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I thought that this was a refreshing change of pace for LC I liked the paranormal element to the story and will tell you right up front that I am looking forward to the next one in the series The backbone of the story is this Grace stands to be accused of murder of her fiancee She has come to find an old family friend and instead makes the acquaintance of Adrian Ruthveyn She immediately senses that he is not a man to be trifled with, but seems fated not to be able to resist Once Adrian cat I thought that this was a refreshing change of pace for LC I liked the paranormal element to the story and will tell you right up front that I am looking forward to the next one in the series The backbone of the story is this Grace stands to be accused of murder of her fiancee She has come to find an old family friend and instead makes the acquaintance of Adrian Ruthveyn She immediately senses that he is not a man to be trifled with, but seems fated not to be able to resist Once Adrian catches site of Grace, he instantly becomes fascinated with her and will do everything in his power to find the truth about the murder He also does all he can to fight the attraction to her For he has a curse as old as time and he will deny his heart before onewomen becomes its victim What made this a bit of a unique book to me is the character were so colorfully drawn We have Adrian s sister Anisha with her palm reading and star charting Their wastrel younger brother Lucan with his angelic looks and devilish attitude What was that delicious scene between Rance Lazonby and Jack Coldwater all about Inquiring minds are dying to know We have Mr Quartermaine the owner of a local, if not famous, gambling establishment and Mr Pinkie Ringgold the protector of the front door Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Roydon Napier, is he a future love interest Even the mysterious Belkaldi I wanted to find outabout and was not ready to leave their world behind While the mystery did take up quite a bit of the book, I still felt satisfied with the romance aspects of the book There were some interesting love scenes that you normally don t come across in an English love story But since Adrian is half Scottish and half Indian, you might get some idea of what he might know in the bedroom Men should be required to all have this knowledge Note Read and reviewed for The Season for Romance.Grace Gauthier has been falsely accused of murdering her employer in cold blood who, incidentally, she was engaged to Forced to leave her home and the family she has grown to love, she sets out to clear her name To do so, she seeks the help of longtime friend Lord Rance Welham, but when she visits the address she s been given for him, she learns that he s out of town and is not expected for several weeks Instead, she inadvertently acquires t Note Read and reviewed for The Season for Romance.Grace Gauthier has been falsely accused of murdering her employer in cold blood who, incidentally, she was engaged to Forced to leave her home and the family she has grown to love, she sets out to clear her name To do so, she seeks the help of longtime friend Lord Rance Welham, but when she visits the address she s been given for him, she learns that he s out of town and is not expected for several weeks Instead, she inadvertently acquires the help of Lord Adrian Ruthveyn Lord Ruthveyn is known about town as mysterious, calculating and indifferent at best His interest in Grace is piqued by the warmth and earnest fear in her eyes Interestingly enough, she is also looking for Rance who happens to be Ruthveyn s closest friend so why has he never become acquainted with Mademoiselle Grace before Ruthveyn acknowledges that she s a beautiful, interesting and fiery woman however, that s not why he is so insistent on helping her He immediately realizes that he cannot read her the way he can read others Sometimes he gets his visions or readings simply by looking into someone s eyes Sometimes, it s through the power of touch Yet nothing happens with Grace, not even when he kisses her Could she be the one the one person that he doesn t have to live in fear of or for With her experience as governess for her previous employer, he hires her to be governess for his two unruly nephews Living under his roof with his family, he can protect her from the Commissioner who has named her the number one suspect in the murder of Ethan Holding Both Grace and Ruthveyn know that if she is not exonerated, she could very well hang and so they begin their own search for the real killer.While Grace leaves her fate in Ruthveyn s hands, she begins to learn that he s mysterious for a reason As a young man, he once let his guard down with his young bride only to be careened by the vision of her death Since then, he has distanced himself from others for fear of the visions or sensations that he might be assaulted with Ruthveyn s sister is the best source of information that Grace has for this man that is so generously helping her this man that she s developing very strong feelings for She learns of his abilities and how he came to possess them and still, she accepts him completely and without question Yet she knows that she has no future with him and once she s free and clear, she plans to move to Paris Can Adrian prove to her that he doesn t just want her for the peace and passion she brings him, but for the happiness too Can he convince her to stay for good Grace was lovable and radiated warmth Lord Ruthveyn, although indeed dark, was a fascinating character who I really enjoyed getting to know It was especially refreshing when he finally found his happy ending with Grace Pacing moved along nicely and their story ends quite dramatically with a really sweet epilogue The plot itself was rather simple, but was well done, suspenseful and even a bit surprising What I found to be a bit convoluted was Ruthveyn s past and the historical time line of how he came to possess his prophetic powers as well as how Grace fit into it all It was a bit difficult to follow at times, even though Carlyle made several attempts to explain it With a mysterious murder to solve, a variety of mystical elements in play, and a surprising twist involving an unexpected villain, this isn t your run of the mill romance and is a great addition to any bookshelf Liz Carlyle has been auto buy for me for years now, so this was a huge disappointment I couldn t believe when I wasn t hooked by page 25 and when I was having to force myself to give it the first 50 then the first 100 pages I love, love, love her earlier works, particularly One Little Sin, which remains one of my favorite books I think the big problem with book is actually an unusual one there s not enough telling I spent too much of the early part of the book wondering why Adrian was so br Liz Carlyle has been auto buy for me for years now, so this was a huge disappointment I couldn t believe when I wasn t hooked by page 25 and when I was having to force myself to give it the first 50 then the first 100 pages I love, love, love her earlier works, particularly One Little Sin, which remains one of my favorite books I think the big problem with book is actually an unusual one there s not enough telling I spent too much of the early part of the book wondering why Adrian was so broody and mysterious it took far too long to figure out exactly what the club was and what his power was I agree with another reviewer who said that it didn t feel like the first of a trilogy I hate joining series halfway though, and that s what this felt like Grace felt like a stock character instead of the usual lush, spirited, independent heroines that I know Carlyle for There was no banter in the first 100 pages None I know Carlyle is capable of so much , so I m certain to give herchances, but this was disappointing Not my favorite Liz Carlyle story, but 3 wasn t enough, so it s a weak 4 Part of the problem may be that I read book 3 first, not realizing it was part of a series I now have the rest of the series, so hopefully it will grow on me. ( DOWNLOAD EPUB ) ♱ One Touch of Scandal ♵ With One Touch of Scandal, acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Liz Carlyle arrives at Avon Books and launches a breathtaking new historical romance series centered around the Zeno Society, a mysterious fraternity of dangerous and dangerously attractive men Fans of Amanda Quick and Gaelen Foley s Inferno Club novels will be swept away by One Touch of Scandal, a sensuous tale with a distinct gothic flavor the story of an imperiled beauty accused of a heinous crime and the dark lord who risks his most carefully protected secrets to come to her rescue I am always leery of romances that either dabble in the occult mysticism and foreign exotic eg Indian, Chinese, etc religions or practices However, Carlyle wove these elements in tastefully and not too otherizing if that makes any sort of sense The mystery was well done even if I guessed some of it and had a satisfying conclusion A quick and enjoyable read. I didn t finish this book I don t know why, but I just couldn t get into it It was kinda all over the place for me. Review A TOUCH OF SCANDAL is the first installment in New York Times Bestselling author, Liz Carlyle s new Regency historical romance trilogy.Grace Gauthier has just been accused of cold bloodedly killing her employer who indecently happens to be her ALMOST fianc Leaving her destitute homeless and scared for her future In search of a family friend, Sergeant Rance Welham, Lord Lazonby to help her out of this awful predicament Grace lands on the doorsteps of the Society face to face with the Review A TOUCH OF SCANDAL is the first installment in New York Times Bestselling author, Liz Carlyle s new Regency historical romance trilogy.Grace Gauthier has just been accused of cold bloodedly killing her employer who indecently happens to be her ALMOST fianc Leaving her destitute homeless and scared for her future In search of a family friend, Sergeant Rance Welham, Lord Lazonby to help her out of this awful predicament Grace lands on the doorsteps of the Society face to face with the tons Devil Prince himself, Adrian Forsythe, Lord Ruthveyn Who coincidently happens to be Welham s best friend Not know what else to do Grace confides in the charismatic stand offish man before her Ruthveyn hearing her plight reluctantly agrees to help her in clearing her name On one condition That Grace move in to his home and under his protection, as a governess to his to hellion nephews As her employer Ruthveyn s name will give them the time he needs to uncover the true murderer This giving Adrian easier access at keeping the young beauty alive and out of harms way But just how far will they both go to protect the other from the harsh realities that are flooding them.Born with aristocracy blood running through his veins, Lord Ruthveyn should have an easer go at life But hard ships and a deep secret keep this devilishly wicked man at bay Being able to see the horrors of the world isn t what Adrian would call a gift but a curse Having envisioned evils to reprehensible to name Adrian keeps his life and himself securely tucked away Not allowing anyone to remotely touch his heart That is, until Grace Gauthier, with her classic English beauty and beguiling blue eyes walks into his life, forever changing his world.The two come together, rather reluctantly but to an all consuming passion that neither can understand Fiercely independent, Grace enters this affair knowing full well that even if she give her heart to this dynamic Lord eventually she will be leaving heartbroken Bolden by this exquisite beauty and her selfless giving of her heart and soul Adrian feels unworthy and selfish for taking what she offers, but can do nothing to fight this unbreakable bound between them They say that fate takes its course but Adrian believes that with his GIFT he islikely to control the outcome of the ones he loves Self sacrificing the love he and Grace shares Ruthveyn tries in vain to pull away from Grace but only to no avail to be drawn deeper into this unknown power that binds them together ALLCOLADE I have been a long time admirer of New York Times bestselling author, Liz Carlyle Her stories are breathtakingly romantic Never disappointing her readers ONE TOUCH OF SCANDAL is beautifully written with a dynamic prose that will give her readers ecstatic hours of reading pleasure Ms Carlyle is simply one of todays master story tellers that weaves every pivotal moment into pure magic Author Liz CarlyleFirst published 2004Length 375 pagesSetting London 1848.Sex explicit, infrequentHero Marquess ex diplomat spy of Indian and British heritage Sees visions of the future.Heroine Governess Followed the drum with her French father.Series Book 1 of 4Reads like I m missing something another book or links to another series Searching through Carlyle s website I learn it is connected to books about the MacLachlan family and friends But it is not clear if reading the earl Author Liz CarlyleFirst published 2004Length 375 pagesSetting London 1848.Sex explicit, infrequentHero Marquess ex diplomat spy of Indian and British heritage Sees visions of the future.Heroine Governess Followed the drum with her French father.Series Book 1 of 4Reads like I m missing something another book or links to another series Searching through Carlyle s website I learn it is connected to books about the MacLachlan family and friends But it is not clear if reading the earlier books would add context to this one grimace I wanted to like it but it was only okay.The paranormal aspects were stupid paranormal sights visions premonitions that could readily be explained by an observant person piecing together possibly subconsciously bits and bobs of information to make a whole or close to For example, Anisha s reading of Grace s palm There was nothing particularly extraordinary in her conclusions.There seemed a lack of chemistry between our MCs, and the story was remarkably unfulfilling with major plot points and background missing.It missed the mark.Fraternitas Aurea Crucis Book 1 One Touch of Scandal Grace Gauthier and Adrian, Lord RuthveynBook 2 The Bride Wore Scarlet Anais de Rohan from No True Gentleman and Geoff Archard, Lord Bessett from Three Little Secrets Book 3 The Bride Wore Pearls Rance Welham, the Earl of Lazonby and Lady Anisha StaffordBook 4 A Bride by Moonlight Lisette Colburne and Royden Napier, Baron Saint BryceReferences Author s website ISBN 9780061965753 CR One Touch of Scandal is the first book in a new trilogy by Liz Carlyle The trilogy revolves around a secret society, Fraternitas Aurea Crucis Lucifer, Lord Ruthveyn is one such member He is surprised to find Grace Guathier on the front stoop of the clubhouse in search of help Grace has been accused of murdering her fianc Her father now deceased had told her if she was ever in trouble to find Sergeant Welham Instead of finding her childhood friend, Grace finds herself ensnared by the dark One Touch of Scandal is the first book in a new trilogy by Liz Carlyle The trilogy revolves around a secret society, Fraternitas Aurea Crucis Lucifer, Lord Ruthveyn is one such member He is surprised to find Grace Guathier on the front stoop of the clubhouse in search of help Grace has been accused of murdering her fianc Her father now deceased had told her if she was ever in trouble to find Sergeant Welham Instead of finding her childhood friend, Grace finds herself ensnared by the dark enigmatic Lord Ruthveyn.There is a lot going on in One Touch of Scandal Amongst the romance between Grace and Lucifer there is the mystery surrounding Grace s fianc There is also the secret society and its political intrigues and then there is a paranormal psychic quality to Lucifer s personality All of these different side plots were very well thought out I especially found the murder plot very intriguing However, with so much going on in the book I thought the romance between Lucifer and Grace suffered some This could be due to my lack of interest in the political parts of the book, when I would rather to get back to the romance.I liked Grace s character She was able to pull Lucifer emotionally out behind the wall he built up around himself The trust between these two characters was crucial and for both characters Grace is accused of murder and Lucifer intuitively believes Grace when she says she didn t do it He never waivers in his belief of her Similarly, Grace accepts that Lucifer is different and patiently waits for him to trust his secrets to her I think if the external plot points had been toned down a little I would have enjoyed the story