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    New Fiendish Review: Love & Scandal by Donna Lea Simpson

    Book:                     Love & Scandal

    Author:                  Donna Lea Simpson

    Publisher:             Carina Press

    ISBN/ASIN:          B003NX7BXA

    Rating:                  4 Stars

    Release Date:  June 21, 2010

    Buy:   | Amazon | B&N | Carina Press |

    Find out more about Donna Lea Simpson!

    Simpson writes with such a raw sensuality rarely seen in historical romance. The intimacy between her characters are heartfelt, acute and meaningful. And the connection between novelist Collette Jardinaire and Charles Jameson scorches and burns in way that there should be a delicious flaming red disclaimer emblazoned the front cover.

    Simpson has refreshingly painted Collette, a published novelist under a gentleman’s name as a firebrand, and bluestocking making her way in a man’s world: publishing. A country miss whose only alternative is living with her relative in a small seaside cottage at Listerwood-on-Sea and penning her torrid fantasies on parchment, Collette is infuriated when her hard work might actually be attributed to rake Charles Jameson.

    Determined to get to the bottom of the manner, Collette hastens to London to track him down and have him summarily recant his statements alluding to him taking the credit for writing her wildly popular, but scandalous, novel. But she doesn’t plan on getting involved with him, and between the two of them they inflame a society scandal of epic proportions.

    Love & Scandal has all the hallmarks of a great read: an intriguing theme that mixes literary characters with the fictional, a passionate author as a heroine in the largely male dominated sphere, and a steamy scandal that will bend Edwardian society on its ears. Simpson has managed to nimbly stretch the boundaries of historical romance, fill it chock full of love, lust, and substance that will appeal to contemporary readers as well as traditional.

    Special thanks to Carina Press for sharing this amazing galley with me. 

    See what Fresh Fiction has to say about Love & Scandal.

    A Fiendishly Bookish review (and one grumpy cat).


    Reader Comments (2)

    Zombies aren't my bag so I didn't know what I'd find on the site. However, I must say not bad. This book about the author too, now that sounds intriguing! Did she say her pseudonym was that of a man's though, or did she really claim to be a man? Pseudonyms can be a tricky deal and apparently the author saw the potential in it.

    June 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie Ray

    Hi Melanie, thanx for stopping by!

    Love & Scandal was a real treat, and Collette Jardinaire writes under the nom de plume of Colin Jenkins. Not only does she write under a male pseudonym, but apparently her tale "Last Days of a Rake" is so convincing no one would believe it to be written by a woman. And the only one remotely similar to such a libertine in London society is Charles Jameson. He actually goes along with the presumption that he wrote it-much to Collette's chagrin. Dare she out herself as the true author and suffer ridicule? As Charles inevitably gets closer to her (yes!) he becomes deeply suspicious of the secret she is hiding. It was quite the delicious read and rooted in intriguing research.

    June 22, 2010 | Registered Commenterfiendishly bookish

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