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Avon, May 2002, 5.99, 384 pp.
ISBN: 0380821095

    In 1589 London, the Ton praises Viscount Spencer Thornton for his work as a spy. His job helped the English defeat the Spanish Armada. At the same time, the aristocracy holds his younger twin Alexander in contempt for masquerading as Spencer even though that enabled his sibling to stay safely undercover. His so-called friends refuse to speak to him and Alex misses estate management and Parliament. He feels the only thing he is good at doing is causing scandals.
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    A bored Alex bets Edmund Blackwell that he can obtain a kiss from a virgin first. Alex selects Elizabeth Langston as Edmund's target while the latter chooses Blythe Prescott as the former's sacrifice. Alex flirts with Blythe, who is guarded by her spinster older sister Emmeline. To his shock, Alex finds himself dreaming of Emmeline rather than Blythe who now seems so young. Soon Emmeline concludes that Alex purposely projects the image of a wastrel. She has seen his kindness and decides to marry him, but must take things into her own hands if they are to wed.

    HIS SCANDAL is a thrilling Elizabethan romance that is superb when the lead protagonists are on center stage. The fast-paced story line is filled with delightful support characters that amplify the understanding of the lead couplet. Though a subplot involving attacks on Alex takes away from the main tale, Gayle Callen renders a strong tale that complements her previous novel HIS BETROTHED starring Alex's twin and leave her audience anxiously awaiting the final tale in the trilogy.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Seduction/coercion/force    -   Yes Love Triangles/Polygons    -   Yes What kind:    -   one man-two women If one lover chases another...    -   she chases after him Who seduces whom?    -   woman seducing man

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   60% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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