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A Scandalous Past (Scandalous #4)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  505 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
At cross purposes

After years of abuse at the hands of her mother, Cordelia Avery knows the only way out is marriage to the perfect man. A man who will allow her all the freedom she has ever craved. And she has the perfect man picked out. The scandalous Marquess of Haversham might not be perfect to anyone else, but taking the man’s black reputation under consideration, Cord
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Published July 26th 2011 by Night Shift Publishing (first published March 14th 2011)
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Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
Wow. I was really surprised by this book! I got an audio version and gosh it was fantastic.

This was filled with lots of action, humor, and many many characters, plus suspense~. I was surprise that there were many or some POVs from the secondary characters but they were great and gave us a different perspective and gave us a view into their heads/thoughts.

So our heroine Cordie is miserable without her closes and best-est friend Olivia (Livvie). Ever since Livvie got married scandalously to the Du
Nov 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Cordelia Avery is looking for a way out of her family situation. Brendan Reese, Earl of Clayworth, is looking for some missing letters. They both find more than they bargained for when those searches bring them together.

This was a terrific find as a Kindle freebie on Amazon. I usually don't pick up freebies that are part of a series I haven't read simply because I hate picking up a book in the middle when I haven't read the preceding books. Even though A Scandalous Past is the fourth in a serie
Kathie (katmom)
This was a charming read...

I do agree with another reviewer that said that there were a LOT of characters in this, more thank likely ones from previous books, and probably ones for future books.

Cordie just wants to be as free as she can possibly be...her mother has made her life pretty she decides that if she marries a rake, then she can do as she likes, as he does what he likes.

But that was before she fell in love with Brendan. HE is wonderful...but she's sure that he's going to m
There were times that I really wanted to strangle Cordie. She claimed to make intelligent decisions but I would think that a lady of that time period would take more precautions with her reputation... although if I had a mother as nasty as hers I would look for an escape too. Brendan was a great character and although he is no doubt a scoundrel. I hope Haversham gets his happy hero ending too. I would definitely pick up another book by the author to see if the other stories in this story are as ...more
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm enjoying this Scandalous series by Ava Stone. They are very entertaining novels, but all have a few flaws that bother me despite how much I've been glued to them. A Scandalous Past in no exception. While I loved aspects of Brendan and Cordie, I found the beginning of the book confusing in where Cordie's affections lie. While I liked her, many of her actions didn't feel true to the character. I felt as though she could have had more depth to her especially in light of her relationship with he ...more
Angela Whitmore
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scandalous Past

Although I am still enjoying this series as I plough through it, one after the other, I have to say this wasn't my favourite by a long way.
First of all it was poorly edited in quite a few places. Words missing or mis-spelt, and in some cases the sentence just ended mid flow which looked very strange. At times it felt like one of those books where you pick your own story line.
Mainly though, it was the "heroine" Cordie who put me off. I just couldn't stand her thoughtless attitude
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great series

I really like reading these books they have good stories it made me laugh and it made me cry but I don't like to purchase each book the time you are done you have spent 15.00 . That. Is a lot of money when I already belong to prime
Tara Marie Straight
Good read

The whole series is fairly good, each book has kept me entertained so far. I am enjoying them greatly and can't wait to read more.
Shawna Hansen
Underneath the elegance of a Regency ball hides a lot of darkness. Ava Stone did a great job at opening up the reader and her main character's, Cordelia's, eyes to the darkness behind many seemingly harmless actions. Cordelia is absolutely determined to escape the fate of being snubbed by Society after seeing what happened to her best friend, Olivia, who dumped her socially-acceptable fiance for a less-than-acceptable rake (who happens to be a Duke, which in most regency romances, makes up for h ...more
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)

We are drawing to the conclusion of the Scandalous series. It's always sad to see an end of a series. However, I'm always hopeful that this is not the end. After all, there are a couple of characters from the series I would love see marry and have there own happily ever after. However, this is not the place to mention which ones need there need there own stories. Today we are focusing on A Scandalous Past. You remember how I said that the first and second book go well together. The same can be
I have to admit that this book hit the spot as far as what I was looking for in a historical romance. We had a woman who desperately wanted her freedom and went about it the only way she knew how, a scoundrel who might not be as reprehensible as he seems, and a proper gentleman who burns for the lovely lady he needs answers from in a decidedly improper manner.

Probably the only thing that bothered me was that Cordelia had been abused for most of her life and her family seemed blissfully unaware o
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ava-stone, reviewed
While the title indicates someone in the book has a scandalous past, it's a little tricky to decide just who it is. ALMOST CERTAINLY, it is not Cordelia, our heroine! Mercy, the girl lives under the thumb of her overbearing mother, who is now overwhelmingly pushing her to marry, but only to stalwart men who will continue to control her. In the meantime, her best friend has married a SCANDALOUS man, and as a result, Cordelia is not allowed to see her, least she be tainted. However, Cordelia needs ...more
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books
I enjoyed this Regency romance set in the ballrooms of London and the country homes of the gentry. This group of people have an amazing number of scandals to deal with!

Cordelia Avery wants the freedom to visit her friends and do what she wants, even after she is married, so she throws herself at the known rake, Haversham. However, it's actually the older, widowed Earl of Clayworth, Brendan Reese, who stirs her heart. Cordie makes a series of questionable decisions that necessitates some scrambl
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very well written story. I enjoyed every min of it and more. It is not like what you would think you would get from a story that sounds like there are rakes and scandals around every corner.
I have never read any of Ava Stones work before and this is the first one of this series I have read not knowing that it was in a series when I started reading it. However, even as a stand a loan story it was good.
I fell in love with the charters they were very well written and the story to. I am a
Judy Lavik
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another delightful story

Ava Stone is a gifted storyteller, and has woven many tales together to mesh seamlessly in this series. I think I speak for most readers when I say that the reason we love series is that we get the chance to revisit beloved characters. Many authors don't put much effort into this, and you'll find your characters listed as attending some event in the book almost like a roll call. Or they will be be mentioned in gossip: "Did you know that so-and-so has 3 children now?" Whil
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a popular lady in Cordie. There is a fortune hunter and also various men falling in love with her on a regular basis, but she makes her choice and sticks to it.
Prepare yourself for mystery and love and enchantment and close family ties, some of which are not so lovely.
I loved the way Cordie and Brendan accommodate and love and trust each other. Their continuous belief in each other made this book well worth reading.
And of course, it is well written and easy to read and I enjoyed it very muc
Mar 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Close to ruin, Cordelia needs to find a husband to help her and her mother out of their financial bind. She needs to do it while hiding the details of her father's death from her husband and society. She chooses an Earl who is trying to keep his own secrets from society. He finds evidence that his mother may have been a spy for the French and unless he can find the letters that prove that and destroy him, he keeps himself from his new bride.
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: half-read
I'm about halfway into this novel and I just can't do it. After the major conflict (that I actually care about) has passed and been resolved, I just don't care enough about these boring characters to continue. As for the heroine's treatment by her mother, which sets it apart from other's in the romance genre and initially drew me in, the story doesn't portray it in a way that seems plausible.
Amanda Richardson
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars, nice Regency romance. I liked the hero and heroine, Brendan and Cordie, I liked the story. Not too much sex. I liked the way the hero flipped out when he found out how Cordie's mother was treating her. I would like to see one side character, Haversham, have a happy ending. I think he deserves a book.
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Nov 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: promotion, historical
An interesting enough historical romance that started off a bit slow then midway picked up and had a good finish but I never did like the heroine, so many of her actions were rather brainless that the story lost its credibility. Cordelia has her sights set on a certain Marquis but Lord Brendan gets in her way with his own agenda.
Catherine Rogers
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
This was a great historical romance. I really enjoyed following Cordelia Avery's life and was rooting for her to marry and get out of the horrible situation of being beat by her own mother. At first I saw Cordelia as somewhat shallow, but once I found out about her home situation I looked at her differently. I will definitely be reading other books by this author.
I'm on a trashy romance marathon right now. I bought a nine book bundle on Amazon of trashy Regency stuff and I'm quickly going through it. This was just what I expected - an easy read, enjoyable, but not very taxing on my brain. I think I'm on this kick right now because I'm also in the middle of a Henry James novel and they are always taxing.
Gabriela Ortiz
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the whole series. This book was a bit annoying in certain parts. I did have to skip at times. I liked the story. Loved the main characters. Disliked Cordies mom so much. Loved Cordie's friendship with Livvy and how she stood up to the Duchess.
Katie B-K
Generally interesting, and the author did a good job with the motivations of the main characters. Flaws: the fact that the heroine was abused by her mother is awkwardly handled, the mystery is weird at the end, and whether the tertiary characters are good or bad is often hard to tell.
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book couldn't put it down, the story was well written easy to fallow & very entertaining. I loved the characters especially Brendan Clayworth & Cordelia Avery. can't wait to read another book by Ava Stone.
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favourite stories in the scandalous series. I love the characters and the storyline. It left me satisfied and wanting more at the same time. And I know I'm not the only one who cannot wait to read Havershams story!
Nov 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historic
This book was just for past-time, quick historic romance without much sex.

Naughty little Lady who wants to grow up and master her own desires.

I read it, i liked it, I will probably forget it.

Loved it. Love the whole series so far. I hope we'll see Marcus fall in love in the next book, if there is one.
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-hist
Entertaining read that skirts scandal, dueling loves, pits a rake against a gentleman. Fun romance with a good dose of all the glitz and glamor that makes a regency and Regency.
Too long..... the story had potential and I like many elements of this story, but it suffered from "too much."
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