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"Impressive Historical Romance Debut"

A hardened rake, Sebastian Laidley, the sixth Earl of Carleton has been summoned to his beloved godfather's dying bedside where he is coerced into making a promise. If Sebastian cannot find a suitable husband for the baronet's beautiful granddaughter Gemma, within three months, he promises to marry her himself.

Gemma, his childhood friend and daughter of a notorious seductress has grown into a remarkably beautiful young woman, but bears the stigma of her mother's sins. Knowing how badly society would snub her, Gemma has devoted herself to the matter of running her grandfather's estate. All thoughts of marriage are something she has never thought of until her old childhood friend re-enters her life and makes her feel alive and queasy, especially after one kiss.

*** With SCANDAL'S DAUGHTER new author Christine Wells has written a very impressive debut! The writing is fresh and lyrical with some very charming dialogs and a nicely thought out plot that provided a bit of a twisty surprise ending -- an ending I may say I didn't see coming!

Both protagonists were well drawn, and immensely likeable. Gemma, carrying the stigma of her mother's notorious past, was shown to be strong of character and resolved in proving to her grandfather that if given the chance she would keep their beloved estate Ware running in a top-notch fashion. Having been snubbed by society Gemma no longer had dreams of falling in love knowing that no respectable man would ever overlook the sins of her mother. Sebastian was a bit more complicated and has fought harder and harder to deny his real feelings for Gemma.

This author kept the pull of the sensual romance between the two at a nice pace and turned the heat up nicely as both recognized that their childhood love and friendship had entered a new level. The story is built a bit around redemption here, forgiveness, and discovery of what is really important in one's life.

Wells' colorful and vivid imagery was wonderful and her secondary characters, along with another side romance between Sebastian's sister and friend, and the return of Gemma's scandalous mother combined to keep the action on an even keel. I would definitely say that, with this debut, Christine Wells is someone to keep an eye on in the future.

Reviewed by Marilyn Rondeau
Posted January 19, 2008

SUMMARY

She could overcome her infamous past-but not a present-day passion.

As a promise to her dying grandfather, self-proclaimed rake Sebastian Laidley has three months to marry off his childhood friend Gemma-or marry her himself. But this daughter of a notorious seductress has inherited her mother's charms, and when she turns them on Sebastian, he'll long to be the only man who wins her heart.

 

Scandal's Daughter
by Christine Wells

Berkley Pub Group (Sensation)
September 1, 2007
ISBN #0425218325
EAN #9780425218327
304 pages
Paperback
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