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Duke of Scandal

(Moonlight Square #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  887 ratings  ·  102 reviews
Romance is in the air at Moonlight Square ~ Regency London's most exclusive address!

Jason Hawthorne, the Duke of Netherford, made it clear to the young, lovesick Felicity Carvel long ago that nothing could ever happen between them. He has earned his reputation as the Duke of Scandal--and she's his best friend's little sister. For honor's sake, he vows to stay away from t
Kindle Edition, 212 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Gaelen Foley
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Sandra R I am Australian, but my family background is English and I believe they would never have shortened names back then and would rarely have used first…moreI am Australian, but my family background is English and I believe they would never have shortened names back then and would rarely have used first names at all. The English were/are very formal - just think about all the old movies from the fifties, sixties etc - everyone was Miss and Mr, not even first names were used even then. I would say around 90% of American authors do not write in the proper English manner, ever though they are writing books sent in Regency/Victorian England etc. Only a handful ever get it right, so I read those books and let it go. I believe this book is not intended to be a traditional read - just a whole lot of fun. (I very much enjoyed it)(less)

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Aly is so frigging bored
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
I liked the book, it was fun after I got into it. This had a slow start for me. I was intrigued by the characters since we met them in the prequel so I continued the book and I'm so happy I did.

Felicty has always been in love with Jason, the Duke of Netherford. She was resigned to never having a happily ever after with him, till she needed his help managing a fortune left to her by her great aunt.

Jason is Felicity's brother best friend and all 3 of them grew up together. He had always taken car
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (On Hiatus)
4.5 stars
I was a full 5 until the hero's secret was revealed.Not that I had a problem with his secret in particular but I did not like that he kept it from her until the last possible moment.Just no,no.

Consequently,I found the ending was a bit too far fetched for that era.(I doubt a lord would ever publicly (view spoiler)
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another great romance from Ms. Foley. I just think that Jason gave in a little to easily for all his angst about love and marriage. Felicity was great in her strategy to get him to realize he did love her. Another Duke is next in the series, but I hope she has plans for Peter, her brother to get a HEA.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

3 1/2 stars (rounded down to 3 stars, because Ms. Foley's writing sounded too "modern" for the time period in which the story took place and I had a hard time buying it)
There’s a scene in Duke of Scandal where Felicity admires a statue of Hades and Persephone which portrays the innocent goddess seemingly seducing the roguish god, thus reversing the preconceived roles of these well known figures. That moment is not only a turning point for Felicity but also sums up the book’s story rather nicely as well.

I loved the tug-of-war between Felicity and Jason because it was the heroine that was in hot pursuit of the hero this time around. With Felicity being the one so
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook-arc
I thoroughly enjoyed this first full-length novel in the Moonlight Square Series. I thought that it had great characters in Jason Hawthorne, Duke of Netherford, and Felicity Carvel. I really liked the way they had been friends for their entire lives, even though they hadn't had much to do with one another for several years. I loved the ease that was between the two when they really started to spend time together again. The teasing and banter between them was fun, and they had wonderful chemistry ...more
Nov 17, 2017 marked it as to-read
As a big Gaelen Foley fan how did I not know about this series? Which she started 2 years ago?! 😳
Barbara Rogers
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: author-arc, iblog
Series: Moonlight Square #1
Publication Date: 10/13/15

3.5 Stars

This was a quick and easy read – but – it definitely wasn’t a historical. Yes, it says it is, but all of the conversations, situations, actions, etc. were thoroughly modern. If you replaced the carriages with cars, you’d have a contemporary story. The ‘hero’ was the biggest man-ho I think I have ever read and the ‘heroine’ was such a saccharine Pollyanna that it was totally unbelievable. Strangely enough, I did still enjoy the read. I

For an absolute fuckboy, Jason is sweet and simple, and I bought into the romance fairly quickly. Felicity is a charming minx, and Jason's rampant penis is entertaining for the most part. I'm the type of person who pays special attention to contraceptives in romances so while I was happy he had condoms, I'm still not sure he knows how to properly use them.

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I was never going to give this book 4 stars or more the moment they revealed that Jason fathered two illegitimate children. The children are entirely innocent of course, but it is that Felicity, our dear sweet heroine, is now saddled with the knowledge that the mothers of the two children would forever lurk in the periphery of their lives between her and Jason, as Felicity's thought process went when she found out. Which is exactly right. And it is so irresponsible of him too. The moment he fath ...more
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book! Jason and Felicity have known each other for many years and Felicity's brother is one of Jason's best friends. After a failed attempt of flirtation on Felicity's part when she was fifteen she thought after so many years that she had moved on and couldn't be in love with Jason anymore. Jason, known as the Duke of Scandal and Naughty Netherford, has had his great share of trysts and affairs he finds a new purpose in looking out for Felicity, as she has suddenly becomes an heiress ...more
I always love a Gaelen Foley book and 'Duke of Scandal' was no exception. Foley manages to keep the 'in love with brothers best friend' plot fresh and entertaining.

However, I am more excited about the next book in the series, 'Duke of Secrets'. Out of all the characters that appeared in this book (including a young Alec Knight) Azrael Chambers, the mysterious Duke of Rivenwood who only showed up in a hand full of scenes captured my interest the most. I look forward to seeing how his story with
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-e-book
In the prequel of the series we get to know the hero Jason as the debauched friend of Gable and learned he had a thing for Triny’s friend Felicity.
Well... Felicity and Jason were childhood friends and things changed once she tried to kiss him. She was just 15, and he was 19 and heir to a dukedom.
Years passed of him avoiding her, until some family matters throw them back together.
I’m a particular fan of childhood friends turned into lovers and this story was interesting and well written.
Jason is
Angie Elle
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I feel like a broken record lately, because I’ve said this about so many authors whose works I’ve enjoyed, but this book just didn’t do it for me. Duke of Scandal was about a man who, out of years of neglect from both his parents, sought love between the sheets with half the ton, and the woman who sets out to tame him. This plot isn’t something that I usually have an issue with, and I think why it didn’t w
Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, hr-duke-heir
3.5 Stars
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
have been a huge fan of Gaelen Foley’s work for years, she is one of the few authors who can do thrilling, historical romance perfectly. I absolutely loved the Inferno Club, The Knights Miscellany and The Spice trilogy and I have been looking forward to finally reading this new series from her, this is book one in the Moonlight Square series and it’s a wonderful start.

The story opens with Felicity Carvel making her way to the notorious Duke of Netherford’s house, she has something she needs hel
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After reading the prequel novella, I wanted to learn more about the main characters’ friends, and this book answered it.
I loved to see Felicity’s growing up, after years of refraining her true self, afraid to get hurt again, she decided to go after what she has always wanted, her brother’s best friend, the one who broke her heart all these years ago.
It was great to see her evolve from a rather shy creature to a bold one even if she remained rather innocent, she is not perfect but she tries, she
Oct 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
There are two slow learners with regard to this book. There's me, who should have known better than to pre-order a book by an author I'm no longer fond of, just because it's a new series and, I thought, a fresh start. And there's the hero of this book, who takes eight years to learn behavior modification.

(There may be SPOILERS ahead. Although judging by how much this story stank, it must have spoiled long ago.)

So we have our "hero", Jason, Duke of Something-or-Other. He's one of those poor littl
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Duke of Scandal was and enjoyable story about Miss Felicity Carvel, Heiress who has been in love with her brother Peter Carvel's best friend since she was 8 years old. Now a Spinster at 23 and Heir to her Great Aunts fortune she sights her sights on the only man she has ever loved The Duke of Netherford, Jason Hawthorne. Jason is also know as the Naughty Duke. He has to illegitimate children by his former two Mistresses. Simon 4 and Annabelle 2. Both of there mothers are terrible. Felicity doesn ...more
Tracy Emro
Oct 29, 2015 rated it liked it
3 stars. I have a hard time believing Gaelen Foley wrote this

I read the prequel to this and was a bit surprised by the dramatic change in her writing style. I loved the action/ drama of the inferno series and the knight family series. So I really wasn't expecting this very lighthearted offering.

I personally wasn't bothered by Felicity's "chase him until he caught her" pursuit of Jason - the girl knew what she wanted and was all in. You go girl! I do however question her intelligence. Why she w
Couldn't finish. What's the point?

Bahahaha!! Stuff like this makes me roll my eyes so hard. *snort* The virgin's first time, OF COURSE.

"They were one.

“Come for me, Felicity,” he ground out, and with his next smooth thrust, she could do naught but obey.

She gasped and clung to him as he brought her to a shattering climax, then he followed her over the edge with a ragged cry of surrender. Convulsions of wild pleasure racked them both. Nearly sobbing with release, Felicity finally su
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely book and I enjoyed it very much. The Moonlight Square series is not as deep and intense as the Inferno Club but a nice romance. I liked Felicity and Jason. Jason had terrible parents and he's trying to be a better father to his illegitimate children. He has always loved Felicity but made promises to her brother. Felicity has loved Jason since she was a child and understands him. That's all the plot I'll reveal.

The next book is the Duke of Rivenwood's story and I'm really lookin
Addie H
Mar 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF 4% - the opening scene to the hero made him to be such a cad I'm out.

Other reviews I just found also mentions several illegitimate thank you


Visionary Druid
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jason Hawthorne, the sixth Duke of Netherford, is known to the peerage as “Naughty Netherford” and “the Duke of Scandal”, a rakehell of the first order. He is also Felicity’s older brother’s best friend and patron. Fear of hurting her, and respect for his friend, has prompted Jason’s decision to maintain a healthy distance from Felicity for eight years. He decides to aid her in his friend’s stead by dissuading fortune hunters from sniffing around her, counseling Felicity on the possibilities on ...more
Oct 17, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a bit of a let down for me. I was really excited for Gaelen Foley's new series and the prequel novela made this series seem promising. However, this book failed to really pull me in and I just couldn't connect to the main characters.

3.5 stars

The two main characters are Jason Hawthorne (the Duke of Netherford) and Felicity Carvel. These two have known each other since childhood and Jason is Felicity's brother's best friend. It is probably not surprising that Felicity has loved Jason sin
Originally Reviewed For: Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy

Duke of Scandal is the first full book in Gaelen Foley's new Moonlight Square Series. We did get a glimpse and a tease in the Novella, One Moonlit Night but this is the first full book. As I mentioned in my review of One Moonlit Night, this series is a definite change of pace from Ms. Foley's other series. It was much more light hearted although there was character angst, they weren't dealing with the fate of a nation.

Jason Hawth
Anne in VA
Oct 01, 2015 rated it liked it
This author used to be a favorite of mine. She was one of those that I would buy the day her new book was out. I was not a fan of her inferno club series--I actually quite hated it-- and have been waiting a loooonnnngggg time for it to finish. So FINALLY her new series has begun and I got it at midnight the day it was released and just finished it. And sadly, I have to say I didn't love it. All the elements were there, but it almost felt formulaic to me. Take all the right pieces, put them toget ...more
3.5 stars, rounding up.

Gaelen Foley has been one of my favorite authors for a long time. I really liked the prequel to this new Regency series, and I also liked this one. If you like the Romance genre, and if you don't mind a rogue hero who has truly been wicked his entire adult life whilst the heroine stood by and waited for him to realize he loves her, this is the book for you! I did like the characters, but I would like to have seen a chapter about their early lives as neighbors rather than j
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
Gaelen Foley's first full length novel in her self published Moonlight Square Regency series. A series about real Rakes who drink, gamble, curse and womanise and the women who tame them.

In the Duke of Scandal, Jason Hawthorne, the "naughty" Duke of Netherford does it all even (view spoiler) Felicity is the girl next door from his childhood who can see that Jason's rakish ways are a result of his cold, aristocratic upbringi
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Finally a heroine who knows what she wants and goes after him! I loved Felicity. She is feisty and spirited as well as compassionate. Jason could have used a few kicks in the behind for letting Felicity stay single for so long especially as she is now a young woman of fortune on the death of her great-aunt with no family near. Jason does play the system so well that he could have lost her to another suitor if Felicity had not made up her mind that it was Jason or no one.

I was drawn in by the st
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Gaelen Foley is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of twenty historical romances set in the glittering world of Regency England. Her books are available in sixteen languages and have won numerous genre awards, such as the Bookseller's Best, the NJRW Golden Leaf (three times), the CRW Award of Excellence, the National Reader's Choice Award, the Beacon, and the ...more

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