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In Search of Scandal

(London Explorers #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  364 ratings  ·  107 reviews

All of London is abuzz with the tale of Will Repton. The lone survivor of a massacre in Tibet has returned to England a hero, but the traumatized explorer has no time for glory. Another dangerous expedition awaits. Nothing will deter him from his quest, and no one will unearth his secret—until Will meets Charlotte Baker.

Mass Market Paperback, 408 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Christina ~ Brunette Reader

2,5 Stars

If the writing showed potential, especially for a début, and the plot had all the numbers for telling a very engrossing story, the characterisations lacking some greater substance quite ruined the final outcome for me.
The troubled botanist hero, crushed by the guilt a nightmarish expedition left behind, and the sheltered heroine trying to do her duty by her socially shunned family, instead of making for a poignant contrast ended up being two rather bland leads not up to the role t
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B at AAR, so that's 4 stars.

In Search of Scandal, the first in a new series of historical romances by Susanne Lord is the author’s first novel, and a very strong début it is. She is clearly an excellent storyteller, having crafted a compelling and emotionally nuanced tale featuring a hero with an unusual background and a romance in which both protagonists have changes and reassessments to make if they are going to make things work between them.

On the downside, the heroine is ra
In Search of Scandal is a delightful, charming, and sweet historical romance from debut author, Susanne Lord.

Will Repton is a plant collector and sole survivor of a massacre in Tibet. He returns to Victorian London viewed as a hero, but all he wants is to raise enough funds to make a return trip to investigate whether or not a baby girl survived the massacre that he barely escaped. Soliciting the help of his friend, Ben, Will runs into Ben’s sister-in-law, Charlotte Baker – quite possibly the mo
Bambi Unbridled
I am absolutely astounded that this was Susanne Lord's debut novel. It was utterly fantastic, and gets my vote for my favorite historical romance of the year.

The heroine in this first installment of the London Explorers series, Charlotte Baker, is not an explorer but she does have an adventurous spirit. She has been following the explorations and adventures of botanist Will Repton by reading his scientific papers, and she has pretty much fallen in love with him sight unseen. So when he shows up
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Disclosure: I received this ARC via Netgalley. Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca and Susanne Lord for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review.

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Will Repton is a well-known plant hunter, who has recently returned home from Tibet. All of England has proclaimed him a hero, for being the lone survivor of a massacre -- the accolade has allowed Will entry into society, but all he wants to do is return to Tibet, to confront his nightmares. Will is a seasoned traveler and planner, and he has
My thoughts about In Search of Scandal are somewhat difficult to put into words. I enjoyed the book. There was definitely a romance that developed between the main characters William Repton and Charlotte Baker and I do feel that love became a foundation for Will to begin rebuilding his life after tragedy. Where I run into problems is that for a large portion of the story the actions of both Will and Charlotte towards one another are anything but loving.

Please read the full review at Romantic
Sara Reads (mostly) Romance
Hmmm, so much of this book was the hero confused about his feelings and the heroine being kind of annoying and I was so over it because more than half the book is him being an asshole and her loving him for no reason and like too much angst that really could have been avoided. I found the drama really dumb. The plot could have been better but also if the characters were more nuanced and less annoying and confused it would have improved things so much. Disappointed but the author is a really good ...more
Sarah Marie
1.25 stars! I'm finished! Finally and this is the worst historical romance book I've ever read. Review to come. ...more
Book Gannet
The romance in this book is tortured and tormented, which can sometimes be a very good thing. For me, though, I just kept wondering why these two people were doing such horrible things to each other, all in the name of love, and why no one was stopping them.

Charlotte is a dreamer and wildly imaginative. Despite being twenty-two, the moment she sets eyes on Will – actually, it’s the moment she hears his name – she decides she is wildly in love with him and he will be the man she will marry. Regar
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Originally reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Susanne Lord’s captivating debut novel, In Search of Scandal will have you believing that she is an old hand at writing amazing Historical Romance. And convince you that since this is her first – what wonders we have to look forward to in her next stories. I don’t normally go all fangirl over an author’s debut novel. Yet this story could have been told by a writer who has been doing this for years into her writing career and I wouldn’t have been surprised.
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I won this book through Goodreads Giveaways.

I generally like books set in regency England, I find it to be an interesting time period. I thought the author did a good job of bringing this time period to life in this book. I appreciated the attention to details like etiquette, fashion, physical locations, and language appropriate to the time period. I also found it to be a nice balance where those time period details did a good job accenting the story and establishing historical context without
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by netgalley.

I absolutely loved Will's and Charlotte's story. It was painful and funny and romantic.

Will came home the soul savior of an expedition in Tibet. It was painful to read about him at times, my heart ached for him.

Charlotte was looking for a husband to help her family back into the good graces of society after her brothers scandal.

She has always been a fan of " China Will" when Will was mistakenly lead into her parlor instead of Ben's study.

For Charlotte it was love at fi
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Touching and enthralling!

A roller coaster read that pulls at the heart strings. The raw emotions, the dark secrets that Will Repton fights tug at you as you realize his life has been put on hold, arrested by the dreadful things he has scene. Witness to the slaughter of all his companions in Tibet, Will Repton cannot rid his mind of the events, nor his determination to search for a possible sole survivor. Harbinger of secrets, he reveals to no one his troubled quest. He quietly goes about making
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: keeper
Exploration in the 1850’s is a hazardous undertaking. Botanist Will “Chinese Will” Repton was the sole survivor of his expedition to Tibet – his team and the French missionaries who sheltered them were slaughtered, and Will was badly injured, physically and psychologically. He is haunted by the missionaries’ missing infant who, he was certain, survived the bloodshed.

Will is returned to England to recover and to raise funds for a rescue expedition. He meets the incomparable Charlotte Baker, sist
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story! The talkative Charlotte wants to marry someone who will help her family get back in Society, after a scandal involving her sister's first marriage. She's a very curious person and likes to read about the Geographical Society "plant hunters" who are explorers who travel the world, bringing back plants for further study, mostly because her brother-in-law also works with botanists. Her favorite explorer is "Chinese Will" - William Repton - who has just returned from 5 years in C ...more
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Susanne Lord is a new author for me, and I only found her because of a couple of positive reviews that mentioned an emotional, slightly angsty read. I'm all about a little of the heartrending before the HEA, and it was on the shelf at my library, so I took it home. And I consider myself a satisfied customer!

The characters were skirting Big Misunderstanding territory, but somehow it managed to be more than just a frustrating eyeroll moment for me. This is maybe because they did communicate with e
More of a 3.5-star.

The good:
- The author's writing style, which was nice.
- The tortured hero, who had been through a hellish experience in China and returned to England with physical and emotional wounds. (I kept thinking about how good it would've been for Laura Kinsale to get her hands on him. It always comes back to Kinsale for me!)
- The latter part of the hero and heroine's romance, which was genuinely romantic, angsty, and touching.
- The heroine's family members, including her gay brother,
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a very well written story. I liked that there wasn't too much of anything, like interference or misunderstandings, in Will and Charlottes relationship. I liked the story of the family, and Wills issues. It was very interesting and I especially loved the ending. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a nice relaxing love story.I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a very well written ...more
Isha Coleman
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
With the heart of a warrior and the spirit of an adventurer Will Repton has faced calamities others can only imagine. When his last one ended tragically with him the sole survivor he returned home to a hero's welcome with a heavy heart. I received an ARC of In Search of Scandal in exchange for an honest review. Susanne Lord does a beautiful job in presenting a man questioning his value. Will came home a changed man. His physical limitations and awareness of his surroundings are more pronounced. ...more
DNFed almost halfway through. Started out very strong because the hero is an awkward shy type, and the heroine lusts for him right away. But at one point the cheesy historical romance become overkill. Heroine goes off with rich suitor, who she rejects. He tries to rape her, and the hero comes along and saves her. They're lost in the woods and it's raining. They end up at some shack, and one things leads to another and the heroine's reputation is ruined so the hero has to marry the heroine even t ...more
Jenny Koch
I really enjoyed this one. The heroine isn't the sharpest tool in the toolbox but she more than makes up for it with the effervescent joy with which she lives her life. I liked her obsession with the hero - although at points while he was being an ass I kind of wished she'd given him hell. Overall, despite the angsty topics covered in the novel (PTSD, one sided romance, an obsessive ex, and an impending annulment), the heroine's generally cheerful personality stopped the book from becoming too m ...more
J.A. Kenney
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical, arcs
This book took my breath away!

It was lovely, and painful, and romantic in a way the average historical just passes over.

I do admit that Charlotte's instant and fantastical love did not appeal to me, but the way love grew between the two was magical.

Will is the best shy, and bookish hero I have seen in ages. While still exeplifying the heroism that his love adored.

Overall a GREAT romance, and a lovely, deep, and painfully true historical.

Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, romance
This book was awesome. There is so much i could say but I know it would just be a recap of the summary and spoilers mixed in! In the end i found it to be an amazing story and totally recommend it.
arc from NetGalley
Underwhelming storytelling. Hero such a wimp. I expected more badass alpha behavior from a hero who's an explorer.
This historical is why I rarely read them anymore. The heroes have become squish betas and improvished they must marry or lose inheritence....blech.
Dec 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Not bad for a debut. The heroine wasn't to my taste, seeming almost childlike at certain points but the writing has potential. I will definitely try other books by her. ...more
Leone (She Reads too Much Romance)
For a debut author I am still in complete surprise by how powerful of a writer that Lord has already proven herself to be. Normally new authors and their releases are lacking something perhaps it is the writing itself, the romance or mishaps of the plot; and yet this book had everything. To date this book is the best debut from a new author that I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

The romance within the story is the best romance I have read in a long time. It was refreshing while still posse
Elizabeth Harmon
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In Search of Scandal by Susanne Lord offers a spirited heroine, an honorable but tormented hero and a unique premise that sets it apart. In Victorian London, explorer Will Repton copes with fame and survivor's guilt, as the only member of his Tibetan expedition to survive a massacre. Charlotte Baker is a beautiful, popular socialite who is deeper than she seems, and is captivated by Will. Can Charlotte's determination to win Will's heart overcome his determination to return to Tibet?

Angie Elle
Thank you to Sourcebooks and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

DNF at 59%, so I won't be rating this one.

I couldn't connect with either of the main characters in this one. I love the way it started - with the awkward hero and the head in her clouds heroine, but she became too desperate as the story went on, and he was too much of a coward to just go after the heroine when it was clear her was falling in love with her. It just didn't work for me.
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Original! What a treat to have a heroine who recognizes her soul mate. Also refreshing is a traumatized world explorer for a hero. Great combination that works well and keeps the story exciting.
Nov 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Too cute for words. I must read the others.
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