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The Year of Living Scandalously

The Year of Living Scandalously

Written by Julia London

Narrated by Justine Eyre


The Year of Living Scandalously

Written by Julia London

Narrated by Justine Eyre

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4/5 (9 ratings)
Length:
10 hours
Released:
Oct 19, 2010
ISBN:
9781441849380
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Description

When Declan O'Connor, Earl of Donnelly, arrives at Hadley Green to meet with Lily Boudine, the new countess of Ashwood, he knows instantly that the lovely woman who welcomes him is not who she pretends to be. In an attempt to avoid an unwanted marriage, Keira Hannigan has assumed her cousin's identity and is staying at the estate while Lily is abroad. When Declan threatens to expose her, Keira convinces him to guard her secret, then enlists him in her investigation of the missing jewels, for she now believes an innocent man was hanged.

Unable to deny the beautiful, exasperating Keira - or their simmering passion - Declan reluctantly agrees. But neither is prepared for the dangerous stranger who threatens to reveal Keira's lies . . . and Declan knows he must protect Keira at all costs, for she is the woman who now owns his heart.
Released:
Oct 19, 2010
ISBN:
9781441849380
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook


About the author

Julia London is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than forty romantic fiction novels. She is the recipient of the RT Book Reviews Award for Best Historical Romance and a six-time finalist for the prestigious RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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  • (4/5)
    When Keira steps in for her cousin Lily, she doesn’t mean to assume Lily’s identity as the new Countess of Ashwood, but she finds herself increasingly drawn into her lie and its growing complexity. To further exasperate her situation, Declan, a neighbor from her home in Ireland, appears bringing danger both to her secret and to her heart.
  • (4/5)
    This was a great book. I loved it from the beginning. Keira is a wild young Irish girl who is supposed to marry a man she's sure she doesn't love. Lily her English cousin was about to go on holiday until she because a countess. So begins the plot. Instead of Lily going to England she sends Keira in her stead and goes to Italy. Only when Keira gets there the countess is desperately needed so she must assume her Identity. What she finds when she get there is more trouble than she bargained for. There is a theft from the past that an innocent man hanged for, and a young sexy Lord from her past that she still loves but has wronged in many ways. Will she solve the crime before Lily get s there? Also will Declan help her solve this case and heal there past?
  • (2/5)
    I didn't like the characters or where the book was going.
  • (3/5)
    The Year of Living Scandalously (the cover itself is quite scandalously enough for me!) was a tale of star-crossed lovers whose passion reaches the stars. Nope. I’m lying to you. It’s actually about a girl turned woman whose beauty and charm attracts man out of their wits and an earl who loves horses. The rape and suicide of a childhood friend leave them both haunted and in hatred/guilt in each other’s presence.But when Lily, Kiera’s cousin, finds herself a new title her desire to travel abroad overcomes her sense of duty and enlists the help of Keira to maintain her newest property. Keira finds Ashwood barely hanging on—a clear cry from when it held the grandest party of all time. There, she runs into Declan who plans to purchase a fine horse from the estate and cajoles him into helping her. Keira is determined that Ashwood stay afloat despite a new neighbor who is out to get the family and discovered what truly happened to the family jewels that led to one woman’s death and her cousin’s sudden arrival to her home. Keira may find more than she ever bargained for.The first thing that made me pause and think about the novel was the prologue and epilogue. See, they are both told in Lily’s perspective while the rest of the novel is told through Keira. It was such an odd match that I had to look up the synopsis of the novel to figure that the novel focuses on. The prologue was a much longer chapter than I expected and set things up more so for the sequel rather than this installment. It set the ball rolling for The Year of Living Scandalously but doesn’t play the biggest role in the romancing of Declan and Keira.Declan and Keira are well suited for each other: both being born in Ireland, wanting to travel and experience life, and a strong liking to horses. They are both also like horses or rather mules—stubborn, head strong, doesn’t exactly think things through carefully before acting and reacting. Going with their guy instincts. Oddly enough, this is an appealing characteristic to the novel as the novel is direct about the plot while amusing as the two butt heads. The novel ends roughly, which leaves plenty of tidying up to do in the sequel for Lily as she comes back from her trip.
  • (4/5)
    The Year of Living Scandalously by Julia London Historical Romance -Oct 19th 2010 4 stars The Year of Living Scandalously debuts a new Regency series by Julia London. The author writes a strong story with enthralling intrigue that kept me in suspense until the last page. This novel starts out with the mysterious theft of the Countess of Ashwood’s famed ruby jewels. Young and mischievous Lily, the niece of the Countess is eager to point who she thinks may be connected to the theft and results in the hanging of the thief. But did her testimony result in an innocent man’s death? And where are the jewels? No on has been able to find them. Lily is sent to live with her other aunt in Ireland and discovers that the beautiful and vivacious Countess has tragically died. Many years later Lily is now an adult and discovers that the old earl has died and she has inherited the estate. But dark memories of Ashwood haunt her and she begs her cousin Keira to represent her while she goes to Italy on a prior commitment. Keira is tired of Ireland and wants excitement before settling down with a stodgy husband who is ‘good’ for her. But when she goes to London to represent Lily, she finds the estate in disrepair, unhappy tenants and a mountain of bills! Well meaning Keira is desperate to ’fix’ the situation until Lily arrives and finds herself masquerading as the Countess! But when her young crush, the Earl of Donnelly, (Declan O’Connor) arrives, she knows she must confess her situation to him before he blows her cover. Unfortunately, Declan and Keira have a past and her young escapades cost him dearly. He wants nothing to do with her but finds the beautiful Keira has matured and he is unaccountably jealous of other men! Their lives are complicated when Keira asks Declan to help her discover the mystery behind the missing rubies but they both uncover more than they expect. The Year of Living Scandalously is an easy read but what I enjoyed most was the author’s skillfully plotted mystery. I wanted to know more about the poor Countess who was so unhappy in her marriage. The story started out with a lot of promise but I never felt the chemistry between the main characters was as real as the author’s prior books. Keira is a headstrong character who has a good heart and tries her best, but I also found her a bit clingy and immature. Declan’s character is very realistic and human. Initially he does not respect or really seem to like Keira. He is definitely rough around the edges, and I kept wishing he would be more caring. I had expected or hoped his character would change a bit more in the story. My main difficulty is that I didn’t like the way he treated Keira. It is true Keira gets into one after another misadventure but most heroes handle these situations more gallantly. I must admit that her escapades made for a complex plot and I thrilled at the mystery. But I kept wishing her mishaps had been written more comically/funny rather than serious. This was a wonderful suspense story that readers will enjoy. I could not stop reading because I wanted to know what happened to the missing rubies. However, I felt the author did not take advantage of the misadventures in the novel and made the story a bit more lighthearted and fun to balance the dark mystery. Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club