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Pursued by the Rake (Season of Scandal #1) by Mary Lancaster. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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Welcome to the new series Season of Scandal by USA Today Bestselling Author Mary Lancaster!

Four innocent young ladies-in-waiting to the Princess of Wales spend the night sheltering from a wild party in her residence – only to discover in the morning that Her Highness was never there. And the news is already out.

The ladies flee the scene to fight as best they can for their lost reputations. And to confront the man who tricked them.

If her reputation is false, is his?

Hazel is ruined. With no money, no near family, and the stagecoach to her old governess’s home vanishing into the distance, she is forced to accept the help of the one man she never wished to set eyes on again.

To Hazel, the handsome and respected diplomat, Sir Joseph Sayle, is an infamous rake who took advantage of the princess she served. She hates his arrogance as much as his inexplicable effect on her senses. Under normal circumstances, she would never have dreamed of setting foot in his curricle, least of all when he was, by his own admission, “not entirely sober” after a night’s carousing.

However, the journey in his relaxed company is unexpectedly fun, and when they reach their destination and are threatened by a parcel of eccentric children with a pistol, he enters the adventure with enthusiasm.

It seems Sir Joe is much more than the man Hazel thought him. Amusing, kind, and passionate, he and his elegant pursuit provide exciting distractions to her woes.

But flirting with him is a dangerous game, and by the time they face the trickster responsible for her ruin, her heart is already lost. 


Miss Hazel Curwen is one of Princess Caroline's Ladies who finds herself in a terrifying position in the royal chambers.  Trying to save her reputation she sets off for the only help she can think of,  only to run into trouble.
Sir Joseph Sayle is a diplomat who uses his natural charm all over the world in service to England.  Sometimes he has been known to be in bedrooms that are not his own.  At heart he is a gentleman willing to help a lady in distress. 
A fun historical romance with fabulous characters and a nasty villain with revenge in mind.  A real romp through the countryside.  
This is the first book in a series and I will definitely be reading the rest.  
Great fun.


Mary Lancaster's first love was historical fiction. Since then she has grown to love coffee, chocolate, red wine and black and white films - simultaneously where possible. She hates housework.

As a direct consequence of the first love, she studied history at St. Andrews University, after which she worked variously as editorial assistant, researcher and librarian. Although she has always written stories for her own entertainment, she began to make serious efforts toward publication in order to distract herself from a job she disliked. She now writes full time at her seaside home in Scotland, which she shares with her husband and three children.

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