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En una noche lluviosa, Jade Sperry vive la peor pesadilla que una mujer puede soportar a manos de tres jóvenes a los que conoce bien y que en esa ocasión se muestran diabólicamente crueles. Perdidos ya sus ideales de juventud, y en el núcleo del escándalo y la tragedia, Jade huye de su ciudad natal, que le resulta irrespirable.

Sin embargo, nunca olvidará aquel lugar en el
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Mo
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This books was written 23 years ago. Can you tell? I certainly hope that the attitudes of Southern “gentlemen” have changed in 23 years. They come across as totally sexist and racist….. she portrays them really well. You have to hate them.


His bearded face never smiled … he was wearing clothes similar to those he had worn yesterday and the day before …. Old Levi’s, a faded top, boots and work gloves …. She was able to see that sweat had dampened his dense chest hair and and formed a triangle in
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♥Sharon♥
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another great book from Sandra Brown!

I just have to say that this is the first book I have read by her that I wholeheartedly HATED one of the characters. Neal Patchett was such a bastard along with his two little puppets Lamar and Hutch.

Full review to come.
♥Rachel♥
4.5 Stars

Breath of Scandal
was a sweeping tale of broken dreams, shattered hearts, and revenge! But it was also, a story of letting go, moving on and falling in love again. Very addictive stuff!

At the start, Jade Sperry’s story was heartbreaking! At age eighteen she had a bright future ahead: about to graduate high school and looking forward to attending college on a full scholarship with the love of her life by her side. Jade was on the cusp of living out all her dreams when something awful hap
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*TANYA*
One of my all time favorite books!!
Bj
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I gave this audiobook a B+ for the story and B for the narration at AudioGals*

Narration by Dick Hill

First published in 1991, A Breath of Scandal by Sandra Brown was recently released on audio in CD format by Brilliance Audio, so I jumped at the chance to review it. Accustomed to Ms. Brown’s recent, romantic suspense titles, I must admit that the tough and sensitive nature of this listen caught me a bit off guard (please see the warning in the Violence rating below). That said, once I settled in
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-ya
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sandra-brown, reread
reread/br with Amanda: 3.5-stars
FYI, the first half of the book was drown by the tragic events that the MCs went through. Trigger warning: (view spoiler)

first read 01/2016: 4-stars

Is it a sad story? Yes.

The blurb seems to suggest this is Jade’s story, but I find Dillon’s backstory equally compelling. Breath of Scandal is an older Brown’s book that conveyed the difficulties of combating corruption, bigotry and prejudice, and mo
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Oana
I have a personal attachment to the old-fashioned romances, and I’m not ashamed. Sandra Brown’s nineties novels are like my comfort food, some kind of literary chocolate, to be eaten when depressed. I’ve read and reread and rereread them all countless times, and I will read them again and again, I bet they won’t ever lose that string they have on me.

You see, I’m all grown up now, and I have new fancy tastes in literature, and an unhealthy and seemingly untreatable addiction to buying books, so I
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Dee
4.5 Stars

Very emotional story......Spent the first half of the book wiping tears away and trying to control a few sobs and the second half of the book fist pumping and and shouting the ocassional 'YES'
Britt
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have not been this emotionally moved by a story in a long time. Jade automatically appeals to me as a character because whilst painted as a popular and beautiful girl she is not the stereotype, in that she is in a deeply loving relationship with Gary, a poor farmer and is intelligent and driven. Seeing her journey as a character and her ability to move past her dark past and triumph against great adversity definitely moved me as a reader. Similarily Burke is equally traumatised by a tragic pas ...more
Hollie
Dear lord .....the beginning of this book was so heartbreaking and depressing. This was a story of one woman's mission to execute revenge(which was much deserved) and how she was able to heal during the process. The plot was fast paced and exciting. The characters were solid and likeable. Very well written. I'll definitely check out more of this writers work.
Sue1958
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
I cannot believe this is my FIRST Sandra Brown book I have read! Why is that!

If this book is anything to go by, I need to get my finger out and read more of her books.


Here we have a young girl, Jade. She is so in love with her boyfriend. The thing is, her Mother doesn't approve of her choice, she wants her to marry someone more prominent in society and the home town they live, someone with prestige and money. The person is Neal. But she doesn't have feeling for him, in fact, she doesn't really l
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Sue
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Breath Of Scandal by Sandra Brown

This book was amazing. I couldn't put it down.

One spring night in the small town of Palmetto, South Carolina, a young girl's dream would be shattered forever. Raped and beaten by the three town hell-raisers, Jade Sperry's life would be irrevocably changed. Had she been weak, she would have stayed in the mud that her attacker left her at. But more compelling than her will to survive was the need to see her attackers punished for their crimes. But when her plea for
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Belle Aurora
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the very first romance/suspense book I had ever read. And I loved it.
It made me want to continue reading romance and so I have almost all of Sandra's books now.
Some are better than others but I enjoy them all and this one started it all for me.
Now I write romance and am so grateful for ever finding this book.
This was an awesome story of first love, betrayal, hurt and, most importantly, vengeance. I love Jade. She is a strong woman and even at the tender age of fourteen I admired her and
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Mitzi
On sale for $2.49. Audible on sale too for $2.99. Thought I'd give this author a try. The romance develops slowly, but the story is very intense and the audio by Dick Hill is very good. I love his male voices, the female lead was a bit to breathy & soft...but all in all an excellent audio book.
Elle
Sep 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Wow. Wow. I actually got this book by mistake. I had ordered a book by the same title by another author, which was a historical, which is my usual preference. I don't usually like contemporaries, but when I read the back cover, I was intrigued enough to read on. I loved it. (view spoiler) ...more
Ivana
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, mr-handsome
Knjiga je odlična kao i sve Sandrine. Priča je zanimljiva i jaka, ali je meni teško pala. Stvarno mi je bilo mučno na samom početku pa sam se razvlačila sa čitanjem skoro dva meseca. Sandra je u ovoj knjizi bila baš okrutna prema oba glavna junaka, što me je stvarno iznenadilo. Kad god sam pomislila da je kraj sa lošim događajima, eto ti novog šoka. No, uprkos svim lošim stvarima koje su im se dogodile njih dvoje su se našli i izlečili jedno drugo. Dobili su svoj srećan kraj.
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
I think this is my favourite Sandra Brown so far. I really enjoyed this one, except for that bit at about 25% that knocked the wind out of me and made me cry. Strong heroine and enjoyable story of revenge. Couldn't put it down.
Vi~Inkvotary
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, pb, i-o-a-c, bp
4,5 Stars
Inkvotary

This was great. Sandra Brown wrote with Breath of Scandal a fantastic story about revenge, hate and rape. A Dixieland drama with two great main figures and the beautiful landscape of South Carolina wrapped up in a great Oscar worthy novel.
Eva • All Books Considered
f you are in the mood for some old school romance with a side of revenge, you will love Breath of Scandal!! This book originally came out in 1991 and it definitely is true to that time period in terms of attitudes and behavior, especially in the south. Although things were a bit outdated, I couldn't help but love Jade Sperry -- she is a self-made woman, an amazing mother but she is also not over her past, which is completely understandable given what happened to her. The book really was more abo ...more
*The Angry Reader*
5 stars for being so balanced, thorough and smooth. Writing that never blew my socks off, but was so completely solid that it wasn't a distraction. This is a big book - but it didn't feel too long or overwrought or ridiculous or unnecessary. It was an absolute pleasure to read from page 1.

Jade is a nice girl in a small Southern town. Three someones do something awful to her, and even when Jade does the right thing there's no justice. These young men have power, and Jade does not. I spent a lot
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Jacki
The book flip-flops between two characters, Jade Sperry and Dylan Burke. Although you get mostly Jade's story in the beginning and there's no mention of Burke in the book blurb, so I was like "Who is this guy?" when his story began. Jade is raped by 3 high school classmates, all of which are sons of prominent men in the small town society. Basically, the incident is swept under the rug and Jade is then shunned from high school because she was with a really nice guy, Gary. As time goes on, howeve ...more
Yona
Nov 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This book was not what i expected i to be at all. There was so much pain, it shows the worst in people, but also how if you do something bad the fate take care for the consequences.
It shows how even in the worst times you must continue to fight.

The book was good, but not very easy for reading - it was sad and disturbing and unfair in so much places. It shows how cruel people can be. What the money in some and the jealous in others can do to.

But i think that people can also can learn a lot from t
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Chella
In 1976, Jade Sperry's innocence and hope for the future was taken away violently and tragically. 15 years later, she's returned to the small Southern town she called home so long ago. Ready to face the scandal her name was attached to, and even more so, ready for redemption and revenge against those who attempted to plan her future for her.

Will admit, this book was uncomfortable to read in some spots. Also had to remind myself that parts of this book was based in the 70's, in a small southern
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Keri
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

3.5 STARS - I ENJOYED IT A LOT
AUDIOBOOK

Seriously, the first 1/3 or so of this book was really hard to listen to. I was so frustrated with the unfairness of how Jade was treated. This, however, is a sign of a good book. I was really into the story but by the last 1/3 of the book things had slowed down and became much more predictable and typical of a contemporary romance. I would say 4 stars for the beginning and 3 stars for the ending so averaging 3.5 stars.
Yolanda
3,5, tirando a 4
Christine Kirchoff
The story is heartbreaking and hopeful. I think the ending was too rushed though. Would totally recommend this!
Darcy
Sep 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, audio-book, romance
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Judy Collins
A special thank you to Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley for a complimentary reading copy in exchange for an honest review.

F A N T A S T I C !

For all you Sandra Brown fans, if you missed BREATH OF SCANDAL, the first time around, never fear- NOW available, in kindle format, a page-turner! I really enjoy re-issues with the new trendy covers, to proudly display on book blogs, giving the feel of reading a brand new book.

Jade now lives in New York, a successful career woman; however, she ha
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Karyn Niedert
RELEASE DATE: February 26, 2013 – now available as an eBook

RATING: 4 Stars Download it to your Kindle, Nook, or Kobo immediately!

GENRE: Romance/Mystery/Thriller & Suspense

AUDIENCE: Fans of Tami Hoag, Sandra Brown, and Katy Gardner should really like "Breath of Scandal”.

SERIES: Standalone

SUMMARY: Blurb from Netgalley:

“On a rainy Southern night, Jade Sperry endured a young woman's worst nightmare at the hands of three local hell-raisers. Robbed of her youthful ideals and at the center of scand
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Deborah
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sandra Brown’s Breath of Scandal was originally released in 1991, making it one of Brown’s earlier forays into the romantic suspense genre. The novel was re-released in 2013 and is now available as an ebook for the first time.

I came across Brown a decade or so ago, really only reading her (more recent) romantic suspense novels. I’m not a fan of (straight) romance or historical fiction but think Brown generally manages a good romance vs suspense balance.

Jade Sperry is almost finished high school
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Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including STING (2016), FRICTION (2015), MEAN STREAK (2014), DEADLINE(2013), & LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011).

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