A Scandalous Charade

A Scandalous Charade

by Ava Stone
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A Scandalous Charade by Ava Stone

A Scandalous Charade

© 2011 Ava Stone


When fire meets ice

Handsome ladies' man Lucas Beckford has agreed to help his friend, an impoverished baron, win the affections of an icy heiress. It should be a simple task, especially for a seducer of his reputation. However when Luke catches sight of the enchanting lady, he is captivated with her pretty brown eyes, quick wit, and sharp tongue; and his desire to see his friend marry the girl quickly evaporates. Now he just has to find a way to convince the penniless lord to turn his attentions elsewhere--leaving the Ice Princess to him.

Lady Juliet St. Claire has always believed that her fortune would protect her from ever having to relinquish her freedom in marriage. Though fortune hunters endlessly hound her, Juliet's outwardly cold demeanor keeps most of them at bay, licking their wounds or patching up their pride. However when Luke charms his way into her life, he easily melts more than just her heart. Unfortunately, the rogue is of the love 'em and leave 'em variety, and leaves Juliet's tender heart in pieces. But when her fortune lands her in danger from an unscrupulous foe, Luke returns to her side, offering his help and protection. Now Juliet has to decide if her heart is strong enough to trust the rogue a second time.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013131293
Publisher: Night Shift Publishing
Publication date: 07/28/2011
Series: Scandalous Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 109,029
File size: 741 KB

About the Author

Ava Stone first fell in love with Mr. Darcy, Jane Austen and Regency England at the age of twelve. And in the years since, that love has never diminished. If she isn’t writing Regency era romance, she can be found reading it.
Ava loves to hear from readers. You can send her an email at

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A Scandalous Charade 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 109 reviews.
Afanreader More than 1 year ago
Suspenseful with lots of twists, very romantic with minor love scenes, 646 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good Story, but there seemed to be a huge gap in the middle. Juliet shows up at her uncles' house all depressed, then a few pages later she is in a bedroom with Luke, pretending to be a governess. There was no transition to indicate a change in time, nor was there any indication of Luke's reaction when she shows up in Dorset. The story just didn't seem to flow well. The reader finds out later a little of what occurred during the missing time frame, but it seemed a little lacking. I feel that the plot could stand a little more development.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Luke and Juliet's love story. It has the rogue, murder, deceit, and love wrapped up in a wonderfully written package. I could not put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the whole series.
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
The second installment in Ava Stone’s very entertaining Regency era Scandalous series is much more enjoyable than the first book. The hero and heroine, Lucas and Juliet, are more likable and their story more complex than that of Lydia and Robert.  Lucas is Robert’s younger profligate brother, a man who has tired of his licentious life and now finds it dull and boring. When he agrees to help his hapless friend Haywood woo Lady Juliet St. Claire, he isn’t prepared to fall for her himself, even though she is twenty and he is thirty-two. Especially when Lucas discovers that Juliet is not the least bit interested in Haywood, nor in any suitor only interested in her fortune. He is also happy to learn that Juliet is not interested in marriage–so she is the perfect woman for him! He offers to court her publicly while trying to get her into bed privately; she agrees to this “scandalous charade” because she has been attracted to him for a very long time. Stone manages to make Lucas into a swoon-worthy hero, despite his debauched and carefree past. He becomes what Henry Crawford could not in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park–a reformed rake.  But, of course, Juliet and Lucas fall in love and that sends Lucas reeling and running. The daily lives and details of both Lucas’ and Juliet’s families add many nice layers to the central romance and also make for an engrossing story. Both of their immediate families wish to see them happy and try their best to offer comfort and support as necessary, from Juliet’s young brother, Edmund, the Duke of Prestwick, to Juliet’s older, wiser sister, Georgie, a widow whose first marriage was a nightmare to Lucas’ meddling but loving sister, Caroline. There is even an unexpected tragedy in the book that shocked me. But it makes the story all the more authentic. Juliet is a resourceful and strong woman for one so young. She is a loyal and loving sister, refuses to marry a man who only wants her money, and is willing to do whatever she must to survive. And Lucas steps up to the challenge, making him a worthy hero in my book.  I especially like the scene when Lucas angers Juliet while at his brother’s house. It’s a dramatic and poignant scene that is very effective and affecting. There are a few wrong word choices in the book–complementary instead of complimentary and affect instead of effect–but while noticeable, they don’t take away from the story’s enjoyment or flow. This series reads like wonderful novels of manners and I look forward to continuing with the rest of the series.
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*An excellent romance
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But what happen to the middle?
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love this series
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A very good resd. You willpve this.
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Enjoyed this book!
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