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Scandalous Love

(Bragg Saga #6)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  872 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Rebelliously independent Lady Nicole Bragg Shelton refuses to be constrained by the stifling rules of Victorian England. And now desire has impelled the beautiful heiress toward a shocking liason with Hadrian Braxton-Lowell, Duke of Clayborough.

Bound by the dictates of honor and duty to another woman, Hadrian is hocked by Nicole's daring conduct, yet entranced by her fiery
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 25th 2006 by Avon (first published 1992)
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Nov 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Lady Nicole, at 23, is a spinster due to the scandal she caused when she came out several years earlier. She's decided she likes her solitary life of running free with her horses and doesn't need to be married to be happy. That is until she meets Hadrian, Duke of Clayborough at a masquerade party.

I really liked Nicole's personality, she doesn't let anyone walk all over her and stands up for herself. Once she realizes that Hadrian is betrothed and only wants her for sexy times she lets him know
Hadrian Braxton-Lowell, the ninth Duke of Clayborough, is a man bound by duty and honor. After he and his mother suffered greatly at the hands of his abusive father, Hadrian swore that he would never allow himself to be similar to his sire in any way. Yet with his driving need to be proper, Hadrian has become somewhat tight fisted. He even acknowledges to himself that no one would like him if he wasn't the Duke of Clayborough for with that title comes great and exceptional power. Hadrian also fe ...more
May 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
4 Stars...

This great author is in my Top 5 and "Scandalous Love" proves why. Every character is brought to life, and every page is live and in your face.

Nicole is a London outcast and has lived the last few years in her family's country estate. She's eccentric, loves the indoors and the out, and has no idea how exotic her beauty truly is... The Duke (Hadrian; Love that name!) is just like her, but where she's not conventional he is to the T. Hadrian buys an estate close her family's and they me
Joy (joyous reads)
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: in-my-kindle
Oh dear. Book number six of this series was an explosive, tiresome bundle of fireworks. These two butted heads like a couple of rams in the wilderness. At one point, I came to the conclusion that being apart would’ve been the best for everyone’s sake.

Nobody likes two strong opposing characters finding kindred love with one another more than I but it was not the case with these characters. Frankly, their constant bickering annoyed me endlessly. The relentless push and pull of their attraction tir
Jan 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this read, the characters are interesting. Even though the storyline was a bit predicatable, I still enjoyed it.
I liked both Nicole and The Duke. I like that Nicole is unconventional and has a mind of her own, she doesn't just sit around and wait for The Duke, she goes out and gets him. Nicole did get annoying in some parts though, since she acts so much out of her emotions without thinking things through, almost like a spoiled child. The Duke is a great hero, he's your classic 'tall,
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldnt put it down!

So good i loved it so much! I loved the duke and nicole together! Amazing story! Must read! Loved it!
Ash Ash
Apr 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Lady Nicole Bragg Shelton is tall, an amazon, she is a hoyden who rides horses astride, she is considered on the shelf as she is not married. Nicole cannot find anybody worthy to get married and most of all she is considered to taller than most men, the men are intimidated by her and therefore she does not receive any proposals or even a request for dance whereas her younger sister is small petite and very beautiful she is considered a better catch.. this creates a complex and she decides not to ...more
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Nicole Bragg is a free-spirited lady living in relative seclusion in Victorian England after she had the audacity of crying off of her wedding. On her wedding day. The scandal has ruined her reputation, but not her independence. When a rival practically dares her attend a party for the Duke of Clayborough, she arrives and immediately catches the eye of the Duke. The Duke is looking for a mistress, Nicole a husband. Nicole always seems to make the situation worse and the Duke is charmed by it.

I l
Lukman Manggo
Feb 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Seems to be the thrill one again :) - Now about Nicole, Derek's Granddaughter, who fall in love to Duke of Clayborought. As usual the female character on Brenda series always the one who opinionated, brave, dare, insensible - as like Nicole, Derek Bragg Granddaughter.
In this book not only love story of Nicole and Hadrian, but in the end of book about Dowager Duchess, Hadrian's mother with his long live American Hadrian Stone.
Compare than previous series of the Bragg Saga book, this serie, The Br
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance-vo
J'ai adoré !!
L'un des meilleurs tomes de la série!
Ils savent ce qu'ils veulent mais se retiennent longtemps ! Lui sait qu'il ne peut pas se mettre avec elle car il est déjà pris mais coup de chance sa fiancée (depuis qu'il a 10-12 ans) décède. Son décès m'a par ailleurs intrigué, je me suis demandé de quoi elle mourrait (leucémie, cancer...). Ce décès est leur chance car la voie est libre !!
Ce que j'ai apprécié est que la mère du duc ne soit pas "aveugle" et remarque dès le début l'attirance ent
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Brenda Joyce book. And since I finished this book, I've read three other books. Ms Joyce does a masterful job of building sexual tension and fleshing out characters in this book.

This was a 4.5 stars but I rounded it up to 5. My only complaint would be the penchant for the heroine to get hysterical towards the end of the book. I understand she's a passionate creature who gives way to her passions. But there is a world of difference between passion and hysteria. Somehow it weake
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, as I have also really enjoyed the series as a whole, with the exception of the frustration! I love the characters and the storyline, the continuity and the way I get to follow the Bragg family throughout the generations. The only thing that I find SO FRUSTRATING is the fact that the couple takes so incredibly long to finally communicate their true feelings! They keep going back and forth, misunderstanding and getting angry with each other, but don't TALK about it!

Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I like both Nicole and Hadrian.
Nicole is free-spirited, strong, smart and a bit too impulsive.
Hadrian is proud, trustworthy, honorable and maybe a bit too formal. He needs her and she needs him. They fit perfectly. And I'm so happy they actually talk to each other!!!
I think this is one of the better books in this series. The only negative part was when they had to marry. She is afraid to tell him she loves him, he doesn't know yet that he loves her and of course that creates some misunderstandin
Karen  Boruff
Jul 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Well written as usual for Joyce, but the storyline was a strain. I didn't enjoy this book as much as I usually do her novels...had to force myself to finish the book. Something was just off for me and I actually kept falling asleep while reading it. All writers can have an "off" novel, perhaps this was hers. I felt much of what went on was pointless and the fighting made me not care what happened to these people at all. Basically didn't like the hero and couldn't keep up interest. W ...more
Jul 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
Brenda Joyce's writing is wonderful but the story is not. There was so much unneeded angst in this story. Top it off with a very spoiled heroine who keeps flaunting society but gets saved by the hero. The moral and lesson of this story leaves a bad taste in your mouth since the "good" people seem to suffer (Elizabeth's death and Hadrian's suffering from a crazy, violent, and spoiled heroine wife) and the reckless, inconsiderate and selfish heroine gets everything she wants in the end.
Ester Jones
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Der Titel ist passend. Lady Nicole ist eine wahre Rebellin: unkonventionell und nicht auf den äußeren Schein bedacht. Die lodernde Leidenschaft zwischen ihr und Hadrian wird glaubhaft geschildert, und der Leser fiebert bei der Handlung und den Folgen der Missverständnisse mit. Sehr romantisch und gelungen.
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really a good read. Heroine a bit too implosive and totally unreasonable , a niny and a bit too selfish but I was still able to block her antics and enjoy the book.
Michelle Hanson
Typical of most romances.. drags a little sometimes.. I would classify it R rating.. lol.. not for kids.. that is for sure.
Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Absolutely fantastic!
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
A nice historical romance where the female lead chases the male. Very unusual and enjoyable through and through.
Dec 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
it's one of my favorite romances, brilliant book
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Chock full of great conflict and a sweet B plot about the hero's mother's true love. Steamier than I expected, too!
Predictible storyline with sterotypical characters and lots of good sex...exactly what I want in a romance novel :)
Sherri Bryant
Aug 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
I haven't read the "Bragg" series in order and I'm usually a stickler for reading a series in order. It didn't detract from my enjoyment of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I love Brenda Joyce and I already read many of her books but this is my favorite so far. I really, really was overwhelmed with emotions during this book! It's definitely my all time favorite.
Jet Eloriaga
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was the book that eluded me for a decade...
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Nicole is too histrionic. Sweeping highs, crazy lows. It's exhausting! And not much fun to read
Mar 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Romantic fluff in the Victorian world. Quick read.
Aug 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: brenda-joyce
Lady Nicole Bragg Shelton and Hadrian Braxton-Lowell. Duke of Clayborough. Pub. 1992.
Kinsley Gibb
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
On my keeper shelf. One of my favorite heroes of all time.
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