The Seduction of Scandal

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It’s never wiseto blackmail a highwayman.

Lady Corinne, rebellious daughter of the dukeof Banfield, refuses to marry Lord Freddie Sherwin.Yes, he’s the catch of the Season and the man her fatherchose for her. He’s also the most despicable male of her acquaintance. With her wedding only weeks away, she flees and finds herself a prisoner of the notorious Thorn!

Who says the devil isn’t a woman?

The rich and ...

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Overview

It’s never wiseto blackmail a highwayman.

Lady Corinne, rebellious daughter of the dukeof Banfield, refuses to marry Lord Freddie Sherwin.Yes, he’s the catch of the Season and the man her fatherchose for her. He’s also the most despicable male of her acquaintance. With her wedding only weeks away, she flees and finds herself a prisoner of the notorious Thorn!

Who says the devil isn’t a woman?

The rich and powerful tremble at the highwayman’sname, while England’s villagers rejoice in his bold exploits. His identity is a secret; his life a mystery—until Lady Corinne tumbles into his arms. If theThorn wants her silence, he must hide her until herwedding day passes. It’s a devil’s bargain and one thatcan only lead to a hangman’s noose.

Corinne believes it the perfect plan—until herhighwayman reveals a passionate lover’s heart, and sherealizes that in the seduction of scandal, she may havefound the hero she’s been waiting for her whole life.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale ofthis book and others (up to $25,000) will bedonated to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

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Editorial Reviews

RT Book Reviews
“Maxwell charms and delights with each book. Here she brings a delectable highwayman, pulse-pounding adventure and plenty of suspense to this Robin Hood-themed tale that will sweep readers away.”
Night Owl Romance
“Intriguing… an entertaining read that helps steal away the afternoon.”
Joyfully Reviewed
“Entertaining… Cathy Maxwell wraps up her fabulous Scandals and Seductions series with this buoyant fifth installment… wonderful protagonists… Ms. Maxwell had my undivided attention… [she] also managed to have me on the edge of my seat… a heck of a climax…I’ve come to love this charming series.”
DFW Tea Readers
“A thrilling tale complete with secret identities and runaway brides, a notorious English highwayman and dangerous intrigues…and, of course, wildly passionate love! This is romance, adventure, sensuality, and wit blended to perfection.”
The Romance Review
“THE SEDUCTION OF SCANDAL has a promising start, and the delightful heroine drew me in to the story… Cathy Maxwell managed to surprise me with a neat twist… something I didn’t see coming… enjoyable.”
Genre Go Round Reviews
“Enjoyable…fun…[a] strong quirky support cast… the lead couple is a nice pairing of an unlikely duo falling in love.”
Long and Short of It Reviews
“Twists and turns in the plot take the reader on a rollercoaster ride that…swoops up to a breathtaking climax… an undercurrent of humor… compelling… [Maxwell’s] skill depicting the emerging of gentle, pure love that trusts and gives without reserve captivates… touches the heart.”
Café Libri: Reviewing Books and More
“Fresh characters, incredible twists, and fascinating turns readers do not expect… [it] adds in a few feisty women, some heart wrenching moments of sadness, startling revelations…”
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"Fresh characters, incredible twists, and fascinating turns readers do not expect… [it] adds in a few feisty women, some heart wrenching moments of sadness, startling revelations…"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061772122
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/30/2011
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 696,517
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Cathy Maxwell spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, "Why do people fall in love?" It remains for her the great mystery of life and the secret to happiness. She lives in beautiful Virginia with her children, horses, dogs, and cats.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

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    Are we all divided personalities - the one we show and the one we really are?

    You might convince Lady Corinne to do any number of things she might not like but no one was going to make her marry that horrid man regardless of his title or incredible lineage, the man was a nightmare. Both fathers have big plans for this merger, I mean marriage and Corinne pleading to beg off is soundly rejected. So Corinne decides to step out of the comfort zone she lives in and moves to a place no one could find her, at least until after the wedding date passes. What she never expected on this journey was to be shot, saved and figures out whom the notorious highway the Black Thorn was. When you go past safe and straight into reckless behavior, you never know what is going to happen.

    Corinne is having trouble digesting all this information because the Black Thorn may be a noble thief that steals to provide for the poor but he is also the Reverend Mr. William Norwich who just happens to be the foster son of her potential future father-in-law and the man that owns the property the Black Thorn is stealing. Never one to let any situation not be used to her advantage, Corinne decides to hide out at Will's parsonage. Now this is only until the wedding date passes and in exchange for she will keep Will's secret, this is a win-win right? Will is not so sure her pretending to be his cousin is going to work out and while she believes God brought her to Will, he is sure the deity came from hell, the direction he is now setting a course for.

    Upholding the word of the Lord and finding answers that lead him on a righteous path has been at times a test for Will's moral compass. Will knows that at some point, he is going to have to answer for his sins but will the judgment come from a higher power or his foster father a man Will owes his existence to or so the story goes. But turning Corinne out is not going to happen because her belief that he is his salvation is stronger than his doubts and his ability to resist her is weakening. The religious life has taught Will strength and control but he is not sure there is enough of it in him to stop him from taking the love and tenderness that Corinne is offering even though the last thing he feels he deserves is her love.

    When the dark secrets come out about everyone's misdeed it is going to take more than faith and good will to get through this sea of deception. But Will and Corinne are meant to be together, work for the good of his church, and start a life together enjoying the passion of a religious life and some good spiritual awakening after the lights go out!

    Cathy Maxwell always delivers on an original storyline, fresh characters, incredible twists, and fascinating turns reader do not expect. This book hits on every one of those ideas and adds in a few feisty women, some heart wrenching moments of sadness, startling revelations and in the end you know there is some higher source at work here to great such a work of romantic literature.

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

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    An enjoyable Regency romance

    In 1811 the Duke of Banfield decides his daughter Lady Corinne will marry Lord Freddie Sherman. Although the Ton insists he is the catch of the season, she loathes the repugnant Sherman. Thus Lady Corinne decides to run away until the wedding day passes without her.

    Thorn the infamous highwayman catches Corinne. She makes a deal with him to keep her as his prisoner until after her wedding day and in return she will not reveal his secret identity. However, as the highwayman and the runaway fiancée fall in love, Sherman and her father seek Corinne while others seek Thorn to hang him.

    Although a Robin Hood hero has been used before, Cathy Maxwell keeps her enjoyable Regency romance fun due to the strong quirky support cast. The lead couple is a nice pairing of an unlikely duo falling in love, but it is those pursuing the fleeing twosome who brings the action to them (and the novel). Sub-genre readers will enjoy the escapades of Thorn and Corinne as they elude a horde of pursuers. Note that a portion of the sales will be donated to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

    A pleasant read by a consistently enjoyable author.

    Lady Corinne Justine is being forced to marry Freddy, the son of the powerful Lord Bossley despite the fact that she detests him. Corinne's attempt to run away is inadvertently thwarted by the local masked highwayman and Corinne is forced to seek shelter with Reverend Will Norwich, Lord Bossley's foster son. While the secret of the plot will not surprise anyone, the characters are likable and their feelings for each other are believable. If you don't mind predictability in your romance (and if you do you need to switch genres) this is a pleasant read by a consistently enjoyable author.

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  • Posted February 1, 2012

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    Seduction & Scandal #5 - Great Series

    I loved this series. I rate them all a 5. They are easy reads that leave you feeling good. They remind me of the early Johanna Lindsay, Catherine Coulter & Judith McNaught that I loved. No filler, she doesn't write a sex scene into every chapter and she wraps them up very well. Though set in 1800 England, they all have a completely different story line. Read her series in order, all of them. I started on the cameron sisters and it led right into the Seduction & Scandal series. I missed the earlier Marriage series that started with Married in Haste so I've gone back to catch that 3 book series before I move into the novels, which I will read by publish date. I am sad that I am at the end of her series. She is a wonderful writer.!!!!

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

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    Not as good as her earlier books!

    Cathy Maxwell used to be my favorite author. However, her last few books are just not as good as the earlier ones. It seems like she is just phoning them in. I read this book a month ago and I don't even remember what it was about. I do suggest trying this author, just don't start here!

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    Great Reading

    Much more than just a story of a girl who runs from an unwanted marriage, The Seduction of Scandal hums with secret treasonous deals, a one-man campaign for justice, and the blooming of love that brings a sense of belonging never before known to the hero and the heroine.

    Corinne Rosemont wants a husband who loves her even when she is silly and obstinate, a husband who relishes her opinions and shares her passion. She just knows there must be more to life than parties, boredom, and a stale, unloving marriage like her parents'. However, she is expected to marry Lord Freddie Sherwin, whom Corinne caught cavorting in her bed with her maid. Her parents turn a deaf ear to her entreaties. To them, money, position, power, and prestige are more important than her happiness.

    Freddie's father, Earl of Bossley, is quite rich, but at the expense of his people. With political ambitions and secret connections, he is eager to have a duke for an in-law. Of course, Freddie, who is selfish, lazy, and loves feeling superior to others, is smug about getting the "Unattainable Ice Maiden" Lady Corinne Justine Rosemont, a duke's daughter for his bride.

    But wait!

    With no plan, just desperation, Corinne hides in the boot of a coach that is leaving the Bossley's party. When she ends up in the care of the Reverend Will Norwich, foster son of the earl of Bossley, the intrigues, conflicts and complications pile up. Life will never be the same again for the young Reverend or for Corinne. They meet and beat the odds until jealousy overrides common sense, then the twists and turns in the plot take the reader on a rollercoaster ride that seems to be racing down hill to bury Corinne in misery then it swoops up to a breathtaking climax. Ah!

    Cathy Maxwell writes with an undercurrent of humor that makes the characters seem very real. Even in some of the tense and dangerous scenes, what is real and what is perceived as real brings a smile. However, her ability to reveal the oppression of the disenfranchised parishioners and the unconscionable acts of those with rank and privilege makes The Seduction of Scandal compelling. Her skill depicting the emerging of gentle, pure love that trusts and gives without reserve captivates.

    This hero and heroine's journey from feeling unloved to feeling much loved touches the heart and satisfies that deep-down desire for love to always find its way to a happy-ever-after. Good reading!

    Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

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