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A Scandalous Marriage

(Marriage #2)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  869 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Leah Carrollton had dreams of meeting—and marrying—the perfect man. Then a scandalous affair ended in abandonment, and she left London rather than face her disgrace. With no one to turn to, Leah ran away to the country. Abruptly Devon Marshall, Viscount Huxhold, strides into her life, enveloping her in his strong embrace and offering her a chance to recapture what she'd lo ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 8th 2000 by Avon (first published 2000)
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Morgan & Many Books
This was recommended to me when I expressed a craving for a very good pregnancy historical romance, and my oh my did this not disappoint. I've read a few books from Cathy Maxwell, but remember being underwhelmed and promptly forgot her. I think in my formative HR reading days, I wanted scandal and excitement and sex and now I just want good, real love stories. This has completely changed my mind about Maxwell and I will be voraciously consuming her writing until I've exhausted everything, ever. ...more
Bark  |  Ladies Of Horror Fiction
This book is about an impossible romance between two characters whose families are feuding ALA Romeo and Juliet. The two meet, instantly connect but are forced apart when their identities are revealed.

Fast forward to the future. Leah, the former debutante, is now heavily pregnant and apparently destitute having spurned Devon months earlier. Devon is on the way to visit his dying grandfather when he just so happens to stumble across Leah. Hmmmm, my oh my, what an unexpected coincidence! Leah fall
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
To be fair i bought this series because of the stunning stepbacks and not for the storyline. This one involved a single mother who falls in love again with her first and only love and him accepting her baby as his. It's also a star crossed lover romance where the family had a feud and misunderstandings happened. ...more
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is a bit of a twist on the Romeo and Juliet story. Devon Marshall, Viscount Huxhold, unknowingly falls in love with the daughter of his family's arch-enemy (some feud that goes back generations). It's twu-wuv, but events happen to tear the pair apart with some big misunderstanding that I can't even remember two days later. FF to the next year, and Devon's received a summons to London to attend his grandfather's deathbed, but his horse loses a shoe and lo-and-behold where does it happen but ...more
Different than the standard regency novel, which makes it a solid and entertaining read.
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not the best by the author, but the simplicity of the story is absolutely charming. The story is interesting enough to keep me up until late at night. However, it lack the swooning romance, which is a shame because I'm such a huge fan of ex-lovers (in this case, almost lovers) reunited storyline. ...more
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audibles
This book, in my opinion, was even better than the 1st book. Leah Carrollton fled London in order to escape a scandal and is now living as a servant girl for a family on a farm. Devon Marshall is on the way to see his dying grandfather when his horse throws a shoe and he's forced to stop his journey and seek help at a nearby house. There he runs into his past (and maybe still present) love Leah. They come from rival families which caused them to separate from each other to begin with. The blurb ...more
Crystal Pinson
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I enjoyed the story and believe the main characters loved one another. The two characters mended broken parts in the other throughout the story. However, there were a few parts that were a little over the top - I am not sure if it was the writing or the narration. And there were some things that were a little unresolved or rushed in my opinion. However, there was emotion aplenty. I didn’t regret reading the book as it was a quick read and a decent story.
Dec 21, 2020 rated it liked it
A decent romance to help pass the time. Despite that, it was a page-turner for me. I can't explain why because there isn't really anything compelling about the plots or the characters. The characters are certainly likable enough and the plot (what there is of it) isn't too tedious. It's been a while since I picked up a historical romance so this did very well in filling that void.

Devon is a much more sympathetic character than Leah, which is a little surprising for me because I tend to feel mor
Dec 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
So tedious, I DNF'd after the Prologue!!!

This book starts off with Devon riding hard for London to his grandfather's deathbed. Yadda yadda yadda he sees his lost love, Leah, and over the next three pages -what should have been a romantic/love flashback at first sight description of their first meeting, was instead insipid (stupid & sickly sweet) and quite awful. Leah's fall into labor was beyond, and I just couldn't continue for the backstory.
Angelica Morado-Young
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cathy-maxwell
At first, I was confused with some of the actions of the two main families but after reading more, then I understood the conflict and the different characters as the story progress. Some of the unsolved beginning of the two family conflicts was left vague in that there was arguments about a land disagreement which in the end led to hatred about a race and a duel. At these issues were resolved.
Nothing fresh or original in this romance novel. The writing in the opening is amateurish. I loaded this to my Kindle because I was out of books to read. Otherwise I would not have read it. Everything is predictable. It's not a bad book, but certainly not on par with other romances that I have enjoyed. ...more
Amber Todd
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a decent read as far as historical romances go. I did feel it was very serious in nature, but it had depth and emotion. I do think the reader missed out on some of the initial courtship as the story jumped around after Leah and Devon's first few meetings. It was a touching story though once they rekindled their romance. ...more
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wonderful! Problems resolved without a ton of angst! I really enjoyed this one! Although I can't give it 5 for the glaring anachronisms. Yet it was still a book I would recommend. The sex was pg13 and the afterward was perfect ...more
Patti Irwin
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it
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Karen Darling
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible
Not bad.
Debbie Dodd
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading.
Jennifer Wilson
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book so much
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Devon was a rake who loved women and had bedded many of them. He was raised by his Grandfather the Marquess Kirkeby after his parents were killed in a carriage race where the pins in the carriage had been tampered with. Devon grew up his own man making his own fortune but his Grandfather still insisted that Devon be his heir even though his cousin Rex was raised by his mother with the expectation that her son would inherit. The scandal between Devon's family and the Carrollton family turned into ...more
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Its one of the most beautiful books i've read. A very short story (not a novel). The characters with so many flaws, but yet so well justified to great levels. The leads had me hating them, adoring them, loving them, breaking for them. A very very simple love story. I agree with the romancereader reviewers of how much this short story potrayed.

Leah's delivery and Devan's feelings during that period was soo well written. The way he loved the baby was one of the greatest thing a hero could do. Agr
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked this book better than the first one. I felt the story was fresh and original. I was very impressed with the characters and truly enjoyed their relationship. There were several elements that really hit home like their first meeting and the deep feelings they have for each other since very early on, without need of embelishment. I can only hope the next one is as good or maybe better. ☺
Feb 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Another good time. I really liked this book. It is however part of a series. You don't really lose anything from not reading them in order, but I know people who do get upset if they read them out of order.

Megan Mc
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really sweet story, just like the first in the series. No real bad guys (some scheming relations yes),a lack of communication is the real enemy here. It wasn't a pulizter prize winner but I couldn't put it down! ...more
Audible Romance Package

AUDIOBOOK: Read 17 August 2019
9hrs 20min

Narrator: Muñeca Géigel needs to work on her tongue slapping and swallowing sounds. She did get on my nerves.
Like the story. Love how they get the aunt and cousin out of the way.
Nov 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
I'm finding it hard to give stars to my romance books. I really did enjoy this book so 4 stars it is! ...more
Oct 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Fun historical from Maxwell. Nothing ground-breaking, but entertaining enough
Mai Der
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, it was sooooo sweet. LOVED IT! I think everyone should read this if you like historical romances.
Michele bookloverforever
Nov 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
unexciting. boring. predictable. no chemistry.
Jan 04, 2013 rated it liked it
It was an ok read but not too believable especially how the two main characters found each other again but hey I am a sucker for romance
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not as good as the first. Still a great read!
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CATHY MAXWELL spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, "Why do people fall in love?" It remains for her the mystery of life and the secret to happiness.

She lives in beautiful Virginia with her children, horses, dogs, and cats.

Other books in the series

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“Leah’s baby was nestled protectively in the crook of Devon’s arm.
In the golden firelight, his expression appeared grim. The neck of his shirt was open, the sleeves rolled up. With a soft gasp of mother love, Leah reached for her child. But Devon’s deep, silky voice stopped her.
“Who is the baby’s father? And do you love him?”
She froze. Her mouth went dry. Her heart pounded in her chest.
He waited.”
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