A Scandalous Charade (Regency Romance, Book 2)

Rated 4.17/5 based on 6 reviews
An heiress falls for a charming rake who breaks her heart. When her life suddenly becomes endangered, she has to decide if she can trust the rogue a second time. More

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About Ava Stone

Ava Stone is a USA Today bestselling author of Regency historical romance and college age New Adult romance. Whether in the 19th Century or the 21st, her books explore deep themes but with a light touch. A single mother, Ava lives outside Raleigh NC, but she travels extensively, always looking for inspiration for new stories and characters in the various locales she visits.

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Review by: nanetteraebrumfield on Aug. 28, 2014 :
Loved this book! Beautiful story with a great ending.
(review of free book)
Review by: lorryka on Nov. 10, 2012 :
a great novel
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Review by: Sallie Smith on July 22, 2012 :
I would actually rate this book more at 3.5 stars. It's okay and I did finish it, but I'll admit that I like the regency formula. Yes it's a formula and you would think that reading essentally the same book a hundred times would get boring, and it does, but I still like the formula. This book follows the formula to an extent. We have the rakish hero and plucky heroine. They did well enough together. My first complaint lies in the unceremonious death of someone close to the heroine. It was jarring and didn't fit with the rest of the book. There were also some awkward scenes that would jump from one topic to another with no logic and some scences that were obvious padding where nothing but a rehash would happen and the dialogue was pretty boring.

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There is also the problem of the hero and his past. The book explained what happened between him and his sister in law from his pov and that was fine, but he was penalized several times for what happened and seems to assume some knowledge from the reader about the relationship between his sister in law and brother. Frankly, when they first meet up, the author might be going for hated and enmity, but it comes across as a bit flirtatious and certainly inappropriate. We're never given any reason to assume the SIL isn't a schemeing tart who's trying to foist her illegitamate child off on her unsuspecting husband and there's no resolution to that storyline. The hero just decides to let his brother live in ignorance if it makes him happy. It's a small detail, but a niggling one. I wish the writer had been more forthcoming with what actually happened or had not made it such a big deal. Either would have been fine with me.

As for the death mentioned earlier, it was the heroine's sister which I wholly expected to be a heroine in a future book. There's a short paragraph that sayd she was poisoned and died and there were more repercussions from the death, but it was really abrupt and sad and jarring and made me dislike the book. She admited to loving a man who was away and the return of him was a big deal, but we never see his return or his devestation upon learning of the death of his lover. It seems that it should have been a bigger deal.
(review of free book)
Review by: Christeen on June 23, 2012 :
what a great book.... I loved the chracters... great storyline and character detail. very well written. I just wish the books weren't so expensive.
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Review by: Alison Murphy on Sep. 5, 2011 :
I loved this book! Luke was just the sort of charmer I'd fall for and Juliet was just the sort of friend I'd want to have. All the characters were intereting in their own way and I'm hoping the other books in the series are about them. Can't wait to read more.
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Review by: Pat I on Sep. 5, 2011 :
good story with right level of suspense, but it should have come with an adult content warning to inform potential readers
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