Love and Scandal

Love and Scandal

by Donna Lea Simpson

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Love and Scandal by Donna Lea Simpson

Nothing sells like love & scandal...

Collette Jardiniere writes of passion and seduction but has experienced neither. Her pseudonymous novel, The Last Days of a Rake, has shocked Victorian society and become a runaway bestseller. Infamous roué Charles Jameson is "revealed" as the author, and Collette is outraged when the cad does little to curtail the gossip.

Intrigued by the book the tabloids claim is his thinly veiled autobiography, Jameson tries to find the real author. Returning to London after an unsuccessful hunt, he is pleasantly distracted by a plain country miss reading the wicked book.

Collette is dismayed when she learns the identity of the devastatingly handsome man who kissed her senseless. And Jameson cannot believe that she wrote The Last Days of a Rake. As Collette tries to convince him of the truth, their mutual attraction reaches a fever pitch, and soon they find themselves in a real-life scandal!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426890208
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 289,170
File size: 656 KB

About the Author

Donna Lea Simpson, nationally bestselling author of historical and paranormal romances and mysteries, loves to write and read more than anything else. Becoming a published author was her dream from the age of twelve, and she feels fortunate that she achieved that goal. She can get lost in historical research, is fascinated by unusual tidbits of knowledge and is enthralled by the romance of history. History is about people, after all, and Donna loves to create characters who are immersed in, and react realistically to, the times in which they live.

But after working—and when not reading a mystery or historical novel—Donna likes to cook, sing karaoke, drink wine on the patio in the summer or chat with a good friend while drinking tea. She's fond of cats and crafts, is a dedicated homebody and feels fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful family and faithful friends.

Donna loves a little mystery in her romance, and romance in her mystery!

For more information and to see Donna's publishing history, visit her at

Read an Excerpt

Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.
Henry Fielding — from Love in Several Masques — IV.xi

Collette Jardiniere, swaying from side to side with the rhythm of the train, pushed up her wire-framed spectacles, struck a match and tried to touch it to the wick of her candle. Professor Stiltson's invention, a candle holder with a spring-loaded clip, should have made it easy, but to clip it to the arm of the train seat would put it too low to read her book by, and so she was holding the awkward little metal holder and trying again to strike a match. Infernal inventions, both of them! To be successful seemed to require the many arms of Kali, a Hindu goddess she had read of in a fascinating book on the Indian colonies. Kali embodied destruction and rebirth, and thus the power of the feminine capacity for giving life. Collette contrarily felt the urge for destruction in that moment as she struggled with the idiotic candle.

"May I be of assistance?"

The deep voice at her elbow startled her and her match went out. "Oh, carruthers and botheration!" she cried, nursing the burnt tip of her finger.

"I beg your pardon, miss?"

Collette lit another match and glanced up, intending to send the impertinent fellow on his way and then make another attempt to light the wick. But her gaze caught and held. She found she could not look away. At her shoulder stood a gentleman of impeccable dress and dashing looks. In her mind she was scribbling madly—

He had the powerful good looks of any man about town, but there was something more elemental in the deep charcoal gray of his eyes and the intensity of his gaze. He was a man one could not overlook, a man of such masculine vigor and subtle—


She snapped back to attention as the match burned down and touched her fingers with blistering heat yet again. "Carruthers and botheration!" she exclaimed, tossing the match down hastily and touching her burnt finger to her tongue to soothe it.

"Allow me."

The handsome stranger reached for her other hand and Collette experienced a tingle of anticipation as he touched her. She went perfectly still in the dim light. Well, how fascinating! It was true after all, what all the other women writers wrote! There were some men who exuded a powerful aura of magnetism, and this was one of them. He took the candle from her, lit a match and touched it to the wick. Light flared between them. He extinguished the match. Every movement was elegant and controlled, exquisitely composed, perfectly planned.

As she gazed at him in the flickering candlelight, Collette could see she had not been mistaken. Not only was he good-looking, there was something in the set of his broad shoulders and incredible eyes that made a woman want to reach out and touch his face, caress his hand, perhaps even… Yes, well, some things were better left unthought. Her heart thumped an erratic beat. What an opportunity! Never had she been this close to a man of such charisma and commanding force. She had only ever imagined him and she was beginning to feel that the creation of her imagination might be just a pallid shadow of the real thing.

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Love and Scandal 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
AAR More than 1 year ago
LOVE & SURRENDER by Donna Lea Simpson is a wonderful Victorian Historical romanceset in 19th century London. It is well written with depth and detail. The Last Days of a Rake is the companion book to this story, but can be read without reading that story. The characters are interesting, charming, witty, and will pull you into the story. The secondary characters are just as interesting. This story has romance, sensuality, friendship, redemption, mystery and intrigue. The heroine, Collette, is opinionated, blunt, plain, countrified and will capture your heart. She could be the first to champion women's rights in England for she wishes to be a novelist, can she is using an assumed name(Colen Jenkins). She wrote "The Last Days of a Rake". The hero, Jameson, is charming, a rake and a gentleman. When the two meet they are drawn together. Love will blossom, although they do have some problems and a scandal begins. If you enjoy romance and love you will enjoy this one. I would recommend this story it is fast paced and a delight to read. This book was received for review from Net Galley and details can be found at My Book Addiction and More and Carina Press.
ccourtland More than 1 year ago
Anyone who loves Austen novels with fall in love with Love & Scandal. A period time classic filled with all the goods that make women swoon. I adored the male lead character and was enchanted by Collette. She possessed all the strong attributes I want in a female character: intelligence, independence, wit and sexuality. She was soft when necessary and stubborn when needed. I was drawn into the story and longed to linger in London, forever. Perhaps, I am a sucker for these guilty pleasures, but if I have to get lost, I want it to be in this type of novel. Simpson simply entertained me and I will be back for more of her seductive talent. Jane Austen's romances were criticized for being prudish and lacking sexuality. This can not be said about Love & Scandal. The passionate scenes were a touch too descriptive given the era. I pondered this for a time wavering back and forth on my opinion. I understood what the author was doing and it did fit with the themes, but it still was problematic for me. I enjoyed the unique approach, but wished that more was left to my imagination when it came to the bedroom. Despite the detailed exchange of bodily fluids, I was thinking 5 stars all the way until the ending. Most will find it perfectly fine and even hopeful, but I was disappointed that not more suspense occurred or at least a greater struggle. I love a happy ending, but this was just too 'kiss and make up' for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will be purchasing more from this author.
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