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Publisher: Avon (Harper Collins US)
Release Date: April 2003
ISBN: 0060092653
Format Reviewed: Paperback
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Genre: Historical Romance [1806 Southern England]
Reviewed: 2003
Reviewer: Rachel A Hyde
Reviewer Notes: explicit sexual content

Scandalous Again
By Christina Dodd  

     Madeline de Lacy has just arrived back from an extended continental tour when she is given the terrible tidings by her father that he has lost not only the entire estate, but her as well to a total stranger in a card game. An independent lady who is used to having her own way and organizing people, she soon concocts a plan to change places with her much quieter cousin Eleanor. Thus while Eleanor is dispatched to London to try and reason with Mr. Remington Knight, Madeline ends up working as companion to the formidable Lady Tabard's young daughter. The Tabard family is staying at a nearby house for the Game of the Century, a gambling extravaganza and soon Madeline is going to learn two things - one, that it looks as though her father is on his way to play and two, that the man she went on her Grand Tour to forget is also there.

     With practiced style, Christina Dodd lights the torch to paper and the tale sizzles into exuberant life. You've got the lot in here - romance, sex, humor, danger and a good yarn. Reading it reminded me why I enjoy historical romance so much. Ms. Dodd has created a memorable character in Madeline, who is far from being a demure young miss. She proves a worthy opponent to the masculine and driven Gabriel. There is always something going on in this book, but it is the humor which I think is the true secret of making this sort of thing work well, as light entertainment isn't light without it. I think that the title is rather unfortunate. I nearly didn't request to review it as it sounds like the sequel to another book, but this is the main moan I have here and it is a slight enough one. In fact, I very much hope that the next book involves the surely equally fascinating exploits of Eleanor as she fends off Mr. Knight. If you enjoy historical romances you are sure to more than like this one.

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