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Breath of Scandal

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On a rainy Southern night, Jade Sperry endured
a woman's worst nightmare at the hands of three local hell-raisers. Robbed of her youthful ideals, and at the center of scandal, she ran as far away as she could. But now she has returned to exact a just revenge and perhaps fulfill a lost promise of love.

The author of the New York Times bestseller Mirror Image delivers a smoldering tale of love, betrayal, and one woman's quest for ...

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Overview

On a rainy Southern night, Jade Sperry endured
a woman's worst nightmare at the hands of three local hell-raisers. Robbed of her youthful ideals, and at the center of scandal, she ran as far away as she could. But now she has returned to exact a just revenge and perhaps fulfill a lost promise of love.

The author of the New York Times bestseller Mirror Image delivers a smoldering tale of love, betrayal, and one woman's quest for revenge for an unspeakable sin. After three local hellions shatter Jade Sperry's dreams, she runs away as fast as she can. But someday, somehow, she'll return . . . and she'll exact a just revenge. Original.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Jade Sperry's entire professonal life is dedicated to one purpose: revenge. As a pretty and intelligent high school senior she is raped by three classmates, an attack instigated by Neal Patchett, the son of the most powerful man in Palmetto, S.C. No one, not even her own mother, believes Jade's tale, and her boyfriend, led to think she cheated on him, commits suicide. Jade vows to destroy all three boys, especially Neal. She has become pregnant from the attack, but she wins a full scholarship to college and takes her baby son with her. Even after she achieves professional success, her violent past will not allow her to enjoy healthy relationships with men--until she meets Dillon Burke, whom she hires to build the construction project in Palmetto that will spell financial ruin to Neal Patchett and his father. A heroine with a one-track mind can be tedious, but Brown's Mirror Image portrayal of Dillon as a well-rounded character in his own right adds depth to a fast-paced drama. Doubleday Book Club selection. July
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469270340
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Brown
Sandra Brown is the author of over sixty-three New York Times bestsellers. There are over eighty million copies of her books in print worldwide, and her work has been translated into thirty-four languages. She lives in Texas. For more information you can visit www.SandraBrown.net.

Biography

In 1979, Sandra Brown lost her job at a television program and decided to give writing a try. She bought an armful of romance novels and writing books, set up a typewriter on a card table and wrote her first novel. Harlequin passed but Dell bit, and Brown was off and writing, publishing her works under an assortment of pseudonyms.

From such modest beginnings, Brown has evolved into multimillion publishing empire of one, the CEO of her own literary brand; she towers over the landscape of romantic fiction. Brown has used her growing clout to insist her publishers drop the bosom-and-biceps covers and has added more intricate subplots, suspense, and even unhappy endings to her work. The result: A near-constant presence on The New York Times bestsellers list. In 1992, she had three on the list at the same time, joining that exclusive club of Stephen King, Tom Clancy, J. K. Rowling, and Danielle Steel.

Her work in the mainstream realm has taken her readers into The White House, where the president's newborn dies mysteriously; the oil fields and bedrooms of a Dallas-like family dynasty; and the sexual complications surrounding an investigation into an evangelist's murder. Such inventions have made her a distinct presence in a crowded genre.

"Brown is perhaps best known now for her longer novels of romantic suspense. The basic outline for these stories has passionate love, lust, and violence playing out against a background of unraveling secrets and skeletons jumping out of family closets," wrote Barbara E. Kemp in the book Twentieth-Century Romance & Historical Writers . Kemp also praises Brown's sharp dialogue and richly detailed characters. "However, her greatest key to success is probably that she invites her readers into a fantasy world of passion, intrigue, and danger," she wrote. "They too can face the moral and emotional dilemmas of the heroine, safe in the knowledge that justice and love will prevail."

Critics give her points for nimble storytelling but are cooler to her "serviceable prose," in the words of one Publishers Weekly reviewer. Still, when writing a crack page-turner, the plot's the thing. A 1992 New York Times review placed Brown among a group of a writers "who have mastered the art of the slow tease."

Staggeringly prolific, Brown found her writing pace ground to a halt when she was given a different assignment. A magazine had asked her for an autobiographical piece, and it took her months to complete. Her life in the suburbs, though personally fulfilling, was nonetheless blander than fiction. That may be why she dives into her fiction writing with such workhorse gusto. "I love being the bad guy," she told Publishers Weekly in 1995, "simply because I was always so responsible, so predictable growing up. I made straight A's and never got into any trouble, and I still impose those standards on myself. So writing is my chance to escape and become the sleaziest, scummiest role."

When she started writing, her goal was always to break out of the parameters of romance. After about 45 romances, the woman who counts Tennessee Williams and Taylor Caldwell among her influences told The New York Times that felt she had reached a plateau. In fact, she doesn't even look at her books as romances anymore. "I think of my books now as suspense novels, usually with a love story incorporated," she said. "They're absolutely a lot harder to write than romances. They take more plotting and real character development. Each book is a stretch for me, and I try something interesting each time that males will like as well as women."

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  • "I hate to exercise and only do so because I absolutely must."

  • "I love to eat and my favorite foods are all bad for the body. Fried chicken and gravy, TexMex, red meat (hey, I'm from Texas!). My only saving grace is that I'm not that fond of sweets. Salty is my thing. Chocolate cake and ice cream I can skip. But a bag of Fritos. . ."

  • "It takes me a long time to go to sleep, usually because I read in bed and hate to put down the book. But when I do nod off, I'm a champion sleeper. I can easily do eight or nine hours a night."

  • "My worst "thing" is mean-spirited people. People who deliberately belittle or embarrass someone really irk me. The people I admire most are the ones who find something good about even the most undesirable individual. That was a quality my mother had, the one I hope most to emulate."

  • "I have a fear of gravity. Recently my whole family went to Belize. We had several adventures. We tubed a river through miles of cave, wearing head lamps so we'd have illumination. No problem. I scaled Mayan ruins. I rode horseback (on a monster named Al Capone) through the rain forest. No problem. But I couldn't zip line. Even though my five-year-old grandsons did it with glee, I just couldn't make that leap."

  • "I and my husband are huge fans of Jeopardy! We never miss it if we can help it. Does that make us complete dorks?"

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      1. Also Known As:
        Laura Jordan, Rachel Ryan and Erin St. Claire
      2. Hometown:
        Arlington, TX
      1. Date of Birth:
        March 12, 1948
      2. Place of Birth:
        Waco, Texas
      1. Education:
        Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Texas Christian University, 2008
      2. Website:

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 7, 2013

      Anonymous

      Big fan of Sandra Brown and this one is no exception. just wish that Barnes and Noble would put the original publishing date in the detail section. I appreciate that this may be a new release in e-book format, but it is misleading to list it as a 3/13 new release when its been out since 2006. I have wasted too much money on "new releases" only to discover a book is 10 years old!!!!

      66 out of 71 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted March 25, 2013

      It really makes me mad that i bought this book thinking it was a

      It really makes me mad that i bought this book thinking it was a new release.



      .  i just wasteed my money .,,,

      29 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 11, 2013

      An older Sandra Brown book, not her best work

      This 400 page book is not one of Sandra Brown's best works. I read this many years ago and had forgotten about it. So I rebought it. I can see a lot of this book as realistic, but a lot of it is not and there in lies my problem. There is a lot of violence, rape, abuse, illness, accidents, mental abuse, police corruption, cursing, sex, revenge and plain, old fashioned meaness in this book. It is well edited. For readers 18 and up.

      AD

      17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 9, 2013

      OMG! Seriously.. people dont look at the reviews for spoiler ale

      OMG! Seriously.. people dont look at the reviews for spoiler alerts. I was considering reading this book but some user decides to say what happens so whats the point. thanks!

      7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 4, 2013

      book ruinef. Book ruined.

      Not even going to bother buying this after the ending was revealed by other B&N reviewers!!! Why would anyone leave a review so that they spoil it for others? How selfish and pointless to even bother rating it!

      7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 1, 2000

      PAYBACK COMES IN DIFFERENT WAYS

      This was my first Sandra Brown novel. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. I cried along with Jade in her sorrow, pain and betrayal. It was only fitting that it took a man who had also experienced pain and loss to open her up once again to love. The passion they shared was so intense it took my breath away. Don't start this book if you don't have time to read it in one sitting, you will not be able to put it down. This story shows that Payback is not necessary when fate takes over. You will not regret the time you spend reading this book.

      5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 8, 2013

      No

      Too sexually graphic for me

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 18, 2013

      I Also Recommend:

      Great Read! Also love Too Crazy to Live Too Beautiful To Die

      Great Read! Also love Too Crazy to Live Too Beautiful To Die

      3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 5, 2013

      So-so

      Good plot. Language was difficult to take after a very short while. I got the point early what kind of characters the boys were after they first spoke. Didn't need to read it forever.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 10, 2013

      Sue

      Very compelling story. Got a little sexually graphic for my taste.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 4, 2013

      Cannot understand why in the world some readers have to reveal t

      Cannot understand why in the world some readers have to reveal the ending of the book thereby ruining it for other readers. Please be more courteous and quit revealing the entire story.

      2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 31, 2013

      good read

      Good read; fast pace.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 27, 2013

      Anonymous

      Sandra Brown is an outstanding writer. This book will bring out all your emotions, anger, rage, frustrations, tears. But in the end the revenge willl be just as sweet to the reader as it was to Jade. I strongly recommend reading this book. It is one of the best written books I have read in a while.

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 5, 2007

      A Great Read!

      This was my first Sandra Brown Book. I read it during one of my extensive travels i admit that i was suprise to read a different side of romance from her. Not intended to be a typical romance book, but still it goes straight to the heart. This book is filled with suspense and intrigue, definelty should be kept in one's bookshelf!!

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 4, 2006

      Typical Texas

      I love her books. Read quite a few and finished this one in a day and half, did not get much sleep. Some people outside of the south may find it hard to believe that the three got off, and she would turn out to be the loose one. As someone that lives in Texas and does love it. What happened to her is not all that surprising. Esp. considering the time it happened in. Anyway this is a great book.

      2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 24, 2013

      Anonymous

      I love Sandra Brown's books. This was the best one yet. I couldn't put it down!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 27, 2013

      Loved it !!!

      Thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Kept me entertained from cover to cover. Highly recommend.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted March 29, 2013

      Good Read

      I did enjoy reading this book. A high school senior is raped by three of her classmates. One young man is the son of the sheriff another is the son of the riches most powerful man in the community. This young woman was humiliated and her reputation was destroyed. For years she plans her revenge.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 7, 2000

      ABSORBING!

      Excellent reading - the story-line was fascinating--all the characters managed to evoke strong feelings of either anger or sympathy and anything else in between! It certainly had an open ending--can Ms. Brown follow up with a sequel pls.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 26, 2014

      Absoutley brilliant

      This was a positivly wonderful read it was heartbreaking and healing at the same time. I have readmost of sandras book an this is lin the top three for certian. Not a waist of time this is the kind of book you remember and mskes an impact on you forever. At least for me it did

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