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Scandalous Again (Switching Places #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,668 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
Two exquisite cousins must exchange identities in a scandalous deception.

Madeline de Lacy, the duchess of Magnus, prides herself on being one of the most sensible young women in England, which is why she can't believe that, in a turn of the cards, her noble father has lost his entire estate -- and her! -- to a stranger.

On a mission to salvage her family fortune, she change
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 25th 2003 by Avon
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Jul 21, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Catherine by: new_user
This is the second book I've read by this author. Luckily it wasn't the first one I read! The book was a complete disappointment for me. It started out promising which is what makes the ultimate decline all the more hard to take.

I was pretty excited by the premise of this book. I love, love, love second chance romances. I love seeing two people try to work out their issues enough to be together despite being burned once before. I don't love all second chance romance stories--some people are jus
Oct 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read both books in this series many years ago and recall that I liked the 2nd book in the series better and thought I much preferred Eleanor, the cousin, to Madeline, the duchess.

And I have to say that impression still is correct. I just like the cousin's character better.

Madeline, the duchess or future duchess, was born into nobility and knew that she was "better" than everyone else. She met Gabriel, a lord without a fotrune to go with his title and they fell madly in love. Madeline was
Oct 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I never really more than admired Madeline. She is a good person to have at your back, however. If you want control over your own life, then you don't want her anywhere near. I understand how she got to be that way, though, with a father she couldn't ever depend on. This is a story about what it REALLY means to trust someone and trust is necessary to maintain love when life gets rough.

There's very strong chemistry between Madeline and Gabriel. He needs to be in charge though and he needs to be ne
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another great read from Christina Dodd! Madeline, future duchess by her own right, returned with her cousin/companion after 4 years traveling the globe. She left England 4 years ago because she scandalously ended her engagement with Gabriel after he won a fortune gambling. She hates gambling because her father has made her life very difficult as he is a gambler. When she returns home, she finds her father has wagered her hand in a game and has lost. She is now supposed to marry a Mr Knight whom ...more
J.D. Stroube
I absolutely adored this book. I had gone years without picking up a Christina Dodd book, and now I am irritated with myself for it. She is truly an amazing author, and she did an amazing job with this book.

I thought that the characters had perfect chemistry! The blend of suspense and romance is what really makes this book. I definately recommend reading this.

The first sex scene in this book is also unique! It does not follow the normal routine, but instead follows a set of rules all it's own.
I picked this one up cheap at Goodwill, mostly because I used to glom C. Dodd's books years ago, and this was one I hadn't read. I was not disappointed. I liked this story of an outgoing duchess, and I really liked Gabriel. He knew he loved her and wanted her, and he always knew, it was just hard to make her realize that fact. It was a nice change from the usual "man doesn't realize his affections, only his lust, until the last chapter" scenario I've read so much of lately. I found myself with t ...more
Tracy T.
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story and good narration by Justine Eyre (audible review)

I enjoyed this story a lot. I liked the heroine very much she was strong, smart and didn't take any crap. I liked the hero too he was great. They had some great chemistry together and a couple very nicely written sex scenes.

The story line and plot was good. The switching identities story line was fun. There was a villain and gambling plot too. There is lots of dialogue throughout the entire book.

As for the narration, it was good. The
What a great story! I laughed and cried many times! Such wonderful writing and really engaging characters!! I love this authors work!!

The switching cousins was a great angle I loved seeing how both tales evolved! Bold and brash Madeline and sweet shy Eleanor. Terrific stories!

I am currently on a Regency kick and this one was awesome!!
Susan (the other Susan)
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Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Fast read, entertaining plot. A couple of scary moments and comments. Typical Christina Dodd scenes including overpowering and seducing, which always makes me uncomfortable as she seems to like walking the thin line between coercion and seduction.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-to-read
Enjoyed this one. Great story telling.
Romancing the Book
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
Reviewed by Jen
Book purchased by the reviewer for pleasure
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

I love historical romances. I’ve had the two books in this series sitting on my shelf for quite a while. I was in the mood for a historical romance, so I actually decided to pick up the books. But I wasn’t sure of the order, and I actually ended up reading this book (book 1) after it’s sequel. However, since the books are taking place simultaneously it wasn’t too frustrating to me.

The premise
Parichita Singh
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book starts with the Madeline who just returned from Continent after four years. She comes to know that her father had wagered her and lost her in a gamble. So she, along with her cousin and companion, embarks on a journey to soothe her new owner. But soon they come to know about The Game of Century, which Madeline thinks her father will attend. In order to save what is left of her fortune(A tiara!), she switches places with her cousin and go to the gambler’s house as a companion.

At the hou
Morgan Erwin
Aug 29, 2015 rated it liked it
So I pulled this book out of a box and after a couple pages thought to myself, "Hmmm, this seems familiar." So I read a little bit more and a few pages later I realized that it wasn't just familiar, I had indeed read this book before. But since I couldn't really remember what happened I decided to read it again.

This book focuses on Madeline de Lacy and Gabriel Ansell the earl of Campion.

Madeline comes back from 4 years abroad with her cousin Eleanor to find that her father has lost everything i
Sep 06, 2015 rated it liked it
From Publishers Weekly

Dodd, author of the bestselling Governess Brides series (My Favorite Bride, etc.), is back with the first Regency-era romance in her two-part Changing Places series. Lady Madeline de Lacy, one of the most powerful women in England, is struggling to hold her family together following her gambler father's catastrophic loss at cards. When she learns that he has gambled away her hand in marriage and is planning to stake her most precious heirloom in the Game of the Century, s

May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Régebben olvastam már e-book-ban. Pár hete sikerült könyv formájában is beszerezni, de valahogy nem akaródzott elolvasnom. Tegnap délután nekikezdtem, és még hajnali háromkor is olvastam. Azt mondogattam, hogy még egy fejezet, na, még egy, és mire feleszméltem, már hajnal volt.
Nem egy eget rengető alkotás, de szórakoztatott és kikapcsolt. Ennyi nekem elég. Az alaptörténet nagyon jó, a szereplőkkel sincs gond. Madeline néha túl parancsolgató és makacs, de ez nem ment a rovására. Voltak jó beszólá
Lover of Romance
When Madeline de Lacy, the Duchess of Magnuss, hears that her gambling father has lost her in a game to a complete stranger. So Madeline comes up with a plan in hopes of refurbishing the family fortune that her father has willingly given away. So she switches places with her cousin and companion Eleanor so she can go and pretend to be a humble and meek servant. So she goes into the home of a notorious gambler, and is taken on as companion and lady's maid to a young girl that is going through her ...more
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Madeline de Lacy, the duchess of Magnus, is willful, determined and scared to death to trust her one true love Gabriel Ansell who she believes to be a gambler as reckless as her father. Once betrothed to Gabriel, she breaks off the engagement and flees the country to put as much space and distance between herself and the one man who could destroy her. After 4 years abroad, she comes home to learn that he father has lost her in a gaming match to an mysterious lord. It appears the only thing her f ...more
Trish R.
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was a good book but the description is a little misleading. It says they switch places so I thought there was going to be two stories. However, I was wrong and to find out what happens to Eleanor you have to read the next book. I can't see that happening. I feel like someone was trying to trick into buying another book and that irritates me to no end.

That being said, I did like Madeline and Gabriel. Her father, Magnus was sweet but a little crazy. Lady Thomasin was sweet, too.
I knew
Mar 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Madeleine's father has lost her in a game of piquet. However, she has no intention of marrying Mr. Knight. When she hears of another high stakes game (the Game of the Century) that is being set up, she suspects that her father is going to put up her fabulous tiara as the stake. Since it is the last thing left to her that her father hasn't gambled off, Madeleine at once rushes off disguised as a lady's maid to intercept her father. She sends her cousin Eleanor in her place to hold off the man to ...more
Kaycee ❤️
Christina Dodd is truly an amazing author, and she did an amazing job with this book.

When Madeline de Lacy, , the Duchess of Magnus, hears that her gambling father has lost her in a game to a complete stranger. She comes up with a plan in hopes of restoring the family fortune; she switches places with her cousin and companion Eleanor so she can go and pretend to be a humble and meek servant.

Then she saw Gabriel Ansell , the earl of Campion. The only man she ever loved.

Unknown to her Gabriel h
Aug 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Madeline de Lacy can't believe her father has lost his entire estate--and her--to a stranger. On the way to meet the man who won her family fortune, Madeline decides to change places with her cousin and companion, sending Eleanor to confront the man who won the bet. This leaves Madeline free to enter the home of a notorious gambler so she can recoup her family's fortune. She doesn't expect to run into Gabriel Ansell, her former fiance who she dumped four years ago.

This was just an "ok" read for
Aug 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Eh. It was okay. Parts of it were much better than others, definitely. The switching places idea was fun, if a bit farfetched--believable, just barely, since both women had spent so many years on the continent. Lots of potential for fun scenarios, many of which actually happened. I had a real issue with the whole "if you trust me you'll read my mind and do exactly what I need you to do--now leave with the psychotic criminal and I'll probably save you even though we don't at all have a plan beyon ...more
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really like her regency novels versus her paranormal ones. This is the first book in the two part series. Two cousins have been abroad for about four years and resemble each other in appearance but are different in temperament. Your usual set-up in these twin plot set ups. This book deals with Madeline's side of the story. She ends up meeting her ex-fiance at a Maverick like piquet tournament determined to stop her father from a mad-cap scheme as well as retrieve a family heirloom. There is a ...more
I really enjoyed this read. It has my favorite HR combination of spitfire heroine and s.o.b. hero, with an exciting, if more-than-slightly implausible plot. The steamy bits are exquisite - sensual, descriptive and full of the internal conflict the heroine experiences. The hero really is a git and the heroine really has control problems, but neither his dominance nor her attitude put me off like they usually do. Underneath it all, you just knew they were made for each other and that their lives w ...more
Shawna Renteria
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Madeline De Lacy the Duchess of Magnus is wagered and lost by her father. On her way with her cousin Eleanor to meet the man she is to marry, she hears about the game of the century. Knowing her father would be there, she feels she must stop him from gambling in the game. She switches places with her cousin, sending Eleanor to Mr. Knight and her to seek out her father. She runs into her ex-fiance. Is the love still there? Lots of steamy romance and lots of action, what's not to love in a romance ...more
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Eh. I've been looking for another regency romance author to get into. I don't think it will be Dodd. I think I've read something by her before, but I can't quite remember. But this one? Ug. I didn't care for Madeline. She was annoying. She dumps Gabriel because he gambled. Once? If it's only once, how is he so good? If it wasn't just once, how did she not know? Anyway, I didn't care for Gabriel either. No means no and I have no patience for characters who can't respect that. That whole first sex ...more
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
This was a fun switch between cousins rather than twins. I'm rating it as okay because it was a quick read which didn't pull too much emotion from me. Ms. Dodd's writing style is as good as it always is, each to follow along and well written. Don't expect too much emotional turmoil. The situation is sad for Madeline to be sold off. Good thing her cousin comes to the rescue while she's trying to savage the situation.

I recommend this to people who like a historical romance with spitfire female le
Nov 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Sexy battle of the sexes story! Lovers gone astray meet again at a party and drive each other crazy pretending they aren't mad about one another, lots of flirtation but danger lurks adding some drama. Madeline is there under the identity of her cousin who was "sold" as part of her fathers gambling debt and Gabriel must make the biggest bet of his life to get her back for good.

One kiss from you has part of the same plot and tells what cousin Eleanor was doing while Madeline was reconnecting with
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was one more historical novel I've read from this author, and every time I like her more. Another novel filled with strong and charismatic characters, adventures and sexy scenes. The second chances theme always manages to captivate me, and Christina Dodd knows how to work it well (I've read more books from this author well developed under this theme). The love story was, for me, well done. One could notice the spark between Madeline and Gabriel from the beginning until the end.
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