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Scandalous Ever After

(Romance of the Turf #2)

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  315 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Does love really heal all wounds?
After being widowed by a steeplechase accident in Ireland, Lady Kate Whelan abandons the turf. But once her mourning is complete, her late husband's debts drive her to seek help in Newmarket amidst the whirl of a race meet. There she encounters antiquities expert Evan Rhys, her late husband's roguish friend―whom she hasn't seen since the da
Published July 4th 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published July 1st 2017)
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Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This second full-length novel in Theresa Romain’s Romance of the Turf series takes up the story of Kate Durham née Chandler, the elder Chandler daughter, widow of the Earl of Whelan and mother of two young children.  Scandalous Ever After is the sort of strongly written, character-driven and emotionally satisfying romance at which this author excels, and there’s a dash of mystery, too, which eventually turns out to be linked to one of the secondary plotlines featured in book one, A
Buddy read with Becca ! It seems like we're cursed at the moment. We seem to be picking all the wrong books lately :(


Having enjoyed the first book in the series and being disappointed by Romain's latest book, I was eager to see if it was me or if her latest book are just not my thing. Sadly, it seems it's the latter.

What bothered me most about this book was that I just couldn't feel the chemistry. Evan has been in love with his best friend's wife ever since he met her when they were te
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I really enjoyed this book! This is the first book by Theresa Romain that I have had the chance to read and it ended up being a great one. This book is listed as the second book in the Romance on the Turf series but it can be read fine as a stand alone novel. Once I really got hooked by the story, I didn't want to put this book down. I kept sneaking peeks throughout the day and before you knew it, I had reached the end of the story.
May 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I read Scandalous Ever After as a buddy read with Andrea. Wow, the two of us are bad luck for each other...but at least we are in it together! :)

Anyway, I have LOVED some of Romain's work, but her most recent releases have been a huge disappointment for me. Gone are the gentle, purely character driven novels that have just the right amount of internal reflection to make them thoughtful without being slow with warm family settings and no needless drama. Lately, there has been too much internal th
Erin Kelly
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Theresa Romain, and I was pleasantly surprised at her different take on historical romance. With a great friends-to-lovers trope, a delicious hero, and different settings than most historicals, this one is definitely worth checking out.

The Story-
Evan and Kate are old friends whose relationship ended at the sudden death of her husband a few years ago. Kate has been struggling to put the pieces of her life back together, and Evan has been desperately trying to move forwar
Mary - Buried Under Romance
Scandalous Ever After is one of the best friends-to-lovers story I have ever read, and features an incredibly sweet hero in the form of Evan Rhys, who has loved our beloved heroine, Lady Kate Whelan, for 13 years and ongoing. There is something magical in a wonderful tale of self-understanding, forgiveness, and finally pays homage to that fact that true friends really do know one better than oneself. There is also a blend of mystery in the novel - a continuation of a villain's schemes from the p ...more
Em Wittmann
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Evan has pined for Kate since the moment they met - when his best friend Con introduced her as his wife. Kate has longed for Evan almost as long.

When the story opens, Con is dead and it's been two years since Kate and Evan have seen each other. But in the middle of a lecture Evan is giving about antiquities, something stirs the hairs on the back of his neck. When a woman's voice shouts out a question, he recognizes it instantly as Kate's. Kate never understood why Evan fled Ireland after Con's
“She had come to think of love as flashing and bright, plummeting and intense. The falling star, not the earth on which it landed.
As grief took many forms, so did love, its happy twin. It came in disguise, behind the face of a friend. It spoke with a familiar voice. It shared her heart by adding to it, a bounty she had never expected. “I love you,” she said.”

Bare me with through this review if you please, because I’ve found it difficult to put into coherent words just how much I loved Scanda
Mar 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF at chapter 12.

I'm sure at some point in history, I've DNF'd other historical romance novels. I can't remember a single one right now. They're like pizza - even when they're bad they're still pretty good. There's nothing bad or offensive or particularly wrong with this one except that I had reached chapter 12 and absolutely nothing significant had happened. I didn't care about the characters, the plot, nor reading another 50% of the book to reach the HEA. It was just so bland. I may try it ag
Ginny Lurcock
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
While it wasn't a bad book, it wasn't precisely a good book either. And I blame the word count. Had I been an editor for this novel, it would have been dripping with red ink by the time I was done. Not because of errors, but there were so many superfluous words. So many words.

Why are there so many words?

Honestly, a good fifty pages could've been cut and it would've been just fine. I wouldn't have such heavy eyelids. I might care a bit more about the story...

Because in the end, those extra words
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed books 1 and 2 equally. Now I am going to go back and read The Sport Of Baronets.
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'll add Evan to the list of my awesome Theresa Romain's heroes. What a sweetheart!
Tracy Emro
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher*

Maybe 3.5 stars

Kate, the Countess of Whelan and Evan Rhys have a history. Evan has been in love with Kate since the day he met her - as the bride of his best friend. The three of them shared a deep friendship - but all that changed when Kate's husband Con died in a racing accident.

Evan left shortly before Con died, after they had a heated agreement. Evan finally gave in to his anger of the way Con treate
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Old hurts and new mysteries exposed!

Certainly this Romance of the Turf story took a different direction. Old yearnings, death and mysteries play out between Wales and Ireland.
Lady Kate Whelan was widowed when her husband was killed in a steeplechase race. She's the daughter of a Welsh racing baronet, Sir William Chandler. Kate had been married to an Irish Lord, Conall Ritchie Durham, the late fifth Earl of Whelan. Con's best friend was a Welshman, the laconic, humorous Evan Rhys, a noted antiqui
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Much as it bums me out to say this, I didn't like this book. it was stilted and boring and the plot wasn't even HALF baked, considering we don't get into it until 3/4 of the way through the damn book. And there were no real stakes in the romance. Evan has loved Kate since they met and has never told her. And...he never really does. He tells the reader. It's every page implied to Kate, but never declared. He tiptoes around his feelings and prevaricates and, even when he DOES tell her, he doesn't ...more
G.A. Hurst
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who like slow building but great romance
Scandalous Ever After by Theresa Romain
Review by Georgianna Simpson
Scandalous Ever After is a historical romance love story with a bit of mystery included. It’s set in Cambridge, England in 1818.
Evan Rhys is lecturing on fake Roman antiquities being circulated for the purpose of smuggling, using slides from a magic lantern and painted shots of artifacts he’d collected. It’s at this lecture that Catherine Abigail Durham (Kate), Countess of Whelan speaks up and asks him why he doesn’t go to Irelan
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, historical
This one took a while to get into--I couldn't quite grasp what was up with Kate's 'tude, and since I was a member of Team Evan pretty much since page 1, her back-and-forth where he was considered was aggravating. I kept shaking my head--what was her deal? The story gradually drew me in, though, and somewhere around the 50% mark I found myself pretty much unable to put the book down until I got to the end. And Kate? Totally redeemed herself in the end :)

I really need to read more of Ms. Romain's
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Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Two years ago Evan and his best friend, Conall, got into an argument and Even then left the country of Ireland, never to return. He found out later that his friend had fallen from a horse and died that very day. He’d blamed himself for his friends death. He also has massive guilt because from the day Conall had brought his English wife home, Evan had been in love with her.

Evan is lecturing in London when the object of his affections, Kate, strolls in. He immediately changes his travel plans and
Diane Peterson
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A lovely story from Theresa Romain. Once again, she does what she does best -- character development involving self-realization. The heroine, Kate, is a widow that reunites with her husband's best friend after a two-year separation. Evan has always loved her, but both are struggling with guilt and confused emotions. The book is their journey, literally and figuratively, toward each other while working out their conflicting feelings.

I loved that Evan was such a great beta hero. He was sweet and
Rose Blue
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As reviewed at Roses Are Blue:

Evan Rhys and Con Durham (the Irish Earl of Whelan) have been best friends forever. Con is a charming, outgoing, mischief loving rogue, while the quieter Evan joins him in his escapades. Their opposite personality types seem to mesh perfectly, cementing their bond of friendship. Evan is shocked when Con returns from a trip to England with a beautiful young bride. Almost immediately, Evan finds himself falling in love with seventeen year old Ka
Kris Sellgren
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This was interesting because the hero struggles with lifelong depression. Many characters in romances find themselves depressed for part of the novel, as they face adversity, but this is usually cured by the happy ending. Here, the hero is pleased about the happy ending, but he is realistic that if waves of depression have come and gone his entire life, this won’t change. He will cope with it as always, but the heroine will make it easier.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I should have liked this more. Romain's writing has always been excellent. She has long been in my short list of really good writers of HRs. The writing is good here and her characters here are likeable, but they're only "likeable enough", not in my short list of H/hs with really good chemistry. And the romance didn't make the earth move for me even one micromillimeter, nor was the plot very compelling. I wasn't " wowed" by anything in this.

When you have a genuinely good beta man who suffers fro
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, regency
A good read, but one that didn't quite work for me.

Kate and Evan are friends, or were at least. Evan was best friends with her husband, Con, but after his death two years ago, Kate has seen and heard nothing of Evan. However, while she's visiting her family in Newmarket, she sees that he's giving a lecture at Cambridge and goes to see it and him. Evan has avoided Kate since Con's death because he's been in love with her for ages, and he blames himself for Con's death. Once he sees Kate again th
Maureen Lubitz
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on You Have Your Hands Full

I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review, but I liked this book so much that I purchased my own copy.

Scandalous Ever After is the second book in Theresa Romain’s Romance of the Turf series of Regency romance novels.

Evan Rhys is an antiquities expert who is planning to go to Greece, but his plans change when Lady Kate Whelan arrives unexpectedly after one of his magic lantern presentations.
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Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Getting a chance at being with the woman he loves was never something Evan thought would be possible. Kate was married to his best friend, and the three had formed a tight circle, one that although Evan loved Kate, he never stepped outside of his role as friend. Now a widow, Kate is attempting to put her life back together and clear up the mountain of debt that her husband left behind. She never suspected Evan’s true feelings, so when a chance encounter once again br
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cambridge, England - 1818

Evan Rhys gives lectures which informs the public about fake Roman antiquities that have become quite worrisome to dealers and collectors. Evan spent four years at Cambridge studying history and enjoys sharing his knowledge with others.

During one of his lectures, he hears and recognizes the voice of the woman he has loved for so long. Abigail Catherine (Kate) Durham, the Irish Countess of Whelan and widow of his best friend, Conall Ritchie Durham, the late fifth Earl of
For once, I don't think a Theresa Romain book just fine! ... because I find this one DEEPLY BORING. So, uh, you win some, you lose some? :")

I just genuinely cannot believe how much of a great premise this book squandered. Long-term pining for a woman forbidden to you because she's married to someone close to you is such a good trope! It's the premise of one of my favorite romance novels, the first one that made me really love romance as a genre! Add into that a hero with an actual interest and a
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Oct 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2020
Kate was widowed after her not-so-awesome husband fell off a horse and was kicked in the head accidentally. He also left her with debt and she is in danger of losing property to pay it off. She is reunited with Evan, one of her husband's close friends who become one her hers as well. He and Con (Kate's dead husband) had argued the day he died and she hasn't seen him in about 2 years.
I enjoyed the previous book and the prequel. This one was a letdown. This one was dry and hard to get into. Both
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
In case you were wondering, this IS Abigail Chandler’s story, of the Newmarket Chandlers, even though nothing on the back cover would let you know that since she goes by Kate now and of course has a different last name because she married and was widowed.

Things I liked: Loved Evan and Kate’s interactions and banter. It was so great to see how much Evan has really loved Kate for so long, throughout her marriage to his best friend Con, and how he is trying not to blow it now by moving too fast. I
Amanda Osborne
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was featured on an NPR segment one day and it was the very first time I'd heard a historical romance novel be mentioned in their book recommendations. So, I had to read it.

This book addresses a topic I have never seen in a historical before and that is depression. The hero suffers from depression and has for nearly all of his life. When he finally describes to the heroine what it is like for him, the line is one of the most accurate for my own experience with depression: "And he told h
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“I would give you a laugh every day if I could,” he said.

“I would do the same for you.”
“What brings the color back, when you feel so gray?" Kate asked.
"Sometimes, nothing but time. When I am more fortunate, I can bring myself out of it with an effort of will. Trying to do something worthwhile in the world." He raised himself onto one elbow, then dropped a kiss on her nose. "Being with you."
"Then you'd better be with me.”
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