A Beastly Scandal

A Beastly Scandal

by Shereen Vedam


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A tale as old as time . . .

Lady Annabelle Marchant was a belle of the ball in London until she attempted to save a man’s life with her psychic senses. She failed miserably, leaving him dead and her disgraced. All she wants now is a chance to comfort his widow by cleansing the woman’s home of her husband’s restless spirit. But the widow’s son accuses her of coming to the wilds of Cheshire to snag him as a husband.

Rufus Marlesbury, the beastly Earl of Terrance, is suspected of murdering his father. He has come home to clear his name by finding the real killer before the new year, or Rufus will be called in front of the House of Lords to answer for the crime.

With an unruly manor ghost terrorizing the occupants, and corpses piling up in the village, Belle must find a way to uncover the man beneath the beast. Rufus, too, must learn to believe in the love of a woman who has no reason to trust him. Only by working together can they stop a killer before he strikes again . . . .

Once upon a time, Shereen read fantasy and romance novels to entertain herself. Now she writes heartwarming tales braided with threads of magic and love and mystery elements woven in for good measure. She’s a fan of resourceful women, intriguing men, and happily-ever-after endings. If her stories whisk you away to a different realm for a few hours, then Shereen will have achieved one of her life goals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610261241
Publisher: BelleBooks
Publication date: 03/19/2013
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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A Beastly Scandal 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
Women with psychic powers? Not in England--not in the regency period. But Annabelle Marchant has certain powers and was not about to give them up--even if it meant living her life without a husband and children. No man back then would countenance that! When she was asked by the Countess of Marlesbury to please come to their estate and rid the castle of the ghost that was haunting it--how could she refuse--especially since this woman was known to her grandfather and he wanted her to go, Rufus Marlesbury, the Earl of Terrance,the son of the countess is being accused of his father's murder--he has to prove himself innocent. He kicks Anabelle out-but his mother intervenes. He makes her promise she will never speak of ghosts to any of his family members. She does find the ghost--a very angry one at that--will she be able to calm this ghost down and find out why he is still hanging around--will the Earl be able to clear his name? Will he ever be able to stop saving Annabelle--who generally is a castastrophe waiting to happen. This novel kept me reading and I have to say I was shocked at who the murderer really was!
Angie_Lisle More than 1 year ago
A rainy day Regency-romance. I'm admitting out-right, this isn't a genre I normally read because I'm not a fan of straight-up romance but I won a free copy of this book, in exchange for a review, during a book-club giveaway so I read it. In the first couple chapters of the book, I expected sex galore, à la Harlequin-Romance style, but the book surprised me because sex is implied and left to the imagination - which I appreciate because I didn't have to skim pages. Some of the descriptions in this story remind me of Wilkie Collins (The Haunted Hotel is foremost in my mind), with a dash-more romance flavored by Disney whimsy. With the way sex is handled, this story is appropriate for a younger audience, perhaps girls too old for Disney princesses but too young to be hard and cynical (like me). The story does utilize a mystery but I solved it quickly because...well, I can't tell you. But, it was an obvious clue that someone who knows how to read the format of a mystery book will spot immediately. Someone less acquainted with detective/mystery/horror novels -like a younger audience- might not catch the clue so easily. I don't read this genre very often because most of the romance doesn't feel real to me. That holds true for this story but, keep in mind, I'm biased as h-e-double hockey sticks. If you want a nice rainy afternoon regency-romance to cuddle up with in a chair by the window, disregard my bias. This book fulfills that purpose.
ABrantley More than 1 year ago
For me, a historical romance must use proper dialogue and the author must craft a setting that pulls you away to another time and place. Shereen Vedam does a wonderful job at both. A Beastly Scandal is one of those books that just flies by. You'll be done reading it before you know it. The book is so well written and the story so engrossing that you can't put it down. I highly recommend this one.
Goddess_Beth More than 1 year ago
I'm not normally much of a romance reader, but I do love me some history, especially Regency history. And in A Beastly Scandal, Shereen Vedam has written a fun little romp through Regency romance. It's a quick read, and a lighthearted one. Belle is a woman who knows her own mind, and doesn't bend to the will of others (although she attempts to live within the rules of her society). Her supernatural senses give her an edge when communicating with others, which seems to have replaced her need to be a critical and analytical thinker.  Lord Rufus is a man who worries too much, and wears his emotions on his face (unknowingly). In the stern patriarchal society that was Regency London, I can well believe Rufus' harsh self-criticisms and bullying of others. He's a bit ham-fisted and trusting in his quest, but then, if you were brought up to believe everyone else was there to take care of you and do as you say, I suppose you would be trusting. This book has more in it than I expected: love, yes (and instalove, which is my least favorite thing but in a short romance novel I expected it), but also espionage and intrigue, supernatural stuff, a fair amount of historic detail, and characters whose external visage is at odds with their internal desires.Belle's abilities meant that the usual journey of discovering someone's motivation was cut short, but at least everyone in the book had motivations and fears, and the concept of "no one is fully who and what they seem" was carried off with success. I recommend this book for lovers of regency romance, fairy tale retellings, supernatural romance, regency ghost stories, beach-read historic fiction, and lighthearted romps.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
This book was a romp from beginning to end. Belle, our heroine, can read thoughts and feelings of others and sees ghosts. She meets Rufus, our hero, and he refuses to believe her. His father was murdered and talks with Belle. She came to help Rufus's mother with her grief. It was fun to see Belle and Rufus disagree over ghosts. Both try on their own to solve the murder. Then they figure out everything they thought was true wasn't. I read this book in one day. I liked this b. It was a fun read if you have been reading deep, dark stories. Enjoy!
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
This book was not just a re-telling of a fairy tale, but it was also a murder mystery and ghost story. A Beastly Scandal was a fast read that was very hard to put down. I definitely recommend this one, and I look forward to reading more by this author. A Beastly Scandal by Shereen Vedam was provided to me by Bewitching Book Tours for review. The opinions are my own.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
A Beastly Scandal contains many of my favorite elements and is an entertaining start to a new series. Ms. Vedam has managed to nicely balance romance and suspense with dashes of the paranormal and bits of the classic Beauty & the Beast story as represented by the main characters. Annabelle is a delightful heroine who knows, and fully accepts, that she's different from the other girls her age and that marriage isn't in her future. She's smart and uses her abilities to see the dead to help others. Rufus is rough around the edges. He's gruff and is hurtful with his words which made it hard to warm up to him. He needs Annabelle's help in proving his innocence but thinks she's doing it as a way to snag him for husband. It never seemed that he was truly grateful for her assistance. He wants to keep her at arms length since he has no interest in marrying but can't keep his hands to himself. This leads to fireworks between them from the start. Their scenes together crackle with sexual tension. Along with a satisfying romance came an intriguing mystery that stayed in the forefront throughout the story. Murders kept occurring as the guesses kept coming in a well thought out mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. Annabelle and Rufus make a good team and I enjoyed her being such an integral part of their mystery-solving duo that allowed them to interact in a meaningful way outside the bedroom. This was a thoroughly entertaining story with a wonderful heroine in Annabelle who was smart and more than able to take care of herself. Rufus was hard to warm up to as he always seemed to be in a bad mood but ultimately came through in the end. I enjoyed the mystery with all its twists and turns and its being equally balanced with an immensely satisfying romance. This is the first book in a proposed four book series and I look forward to reading more by this author as she showed great promise in this book's storytelling.