She was his ruin.
Ada Hanniford is an oddity. An American heiress, a beauty, she's sowed her wild oats and paid the price in sly rumors. Preferring politics to promenades, she rebuffs the toffs who would seduce her for the fun of it or propose to marry her merely for her millions.
Embracing impending spinsterhood, she meets a man who fascinates her with tales of his adventures in exotic lands. She's charmed by his kisses and his sense of honor.
Then one night, he braves society to save her reputation...and in the act, destroys his own.
He was her salvation.
Victor Cole is a survivor. A man who has buried a disgrace so scandalous he had to sail thousands of miles away to wipe away the stain.
When he meets Ada, he cannot let another man claim her. But when one shames her, Victor must rescue her. In saving her, he stirs scandal once more...and destroys his own bright prospects.
Can they ever be happy together if others cannot forget their regrettable pasts?
If you love swoon-worthy historical romance, starring endearing heroes, sassy heroines and a family of irresistible charmers, this book is for you! Buy SCANDALOUS HEIRESS to begin your journey!
SCANDALOUS HEIRESS is the fourth book in THOSE NOTORIOUS AMERICANS series but can also be read as a standalone novel.
Book 1: Wild Lily (Lily and Julian)
Book 2: Daring Widow (Marianne and Remy)
Book 3: Sweet Siren (Liv and Killian)
Book 4: Scandalous Heiress (Ada and Victor)
Book 5: Title, TBD. (Camille and her mystery lover!)
SCANDALOUS HEIRESS is a full length novel.
About the Author
Cerise DeLand loves to write about dashing heroes and the sassy women they adore. Whether she’s penning historical romances or contemporaries, she’s praised for her poetic elegance and accuracy of detail.
An award-winning author of more than 50 novels, she’s been published since 1991 by Pocket Books, St. Martin’s Press, Kensington and independent presses. Her books have been monthly selections of the Doubleday Book Club and the Mystery Guild. Plus she’s won rave reviews from Romantic Times, Affair de Coeur, Publisher’s Weekly and more.
To research, she’s dived into the oldest texts and dustiest library shelves. She’s also traveled abroad, trusty notebook and pen in hand, to visit the chateaux and country homes she loves to people with her own imaginary characters.
And at home every day? She loves to cook, hates to dust, goes swimming at least once a week and tries (desperately) to grow vegetables in her backyard in south Texas!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Victor Cole has sailed from China to England after a summons from his mother. His older brother, Richard, seems to have become enamoured of the wrong sort of woman: an American heiress. Ada Hanniford, a friend of Esmerelda Moore's - Ezzie - also an American heiress, has accompanied Ezzie to a house party for moral support. Ezzie expects Richard to offer for her; Ezzie's hopes are dashed, and has Ada found the man for herself in Victor? From chapter one, Cerise DeLand's writing almost made me swoon, and I knew I was in safe hands from that moment on. SCANDALOUS HEIRESS is steeped in history, in the Victorian era's economic, cultural, societal, and political climate in a way that feels like the story is really happening in 1882, in real time even. Still, the author does not make it sound as if a quiz will follow. Ms. DeLand's attention to historical detail is astounding, her prose is effortlessly elegant, her vocabulary is most impressive, and the dialogues sound natural. While it's evident that some characters had appeared in the previous books, I did not feel I had missed anything. This is a whole universe deftly crafted by an author who has done a tremendous amount of research, and who also takes meticulous care with her characters. I will not even attempt to describe Ada, Victor, or any other of the fabulous characters; the book has to be read to appreciate them all. I loved how the romance progressed, and that there were no tightening groins or heaving bosoms. Instead, we have two people, visibly attracted to each other who share meaningful conversations. The story had me enthralled, as I cheered for Ada and Victor as they try to find a way to be together; as I suffered and rejoiced along with Ezzie and Elanna (what a story!); as I loathed the villains with every fibre of my being. SCANDALOUS HEIRESS is an exceptionally richly textured novel that will appeal to readers who relish historical romance the way it should be done. This quote says it all where the romance is concerned: "For what value was love of not honoring the wishes of the other."
This is the story of Ada Hanniford and Victor Cole. Ada, the Scandalous Heiress, is the youngest daughter of Killian Hanniford. Victor is the second son of the Duke of Brentwood. As in the other stories in the series, the characters are strong and complex. Their story is well written and draws the reader in. Ada and Victor have much in common. They are smart, witty and have several common interests. They fall in love, but the path to their HEA is made more difficult by past scandals, Victor’s disastrous first marriage, and Victor’s scandal- ridden jealous brother Richard (his drunken attempt to kidnap and ruin Ada nearly ruined them all). The secondary characters are wonderful. The Duke and Duchess of Brentwood and the Hanniford family are staunchly supportive of Ada and Victor. Victor’s girls were absolutely adorable. Ada fell in love with them before she met Victor. There is excitement, danger, betrayal, tension and doubt in the story. There is also adventure, humor, friendship, and love. And when Victor begins to believe all is lost, Ada shows what a force of nature a determined Hanniford can be. I enjoyed this story, and I love the Notorious Americans series. I highly recommend the book and the series.
love this author! this is the story of Ada, who is smart and sassy, and Victor, who has a lot to overcome. A story with complex interesting characters and a wonderful storyline. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
Delightful Victorian romance with a touch of social conscience. I loved the way Ada and Victor awakened to their undeniable chemistry and compatibility. Each on their own has weathered enough scandal and rumors to put them firmly on the side of honor, acting nobly and without pretense. Not everyone has the same respect for decency and decorum, however, and the actions of others dictate the course of Ada and Victor's romance more than they would like. The conflict that separated Victor and Ada in the last part of the book didn't quite stand on its own for me; it seemed to me that the problem could have been resolved much more expediently had the truth been given as much air time as the rumors. Of course it all does work out that way in the end; I just didn't think the time-consuming, round-about way was as effective as a more direct and immediate approach would have been. In addition to the main romance, we're given updates on the rest of Those Notorious Americans, Ada's extended family. The author flawlessly intertwines the fates of our main characters with that of the others in their social circle, not only to drive those secondary storylines but also to impact the central story in far-reaching and surprising ways. It works as a standalone romance, but these side stories are much more enjoyable for those who have read the previous stories in this series. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.