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    A wonderful and extremely well-written story!

    To Tame a Scandalous Lady is the third book in author Liana De la Rosa’s “Once Upon a Scandal” series. This is the first book I’ve actually had the pleasure of reading from Ms. De la Rosa and I loved it. I enjoyed Ms. De la Rosa’s style of writing and look forward to reading more from her in the future. Lady Flora Campbell is the daughter of a Duke. She dreams to have her own estate one day to breed and train racehorses. So she decides to disguise herself as a man to work at Amstead Gardens to gain as much knowledge from the trainers there. She has a lot at stake if she’s found out, her future, her family’s reputation, and Amstead Gardens' future. Christian Andrews the Marquess of Amstead has the future of Amstead Gardens weighing heavily on his mind. After a fire destroyed the barn and killed his father, Christian longs to bring back the glory to Amstead Gardens. With the estate heavily in debt, he can’t afford to lose. What a wonderful and extremely well-written story! I loved the unique setting and that the majority of the story is focused around Christian & Flora training horses. The fact that Flora is disguised for the first part of the book without Christian knowing she’s a woman was interesting and allowed these two characters to get to know each other on a different level. Christian respected Flora’s knowledge and her capabilities when she was disguised as William. As for Flora, from the very first time she meets Christian, she’s extremely attracted to him. More than any other man in her 4 years in London and it disturbs her. But she’s there to learn all she can about horse racing and so she’s determined to keep her wits about her. I absolutely loved Christian. He’s holding on to a lot of guilt over his father and getting the Gardens back to winning is everything to him. I liked Flora and I understood her desire to follow her dreams. I did feel she overlooked at first just how much everyone would be impacted if she was found out. Although this couple had a few bumps at the end when everything was revealed, their HEA was well earned and I loved the ending. With fabulous secondary characters that I wouldn’t mind reading about in the future, this was a great story from author Liana De la Rosa. I look forward to going back and reading the first two books in this series and would definitely recommend this book and author.
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    Great Story!

    What's a girl to do when she has a dream and can see an opportunity to achieve it? Why take advantage of it! Lady Flora was staying with her sister and after much discussion, they agree to her crazy scheme. At least it woud be if she were caught. Determined to work in the stables of The Marquess of Armstead, who had breed and raced some of the finest horseflesh around, Flora dressed as a lad and was able to slip in as an assistant trainer. Flora does have a way with horses but unfortunately her disguise does not hold up too long before the Marquess, Christian realizes he is a she and the story takes off. I think one would have been very brave during this time to even attempt this escapade, but sometimes a dream just has to be followed. Christian is still reeling from the death of his father, even though two years ago, and the rebuilding of the stable that had burned down. I truly enjoyed this story and being centered around horses. If you have ever been around these amazing animals, you know how special they are and how they truly have their own personalities and calming spirits. Be prepared to take a journey with Christian and Flora with several twist and turns that leads to a wonderful ending. Well done!
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    Fast Paced

    A superb piece of storytelling. Flora is a magnificent character. She is a Duke’s daughter who wants to train horses rather than prance around ballrooms. She has a sharp wit and a strong sense of purpose. She can be impetuous an has a stubborn streak a mile long. She is determined to set her own course and devises a plan to do just that. Christian is a Marquess trying to rebuild his legacy. He carries around a lot of guilt for what he has lost. He is solely focused on rebuilding his stable of horses until Flora burst into his life. This is a story with very intense feelings. The characters are wonderful and it is obvious that the author spent a great deal of time developing them. The chemistry between the two oozes off the page and draws the reader into their world. No small detail is left to chance as Flora and Christian build a relationship and figure out what it costs to gain happiness.
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    Is flaunting society’s rules worth risking everyth

    Can a woman risk everything to aim her lifelong goal... Flora is an awesome woman, she is strong and resilient, able to adapt to many situations, at time I loved her but also disliked her. She knows what she does around horses and has every right to be angry at Christian when learning she was a woman he tries to clip her wings. But she is also wrong, she put her reputation at stake, and not only hers, so she had no right to reject so harshly Christian, even if they would have had a lot to adjust between them. I loved her independence and will to forge her own path, by refusing society’s dictats but it is not the XIX st century, she lives during a period where women were mere possession, so she was already lucky to be granted the freedom she has. She acts quite thoughtlessly and when discovered runs away like a coward, letting the others clean the mess behind. Christian is far from flawless, even very imperfect. But during their time together, he does a lot of growing up. He had a upbringing of a heir of a Marquess, so sure he has his expectations and haughty confidence, but when shown the right path, he is willing to change even if it means swallowing his pride. He tried even to curb is own protective behavior to allow Flora to continue her dream. And by the end, what he did for her is just an awesome proof of how much he changed and the depth of his feelings. I have one big reservation, Flora does not arrive in Christian’s bed as a Virgin, it doesn’t in itself bother me, but it is the reason that didn’t sit well with the era, she has been intimate with other men because she wanted to be free and act like a man, not because she has been in love, which it is simply dangerous and foolish. She might be a bit fickle to not see how acutely inane it is, first she is a duke’s daughter so the disgrace would be enormous, second risking a pregnancy is rather reckless, close to stupid for this time period. The society was unforgivable for fallen women, so jeopardize her future and those sharing her name because she wants to be equal to men, was bold but foolhardy due to the possible consequences. As at any moment protection against pregnancy was discussed. I like my heroines strong and ready to fight society’s conventions but not by taking inconsiderate and priceless risks. In all, I rooted for their romance, both have their failing, and seing them evolve from boss-employee to friends then lovers was entertaining. Their relationship is one of mutual trust, until Flora by her silence betrayed it and jeopardized it. I do think a bit of groveling on her side would have been nice, because Christian was the one wronged, and still he apologized, for being a man of his time under duress, with the biggest gesture possible. 4 stars I was granted an advance copy through Netgalley by the publisher Entangled, I also preordered my own. Here is my true and unbiased opinion.
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    To Tame a Scandalous Lady

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it. This is the first book that I have read from this author and I did enjoy it. The plot was a solid one. The characters were believable. I could picture the scenes of the book just like a movie. The author I felt did a great job of allowing me to "fill in the gaps" with my touches. Flora Campbell LOVES horses especially racehorses. She want to own a small racehorse farm herself. To do this, she wants to learn from the best horse trainer in all of England. Marquess of Amstead. Christian struggles to rebuild Amstead Gardens to it former glory. The Gardens suffered a devastating loss when a fire claimed the life of the former Marquess, Christian's father, and several racehorses. After burying his father, Christian also learns that his home is also heavily in debt. Christian seeks investors at the same times as he trains Asad, an Egyptian racehorse with a large personality. Flora disguises herself as a man (William) since no one would hire a woman. Her subterfuge works for the most part until, Christian sees "William" slowly evolves into a woman. The two become involved romantically as well as professionally now. All the while, "William" continues to work with the horses. There were highs and lows (can't have a romance book without them). While I felt Flora was extremely selfish and demanded things to go her way, you can't help but understand where she is coming from. It is a historical romance and woman were treated completely different than we are now. I just wished that Flora was a little less selfish near the end, she did redeem herself somewhat. I completely fell in love with Christian though. While he too was a little "old fashioned" in his ideals (remember this is a historical), he totally fell in love with Flora and was willing to do what he needed to do to extract himself from a situation he found himself in, at Flora's doing. He "manned" up. This story was written in a dual POV format. This really helped me to identify with Flora. I really needed it here. She was a character that you either love or hate. But seeing into the character's thoughts and understanding her feelings really, especially near the end, made her so believable. It really doesn't matter if I like the character as long as I enjoyed the story, which I did. There were some sexy scenes that may offend some but this is not erotica by any means. But I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under the age of 18. If you love a strong female, a drool-worthy male in a historical setting, then I would highly recommend this story.
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