A Beastly Scandal

A Beastly Scandal

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A tale as old as time . . .

Lady Annabelle Marchant was a belle of the ball in London until she attempted to save a man's life with her psychic senses. She failed miserably, leaving him dead and her disgraced. All she wants now is a chance to comfort his widow by cleansing the woman's home of her husband's restless spirit. But the widow's son accuses her of coming to the wilds of Cheshire to snag him as a husband.

Rufus Marlesbury, the beastly Earl of Terrance, is suspected of murdering his father. He has come home to clear his name by finding the real killer before the new year, or Rufus will be called in front of the House of Lords to answer for the crime.

With an unruly manor ghost terrorizing the occupants, and corpses piling up in the village, Belle must find a way to uncover the man beneath the beast. Rufus, too, must learn to believe in the love of a woman who has no reason to trust him. Only by working together can they stop a killer before he strikes again . . . .

Once upon a time, Shereen read fantasy and romance novels to entertain herself. Now she writes heartwarming tales braided with threads of magic and love and mystery elements woven in for good measure. She's a fan of resourceful women, intriguing men, and happily-ever-after endings. If her stories whisk you away to a different realm for a few hours, then Shereen will have achieved one of her life goals.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12mm | 322g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1610261240
  • 9781610261241
  • 2,812,462

Review quote

"Shereen Vedam delightfully combined Regency paranormal drama with lively characters and touches of humor. A treat to enjoy!" --NYT bestselling author Jo Beverly
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154 ratings
3.74 out of 5 stars
5 29% (45)
4 34% (52)
3 24% (37)
2 8% (13)
1 5% (7)

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This was a very enjoyable read. I stayed up late to finish it, and I think this says a lot. It is a nice combination of historical romance and fantasy, with a ghost roaming the corridors of the old, imposing mansion that used to be its home, and a young lady who has the gift to sense unnatural phenomena. I must admit that I liked the fantasy and mystery part better than the romance part, but this is just me. Lady Annabelle Marchant is known for her ability to talk to ghosts, and Lady Terrance asks her to come to her aid when the presence of her late husband's ghost starts to overwhelm her. But thanks to an unfortunate and embarrassing accident, Belle is not seen in society as she used to be, and Lord Rufus Terrance doesn't want her anywhere near his family and himself. He's got his own problems, because if he doesn't find his father's criminal soon, he'll be asked to answer for the crime and he has no way of proving that he is innocent. The storyline is really interesting, and the action became even more fast-paced when people started to be killed in the village, as a result of Rufus' investigation. Belle and Rufus will have to work together, eventually, to find his father's criminal and free the angry ghost that keeps his mother awake every night. The main characters truly reminded me of the characters in "Beauty and the Beast", the fairy tale that inspired the novel. Belle is a confident and independent young lady who doesn't care what people think about her. She resigned herself to the fact that she will probably remain alone because no man will accept her so-called fantasy of being able to talk to ghosts and have visions about the people she meets. Rufus is short-tempered and often impossible, hurting the ones around him without realizing it. They make a great couple, and the chemistry between them is electrifying. However, I felt like the author insisted too much on the attraction between them from the very first pages. The reader barely knows the characters, and they already want to kiss. Then, when Belle lives at the mansion, every time she meets Rufus, the unbearable passion they feel for each other is emphasized, but still we have little information about what happened between them in the past, about how and when they fell in love. I always like to get to know the characters well before I see them together. Otherwise, I won't care about their relationship. And this is what happened in this case: I couldn't care less about the passionate moments between Belle and Rufus, and I wanted to skip to the part where Belle talked to the ghost, or where Rufus investigated his father's death. Again, this might be because I'm usually drawn to ghost stories and mysteries more than to romance stories. Overall, "A Beastly Scandal" was a good read, and I would recommend it to anyone. It kept me engaged to the last page.show more
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