Scandal and the Duchess (Highland Pleasures Series #6.5) [NOOK Book]

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A WOMAN’S REPUTATION

Scandal follows Rose Barclay, young widow of the Duke of Southdown, wherever she goes. It’s never her fault—honor bright—but newspapers love to write about the simple girl from Scotland and the much older duke, who died suddenly on their honeymoon. And now there is even more talk as the legitimacy of the marriage is being contested by the duke’s son and ...
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Scandal and the Duchess (Highland Pleasures Series #6.5)

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Overview

A WOMAN’S REPUTATION

Scandal follows Rose Barclay, young widow of the Duke of Southdown, wherever she goes. It’s never her fault—honor bright—but newspapers love to write about the simple girl from Scotland and the much older duke, who died suddenly on their honeymoon. And now there is even more talk as the legitimacy of the marriage is being contested by the duke’s son and heir.

Steven McBride is a decorated soldier—and a notorious gambler and womanizer. The last thing he wants is marriage, but due to a series of unfortunate events, he and Rose’s names are linked in the papers, threatening the lovely lady with ruin. To save the day, Steven suggests they claim to be engaged. But as desire boils between them, Rose and Steven soon learn the difficulties of maintaining their deception, which might not be a lie after all …

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Praise for the Mackenzie series


“Skillfully nuanced characterization and an abundance of steamy sensuality.” —Chicago Tribune

“Heartrending, funny, honest, and true… I want to marry the hero!” —Eloisa James, New York Times Bestselling Author

“A sexy, passion-filled romance that will keep you reading until dawn.” —Julianne MacLean, USA Today Bestselling Author

Jennifer Ashley, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and winner of a Romance Writers of America RITA Award, also writes as Allyson James and Ashley Gardner. She’s penned more than fifty-five novels and twenty novellas in historical romance, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy. She now lives in the Southwest with her husband and cats, spends most of her time in the wonderful world of her stories, and also enjoys hiking, music, and building dollhouses and dollhouse miniatures.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101615935
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/16/2014
  • Series: Highland Pleasures Series
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 2,427
  • File size: 916 KB

Meet the Author

Jennifer Ashley, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and winner of a Romance Writers of America RITA Award, also writes as Allyson James and Ashley Gardner. She’s penned more than fifty-five novels and twenty novellas in historical romance, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy. She now lives in the Southwest with her husband and cats, spends most of her time in the wonderful world of her stories, and also enjoys hiking, music, and building dollhouses and dollhouse miniatures.
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  • Posted September 18, 2014

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    An enjoyable and sweet historical romance, Scandal and the Duche

    An enjoyable and sweet historical romance, Scandal and the Duchess was a lovely read that I really liked.

    Rose was a great heroine. She kept her dignity, even as her stepson threw her out without a penny and the gossips and scandal writers tried to tear her reputation to pieces. Through it all, she wanted nothing more than to escape the confines of the scandal and was brave enough to take that chance when it came about. And, she was also a kind and likable character. I thought she was lovely.

    Steven was wonderful, as well. Once he'd decided to help Rose, there was nothing that would stop him from seeing her to her happiness. He was loyal to those he loved and rather sweet when he wanted to be. I thought he was great.

    The romance was sweet. I thought Rose and Steven were great together, especially with how they both couldn't care less about the gossip, as long as they were together. The romance could have been deeper, but I thought it was nice overall.

    The plot didn't drag anywhere and I was kept engaged the entire way through. The mystery of what Rose's late husband had left her in the will added a nice touch. I enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.

    Scandal and the Duchess was a lovely historical romance that I really liked. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.

    *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2014

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    This is book 6.5 in the MacKenzies & McBride series. Coming

    This is book 6.5 in the MacKenzies & McBride series.

    Coming out of a friend's home, Rose Barclay, the young widow of the Duke of Southdown encounters a very drunken Steven McBride. Seeing that he is in no shape to see himself home, Rose has her coachman bring him with her.

    Steven wakes up to a splitting headache but the most beautiful woman is taking care of him. Needing to get home, he has the perfect planned for tricking the journalists that are camped out trying to find the latest scandal the young widow is involved with. He has the carriage brought around and announces to all that they are to congratulate the couple as they are to get married.

    Rose can hardly believe her ears, but soon realizes that Steven's plan has it merits. He has also agreed to help her get her inheritance from her step-son.

    What happens when the fake engagements seems all too real?

    Having not read the other books in the series, I would worried that I would be confused as to who everyone was. While characters from the previous books did come into play, it in no way took away from the enjoyment of this story. It actually intrigued me to seek out the rest of the series so that I can read their stories too.

    Even though this was a novella, I felt that the author did a great job of developing the story and the romance between the couple. I really liked Steven. I thought pretty poorly about himself, but should true character in the way he jumped in to help Rose and others along the way. Even though Rose was not of noble birth, she acted much more noble than her step-son. It was nice to see that she didn't cower when confronted by the people that thought she didn't belong.

    Jennifer Ashley is definitely an author that is now on my must read list and I eagerly await the next installment in the series.

    Thanks go out to Penguin Group via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2014

    Rose, the Dowager Duchess of Southdown, and Steven, a officer in

    Rose, the Dowager Duchess of Southdown, and Steven, a officer in her majesty’s army, deserve each other.  And I mean that in the best possible way.  




    Rose is the former Miss Barclay and has always had little use for convention.  Amazingly enough, she ends up married to the Duke and it is a love match.  Unfortunately, he dies shortly after their marriage and she is left destitute due to the machinations of her stepson.




    Steven is an excellent officer, but when off duty, enjoys wine, women, and gambling far too much.  Due to his drinking, he literally runs into Rose in the streets and gives the scandal mongers even more ammunition to write about her.  Although not titled, Steven is a gentleman and knows he must help Rose with both her financial difficulties and her damaged reputation.




    Steven enlists the help of both the Mackenzies and his own brother Simon to help Rose deal with her stepson’s efforts to keep her from her inheritance.  Steven’s assistance is altruistic, but that does not mean there is not a strong attraction between he and Rose.  From their first meeting, the heat is evident.




    The ending of the book was different from what you would normally expect, but it was definitely the ending that fit the personalities of the characters.  Rose and Steven are not the normal couple of the ton, so of course, their romance was not normal either.  Don’t worry though.  They definitely have their “happily ever after.”




    I only had one problem with the book.  Rose’s former husband was described as a kind and generous man.  He was completely estranged from his son and that part of the story did not ring true. I felt that there should be more explanation of why the bad feeling between the father and son existed.




    All in all, this is a strong addition to the Highland Pleasure series.  It can be read as a stand alone, but I highly recommend the entire series.  As I said, my favorite part was catching up with the Mackenzie family and friends.








    Ratings: 
    Overall:  4
    Sensuality level:  3

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2014

    I enjoyed this addition to the MacKenzie / McBride series. It wa

    I enjoyed this addition to the MacKenzie / McBride series. It was a bit of the regent delicate flower hoodlum womanizing duke type read but it wasn't over played and it wasn't filled with ridiculous antics that most stories like this tend to obsess over. Some parts were just a little bit too silly but I liked that it kept it light hearted. While the step son was a bit over the top as a punk his position as well as Rose's easily understood. Readers can easily pick as side as who to love and who to hate, but we ofcourse always cheer for the happy ending. Don't worry Jennifer never disappoints because the love she provides always finds it way into her readers hearts at the end. :)

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  • Posted October 17, 2014

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    Another hot Scot in a kilt

    I love this series and have read all the books. I love Steven and Rose. I always enjoy it when the other Mackenzies and McBrides show up. Rose Barclay, the dowager Duchess of Southdown is being harassed by the press when Steven McBride literally falls at her feet. He is quite drunk. She decides he is a down on his luck soldier as he is drunk and wearing his Regimentals. Steven is anything but poor or down on his luck. Rose is living with her late husbands coachman and his wife after her step-son has tossed her to the curb and refuses to let her have what is rightfully hers. After hearing her story, Steven suggests they pretend to be betrothed. He can squire her around and keep the press at bay. And keep her ass of a step-son from harassing her too. There is a mystery involving the two pieces of furniture the late Duke has given to Rose. They figure it out with the help of Ian Mackenzie who is a great puzzle solver. Of course this is a romance so there is an HEA.

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    Posted October 16, 2014

    I adore this series!

    I adore this series!

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