The Scandal of Lady Eleanor: A Regency Romance by Regina Jeffers

Title: The Scandal of Lady Eleanor
Author: Regina Jeffers
Publisher: Ulysses Press
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
paperback: 328 pages
ISBN: 978-1-56975-904-2
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James Kerrington, a key member of the British government’s secret unit, the Realm, never expected to find love again after the loss of his beloved wife. But a visit to his close friends, the Thornhills, leads to a chance meeting with Lady Eleanor Fowler.
Instantly Kerrington’s whole world tilts on its axis.
For years, Lady Eleanor hid from Society, knowing her father’s notorious reputation for wickedness tainted her chance for romantic fulfillment. Now with Kerrington’s advances and her father’s recent death, she is at last hopeful that her family’s dark past is behind her. But when Sir Louis Levering appears with final proof of her father’s depravity, Eleanor is drawn into a web of immorality and blackmail.
To free Eleanor from Levering’s diabolical clutches, Kerrington brings together his former Realm comrades. Before they can save her, they must confront their own secret pasts and tangle with Shaheed Mir, a longtime nemesis who is exacting revenge against members of the Realm for stealing a mysterious emerald from his homeland.

Regina Jeffers is well known for her Austen sequels such as Vampire Darcy's Desire, Honor and Hope and The Phantom of Pemberley. As you may or may not know, I'm a huge fan of all things Austen. I've read a few of the Austen sequels by Jeffers and was thrilled to read her newest novel, The Scandal of Lady Eleanor. Lady Eleanor has had a very difficult childhood. Much of it was spent taking care of her ailing father. When he finally passes away her brother, Brantley Fowler finally comes back to take his place. Eleanor loves her brother but she longs to escape from her prison of the past years. That is until she meets James Kerrington. James has a few demons in his past he wishes to escape also but after one chance meeting with Lady Eleanor his entire world changes. James Kerrington makes it his mission in life to woo Lady Eleanor in any and every way. However many obstacles stand in their way. Someone is trying to kill Lady Eleanor and if that's not enough, someone is also trying to blackmail her as well.
This book has a few different plot lines going on at the same time but it never got confusing. The main plot line focused on Lady Eleanor and James Kerrington. Lady Eleanor is a strong female character. She is not only beautiful and smart but she's also a survivor. Lady Eleanor does what ever it takes to protect the ones she loves. I admired her character a lot. Jeffers does a great job showing what little options women in the Regency Period had and the tough choices they had to make. James Kerrington was a great character too. James is a widower with a young son. His heart was broken when the love of his life passed away. He felt he had nothing left to lose so he joined the Realm. My heart went out to him as he tried to pick up the pieces of his life. The chemistry between Eleanor and James was wow. All I can say about that is hold on to your bonnets, ladies.
This is the first novel in The Realm Series. Jeffers introduced the characters in the 'Realm' in this book. She didn't go into a lot of detail, just enough to keep me wanting more. There was a sneak peak in the back  for the next book in this series and I can't wait to read it. The 'Realm' is a group of men working covert operations. They are a bit of a mystery at this point. They are brought together to help Lady Eleanor as well as solve the mystery of the mysterious emerald.  They've made a few enemies along the way. They must band together to protect the ones they cherish.
I really enjoyed this story. It has mystery and adventure. It has love and passion. There are parts that made me laugh and there are parts that made me cringe. The Scandal of Lady Eleanor has themes such as love, acceptance, forgiveness, and humility. This book is a definite win for me. I also want to mention that the storyline deals with the sensitive subject of child abuse. It has a few descriptive scenes that are disturbing. It is necessary for the storyline, so if you can get past that I think you'll enjoy this book.

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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes only. This in no way influenced my review.


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