Posted by: Jennifer | February 25, 2007

Scandal – Amanda Quick

Amanda Quick. Scandal. (New York: Bantam, 1991). 0553289322.

Main Characters: Emily Faringdon and Simon Augustus Traherne, Earl of Blade.

Description from the book:

With her reputation forever tarnished by a youthful indiscretion, lovely Emily Faringdon is resigned to a life of spinsterhood, until she embarks on an unusual correspondence and finds herself falling head over heels in love. Sensitive intelligent, and high-minded, her noble pen pal seems to embody everything Emily has ever dreamed of in a man. But Simon Augustus Traherne, the mysterious Earl of Blade, is not at all what he seems.

Driven by dark, smoldering passions and a tragic secret buried deep within his soul, Blade has all of London cowering at his feet, but not Emily . . . never Emily. For even as she surrenders to his seductive charms, she knows the real reason for his amorous suit. And she knows that she must reach the heart of this gold-eyed dragon before the avenging demons of their entwined pasts destroy the only love she has ever known . . .

My Thoughts:

I love Amanda Quick’s characters from this series of historical romances. Emily Faringdon has found her hero in S.A. Traherne. Despite the fact that Traherne, Earl of Blade, has been plotting revenge on Emily’s family for years and that marriage to her is part of the plan, she never really loses her belief in her husband. Blade, of course, proves her right in the end – and finally is able to let go of his thirst for revenge (with Emily’s aid). Blade’s reaction when Emily forgives Blade’s revenge hold over Northcote is funny to read. Of course, it is only the first time that Emily will blithely ignore Blade’s wish for revenge. Emily is adorable – her need for spectacle is a riot.

I had forgotten how much I enjoyed these earlier works of Amanda Quick. I think I will have to reread most of them!

Read again: February 20, 2007.


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