The interludes are well placed and I never felt as though the flow of the story was interrupted. In India, Thomas and Cat are inexorably drawn towards each other — Thomas knowing all the while that he is risking exposure because of course, a Sikh horse-trader could have nothing to do with a British memsahib. I really enjoyed the way their romance was developed.
It was clear from the outset that there was much more to it than physical attraction or insta-lust, and that here were two lonely people who were somehow two halves of the same whole. Thomas is a man who knows what he wants, which is one of the things that I loved about him.
Cat is a woman surrounded by secrets. Even at the age of twenty when Thomas meets her for the first time she is carrying a burden of guilt which led her to flee her homeland under a cloud and her return to England seems to have taken place under similar conditions. The way the story plays out is well planned and very well executed. The two protagonists are strongly characterised — Thomas especially — and I particularly liked the way Ms Essex commented upon the political situation of the time, and the corrupt nature of the power enjoyed by the East India Company and its employees.
I found Scandal in the Night to be a very entertaining and well-written novel. I loved the setting and was impressed by the attention given by the author to the historical and political detail. The romance was tender and heartfelt and the thriller element worked well. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
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Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Scandal in the Night by Elizabeth Essex. But when they are strangers in a strange land, anything can happen… The Spy Who Loved Her Assuming a false identity as a prim and proper governess, the bold and beautiful Cat Rowan thinks she has finally escaped the wild misadventures of her past—and the wickedly handsome spy who seduced her in India.
Imagine her surprise when her employer introduces his brother: the very same cad who destroyed her heart! Disguised as a horse trader from the bazaars of the Punjab, the British spy risked his life for one night of passion in her arms. But here and now—breaking all rules of decorum—one heated kiss ignites a flurry of gunfire. For their enemies have followed them home.sessvingtrolmortskyp.gq/map31.php
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Sort order. Jul 15, Caz rated it really liked it Shelves: romance-regency , arc , romance , 4-andstar-books , aar , dead-tree. Scandal in the Night is part of a series, but works incredibly well as a standalone; and in it, Ms Essex has combined a sweeping and poignant romance with a thriller and peppered it with lots of interesting historical detail and — in the parts set in India - evocative descriptions of local colour and customs.
The opening chapter sees the Honourable Thomas Jell 4. The opening chapter sees the Honourable Thomas Jellicoe, third son of the Earl of Sanderson, returning to England after a fifteen year absence. As a younger man, he was sent to India to work for the East India Company and was quickly identified as having the special talents needed to gather intelligence; so for the majority of his time there, he worked as a spy.
As he says later in the book, to be most effective, a good spy should not attract attention and be able to hide in plain sight, which is exactly what Thomas does. He creates a new identity — that of successful horse breeder and trader Tanvir Singh, and immerses himself completely in his adopted customs and lifestyle. His true identity is known to only two or three people, and for over a decade, Thomas performs his roles extremely successfully and is content. But that contentment is suddenly shattered when he sees a young, pale-skinned, red-haired woman in the Rani Bazzar one morning, and is instantly smitten.
And he discovers, deep down, a feeling that perhaps the time is coming when he will want to leave India and return to England. The young woman is Catriona Rowan, niece to the new resident commissioner of Saharanpur, Lord Summers, and governess to his young children. Thomas is enchanted by her striking looks and her delight in her surroundings and her curiosity, and is further delighted when he discovers the steely backbone that lurks beneath her outer softness. Catriona — now calling herself Anne Cates — is there, right in front of him, as completely dumbfounded to see Thomas as he is to see her.
She had known him only as Tanvir Singh and, we later learn, thought he had abandoned her in India. View all 5 comments. Sep 11, Amanda rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in , the-feels-were-real , poc-characters , mistaken-or-false-identity , pistol-toting-heroines , reviewed-books , regency-era , cute-animal-cameos , prickly-princesses-and-ice-queens , historical-romance. Told in shifting perspectives from the past and the present, Scandal in the Night was part spy thriller, part second chance romance that ended up being a pleasant surprise.
I say 'surprise' because second chance stories have a tendency of driving me nuts. But I think what helped me get on board this time around was the fact that the circumstances surrounding Catriona and Thomas's separation weren't the usual flimsy reasons. And with a plot that contained copious amounts of intrigue and heated pa Told in shifting perspectives from the past and the present, Scandal in the Night was part spy thriller, part second chance romance that ended up being a pleasant surprise. And with a plot that contained copious amounts of intrigue and heated passion, it was a huge improvement from A Breath of Scandal.
The murder s mystery and India setting also helped in making this book a real standout. Catriona and Thomas were such beautifully layered and complex characters, so much more than what they appeared to be on the surface, a fact that they instantly recognized in each other. They had flaws. They built their lives around lies. But by finding each other, they in turn found someone they could trust their truest selves with, perhaps for the first time ever.
Their connection ran deep and I felt it with every fiber of my being. This was that indescribable feeling, the connection, that had called to him from the very first moment he saw herhis soul had recognized its other half. I found myself doing that a lot while reading Cat and Thomas's story. Elizabeth Essex's ability to create this type of enhanced emotional intensity between her couples from their first interaction onward continues to impress me.
Apr 01, Mischa rated it it was ok Shelves: After the amazing thing that was the second book in the series and the interesting summary of this one, I was really hoping I might enjoy it. Now, I have nothing against a little looking back it was one of the problems I had with the first book - that the author did not profoundly explain how did the main heroes become attracted to each other , but for such a big part of the book to take place in the past? Especially since there was a gunman in the present? It just seemed like too much and that felt like I actually got nothing from reading this.
I'd love for it to take place in the present a little more, maybe just with a reveal of what actually happened in the past at the end. But to devote the entirety of the book to this? Or maybe if the author first got the past out of the way, and then did a "two years later" part. But put together like this It was I'm not even exaggerating : 10 lines of dialogue in the present, then one of the characters starts recalling the past for like 20 pages, which resulted in nothing actually happening in the present and a recounting of the past which I felt like it could have been shrunk a considerable amount maybe if I didn't feel like this, I'd also enjoy it a little bit more.
I'm not saying that the book didn't have its moments, but all in all, it was a big disappointment and I didn't exactly feel connected to the main characters, either. With the constant jumps to the past, I felt as if I barely knew them. Feb 04, Blackjack rated it really liked it Shelves: books-i-own. Scandal in the Night , Elizabeth Essex - This is the second Essex book that I've read and as with the other, The Danger of Desire , I really like her writing and find her a very promising romance author. In Scandal in the Night , Essex does a nice job balancing a number of plots and themes without ever diminishing the romance.
In fact, the romance is so strong here and part of that is because the hero, Thomas Jellicoe, truly adores Catriona and will risk his career as a spy and his pride even when Scandal in the Night , Elizabeth Essex - This is the second Essex book that I've read and as with the other, The Danger of Desire , I really like her writing and find her a very promising romance author. In fact, the romance is so strong here and part of that is because the hero, Thomas Jellicoe, truly adores Catriona and will risk his career as a spy and his pride even when there is a misunderstanding.
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Thankfully, the misunderstanding, though a big one, is cleared up very quickly with one memorable, intense and heartfelt conversation that is one of the most romantic moments I've read in recent memory. I loved the setting of India for most of the novel and surprisingly I even really enjoyed the flashback as much as the present day events in the story. There is a believable villain and a few frightening scenes, and a rich and compelling backstory to the romance itself. I wished there had been more background on Thomas's role as a spy but for the most part, this was a really good read!
View 1 comment. Sep 23, Ruth rated it did not like it Shelves: , historical-romance , romance , dnf , regency. I'm sad to DNF this because the first two books in the series were excellent, but the hero here has spent the last fifteen years impersonating a Punjabi Sikh in the Hindu Kush to spy for the British Empire.
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That's right, a white, English, third son of an earl is masquerading as a Punjabi, well enough to fool everyone. Because whitey mcwhiterson can obviously pick up all the language and culture of an entirely foreign culture well enough to fool everyone in that culture and his own. Listen, beyond I'm sad to DNF this because the first two books in the series were excellent, but the hero here has spent the last fifteen years impersonating a Punjabi Sikh in the Hindu Kush to spy for the British Empire. Listen, beyond just the mental suspension of disbelief that this requires, which, btw, is way beyond what I am capable of sustaining, a person of color is not a white person with a tan.
I'm not giving any more of my time or energy to a book that is so racially problematic. Sep 11, Elis Madison rated it liked it Shelves: good-historical-detail , add-a-half-star , part-of-series , writing-stuff , meh , era-regency , martyr-complex , adventure-and-danger. Thomas Jellicoe returns from a spy mission in India and a fruitless search for Cat Rowan, the woman he loved and lost.
He's looked everywhere--except his own family home which is where she is coincidentally hiding she didn't know his real name. Just when the pair is reunited, the shooting starts.
What follows is a very good story, but it loses a half star because all the jumping back and forth in time was a bit jarring and frustrating to me, and because sometimes the pacing got bogged down a b Thomas Jellicoe returns from a spy mission in India and a fruitless search for Cat Rowan, the woman he loved and lost. What follows is a very good story, but it loses a half star because all the jumping back and forth in time was a bit jarring and frustrating to me, and because sometimes the pacing got bogged down a bit in the descriptive passages.
The writing here is excellent, but sometimes it draws attention from the story. Jul 10, Katie babs rated it really liked it. Awesome, not your run of the mill historical romance. Most of the story is told in flashback, but done well. Also the setting is exotic and really kept me interested. The hero's love for the heroine is all consuming. Fans of Connie Brockway or Loretta Chase will love this one.
Oct 08, Dija rated it liked it Recommended to Dija by: Katie babs. The premise is bad enough - a white English aristocrat masquerades as a Sikh, and meets the white Scottish heroine during his work spying for the British government in India. I also have a lot of problems with a hero who's so cheerfully complicit in violent imperialism, as well as a DNF.
I also have a lot of problems with a hero who's so cheerfully complicit in violent imperialism, as well as a heroine who unquestioningly accepts the same. Not terrible but like not really good either, which was doubly disappointing after The Reckless Brides' strong start. Flashbacks were a fresh and interesting approach for a genre that can easily fall into trite routine. But like c'mon with a tanned white dude passing for Punjabi. Could the super secret government spy or his author not come up with a backstory to in some way explain mixed racial features and mannerisms.
I will hope that this was a low point and continu 1. I will hope that this was a low point and continue on with the series. Nov 28, Rebekah rated it liked it. Jan 29, Amanda rated it it was ok Shelves: romance-romance-romance. Not my favorite Essex book. The pacing was strange, the villain was cartoonishly evil, and the whole thing of being in "exotic India" and the British spy posing as a multi-lingual Indian horse trader made me distinctly uncomfortable.
Feb 19, Meredith rated it it was ok Shelves: historical-romance , could-have-been-better. This dragged a lot in the middle. Follow the Honorable Thomas Jellicoe and Catriona Rowan,who has more than one secret to tell, as they navigate passion, secrets, a spy or two, danger, and love. Cat, nearly destroyed a mission devilishly,handsome, British spy Thomas,was on in India.
One night of passion with Cat and Thomas was forever changed. Now years later, the greatest danger to both of them could very well be their hearts as well as their lives. Their enemies have followed them back to England. Free delivery worldwide. Bestselling Series. Harry Potter. Popular Features. New Releases. Categories: Historical Romance Historical Romance. Description Bold, brazen, and beautiful, the Reckless Brides refuse to play by society's rules of courtship. But - come hell or high water - they always get their man So when her younger brother refuses to report for duty, Sally Kent slips into a uniform and takes his place - at least until he comes to his senses.
Boldly climbing aboard the Audacious, Sally is as able-bodied as any sailor there. But one man is making her feel tantalizingly aware of the full-bodied woman beneath her navy blues A Man Overboard - Dedicated to his ship, sworn to his duty - and distractingly gorgeous - Lieutenant David Colyear sees through Sally's charade, and he's furious.
But he must admit she's the best midshipman on board - and a woman who tempts him like no other. With his own secrets to hide and his career at stake, Col agrees to keep her on. But can the passion they hide survive the perils of a battle at sea? Soon, their love and devotion will be put to the test Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x Back cover copy "Bold, brazen, and beautiful, the Reckless Brides refuse to play by society's rules of courtship.
So when her younger brother refuses to report for duty, Sally Kent slips into a uniform and takes his place at least until he comes to his senses. Boldly climbing aboard the "Audacious," Sally is as able-bodied as any sailor there. But he must admit she's the best midshipman on board and a woman who tempts him like no other. Soon, their love and devotion will be put to the test "With a lyrical style and a sexy twist, Elizabeth Essex is an author to watch!
Scandal in the Night
Essex delivers romance at its finest; adventure-packed, passion-filled and totally satisfying. Teeming with adventure, passion, sexual tension, secrets, scandal, witty banter, romance and love, this story is a delight and a definite keeper. From the bow to the mast, from battles to ballrooms, Essex delivers another reckless bride and another read to remember. Almost a Scandal is a breath-taking tale of rapturous romance and awe-inspiring adventure! I couldn't put this book down! Col and Sally's high stakes adventure is fast-paced and fraught with peril.
Well-timed humor punctuates the action and the use of frigate-speak adds authenticity to the shipboard dialog. The love story teases the reader at first, as Col and Sally struggle to conceal their attraction on board the Audacious. Then things turn desperate when the circumstances of war seem intent on driving them apart. A smartly written, emotional tempest.
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