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(Ladies of Infamy #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  139 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Secrets. Spies. Everyone lies.

Katherine, the Duchess of Hampshire, is a liar. Her marriage is one of convenience. Of necessity. But it's becoming increasingly difficult to remind herself of this when she's in the company of her enigmatic husband John and his lover, an artist by the name of Henry Fletcher.

Everything changes between the three of them after an otherwise
Kindle Edition, 587 pages
Published January 28th 2019 (first published August 2014)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

As you guys may have noticed, I don't read erotica, and I'm not a fan of M/F/M romances. I am not homophobic, nor am I against the enjoyment of sexuality (I'm not exactly a Puritan, in case you can't tell from my constant use of profanity). It's just that I know what turns me on, and I know what I enjoy. I'm a traditionalist in that sense. I like commitment and monogamy in my relationships. I don't like reading about love triangles. I don't care about anything dealing
Mar 31, 2014 marked it as my-works  ·  (Review from the author)
NOW FINISHED. Read the revised and edited version of Scandal for free while you still can on my website or Wattpad.

It's taken me six years, but friends, the Kindle version of Scandal is now available for pre-order. Bonus: if you're a KU subscriber, you get to read this behemoth for free.

Erica Ravenclaw
Mar 31, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: do-want
Allen has been feeding me this chapter by chapter, and each and every time I do this:

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Also, DO WANT.

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Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica

This was actually really, REALLY good. I love this author's reviews here on goodreads, so should have expected that she'd be a great writer but I wasn't prepared as to how much so.

First of all, the sex was fucking phenomenal (pun intended). Good lord. I loved how consent was such a huge, important element for the relationship as well. Every step in the sexual exploration process everyone would check to see if their partner/partners are comfortable and interested in what's going
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
4.5 Love A Good Menage Stars

The higher you rise, the further you may fall...

This is something that Lady Katherine, the Duchess of Hampshire and her husband are about to find out really soon. Katherine, Kit to her friends, married her husband, John, the Duke of Hampshire, out of convenience. Their marriage was never a romantic affair since John is very much in love with his lover, a famous artist by the name Henry Fletcher. Khit has been supressing every aspect of her character in public so
Liz* Fashionably Late

First of all, you should know my rating is always subjective but today is only intuition and nothing more. I've never read erotica and I'm not planning to do it in the future. Not my cup of tea. Add F/M/M and M/M and after a few chapters I was like:

I didn't know... is that... you think I could too... tell me more.

After that first strong impression, I tried to focus in the story. (I didn't know erotica could actually tell a story) For the first half, Kit was a pain in the
Robin (Bridge Four)
Confession, I read my fair share of smut. I love it and I’m totally fine to admit that. However, before starting this book with some of my other favorite smut peddlers here on Goodreads I hadn’t ever read anything with a threesome *hangs head in shame* all my experience had strictly been M/F. I foolishly thought I didn’t like them or that they were degrading. I WAS SO WRONG!!! I absolutely positively loved the relationship that developed between Kit, John and Henry. I am now totally a M/F/M M/M ...more
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
*tsk tsk* I'm doing that thing, again, where I start reviewing before I'm done the story.... spank me.

I have been loving this smutty little piece of intrigue since page one! That's a treat for me because I'm not a big fan of erotic fiction.

Let's take a minute here to talk about sexual shame, okay? (I seem to be doing these little side blurbs a lot lately o.O) I know it's a thing, I have it, hell most of the world has it....

Okay?! Sex, sexuality and sexual kinks are NOTHING to be ashamed of!!
Magadored wants to extrude your face normals
Please excuse this scatterbrained "analysis." I finished this book a week ago and have since read two more books. To be honest, this book didn't leave much of an impression on me so it doesn't help that I waited to review.

Scandal tells the story of Katherine (AKA Kit,) an olden tyme politician's wife, who has resigned herself to a loveless marriage with a mighty fine gay man named John. John likes to flower the dirty pipe with Henry, another hunk of sizzling beefsteak, who is also an artist

My emotions!! And my heart, oh my poor heart. I have had two heart attacks and countless palpations. Navessa do you know how awful it sounds that a 23 year old needs a pacemaker now after this.

where is book two. I need it NOW.
Review of original version that was available on author's website and Wattpad during writing. So this review is going to be obsolete - major rewrites are under way (I'm DYING with the need to read the revised story!!!). I can't wait to get my beta-read copy!!!

So, my original review (which I was a slacker in getting up) is going in a spoiler tag :P I'm going to pull my disclaimer out, because it applies no matter what.

Disclaimer: Navessa is one of my very, very close friends. I love and treasure

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The only reason I read this was because it came recommended by a friend acquaintance. I found it totally boring, anachronistic, unrealistic, and had the main character, quite frankly, grated on my last nerve. There is much more that was irritating, but I don't feel like bothering to write about it, because that would indicate that I care more than I do. There was nothing erotic about the erotic parts. And I confess, I had several cringe-worthy moments whilst reading them where I either vomited
Sara Hemenway
Edited to add that this review was of the first version the author posted on her website. She has since heavily edited it and is re-posting it, so I'm about to start reading that!!! :D

4.5 Stars!!!

I really enjoyed this. Like, REALLY REALLY.

I read it as Ms. Allen posted it chapter by chapter on her website, and I plan to read it again once it is edited and published this fall.

The characters are wonderfully crafted, the intrigue is gripping and the sex scenes are fricking HOT.


If you
The only reason I read this in its entirety was because it was serialized. It was boring, anachronistic, unrealistic, and had a Mary Sue main character. There is much more that was irritating, but I don't feel like bothering to write about it, because that would indicate that I care more than I do. (Even the erotic bits were boring and cringeworthy, and not particularly hot.)
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

What a nice surprise, I really enjoy it!Interesting story line and I find it very hot!I was looking a lot to find a steamy historical romance and this one was exactly what I needed!

I like the tension between the characters.It was fast paced and captivating I was hooked and I devour it!There is suspense some twists and super hot and sensual moments!

Eva Rose
While this book tends to tip over towards the melodramatic I must say that there is a brilliant plot going here. I feel lukewarm towards Kit but the story has been weaved in such a way that I find it entertaining to read. I was teeny, tiny bit disappointed that Kit wasn't left widow, I was honestly waiting for John to die but he didn't.

I'll definitely read book 2.
** THERE MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD. Read at your own risk. Peace out.

Very hot. Extremmmely hot. Oh em gee, like for srsly. Surprisingly hot, considering I'm generally pretty vanilla in the bedroom and have not previously been interested in exploring the vast world of flavours beyond vanilla.

And James? Damn, damn, DAMN. People, THIS is how you do a mysterious, dangerous character. The way he was described, the way he was portrayed, was so well done that it left me utterly fascinated. It was an
What? That's it? No, there must be more.

I read until Chapter 16, and I must say, that I really like it. Overall, the characters are fabulous, and the plot is, even for erotic, unique.

Katherine, the heroine, is knowingly married to Duke who is privately a gay man, and has accepted her lot in life. But there is a grain of dissatisfaction, and after 3 years of marriage...she is drawn into her husband and his lover's relationship. But the dimensions of this relationship run deeper than she
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4-1/2 In-Progress Stars

Reread: December 2018

(This is a work in progress, but I’ve read every chapter that’s available, so I’m calling it finished for review purposes. I’ll add updates as Ms. Allen uploads more chapters.)

I’ve reread this story because the author has added some new chapters. And she’s also rewritten the entire (incomplete) draft if I’m not mistaken. The whole thing is slightly different than last time. More tension between a few characters. More cloak-and-dagger type shenanigans.
Aly is so frigging bored
Oh my god! Ms. Allen has written a compelling, emotional, delightful mystery set in the early 1800's. And I'm not saying this because I beta-read for her. You won't believe me until you try it which you really have to!

I am not a huge fan of historical romances, but I devoured this book!
Sharon L
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here is why you'd want to read this:

1. Its historical romance (and well done at that)- if you love those and even if you just love romance you'll probably enjoy it.

2. Its erotic- yes, there is sex, sex and sex. And damn, but its hot! Also there are all kinds of sex- m/m f/m m/f/m.

3. There is love and it shows. I mean, sex is great but a well done romance is better. And yes this is a love between three people and IT WORKS!

4. The guys are hot.

5. Each character has a personality of its own. The
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
UPDATE: This review is for the original version of Scandal that I beta read for Navessa as she first started writing it back in 2014. The final version that is actually being published in 2020 (WOOHOO!) is so different that it's practically unrecognisable as the same story (that comes straight from Navessa) so I'll be reviewing that totally separately under a different edition of the book here on Goodreads. I'm leaving this review here anyway because it accurately records my thoughts from back ...more
Sarah Marie
Scandal by Navessa Allen

4 stars

Katherine’s marriage is a lie. It’s one of convenience and not of love. She has a fire that burns to be explored and spending time with her husband, John, and his lover, Henry, have started to spurn her into flames. This story is definitely not the conventional historical romance. It features a ménage romance story in a very unconventional time to be frisky. This story is fun, enticing, and sweet. The writing kept me waiting anxiously for each chapter to be

Melissa Stacy
I've read the first six chapters of the revised edition of "Scandal" and I'm LOVING IT. Now I just need the rest of the chapters to be finished and uploaded so I can read the rest of the book.

You can read this novel for FREE on the author's website, at the link here:

Just beware this book is addictive AF and you might stay up way too late reading. Sleep deprivation is a major hazard. If you need a snooze-fest definitely stay away from this book.
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved Scandal. This was the first M/F/M book I've read, and I couldn't get enough. I read this book chapter by chapter as it was published on the author's website. Not an easy feat with some of those cliffhangers. I can't wait for this book to be published so I can purchase it and read it cover to cover. Also, I need to know where I can find a Henry and John of my own.
6/26/2017 Read the first 6 Chapters and now I don't know what to do with myself... Navessa, gimme more

12/18/2018 Just finished Chapter 18 and goodness gracious. I am so ready for the rest of this story. And Navessa has now started to dedicate full time to writing. I can't wait to see what she does next. Follow your dreams!

11/25/2019 We have been blessed with an early Christmas present! There's a beautiful new cover, there have been recent updates (5 new chapters), AND there is a Kindle version
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I have only read 12 chapters of this book because it is currently being edited by Navessa Allen. That being said, I am in love with this story. Everything. About. It. My imagination is running wild with possibilities of the things to come. I feel like I can't pick up another book while waiting for more chapters. I almost feel like I would be cheating on my boys and Kit if I were to move on to another series right now. Because I am sure I wouldn't be as consumed by the next book in my tbr pile as ...more
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Navessa Allen lives on a 200-year-old farm in rural New England with her husband, their cats, and an assorted collection of farm animals.

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