Lady Margaret Landor first met Sebastian Townshend as a child, when he caught her peeking into her older sister's engagement ball. Tall, dashing, and charming, Sebastian was one of the most sought-after bachelors in Kent and cut a romantic figure she would not soon forget. Never did she dream that one day she would be living at his family's magnificent estate with Sebastian's father, the eighth Earl of Edgewood, as her guardian and Sebastian banished from his family due to the tragic results of a duel. When life at Edgewood takes a sinister turn with the earl suffering a suspicious number of life-threatening accidents, Margaret wonders if Sebastian's younger brother and his wife have grown impatient to inherit the earldom. Setting out to find the one man she believes can set the situation to rights, she discovers that Sebastian Townshend has forged a new identity for himself on the continent. Now known as The Raven, a deadly mercenary, notorious for accomplishing any mission no matter how seemingly impossible, he has vowed never to return to England. Not until Margaret meets his outrageous monetary demands does Sebastian agree to return home, reluctantly posing as her husband in order to facilitate his return to society. When he learns she cannot afford to pay his fee, he suggests a scandalous trade. As Margaret and Sebastian work to uncover the intrigue at his father's estate, a fierce passion blooms that neither of them anticipated and neither can resist. But can Margaret persuade Sebastian to abandon the dark path he believes is his fate and claim the life - and love - he deserves? Breathtaking in scope and wondrously passionate, Marriage Most Scandalous is Johanna Lindsey at her finest.
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by Johanna Lindsey
by Carol Sanford
by Linda Needham
by Jo Beverley
by Christina Dodd
by Lindsey Barraclough
"Believing that her guardian's life is in danger, Lady Margaret travels from England to France to find his son, Sebastian. Sebastian never dreams that his attraction to Margaret will overshadow his desire to maintain his identity as the Raven, a ruthless mercenary. Narrator Anne Flosnik expertly captures Sebastian's clipped upper-crust British accent, which is elegantly laced with cynicism, even as she highlights Margaret's beguiling, yet forthright, tone. Through subtle nuances, she distinguishes the social stature of the characters, as well as their changing depths of emotion. Flosnik varies her vocal intensity, heightening the listening experience and plunging the listener into a tale of romance and untold secrets. S.C.M. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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