endured for five years after his disappearance, he has always and will still love Victoria no matter what. Just because he broke her heart after he left for Venice and stopped contacting her for all these years, she became a cold-hearted person. It's really amazing that I still feel compassion for her, but I do. I don't blame either of them, Remington nor Victoria. It's just things happen at the wrong place and time- ...more
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ONCE UPON A SCANDAL by Delilah Marvelle
Book #2 in the Scandal Series
01/11 – Harlequin – Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages

A bit of scandal, a touch of history and a huge cup of love make for a fabulous book!

What happens when you wear your heart on your sleeve and the sleeve not only gets torn but the whole shirt is shredded? Well you get a needle and thread and put it all back together or so Jonathan Pierce Thatcher, Viscount Remington thought so. He believed love and a little magic conquered all
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Jen
Jan 06, 2011 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Delilah Marvelle is making one heck of a splash into the world of historical romance with her Scandal series. They're not technically her first books but these are definitely getting more attention in the mainstream market. Once Upon a Scandal is the second in this series and I found it to be just as good as the first.

Victoria was less than a year away from her coming out season in London when Jonathan made a play for her heart. A complete romantic, Jonathan wooed her with sweet words and only o
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Charly
Not badly written, but it didn’t blow me away

*NOTE: I received a free review copy of this book.*
Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 6/10

PROS:
- There’s a decent amount of sadness and angst in the story, but I didn’t feel there was too much or that it was contrived.
- I thought it was interesting to see a depiction of dementia in a historical context. The inability of Victoria’s father to recognize her for much of the story is certainly sad, but the descr
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Lynn Spencer
So my assignment for TBR challenge is to catch up on a series I’ve been neglecting. Since I read tons of books and have a tendency to fall off the series wagon midstream, I had so many possible books to read, it was downright mind-boggling! I’ve been craving a historical lately and I generally like Delilah Marvelle, so I decided to dive back into the neglected Scandal series with her 2011 release, Once Upon a Scandal. The promise of lovers reunited (love that plotline!) and a tale set at least p ...more
Bookworm1858
Once Upon a Scandal by Delilah Marvelle
Harlequin, 2011
378 pages
Romance; Historical
Second in Trilogy
4/5 stars

Source: Netgalley

While this is the second in a trilogy, I believe it can be read standalone as I did without missing anything.

At first I wasn't sure how I'd feel about this book because it features a trope I don't like: boy meets girl, boy and girl are separated for years with him giving her no reason why-just that it has to be, boy comes back to discover girl is not receptive to his advan
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Heather
Once Upon a Scandal was a nice follow up to the first book in the trilogy, tying in loosely but standing well on its own. I'm normally not a fan of a book that spends so much early time setting up the hero/heroine in the past, but it really gave me the opportunity to see how far each of them had come. Victoria was sweet but spoiled, guarded by her well-meaning chaperone and a overbearing father. Jonathan was a romantic, in love with Victoria and happy to lay out all his feelings for her before h ...more
Joanne
Delilah comes through again, love her books!

When Lady Victoria was about 17, she fell in love with Jonathan Pierce Thatcher, Viscount Remington and he with her. He had to go to Venice, Italy to look after his step mother and his step sister. He promises Lady Victoria that he will be back in months time, but months turn into years, 5 yrs. She wrote to him faithfully and he to her, but when he got himself mixed up in a money loss scheme and lost all of his monies, he had to find work, degrading wo
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Camille
Let me start with a disclaimer:


This book is RATED R!!!!


I wanted to start with that so that my readers who are uninterested can stop now, but my review will be 100% clean.


I am talking about


Once Upon A Scandal by Delilah Marvelle



Once Upon A Scandal is the story of Lady Victoria Jane Emmerson, who at a young age falls for Jonathan Pierce Thacher, Viscount Remington. He falls for her in return and swears to himself that someday he will make her his wife.


Unfortunately, they fall for each other some m
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Anaiz
What can I say, I loved this book as much as the first in the Scandal series (Prelude to Scandal) I now consider myself a huge Delilah Marvelle fan! This book wasn't as funny, but it was still *scandalously* enjoyable. Jonathan came across as such an honest guy, he really takes his responsibilities to his family seriously. It is for this reason he and Victoria are separated. I couldn't help but feel so bad for them, to be separated just when things were becoming sweet between them... but it happ ...more
Kim
ADJECTIVES! Adjectives. Adjectives. That is what this book needs. Desperately. Let's take a look at Eileen Dreyer from Barely a Lady. "The plain of Charleroi spread out before him like a green and gold patchwork quilt sewn together with hedgerows." Beautiful. I can visualize this plain. Unfortunately you will not get this type of description in Ms. Marvelle's book. She can spin a tale, but this book could have been awesome if there was better descriptions. This was my first read by Ms. Marvelle ...more
Dana Delamar
Like the other books in the Scandal series, this book is a real page-turner. I was late for appointments, that's how good this book is! Delilah Marvelle pretty much single-handedly got me interested in Regency historicals again. Her storylines and heroes and heroines are unusual and fascinating, and I highly recommend them to anyone who loves the time period. You'll learn something new and laugh and swoon at the same time.

This book features one of my favorite heroes of all time. It's on my keep
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Synopsis-

After being gone for seven months traveling, Johnathan Thatcher (Viscount Remmington) join’s his cousin Greyson at a house party. In the mist of the party is Lady Victoria, a woman he has become an acquaintance with for a year. He is determined to win her heart within two weeks before he leaves for Venice, Italy. Johnathan needs to find a way to be with her, Greyson distracts Mrs. Lambert as Johnathon can get a word with Lady Victoria.

His concern is to also to win over Mrs. Lambert’s co
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Cheryl
Jan 28, 2011 Cheryl marked it as own-need-to-read
This is a First Reads win for me! Yay!! I can't wait to read it!
Tracy's Place
4.25 out of 5
VampFanGirl
4 1/2 STARS!!!

My Review:

The Plot:

At nineteen, Jonathan Pierce Thatcher, Viscount Remington, was led by his heart having waited for the day to fall head first into love from the very moment he was capable of understanding its meaning. And when Jonathan found his heart's reciprocating beat in the young, green-eyed Lady Victoria, he was desperate not to bed her but to wed her! Having little to offer Victoria, Jonathan strove to win her heart and win it he did just in time to secure her hand before
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Lisa
This is the second in Marvelles Scandal series (love the cover!), though it is not necessary to read the first to enjoy this one. Marvelle poses this story as a 'darker Cinderella' but with the male lead as Cinderella, complete with evil stepmother. Our hero, Jonathan Pierce Thatcher, Viscount Remington, declares his love to Lady Victoria Jane Emerson at the tender age of nineteen. After a heated kiss before he must leave for Venice, Victoria agrees to carry his mothers ring and write to him. Ho ...more
Aislynn (Stitch Read Cook)
When I first picked up this book I didn't realize it was part of a series. I've since added the other books in the series to my TBR! While part of a series, this could easily be a stand alone book - which is a big plus!

The story of Jonathon and Victoria had me intrigued. Young and in love, they are torn apart by distance, family and obligation. He in Venice - tied to an obligation he can't get out of. Pushing Victoria from his life for her own safety and his sanity. Her in England - stuck in a s
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Dwayne
Reviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf.

I shall admit - while Once upon a Scandal is not the best romance book I've read, it definitely ranks high amongst the most interesting ones I've read. This book has a particularly pecular set of characters and settings, which - sucker for romance that I am - enchanted me to no end.

I have been drawn to the blurb, of course - a long-lost lover (Viscount Remington) who have deserted our heroine and is now suddenly back for her hand... yes I know, romantic. The
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Aspoon
I was truly enjoying this book at the beginning but by time it ended I was perplexed. First, I loved Jonathan's character at the beginning and how he wanted and waited for Victoria and how they both shared their first kiss...I loved the letters that were written between them...now here is where it gets a little weird...Jonathan gets taken by a scam while is in Venice and instead of him coming back to England...HIS HOME...and ask the help of his one true best friend Grayson, he decided to turn to ...more
April
ONCE UPON A SCANDAL by Delilah Marvelle is another exciting historical romance set in 1829 Regency England. It is the second in the "Scandal Series",but can be read as a stand alone. See "Prelude To A Scandal".It is the story of Lady Victoria and Viscount Remington,Jonathan Pierce.This is the story or lost love,scandal,secrets,second chances,romance,love,sexual tension,
passion,family madness,a quest for a husband,and the trials of love lost and found again. While Lady Victoria lost her heart at
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Jonathon Pierce Thatcher, Viscount Remington has been in love with the lady Victoria Jane Emerson for well over a year now. Against the best advice of her brother and Jonathon’s best friend, he would like nothing better to declare himself at a house party at the Linford estate before he has to leave the country for Venice to attend to his younger sister. He has been advised to be subtle, but Jonathon is anything but when it comes to Victoria. Subtle would not wait until he made his way back to l ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Can love survive when it’s separated by hundreds of miles, a militant father and one colossal mistake? If you love as deeply and purely as Jonathan Thatcher, Viscount Remington, then nothing will stand in your way.

Of the three books in Delilah Marvelle’s Scandal series I can honestly say this was my favorite. You’ll want to read Ms. Marvelle’s letter to the reader to get a good understanding of what inspired this particular story. In my mind it was pure genius and the twist she takes on a popul
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thuy
Once Upon A Scandal is the second book in the Delilah Marvelle’s Scandal series. I didn’t read the first book and don’t think you need to in order to read this. I have mixed feelings about this one. Maybe I’ve just read a lot of really good historicals lately but, while I enjoyed this book, it didn’t end up being one of my favorites. First, I found the whole setup with Victoria’s father’s will a little implausible. It just seemed like a lot of trouble to go to for the outcome. But he was a sick ...more
Jo (My House of Books)
The second in the Scandal series by Ms. Marvelle, these books are interconnected thanks to a "little red book" by an unknown author.

Once Upon a Scandal is difficult to review because it's not the worst book I've ever read nor is it the best. It's middle of the road for me, a bit of an "eh" plus a shrug. Had Jonathan's pure pursuit of Victoria not happened in the beginning, I'm not sure I would have finished it. Victoria's father's stipulation added a lot of mystery to the middle of this story,
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Makii
"-Siempre sera tuyo. Sea lo que sea de nosotros."

Ohhhhh Jonathan♥
Cuanto sufrimiento vivido y cuanto dolor sufrido. Y aun asi, sientiendo durante tanto tiempo el mismo profundo e intenso amor por su amada Victoria!

"- Amor, odio. Todo es lo mismo, puesto que consume el alma hasta las heces, no es cierto?"

Verdad o Mentira de boca del Marchese??
Que bestialidad de ser. Un horror!!
Highland-dreamer
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Sharon
Once upon a Scandal is second in Marvelle's Scandal Series and I have to say I enjoyed it much better then the first. Remington's overly passionate and romantic nature is swoon worthy, although he is overly idealistic. Victoria is a wonderful character, and the 2 combined was exciting to read. You'll find a lump in your throat through pretty much most of the story with all it's angst, but it is worth reading on. The only thing that could have made the story a 5 star is if the end didn't feel to ...more
Tiffany
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