Secrets of a Scandalous Bride

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Her first secret: She is not a widow.

Elizabeth Ashburton has never even married, and at this rate, she never will. But pretending to be a bereaved young wife was the only way she could escape her horrid fate—being forced to marry the man who destroyed her father.

Her second secret: She is not a prim young lady.

Her third secret: She's willing to risk all.

Elizabeth knows she...

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Overview

Her first secret: She is not a widow.

Elizabeth Ashburton has never even married, and at this rate, she never will. But pretending to be a bereaved young wife was the only way she could escape her horrid fate—being forced to marry the man who destroyed her father.

Her second secret: She is not a prim young lady.

Her third secret: She's willing to risk all.

Elizabeth knows she is playing a dangerous game, for her dreaded suitor will not give her up without a fight. Now she needs Rowland more than ever—to rescue her from a life of desperation, to drive her wild with desire, and to make her his scandalous bride.

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Booklist
“Expertly spiced with deliciously subtle sense of wit, deftly seasoned with a superbly nuanced cast of characters, and featuring a plot brimming with lusciously sensual romance and a dash of dangerous intrigue, Secrets of a Scandalous Bride is Nash’s best book yet.”
Booklist (starred review)
“Expertly spiced with deliciously subtle sense of wit, deftly seasoned with a superbly nuanced cast of characters, and featuring a plot brimming with lusciously sensual romance and a dash of dangerous intrigue, Secrets of a Scandalous Bride is Nash’s best book yet.”
Booklist on Secrets of a Scandalous Bride
“Expertly spiced with deliciously subtle sense of wit, deftly seasoned with a superbly nuanced cast of characters, and featuring a plot brimming with lusciously sensual romance and a dash of dangerous intrigue, Secrets of a Scandalous Bride is Nash’s best book yet.”
Booklist (starred review) on Secrets of a Scandalous Bride
“Expertly spiced with deliciously subtle sense of wit, deftly seasoned with a superbly nuanced cast of characters, and featuring a plot brimming with lusciously sensual romance and a dash of dangerous intrigue, Secrets of a Scandalous Bride is Nash’s best book yet.”
Library Journal
After successfully evading for two years the suit of a highly ranked military officer who threatens to ruin her late father's reputation, Elizabeth Ashburton eventually encounters her nemesis and, finally, has the courage and the unexpected assistance of notorious villain Rowland Manning to face up to the threat. VERDICT Graced with empathetic characters, emotional intricacy, and unexpected plot twists, this final book in the "Widows Club" series ties up a variety of loose ends and is a perfectly delicious series finale. Nash (Love with the Perfect Scoundrel) lives in Potomac, MD.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061493300
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 762,071
  • Product dimensions: 4.14 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Sophia Nash was born in Switzerland and raised in France and the United States, but says her heart resides in Regency England. Her ancestor, an infamous French admiral who traded epic cannon fire with the British Royal Navy, is surely turning in his grave.

Before pursuing her long-held dream of writing, Sophia was an award-winning television producer for a CBS affiliate, a congressional speechwriter, and a nonprofit CEO. She lives in the Washington, D.C., suburbs with her husband and two children.

Sophia's novels have won twelve national awards, including the prestigious RITA® Award, and two spots on Booklist's "Top Ten Romances of the Year."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2010

    Good story, but not great

    The interactions between the main players are all over the place. Situations just arise with little reason why they would occur - for
    example the heroine is trying to avoid the General so she decides to go
    to a wedding in disguise and is found out... The heroine decides to be the
    jockey for an important race, drugs the hero, and is once again found out.
    I only kept reading because I had downloaded this to my laptop and it was the only thing I had to read on the plane. There are better romances out there.

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  • Posted January 27, 2010

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    Excellent storytelling

    In 1814 to hide from the person she believes destroyed her father and consequently her, Elizabeth Ashburton pretends to be a widow. However, escaping from her unwanted suitor only leads her to General Leland Pymm wanting her.

    Escaping from the Ton's current favorite male, Elizabeth dives into a carriage. However, her latest flight leaves her with scandalous illegitimate Rowland Manning; whom she feels safe with unlike the General or the alleged killer of her dad. Rowland hides her from the blackmailer who threatens to ruin her; the lord who wants to marry her; and himself who wants to bed her. However, as they fall in love, he revises his options to include her forever if he can save his business and keep her safe.

    The key to the freshness of the latest Widows Club Regency romance (see A Dangerous Beauty, Kiss, and Love with the Perfect Scoundrel) is that the heroine has never wedded so she shams her marital status as a widow for protection amidst the Ton. That ploy works to a degree, but not as much as Elizabeth would like as she remains in trouble while wondering if she jumped into the fire (of love) with the most "unchivalrous blackguard" in England. Although the plot is somewhat as expected, fans will enjoy the scandalous secret of this widow.

    Harriet Klausner

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