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Lord Of Scandal Scandalous and seductive Lord Hawksmoor is a notorious fortune hunter A man women want to bed and men want to do away with Now he has tasted the woman of his dreams Catherine Fenton and he will do anything to make her hisThough heiress to eighty thousand pounds Catherine is trapped in a gilded cage and duty bound to a man she detests The ton has woven a fantasy around Ben Lord Hawksmoor that any woman would find hard to resist but she senses there is to the man behind the glittering facadeShe believes he can rescue her but has she found her hero or made a pact with the devil himself

  • Paperback
  • 378 pages
  • Lord Of Scandal
  • Nicola Cornick
  • English
  • 11 September 2014
  • 9780373772117

About the Author: Nicola Cornick

International bestselling author Nicola Cornick writes dual time historical mysteries that draw on her love for genealogy and local history She studied History at London and Oxford and worked in academia for a number of years before becoming a full time author Nicola acts as a guide and researcher at the stunning 17th century hunting lodge Ashdown House and is a member of the Board of Trustees



10 thoughts on “Lord Of Scandal

  1. Katie(babs) Katie(babs) says:

    Lord of Scandal riveted me at the start but went downhill all too uickly Though it's clear author Cornick tried hard to make her characters likable their lack of dimension left me unable to empathize with the problems in their lives and the over the top villain is of the laughing maniacally while drowning puppies variety Each time he appeared in a scene I waited for him to twirl his mustache and sweep his cape around Catherine Fenton a nabob’s daughter a fact which the author made clear over and over and over again has come to watch the hanging of a criminal with her father half brother and her lecherous soon to be fiancé She is in a bind she can't touch the money her grandfather left her in trust until she turns 25 or marries Algernon Withers her lecherous fiancé and also the puppy drowning villain is blackmailing her father and forcing her to marry him Her father spent all his money drinking and whoring and being the good and sweet daughter that she is she is strongly considering sacrificing herself to benefit the family Benjamin Lord Hawksmoor was good friends with Ned Clarencieux the man in the hangman's noose Ben thinks he was framed and determines to uncover who is behind this atrocity But he also has his own problems a title but no money He uses his so called celebrity status and flaunts it in the newspapers and among the ton so he can maintain the lifestyle to which he is accustomed Ben has a major chip on his shoulder and wants to show up all those rich snobs like his father who seduced his poor mother and left them penniless in the London slums Ben saves Catherine from a mob at the hanging He is awed by her beauty and innocence and she is attracted by his good looks and reputation But she can’t even think of marrying him because he is a fortune hunter and will never love her like she wants to be loved This book reminded me of a Regency soap opera Catherine's step mother for instance loved Clarencieux but would sleep with anyone to help keep her laudanum addiction going Then there was Ben's vain mistress; they weren't intimate but shared a special bond because he saved her from a life of drudgery years before And what about Catherine's best friend who became a courtesan after leaving her husband? Catherine is one of those good heroines who tries to help everyone all the time She constantly enters dens of iniuity to keep a secret safe for her step mother and Ben is always there to help her out And though Catherine cannot marry him she allows him to seduce her At first Ben thinks it is perfectly alright to to do so; he believes her to be Withers' mistress and that she would welcome him with open arms Speaking of seduction the love scenes are stale likely because there is no connection between Catherine and Benjamin As readers we are told why the two feel so unloved but by then the story is so out of control with and mysteries popping up that are never fully explained Had the author kept up the fast past storyline as presented in the first few chapters of the book I'm convinced I would have liked Lord of Scandal Instead unfortunately she wrote too many clichés and stereotypes that I ended the story not caring whether or not the lead characters found happiness with one another

  2. Donna Maloy Donna Maloy says:

    Intense satisfyingA penniless rake who has vowed to never fall in love An heiress who will only marry for love Familiar characters in a story made fresh by the pen of Nicola Cornish A surprising twisty intensely emotional tale

  3. Lena Lena says:

    Not a re read Could barely finish this

  4. Nightwitch Nightwitch says:

    Uneven pacing and a rapemurder told from the victim’s point of view No thanks

  5. Leila Anani Leila Anani says:

    Nicola Cornick has long been one of my favourite Regency romance authors I particularly like her unconventional characters and attention to detailLord of Scandal started off well the characters are well developed likeable and deeply flawed making them interesting If anything the hero is a little too flawedThe story is exciting and I particularly liked its touching on the darker side of society the wastrels brothels mistresses and laudanum addiction This is a nice change from sueaky clean Austen clonesThe ending to this is what lets it down and why it only gets 3 stars whereas 34 of the book probably deserved 4 The ending is frankly terrible The villain of the piece apparently dies in a spectacularly dramatic fashion falling through a crack of ice on the Thames and drowning Laughable enough but then he magically survives and is able to come back at the end just in time for the duel to shoot the hero There is no explanation of how he came back or where he's been Eh?The duel itself the heroine challenges the hero to a pistol duel not once but twice talk about melodramatic the first time because he wants to marry her for her money and the second time when he abandons her because it turns out she has no money I felt abandoning his wife when he finds out her father has in fact embezzled all her money was probably the final nail in the coffin for the flawed Lord Hawksmoor and had I been poor Catherine would have said good riddance at this point There's acceptable behaviour for a hero and then there's some things that are unforgivable and given his poor track record leaving his wife at this point is very disappointing The problem is I cared Really was rooting for the characters but felt that the ludicrous ending and dismal behaviour of the hero at the end really let this one down Such a shame as the rest of it is very engaging

  6. Isabella Kai Isabella Kai says:

    Lord of Scandal is the story of a young heiress bound by duty to a man she detests and a scandalous lord who wants her Ben Lord Hawksmoor thrives in scandal and notoriety to get what he wantsI like bad boys and Ben Hawksmoor is definitely a very very bad boy A notorious adventurer who works for what he wants in life with charms to match is a hero I can have any day of the week He’s a curious mix of strength and vulnerability which I find very endearing And his honesty towards his tendency for fortune hunting is very refreshing With Ben there was no dull moment and I think the line ‘he can charm the birds out of the trees’ fit him to perfectionI had my reservations about Catherine She seemed too tame too kind and too conventional for Ben at first Then she slowly grew on me I like heroines who save themselves instead of waiting for others to save them She’s a very strong character emotionally and I can’t help but fall in love with her It came as shock when she first challenged Ben to name his seconds it’s the first time I read about a lady challenging a gentleman to a duel and I have to say it’s uite amazing but the best surprise of all is learning she can actually shoot and by that time I was already lost to the character that was Catherine Fenton Ben and Catherine’s story is a stand off It’s like a staring contest between two stubborn individuals who wouldn’t give in or give up easily It’s understandable why dueling played a big part on their story and that’s what makes them uite uniueWell if someone broke my heart too and I have an opportunity to put a bullet through him by means of a duel I’d say why not?

  7. Danae Danae says:

    This is my first Nicola Cornick book and I found her style engaging though a uick look at her other reviews in GR reveals that this isn't considered amongst her best by readers Which means that I'll try a few of her writing The hh pair of Ben and Catherine are each interesting characters in their own right and I particularly liked the way Catherine stands up for herself; though her timid behaviour at the beginning of the book doesn't prepare one for the transformation later I found this change too drastic to be believable Ben's honest owning up to his selfishness is refreshing and the formative influences to make him so are skillfully explained His metamorphosis from self centred to selfless in love could have been tautly written The biggest bugaboo for me was the villain who was written up almost farcically as if the author wanted us to hate him never doubt his villainy and never be surprised by his increasingly nefarious deeds to keep our hh apart

  8. Tasneem Tasneem says:

    A fun easy read that dealt with important topics like the abuse of women and the plight of those unable to fend for themselves I adored Catherine's courage and I felt deeply for her friend Lily who ends up as a courtesan and is then murdered by a client Ben is afraid of love and I did feel for him I also felt for Sam his cousin who always had a tender affection for Lily but never spoke up If only he had she might have lived Catherine's father is a weak and useless man He ruins her fortune and his family But I applaud the author for her excellent characterisation his very weakness made the story for me He wasn't a villain he was just weak

  9. Kay Bolton Kay Bolton says:

    Review taken from my blog in August 2011 #153 after borrowing book from local libraryCatherine Fenton is an heiress worth £80000 and caught in a gilded cage she is engaged to man she hates and surrounded by a cold and dis functional familyBenjamin Lord Hawksmoor is a rake scandalous seductive and a notorious fortune hunterHaving kissed the woman of his dreams he will stop at nothing to make her his own but will Caroline find his as hard to resist as the other women do and will he rescue her?A 4 star read with an enjoyable story line nothing to irritate or annoy in this tale

  10. Patty Patty says:

    I was led to this book when reading reviews of Cornick's latest romance I thought that she sounded like her characters and style It was a fine book Nothing outstanding but I would read this author again It may be that I did Cornick an injustice I don't usually read romances back to back but I did this past weekend I think it might have been like eating a whole box of chocolates Good but a little too muchThese characters were interesting fun and their story kept me reading I am just not willing to say that this was among the best I have read

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