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Lessons from a Scandalous Bride

(Forgotten Princesses #2)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,459 ratings  ·  129 reviews
A life can change in an instant...

No one knows this better than Miss Cleopatra Hadley, who went from poverty to plenty when she discovered one of England's richest men was her true father who wanted her to share his wealth...if she married into the upper echelons of Society. A high price to pay for someone whose mother taught her just how dangerous a marriage could be.

Mass Market Paperback, 344 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Avon
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May 26, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Jordan, sorry, 2 stars, and I am being kind.

I am at 91% and I consider the book read. Honestly I had reached this conclusion at 50% but thought I must give credit to the author and at least see what happens after they decided to get married.

Well, nothing happened.

Cleo refused to have sex. Hero (can't even remember his name now and I read this book yesterday.) tried and must have her or he would die of erection. Then Cleo went crazy and acted like some slut high on drug and played with his
Sophie Jordan
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hope everyone enjoys reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Dec 01, 2014 rated it liked it
To sum it up, Logan was dreamy and Cleo became a bit of an indecisive ninny. Here's why.

Sophie Jordan is a new author for me. Her writing is pretty simple, but she tells a great story. This one started off gothic and very compelling. Cleo had a very rough childhood and a clear reason for why she wanted to marry an elderly earl. Logan is responsible for his Scottish Earldom and has to marry for money to save it. They meet through an acquaintance and sparks immediately fly. Logan discovers that he
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Cleopatra aka Cleo is another of Jack Hadley's illegit daughters,there is a total of four, each with different women.He comes into each of his daughters lives when they are grown and he wants to make good marriages for them and provide them with a dowry.
This is Cleo's and Logan's story.Logan is an impoverished Scottish Lord who needs to find a rich wife to help him restore his castle and provide a better life for his siblings.He has a candidate in mind.Cleo vows that she will not end up like her
Near gothic beginning with the elderly titled lecher - very fun! Then things took a turn for the dumb and boring.
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Miss Cleopatra Hadley grew up impoverished with her mother and stepfather and has just delivered yet another stillborn babe to be buried when she vows to never be at the mercy of a man, never let her body betray her. When her birth father suddenly appears in her life, she goes with him in exchange for enough money to keep her mother and all her siblings in a decent life. A bit of time passes and Cleo has begun a campaign to wed a doddering old earl, in part to please her father with the English ...more
Jul 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-owned-read
I'm kind of wondering if the title here was meant for a different book because Cleo isn't really scandalous. She actually does everything in her power to be as conventional as possible. I think a more apt title would be 'Lessons from a Scandalous Groom', but that doesn't have the same wham bam attention grabber.

I was enjoying this book up until the actual marriage (does that count as a spoiler since the title involves bride?). Cleo was a little frustrating with her constant internal admonitions
Jess the Romanceaholic
Cleo was SO weak when it came to her hormones that I wanted to smack her through half of the book, but that aside, it was quite entertaining.

Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
My Synopsis:

Cleopatra Hadley knew what it was to live a hard life. She knew what it was to live in poverty--to live without. She knew there were better ways to live then the life she led. Her stepfather kept her mother in a perpetual state of pregnancy, and they had fourteen children with another four lying in a neighboring cemetery to prove it. Cleo did what she could to help, but at times there wasn't enough to eat or enough money for them all to be properly clothed. Her own father had been
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rating: B-/C+ ... Heat: Warm

Life has not been kind to Cleopatra Hadley or her family. When the story opens, Cleo is holding in her arms the body of yet another stillborn half-sibling. Cleo is charged with the harrowing task of taking the tiny body to the undertaker. This is a familiar occurrence for Cleo, who is her mother’s oldest daughter—one of fourteen living children and numerous that did not survive. Cleo’s life is filled with births and deaths, all at the hands of her stepfather and his
Elis Madison
Cleopatra Hadley has good reasons to marry the decrepit but titled genteman she's angling for. She doesn't WANT a man who makes her mouth water. She's seen firsthand what happens to women who succumb to those feelings--and to their children. Her father wants her to marry a title, so she's picked the oldest and hopefully most impotent suitor possible.

As for Scottish Lord Logan McKinney, he's getting used to the idea that love won't be a factor in his marriage. His family and estate need
Ash Ash
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
The second book in the Forgotten Princess series about the second Illegitimate daughter of Jack Hadley aka Cleo Hadley and Scottish Lord Logan McKinney .. Cleo lived with her mother, step father and step siblings until adulthood.. Jack Hadley searches for his illegitimate children and finally finds Cleo.. His man pays Cleo's Step father some money and takes away Cleo to London.. Jack wants Cleo to get married to a English nobleman with a title so he offers her a huge dowry to make her one of the ...more
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness! Talk about a hard luck story! This was such a great rags to riches tale that by the time I finished with it, I could have danced a jig!

One can safely say that Cleopatra Hadley was born under a lucky star but for many years it certainly didn’t feel like it to this wonderful girl. My heart was breaking as much as hers was while she takes yet another stillborn sibling to the undertaker.

As the oldest and one of fourteen living children and many that hadn’t survived, it has always
Aug 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Again, I say I CANNOT stand an overly strong minded heroine. I mean to the point you want to reach inside the book and slap some reality into her. A heroine like that makes it hard to feel any kind of sympathy for her and it makes it hard to believe that she could turn a complete 360 and feel love and romantic emotions for the man she is overly hostile and stubborn towards. This heroine (and I use the term loosely)…was annoying to no end, which basically took away from truly connecting to the ...more
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm so glad this story didn't waste any time on convoluted plots or deceptions. Instead I found a simple, straightforward storyline that focused on Cleo and Logan's budding romantic relationship and subsequent marriage. Cleo's background--an over large family steeped in poverty and rife with premature death--was original and fascinating. Her fear of being trapped in the same type of family life as her mother was real and a strong motivator to avoid marriage to any virile man and instead secure a ...more
Lessons from a Scandalous Bride
3 Stars

The first book in this series is one of my rare five star reads, but this is a very poor follow up.

Cleo and Logan's romance has incredible potential. Unfortunately, neither one is particularly likable, and the drama and angst surrounding their prejudicial attitudes, reluctant attraction and marriage woes is just over the top.

The reasons for Cleo's aversion to sex are plausible enough, but the manner in which the issue is resolved is not at all believable.
Ana Carolina Barros

This was so-so. I wasn't expecting much anyway, I just wanted to travel to the reading world a little, without really caring for what I was reading.

Anyway, the male main character was cute, but there wasn't anything special about him. Handsome, tall, the perfect - and typical - Scottish lord we can find in most novels from this same genre. Logan was an ok character. Cleo, on the other hand... She was way too stubborn through the whole book, only complicating things that were way
Debra Taylor
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest opinion. I am in no way obligated to give a glowing review. However, I am glad to give this one five stars because it was fantastic. Tugged at my emotions right from the start. I was actually wiping away tears as Cleo was carrying her infant brother to the graveyard. Wow! This story really was so emotional. The attraction between Cleo & Logan sizzled. They just couldn't deny the chemistry between them no matter that they both ...more
This book was a decent historical read, but I wanted more from it than there was. Cleo was selfish, to my way of thinking, only believing in one aspect of marriage, one of the worst ones she could. Logan was an unapologetic hero, but he was also a bit of a jerk too, only wanting Cleo's surrender. Neither of them attempted to understand the other, and yet they enter a marriage based on lust alone! I was not surprised she wanted to leave! It was entertaining enough for a Sunday afternoon, but I'm ...more
Kerry Allen
Jul 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Plot summary: Lying, manipulative, inconsiderate, overbearing jackass finds happily ever after with a woman with an emotional arc consistent with severe psychiatric disorders (Why isn't he paying attention to me? DON'T TOUCH ME! How can he ignore me? OMG HE'S KISSING ANOTHER WOMAN! I can't resist your punishing kisses and rage sex! I'M LEAVING YOU! Oh, darling, I'll love you forever and ever!).

This book would not have been possible without repeated generous contributions from Inability To
Oct 20, 2012 rated it liked it
A cute read. Scottish hero, English Heroine who saw her mother have many babies, many who died and is afraid of love, afraid to become her mother.We see into the thoughts of both characters and root for them both. This is the 2nd in the Forgotten Princesses. !st is about Greir, Wicked in your arms. #rd is I presume about Annalise, How to lose a bride in a night. They are 1/2 sisters. I am now going to search for those to read. However, the story about the 1st sister is in another series, Wicked ...more
JiMina Heart
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
July 17, 2017 I read and finished three books well with some skimming actually....
1. Lord Havelock's List (morning till afternoon)
2. Mr. Cavendish, I presume ( mid afternoon till evening)
3. Lessons From a Scandalous Bride (midnight - dawn)

to be honest I mostly Skimmed then for one same reason I want to know the ending immediately and the story as well as fast as I could.... It doesn't mean this three books are awful... actually there quite good but I finish them so fast because I was skipping
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cleo is an unexpected heiress, thanks to the wealthy father who recently tracked her down, and thanks to her troubled upbringing, she’s determined to marry only for convenience. Logan is a Scottish lord in need of a wife and funds (preferably at the same time). He is determined to convince the lovely Cleo that they should marry, but she is reluctant to trust any man with her heart.

There’s a lot of drama here, and even though I was pretty sure things would work out, it was quite stressful at
Mar 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've read some bad books lately. But they were self published Kindle books- I expected bad. But from a good author? This was highly disappointing. Cleo was a bitch right up till the end. Her supposed concern for her siblings felt fake. We didn't see their relationships, didn't learn their names, nothing. Hell, she never even finds out Logan sent her stepfather away.

Also I had the weirdest sense of deja vu while finishing this book. Like I'd read the last 25% before. Very odd.
I liked the first half of the story. The last half not so much. I felt that it became boring and unnecessary. This book wasn't what I expected it to be and it had potential but fell flat. It was also the first book I read of the series and I am glad I didn't give up on this series because Wicked in Your Arms was A+.
Janet Russell
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evoking sympathetic tears

Fear overlove a d co. It ent love over fear and commitment. An ongoing battle in a young woman that finally resolves in love and commitment winning out. And of course ever after
An entertaining read
Naomi Impellizzeri
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I this was great. Logan was a dashing hero and Cleo was just lovely. Her backstory provided such a deep feeling of empathy. An Excellent story.
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thumbs up!
Aug 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Heroine is obnoxious af.
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Sharie Kohler

Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.

A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature - teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years

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