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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (Nov. 20 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145550548X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455505487
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,056,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this intriguiging first St. Claire Regency romance, McKee introduces a delightfully down-to-earth heroine. Readers will cheer Lily in her quest for happiness, and look forward to the sequels."―Publishers Weekly on One Naughty Night

"I loved this story! I found this whole book hard to put down."―Romance Reviews Magazine on One Naught Night

"I've found me a new series!! Swoon. How nice life will be. It could only get better if the next book were available RIGHT NOW!!"―Examiner.com on One Naughty Night

"As powerful and romantic as McKee's fans could desire. McKee shows readers she is a force to be reckoned with, an author who can turn a villain into a delicious hero. The action, romance, suspense and intriguing historical details all add to readers' pleasure."―4 Stars! RT Book Reviews on Lady of Seduction

"With fascinating characters including a young, impulsive, yet mature and brave heroine...readers will be eager to read the final story."―4 Stars! RT Book Reviews on Duchess of Sin

"McKee sets the stage for a romantic adventure that captures the spirit of Ireland and a pair of star-crossed lovers to perfection."―4 Stars! RT Book Reviews on Countess of Scandal

"COUNTESS OF SCANDAL reads like a captivating love story of epic proportions. The ultimate page turner."―RomanceJunkies.com on Countess of Scandal

"My kind of story!"―Mary Balogh, NYT bestselling author, on Countess of Scandal

"A hero to steal your heart!"―Elizabeth Boyle, New York Times bestselling author, on Countess of Scandal

About the Author

Laurel McKee lives in Oklahoma with a menagerie of two cats, a pug, and a bossy miniature poodle, and loves dance classes, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network-even though she doesn't cook.

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I like this series - great characters, storylines and very sexy. The books are well-written and the characters are well-developed. I hope there will be other books about the families.
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I highly recommend this book tor readers who enjoy stories in the 18th century. while you are reading this story it is difficult to put down.
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A True Love Story... July 25 2013
By Mother/Gamer/Writer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Originally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers
Reviewer: Heather

Family feuds have a way of destroying everything they touch. The one between the Huntington and St. Claire families is no different. Set in the late 1800's, Two Sinful Secrets is full of lust, action, suspense, devilish romance, and surreptitious pain. It pairs two unlikely foes against each other, but the tale starts as a masked encounter.

Lady Sophia is anything but a Lady. She wants freedom and doesn't live up to the Huntington ideals, no matter how hard she tries. At the young age of twenty-three she rushes off in a whirlwind romance with a young captain. Her family, facing scandal, disowns. Thinking herself in love, she quickly learned that all he cared for was between her thighs. Soon after the thrill's worn off, he dies, and she finds herself a widow and penniless.

Only a respectable marriage would allow her to return home. But Sophie doesn't want another husband to tie her down, and she's all but given up on the notion of love. Until Dominic St. Claire waltzes back into her life, but can they overcome the family feud and their secrets, and fall in love?

Dominic St. Claire is an actor, good at playing dark villains and weaving tales. More so, he's best at hiding his true emotions. With his fiancé deceased and a life to live, he throws himself into the theatre again. On a trip to Paris, he happens upon a woman he never expected to see again, one he spent years searching for to no avail. But when he learns of her family name, can he resist the urge to ruin the Huntington name, or will he open his heart to the woman who stole it all those years ago?

I cried a lot. I didn't want the story to end. This tale was weaved magnificently, and I found myself transported to Paris. It's surreal when a historical really comes to life because we can't physically step back in time.

The romance, oh there aren't words to describe the hurdles the couple faced. This is where I cried the most. Every time they got close, something would happen or some new tidbit would come to life. Dominic St. Claire may not have one any book boyfriend awards, but by the end, I finally felt like I knew some of his holdout. To think a feud could destroy so many years after the fact.

Well done, and I look forward to reading more Laurel McKee and her two series: The Scandalous St. Claire's and The Daughters of Erin.
...enjoyable, intriguing, witty and sensual love story... Feb. 4 2013
By bookworm2bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Here comes the second installment in Laurel McKee's Scandalous St. Claire's series.

We met Lady Sophia Huntington [now Mrs. Westman] as she `bites more than she can chew' in her first meeting with our hero Dominic St. Claire who owns the Devil's Fancy hell in London.

As her story opens, she's now a widow and residing in Baden-Baden, Germany. As she sits at a gaming table across from a man that is making her skin crawl, playing for very high stakes, we are apprised of the reasons behind her dire straits.

She was always pushing that proverbial envelope and eloping with her Captain Jack Westman, was the last straw for her ever `proper' family and now she's become a `persona non grata' to them. Now that she's been widowed, she harbors a wish to try and get back into their graces and dreams of being welcomed to their bosom by becoming more proper and worthy of their love. That dream requires a lot of money, which she can only earn by only means available to her and that's by playing cards across Europe and working her way toward England.

At present, she finds herself in Paris and helping a friend, Camille Martine, who is opening up a gaming club of her own and knows that Sophia would be a perfect woman to help her with it.

Dominic St. Clair is still weary and not a fan of the Huntington family even after his sister marries one of them. He still harbors bad feelings toward them and it all started with Mary St. Clair, who married John Huntington two hundred years ago.

He accompanies his theatrical family to Paris as they plan to put on a play and while there he is eager to use this time to work through some sad memories that have made him melancholy of late.

He also wouldn't mind looking into what Paris has to offer in regards to the gaming hells and that's where Camille comes in as she invites them to her brand new establishment. While Sophia recognizes Dominic right off, it takes him a bit longer to realize that Mrs. Westman is one and the same masked woman that got under his skin a few years back and almost unmanned him after one passionate kiss they shared.

While the kiss scared Sophia into retreat, Dominic was always intrigued by the masqued lady and wondered why she ran from him.

Once they reveal to each other their identities it becomes more and more evident that they have many things in common and slowly friendship and attraction come ever so close and Dominic is more than happy to offer Sophia a marriage in order to protect her from a very dangerous man who is obsessed with her and won't take no for an answer.

I may have not liked Sophia at the start of this book, but boy did she grow on me. I came to like her spunk, determination and her free spirit most of all. I also thought using Mary St. Claire's diary excerpts was helpful to all of us understand why the two families became mortal enemies.

Ms. McKee's "Two Sinful Secrets" is an enjoyable, intriguing, witty and sensual love story that I'm happy to give my Five Quills!

Melanie for RCJR eZine

Book provided by NetGalley.
Huntington with a St. Clair Jan. 18 2013
By Melody May - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
So, I got a chance to get Two Sinful Secrets by Laurel McKee.

I wanted to read this story:
1) The cover. If y'all don't know I'm a pink girl. Love the color pink and any other girly color you can find.
2) The story intrigued me. Seriously. Here's what I mean:

You have two people that should stay away from each, because there family hate each other. Some of you might think of Romeo & Juliet, but I actually think of the Hatfields and McCoys. Then again Romeo & Juliet might work because one family does work in theater.

In 1665 there was a young woman, by the name of Mary St. Clair and she ended up marrying John Huntington. Which brings the St. Clair and Huntington families together. However, her tale is a sad one, which tore the two families apart.

Jump ahead to 1847, we meet are heroine, Sophia Huntington Westman, trying to make another escape this time from the wicked Lord Hammond. Yes, he is charming and handsome, but there is something that doesn't sit well. Seriously, I got the heebie-jeebies from him and I'm just reading the book.

Anyways, Sophia makes her escape from Baden-Baden to Paris where she meets up with an old friend and starts working with her. Along the way, she meets a blast from her past, Dominic St. Clair. These two know that they should stay away from each other, but each of them is drawn to the other (like a moth to the light).

Throughout the book you have a sad undertone to the story. Sophia wants nothing more than to be accept for who she is, but her family doesn't understand her. Which leaves her to be lonely in so many ways. Being a niece of a Duke doesn't help the situation, especially when they expect her to be meek and biddable. Kind of hard when she has a free spirit that just wants to be free. She was born into the wrong family.

Dominic St. Clair use to be so charismatic until he lost his betrothal and is living a shadow of himself. Yet, I love how Sophia strikes something back to life in him. In away, both of them similar in so many ways.

Even though you have the sad undercurrent, this is a really good book. I mean with her trying to escape Lord Hammond and trying to find who she really is. Plus, you have the feud. However, I think there is hope that one day the Huntington and St. Clair feud will disappear. I think the families are destine to come back together and I hope that is true. Not only that, I really do hope that we will see more St. Clairs finding happiness and who knows they might destine to be with a Huntington. So, if you are looking for something to read, you might want to checkout Two Sinful Secrets by Laurel McKee.
"...an intriguing historical romance that provides enough mystery to keep you going...for a while..." Jan. 13 2013
By M. Nix - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lady Sophia Huntington is estranged from her family because she was never good enough. She can't seem to avoid giving in to her desire for adventure, and her family wants her to be more staid and upright as befits her position in the ton. After her latest escapade and realizing that she needs her family, Sophia has determined that she will give in to their wants. However, she soon meets a gentleman that embodies everything that the Huntington's disapprove of for their family. Will she be able to resist this man?

Dominic St. Claire would love to enact revenge upon the Huntingtons for their part in ruining his family two hundred years ago. When he discovers that the beautiful widow that he has recently met in Paris is the former Lady Sophia Huntington, he believes fate has served him the means to get justice. However, Dominic's plans soon go awry when he looks to kill two birds with one stone. Dominic proposes to save Sophia from the unwanted attentions of a powerful man, and he could then cause her family further embarrassment by eloping with her.

Two Sinful Secrets is an intriguing historical romance that provides enough mystery to keep you going...for a while. Sophia was a daring young woman, and I liked her for the most part. Dominic seemed to want to play a wolf in sheep's clothes, but I just didn't feel like he pulled it off.

Sophia and Dominic initially came off as being drawn very deeply. However, I kept feeling like once I got them centered, they would morph into something else and forget other things for no apparent reason. I couldn't understand why Sophia claimed she knew how Dominic felt about her family in the beginning of Two Sinful Secrets, and yet, she conveniently forgot this later. Some secondary characters seemed to cause me to question things as well in Two Sinful Secrets, as they came across as inconsistent for the most part.

I felt like entire conversations/explanations of things in Two Sinful Secrets were left out or not even addressed, and this frustrated me. I was looking for more between Sophia and Dominic, like the prologue promised, and I wanted more resolution for the diary entries, too. There was a timing issue in Two Sinful Secrets and other contradictory events, as well. I would have preferred that Sophia and Dominic had more of a conflict when she discovered his duplicity, as well, in Two Sinful Secrets. I would also like to know what the financial secrets of the Huntingtons were that Dominic supposedly discovered as I don't recall that in Two Sinful Secrets.

Vanessa for Joyfully Reviewed
Not Enough Action, Drama or Suspense & Definitely No Plot Jan. 4 2013
By Suzy Q-ed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love how daring, sexy and bold Laurel McKee characters tend to be, but in this book I can only say that there really isn't much of a suspense or deeply embedded plot for that matter. The back cover of the book clearly summarizes the story and nothing is deviated from that brief description.

I enjoyed how these two leading characters met for the very first time in the beginning chapters, but after that, it seems that our author had different plans for the pair (Lady Sofia Huntington Westman and Dominic St. Claire) as they each go their separate ways; Sofia secretly elopes believing herself to be madly in love with her newfound husband, Captain Westman and Dominic gets engaged to a gently bred young lady that is almost flawlessly angelic. Six months has past and she is now a widow attempting to get back into the good graces of her aristocratic family, but first decides to make her own way by heading to the Continent where she can unrecognizing blend in. She coincidently catches up with Dominic while managing her friend's nightclub in Paris since he is performing at a new play held at the nearby theater. He is completely intoxicated by her beauty and stamina, thus recalling her (even while she is dressed in black mourning) as being the mystery woman he shared an intoxicating kiss with back in his London club, the Devil's Fancy. He can't get Sophia out of his mind and even though she is from the rival family of the Huntington's he pursues her at every moment he can get. Every time Sophia would be out and about, she would run into Dominic and vice versa. They exchange some witty moments but then our Dominic gets extremely bold to seek her more intimately. From here on is where I just couldn't buy into the author's sale of the romance; it just couldn't come across as genuine as enough for me. Every time these two would come together, they just couldn't wait to rip one another's clothes off and get right down to business, no matter when and where. Surely, our author would ramp up the heat level from one intimate encounter to the next as far as the writing detail is concerned, but most often than not, said intimacies would come across as being "horny" at best and undermining the authenticity of the true romance.

Our author introduced us to the villain (Lord Hammond) in the early chapters of the book, but in reality he didn't come across as anything scarier than an alley rat. Lord Hammond simply used his status in society, as the nephew to the Duke of Pendrake to cause "incidents" that totally worked in his favor and spent the entire time threatening Sophia by causing accidents here and there as well as resorting to stalking techniques-- it became quite utterly boring and trite to turn the pages and come across the "Lord Hammond" threats over and over again.

Finally, other than the fact that our leading lovers were described as being both physically beautiful, I couldn't see them perfectly matched as Sophia pretty much didn't know what she wanted to do with her life. She spends her time debating whether or not she should get back into the good graces of her aristocratic family, to getting a job at the patisserie across the street to where she is managing her friend's night club in Paris, to selling books; she basically wasn't sure whether she was coming or going resulting in a very "wishy-washy" personality. Our hero comes to her aid at times and points out that like him, she would be very good at acting on stage in a theatrical performance and because of her exquisite beauty, audiences would be completely captivated by her. - (??????).--REALLY?? Is this all it takes to get up and perform live on stage?

However, our hero is fighting his very own internal demons and only rids them when he is performing villainous roles. We are never informed what was the nature of such dark and bitter emotions, since he flat out admitted to not being in love to his recently deceased fiancée, and he can only set himself free when he is intimate and at one with our heroine.... "um-really?" --- This doesn't sound like genuinely deep and abiding love to me, and it could be almost border line to something sinister even. As a matter of fact, Sophia compares Dominic to Lord Hammond at times, and especially when she is making the point that she is tired of always having men wanting something or even trying to control her. With all of this being said, this pair seems to be under the impression that escaping dilemmas and exhausting them onstage is the perfect remedy for dealing with life's difficult blows. For these reasons, the characters of this story did not come across as being solidly dimensional---sorry.

In conclusion, other than the really sexy, hot and erotic encounters, there pretty much isn't anything happening within this story. A lack of suspense also demeans these characters to a much blander and flatter plane level due to the fact that the villain only pops up here and there to stir commotion when needed. This resulted in a slower paced reading followed by a completely rushed ending. Nothing out of this world happened in this story, and I am sad to say that I wasn't the least bit intrigued as I was when reading The "Daughters of Erin Trilogy" series. I will give Ms. Laurel McKee much deserved chances to give us more action, drama and suspense in her next book.

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