Vivian Rael—Lamont lives peacefully in the small town of Penzance, Cornwall, where everybody believes her to be widowed, when in truth she left London unwilling to let her husband's exploits taint her family name. All's well, until someone threatens to reveal her married status and expose her to scandal — unless she can obtain an original signed copy of a Shakespearian play, owned by none other than the reclusive and mysterious William Raleigh, Duke of Trent. Vivian is unexpectedly drawn to Rale. Vivian is unexpectedly drawn to Raleigh and, for the price of passion, he ends up joining her quest to catch the blackmailer, a discovery which only leads them to more danger. And although their bond only grows stronger, they soon realise the fruitlessness of their relationship — a married woman of noble background cannot enter into an illicit affair with the Duke of Sin. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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The scandalously handsome Samson Carlisle is not the deceiving nobleman Lady Olivia was searching for Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Duke of Scandal by Adele Ashworth.

A lady's heart is a tempting plaything for the Duke of Scandal. He stands apart from other men—a dark, tall, breathtaking figure of seductive masculinity. With a smile, he can topple the defenses of even the most proper maiden. And The scandalously handsome Samson Carlisle is not the deceiving nobleman Lady Olivia was searching for And with a single whisper, she will be his.

A wife in name only, Lady Olivia Shea has returned to London in a rage, determined to confront her new husband, who vanished months ago with her inheritance on their wedding night.

Yet this hauntingly familiar man who stands before her—this face and form she adores—is not her deceiving Edmund but the blackguard's twin brother, Samson Carlisle, Duke of Durham. Samson knows of his sibling's penchant for perfidy and he graciously offers to help the exquisite Olivia locate the missing rogue and recover her stolen fortune. But Olivia fears that accompanying this mysterious, dangerous, eminently desirable man would be courting the most devastating sort of scandal—especially since it is now Samson's arms she aches to feel surrounding her, and his kiss she longs to taste Get A Copy.

Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. The Duke Trilogy 2. London, England , Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Duke of Scandal , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Oct 02, Elizabeth rated it it was ok. This writer has been receiving positive reviews, possibly because her English is grammatical and her 21st c.

We've reached the point where someone who does not sound like a mouthy 12 year old impresses us to gushing point. I don't have much to say about the book other than it is instantly forgettable, the plot is very weak like her other Duke book I've read , and t I couldn't be asked to go back to it at the end of the day.

Needle This writer has been receiving positive reviews, possibly because her English is grammatical and her 21st c. Needless to add, it is your usual ahistorical, anachronistic boring crap, filled with call-me-Sam dukes, daughters of earls running perfumeries in Paris, kissing while waltzing in busy ball rooms; complete with the language of 'I will throw you out on your noble ass' and awful, annoying cliches about the French -Ashworth cannot get anything right about the English aristocracy and you expect her to get something right about the French?

It is not entertaining, it does not facilitate the already more than facile access to the era for there is no era to access and only proves that lazy writers and lazy publishers reign supreme. Another name crossed out. View 1 comment. Now imagine when he's got a twin! Story goes Sam defends himself and finds he couldn't let things go just like that, especially since he's GFN brother involved such a sweet-smelling lady. His honor prompts him to help her Pretending to be Olivia's husband while tracking down people involved and the bastard himself I would love someone like Sam Carlisle and Olivia being the innocent that she was is perfect for him.

This was the first of the few books I know who have a perfect well-felt chemistry between the characters. Jul 26, Laine rated it it was amazing. Sep 07, Lisa Jo rated it really liked it Shelves: historical , physical-collection. This was sooooooo close to being perfect, but the hero had to go and screw that up in the end.

I so enjoyed Duke of Scandal. So much so I literally stayed up all night to finish it. I don't even know where the time went, but before I knew it I had to get ready for work. It was worth it! I loved the way Olivia and Sam's relationship changes from allies to lovers. It was a slow burn that really took over before either one of them knew what had happened. I l This was sooooooo close to being perfect, but the hero had to go and screw that up in the end.

I loved Olivia's passionate nature. She was passionate about reclaiming what was taken from her, passionate about her company. Sam points out her naivete once or twice, but I really think that's a bad assumption of her.

I think she just wears her heart on her sleeve and assumes the best of every one. At first, I found it hard to believe she was so foolish to fall for Edmund, but it truly was a stupid mistake. Her mistake being that her trust was too easily given to a man like Edmund who unfortunately abused it.

I felt Olivia was tough when she needed to be, yet fragile when forces around her seemed to be too much. She was very resilient and I found her to be extremely realistic. I had some problems with Sam. The way he was so distrusting at first was somewhat sensible yet the extent of his mistrust was mysterious. There was just nothing about him that could find any sort of peace.

You felt bad for him and the agony he was going through even you really didn't understand it until the end of book. Yet after he fell in love with Olivia he fell percent.

It was just all consuming for him and so magical to read about. He was such a strong, stoic, arrogant character so to see him fall in love with so breathtaking. This may be a spoiler Yet when it came down to the moment, this was a forced seduction.

I think overall the way Ashworth handled made it really acceptable if that's even possible. It was extremely passionate and sexy. His reasons the way it proceeded the way it did are somewhat romantic, but in this day in age I can see how it would be problematic or difficult to read. There really aren't words to describe how much I love Ashworth's prose. It is so elegant and extremely seductive. There is such an emotional pull to the way she describes everything her characters are going through.

I feel so much more attached to these characters after reading Ashworth's description of how they process everything going on around them. The way she describes a first kiss, a moment of fear, a moment of joy It's just a priceless experience as a reader which makes it such an absolute delight to read.

My problems with the book are spoiler-ish concerning the ending so here goes: view spoiler [Sam should have told Olivia his background with Claudette before they were intimate. That would have made the story so perfect! I understand why he didn't in the beginning but there was a certain point where he should have told her. This led to a domino effect of problems for me.

I felt he betrayed Olivia and her trust. How can you not tell the woman you're going to marry the dark history of how he was unknowingly sharing a woman with his brother. And that said woman supposedly gave birth to Sam's child?!?!? Even though the child died


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