His Scandal

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Taming a Rogue

Lady Emmeline Prescott is shocked when Sir Alexander Thornton, the most incorrigible scoundrel in England, suddenly notices she even exists-and starts flirting with her! The dashing cad has a well-earned reputation for carousing that brings a blush to checks, but more distressing still I is the unwanted desire he arouses in her!

To win a wager, Alex must win a kiss from an innocent maiden, But first he must get past the giggly ...

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Overview

Taming a Rogue

Lady Emmeline Prescott is shocked when Sir Alexander Thornton, the most incorrigible scoundrel in England, suddenly notices she even exists-and starts flirting with her! The dashing cad has a well-earned reputation for carousing that brings a blush to checks, but more distressing still I is the unwanted desire he arouses in her!

To win a wager, Alex must win a kiss from an innocent maiden, But first he must get past the giggly girl's chaperone-her straitlaced older sister, Lady Emmeline. And to his dismay, it is the enchanting, levelheaded Emmeline who intoxicates him with her soft sensuality and eminently kissable lips. Yet such a conquest is unthinkable-unless Alex abandons his cherished reprobate ways... and surrenders to his heart's traitorous yearning for a true and passionate love.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380821099
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 908,313
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

After a detour through fitness instructing and computer programming, Gayle Callen found the life she’d always dreamed of as a romance writer. This USA Today bestselling author has written more than twenty historical romances for Avon Books, and her novels have won the Holt Medallion and the Laurel Wreath Award.

Gayle lives in Central New York with her three children, her dog, Apollo, and her husband, Jim the Romance Hero.

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His Scandal

Chapter One

London
April, 1589

Alex Thornton was fresh out of new scandals. Standing beside his friend Edmund Blackwell, he sighed as he watched the hall full of glittering couples dancing merrily beneath vaulted ceilings.

It had been eight months since he'd given his twin brother Spencer's identity back to him. Eight months of constantly explaining to disappointed people that he'd only posed as the viscount.

Alex had vowed to enjoy his own life again, without the responsibilities of a noble title. He would do as he pleased, drink, gamble himself into oblivion, and find willing young women to enjoy it all with him.

Sad to say, those pleasures had grown almost...tiresome of late. Each party blurred into the next. He needed a change, something new to interest him.

"Edmund, are you as bored as I?"

Edmund shrugged, and his gaze surveyed the crowd. "I doubt it."

Of course Edmund wasn't bored — he hadn't grown up among the nobility. He was one of those rare men who'd worked hard since childhood to achieve success, and had been knighted for his efforts.

Alex almost envied him.

"We need to enliven the evening," he continued. "I propose a wager."

Edmund rolled his eyes. "You know you can outdrink me."

"No, something new." He met the bright gaze of a lady and gave her a smile. "We seem to have the attention of several young women this evening."

"Until their mothers see where they're looking," Edmund said dolefully, folding his arms across his chest.

"And there is our challenge. I wager that I can get one dewy-eyed innocent to kiss me beforeyou can find one who'll kiss that face of yours."

"A virgin? I'd be beetle-headed to accept such a thing!" Edmund scoffed. "You've stolen kisses from half the girls here."

"Not the challenging ones, I haven't," Alex said. "So to make this interesting, I shall pick out the girl for you, and you shall pick out mine."

A slow grin eased Edmund's deceptively hard face. "I'll wager five sovereigns. But what happens if an angry father decides that one kiss compromises his daughter?"

Alex shrugged. "We have to marry sometime, do we not?"

"As if you would ever be trapped against your will," Edmund said. "Very well. I'll be magnanimous and allow you to choose first."

They turned to look out on the great hall. Couples whirled about, and women were lifted in the air by their partners. Crowds of people talked and ate and laughed. Who to choose for Edmund?

Then he saw her — blond, pretty, and not ranked highly enough to look down upon Edmund, who'd begun manhood as a common soldier. Due to her overly protective family, it would be difficult for Edmund to get even close to her.

Alex cleared his throat and clasped his hands behind his back. "I have the perfect girl. Elizabeth Langston."

Edmund looked doubtful. "Her name is not familiar."

Alex pointed to where she stood alone with her parents, not dancing.

"She is quite beauteous," Edmund said. "But surely you had a specific reason in choosing her?"

"I shall just warn you to beware her father — and her brothers."

Edmund sighed and continued to search the crowd. Finally he displayed a triumphant smile. "Ah, now there is a woman who'd be a challenge for you."

"Who?" Alex asked, feeling a pleasant sense of anticipation.

Edmund inclined his head toward the merry dancers. "Lady Blythe Prescott."The younger daughter of the Marquess of Kent. When the crowd parted he saw her laughing face, her shining hair the color of the finest chocolate from the New World. Though he'd never conversed with her, he had often noticed her loveliness and her musical laugh.

He was almost...disappointed.

Oh, she was pretty, but the flirtatious glances she bestowed on every dance partner suggested a woman easily kissed.

Edmund laughed. "Do not be so disgruntled, my friend."

"She will be no challenge. Is there something you are not divulging?" Alex asked, his interest returning as Edmund smirked.

And then he saw another woman, an older, paler imitation of Blythe, approaching the girl while wearing a censorious frown. Blythe gave her partner an apologetic look, slid her arm into the other woman's, and walked away.

"And who is that?" Alex demanded.

Edmund grinned. "That was Lady Emmeline Prescott, Blythe's sister."

"Let me guess — a spinster," Alex said with a groan.

Edmund's smile showed almost every tooth in his head. "I am certainly going to relish taking your money."

"You haven't won yet, my good man. There is not a woman born I can't cajole. It will be easy to elude one sister in pursuit of the other."

Edmund gave him a formal bow. "Then I wish you luck, sir — you'll need it. Shall we begin?" He took himself off without a backward glance.

Alex's gaze returned to the two sisters, now standing together near the banqueting table. Blythe's smile was lively as she listened to her sister's obviously serious words. Emmeline had none of Blythe's vivaciousness, and her dark hair had a reddish tinge to it. Perhaps if she smiled occasionally, she would have ensnared a man by now.

Yet she was the daughter of a marquess — surely men must be lining up at her door, if only for a share of her wealth. So why had she never married?

Hell, he didn't have to care about the sister; he only had to outwit her. And for that to succeed, he had to win the younger sister's cooperation.

So he began to follow Blythe about the room, sending longing glances her way, ready for the moment their eyes would meet.

It came as she was talking to Emmeline, whose back was to Alex. Over Emmeline's shoulder, Blythe glanced up and saw him there, not ten paces...

His Scandal. Copyright (c) by Gayle Callen . Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2002

    thrilling Elizabethan romance

    In 1589 London, the Ton praises Viscount Spencer Thornton for his work as a spy. His job helped the English defeat the Spanish Armada. At the same time, the aristocracy holds his younger twin Alexander in contempt for masquerading as Spencer even though that enabled his sibling to stay safely undercover. His so-called friends refuse to speak to him and Alex misses estate management and Parliament. He feels the only thing he is good at doing is causing scandals. <P>A bored Alex bets Edmund Blackwell that he can obtain a kiss from a virgin first. Alex selects Elizabeth Langston as Edmund¿s target while the latter chooses Blythe Prescott as the former¿s sacrifice. Alex flirts with Blythe, who is guarded by her spinster older sister Emmeline. To his shock, Alex finds himself dreaming of Emmeline rather than Blythe who now seems so young. Soon Emmeline concludes that Alex purposely projects the image of a wastrel. She has seen his kindness and decides to marry him, but must take things into her own hands if they are to wed. <P>HIS SCANDAL is a thrilling Elizabethan romance that is superb when the lead protagonists are on center stage. The fast-paced story line is filled with delightful support characters that amplify the understanding of the lead couplet. Though a subplot involving attacks on Alex takes away from the main tale, Gayle Callen renders a strong tale that complements her previous novel HIS BETROTHED starring Alex¿s twin and leave her audience anxiously awaiting the final tale in the trilogy. <P>Harriet Klausner

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    This book dragged on and on. It could have been a great story if it was 100 pages or less, not 269. Very disappointed!!!

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