The Perfect Scandal

The Perfect Scandal

by Delilah Marvelle
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Overview

The Perfect Scandal by Delilah Marvelle



If there is anything Tristan Adam Hargrove, fourth Marquis of Moreland, has learned to avoid, it's scandal. For the dark and dashing lord is not only an honorable gentleman who would never seduce a woman for his own gain, he is also the author of How to Avoid a Scandal, the infamous red book that has swept like wildfire through the better part of London society.

When a raven-haired beauty arrives as his new neighbor, he knows better than to succumb to the desire he feels. He knows little about her—only that she is high born, a protégé of the Crown and completely unsuitable for the base passions he hides from the world. If only he had never glimpsed the vulnerable beauty one fateful night. If only her lips were not so ravishingly red. If only it were not already too late to save her and himself from the untamed passion he is about to unleash in the name of love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426887727
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Series: Scandal Series , #3
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 313,649
File size: 588 KB

About the Author

Delilah Marvelle loves writing historical romances with scandalous twists she digs up from history. She is a two time Golden Heart Finalist, an RT Reviewer's Choice Nominee and a double finalist in the Bookseller's Best Award. You can visit her at her website at www.DelilahMarvelle.com or visit her blog, A BIT O'MUSLIN which explores the naughtier side of history at www.DelilahMarvelle.blogspot.com

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Perfect Scandal 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Tristan Adam Hargrove, the fourth Marquis of Moreland wanted a respectable wife desperately. He was looking for companionship, love perhaps but also someone to accept him despite the scars he carried inside himself and upon his body. He never wanted a scandal or to even be near any sort of gossip, which is why he wrote the book on proper behavior for pity sake. So imagine Tristan's surprise when he is ready to do anything to win the woman of his dreams who just moved into the townhouse next door and is a scandal waiting to happen at any minute. Zosia is stunningly beautiful, full of life and so sure of herself despite her physical handicap and being a Catholic in banished to a country foreign to her. She speaks her mind and acts upon her desires and setting her sights upon Tristan makes him feel like a conquering hero. Zosia wants everything that Tristan desires in a marriage but includes a minor codicil which is to continue her fight for the freedom of her homeland of Poland. She sees in Tristan the makings of a husband who is passionate, very personable and politically connected even though he may have a bit too many rules for her liking. But the secrets about Zosia are not ones she is keeping but ones others are keeping from her and they are life altering. It appears she has royal blood flowing through her veins but not of the country she supports but the one she is fighting against, Russia. Tristan knows troubled when he sees it and with Zosia fighting so many battles is there time in her life for him and his need for some semblance of order? Tristan is trying to save Zosia and the adventure they take together spans the globe and devise the nay sayers to try and stop their love and ability to conquer all. Delilah Marvelle always gives her romance a touch of intrigue which is why I love her books. She takes events that have historically happened and places two people right in the middle of the action and the reader sees how things were in a different time and place. Tristan and Zosia are both people with a past but together they are able to soothe away the scars left by the bad memories to create a relationship that has new memories with a happy ending.
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This book was good, but parts were almost unsettling. Not that is was readable it just put the thought that the ton was not perfect into A WHOLE NEW LIGHT. There heronine not being hale and whole was different, but refreshing. The Hero's serect habit was kind of unsettling. There were times it left my stomach twisted, but that matter the writer pulled me in. I JUST HAD TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. It was different. Kudos to Ms. Marvelle for being able to write of the behind closed door habits and imperfections, but still writing a captivating story. BRAVO
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PhoenixSummer More than 1 year ago
I thought ONCE UPON A SCANDAL was going to be my favorite of Delilah Marvelle's Scandal series. I was wrong! I couldn't put THE PERFECT SCANDAL down. Marvelle is not afraid to broach hard topics, but better than that, her characters, while being genuinely nice people, have flaws that make you cheer all the more for them. Tristan and Zosia did that for me. Of course, I knew this wonderful couple were going to make it in the end, this novel is a romance after all, but I worried nonetheless, and when I turned the last page, THE PERFECT SCANDAL had moved to the top of my favorites list.
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Critter72 More than 1 year ago
I have some of her books and have generally liked them... this was too weird for me.... started to skim just so I could finish it....
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I am a HUGE fan of this author and after reading the other 2 in this series i was looking forward to this book. I must admit it was great to read, very gripping and the story keeps you on your toes. A great page turner from the beginning and then the ending abruptly cuts off and you are left wondering what happened to the hero and heroine. Not even an epilogue! This was so disappointing I was frustrated and didn't bother with the author's notes.
sabeluv More than 1 year ago
After reading pretty much all her books I was looking forward to this one. I even bought it pre-order. I was all about history and not really any romance. Very disappointed. If I had read this book first I probably would not have bought any more of her books
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1829, Marquis Tristan Hargrove secretly authored the extremely popular tome How to Avoid a Scandal. He diligently tries to adhere to his book avoiding any impropriety, behaving as a perfect gentleman. However, for the first time as an adult, Tristan struggles to keep his base desires at bay after seeing his new aristocratic London neighbor; he cannot stop thinking of her lips demanding he kiss her. Polish immigrant Zosia Kwiatkowska is King George's ward. The monarch seeks to marry the volatile immigrant who wants her freedom to help liberate Poland from Tsarist rule. Unable to resist and ignoring his grandmother's plea to not do it, Tristan resolutely sets out to make Zosia his wife. As they fall in love, her Polish freedom quest places both of them at risk. The latest Perfect Scandal late Regency romance is made fresh by the Polish fight for independence. This historical backdrop enhances the storyline by providing a fascinating cast starting with the lead female who uses crutches to walk and upon meeting Tristan in person for the first time at her bedroom window where he proposes marriage. Although grimmer than the previous two entries (see Prelude to a Scandal and Once Upon a Scandal), Delilah Marvelle provides a perfectly marvelous finish to a wonderful historical series. Harriet Klausner
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Before you can love another you must first learn to love yourself, forgive yourself for past mistakes and when the world around you feels chaotic, it's okay to not always be in control. These are a few of the hard lessons that both Tristan Hargrove, Fourth Marquis of Moreland and Countess Zosia Kwiatkowska must learn before they can honestly give their hearts to one another. Admittedly, Zosia seems to have an easier time of going with flow where Hargrove is concerned with the changes she causes in his life. Take whatever you thought you knew about all the basic elements of a typical Regency romance and toss at least sixty percent of it out the window. The Perfect Scandal is NOT your typical Regency romance. There are so many elements of this book that left me thinking "Wow!" I could only begin to describe a few but I would rather let you experience the taboos and unique surprises Ms. Marvelle penned in this last installment. Let me also suggest you read the letter to the reader by Ms. Marvelle. She has embraced her heritage with pride and you experience that nationalism within this story. There is Polish history woven into the plot along with her imagination of how Poland and Russia could have been connected by royal blood. I felt that underlying story arc was completely plausible and well thought out. As with the first two books, each chapter is introduced by a passage from the ladies etiquette book How To Avoid A Scandal. Where this book differs substantially, you are given parts of the original manuscript including editing marks. I can't emphasize enough, do not skip over the lines that are crossed out. They are incredibly funny when taken in context with the rest of the excerpt and as well as revealing of the true personality of the author of the book. Ms. Marvelle never fails to create characters that are full of passion and wit. Tristan and Zosia are not exception. You briefly meet Tristan in Once Upon A Scandal but his own story is so poignant and breathtakingly gripping I'm thrilled Ms. Marvelle gave him his own book. Likewise, Zosia's past, what she knows of it, affects her outlook on life and her wit keeps Tristan stirred up and coming back for more. The way she gets under his tightly organized skin is so funny I found myself laughing out loud more than once and looking forward to each encounter. If like me you inadvertently read the books in this series out of order, you won't really have messed anything up except that you know going into the first two books who is the unknown author of the little red bound etiquette book. Fear not, it won't ruin the other two books as they are stand alones even with the knowledge. This has been a terrific trilogy to be able to read and I highly recommend all three books in the series. Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews