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Brenda Joyce is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels and novellas, including the popular and critically acclaimed de Warenne Dynasty. (Masters of Time #2) Dark Rival - Brenda KB. (Masters of Time # 3) Dark Embrace - Brenda KB. (Masters of Time #4) Dark. The Conqueror - Brenda KB. 2. Scandalous Love - Brenda KB. 3. Promise of the Rose - Brenda KB.

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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 — Scandalous Love by Brenda Joyce. Rebelliously independent Lady Nicole Bragg Shelton refuses to be constrained by the stifling rules of Victorian England. And now desire has impelled the beautiful heiress toward a shocking liason with Hadrian Braxton-Lowell, Duke of Clayborough.

Bound by the dictates of honor and duty to another woman, Hadrian is hocked by Nicole's daring conduct, yet entranced by her fiery Rebelliously independent Lady Nicole Bragg Shelton refuses to be constrained by the stifling rules of Victorian England. Bound by the dictates of honor and duty to another woman, Hadrian is hocked by Nicole's daring conduct, yet entranced by her fiery free spirit and breathtaking sensuality. Though resolved to making the raven-haired beauty his mistress, he will never agree to wed her.

But Nicole is no man's plaything. And she is prepared to risk heartache in order to satisfy her wild, uncompromising passion. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published July 25th by Avon first published More Details Original Title. Bragg Saga 6 , The deWarenne Dynasty related. Other Editions 8. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Scandalous Love , please sign up.

Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Nov 02, Bark rated it really liked it Shelves: Lady Nicole, at 23, is a spinster due to the scandal she caused when she came out several years earlier. She's decided she likes her solitary life of running free with her horses and doesn't need to be married to be happy. That is until she meets Hadrian, Duke of Clayborough at a masquerade party. I really liked Nicole's personality, she doesn't let anyone walk all over her and stands up for herself.

Once she realizes that Hadrian is betrothed and only wants her for sexy times she lets him know Lady Nicole, at 23, is a spinster due to the scandal she caused when she came out several years earlier.

Once she realizes that Hadrian is betrothed and only wants her for sexy times she lets him know exactly how she feels by trying to give him a well deserved whack with a riding crop. No whining and no tears just pure unrestrained anger. I loved it. Hadrian, on the other hand, took some getting used to. He's one of those guys that thinks it's his right to screw around on his fiancee as long as he does it with married women and doesn't get attached.

Once he discovers Nicole is unmarried he breaks it off immediately and also breaks her heart in the process. I was really ticked at him, but rake that he may be, he was betrothed to Elizabeth since she was two and although he genuinely cares for her he feels no great love towards her and thinks of her more as a sister. Even though Nicole gets under his skin the way no other woman has his strong sense of duty will not let him break it off with Elizabeth.

The couple have many obstacles to overcome, Elizabeth being only the first one. They experience a very bumpy road when everything could have been cleared up with a little communication but because both of these characters have such stubborn personalities and loads of pride they both suffer. This book also turned out to have a very engrossing secondary story about Hadrian's mother. I really enjoyed, it made me go all misty eyed.

I loved Nicole's spirit and her temper had me laughing out loud. And underneath all of Hadrian's stubbornness he turned out to be a real sweetheart.

View all 3 comments. Mar 27, Ashley rated it really liked it Shelves: Hadrian Braxton-Lowell, the ninth Duke of Clayborough, is a man bound by duty and honor. After he and his mother suffered greatly at the hands of his abusive father, Hadrian swore that he would never allow himself to be similar to his sire in any way.

Yet with his driving need to be proper, Hadrian has become somewhat tight fisted. He even acknowledges to himself that no one would like him if he wasn't the Duke of Clayborough for with that title comes great and exceptional power.

Hadrian also fe Hadrian Braxton-Lowell, the ninth Duke of Clayborough, is a man bound by duty and honor. While he adores her as a brother might of a younger sister, Hadrian feels no desire for his bride. But he is a duke and he will follow through with his commitments. Although fate, it seems, has another plan for him.

Nicole Bragg Shelton is no stranger to scandal and while her birth proclaims her a lady, no one else would believe it. After escaping the noose of a potentially dull marriage, society has shunned her to the country. Yet this couldn't bother Nicole in the slightest.

Living like a wild ruffian, Nicole shamelessly rides her feisty stallion astride with men's breeches, no less. She'd much rather be galloping around with her father and brothers then being trussed up in a ball gown and having insipid conversation. After Nicole's pride is pricked by some unsavory acquaintances, Nicole decides to attend the masque ball being held in honor of the Duke of Clayborough's arrival to his neighboring country estate.

Nicole dresses as a gypsy, staying true to the nature of the costume she arrives with her long dark hair unbound and her feet left bare. Her scandalous ensemble garners the attention of the duke in quite the wrong way. He jumps to the conclusion that she's a widow looking for passion.

With raging desire that cannot be denied, Hadrian invites Nicole to his home with the simple intentions of bedding her and then sending her on her way. But things do not go as planned with Nicole's true unwed position being discovered by Hadrian while Nicole discovers that the man she's fallen in love with is actually engaged to be married.

A physical altercation ensues with Nicole flaying Hadrian with a riding crop. The whole debacle then moves to London where once again it appears that Nicole is fodder for gossip and that her past scandal has not lost its appeal to society.

Nicole truly begins to care for Elizabeth and sees her as a wonderful friend while Hadrian is pulling his hair out in wanting to stay clear of the temptation of Nicole but he also wants to please his bride. When Elizabeth's strange and elusive illness claims her life both Nicole and Hadrian are bereft at the loss.

Nicole, wanting to ease Hadrian's grief visits him unescorted. Hadrian, wishing to numb both his feelings for Nicole and his grief for Elizabeth, drinks himself into a haze and when comforted by Nicole, he takes her in a fit unbridled passion. When he comes to, he's need to be dutiful has him offering Nicole marriage. Nicole refuses. It's her belief that while she loves Hadrian; he's still in love with Elizabeth. Hadrian, baffled by Nicole's refusal, decides to tell her father what transpired between him and Nicole.

Somehow his feelings for Nicole have grown into something that prevents him from even trying to walk away from her. It's not just about duty, but the fact that he desires her as his wife. He's a little unprepared though for Nicole's wrath when she discovers that he's informed her father of their scandalous passion and she is now being forced by her parents to marry him. Dragging her feet every step of the way insights numerous battles and heated discussion yet neither can deny the passion and desire they still harbor for one another.

When the vows are finally spoken and the duke whisks her back to his country estate the culmination of that transpired is fought out in the bedroom eliciting a night of ravaging desire.

But these two are not out of the wood yet. Nicole, glimpsing the love that may be had between them embarks on being a duchess but of course nothing is to go smoothly for the woman who instigates scandal just by breathing. The battle of wills once again erupts with Hadrian trying to force Nicole to bend to his iron will but she comes back fighting. Eventually Hadrian realizes that who Nicole is, scandal and all, is what has ignited his deep seeded love for her.

But will his realization be too late? Nicole was a very feisty and entertaining heroine.

Some reviewers disliked her thinking her to be a whiner who chased after Hadrian incessantly. I loved Nicole though for her blatant tenacity. She's fiery and bold and while there were times that she acted immature, I believe it was more to do with the newness of her emotions. I loved when she went after Hadrian with her crop. She's not afraid to show her emotions to him especially when she's angry. I think she struck him about four times in the book but I thought they were all deserved.

Nicole really had my inner feminist cheering for her time and again. There was only one instance that had me frustrated with Nicole's stubbornness and that was at her wedding. Hadrian spent two weeks trying to quiet any vicious gossip over the truth of their marriage.

She almost became ostracized over the fact that the duke was marrying her within weeks of Elizabeth's death. Hadrian plays the role of a love sick groom, stating that he just couldn't wait to marry his true love.

Yet Nicole ruins his work when she blatantly shows her disapproval over having to marry him. Society then laughs at Hadrian for loving a woman who obviously doesn't love him which couldn't be further from the truth. Nicole soon sees the error to her ways but she almost took her stubbornness too far.

Hadrian was a perfect foil to Nicole's untamed spirit. He really needed some scandal to liven up his life. Nicole becomes the key to his freedom from the choke-hold of duty. And while of course being a man, Hadrian has trouble reconciling his intense feelings for Nicole; he soon accepts that she's the love he's unknowingly always wanted in his life. Despite the vastness of the De Warenne Dynasty series, every book can easily be read as a standalone and 'Scandalous Love' is no exception.

Brenda Joyce has a very extensive website featuring long excerpts and historical facts. I think I've already spent a few hours on her site; the woman seriously has that much material. May 13, Barbara rated it really liked it.

This great author is in my Top 5 and "Scandalous Love" proves why. Every character is brought to life, and every page is live and in your face. Nicole is a London outcast and has lived the last few years in her family's country estate. She's eccentric, loves the indoors and the out, and has no idea how exotic her beauty truly is The Duke Hadrian; Love that name!

Hadrian buys an estate close her family's and they me 4 Stars Hadrian buys an estate close her family's and they meet like all the others do I skimmed a star on the rating because towards the end it becomes a tad long winded and the story starts dragging a bit View 2 comments.

Nov 06, Joy joyous reads rated it it was ok Shelves: Oh dear. Book number six of this series was an explosive, tiresome bundle of fireworks. These two butted heads like a couple of rams in the wilderness. Nobody likes two strong opposing characters finding kindred love with one another more than I but it was not the case with these characters. Frankly, their constant bickering annoyed me endlessly. The relentless push and pull of their attraction tir Oh dear.

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The relentless push and pull of their attraction tired me out. This seems to be the general theme with the relationships in this series. She kept in pursuit of a man who had no intention of being caught at first. It got to a point where I was truly embarrassed on her behalf.

She had no scruples at all. Her much too forward thinking was far from admirable, to be honest. It was too bad, because I was looking forward to reading about Nicole.

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I thought she was an independent woman who would pare down a man down to his size but because she gave too much chase, I didn't like her at all. But Hadrian is definitely not worth that. Give me a break. Overall, this book ranks probably dead last in this series. It was not an enjoyable read and the characters were far from likable.

This concludes my interest in this series. Really, I should've stopped at book 5 as book 7 is sitting in queue in le Kindle.

Oh well. Jan 18, Bookworm rated it really liked it. I enjoyed this read, the characters are interesting. Even though the storyline was a bit predicatable, I still enjoyed it.

I liked both Nicole and The Duke. I like that Nicole is unconventional and has a mind of her own, she doesn't just sit around and wait for The Duke, she goes out and gets him. Nicole did get annoying in some parts though, since she acts so much out of her emotions without thinking things through, almost like a spoiled child. The Duke is a great hero, he's your classic 'tall, I enjoyed this read, the characters are interesting. The Duke is a great hero, he's your classic 'tall, dark and handsome'.

If you're in the mood for a good juicy, historical romance, pick this one up.

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Jan 21, Laura rated it liked it. Lady Nicole Bragg Shelton was an unconventional young lady. Seven years ago, she left London in disgrace and has been at her family's country estate since then. When Hadrian Braxton-Lowell, Duke of Clayborough purchases the neighboring estate, Nicole is invited to a masque in his honor.

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