Hawke loves a good scandal. And readers of her successful gossip rag live for
the exploits of her favorite subject: Daniel Balfour, the notorious Earl of
Ashford. So when the earl himself marches into her office one day and invites
her to experience his illicit pursuits firsthand, Eleanor is stunned. Gambling
hells, phaeton races, masquerades…What more could a scandal writer want than a
secret look into the life of this devilishly handsome rake?
has secrets and if The Hawk’s Eye gets wind of them, a man’s life could be at
stake. And what better way to distract a gossip than by feeding her the scandal
she desperately craves? But Daniel never expected the sharp mind and biting wit
of the beautiful writer, and their desire for each other threatens even his
best laid plans.
when Eleanor learns the truth of his deception, Daniel will do anything to
prove a romance between a commoner and an earl could really last forever.
has no interest in the flirtations of noblemen like Cameron, Viscount Marwood.
She once paid dearly for a moment of weakness… and vows to rebuff the wildly
persistent-and irritatingly handsome-scoundrel at every turn. But when pressure
to deliver a new play hampers her creativity, an invitation to use his country
estate as a writer’s retreat is too tempting to resist…
brilliant work and he can’t pass up the opportunity to discover if the
beautiful, mysterious playwright is as passionate and clever as the words that
flow from her quill. He’s never offered a lady his bed without being in it, but
if it means loosening Maggie’s pen-and her inhibitions-he’ll do exactly that.
become a fight for Maggie’s heart. He’s more than the scandalous, carefree rake
society believes him to be… and she’s the only woman who has ever noticed.
Cameron Chalton, Viscount Marwood is enjoying his privileged life, indulging his passions for fun, beautiful women, and the theatre. His ego takes a slight beating when he finally meets noted playwright, Margaret “Maggie” Delamere, and she can’t get away from him quickly enough. Used to women who long to be in his company, Cameron is all the more determined to win Maggie over. Not only is she very attractive, but she’s penned some marvelous plays, and Cam is a serious fan of her work. What Cam doesn’t know is that Maggie had a very painful experience with another aristocrat when she was younger, and is determined to avoid them at all costs.
Maggie has another issue – for the first time, she has writer’s block. The pressure is on, as the theatre’s sponsors need to have her new work in a matter of weeks. If she can’t produce, the theatre will have to close, putting herself and her actor friends out of work. In a weak moment, Maggie confesses her problem to Cam. To her surprise, Cam decides to support the theatre financially, and also offers Maggie access to his country estate, where she can write without all the distractions happening in the city.
Initially, Maggie came off as prickly and not very likeable. Instead of confessing that she was having trouble writing, she let everyone believe that things were fine. Her treatment of Cam, without even knowing him, was rude and abrupt. For his part, Cam originally acted the part of the frivolous, shallow rake. As we learn later, the injury Maggie suffered at the hands of another aristocratic lord when she was still in her teens was great indeed, and sheds light on her behavior. Once Cam allows his real self to emerge, he’s quite a different person. He has a serious love for the theatre, and respects Maggie and her work. When he comes to visit the country estate, his company actually feeds Maggie’s muse, and she begins writing ferociously.
Away from the city and other distractions, Maggie and Cam begin to see each other in a new light. They begin an affair, knowing that it’s doomed to be of short duration. Once they’re back in the city, each must return to his own world. This was a very original story, with an atypical heroine. For their love to survive past this idyllic interlude, they will both have to be willing to spend part of their lives in the other’s world, and face the prejudice of those who scorn an aristocrat and a working class woman. Eva Leigh’s Scandal Takes the Stage is an entertaining and compelling read. I recommend it, and look forward to future books from her.
Award-nominated romance author who writes novels chock-full of smart women and
sexy men. She enjoys baking, Tweeting about boots, and listening to music from
the ‘80s. Eva and her husband live in Central California.
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