Enoch, Suzanne. A Matter of Scandal. (New York: Avon, 2001). ISBN – 0380818507.
Main Characters: Emma Grenville and Greydon Brakenridge, the Duke of Wycliffe
Related Works: Tristan, Viscount Dare & Lady Georgiana Halley appear in this book. They appear in the later Enoch work, The Rake (Lessons in Love). A Matter of Scandal is part of the With this Ring series which includes Reforming a Rake, Meet Me at Midnight and A Matter of Scandal.
Description from book:
School for scandal
Miss Emma Grenville, who is no silly debutante, has had her fill of thick-headed noblemen who believe women exist solely to satisfy men. And her arrogant new landlord, the Duke of Wycliffe, is the worst of the lot! The too-attractive cad wants to triple the rent on Emma’s finishing school for young ladies to help get his uncle’s estate out of debt. Well, Greydon Brakenridge clearly needs educating – about women. And Emma’s just the one to enlighten him!
The sinfully handsome duke has never met a woman he couldn’t outwit and seduce. And now that he’s tricked Emma into a wager, he has the stubborn headmistress right where he wants her – and hopefully, soon in his bed. But the confirmed bachelor underestimated the intelligent and surprisingly sensual Miss Grenville. For she may be leading Greydon to a place neither dreamed they’d go – to the altar.
This was one of those books that I couldn’t put down once I started. I fell in love with both Emma and Grey. Grey has a bad attitude about women because of young debutantes trying to trap him into marriage. In fact, a young woman who attempted to trap him by getting naked just happened to have graduated from the academy run by Emma. The academy is housed on land owned by Grey’s uncle – who needs some help managing his estate. Grey plans to raise Emma’s rent. Emma strenuously objects. I thoroughly enjoyed the arguments and discussions between the two over the issue.
In order to settle the issue, Grey and Emma make a wager. Emma will try and develop a better plan than Grey’s for rescuing his uncle’s estate. Grey will try to teach a group of Emma’s students ballroom etiquette. The scenes in which Grey spends time with the girls are priceless. My favorite is when Grey tries to explain what a rake is to them. Beyond that, Grey and Emma are perfect for each other. I loved watching Grey fall in love with Emma. I also enjoyed reading about Tristan, Viscount Dare (and his interaction with Georgiana Halley). I had already read The Rake – and I’m going to have to read it again now!
Read first on October 21, 2007