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A Lady's Lesson in Scandal

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  3,733 Ratings  ·  342 Reviews

When Nell Whitby breaks into an earl’s house on a midnight quest for revenge, she finds her pistol pointed at the wrong man—one handsome as sin and naked as the day he was born. Pity he’s a lunatic. He thinks her a missing heiress, but more to the point, he’ll help her escape the slums and right a gra
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published by Pocket Books (first published June 28th 2011)
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Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to valee by: Ally72
Can you guys remember the last time you read a book really, really slowly not because it was boring but because you just wanted to pay a lot of attention to every word so you could fully comprehend what's going on? Well, I certainly can say I just can't remember the last time this happened to me. I tend to skim many parts in all my reads. I wasn't a person who did this but once I started to read more frequently it just started to happened. I may be loving a book but if it gets too descriptive o ...more
Juliana Philippa
(4.5 stars)
Have been reading and reviewing so much, I'm a little reviewed-out, so don't know if I will come back to write a full one. Basically, it was really good. I wasn't sure how it would be, since the plot seemed a little used and contrived, but it ended up working very well.

Duran was very realistic in her portrayals and depictions, and one knows she did research on in order to stay true to what life would have been like for Nell. Oftentimes in romance, if a main character is living in po
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, romance
Ι felt like this book had a lot of potential. The hero was interesting, the premise highly original and intriguing: A factory girl turned heiress is struggling to adjust from the gritty brutality of working-class London to the haughty glamour of the ton, all under the supervision of a seductive, clever aristocrat bent on marrying her. Sounds cool right? I thought so. But in the end, it all revolves around the heroine. The untrusting, obstinate, ungrateful, hypocritical,judgemental heroine.

Now I
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans Of Pygmalion Theme
If My Fair Lady Had A Baby With Pretty Woman

Image result for my fair lady pretty woman

Meredith Duran Writes A Slow Build Using All Of Your Senses

You Feel The Chemistry And The Sexual Tension

The Characters Become Real

You Hold Your Breath When They Do

You Taste And Smell The Food

Feel The Touch And See The Subtle Nuances

"Now, when he sat at the piano, he did not play music for the company the notes provided him. He played the music so she might hear it, and come a little closer to him as she listened."

Hero Simon

“He’s a looker,” Hannah murm
4.5 stars rounded up My June read for the TBR Challenge.

This month’s theme of Favourite Trope was easy. Or rather, picking the trope was easy; I needed to do a bit of searching around for a book featuring it I haven’t read yet! There are few tropes I actively dislike, but I’m a sucker for a good marriage of convenience story. I love the idea of two people who don’t or who hardly know each other being put into a situation of enforced proximity and intimacy and watching them as they come to know a
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hr, perfect, 5-stars
This book could easily have been another Pygmalion story but it was so, so much more.

Without getting too much into the plot, let me just say this. Meredith Duran is one of those authors I savour because she's one the best when it comes to writing style and character development. They are intense, to say the least.

There's Nell Whitby, a young woman grown up in London's slums who turns out to be the long lost, or rather long ago abducted, daughter of a nobleman. She was so young, she can barely re
4 stars – Historical Romance

This is a really good romance that’s complex and honest, with a destitute, stubborn, strong lower-class heroine and a handsome, selfish, titled rake hero who sees her as the answer to saving his bankrupt estates.

I think these two lines sum up the H/H really well.

Nell’s attraction to Simon:

But oh, he was beautiful. As he took the step that closed the distance between them, his slow smile might have lured the angels from heaven, flocking noisily, arms outstretched, hap
Aly is so frigging bored
Jan 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Better not.
2nd read : 12-13 July 2017
I liked the last 1/3 the most.

1st read: 5 May 2013
Why I DNF-ed it:
-it was boring
-didn't like either character
-the heroine was annoying in her feeling superior to everybody
-I couldn't feel the plot: long stolen daughter of a count by the crazy(might have been raped) wife's maid, found in her dead-father's bedroom trying to kill him. Too Disney mixed with Dickens for me.
-as I kept reading only one thought kept repeating: geeez, how much more till it ends?! I read th
♡Karlyn P♡
:-( I DNF'd at 60%. I just didn't like the heroine as she border lined on TSTL for me, nor did I feel any genuine heat or chemistry between H/h. Too much suspending disbelief required too. I was having a hard time buying much of it. But I think my biggest problem was more to do with timing then the actual book. This was such a close storyline to the classic by Judith Ivory 'The Proposition', which I just re-read a few weeks ago and absolutely love. MD is a great writer, but her stories are becom ...more
Nov 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the Historical romance authors I’ve come to count on for great writing is Meredith Duran. Every single one of her books have been winners for me, so much so that I’ve become a total fan girl of hers. Her words are pure poetry, where I gobble up each page as I read. Meredith’s latest, A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal is her best book to date. She takes the classic Pygmalion story and makes it her own. If George Bernard still lived, I could see him praising A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal and telling ...more
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With excellent writing, a beautiful love story, a realistic look at class differences in Victorian England, this is an HR book to relish. For me, nothing Meredith Duran has written is better than her debut THE DUKE OF SHADOWS, but this is a close second and merits 5 stars, perhaps partly because the writing is oh-so-good and I'd been reading oh-so-bad stuff lately.

Here we have Nell Whitby (aka Lady Cornelia Aubyn) raised in the slums of Bethnal Green and working in a tobacco factory, whose "mot
Mary - Buried Under Romance
I'm really torn between giving this book a 4-star rating and a 4.5 rating, for reasons I will explain.

Meredith Duran's writing has a way to make one feel, to experience vicariously through the characters intense emotions that transcend the pages of this novel. For that, I would rate her writing and accurate but gruesome depictions of London's seediest areas a 10 stars on a scale of 5.

Duran's characters are also written with an astounding complexity and wit. Simon and Nell's thoughts are always
Cecilia Grant
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Job one of the romance author, in my opinion, is to make me care, deeply, that these two characters should 1) find happiness and 2) find it with each other. Nobody right now does that more consistently than Meredith Duran.

I particularly appreciate how she takes the time to show the hero and heroine coming to know each other - there's a lovely long scene where the two are playing billiards, and while yes, it's filled with flirtation and eventually leads to a passionate encounter, it's not just a
4 stars.

I don't know what it is about Meredith Duran but whenever I finish one of her books I'm left with a feeling of detachment. I could describe reading one of her books as though I'm reading it through a pane of glass. She obviously puts a lot of thought and research into her work; but perhaps so much at times that I can't feel connected to the characters.

I was pretty excited starting this one because Duran set the scene so deliciously and Nell and Simon seemed like original, vibrant charact
A Lady's Lesson in Scandal
4 Stars

Living under the thumb of her odious stepbrother in the slums of London’s East End, Nell Whitby resigns herself to a life of poverty and hardship. However, on her death bed, Nell’s mother imparts a secret regarding her daughter’s true identity that sends Nell to the upper echelons of London society and into the arms of Simon St. Maur, a notorious rake who immediately recognizes the value of the woman in front of him.

One of those rare historical romances that actu
Ann Aguirre
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meredith Duran is one of the most gifted writers of historical romance on the market today. I fell in love with her gorgeous prose after reading her debut, THE DUKE OF SHADOWS.

I continue to be awed by her talent and imagination. This is a beautiful, evocative book. It enthralls you. It enchants you. It breaks your heart and makes you smile with tears still drying on your cheeks. Unlike many historical romances, this one has grit. You can taste the smoky air of Victorian London. You can imagine
I'm somewhere between I liked it and I really liked it, as in I liked it a lot...

The plot is a little contrived and far fetched, but Duran wouldn't be Duran if she didn't make it work, and she does.

The conflict was not so much a personal one as a true conflict of upbringing and social class. Both Nell and Simon are completely shaped by their past, and for a long time I thought they were too different to really understand where the other was coming from. Like Nell says somewhere, when you've neve
Amarilli Settantatre
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance

Senza dubbio un romance da inserire nello scaffale dei preferiti e un DIK a pieno titolo.
Per una volta le mie grandi aspettative sono state rispettate: la Duran ha uno stile particolare, originale, che ti fa saltare dai bassifondi ai palazzi nobiliari, dai balli della Stagione al fango delle strade e ritorno, senza mai diminuire la tensione narrativa.
E poi pone al centro un'eroina che spiazza, che sovverte i soliti stereotipi e fa giustizia di troppe damine svenevol
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
See my review of "Duke of Shadows" by this same author, I really enjoyed this book (although enjoyed the other one slightly better) but I really appreciate the attempt to ground the cliched characters of this genre in a bit of reality. It makes it much more relatable. For some reason this one fell a bit short for me, the scope was a bit confining, most the novel is two people talking, but I still enjoyed it and will look up the next one by the author for sure!
Wicked Incognito Now
A bit more melodramatic than I usually care for. Complete with long lost twin, stolen baby, murder attempts, and sacrificing true love for his own good.

But Meredith Duran could write the phone book and it would punch you in the gut with its believability and intensity. So the reading experience was entrancing and enjoyable overall.
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story will definitely stay with me for a while. I was after something with a "lost princess/heiress found" theme, and a member of the Old School Romance Book Club recommended this story. Nell, the heroine was a factory girl trying to make ends meet while avoiding her stepbrother's fists, and trying to get money for her sick mother. Simon, the hero, was in line for an earldom but in need of funds. Luckily, Nell chose his house to try and steal from, and it was discovered that she just may be ...more
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed it. Plot issues here and there (particularly as regards the villain's unreasonable escalation when waiting for things to run their course made so much more sense) but oh, the delight of her excellent use of English. Duran's wonderful quirky descriptions, that turn of phrase you may encounter that makes you miss a physical book so that you could underline it. It really makes it worth it no matter the story.

True characterization of a 'scrappy heroine' too. I'm not a fan of the long
4.5 stars
I love this author! She has such a unique way with words and this book had all the elements making it a pleasurable read!
• A good plot that holds my interest and keeps me wanting more
• A story that is more showing than telling....the banter between the H/h is fantastic
• A H/h who are witty, smart- full of intelligence, vibrant
• A poignant tale that touches my heart while other pages makes me laugh
• A sexy, smexy hero that I love and a feisty heroine that I adore
• Some hot sexy lovin’
Diana~ (Kiss Me Books)
I've always had a soft spot for Cinderella-esque types of stories and Meredith Duran's latest installment is just that! We have our heroine from the East End of London, Nell, and our hero who is a peer from the ton, Simon. You ask how they're supposed to be connected to each other? Well, Nell hapens to be the lost/missing daughter of Lord Rushden, Lady Cornelia. And Simon happens to be their heir to Rushden's title... What a small world huh! The story starts out pretty slow, but it soon picks up ...more
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this one quite a bit, mostly for the heroine, Nell Whitby. A young woman raised in the slums of London's East End, Nell finds herself unexpectedly thrown into the world of wealth and aristocracy, and her intelligence, wariness, anger, and vulnerability made her an interesting person and someone I couldn't help rooting for. Her story was in some ways a darker Eliza Doolittle story; like Eliza, once Nell had transformed herself into a lady, she didn't quite belong in either world.

The story'
I have a problem with Meredith Duran's writing. It is a love hate relationship. This book falls in between. I did like the storyline but this may sound weird to you "the book is full of words" and don't call me crazy but the words she uses its almost like trying too much to say something in a more complicated manner. I had to double back many times and wonder why did she choose to write the sentence the way she did. The text did not flow like in a normal book, although the story was interesting ...more
May 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one has it all--engaging characters, compelling plot, and wonderful prose. Another keeper from Duran who gets better with every book.
Dec 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful story of a lost woman who is found for the wrong reasons, but ends up finding love with Simon. Wish I hadn't waited to read this wonderful gem of a story.
I honestly think that the only reason I didn't enjoy A Lady's Lesson in Scandal as much as I expected to (duh, the promise of lost heiress!) is because I, somehow, accidentally, forgot that I'm not the biggest fan of a) romance between different social classes and b) sappy dramatic proclamations of love. Nothing wrong with either of those, of course, just not my favourite thing in the world. For reasons.

But other than that, this is an excellent read. Featuring a great heroine with plenty of pers
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at Romance Around the Corner

4.5 Stars

I’m on a Historical Romance kick for the first time in years, and I plan to take advantage of it for as long as it lasts. So I will be reviewing all the Historicals I read. I feel like I’m catching up on some highly praised stories and authors that I missed when they first were published. So you probably will be seeing some favorites.

A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal served as a reminder of how great the sub-genre is. I bought it after Mean Fat Ol
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Jun 24, 2015 07:52PM  
  • Unclaimed (Turner, #2)
  • Follow My Lead (The Blue Raven, #3)
  • A Lady Awakened (Blackshear Family, #1)
  • In Total Surrender (Secrets, #3)
  • Scandal
  • The Black Hawk (Spymasters, #4)
  • Shameless (The House of Rohan, #4)
  • Nearly a Lady (Haverston Family #1)
  • Untie My Heart
  • Black Silk
  • Midnight's Wild Passion
  • His at Night
  • The Lady's Secret
  • Pride & Passion (The Brethren Guardians, #2)
  • To Love a Thief
  • Romancing the Countess (Romancing, #1)
  • The Portrait
MEREDITH DURAN blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history. She is the author of twelve novels, all published by Pocket Books. Her debut, The Duke of Shadows, has been translated into thirteen languages and was ranked among the top 100 romances of all time by NPR and All About Romance. Her other books include RITA award winner Fool Me Twice and her February 2017 rel ...more
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