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Scandal at Dawn (A Regency Rhapsody Book 1) by [Cole, Elizabeth]
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A notorious baron aims to prove himself to a proper lady, whose lack of sight does not impair her better sense...

When a cruel prank leaves the blind Olivia Blake ripe for humiliation on a ballroom dance floor, she is rescued...by an infamous rake. Soon she is seduced by the charm of Adrian Calwell, the scandal-chased Baron of Norbury, who is much more than he seems.

Adrian's only goal in rescuing Olivia was to thwart another man's heartless trick. But Olivia proves to be well worth it, and Adrian is impressed by the unusual young lady. Unfortunately, his reputation as a scoundrel sets the Blake family against him.

He is forbidden to court her, but when rumors threaten Olivia's own reputation, Adrian takes matters into his own hands. It will take all of Adrian's ingenuity and all of Olivia's daring to find the truth and prevent a scandal at dawn.

The first book in the Regency Rhapsody series: Stand-alone, lighthearted, sweet novellas set in regency-era England, celebrating the timeless power of romance with just a bit of mystery. Written for lovers of the classic regencies of the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

This book was previously published under the title Love is Blind.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1010 KB
  • Print Length: 67 pages
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  • Publisher: SkySpark Books (Jan. 20 2013)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B4DKWUU
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By Reader TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 24 2013
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A really charming short story of a rake who comes to the rescue of a blind girl, after a nasty prank by a cruel man, at a ball. Leaving Olivia Blake, in a situation which would cause her public ridicule. Adrian Calwell Baron Norbury comes to the rescue, Adrian a notorious rake is charmed by Olivia's innocence and vitality for life despite her blindness.

But Olivia's uncle and guardian refuses her to have anything to do with Adrian, fearing he is merely amusing himself, at her expense. But Adrian is determined to know Olivia better. He employs the aid of her cousin Emily St. George. Emily is Olivia's closest companion, and fiercest protector.

I really enjoyed this short story. I have read many historical romances, but this was different featuring a heroine who is blind. Both lead characters were very nicely portrayed, I liked the side characters of Emma and Adrian's friend Robert Griffin. Perhaps there is a story for those two coming up I hope so.
If you like a nice and easy romantic read this fits the bill IMO.
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HASH(0xa290bd98) out of 5 stars Good read July 28 2013
By The Romance Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The redemption of a rake begins with a simple act of kindness...

Olivia Blake can vividly recall life before blindness set in, and although it limits her activities, it does not keep her from participating in a London season or from dancing with a skilled partner. Yet, when a dance partner takes Olivia to the floor with a plan to abandon her so he can win a bet, hardened rake Adrian Calwell, Baron Norbury, refuses to allow the young debutante to risk physical injury or personal humiliation by wandering aimlessly among the whirling couples. But no good deed goes unpunished, as very quickly Adrian finds himself captivated by Olivia and shunned by her mother and uncle for his past rakish ways.

With a few well-planned meetings under the eye of Olivia's helpful, yet mindful, young cousin Emily St. George and a steady stream of thoughtful gifts that appeal to the senses, Olivia soon returns Adrian's sentiments, but her uncle refuses to allow courtship due to Adrian's unsuitability. But Mr. St. George never counted on his daughter Emily's determination to see her cousin Olivia happily married to the man she loves.

For anyone looking for a sweet, kisses-only story set during the English Regency period, Elizabeth Cole's LOVE IS BLIND will happily fulfill your reading needs. Younger readers hooked on Austenesque tales and mature readers who prefer traditional, clean Regencies will find this a pleasant diversion that stays with the tried and true, rather than veering off into unnecessary subplots that often leave a reader unsatisfied and pondering a loose end not neatly tied up.

The author's writing is crisp and her dialogue is true to the period. My only disappointment is that Adrian and Olivia didn't particularly come to life for me in their roles of hero and heroine. More details on the backgrounds of these characters would have made them much livelier, which is definitely how I would describe the well-intentioned and often interfering secondary character Emily St. George, a miss who is sorely in need of a story of her own from the talented Ms. Cole.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa290be1c) out of 5 stars LOVED IT Jan. 24 2013
By Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A really charming short story of a rake who comes to the rescue of a blind girl, after a nasty prank by a cruel man, at a ball. Leaving Olivia Blake, in a situation which would cause her public ridicule. Adrian Calwell Baron Norbury comes to the rescue, Adrian a notorious rake is charmed by Olivia's innocence and vitality for life despite her blindness.

But Olivia's uncle and guardian refuses her to have anything to do with Adrian, fearing he is merely amusing himself, at her expense. But Adrian is determined to know Olivia better. He employs the aid of her cousin Emily St. George. Emily is Olivia's closest companion, and fiercest protector.

I really enjoyed this short story. I have read many historical romances, but this was different featuring a heroine who is blind. Both lead characters were very nicely portrayed, I liked the side characters of Emma and Adrian's friend Robert Griffin. Perhaps there is a story for those two coming up I hope so.
If you like a nice and easy romantic read this fits the bill IMO.
ARC was provided by the publisher
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa36385a0) out of 5 stars Love is Blind by Elizabeth Cole Jan. 27 2013
By Jbarr5 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Love is Blind by Elizabeth Cole
Adrian Calwell has rescued Olivia Blake after another man at the ball has abandoned her. Olivia is blind and needs assistance in most things but allows him to lead her out of the ball after the dance.
When asked he informs her of the steps as she holds his arm.
Her cousin Emily helps by telling her what others are wearing and how good looking they are as she guides her around after Adrian has left her with her cousin.
You can't even imagine how useful it is when being blind in not only being offered an arm but told how many steps and how far away they are.
Problem is he will never get close again because he is a rake and has ruined many other females reputations. When she goes for a ride with him when the others are out she confides in him that Emily has turned down offers of marriage so
she can stay close by to her. Other outings occur till her mother and uncle find out then the girls are not allowed out at all. Next they go to the public gardens and secretly meet him and he tells her he's determined to find ways to keep meeting her.
He sends daily gifts of flowers. Her uncle intervenes and meet with Adrian also to find out what his plan is...
Adrian finds out who's spreading the ugly rumors and will duel with him at dawn....
I especially liked this one because of my blindness.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3638444) out of 5 stars clean read !!! Aug. 29 2013
By Arlene Achord - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The more I read books by Elizabeth cole , the more I love her books. If you want a really Good story , then get this book , if you want explicit sex and gutter talk , then this is not the book for you !!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa290bd2c) out of 5 stars Darling Little Novella April 16 2014
By Reading Fanatic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
FYI: This novella was previously released under the title "Love Is Blind."

I really loved this little novella. It's the second none by Ms. Cole that I've read. The first A Winter's Knight - A Regency Romance, I enjoyed very much, although not quite as much as I did this one. This story is really short, yet fully developed, with well drawn, relatable characters. Furthermore, the plot--while not original--is thoroughly engaging, and the story that unfolds is heartwarming.

Olivia, blinded by an illness as a child, lives with her mother, uncle, and cousin, Emily--who also serves as her unofficial companion. Olivia and Adrian meet when he rescues her during a waltz, after she is intentionally abandoned by her partner. From there the story quickly develops to its conclusion, complete with HEA.

Adrian is a Baron and quite eligible. Unfortunately, he has a reputation as a rake. He has a very cynical view of society and goes to great lengths not to conform to its strictures. As a result, he is not at all the type of gentleman that society mama's want associating with their unmarried daughters, despite his being a peer. Adrian has no misgivings about their attitude, since as the last thing he desires is to be in the company of society misses. When he meets Olivia; however, he is completely enchanted. Of course, Olivia's overprotective mama and uncle will not countenance a connection between the two. Thus, Adrian must undertake covert measures to see Olivia, with whom he is fast falling in love. With the aid of Olivia's dragon-like cousin, Emily, Adrian manages to conduct a super brief, clandestine courtship.

The story is touchingly sweet; Adrian is so gentle and caring with Olivia that it was a delight to read. I loved this novella and highly recommend it as a worthwhile read. FYI, this is a clean romance. Happy reading! BTW, I would love to read Robert--Adrian's friend--and Emily's story next. Their relationship got off to a combative, yet humorous, start in this book, but it was obvious that they were attracted to each other. I think it would be fun to see those two get a HEA.