Scandal of the Year (Abandoned at the Altar Series #2) [NOOK Book]

Overview

One tryst was all she wanted . . .

From their very first meeting, Julia knew that Aidan Carr, the oh-so-proper Duke of Trathen, had a bit of the devil in him, a devil who secretly yearned for what he could not have, a devil who harbored a desire for her. So when she needed to be caught in a compromising situation, Aidan was the answer to her prayers.

One tryst just wasn't enough . . .

Aidan is supposed to be ...

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Overview

One tryst was all she wanted . . .

From their very first meeting, Julia knew that Aidan Carr, the oh-so-proper Duke of Trathen, had a bit of the devil in him, a devil who secretly yearned for what he could not have, a devil who harbored a desire for her. So when she needed to be caught in a compromising situation, Aidan was the answer to her prayers.

One tryst just wasn't enough . . .

Aidan is supposed to be looking for a bride, yet his scandalous liaison with Julia is all he can think about. Hot, erotic memories of kissing her skin, falling into her bed, pulling her naked body on top of his own continue to torment and tempt him. What is it about this brazen seductress that he finds so hard to resist? And how can he stop himself from falling into her bed a second time?

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"Witty banter, lively humor, and electric sexual tension provide an exquisite counterpoint to the more serious issues of spousal abuse and the lack of women's rights in this poignant, passionate, spicy story that pairs a marriage-averse heroine with a caring, determined hero and stretches out the disquiet until the very end." —-Library Journal Starred Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062041739
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/25/2011
  • Series: Abandoned at the Altar Series , #2
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 50,819
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Laura Lee Guhrke spent seven years in advertising, had a successful catering business, and managed a construction company before she decided writing novels was more fun. When she's not tapping away at her keyboard, Laura spends time relearning how to ski, mastering the wakeboard grab, and trying to actually hit a golf ball.

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

    Excellent Read

    An afternoon tryst between Aidan Carr and Julia Yardley results in a public and scandalous divorce for Julia and leaves Aidan jilted for the second time. The now divorced Julia's re-entry into society coincides with Aidan's renewed search for a bride. Needing employment to pay off her huge debts, Julia seeks Aidan's advice and much to her surprise, Aidan hires her to act as his social secretary and aid him in his search for a suitable bride. Will this mismatched pair give into their simmering passion and become the Scandal of the Year?

    Aidan Carr and Julia Yardley are secondary characters from the first book of the Abandoned at the Altar series, Wedding of the Season. In Scandal of the Year, Laura Lee Guhrke transforms Aidan and Julia into complex characters, and she brings them vividly to life. Julia's flamboyant and carefree façade hides the painful secrets from her marriage, and the reasons for Aidan's straitlaced and proper behavior are slowly revealed throughout the course of the novel. Julia's recovery from her troubled marriage is depicted in a realistic and poignant manner. It is an absolute delight when Julia's more playful personality draws out the devil lurking inside Aidan.

    Scandal of the Year by Laura Lee Guhrke is a fast paced and compelling novel, and it is a wonderful addition to the Abandoned at the Altar series. Entertaining and likable characters lie at the heart of this heartwarming love story.

    Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2010

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    A delight

    In 1903 in a London court, Lord Yardley is suing for divorce from his wife Julie on the grounds of adultery. When asked whether she had sex with Aiden Carr, Julie says yes though she knows she hurt him as she took away his self-respect. The court grants Yardley his divorce.

    As part of his Ducal responsibility, Aiden needs a wife and an heir. He has money and looks, but has been jilted twice. Trix left him for her archeologist and Rosalind due to Julie. When he and Julie see each other at a ball, she expects his scorn, but instead Aidan acknowledges her before he leaves. Julie feels guilty with what she did to him. Later Aidan accuses her of using him to obtain the divorce. Julie does not deny it and pleads with him to marry for love. Julie asks Aiden for advice on getting a job as she needs to pay her debts and he is successful in business. Aiden hires her as his social secretary to help him find a wife. As she begins to find him suitable women, he rejects all of them as only one woman ever mattered to him ever since they met as teens in 1891.

    The sequel to Wedding of the Season stars key support characters from the first historical Abandoned at the Altar romance. The lead couple is a fun pairing of seemingly enemy combatant opposites who were attracted to one another from that first meeting when they were teens. The support cast is solid, but not as critical to the story line as in the first tale. The serious undertone of the lack of rights for married women is the critical element to a strong Edwardian tale although the climax feels a bit stretched.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

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    Actually #2 in series...

    ...and I liked it even better than the first in the series, The Wedding of the Season. It took two characters from the first book, Julia and Adian (the "abandoned at the altar" groom), and really brought them to life. Reading the first novel, you could definitely feel the tension between the two, and this book really makes the reader see what has gone on between the two of them, both in the distant and not-so-distant past. Julia becomes much more than Trix's embittered cousin, and Adian becomes much more human. Characters from Guhrke's other series, the Girl-Bachelors, also make cameo appearances, which adds to the fun. Can't wait to see more in this series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2011

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    Lovers and Titles and Beguilings - Oh My!

    Scandal of the Year is the second of book of the Abandoned at the Altar series and definitely the best so far. While the first one, Wedding of the Season, lacked spice, Scandal of the Year did a million times better in that department. The main character, Julia (cousin of the main character from the first book) is a very interesting and surprisingly complex character. She is battling her attraction to her cousin's former fiance, Aiden Carr, who is of the strong and silent variety (and a Duke no less, which always sends hearts aflutter in the historical romance genre) Anyway, the storyline is much more unconventional, as the "deed" has already been done previous to the start of the book, but that does nothing to dampen the tension between the two. Another improvement upon the first book is that there was a villain; he was definitely in the background and I think only actually appeared in the book once, but he is the catalyst for Julia's (supposed) scandal and infamy within her social circle. I always love watching a straight laced nice guy loosen up a bit due to the untamed beauty he finds himself attracted to, and I think Aiden fit the bill just right. While he seemed very boring in the first book, you get inside his head in this one and are treated to an interesting surprise: he isn't all manner and formality, he thinks just as scandalous of thoughts as everyone else in a romance novel. I think the character development and plot were fantastic in the book, it really is everything you want in a romance novel. I highly recommend Scandal of the Year to romance lovers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    final scenes were the most romantic I've read in a while

    This was the first Guhrke novel I've read in years, and now I wonder why I waited so long. I loved that it was set in the Edwardian period, and I can't remember any other historical romance that begins in the midst of the heroine Julia's divorce trial. I enjoyed Julia's character. Though emotionally shuttered after her terrible marriage, she's tough and also funny.

    Aidan, the hero, is rather sweet despite being a powerful duke, and he's willing to work for Julia. His personality at first seems opposite to hers: very moral and dutybound. However, he's strongly attracted to her, and gradually comes to accept his own feelings and find ways to entice Julia to accept hers, as well.

    I especially loved the final scenes, which were the most romantic I've read in a while.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2012

    It was a great story and well written. A true love story even i

    It was a great story and well written. A true love story even if Julia used Aidan to get a divorce from her abusive husband. They felt in love from their very first meeting. But enough of the story, the author was able to draw me in; I felt anger, happiness, and saddess so she did a fantastic job. The only problem was I wanted more at the end of the story. They get married but would hav been nice to know if they had children and how they overcame society.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    Blaaaa

    !,,

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

    Second in a great series -- Abandoned At The Altar

    An early meeting sets Julia's eyes on Aidan Carr, Duke of Trathen. However, all her flirting doesn't send him running after her until years later, when another meeting sets the stage for a scandal. A beautiful afternoon and a picnic complete with champagne puts Aidan in the middle of a public scandal when Julia's husband walks in.

    But the lovely Julia is not one to be forgotten. Aidan tries to find a wife yet keeps turning his eyes back to Julia, now divorced and available.

    Julia sees marriage as chains and a form of punishment and definately has no desire to be in that bed again.

    Can Aidan change her mind?

    This book is the second in the Abandoned At The Altar series. Aidan was the jilted groom in Wedding Of The Season . Laura Lee Guhrke is one author that never leaves a reader disappointed. You won't want to miss this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2011

    Ugh, I can't believe this is so highly rated

    This is dreck. The writing is like she stopped trying. It's all so juvenile. And the behavior was completely NOT era appropriate. A duke with "business interests." Really? He went to "the office." Uh huh. Bleck, skip this one if you care about the HISTORICAL part of historical romance.

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

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    Great Book-Julia & Aidan's Story

    Aidan Carr, the jilted duke from Wedding of the Season, the first book in the" Abandoned at the Altar" Series, continues his complicated relationship with Julia Yardley. Aidan and Julia met when they were both very young and she was engaged to Baron Yardley. After years of avoiding her abusive husband, Julia maneuvers Aidan into being named the other man in her divorce which causes the breakup of his second engagement. Julia has learned to shut off her feelings so she could survive in her marriage and thinks she will never be happy in a relationship again. This being Edwardian England, she is left penniless in the divorce and ends up going to Aidan for help getting employment of some kind, as marriage to another rich man is not an option. She ends up acting as his social secretary and vets the young ladies for him. Being thrown together at balls and house parties forces both of them to re-examine their feelings for each other. There are obstacles-her reputation and his aversion to another scandal- but they work it out.
    I enjoyed Julia in the first book and felt bad for Aidan as he seemed a nice but stuffy person. It was good to get a little explanation about why Julia would never go home and was constantly avoiding her husband. Both characters had issues to deal with and it was done in a realistic way. I'm hoping the next book in the series will be about Julia's cousin Paul and his mysterious American wife. I have not read Ms.. Guhrke prior to this series, but I am planning to go back and read her earlier books. It's always fun to find someone new to enjoy!

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    AN EXCITING HISTORICAL ROMANCE!

    SCANDAL OF THE YEAR by Laura Lee Guhrke is a delightful historical romance set in 1904 England.It is the second in the Abandoned at the Altar series but can be read as a stand alone. The first in the series is Wedding of the Season. It is well written with depth,details, twists and turns. It has romance, sweet sensuality, secrets, fear, love, spousal abuse, forgiveness,deceit, moving forward with ones life, and learning to leave the past behind. The hero, Aidan, is deathly, handsome, has had two broken engagements, is chivalrous, has been attracted to Julia for years, but she was a married woman and is now looking for a bride, again. The heroine, Julia, is beautiful, witty, disgraced, divorced, been abused by her ex-husband, the cousin to one of Aidan's ex-betrothed, fearful, uses wit to hide her own fears and has been attracted to Aidan for years, but was forced into marriage to another. After, Aidan is confronted by Julia concerning her debts and her need for a job. Aidan hires Julia to be his personal assistant and arrange his attendance to the society balls. He has tried not to be affected by Julia, she has caused his downfall to polite society. By naming name as her lover. This is to gain her divorce from her evil, husband. Aidan can't seem to get Julia out of his system for he believes they slept together that faithful day when Julia's husband caught them together.Aidan is determined to find Julia's secrets and broke through her rough exterior. Julia, is also attracted to Aidan for she knows he is good, kind and honest. But she has trouble in trust and letting go of her past with her abusive husband.Together, they embark on an adventure into love, honesty, romance, the true meaning of forgiveness and letting go of the past. I would highly recommend this book especially if you enjoy letting go of the past, living in the future and finding true happiness and love. This book was received for review from Net Galley and details can be found at Avon, an imprint of HarperCollins and My Book Addiction and More.

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