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The Scandal of It All

(The Rogue Files #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,875 ratings  ·  221 reviews
It takes two to make a scandal…

What kind of woman ventures into London’s most notorious pleasure club? An outsider like Graciela, the Duchess of Autenberry, snubbed time and time again by society because of her Spanish roots. Ela longs to take a lover for a single, wild night, and within the walls of Sodom there are gentlemen to suit every forbidden taste. If only she were
Mass Market Paperback, 376 pages
Published July 25th 2017 by Avon
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Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
Somehow, in a short time she had become his sole desire. He wanted her with an intensity that would not go away until it found its release.

This was my first book by this author and I'm an instant fan! The Scandal Of It All was wickedly delicious and sinfully swoony. Not having read the first book in this series (quit side eyeing me, OCD police), I wasn't sure how smoothly I'd be able to jump into the story. Turns out, I had no problem at all. The heroine of this book is the s
Bookphenomena (Micky)
This was simply a gorgeous book that thrilled me from cover to cover. After a few pages, when I realised there was going to be an age difference, with an older heroine, a sex club and forbidden love element, I was all in. Oh, and did I mention single parent? This book is like a beautiful marriage of themes that often don't feature in historical romance and it all worked so beautifully.

Graciela is a Spanish-born Duchess by marriage and disillusioned by widowhood. She is finally persuaded by her f
It was one thing to take a suitable lover and another thing to go about the motions of making that happen.

THE SCANDAL OF IT ALL wasn't all that I was expecting it to be. Despite some of my disappointment I would like to acknowledge that some of the letdown is my fault because of how I thought this story would play out after the tiny bit of foreshadowing in book one as well as my interpretation of the synopsis.

"Word of your engagement has reached me."
"Well, seeing as I arranged for the announcem
Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: forbidden, historical
here is some rambling!!

first; these covers are gorgeous

singing that Taylor song yup...

second; this book was better than book one, the steam level is much higher

third; I really don't like Marcus in both books so I really want to read his book to see how that turns out

fourth; I think I realized what is not working for me in this is the transition from conflict to making is just not there, missing & very awkward with the whole is done very badly
Lover of Romance
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

Graciela, has been a widow for quite some time. She never had a positive relationship with her late husband, although she hides the truth from her daughter and step children. But one day, Graciela is tired of sitting in her drawing room, sipping tea and not trying out new adventures. She figures its time to accept her best friends invitation to an exclusive club "Sodom". Ela has never done anything so daring, but she has never known true de
Lucy Qhuay

I'm sad to say the best thing about this book is the cover.

In theory this could have been very interesting, starting with the heroine being older than the hero and ending with the hero being her stepson's best friend.

However, I soon lost interest when I saw that for all her 'matronly' years and wisdom Graciela was weaker than most women half her age and Colin was just a childish, horny little earl, sniffing around the heels of the woman who was like a mother to his best friend.

Also, I can't begi
Four point five stars. Read it straight through during my flight from Dallas to London. Didn't sleep. Couldn't put it down. Fast, fun read. I loved that Sophie broke the norm of historical romances with a Spanish, widowed duchess getting involved with a younger English lord, who was her stepson's best friend. Ela is a sympathetic heroine, having been a neglected wife, a foreigner who was sneered at by high society for the darkness of her skin and having caught a member of nobility that should ha ...more
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I had enjoyed the previous book in this series, so I was intrigued to keep reading.

I liked Ela and Colin well enough. I get the tumbling into bed part, but I didn't catch any sort of relationship. The times they did talk, it was basically just Ela telling Colin it was crazy, the age difference was a problem, and he needed to go court someone else. Ela's BFF Mary Rebecca was one of the best parts and I hope she gets a story.

Plot wise, it was all push and pull. The circumstances keep them a secr
Samantha W.
Maybe a 2.5 star...

This book for me had a lot of promise, I always love stories with older women falling in love with younger men in historical romance novels.

But this hit a few of those tropes that I don't love. The secret affair, the weird friend of the family turned lover, the secret baby etc...

So while I felt like I was going to like this book. I definitely skimmed a bunch, but read enough of it to count.
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Book Review For: THE SCANDAL OF IT ALL by Sophie Jordan THE SCANDAL OF IT ALL by Sophie Jordan is book Two in "The Rogue Files". The heroine is Graciela, the Duchess of Autenberry who is a mother to her own child and has Stepchildren, in addition she is going to be 36 soon. So, she is a different type of heroine instead of the young virgin one. But she was a neglected wife and with the lost of a dear friend around her age as put her in a mood to have an exciting affair. Colin, Lord Strickland is ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
The premise of this book was SO good, but the execution was just not right for me. I loved the fact the heroine was older than most historical romances at 35, was a mother, and in the first book of this series seemed to be a strong willed lady. I was hoping for a super sexy and consensual tryst with her step-son's best friend, a younger man who would show her what she had been missing out on during her marriage and widowhood.

Unfortunately, Graciela turned into a wilting flower. Her first experie
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it

Graciela (aka Ela), may be the Duchess of Autenberry, but this doesn’t stop her being snubbed and positioned on the fringes of the Ton, as they judge and condemn her for her Spanish roots. Now widowed she continues to allow her two step-children, daughter, as well as her few friends and society to believe that her marriage to her late husband was a happy/loving one – but the truth is the opposite. He was (view spoiler)
Lady Wesley
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With maturity comes the desire to read about a romance between an older lady and a hot younger man, so I snapped up a copy of this book when it was offered. I was not disappointed.

Graciela is the familiar type of woman who has always put children and husband first. Now the children are grown, and the not-so-nice husband is dead, leaving Ela at loose ends. When a friend tempts her to visit a club called Sodom, where masked ladies may choose to dally with attractive men, Ela nervously goes along.
*ETA - read the superior Seven Years to Sin by Sylvia Day. It's has a similar setup with far better execution.*

I've liked Sophie Jordan's fluffy romances, but this one really rubbed me the wrong way.
The hero is extremely coercive. I wouldn't call it rape, but it's not enthusiastic consent. He's like that about their relationship in general as well; she has everything to lose and he has nothing, and he never recognises this.
I also think this book could be triggering for people dealing with infer
Sophie Barnes
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A passionate story of newfound desire

Graciela, the Duchess of Autenberry, has dedicated her life to raising and caring for her daughter and step-children. It is a duty she takes most seriously, especially since they are all that give her life meaning. A widow, she has convinced the world that her husband was a wonderful man, but the truth isn't nearly as dazzling as she likes to present it. Now, after a close friend's death and seeking to remind herself of the youth she squandered on an unapprec
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

The Scandal of It All was an enjoyable read featuring a wonderful romance with an older heroine.

Graciela, Duchess of Autenberry, has grown accustomed to her status as an outsider in London society, but she would like a chance to assuage the loneliness she feels on a daily basis. Sodom, a notorious pleasure club, provides Ela with the perfect opportunity to find a lover. However after she is discovered in the club by Lord Strickland, she finds herself continually drawn to the handsome lo
a & e
While I am an avid historical romance reader, previous to this book, I had only read Sophie Jordan's contemporary books, namely The Ivy Chronicles. And of that series, my favorite book, a book that is in my yearly reread cycle, is Wild. Wild was a book about Georgina who was in college and Logan who just graduated high school so it has that kind of older woman/younger man trope that this book has as well.

However, let us be clear: this book is not a copy of that book in just another setting with
Nov 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
The world needs more older woman/younger man romances...just not ones like this.

In Sophie Jordan's The Scandal of it All, a friend's sudden death jolts Graciela, Duchess of Autenberry, out of the comfortable routine she's maintained since the death of her husband a decade ago. Spurred to an impulsive trip to a scandalous sex club in the hopes of feeling more like the vibrant young woman she remembers being and less like the 35 year old widow she is, she finds she's bitten off a bit more unconven
We are used to the age differences in historic romance, but rarely is the December element the woman. Sophie Jordan turns that around with an older, widowed heroine who has lived a private life of deprivation, a foreigner in the strange land of England, attracted to her step-son’s best friend, and heretofore disallowed from following a path that would bring her happiness. Graciela has lived her life for her family and children, particularly since her overbearing husband’s death. He was a stickle ...more
Jessica Grogan
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This title was not very plot driven (I usually prefer more of a plot), but I found myself unable to put it down!!

I love a heroine that is older than nineteen or twenty and it was fantastic to see a heroine that was older than the hero. My mom is eleven years older than my stepdad and they've been happily married for nearly twenty-two years so I've seen how well the age difference can work out. I like a heroine that is older because it's easier to believe she'd really know herself enough to make
Suze Lavender
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Graciela became a widow at a young age and while she enjoys looking after her family, she hasn’t been with a man for a long time. Her best friend encourages her to take a lover. Graciela's past experiences weren't great, but she's willing to consider giving passion another chance. However, the man she falls for is the exact person she should stay away from. Colin is six years younger and he is her stepson’s best friend. Graciela’s marriage to the Duke of Autenberry was never happy and she’s look ...more
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Original review on Julalicious Book Paradise

I was really looking forward to this one because I really wanted these two characters to have their own book. Sophie Jordan brought us a story about a taboo relationship between the Duchess of Autenberry and Lord Strickland and made us want more.

Gacriela was a character that I really liked in the previous book because she was just so open-minded and had such a big heart for the people around her. Her daughter and her family are everything for her and s
Sep 17, 2018 added it
Shelves: dnf, own
DNF-ing this for now.

This book is not for me right now.
Nelle Nazario
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ela is 35, a widow of 10 years with a grown step-son, step-daughter, and nearly grown daughter. She was in a horrible marriage, but on the surface, it was perfect, even to the children. She wants a night of passion and goes with a widowed friend to Sodom a sex club. She's horribly embarrassed by what's going on. Then she see's her step-son. And his friend. His friend, Strickland saves her from being recognised but it gets heated.

WOW this was so full of Taboo and it was awesome! Their chemistry w
Sofia Lazaridou
Jul 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
I don't know how I managed to finish this book. I would like to comment on a few things.

A) This one I read in the blurb: " snubbed time and time again by society....". I do not recall reading her getting snubbed by anyone in this book. Not a single person. I could almost forget she wasn't a full blooded English woman if it wasn't for her use of some Spanish words and the mention of her skin color in a couple of instances. I think I deserved as a reader to know what happened to Graciela's parent
Erica Chilson
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this title to read & review for Wicked Reads

5 Holy Chemistry, Batman Stars

I read The Scandal of It All as a standalone without any confusion. However, I do plan on going back & reading the first in the series, & am highly anticipating the upcoming installments.

There is a heavy taboo theme weaving through the novel, lending a yummy, decadent quality. A guilty pleasure read I couldn't put down.

As a widow, who pretended she had a happy marriage to her much older husband, Ele p
Also on Romances Ever After.


Oh, this one is a surprise. I saw Sarah MacLean raved about this one and I trust her opinion. I was also immediately sold when I saw that it featured an older heroine because I rarely see older heroines in historical romance, so I bought the book.

Graciela, Duchess of Autenberry, is a 36 year old widow with grown stepchildren and daughter. I feel so much for her, for she is constantly snubbed by the society
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hmmm 3.5 stars maybe? There were things I enjoyed very much so (it's steamy, I love that the MC is an older & widowed mother & stepmother to a teen and two adults, etc) & some I didn't like (tw r/pe attempt, a hero who acts a little to out of line at times, and two characters WHO JUST DESERVE HAPPINESS NOT PAIN FML). I will definitely be reading the next one bc I'm interested in Marcus & his potential character growth? And who he would fall in love with. Also interested in his half brother's sto ...more
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn't get this book at all. I loved the concept with the younger man and older lady but it was just so poorly executed. I don't understand how Colin fell in love with Ela when she gave him nothing! How did Ela fall in love with Colin when they literally spent no time together except to escape or to have sex? I didn't realize how old Enid was until Ela mentioned her age. Omg they're closer in age than Ela's daughter. Disappointed because it had so much potential!
Feb 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF - honestly, the combination of lack of plot, consent issues, narrowly avoided incest at a sex club called Sodom, and the utter spinelessness of a heroine who was supposed to be a mature woman was so irritating I gave up halfway through. I've liked Sophie Jordan's YA and will try another of her romances, but this one got thrown across the room.
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Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.

A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature - teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years

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