A Scandalous Ruse

A Scandalous Ruse

by Ava Stone

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ISBN-13: 9781547154272
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/08/2017
Series: Ava Stone's Scandalous Series , #6
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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A Scandalous Ruse 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was expecting a better story from everything I had heard about the series. Also recommend a proofreader and better editing.
SMeeko More than 1 year ago
FINAL DECISION: A sweet and gentle romance that has less angst than one might expect from Greg's past and focuses on characters that fall for one another almost immediately. Enjoyable even for those who are new to the series. THE STORY: Gregory, Baron Avery and Lady Arabella Winslett end up in a pretend engagement in order to save Bella from being forced by her grandfather to marry her odious cousin. Greg is trying to make his own restitution for his past mistakes by helping the sweet and beautiful young woman. As the two engage in their pretense, they get to know one another and find out that what began as pretend might be what they both want and need. OPINION: This is the story of strangers who enter into a pretend engagement -- her because she is avoiding a horrendous arranged marriage; he because he feels guilt from his past mistakes. The two use their engagement to manage to fall in love. The story was a nice read but not particularly deep. It did however, interest me in the other books of the series because I know there is more depth to the stories of both the hero and other characters that are developed in the past. The highlight for me was the genuine nice characters in this book. Greg and Bella are so sweet together that his book was an easy read that made my heart smile. I liked reading about their story and I hope we see more of them in the future. WORTH MENTIONING: There are a lot of side stories involved in this book that readers of the series might greatly appreciate. CONNECTED BOOKS: A SCANDALOUS RUSE is the thirteenth book in the full Scandalous series (which combines several separately named series). This book can be read as a standalone although there are a lot of characters with history that make significant appearances. I wish I had read this book in order, because I think it would feel more complete. STAR RATING: I give this book 3.5 stars. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book from the author. I was not required to write a review or to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.
zsoccerbrat More than 1 year ago
This book very much depends on the previous ones when it first starts. I found myself confused since there were little to no description of previous series' characters. However, once the ball got rolling, it clearly became and excellent book. The main characters, Greg and Bella, have fantastic chemistry and the plot was somewhat different to the stereotypical plot I have encountered previously. Because I found this book, and the clues about the plots of the previous books in the series, to be interesting, I do believe I will go back and purchase the rest of the series. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
Arabella Winslett has always loved to paint, but she never dared do it too openly or her tyrant of a grandfather would accuse her of being too much like her mother and would make everyone's life miserable. While she would never desert her family the way her mother did, she does share her artistic talent. It's too bad her father doesn't have the backbone to stand up to her grandfather. When she hears his plot to marry her off to a boorish German cousin, Arabella knows she's got to act fast to find someone else to marry. Gregory fell in love with the wrong woman once, and it ended tragically. Over the years, the pain of the loss has faded as he's come to realize the woman had manipulated him for her own purposes, but he still blames himself for running off with another man's wife. It doesn't help that that man is now his sister's husband. Looking for a way to absolve himself and sure that he will never find love again, Gregory agrees to help out his sister's friend by entering into a fake engagement. Arabella and Gregory are so sweet together. It's great to see Arabella blossom when Gregory gives her time and attention and truly appreciates her talent and personality. Gregory also leaves his brooding behind and starts to live again as he begins to see that he and Arabella could really have a life together. If only her overbearing grandfather, odious cousin, and other nefarious characters would stop getting in their way! This is a great continuation of the Scandalous series with many of the other characters from previous books popping up. There are some underlying intrigues going on that connect with other books in the series, and I'm looking forward to reading more.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
Bella overhears a conversation between her father and grandfather that forever changes her life. Her grandfather is going to marry her off to a distant cousin who is very cruel and lives far away. She will be separated from her family. Her brother is no help. He can't stay sober and is stealing from the family to pay is gambling debts. She decides that she must find a fiancée before her cousin arrives. So, she enlists the help of a friend. Greg has been staying in the country for quite a while. He has made a mess of his life and decides he just need to be alone. His brother talks him into going to London for the season because their sister needs him. They drag him from one entertainment to another. Then he sees Bella. He agrees to be her pretend fiancée, only it turns into more than pretend. Tragedy strikes and Bella's grandfather tells her the true reason that he despises her and she knows she can never marry Greg.