In Pursuit of a Scandalous Lady

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Entranced by a portrait, haunted by scandal, he would stop at nothing to learn the truth . . . even if it led to their utter ruin.

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Overview

Entranced by a portrait, haunted by scandal, he would stop at nothing to learn the truth . . . even if it led to their utter ruin.

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Veteran historical romance writer Callen (Never Marry a Stranger) begins this 1840s romance with a painting depicting two items of interest to Julian Delane, earl of Parkhurst: a gorgeous naked woman, rumored to be one of the ton, and her diamond necklace, stolen from Julian's father a decade earlier. Demure debutante Rebecca Leland was recently seen sporting the diamond, but when Julian catches her and her sister and cousin trying to steal the painting, all three young ladies claim to be the model. Threats from another gem seeker send Rebecca off on a wild journey across the countryside; lustful, curious Julian soon catches up, and they're quick to take advantage of their unchaperoned solitude. Though the tale sports only the thinnest veneer of historical verisimilitude, the hero and heroine are engaging, making this a pleasantly spicy early beach read. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061783418
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/27/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.10 (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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  • Posted April 12, 2010

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    a wonderful story

    In 1846 London, everyone wonders who posed nude for artist Roger Eastland when he painted the Scandalous Lady portrait hanging in a gentleman's club. Julian Delane has a personal interest in locating the model as she stole a gem from his family ten years ago leading to his father's disgrace and death.

    The Leland sisters, Rebecca and Susanna, and their cousin Elizabeth Cabot hope to keep their family from another disgraceful scandal that even having a duke to help would not stop the disaster. When Julian and his two friends Leo Wade and Peter Derby meet the three females, each claims to be the model. The three men bet they can prove who the real Scandalous Lady is. Julian believes Rebecca is the one and pursues her as brazenly wears his family's gem in public.

    The first tale of a Victorian romantic trilogy is a wonderful story starring two strong protagonists and a solid support cast. Fast-paced throughout, sub-genre fans will relish the battling to love antics of Rebecca and Julian; and look forward to how well Leo and Peter do when they go up against the formidable Susana and equally kick butt Elizabeth.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    At last....It's Ok

    The story is pleasant enough, but almost mildly uncomfortable at times. Overall it is worth a read, though not fully worth the cost. While the reasoning for such actions makes sense, having a debuntante posing nude for a painting seems too much of a stretch. I find the sexual encounters well written, and good frequency. What I considered too much was the use of the phrase "at last" which is repeated so much it started to ruin the story for me. The author could have substituted other terms occasionally, such as "finally," or left the phrase out of numerous sentences which didn't really need the added words. I might consider recommending this book, but I won't be reading it again myself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    The best book of the series. Really liked the characters and the

    The best book of the series. Really liked the characters and their chemistry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    In Persuit of....

    The Scandalous Lady trilogy is my fave Callen series.

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