Scandal Takes the Stage: The Wicked Quills of London

Scandal Takes the Stage: The Wicked Quills of London

by Eva Leigh

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Named one of the Best Romances of November by the Washington Post!

Together they may create a scandal worthy of the stage, but can their love last after the final curtain falls…?

Successful playwright Maggie Delamere has no interest in the flirtations of noblemen like Cameron, Viscount Marwood. She once paid dearly for a moment of weakness…and vows to rebuff the wildly persistent—and irritatingly handsome—scoundrel at every turn. But when pressure to deliver a new play hampers her creativity, an invitation to use his country estate as a writer’s retreat is too tempting to resist....

For years, Cam has admired Maggie’s brilliant work and he can’t pass up the opportunity to discover if the beautiful, mysterious playwright is as passionate and clever as the words that flow from her quill. He’s never offered a lady his bed without being in it, but if it means loosening Maggie’s pen—and her inhibitions—he’ll do exactly that.

But soon Cam’s plans for seduction become a fight for Maggie’s heart. He’s more than the scandalous, carefree rake society believes him to be…and she’s the only woman who has ever noticed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062358646
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Series: Wicked Quills of London Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 474,517
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 4.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Eva Leigh is a romance author who has always loved the Regency era. She writes novels chock-full of smart women and sexy men. She enjoys baking, spending too much time on the Internet, and listening to music from the ’80s. Eva and her husband live in Central California.

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Scandal Takes the Stage: The Wicked Quills of London 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eva Leigh captures the world of the theatre, the contrasts between the hard work and the glamor, and shows how a love of theatre leads to true love.
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KatinkaB More than 1 year ago
SCANDAL TAKES THE STAGE (The Wicked Quills of London #2) by Eva Leigh continues the theme of forbidden love–class differences barring marriage between the aristocracy and the lower class in a society that is oppressive to women. It is as sexy, smart, and sophisticated as Forever Your Earl, and even more romantic, lush, and vibrant, with much of the setting taking place at the theater and a more visible and positive inclusion of people of color, who are rarely seen in Regency-era historical romances. Maggie and Cam are an adorable and passionate couple. Cam is Maggie’s biggest fan. He’s seen all of Maggie’s plays at the Imperial Theater, which can only stage plays accompanied with music, unlike the theaters that serve the privileged and wealthy aristocrats. Maggie is a pioneering woman, whose plays are accessible to both the lower and upper classes, while her theater employs a diverse cast and crew. Though Cam is smitten and genuinely excited about her work, Maggie doesn’t trust aristocrats with her heart. In all her plays, they are misogynistic villains who break women’s hearts. For a rake of the first water, Cam is one of the most original male heroes I’ve read in a historical romance. He wasn’t so high in the instep that he didn’t look down on what was considered a substandard quality of theater. He valued how Maggie’s plays made him feel, the emotional highs and lows, and he rooted for and sympathized with her heroines. He didn’t feel ashamed or thought that his masculinity was being threatened when Maggie’s plays brought him to tears. His main flaw is that though he takes his responsibilities to his estates and role as a lord seriously and with good intentions, he’s opposed to marrying for duty alone. Though his parents’ dutiful marriage turned into a love match, Cam is afraid of being disappointed. He wants to marry for love, but doesn’t believe it exists. I liked how the plot was straightforward, not gimmicky, and unfolded naturally. I liked how Cam and Maggie’s first meet didn’t feel contrived. It was so cute how the handsome, confident, and charming Cam would get nervous about seeing her, worried about what he would wear and how his hair looked, and wanted to impress her. I loved his gifts for her and his protectiveness; how he respected her choices, her space, and her independence, and was supportive of her career. He was generous to both his friends and hers, because he cared about what was important to her. I loved how Maggie was her own woman and by force of will overcame hardships in life. I loved how her writing empowered her and was more important to her than being wealthy. At the same time, it was important to her that her plays were commercially successful, so that her colleagues wouldn’t lose their jobs. I loved how Cam and Maggie changed and inspired each other. Cam learned to see Maggie as a person, not just a woman to take to bed, and Maggie learned that not all aristocrats are one-dimensional villains. Not to mention Maggie and Cam’s sex life was spectacular because both partners were willing and equally responsive in the give and take. Maggie and Cam were such a passionate, dramatic, and romantic couple I felt as if I were watching a play. SCANDAL TAKES THE STAGE tugged at my heart strings, fulfilled my wishes for this extraordinary couple, and had me rooting for them all the way to their simply perfect HEA.
gaele More than 1 year ago
The second book in Leigh’s Wicked Quills of London focuses on two secondary characters from Forever Your Earl, Cameron Chalton, Viscount Marwood and Maggie Delamere, a playwright and Eleanor’s best friend. And these two were SO guarded and fearful, so jaded, that getting to know them and connect to them was supremely difficult. Cam has spent his entire life railing against convention: he has money and a title, and no interest in forgoing any pleasure available to him. His nights on the town have been increasingly frenetic and outrageous since Daniel’s involvement with Eleanor, highlighted with his frequent appearances in the Hawk’s Eye. What he is finding, however, is less patience and interest in the pursuits that intrigued him and those who participated. He’s bored, and searching for something to fill the holes in his life. Maggie Delamere is a playwright, wholly independent and driven, she is unfailingly determined to forge her own life’s path, alone. While she genuinely is happy for Eleanor’s marriage to Daniel, she firmly believes that aristos, on the whole, are untrustworthy, deceptive and a dead end for anyone not of their class. She’s parlayed this deep seated anger into an archetype character familiar in all of her works: evil, callous, snobbish and perfidious men, used to dismissing and using people for their own purposes. Cam’s interest in her, and the lust he engenders are huge warnings to her, ones she runs from determined to ignore. Because both characters in this story are so very guarded, getting to know them takes a bit of time: they don’t share easily with themselves or others. While it appeared, at first, that Cam’s interest was simply fueled by Maggie’s avoidance of him, he shares little pieces of his real admiration for her, and refuses to take no for an answer. While gifts and trinkets hold no interest for Maggie, he continues to find ways to show his esteem: his country house, his patronage of the theatre, his constant presence in the pit during rehearsals. Neither one sees that the attraction between them is more than simple lust: Maggie so consumed with the class differences and scandal, Cam so afraid that a marriage, a truly happy loving marriage like his parents, is unreachable. And how wrong they both are. A wonderful follow-up to Forever Your Earl, with two characters that really can be frustrating and bullheaded, giving readers a chance to truly understand their concerns and fears as the layers peel slowly away. Beautifully developed, these two blossom before our eyes: the relationship is a delicate dance moving forward and back, almost without warning. While neither character is easy to know, by the end of the book you understand them, their fears and see just how truly in need of love, they both are. A slower pacing allows each character time to share themselves, in as much as they understand their own motivations, and gives readers several moments of “get it together already”. Invested in a happy ending for these two, readers will find the hard-won battles over personal fears for both Cam and Maggie feel plausible and possible, and are all the more worthwhile in the winning. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
From the first moment we met Maggie in Forever Your Earl, I have been intrigued by her character. It stems from her snide remarks about the upper echelon. So, I have wonder what would cause snide remarks and we find out in Scandal Takes the Stage. Of course, it's like any sad story of ruination, but instead of being a lady of the night she ended up being a play writer. Even that isn't quite right, it would be more like a musical writer and that's explain in the story. So, when Cam starts sniffing around her skirts, she rebuffs him. Gotta love Cam and his willingness to continue the chase even after so many rebuffs. However, loves life to the fullest, and he loves the theater more. It's awesome to see a rake love something that wouldn't be consider rakish. He actually loves Maggie's work, in fact he finds her brilliant when it comes to her writing. You would say that he's her number champion. I actually adore what he does for her when he finds out that she's suffering from the worst case of writers block. Those temperamental muses. Overall, I found Scandal Takes the Stage a wonderful story that takes on a tour of the theater. Where we have our lovely heroine believe that you can only find true love only in stories. A hero that has a bit of a romantic side. Yes, you read that correct our rakish hero has a romantic side. Yet, these two go to battle of wits, because one is jaded towards the upper class and believes they care nothing of but themselves. We have a hero who proves that not all men are created equal, and there are some good aristocrats out there. Maybe hope that Cam can change Maggie's perception. Copy provided by Avon via Edelweiss.
TheLustyLiterate More than 1 year ago
4 Stars | Hot Steam Having absolutely adored Forever Your Earl—like one breath away from constructing a shrine in its honor, loved—I couldn’t get my hands on Scandal Takes the Stage fast enough. And, I’ll admit, at first, I was disappointed. I just wasn’t feeling the same instant zing of excitement that I’d experienced when reading Eleanor and Daniel’s fast-paced, witty and wonderful adventure. So, I let go of my expectations, welcomed a different kind of journey for Maggie and Cam, and, swiftly and blissfully, their quieter and stirring journey enveloped me completely just liked I’d hoped it would. Smart, affecting, intense and spectacularly sexy, this beautiful couple’s love affair completely swept me off my feet. Scorned, suspicious and stubborn, Maggie is a tough but likable heroine. She spends a good part of the novel frustrated, uninspired, unable to write or shake the persistent presence of the dashing and devilish Viscount Marwood. It was as much of a relief to me as it was to her when she finally started to loosen up and slowly allowed kindness into her bruised heart. Her sweet softening inspires fresh creativity, her passion and libido reignites, and then the story truly began to soar and sizzle! Oh my goodness, her time away from London at Cam’s estate couldn’t have been more fun, romantic or SEXY! (*Still fanning self*) Maggie’s no bashful virgin. She is a seasoned and extremely sensual woman who knows exactly what she wants, and Cam wants nothing more than to deliver and devour and deliver again and again. Such heaven! Cam is a captivating and lust-worthy hero—insanely charming, handsome and entirely consumed with desire, respect, admiration and even a little envy for Maggie. She is a complete rock star in his eyes— her talent, mind and whole artistic world calls to him—enlivening his very soul. He feels things with her he’s never felt before. He sees her and appreciates her like no one else ever will. And, he discovers that he needs her for the rest of his life. Lucky for him, she loves him right back—so fiercely and desperately that you can’t help but believe it and swoon hard! By the end, feeling the high that only a great romance can give, I was scolding myself for ever doubting this novel in the first place. I love this series so much, and its sensational author, Eva Leigh, and can’t wait until Temptations of a Wallflower releases this spring! Sarah and Jeremy’s story will, no doubt, rock my world! Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
I am really enjoying reading stories where the female characters are just as central to the canvas as the male ones. Within Scandal Takes the Stage, Eva Leigh constructed a character that is focused, brave and heroic. I don't want to give away the story. What I will say is that being true to the heart is what I took away from this. The value of following your dreams can be rewarding.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Scandal Takes the Stage by Eva Leigh Book Two of The Wicked Quills of London series Publisher: Avon Publication Date: October 28, 2015 Rating: 2 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Successful playwright Maggie Delamere has no interest in the flirtations of noblemen like Cameron, Viscount Marwood. She once paid dearly for a moment of weakness . . . and vows to rebuff the wildly persistent—and irritatingly handsome—scoundrel at every turn. But when pressure to deliver a new play hampers her creativity, an invitation to use his country estate as a writer’s retreat is too tempting to resist... For years, Cam has admired Maggie’s brilliant work, and he can’t pass up the opportunity to discover if the beautiful, mysterious playwright is as passionate and clever as the words that flow from her quill. He’s never offered a lady his bed without being in it, but if it means loosening Maggie’s pen—and her inhibitions—he’ll do exactly that. But soon Cam’s plans for seduction become a fight for Maggie’s heart. He’s more than the scandalous, carefree rake society believes him to be . . . and she’s the only woman who has ever noticed. What I Liked: Sadly, I was disappointed by this book. I'm not going to sugarcoat my feelings about this one. I just read Forever Your Earl, and liked it. It was smart, hot, and enjoyable. Modern yet totally historical, with a strong female lead and a naughty male lead. A great combination! This book had the same structure, but it felt off, and fell flat. Maggie doesn't trust the aristocracy. Years ago, a nobleman ruined her life. She is now a successful, notorious writer of burlettas, and doesn't need any aristocrat in her life. But Lord Marwood, Cam, has taken interest in her. When she is in dire need of a favor, he bails her out of a bad situation, and doesn't want anything in return. As Cam and Maggie get to know each other with every encounter, they start to fall for each other. But Maggie can't trust him - can she? I really liked Lord Marwood. Cameron Chalton, Lord Marwood, is a rake and a scoundrel who likes to party hard and entice women and avoid marriage. He makes no secret of his behavior, but his father hates that his heir is shirking his duty to the family and the name, by not getting married and having heirs. Cam is such an intelligent man, a lover of plays and the theater. But as a nobleman, he can't write his own plays or anything like that. Cam is naughty and wicked, yet thoughtful and clever. He's smarter than people give him credit, and he's a good guy. Easily the best part of this book. Moving on, shall we? What I Did Not Like: Unfortunately, Cam by himself is not the contents of this book, nor is the rest of the book up to his awesomeness. I wasn't the biggest fan of Maggie, the plot was boring, the romance was boring, the chemistry/steaminess of this book was slow and lacking, and something felt like it was missing. Maggie - she's a strong woman, capable and determined, independent and cautious. In Forever Your Earl, we are introduced to her - she's Eleanor's best friend. She does not like aristocrats, so she is really rude to Cam in the beginning of the story. It's not even witty banter or cold sexy arguments. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)