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It Started With a Scandal

(Pennyroyal Green #10)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  3,074 ratings  ·  368 reviews
Lord Philippe Lavay once took to the high seas armed with charm as lethal as his sword and a stone-cold conviction: he'll restore his family's fortune and honor, no matter the cost. Victory is at last within reach--when a brutal attack snatches it from his grasp and lands him in Pennyroyal Green.

An afternoon of bliss brings a cascade of consequences for Elise Fountain. Shu
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by Avon
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Y. G. Who knows? But I'm sure some kind of teaser about Olivia and Lyon will be involved. *crossed fingers* *hopeful pained smile*…moreWho knows? But I'm sure some kind of teaser about Olivia and Lyon will be involved. *crossed fingers* *hopeful pained smile*(less)

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Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

I loved this, and it’s hard for me to find historical romance books I love. I read this in less than 24 hours.

There’s funny/witty banter, a fully competent woman as the main character, a grumpy but lovable Frenchman, a cute kid, and of course some spicy romance. The characters are fully developed and the build up of the relationship, despite their differences in social standings, is very believable. The only thing keeping me from giving this 5 stars is maybe there could have been more
Another winner in the Pennyroyal Green series!

This book started out slow for me in comparison to other JAL books, but the more I read the more engrossed I became in the story and the characters. It's no surprise that I ended up loving this one. What else should I expect from Julie Anne Long? It's no secret, after all, that I love her writing.

At first I was a bit put off by Lavay. I had met him in book #4 and I couldn't recognise him here. Little by little, I could understand what brought about t
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, hr
This is not a typical re-read, per se. I read It Started With A Scandal very shortly after a 10-year hiatus from romance novels and before I joined GR. But there were so many new books and authors to catch up on, so when I did join GR, I simply gave it 5 stars.

Going through my 5-star rated pile, I noticed that a few of them I couldn’t really remember as well as I should, and whether they would truly hold up on re-read. It helps when you’re desperate for a good HR, so It Started With A Scandal it
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

****Full Review****

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Lord Philippe Lavay is a prince of the house of Bourbon, agent for the English crown, and currently recovering from injuries in Pennyroyal Green. Elise Fountain is a former teacher of Miss Marietta Endicott's Academy (School for Recalcitrant Girls), mother, and currently working as Lord Philippe Lavay's housekeeper. Neither foresaw en
Beanbag Love
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful. Classic. Exactly what I needed.

I've only partially recovered from my swoon, but I'm going to go ahead and do this.

I absolutely loved this book. It had me breathless with its romanticism. I loved the two lead characters. Their chemistry was off-the-charts and their wit and style was a joy to read.

I have some auto-buys. This year, the first two releases by my auto-buys were disappointments. The second one distressingly so. I was beginning to worry that it was going to be one of those y
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
**4.25 Stars**

Well this one was definitely a goodie! I love reading historicals because there's something about that time that is so magical and the men are just swoonworthy. Julie Anne Long is one of my fave HR authors. I can count on her for unique storytelling and lovable characters. But I still had my fingers crossed on this one, simply because the Pennyroyal Green Series is a long series and after about the 8th book one would think it would've ran its course. Once again I was wrong! This st
Reread Nov 2019 and still keeping the same initial rating 3+ years on. I'm too tired to do a new review, but I'm adding a few quotes.

4.5/5. Witty, appealing, fleshed-out protagonists. Hot chemistry. A genuinely delightful and non-precocious little boy Jack who slays a giant's heart. This book has it all as it details the moving and slow-building impossible romance between a displaced French prince who lost his castle and his housekeeper, who lost her virtue long ago, but not her dignity and comp
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

It Started With A Scandal by Julie Anne Long
Book Ten of the Pennyroyal Green series
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: March 31, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodreads):

Lord Philippe Lavay once took to the high seas armed with charm as lethal as his sword and a stone-cold conviction: he'll restore his family's fortune and honor, no matter the cost. Vi
I am an ardent defender of the romance genre in all its absurdist glory, but sometimes I read something and think, "yup, this is super cheesy and embarrassing."

So sadly, this was a bummer. I adore this author. But JAL's trademark witty banter and slow burn romance just wasn't there - or it was but I was too creeped out by the highly implausible and unconvincing servant/employer dynamic. Plus both of them were super annoying.

And it seemed like a hamster wheel with the endless days in the same h
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've given this an A- at AAR, so am rounding my rating of 4.5 stars up to 5.

This, the tenth in the author’s Pennyroyal Green series, is a bit of an offshoot from it, as neither of the principal characters is a Redmond or an Eversea – and also perhaps a little bit of an exercise in delayed gratification, as fans of the series continue to await the final book, due out later this year.

That said, though, It Started With a Scandal is much more than an inconsequential filler slotted in to pass the
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

This is yet another splendid taste I got from Julie Anne Long, there's not denying that she's a skillful author.

Although the story is summed up easily, there's nothing simple about this read. We have a French Prince, Philippe Lavay, fatefully stranded in Pennyroyal Green. Grumpy, aloof and nothing but haughty, he needs a housekeeper, since all the ones he's hired recently seem to flee out of his devil clutches. Sounds pretty exciting? The next housekeeper he hires brings even more excite
Sarah (needs a break from reviewing)
7/10 - 2.5 but I'm feeling generous and rounding up because it's partly my fault for gambling on a book that I knew was near to the end of the series. This was a pretty decent romance that I'm sure I would have enjoyed about a star more if I had read the previous books in the series. Lord Philippe Lavay and Elise Fountain have both been secondary characters in previous books in the series and I'm sure if I had read any of those I would have had a better understanding of them and this book. There ...more
Jun 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hr
I like it, but don't love it. You can definitely read this as a stand-alone book, but there are supporting characters that tie into the previous installments and I find myself lacking some information about MC's background. I also feel the emotional conflict between a prince and a servant a bit unconvincing. On the positive note, the drama never go OTT and that is a good thing. ...more
May 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance-historic
I liked it well enough until near the end. The idea that an intelligent, educated woman without resources who lost everything due to bearing a child out of wedlock would risk doing it again. It's appalling. ...more
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
And we have the second Pennyroyal Green novel I've loved in as many months. This one was just light and lovely from start to finish. And yet the main characters had a weight to them that worked for me. Lavay and Elise's story is small and on the quiet side, enclosed as it is within the walls of the home he cannot break out of and that she is determined to infuse with light. I continue to appreciate the ways in which Ms. Long pauses to allow light to fall on the quiet, yet vital observations her ...more
Ane Vass
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
3.5 - 4 stars

"You must tell me why you’re here."

"I am here because there is life, and there is death, but they are one and the same without you."

The way Julie writes and builds the relationship between her characters is just joyous to see. One of very few who can pull off slow burn in that manner.

If you're into historical romance, you shouldn't miss her books.
Sam (AMNReader)
Sorry dirty talked doesn't quite capture it. I guess I need more shelves.

And also... This series makes me swoooon. See shelves.

But can't quite review it yet bc I started in right away on the next one...
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
Lovely, beautiful, everything I look for in a book. Julie Anne Long really is a wonderful writer.
Angie Elle
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Thank you to AVON and Edelweiss for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Julie Anne Long is one of those authors I’ve been ‘meaning to read’ for years. I was reading historicals when her very first Pennyroyal Green book was released, but I was caught up in other authors and series at the time. Before I knew it, there were so many books that it was overwhelming to start. The blurb for this one seemed right up my alley, so I decided to jump right in. Now I’m kicking myself for
Quirky Omega
I am so hungry and the cursed cooking show going in the next room isn't helping. Beware the liberal use "foody" words. I am not responsible for making people hungry.

Let's get down to the review shall we?
There’s something about stories that have characters defying all odds to find their version of happiness. They act as a source of hope and encouragement for us readers to strive for own selves.
It Started with a Scandal is just that. With a generous dollop of sweet romance and large serving of hea
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
I didn't think any character really rang "true". Lavay seemed completely different from who he was in Violet's book. Elise seemed to have soooo many talents that it made my eyes cross. (Baking, cooking, singing, song writing, sewing well-fitted but worn garments, teaching, languages, handwriting, handling discontented, passive-aggressive or even aggressive servants, doctoring, medicine-brewing, massage therapy, witty repartee...) There were too many "as if..." phrases also - it felt like the aut ...more
Diane Peterson
What a wonderful book! Julie Anne Long has written a story full of sweetness and hope. I absolutely loved it. Elise and Phillipe were incredibly genuine and their interactions were touching and often funny. The romance developed on a straight path with no silly detours or interruptions. This is romance at its finest -- two lonely people who fulfill each other's needs. Each enhances the other. These two people (and her son) are truly better for being together. The book did not need an epilogue fo ...more
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought Scandal tried too hard, which might be the reason I found it dull, or it could be that nothing of moment happens in this place-holder [lest we forget] book. I didn't believe - for one second - that the prince falls desperately, almost instantly, in love with the housekeeper. Now that Lyon is back in town and Olivia [whose fate fails to interest me] is about to be married, surely some kind of confrontation is needed but I wonder how a love story can revolve around the evils of slavery, ...more
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I admit to being a Julie Anne Long fan from her debut book on and to waiting impatiently for the next Pennyroyal Green book since I read the first one in the series. But It Started with a Scandal exceeded even my high expectations. It is an extraordinary book. Lavay in this book, wounded in body and spirit, is a more complex and substantive character than a reader encountering him as a handsome charmer with a dangerous edge in I Kissed an Earl would have guessed. Elise is the kind of strong her ...more
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Julie Anne Long is queen of the slow burn love story and this is one of her best yet!

It Started with a Scandal tells the story of Elise Fountain and Philippe Lavay. We have never met Elise in the series, nor have we heard from Lavay since I Kissed an Earl (Book 4). I really liked Lavay when we met him in Book 4 and I always wanted to learn more about him. He is suave and charming, but always seems to hold himself apart from everyone else.

In this book, we finally see the true Lavay and he is not
Jen Davis
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Julie Anne Long has done it again. This book proves once again why she is one of my favorite historical romance authors. She crafts characters I genuinely care about and relationships easy to root for. Although this is the latest in her Pennyroyal Green series, it holds up well as a standalone, featuring neither a Redmond nor an Eversea (the two core families) in a leading role. It is a great place for a new reader to get their feet wet –or for an existing fan to return.

Our hero, Phillipe, is ta
Monique Takens
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it

This was a 4 star read till page 244 , Lord Lavay is hosting a party/ball at his home and the party is already in full swing when he decents the stairs in his evening attire and he sees his guests for the first time , so he didn't greet his guest at their arrival .. but there was no reason for him being late .
Everybody greets their invited guests upon arrival .. even me !
Jacqueline J
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My first try at this author. I've read a lot of regencies and am very particular. I especially hate a book that seems as if it is written about modern characters in fancy dress. So happy this was not the case here. This book was charming. The strongest point I believe was the dialog. I was smiling throughout. It wasn't overt in your face humor. It was sweet and charming.

The hero was a tortured brooding guy which is a trope I love. The heroine was strong but in a sweet quiet way. Her young son wa
Nice story. A France Lord who’s injured. Housekeeping with a young son. A scandal. Some nice and not very nice characters 4.5 stars
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