It Started with a Scandal (Pennyroyal Green Series #10)

It Started with a Scandal (Pennyroyal Green Series #10)

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by Julie Anne Long
     
 

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2016 RITA Award Winner for Historical Romance: Short

Lord Philippe Lavay once took to the high seas armed with charm as lethal as his sword, and a stone-cold conviction: he'll restore his family's fortune and honor, no matter the cost. Victory is at last within reach—when a brutal attack snatches it from his grasp and lands him in Pennyroyal

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2016 RITA Award Winner for Historical Romance: Short

Lord Philippe Lavay once took to the high seas armed with charm as lethal as his sword, and a stone-cold conviction: he'll restore his family's fortune and honor, no matter the cost. Victory is at last within reach—when a brutal attack snatches it from his grasp and lands him in Pennyroyal Green.

An afternoon of bliss brings a cascade of consequences for Elise Fountain. She is shunned by her family and ousted from a job she loves, and her survival means a plummet down the social ladder to a position no woman has yet been able to keep: housekeeper to a frighteningly formidable prince.

The bold and gentle Elise sees past his battered body into Philippe's barricaded heart . . . and her innate sensuality ignites his blood. Now a man who thought he could never love and a woman who thought she would never again trust must fight an incendiary passion that could be the ruin of them both.

Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times
“Utterly delectable battle of the sexes where readers win”
All About Romance
“Memorable characters, great writing and insightful dialogue”
Suzanne Enoch
“Warm, witty and fabulous!”
Romancejunkies.com on Perils of Pleasure
“This is really a must-read for fans of historical romance, and be ready for some major surprises to pop up by the end. Ms. Long’s fresh writing style and attention to plot structure really keeps the pages turning in this wonderful historical romance.”
Romantic Times TOP PICK!
“This deliciously delightful romance shines with Long’s charming storytelling and appealing characters...readers will smile with joy and pleasure as the arrogant hero meets his match.”
Kathy Altman of USA Today Happy Ever After Blog
“Of all the amazing books I’ve read this year, A Notorious Countess Confesses is my favorite.”
Library Journal
04/15/2015
Ruined, abandoned by her family, and dismissed from her teaching post at an exclusive girls' school, Elise Fountain is willing to do just about anything to provide for her six-year-old son, Jack—even take a position as housekeeper for the notoriously difficult, ill-tempered Lord Philippe Lavay, a prince of the House of Bourbon, a former privateer, and an occasional secret agent for the Crown. But Elise isn't about to be intimidated. She whips the household into shape and works her healing magic on Philippe, as well, with romantic results that are as unexpected as they are irresistible—and seemingly just as impossible. VERDICT A resilient, appealing pair who've lost everything—and survived—find belonging and hope in Long's latest heart-melting, sexy charmer that delivers a tantalizing hint about a romance that fans have been waiting for—forever. Long (Between the Devil and Ian Eversea) lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062334824
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/31/2015
Series:
Pennyroyal Green Series , #10
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
201,629
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling author Julie Anne Long originally set out to be a rock star when she grew up (and she has the guitars and fringed clothing stuffed in the back of her closet to prove it), but writing was always her first love. Since hanging up her guitar for the computer keyboard, Julie has penned books that frequently top reader and critic polls and have been nominated for numerous awards, including the RITA®, Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice, and the Quill, and reviewers have been known to use words like "dazzling," "brilliant," and "impossible to put down" when describing them. Julie lives in Northern California.

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It Started with a Scandal (Pennyroyal Green Series #10) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
AmyQu More than 1 year ago
*sigh* my heart is so full of these two. What can I say... I laughed when they laughed, ached when they ached. My heart caught in my throat; my toes curled. My heart expanded in time with theirs. I felt their love grow one step at a time... and it was a strong love, it leaped off the pages and demanded to be felt. The imagery was perfect, so many words so carefully chosen were written in the exactly the way things needed to be said... simple and to the point, vivid and real. In all, this book is what every romance should be at heart... a love brought on, not by simple lust, though the attraction was most certainly there, but also through respect and admiration and written in such a way that you cannot help but feel it, too.  Perfect.  Thank you, Ms. Long.
julieford More than 1 year ago
It Started with a Scandal is the next book in the Pennyroyal Green series and I absolutely adored it. The chemistry between Lord Lavay and Mrs. Fountain is electric, enthralling and enticing. Lord Lavay survived the revolution, privateering and now has been injured by 6 cutthroats. He is recuperating in Pennyroyal Green and his new housekeeper (Mrs. Fountain) is proving her worth. Elise Fountain has a child out of wedlock, cast from her home, fired from her teaching job for speaking out of turn and now is trying to adjust to service as a housekeeper and dealing with a somewhat grouchy boss. This story moves along in such a way that you become a part of the story.
jdh2690 More than 1 year ago
 Phillipe and Elise.  Ah, what a romance this was!  This author builds a world with words that is unlike no other.  It winds around you, enticing you in and then won’t let go.  You are actually IN that world, living it with the hero and heroine.  Ms. Long’s wordsmithing lets you into the characters’ inner souls, hearts and minds and is mesmerizing.  I was entranced with this story from beginning to end.  This is my second Penny Royal story in a long string of them and I have many hours of lovely reading lined up.  Oh joy!   
zeeba More than 1 year ago
It started with a scandal is sweet and witty. I love Julie Anne Long's books. Lord Philippe Lavay and Elise Fountain's story is charming and emotional, the majority of the book is about how Elise tries to be a perfect housekeeper for lord Lavay, their romance happens almost towards the end. Elise's son Jack is cute, adorable and a main character in this story. I can't wait for Lyon and Olivia's story. Thank you Julie Anne Long
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A couple of earlier books troubled me in how the much more privileged hero dealt so carelessly with the life of the heroine (Like No Other Lover was particularly problematic in this regard), but Long pleasantly surprised me here. I kept expecting Lavay to be a thoughtless jerk. He is easily her best hero.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a true romance without distracting and annoying side mysteries. It was totally engaging from start to finish, with humor woven throughout. I will be looking for more stories from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book as well as the character developement. Looking forward to the next!
jerichat More than 1 year ago
This book was FANTASTIC. I found this author in the middle of the series (How the Marquess Was Won, #6 in the series), and liked it enough to go back and read the earlier books, then tackle the newer. This is, by far, the best of a pretty good series. We met the hero in the 4th book as the hero's best friend. I'm so glad he was given his own book. Also love the lead-up to the final book in the series, Lyon & Olivia's story. I know where i'll be on Tuesday morning, Sept 29th!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best in the series. The characters came alive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read - can hardly wait for the next book with Lyon! Loved the characters and how they found true love.
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Beautiful romantic love in the pages of a book. Ms Long takes you into the lives of her characters with her usual dexterity with prose and discription. I dare you not to fall in love with this pirate and his housekeeper. Excellent!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Strong heroine, likeable and sensible. Hero and her are oceans apart in social status but author does a believable job of crossing that barrier. Sweet, romantic, funny with an intense passionate erotic love scene when these two finally fall into each others arms.
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You'll want to read this installment of the Pennyroyal Green series in order; although, it is meant to stand alone. This story was not my favorite, but it was still good. Can't wait for Lyon!
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** It Started With A Scandal by Julie Anne Long Book Ten of the Pennyroyal Green series Publisher: Avon Publication Date: March 31, 2015 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Lord Philippe Lavay once took to the high seas armed with charm as lethal as his sword and a stone-cold conviction: he'll restore his family's fortune and honor, no matter the cost. Victory is at last within reach--when a brutal attack snatches it from his grasp and lands him in Pennyroyal Green. An afternoon of bliss brings a cascade of consequences for Elise Fountain. Shunned by her family and ousted from a job she loves, survival means a plummet down the social ladder to a position no woman has yet been able to keep: housekeeper to a frighteningly formidable prince. The bold and gentle Elise sees past his battered body into Philippe's barricaded heart...and her innate sensuality ignites his blood. Now a man who thought he could never love and a woman who thought she would never again trust must fight an incendiary passion that could be the ruin of them both. What I Liked: This is my first Julie Anne Long read, thanks to the book-pushing of Racquel (thank you, girl!). She and I both love historical romance novels, and recently, we swapped our favorite authors. I consider myself a bit more of a "newer" historical romance reader compared to Racquel, and when she got really excited about all things Julie Anne Long, I knew the author had to be some sort of awesome. So I requested this particular book from Edelweiss - I haven't read the other nine books in the series. But let me tell you: It Started With A Scandal is nothing short of wonderful, heartwarming, steamy, and entertaining. Elise is a former teacher at an Academy. She was removed from her position for speaking out of turn. Years ago, her own family shunned her, because she got pregnant (unmarried), and the man left her. So Elise is now forced out of a job because she misspoke. She has a fake reference from the prestigious Redmond family (who owned someone a favor, and that someone used the favor for Elise). Elise secures a position as Lord Lavay's much-needed housekeeper.  Lord Philippe Lavay was attacked and is injured. He does not seem to care much about the state of his house, because it's in terrible shape. The few servants are lazy and rarely clean anything. Lord Lavay is tormented by his lack of funds, his injuries, and his dwindling French family honor and name. Elise is determined to turn his house into a home, and in doing so, she finds her way into everyone's heart... including Lord Lavay's. Gah! I love the love stories that involve a hate-to-love dynamic. Lord Lavay is rather grouchy and unapproachable in the beginning of this book - for most of the book, actually. Personally, I find that quite endearing... and Elise found it intriguing. She didn't hate or dislike him at first - in fact, she's always been curious about him, and wanted to help him.  I love how kind and sweet Elise is - and yet, she is quite fiery and outspoken. She has to filter what she is thinking and says, and sometimes things slip through that filter. She lost her teaching position because she said something that could be taken rudely. But really, she's just very honest and direct. And nice. She has a big heart and a kind spirit. And then there's Lord Lavay (Philippe), who is quiet and grouchy, irritable and menacing. He really isn't all that bad, but he certainly lets everyone think that he is. He doesn't let anyone in, doesn't communicate with his grandfather or sister anymore, since the attack. It's like he lost a bit of his pride, and not just money or honor. Philippe and Elise together... fireworks. They dance around each other, clash at times, and keep the dance going. Elise never tries to stop helping Philippe, even if he is a grouch about things, like taking tea with pain relievers in them. I love their interactions. I love their dialogue. It's not love at first sight, and not quite lust at first sight either (Philippe had just thrown something). I love the development of their relationship - it's slow and gradual and beautiful. And the chemistry - the chemistry is sizzling hot in this book. You can feel the tension between Philippe and Elise. There is so much to this book besides romance! Elise has a son, a "bastard", and the author focuses on Jack's growth sometimes as well. When Philippe finally meets Jack (this isn't until about halfway into the book), the author then has Philippe and Jack spending time together. This could be because the author wants to show that Philippe likes Elise, or because Philippe really likes Jack (or kids in general), or because the author wants to show Jack's growth. Either way, I actually really liked the sub-focus on the little boy. I liked Jack. In general, overall, I really, really liked this book. It was near-perfect. I loved the story, the romance, the characters. What I Did Not Like: I soooo saw a certain decision made by Elise at the end of the book. Totally saw it coming - it HAD to happen. However, I felt like the ending in general was a bit quick, and then the final scene was not enough. I wanted a peek into the future, or something like that! I mean, we get a view into the future, but I think I just wanted a little more Philippe/Elise in the end, one-on-one, maybe. But anyway, small thing. I LOVED the ending, in general. Would I Recommend It: YES! I loved this book! I'll probably be shelving this one in my "Favorite Historical Romances of All Time" category. It's getting four stars (4.5, really), but it's definitely a favorite. If you're a historical romance fan, definitely give this book a chance!  Rating: 4.5 stars -> rounded down to 4 stars. I definitely want to go back and read the other nine books in the series (or as many as I can)! And I'll be keeping an eye out for future Pennyroyal Green books, and anything else by this author. Thank you for the recommendation, Racquel!
jpratt59 More than 1 year ago
Beautiful story. Julie Anne Long is one author I will always read. She can draw you in like no other. Can't wait for Olivia and Lyon.
romancefanWI More than 1 year ago
There are a handful of romance writers that I believe really know how to take a simple romantic premise and turn it into a compelling, steamy, charming read. Julie Ann one is one of them.
TheLustyLiterate More than 1 year ago
4.5/5 Stars | Hot Steam Intelligent, intimate and intensely passionate, upstairs and downstairs collide and combust in this superbly written and divinely sensual, second-chance romance. Undoubtedly one of virtuoso author Julie Anne Long’s finest novels to date, Elise and Philippe’s heavenly tale delivers this spring’s most stirring, satisfying and swoon-worthy escape.  Proud, pragmatic, fierce and fiery, Elise Fountain is a shinning heroine whose inspiring wit, compassion and understated beauty captured my heart. She’s an endearing character whose sharp and spirited personality, like her raven curls, are barely restrained. I delighted in reading her lovely unraveling from attempted prim and proper housekeeper to wonderfully wanton and throughly worshipped woman. And luscious Lord Philippe Lavay? Ooh la la! Il est magnifique! From the moment we meet him, battered and brooding—with shards of porcelain beneath his hessians—this prickly prince’s lethal appeal is nothing sort of ruinous. Imposing, charming and deliciously disarming, Philippe is a singular hero whose sizzling and irresistible self swiftly decimates Elise’s resolve. Sigh…he’s so perfect—thoughtful, intuitive and an achingly tender lover who is as devoted and driven by desire as Elise is. Philippe’s moving and masterful seduction of Elise is raw,  powerful and absolutely riveting to read—and then compulsively re-read :)! Unputdownable and utterly unforgettable, IT STARTED WITH A SCANDAL is a glorious addition to one of historical romances most exceptional and cherished series. I savored every delectable word of Elise and Philippe’s breathtaking love story and now am counting down the days until the THE LEGEND OF LYON REDMOND, Olivia and Lyon’s highly anticipated story, releases this September! I can’t wait! Bottom Line: Read this book! Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
KathyL2059 More than 1 year ago
Each time I read a Pennyroyal Green book, I think it cannot be topped, and then the next book in the series proves me wrong. This time, I am certain It Started With a Scandal is as good as it gets. Oh, it is so PERFECT. This story is just absolutely perfect. The hero and heroine are the truly the heart of the story. The secondary characters are beautifully written. They are all sometimes silly, sometimes annoying, sometimes heartbreaking – it made me laugh and weep, and then ultimately cheer. This will go on my short list of favorite romances of all time.
gaele More than 1 year ago
I’ve read a couple from this series: none in order, and each one completely engaging and engrossing. Julie Anne Long draws the readers in with plenty of twists, turns and intrigue with characters that are wonderfully human and complex and sizzling attraction.  In this story, we have two scarred people: Philippe is physically scarred, and ‘hiding’ in England to recover from his injuries.  A Prince from the House of Bourbon, his goal is to recover his French home and lands.  In need of a housekeeper to run his household, Elise is  hired.  A former teacher undone by a scandal and a young child, she’s now more cautious and thoughtful about decisions and choices.   These two have some serious growth and sacrifices to make as they work their way to the end: social status is a huge player in the story, and Elise not only is lower in status, but she is also a ‘ruined’ woman.  Philippe is not interested in complications that will stall his recovering of his home in France, but he has to come to realize that a man cannot simply isolate himself in anger and grief, and still hope to achieve his ends.   Elise is solid and determined: loyal to the gruff and often grumpy man who gave her a chance, she isn’t easily bowed or cowering. Her expectations are high, and she sets her own even higher.  Far from a dithery interior monologue from either character, their attraction is palpable, it is simply a matter of what steps each is willing to take to grasp that opportunity.  Lovely descriptions of place and details of renovations all add to the current story as bits from both Elise’s and Philippe’s past are  revealed to show their journey to this point. Julie Anne Long had me reading long into the night, unwilling to put this title down.   I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Jeep Diva for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.