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Scandal and the Duchess

Scandal and the Duchess, September 2014
Mackenzies Series #2
by Jennifer Ashley

InterMix
Featuring: Steven McBride; Rose Barclay
160 pages
ISBN: 1101615931
EAN: 9781101615935
Kindle: B00DGZKJ5C
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"Scandal will draw two lonely people together."

Fresh Fiction Review

Scandal and the Duchess
Jennifer Ashley

Reviewed by Leanne Davis
Posted November 12, 2014

Romance Historical

Rose Barclay, the dowager Duchess of Southdown is a scandalous character through very little fault of her own. Married to a much older man who died shortly after their wedding, Rose has become a target for the journalists who make up scandalous stories about her. Especially since the new Duke is contesting the legality of the marriage.

One night, she meets a drunken soldier. He stumbles into her pinning her against a carriage door. Since they are both surrounded by journalists, yet another story is born.

Stephen McBride awakens to find himself in yet another scandal. As a solider, Stephen is trustworthy and sober. On leave, Stephen battles his demons with drunkenness and debauchery. Both of them lead to his meeting with Rose.

Despite his proclivity for scandal, Stephen is a kind man who can't bear to see others in trouble. When Rose explains her situation, Stephen decides he must set it right.

Stephen announces their betrothal to the world. With his strong connection to the MacKenzie family, Stephen hires a solicitor to resolve the issues between Rose and the current Duke.

Ms. Ashley writes intriguing characters and strong stories. SCANDAL AND THE DUCHESS is a classic Ashley tale. Rose is so appealing as her tendency to get in trouble is always through her efforts to be kind and helpful to others. Stephen has some demons to overcome and the attraction he feels to Rose is strong. Ms. Ashley has another winner to add to her impressive resume. I really enjoyed this story.

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SUMMARY

Scandal follows Rose Barclay, young widow of the Duke of Southdown, wherever she goes. It's never her fault, but newspapers love to write about the young woman from Scotland, and the much older duke she married, who died on their honeymoon. The duke left her with a large widow's portion, now contested by his younger brother, who kicks Rose out of the estate's dower house and uses it to kennel his dogs.

Rose does not need to be found with a large, handsome Scot passed out at her feet, fueling gossips and giving her brother-in-law more ammunition. The Scot is Steven McBride--a decorated soldier who is notorious for heavy gambling and womanizing during his leave time. Steven is happy to open his eyes and find the beautiful woman standing over him, and happy to help spirit her away. But the journalists get wind and start a campaign to couple Rose with the scandalous Steven McBride.


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