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Before the Scandal
The Notorious Gentlemen Series

by Suzanne Enoch

      Before the Scandal, the second book in the "Notorious Gentlemen" series, continues the stories of three handsome rogues who served together in the military. This time, Colonel Phineas Bromley goes on leave from the military to return to his home after a ten-year absence. His goal is to help his handicapped brother and young sister solve a mystery about a string of "bad luck" happening at their estate. The highly skilled soldier immediately suspects foul play rather than natural circumstances, and risks his life to prove it.

During his visit, Phin also reunites with his old childhood friend, Alyse Donnelly, who has endured a family tragedy and personal scandal, which left her a virtual servant to her aunt and cousin. Caught in her own Cinderella story, Alyse needs her personal Prince Charming to rescue her, and the dangerously seductive Phin seems to be more than willing... or is he merely entertaining himself before going back to his military duties?

Complicating the situation is a daring highwayman who holds up stagecoaches and frightens the occupants with his angry demands in French. Although Phin dons this disguise as a means of gathering clues about his estate, Alyse finds the "Frenchman" strangely intriguing and finds herself conflicted about her loyalties to her old friend, the highwayman, and her cousin.

Although a riveting read, Before the Scandal lacks some of the important details romance readers crave. Limited physical descriptions of the two lovers leave much to the imagination, and although the intimate scenes are quite explicit, they lack significant sexual tension. How Phin and Alyse evolve from friends into lovers gets pushed aside to accommodate the antics of the highwayman and mystery on the estate.

The Book

Avon Books / HarperCollins Publishers
July 29, 2008
Mass Market Paperback
Romance - Historical (England, 1813)
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NOTE: Sexually Explicit, Mild Violence

The Reviewer

Leslie Halpern
Reviewed 2008
NOTE: Reviewer Leslie Halpern is the author of Reel Romance. The Lovers' Guide to the 100 Best Date Movies and Dreams on Film. Coming Soon: A Writer's Guide to Fearless Interviews.
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