One Touch of Scandal

One Touch of Scandal

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by Liz Carlyle
     
 

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“Liz Carlyle weaves passion and intrigue with a master’s touch.”

—Karen Robards

 

With One Touch of Scandal, acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Liz Carlyle arrives at Avon Books and launches a breathtaking new historical romance series centered around the Zeno Society, a  mysterious

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“Liz Carlyle weaves passion and intrigue with a master’s touch.”

—Karen Robards

 

With One Touch of Scandal, acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Liz Carlyle arrives at Avon Books and launches a breathtaking new historical romance series centered around the Zeno Society, a  mysterious fraternity of dangerous—and dangerously attractive—men. Fans of Amanda Quick and Gaelen Foley’s Inferno Club novels will be swept away by One Touch of Scandal, a sensuous tale with a distinct gothic flavor—the story of an imperiled beauty accused of a heinous crime…and the dark lord who risks his most carefully protected secrets to come to her rescue.

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Publishers Weekly
Carlyle's supernatural Victorian trilogy opener introduces a governess in desperate straits. Grace Gauthier is about to get engaged to her employer when someone murders him. Dodging suspicious police, Grace goes to a London gentlemen's club in search of a man who knew her father. Instead of finding the family friend, she encounters Lord Ruthveyn, a part-Indian war hero who agrees to help her prove her innocence by using his connections to thwart the efforts of the most determined investigators. The vibrant attraction between the two is complicated by Ruthveyn's psychic visions and his inability to "read" Grace's future. Grace's tenacity, wit, and compassion make her a very believable, multidimensional character and the perfect match for Ruthveyn's brooding and dark secrets. The romance sizzles, its unpredictability propelling this complex story far beyond its contemporaries. (Oct.)
Booklist (starred review)
“With its exceptionally rich characterization, an engaging plot that gracefully pairs danger and desire, and an intriguing touch of the paranormal, Carlyle’s latest stylishly written, lusciously sensual Regency historical romance is supremely satisfying.”
Booklist
"With its exceptionally rich characterization, an engaging plot that gracefully pairs danger and desire, and an intriguing touch of the paranormal, Carlyle’s latest stylishly written, lusciously sensual Regency historical romance is supremely satisfying."
Karen Robards
Liz Carlyle weaves passion and intrigue with a master’s touch.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062014016
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Series:
MacLachlan Family & Friends , #5
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
175,917
File size:
510 KB

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Karen Robards
Liz Carlyle weaves passion and intrigue with a master’s touch.

Meet the Author

A lifelong Anglophile, Liz Carlyle cut her teeth reading gothic novels under the bedcovers by flashlight. She is the author of over twenty historical romances, including several New York Times bestsellers. Liz travels incessantly, ever in search of the perfect setting for her next book. Along with her genuine romance-hero husband and four very fine felines, she makes her home in North Carolina.

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One Touch of Scandal 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am glad I kept reading even though the 1st 100p was a choppy and overly complicated dual storyline - until it clicked in place that it was a paranormal read. Heads up. The rest of the trilogy is not good. Anisha - Rance story is boring and overly dramatic in a repetitive annoying way barely made it to the end.
kronan1 More than 1 year ago
Excellent................................................... Good mystery. Nice romance. Not so generic sex. Touch of the mystical. Nice overall combination. If you like this type of book w/o the mystical try Ashley Gardner's Captain Lacey series. They're also excellent.
Romance_rookie More than 1 year ago
One Touch of Scandal is the first book in a new trilogy by Liz Carlyle. The trilogy revolves around a secret society, Fraternitas Aurea Crucis. Lucifer, Lord Ruthveyn is one such member. He is surprised to find Grace Guathier on the front stoop of the clubhouse in search of help. Grace has been accused of murdering her fiancé. Her father now deceased had told her if she was ever in trouble to find Sergeant Welham. Instead of finding her childhood friend, Grace finds herself ensnared by the dark enigmatic Lord Ruthveyn. There is a lot going on in One Touch of Scandal. Amongst the romance between Grace and Lucifer there is the mystery surrounding Grace's fiancé. There is also the secret society and its political intrigues and then there is a paranormal/psychic quality to Lucifer's personality. All of these different side-plots were very well thought out. I especially found the murder plot very intriguing. However, with so much going on in the book I thought the romance between Lucifer and Grace suffered some. This could be due to my lack of interest in the political parts of the book, when I would rather to get back to the romance. I liked Grace's character. She was able to pull Lucifer emotionally out behind the wall he built up around himself. The trust between these two characters was crucial and for both characters. Grace is accused of murder and Lucifer intuitively believes Grace when she says she didn't do it. He never waivers in his belief of her. Similarly, Grace accepts that Lucifer is different and patiently waits for him to trust his secrets to her. I think if the external plot points had been toned down a little I would have enjoyed the story more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Normally i love this authors books, but this story i could not get into. I guessed within page 40 who the bad guy was. I also could not get into the whole psyic thing. I also wasnt big on almost all the characters. This was just an ok story, that was hard to finish.
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Shortstride More than 1 year ago
Why do all the customer reviews refer to Ruthveyn as Lucifer??? His name is Adrian!!! Great book. Great match with Grace. Little supernatural but I could overlook that for the great romance involved.
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A bit of paranormal worked in was different for a historical but i liked it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like a romance that is more than just 2 characters kissing/in bed a lot, then this is a good choice. The protagonists are each a bit mysterious, especially Adrian-and the underlying mystey is a good plot twist. Plus there are good supporting characters-Some of whom will reappear in later books.
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Loved it!
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Larimar Little More than 1 year ago
Liz Carlyle has an incredible way with words! And the steamier parts of this novel are enhanced by the more supernatural aspects of the plot. However, I have to admit I'm a little lost at the placement of all these new characters in a world Carlyle had already created. Maybe it was just time for something new, but I had come to almost expect stronger ties to her previous works.
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