A Matter of Scandal

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Miss Emma Grenville has had her fill of pig-headed noblemen who believe women exist solely to satisfy men. And her arrogant new landlord, the Duke of Wycliffe, is the worst of the lot! The too-attractive cad wants to triple the rent on Emma's finishing school for young ladies to help get his newly inherited estate out of debt. Well, he clearly needs educating—about women. And Emma is just the one to enlighten him.

The sinfully handsome duke has never met a woman he couldn't ...

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Overview

Miss Emma Grenville has had her fill of pig-headed noblemen who believe women exist solely to satisfy men. And her arrogant new landlord, the Duke of Wycliffe, is the worst of the lot! The too-attractive cad wants to triple the rent on Emma's finishing school for young ladies to help get his newly inherited estate out of debt. Well, he clearly needs educating—about women. And Emma is just the one to enlighten him.

The sinfully handsome duke has never met a woman he couldn't seduce and outwit.And now that he's tricked Emma intoa wager, he has the stubborn headmistressright where he wants her. But the confirmedbachelor underestimates the quick-wittedand surprisingly sensual Miss Grenville. For she may be leading him to a placeneither dreams they'll ever go—to the altar.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380818501
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Series: With This Ring Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 514,693
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

A native and current resident of Southern California, Suzanne Enoch loves movies almost as much as she loves books. When she is not busily working on her next novel, Suzanne likes to contemplate interesting phenomena, like how the three guppies in her aquarium became 161 guppies in five months.

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Chapter One



Visitors never came to west Hampshire during the Season. Not on purpose, anyway.

Thus the three massive coaches bumping down the rutted lane that ran from Westminster to the main road had to be lost. Very lost.

Hiking her brown muslin skirt up a little because of the mud, Emma Grenville hurried into the field at the edge of the road. Expensive-looking vehicles like that weren't liable to turn aside for the headmistress of a girls' school. And they were a magnificent sight. Elizabeth and Jane would wish they'd gone walking with her this morning, as she'd encouraged. Three grand coaches gracing west Hampshire in the summertime -- who would have thought?

The first vehicle rocked by her without pause, a red dragon and sword emblazoned on the door and the flimsy curtains drawn. Nobility, she thought, her curiosity deepening. As the second coach neared, the small, balding driver tipped his hat at her and grinned.

For heaven's sake -- she was staring like a milkmaid on her first trip to market. One of the most basic lessons she taught her students was not to stare; she needed to practice following her own teachings. Flushing, Emma continued toward the Academy at a faster pace.

A thunderous crack made her jump and turn around. The second coach lurched with a crooked twist into the air, careening off one of the numerous boulders that had risen after the spring rains. It slammed back onto the road again with an even louder crunch. The near wheel snapped off the axle, hitting the ground a foot from Emma and rolling past her intothe tall grass. The vehicle pitched forward and came to a grinding halt in the mud.

"My goodness!" Emma gasped, putting her hand to her heart.

The horses were stomping and snorting, and the driver cursing, as she hurried back to the coach. The flimsy door swung open just as she reached it.

"Damnation, Wycliffe! You and your stupid expeditions!" The well-dressed young man tottered in the doorway, then slipped and fell face first into the muddyroad. He very nearly landed on her foot, and Emma hastily stepped backward -- and collided with a brick wall.

Not a brick wall, she amended as it grabbed her elbow when she stumbled. "Steady," it said in a deep voice that resonated down her spine, and lifted her upright again.

Emma's surprised shriek caught in her throat as she whipped around. The brick wall was a giant of a man, tall and broad-shouldered and solid. The giant had light green eyes, and they gazed at her from beneath curved aristocratic eyebrows. One of them arched in obvious jaded amusement.

"Perhaps you could move aside."

"Oh." She stumbled sideways, her words catching as her feet slipped again. "Beg pardon." She couldn't recall ever seeing anyone, much less a nobleman, put together in quite so...magnificent a fashion.

The devilish handsome giant brushed past her and with one arm heaved the fallen fellow back to his feet. "Injured, Blumton?" he asked.

"No, I'm not injured, but look at me! I'm a bloody mess!"

"So you are. Get away before you fling mud on me." The giant gestured at the edge of the road.

"But --"

"Oh, Grey!"

A woman appeared in the coach's doorway and collapsed artfully into her rescuer's arms. Long blond tresses, several shades lighter than giant's wind-ruffled, honey-colored hair, had come loose from their clips. Her curls spilled over his arm in a golden cascade as he held her close against his chest.

"Excellent aim, Alice." Apparently unmoved by her unconscious state, he made as though to drop his burden in the muddy road.

Emma stepped forward. "Sir, you cannot mean to --"

Alice recovered instantly and flung her arms around his neck. "Don't you dare, Wycliffe! It's filthy!"

"That's not likely to convince me to continue hauling you about. I'm standing in it, and so is this chatty female. "

"Chatty?" Emma repeated, scowling. Handsome or not, his manners were obviously lacking, and as she taught her students, manners were the first measure of a gentleman.

A second female pulled herself up to the door of the coach. "Oh, let him go, Alice, and give someone else a chance."

"I'll rescue you, Sylvia," the muddy gentleman stated, slogging back toward the coach and lifting his arms.

"After you've been wallowing in the mud? Don't be absurd, Charles. Grey, if you please?"

Emma started to say that if they would all just relocate to the edge of the road, they would find the ground much drier, but as they were nobles and nobles seemed to thrive on such silliness, she folded her arms and watched. Chatty female -- ha.

Grey, as the ladies were calling him, seemed an odd nickname for such a powerful-looking, golden male. "Lion," or something equally dangerous sounding, would have been a better fit.

He scowled at the other female. "I can't carry everyone."

"Well, I refuse to be rescued by Cousin Charles."

A low-pitched sigh sounded several feet behind Emma. At the edge of the road, on the one nice, dry strip of sod, another nobleman stood gazing at the scene. His hands were in his pockets, and his light blue eyes twinkled despite the look of horrified affront on his lean, handsome face.

"Gads, I suppose that leaves me," he drawled, eyeing the sodden roadway with distaste.

Sylvia's lips tightened. "I would prefer n--"

"Yes, it does, Tristan," the larger man snapped. "Quit tiptoeing about and get over here."'

"I will expect you to purchase me a new pair of boots, Wycliffe."

As the dark-haired Tristan trod toward them, Emma gazed at the giant again. The name Wycliffe tickled at the back of her mind, but she couldn't quite place it.

She had friends who had left the Academy in years past and married...

A Matter of Scandal. Copyright © by Suzanne Enoch. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2007

    Very funny

    I love her books, , they are so funny, absolutely hilarious!! He starts to teach a class at her all girl school, , and learns what schooling is all about!! His first lesson leaves them drowning in a pond, , and meanwhile she has to pick the estate up from the rocks and transform it into a sucess, , This book focuses mainly on the relationship everyone has with eahcother, and not so much on the sex life of a certain couple of gamblers, , There is even an appearence from the Vixen and Alexandria, , two other women who met their men through Enoch, , I reccomend these books to everyone who loves romatic comedies, , and i can't wait to read her other ones which certaintly promise to be as good as this one!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    DIDNT WANT TO PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!

    I am already looking for more by this author

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    refreshing Regency romance

    The Earl of Haverly, Dennis Hawthorne asks his nephew Greydon Brakenridge, the Duke of Wycliffe to come to his remote estate in Hampshire during the London season. Needing an excuse to flee the females of the Ton including his mother, Grey leaves for Haverly Manor. However, he fails to rid himself of all his troubles as an entourage accompanies him. <P>Grey¿s uncle has accumulated bad debts, but refuses to allow his nephew to pay it off. Instead he asks Grey to come up with a plan to help him with his financial crisis. Grey starts by raising the rents on the tenants including the Miss Grenville¿s Academy. The schoolmistress Emma Grenville argues with Grey that tripling her rent will shut down the school, but he believes that is no loss as these finishing schools are marriage brokers. Still Grey cannot ignore how pretty Emma is when she makes a bet with him on whether she could persuade him that females deserve a formal education. When they placed the bet, neither one expected her at the center of a school for scandal debacle nor for love to grow between them. <P>A MATTER OF SCANDAL is a refreshing Regency romance that completes Suzanne Enoch¿s gregarious ¿With This Ring¿ series. The story line centers on the war of the sexes as Grey and Emma clash over female education as much as their love for one another. Through her shrewd characters, Ms. Enoch provides a perceptive perusal of the options facing aristocratic women in the early nineteenth century England inside a strong romance that will delight sub-genre fans. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted April 26, 2014

    This is an excellent book. I hate for the With This Ring series

    This is an excellent book. I hate for the With This Ring series to end. The heroines have all been intelligent women that are sexy too. The characters are enjoyable and the story brisk.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    A WONDERFUL READ

    I so enjoyed this story. S. Enoch is one author whose books I buy the moment they come out. Her characters are well developed... the writing always excellent and best of all funny. Give her a try. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    Funny

    Hard to put down. Loved the charatersand how the flow of story came togethet. Definitly will keep this book.

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