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A Scandalous Affair

(The Merry Widows #3)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  190 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Third in the Merry Widows series

From the moment Daphne, Lady Pomeroy, meets the mysterious Marquess of Hartwell at a masquerade ball, she’s determined to seduce him. The handsome, charming man cannot possibly be the cold, calculating lord who Society calls “Black Hart.” Risking everything, the lonely widow invites the elusive Hartwell to her dinner party . . . for two.

ebook, 106 pages
Published July 30th 2012 by Carina Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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3/5 stars

I will start off by saying that I did like this story but had a few problems with it which for me were quite big and really interfered with my enjoyment of it.

To start off with I had a problem with the Hero. I like my men to be strong alpha males from the offset and not someone who prefers to hide quietly in corners. I might be being a little unfair with that comment as there was a good reason for the Hero not wanting attention but for me it just couldn’t work.

I felt that the length of
Tanya Sridhar
3.5/5 Stars.

I would have given it more than that if it was longer The problem with novella's is that they aren't long enough to really get me invested into the pair. This faces the same problem, however it still is enjoyable - just not a book you'll sigh and think about much later.

The reason it still has a considerably higher rating is that the heroine pursues the hero in a pretty evident manner. While that is refreshing to see, I'm not sure how accurate that is to the society pressures in tho
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

Story Rating-4 Stars
Character Rating-4 Stars
Romance Rating-3.5 Stars
Heat Level-3 Stars
Overall Rating-4 Stars

I really enjoyed this story, although I wished that it would have been a little bit longer. This is the second short HOT historical romance that I have read by this author. It's too bad, considering the talent she has, that she doesn’t write full length books.

The story was interesting and I did not want to put the book down. The heroine, Daphne, was a
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
4 stars/5 stars
Source: NetGalley

Lady Daphne Pomeroy is a widower at the ripe old age of thirty-three. She has a fine if somewhat boring life living with her bachelor brother, Hugh. She has money, a bit of status, and absolutely no designs on bagging a new beau. And then one day her lovely brother mentions the possibility of a ball; a grand affair with costumes and masks that will allow his sister to re-enter London society. According to Hugh “We can invite a herd of titled gentlemen who are in d
Jul 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Reviewed for Confessions From Romaholics

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When Hugh, her brother, the Viscount Huxley, suggests to his widowed sister that she should consider remarriage, Daphne, the Countess of Pomeroy, thinks that he’s joking. At the age of 33 and having been widowed for two years, she has returned for the London Season for the excitement. But when Hugh suggests a masquerade ball as a kind of re –coming out, to add spice to the season, she shocked.

But as soon as she realizes she will
Dolce Amore
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, net-gallery, loved-it
Reviewed for Confessions from Romaholics

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When Hugh tells his sister Daphne, the widowed Countess of Pomeroy, that she should remarry, she makes clear that that it’s not simple, showing a delightful humor. I couldn’t stop smiling while reading A Scandalous Affair. Wouldn’t it be great if finding a husband would be like Daphne says?

You make it sound like a purchase. ‘I’ll take that gown, the straw hat, the beautiful lace gloves and one husband, please.’

Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Happily Scandalized
Lady Daphne Pomeroy doesn't concern herself with the ton's standards on scandalous behavior. As a widow, she's largely exempt from their collective censure. Even still, from the moment she meets the dashing and stoic Marquess of Hartwell, she pursues him with an intensity that would set the ton on its ear.

His reputation is forbidding, but the time they spent together while sharing a dance suggests to Daphne that he has been horribly misjudged. He's not the Black Hart his sobri
One of my guilty pleasures in romance novels is misunderstood main characters. If there is a hero/heroine that is thought to be snobby or aloof when they are truly shy, I will read it and, more than likely, love it. That is what attracted me to Karen Erickson's latest historical romance novella, A Scandalous Affair. This book is the third in Erickson's Merry Widows series though I read it as a stand-alone without any trouble.

Our hero is Camden, Marquess of Hartwell, who has obtained the nicknam
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it
This was an OK story for me.

Daphne, now a widow, is ready to get back into the swing of things and joins the ton for a season. After all where's the harm in enjoying one self, right?

Hartwell is a bachelor, who's feared by the ton. Everyone thinks he's uptight, and prefer to keep their distance from him.

From the moment Daphne sets eyes on him at a masquerade, she can't get him out of her thoughts, and the same goes for Hartwell.

Hartwell has a secret and he rather die than tell anyone what he
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
After being a widow for some time, Lady Pomeroy never thought that she would find love again. Most of the men that she has met haven't been all that interesting. That's until she sees the Marquess of Hartwell at a masquerade ball. He has an air of mystery about him because he's a man of few words. As Daphne gets to know him a little better, she realizes that there's so much more to him that what others have said. He's a guarded man for a reason and she wants to know why. Hartwell on the other ha ...more
Sep 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: galley, kindle, 2013
This review is also posted on Book Boudoir


A Scandalous Affair was a bit of a novella. Occasionally it's hard to get into a shorter book but Affair pulled me right in from the start. It's rare to read such a strong female lead in a period piece, which was part of the reason why I loved this story.

Daphne doesn't hesitate to go after what she wants, even when it's possible the man she's after doesn't want her in return.

Hartwell is said to be arrogant and cold. Treating women like they are not
Jun 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: novella, review-copy
3.5 out of 5 stars

First of all, I've got to admit that I love heroes with issues, and Hartwell is no exception. Those who like to read about strong male characters that will tell them what to do will probably find him to be a bit of a pansy, but I really like to read about characters who go on some sort of internal journey over the course of a book (novel, novella, short story, whatever). When you have a character who starts out with a major issue or insecurity and gets to discover his strength
Jen Davis
Jul 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Daphne is a widow, enjoying the freedom that her new life has to offer, when at a masquerade ball, a man catches her eye. She boldly asks him to dance, not even knowing who he is. She is so taken with him, she makes it her mission to figure out his identity in order to pursue more time in his company.

Camden is a man who is very shy and works to hide his terrible stutter from the ton. He can't believe that Daphne is interested in him and he is quite enamored of her as well. But just because the a
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
A sweet story about overcoming limitations and challenges.

Daphne is a widow who is content to live her life on her own, but her brother, Hugh, has other ideas. He encourages Daphne to be social and find another husband, as she is not yet old and still has time for a family. Upon her brother's urging, Hugh and Daphne host a masquerade ball where she meets and dances with Camden Hartwell. Daphne does not know who the man is, but is instantly drawn to him. After their dance Hugh informs her that H
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I didn’t realize how short this was when I first requested it, but for a novella (80 pages), it’s a really enjoyable read. It had all the elements I enjoy in a historical/regency romance: a daring heroine, a titled lord, and endless rounds of ballrooms and dancing and the gossipy ton.

Considering how short it is, the connection between Daphne and Hartwell’s is pretty believable. I love how daring Daphne is. Since Hartwell is kind of shy, she had to be the one to make the first move. See
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
(A strong 3 1/2, so I rounded up)

This was a quick, enjoyable read. The characters have a little bit of a past that is hinted at--well, at least the hero found the heroine attractive way back when, though she apparently didn't really notice him and he was too socially awkward to approach her due to his stutter--so even though everything moved fairly quickly in this novella it didn't feel too rushed to me. Of course a longer novel would have been more fulfilling for character development and plot,
Jun 24, 2012 rated it liked it
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This is a short historical romance (about 80 pages). The story was fine and was written really well. I had not read the other two in the series before picking this one up.

For the most part I enjoyed the characters. Daphne is very bold and determined in this story. It seems that historicals use one of two female characters... the virginal wallflower or the passionless widow. This one falls under the widow. But I will say she is more bold than in most histo
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it

A Scandalous Affair is book three in Karen Erickson’s Merry Widows series. I haven’t read either of the first two but if they are as good as this one I have been missing out. The book is not that long, more novellas length but it tells a complete story.

Daphne, Lady Pomeroy has been a widow for two years. Her husband was much older and while she had a good relationship with him there was no passion. As a result Daphne is not sure she needs another husband. Everyone thinks The Marquess of Hartwell
Lady Lioness
Snagged from NetGalley.

I was looking forward to reading this because I like books that involve heroes with some kind of deformity, but this was quite short, a novella, really. It was like, introduction to characters, they meet, she seduces him, her brother punches him out, and then they're suddenly married, about to embark on happily ever after. No wedding, no grand reveal, nothing. I actually flipped back and forth a couple of times to see if I'd skipped something accidentally. I felt like thi
Stephanie Collins
Jul 18, 2012 rated it liked it
A very quick read but enjoyable just the same. I wish that this had a chance to be fleshed out in to a longer novel but enjoyable just the same.

Daphne was entertaining and not a tradtional heroine for the period. Of course this probably has a lot to do with being a widow which makes it where she isn't as naive as others of her time. She knows what she wants and goes after it once she sees it.

Hartwell was sweet in his misconceptions of self and the one time you get to see his more blatant sexual
Daphne isn’t afraid to go after something she wants and right now that’s Hartwell. The elusive Marquess of Hartwell isn’t one for society. He keeps to himself and has earned the nickname “Black Hart” for his behaviour.

Because this was short story, writing a review seems hard! I don’t want to tell you everything that happens, and how they work things out. Or what they do.. I really enjoyed Karen’s style of writing. This is the second novella of hers that I’ve reviewed. She has a way of wrapping u
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A SCANDALOUS AFFAIR by Karen Erickson is an exciting Regency erotic historical romance. It is book 3 in the "Merry Widows" series,but can be read as a stand alone. See,"Her Christmas Pleasure",and "Lessons In Indiscretions". A quick,fun novella. Meet Daphne, Lady Pomeroy and Marquess of Hartwell and follow them on a sizzling tale of seduction,secrets,passion and love. A story where the heroine is not a virgin but a widow and seductress. The hero has a stutter and lived a lie since his childhood, ...more
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Lovely, sweet, and sensual...LOVED it!

Daphne was an unconventional character. She disregarded propriety to get what she wanted, and didn't care what people thought of her. It was fun to watch her openly skirt around the rules of society.

Hartwell is a sweet character. His stutter earned him the scorn of his father and he's kept to the shadows in order to avoid any more disapproval. Unfortunately, that earned him the r
Mariann {at} Belle's Book Bag
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I loved this book!!! It had everything that I look for in a historical romance book all wrapped up in a short story(about 68 pages~Kindle).
So entertaining!!! This is actually the first book that I have read from Karen Erickson and I didn't realize that it was the third book in The Merry Widows series. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.
I have a soft spot for an imperfect hero and a heroine who can see past the imperfections. Camden *sigh*. I love Camden and Daphne together. I lo
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Angela by: netgalley
My one biggest complaint with this book is it was way to short! I really wanted to read more about the two MCs. It isn't very often you get to read a romance where one of the MCs have some sort of affliction or disability, most times they're perfect. This book had a character with a stuttering problem which he thinks makes him look like a fool in social settings. That changes when he meets the beautiful Daphne. Around her he is different and is amazed his stutter vanishes. The two start a dance ...more
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
A Scandalous Affair by Karen Erickson

A Scandalous Affair is a great, quick read. The plot suits the length of the book. While I was left wanting more of Daphne and Hartwell, their relationship and development of their feelings is believable for the short length.

The love of a good woman is exactly what Hartwell needs to overcome stuttering and step out into the ton. Daphne is the perfect match for him. Her personality is just right to draw out the side of Hartwell he didn’t even know existed.

A stutter character kind of remind me of Julia Quinn's book "The Duke and I" and I loved the story.

Although has some similarities, I admit that I pretty like "A Scandalous Affair" yet I'm a bit disappointed of Camden because when he faced a problem, he closed himself. I prefer a man (in this case a main lead character) who strong enough to who hide in the corners. That's why I found Simon Basset more attracting in this case ^^

In contrast, I like Daphne's character who didn't judge someone by th
The Smutty Kitty
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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4 out of 5 Licks

You know it's funny I've never been a huge fan of historical romance but if it is sensual enough apparently I like them. lol I've really enjoyed all of the books in this series and A Scandalous Affair is no exception. I like the whole idea of ladies in waiting and balls and grad dresses and I especially like the masquerade ball in this one! :) The instant spark between Daphne and Hartwell is titillating (hehe I love that word) and really sucks you in.
Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Author: Karen Erickson
Published By: Carina Press
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4


"A Scandalous Affair" by Karen Erickson was a sweet short story romantic read.
This is a enjoyable story of the heroine(Daphne) ....the purser and the hero(Camden) is a somewhat shy. Now, will this heroine who is also a widower be able to get the interest of this shy hero who is referred to as 'Black Hart? ... Not if her brother has anything to do with it!

Now if you ready for a fun short
Jeanne Murray
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
This little novella, or short story, is fair for an hour’s entertainment, but not much more. It has one sex scene, not too much to write home about , and hardly any character development, but that’s a common problem with short stories. The issue that Hartwell faces, the stutter that made him the victim of his father’s bullying and his consequent withdrawal from society as a way of dealing with his insecurity, is fairly realistic and could have been developed into a good story. It seems that the ...more
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