Scandal of the Year (Abandoned at the Altar Series #2)

Scandal of the Year (Abandoned at the Altar Series #2)

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by Laura Lee Guhrke
     
 

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“Passionate and exciting, Laura Lee Guhrke is always a delight to read.”
—Christina Dodd

“I adore everything she writes.”
—Julia Quinn

 

With Scandal of the Year New York Times and USA Today bestseller Laura Lee Guhrke continues her wonderful “Abandoned at the Altar”

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“Passionate and exciting, Laura Lee Guhrke is always a delight to read.”
—Christina Dodd

“I adore everything she writes.”
—Julia Quinn

 

With Scandal of the Year New York Times and USA Today bestseller Laura Lee Guhrke continues her wonderful “Abandoned at the Altar” historical romance series—the breathtaking chronicles of the amorous exploits of three sexy dukes and the ladies who capture their hearts. A Victorian Era delight, Scandal of the Year follows Guhrke’s delightful Wedding of the Season (“One of the best romances of the season!” —Teresa Medeiros), telling a wickedly romantic tale of a desperate lady looking to create a scandal that will free her from a horrible marriage—a scheme that turns the life of an unsuspecting, love-struck duke upside-down!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062041739
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/25/2011
Series:
Abandoned at the Altar Series , #2
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
66,111
File size:
2 MB

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From the Publisher
"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

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. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Laura has penned more than twenty historical romances. Her books have received many award nominations, and she is the recipient of romance fiction's highest honor: the Romance Writers of America RITA® Award. She lives in the Northwest with her husband (or, as she calls him, her very own romance hero), along with two diva cats and a Golden Retriever happy to be their slave.

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Scandal of the Year 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
KateTheBookBuff More than 1 year ago
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.
VMcManus More than 1 year ago
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.
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Janie_tx More than 1 year ago
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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