The Scandal of It All (Rogue Files Series #2)

The Scandal of It All (Rogue Files Series #2)

by Sophie Jordan

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The Scandal of It All (Rogue Files Series #2) by Sophie Jordan

It takes two to make a scandal…

What kind of woman ventures into London’s most notorious pleasure club? An outsider like Graciela, the Duchess of Autenberry, snubbed time and time again by society because of her Spanish roots. Ela longs to take a lover for a single, wild night, and within the walls of Sodom there are gentlemen to suit every forbidden taste. If only she were not so drawn to the smoldering Lord Strickland…a dangerous man who sees beyond her mask, and could ruin her reputation with a mere whisper.

Lord Strickland never permitted himself to fantasize about the sultry, off-limits lady, but then he never expected to find Ela in a place so wicked, looking for what he’s more than too happy to give. She may not be to the ton’s taste, but she suits him perfectly. First, however, he must convince her to trust in this dangerous desire—and in the promise of forever unleashed by one wild, scandalous night.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062463623
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Series: Rogue Files Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 78,210
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows.

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The Scandal of It All 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
We are used to the age differences in historic romance, but rarely is the December element the woman. Sophie Jordan turns that around with an older, widowed heroine who has lived a private life of deprivation, a foreigner in the strange land of England, attracted to her step-son’s best friend, and heretofore disallowed from following a path that would bring her happiness. Graciela has lived her life for her family and children, particularly since her overbearing husband’s death. He was a stickler for things done his way: and to that end, near every utterance toward his wife ate away at her own self-confidence, sense of lightness and joy for life. Since his death, however, she has thrown herself into being the perfect mother and step-mother; dedicating her life to her 3 children, and making their needs her priorities. But, just once she deserves a chance: to find her own joy and live just for herself, even if only for a night. To that end, she seeks to fulfill her fantasy of wild abandon, one night at Sodom – where names and identities are hidden in pursuit of every carnal desire. Enter Colin, best friend to Graciela’s step-son, and one who has always found her exotic, exciting and attractive. Just a few years younger than she, he’s surprised by her appearance at Sodom, and while once is marvelous: he wants more. Now he has to deal with her reticence, her worries of the age difference, what more will drop from society’s lips regarding her, and her questions about his actual intent. Through simply being himself, coaxing and questioning Graciela, always allowing her the opportunity to truly make the choices, she comes to rely on his company, but still can’t see a way past the censure from society that she is certain will come. These two are wonderful –Graciela is so beaten down by her life and the censure her Spanish birth has brought her during the years in England, she’d faced that while married, and then her husband never quite assured her she was enough. Quietly readjusting her own dreams and hopes, investing all of her happiness in his children and her daughter: she’d dreamt of happiness for herself, and quickly assumed those dreams were futile. Colin is so patient, so determined to allow her opportunity and options to see their relationship through, and offer her more than the steamy chemistry that defies all reason (for Graciela) that his constancy, his quiet affirmation of his feelings for her, and the woman she feels herself becoming when with him become that ring that she longs to reach for. Not quite unattainable, except for her own hesitations and concerns, it is up to Colin to convince her of the potential, and coax her into taking a chance. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Suze-Lavender 4 months ago
Graciela became a widow at a young age and while she enjoys looking after her family, she hasn’t been with a man for a long time. Her best friend encourages her to take a lover. Graciela's past experiences weren't great, but she's willing to consider giving passion another chance. However, the man she falls for is the exact person she should stay away from. Colin is six years younger and he is her stepson’s best friend. Graciela’s marriage to the Duke of Autenberry was never happy and she’s looking for something better. Is it possible she can find it with a man she’s known for years? Colin has always admired Graciela, but she’s off-limits. His best friend wouldn’t approve of the relationship and Colin has always been part of the family because he doesn't have a welcoming home of his own. Colin doesn’t want to risk his wrath, but sometimes feelings can be stronger than intentions. Can he convince Graciela that he can be good for her, that taking him as her lover can make her happy and that the passion Colin has to offer her is exactly what she needs? What will be the consequences if she says yes and accepts his offer? The Scandal of It All is a fantastic intriguing story. I was immediately fascinated by the complicated situation between Colin and Graciela. There’s so much passion, but they have many obstacles in their way and for Graciela it would be a big step to choose something that’s just for her. She’s always there for others and resists temptation if it might damage someone she loves. Colin is persistent though and slowly he breaks down her walls, which was fabulous to see. They have a beautiful connection and I was curious to see where it would lead. Sophie Jordan has a great descriptive writing style and makes her stories come to life in a terrific way. I loved how she gets to the bottom of each family relationship. This thoroughness makes her story a true joy to read. She brings plenty of sparkling energy that makes The Scandal of It All both captivating and entertaining. I was spellbound by the beautiful dresses, the secrecy, the amazing true love and the many unexpected twists and turns. I absolutely adored this mesmerizing sexy romantic story and highly recommend it.
Anonymous 6 months ago
224 pages ! Not much happened ! Not enough suspense !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sophie Jordan never disappoints her readers!
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Ela and Colin were such stubborn characters. She was so insistent that she was too old for him, and everyone talked like she was ready to be put out to pasture. It made me feel old too, since we're about the same age. I'm not ready for the pasture yet, dang it! I actually loved that she was older than Colin. The chemistry was intense. Intensity is a common denominator among The Rogue Files so far, and I love it. It was a little repetitious at times, but the story overpowered that most of the time. Though they argued a lot, and Ela kept trying to push him away, there was quite a lot of naughty business going on too. The whole forbidden-ness of it all was exhilarating. I enjoyed this book quite a bit, and after that ending, I'm more than ready for the next book! The ARC of The Scandal of it All by Sophie Jordan was kindly provided to me by the publisher through Edelweiss for review. The opinions are my own.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I had enjoyed the previous book in this series, so I was intrigued to keep reading. I liked Ela and Colin well enough. I get the tumbling into bed part, but I didn't catch any sort of relationship. The times they did talk, it was basically just Ela telling Colin it was crazy, the age difference was a problem, and he needed to go court someone else. Ela's BFF Mary Rebecca was one of the best parts and I hope she gets a story. Plot wise, it was all push and pull. The circumstances keep them a secret, but I never saw the lust move into love. There were phrases that were used over and over and many scenes were repetitive. Overall, it was a quick read and I did like it, but a little disappointing at the same time. I will probably read the next book. **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**