Almost a Scandal

Almost a Scandal : A Reckless Bride Novel

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Bold, brazen, and beautiful, the Reckless Brides refuse to play by society's rules of courtship. But - come hell or high water - they always get their man...A Lady In Disguise - For generations, the Kentshave served proudly with the British Royal Navy. So when her younger brother refuses to report for duty, Sally Kent slips into a uniform and takes his place - at least until he comes to his senses. Boldly climbing aboard the Audacious, Sally is as able-bodied as any sailor there. But one man is making her feel tantalizingly aware of the full-bodied woman beneath her navy blues...A Man Overboard - Dedicated to his ship, sworn to his duty - and distractingly gorgeous - Lieutenant David Colyear sees through Sally's charade, and he's furious. But he must admit she's the best midshipman on board - and a woman who tempts him like no other. With his own secrets to hide and his career at stake, Col agrees to keep her on. But can the passion they hide survive the perils of a battle at sea? Soon, their love and devotion will be put to the test...show more

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 104.14 x 167.64 x 38.1mm | 181.44g
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1250003792
  • 9781250003799
  • 426,255

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PRAISE FOR ELIZABETH ESSEX "Ms. Essex delivers romance at its finest; adventure-packed, passion-filled and totally satisfying. Teeming with adventure, passion, sexual tension, secrets, scandal, witty banter, romance and love, this story is a delight and a definite keeper." -"Romance Junkies "on "Almost a Scandal" "Essex will have readers longing to set sail alongside her daring heroine and dashing hero. This wild ride of a high seas adventure/desire-in-disguise romance has it all: nonstop action, witty repartee and deft plotting. From the bow to the mast, from battles to ballrooms, Essex delivers another reckless bride and another read to remember." --Romantic Times on Almost a Scandal"Elizabeth Essex will dazzle you with her sophisticated blend of vivid historical detail, exquisite characterization and delicious sexual tension. Almost a Scandal is a breath-taking tale of rapturous romance and awe-inspiring adventure!" --USA Today bestselling author Julianne MacLean"Elizabeth Essex writes the perfect blend of fast-paced adventure and deliciously sexy romance. I couldn't put this book down! ALMOST A SCANDAL gets a place on my keeper shelf--I will read anything Elizabeth Essex writes!" --New York Times bestselling author Celeste Bradley"The first book in the Reckless Brides Trilogy is a seafarer's delight. Col and Sally's high stakes adventure is fast-paced and fraught with peril. Well-timed humor punctuates the action and the use of frigate-speak adds authenticity to the shipboard dialog. The love story teases the reader at first, as Col and Sally struggle to conceal their attraction on board the Audacious. Then things turn desperate when the circumstances of war seem intent on driving them apart. A smartly written, emotional tempest." --Reader to Reader Reviews"Elizabeth Essex has created a fascinating world peopled with fascinating characters. I didn't want this story to end and with the promise of more books in this series, it doesn't have to. ALMOST A SCANDAL is a joy to read." --Fresh Fiction"Ms. Essex delivers romance at its finest; adventure-packed, passion-filled and totally satisfying. Teeming with adventure, passion, sexual tension, secrets, scandal, witty banter, romance and love, this story is a delight and a definite keeper." --Romance Junkies on Almost a Scandal Essex will have readers longing to set sail alongside her daring heroine and dashing hero. This wild ride of a high seas adventure/desire-in-disguise romance has it all: nonstop action, witty repartee and deft plotting. From the bow to the mast, from battles to ballrooms, Essex delivers another reckless bride and another read to remember. Romantic Times on Almost a Scandal Elizabeth Essex will dazzle you with her sophisticated blend of vivid historical detail, exquisite characterization and delicious sexual tension. Almost a Scandal is a breath-taking tale of rapturous romance and awe-inspiring adventure! USA Today bestselling author Julianne MacLean Elizabeth Essex writes the perfect blend of fast-paced adventure and deliciously sexy romance. I couldn't put this book down! ALMOST A SCANDAL gets a place on my keeper shelf--I will read anything Elizabeth Essex writes! New York Times bestselling author Celeste Bradley The first book in the Reckless Brides Trilogy is a seafarer's delight. Col and Sally's high stakes adventure is fast-paced and fraught with peril. Well-timed humor punctuates the action and the use of frigate-speak adds authenticity to the shipboard dialog. The love story teases the reader at first, as Col and Sally struggle to conceal their attraction on board the Audacious. Then things turn desperate when the circumstances of war seem intent on driving them apart. A smartly written, emotional tempest. Reader to Reader Reviews Elizabeth Essex has created a fascinating world peopled with fascinating characters. I didn't want this story to end and with the promise of more books in this series, it doesn't have to. ALMOST A SCANDAL is a joy to read. Fresh Fiction Ms. Essex delivers romance at its finest; adventure-packed, passion-filled and totally satisfying. Teeming with adventure, passion, sexual tension, secrets, scandal, witty banter, romance and love, this story is a delight and a definite keeper. Romance Junkies on Almost a Scandal" Essex will have readers longing to set sail alongside her daring heroine and dashing hero. This wild ride of a high seas adventure/desire-in-disguise romance has it all: nonstop action, witty repartee and deft plotting. From the bow to the mast, from battles to ballrooms, Essex delivers another reckless bride and another read to remember. "Romantic Times on Almost a Scandal" Elizabeth Essex will dazzle you with her sophisticated blend of vivid historical detail, exquisite characterization and delicious sexual tension. "Almost a Scandal" is a breath-taking tale of rapturous romance and awe-inspiring adventure! "USA Today bestselling author Julianne MacLean" Elizabeth Essex writes the perfect blend of fast-paced adventure and deliciously sexy romance. I couldn't put this book down! ALMOST A SCANDAL gets a place on my keeper shelf--I will read anything Elizabeth Essex writes! "New York Times bestselling author Celeste Bradley" The first book in the Reckless Brides Trilogy is a seafarer's delight. Col and Sally's high stakes adventure is fast-paced and fraught with peril. Well-timed humor punctuates the action and the use of frigate-speak adds authenticity to the shipboard dialog. The love story teases the reader at first, as Col and Sally struggle to conceal their attraction on board the Audacious. Then things turn desperate when the circumstances of war seem intent on driving them apart. A smartly written, emotional tempest. "Reader to Reader Reviews" Elizabeth Essex has created a fascinating world peopled with fascinating characters. I didn't want this story to end and with the promise of more books in this series, it doesn't have to. ALMOST A SCANDAL is a joy to read. "Fresh Fiction" Ms. Essex delivers romance at its finest; adventure-packed, passion-filled and totally satisfying. Teeming with adventure, passion, sexual tension, secrets, scandal, witty banter, romance and love, this story is a delight and a definite keeper. "Romance Junkies on Almost a Scandal"" PRAISE FOR ELIZABETH ESSEX"""Essex will have readers longing to set sail alongside her daring heroine and dashing hero. This wild ride of a high seas adventure/desire-in-disguise romance has it all: nonstop action, witty repartee and deft plotting. From the bow to the mast, from battles to ballrooms, Essex delivers another reckless bride and another read to remember."--"Romantic Times "on "Almost a Scandal""Elizabeth Essex will dazzle you with her sophisticated blend of vivid historical detail, exquisite characterization and delicious sexual tension. "Almost a Scandal" is a breath-taking tale of rapturous romance and awe-inspiring adventure!" --"USA Today" bestselling author "Julianne MacLean""Elizabeth Essex writes the perfect blend of fast-paced adventure and deliciously sexy romance. I couldn't put this book down! ALMOST A SCANDAL gets a place on my keeper shelf--I will read anything Elizabeth Essex writes!"--"New York Times "bestselling author "Celeste Bradley" "The first book in the Reckless Brides Trilogy is a seafarer's delight. Col and Sally's high stakes adventure is fast-paced and fraught with peril. Well-timed humor punctuates the action and the use of frigate-speak adds authenticity to the shipboard dialog. The love story teases the reader at first, as Col and Sally struggle to conceal their attraction on board the Audacious. Then things turn desperate when the circumstances of war seem intent on driving them apart. A smartly written, emotional tempest."--"Reader to Reader Reviews" "" "Elizabeth Essex has created a fascinating world peopled with fascinating characters. I didn't want this story to end and with the promise of more books in this series, it doesn't have to. ALMOST A SCANDAL is a joy to read."--"Fresh Fiction"" ""Ms. Essex delivers romance at its finest; adventure-packed, passion-filled and totally satisfying. Teeming with adventure, passion, sexual tension, secrets, scandal, witty banter, romance and l PRAISE FOR ELIZABETH ESSEX"""Essex will have readers longing to set sail alongside her daring heroine and dashing hero. This wild ride of a high seas adventure/desire-in-disguise romance has it all: nonstop action, witty repartee and deft plotting. From the bow to the mast, from battles to ballrooms, Essex delivers another reckless bride and another read to remember."--"Romantic Times "on "Almost a Scandal""Elizabeth Essex will dazzle you with her sophisticated blend of vivid historical detail, exquisite characterization and delicious sexual tension. "Almost a Scandal" is a breath-taking tale of rapturous romance and awe-inspiring adventure!" --"USA Today" bestselling author "Julianne MacLean""Elizabeth Essex writes the perfect blend of fast-paced adventure and deliciously sexy romance. I couldn't put this book down! ALMOST A SCANDAL gets a place on my keeper shelf--I will read anything Elizabeth Essex writes!"--"New York Times "bestselling author "Celeste Bradley""The first book in the Reckless Brides Trilogy is a seafarer's delight. Col and Sally's high stakes adventure is fast-paced and fraught with peril. Well-timed humor punctuates the action and the use of frigate-speak adds authenticity to the shipboard dialog. The love story teases the reader at first, as Col and Sally struggle to conceal their attraction on board the Audacious. Then things turn desperate when the circumstances of war seem intent on driving them apart. A smartly written, emotional tempest."--"Reader to Reader Reviews" "" PRAISE FOR ELIZABETH ESSEX"Elizabeth Essex will dazzle you with her sophisticated blend of vivid historical detail, exquisite characterization and delicious sexual tension. "Almost a Scandal" is a breath-taking tale of rapturous romance and awe-inspiring adventure!" --"USA Today" bestselling author "Julianne MacLean""Elizabeth Essex writes the perfect blend of fast-paced adventure and deliciously sexy romance. I couldn't put this book down! ALMOST A SCANDAL gets a place on my keeper shelf--I will read anything Elizabeth Essex writes!"--"New York Times "bestselling author "Celeste Bradley""The first book in the Reckless Brides Trilogy is a seafarer's delight. Col and Sally's high stakes adventure is fast-paced and fraught with peril. Well-timed humor punctuates the action and the use of frigate-speak adds authenticity to the shipboard dialog. The love story teases the reader at first, as Col and Sally struggle to conceal their attraction on board the Audacious. Then things turn desperate when the circumstances of war seem intent on driving them apart. A smartly written, emotional tempest."--"Reader to Reader Reviews" "Essex delivers page-singeing passion and dangerous intrigue in her enthralling, sensual, and richly rewarding debut.--"Booklist "on "The Pursuit of Pleasure""Thoroughly enjoyable! A delightfully sexy romp with vividly-drawn characters that will keep readers turning the pages. Witty and entertaining, Elizabeth Essex is not to be missed!"--"New York Times" bestselling author "Lorraine Heath" on "The Pursuit of Pleasure" PRAISE FOR ELIZABETH ESSEXand her magnificent historical romances..."The Pursuit of Pleasure""Essex delivers page-singeing passion and dangerous intrigue in her enthralling, sensual, and richly rewarding debut.--"Booklist" "Thoroughly enjoyable! A delightfully sexy romp with vividly-drawn characters that will keep readers turning the pages. Witty and entertaining, Elizabeth Essex is not to be missed!"--"New York Times" bestselling author Lorraine Heath"Intrigue, sensuality and romance collide in this wonderful story. With a lyrical style and a sexy twist, Elizabeth Essex is an author to watch!"--Jenna Peterson"Elizabeth Essex's "The Pursuit of Pleasure" is elegant, evocative, and absolutely dangerous to a good night's sleep. Once you pick this book up, you won't be able to set it aside until you've learned the last of its very satisfying secrets."--"New York Times" bestselling author Courtney Milan"Four stars. Essex uses the edict 'Never say never to passion' to its best advantage as a headstrong heroine and dashing hero collide in a sensual romance laced with intrigue. The fast pace and gothic overtones enhance the love story, but Essex's forte is creating likeable, strong characters readers will love."--"Romantic Times"show more

About Elizabeth Essex

Elizabeth Essex is the acclaimed author of historical novels including The Pursuit of Pleasure and A Sense of Sin. When not re-reading Jane Austen, sipping tea or mucking about her garden, Elizabeth can be found at her computer, making up wonderful stories about people who live far more interesting lives than she. It wasn't always so. Elizabeth graduated from Hollins College with a BA in Classical Studies and Art History, and then earned her MA from Texas A&M University in Nautical Archaeology, also known as the archaeology of shipwrecks.show more

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"Bold, brazen, and beautiful, the Reckless Brides refuse to play by society's rules of courtship. But come hell or high water they always get their man " A LADY IN DISGUISEFor generations, the Kents have served proudly with the British Royal Navy. So when her younger brother refuses to report for duty, Sally Kent slips into a uniform and takes his place at least until he comes to his senses. Boldly climbing aboard the "Audacious," Sally is as able-bodied as any sailor there. But one man is making her feel tantalizingly aware of the full-bodied woman beneath her navy blues A MAN OVERBOARDDedicated to his ship, sworn to his duty and distractingly gorgeous Lieutenant David Colyear sees through Sally's charade, and he's furious. But he must admit she's the best midshipman on board and a woman who tempts him like no other. With his own secrets to hide and his career at stake, Col agrees to keep her on. But can the passion they hide survive the perils of a battle at sea? Soon, their love and devotion will be put to the test "With a lyrical style and a sexy twist, Elizabeth Essex is an author to watch!" Jenna Peterson"show more

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1,000 ratings
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4 37% (367)
3 23% (227)
2 8% (84)
1 3% (26)

Our customer reviews

Sally Kent loves the sea, so when her younger brother refuses to report for duty, she takes the chance to wear a uniform. The problem is, how to hide her woman curves, specially from Lieutenant David Colyear. I really liked Sally, she was strong, decided and never accepted 'no' for an answer. It was a little bit unbelievable how she could hide herself from everyone, but I enjoyed her relationship with Col. They were hot and passionate, and even when Col took a difficult decision to allow her on the ship, he was still protective but not exasperating. But I didn't enjoy much the explanations and descriptions of the life on the ship, it was too tedious for me and it made me want to leave the book many times. That's the main reason why I didn't love it. Overall, I liked Elizabeth Essex's writing and enjoyed Sally's and Col's relationship, so the Reckless Brides series is definitely recommended if you want to read an historical romance series.show more
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