ROMANCE

It Started with a Scandal

Avon. (Pennyroyal Green, Bk. 10). Apr. 2015. 384p. ISBN 9780062334824. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062334848. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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Ruined, abandoned by her family, and dismissed from her teaching post at an exclusive girls' school, Elise Fountain is willing to do just about anything to provide for her six-year-old son, Jack—even take a position as housekeeper for the notoriously difficult, ill-tempered Lord Philippe Lavay, a prince of the House of Bourbon, a former privateer, and an occasional secret agent for the Crown. But Elise isn't about to be intimidated. She whips the household into shape and works her healing magic on Philippe, as well, with romantic results that are as unexpected as they are irresistible—and seemingly just as impossible.
VERDICT A resilient, appealing pair who've lost everything—and survived—find belonging and hope in Long's latest heart-melting, sexy charmer that delivers a tantalizing hint about a romance that fans have been waiting for

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