Scandalous (The Outcasts, #3)
"Have you no decency?" Straight-laced missionary Sarah Fisher has never met a man like Captain Martin Bouchard. He is the most beautiful person—male or female—she's ever seen. Overwhelmingly masculine, elegantly attired despite months at sea, he is in complete command of everyone and everything around him: everyone, that is, except Sarah. But that's about to change, because Sarah has bought Bouchard's mercy with the only thing she has to sell: her body. "None at all..." In spite of her outrageous offer, Martin has no doubt Sarah is a virgin, and a most delectable one at that. But instead of bedding her, he finds himself staring down the muzzle of his own pistol. Clearly, the longer she stays on his ship, the greater the chances that she'll end up its damned captain! Most infuriating of all, she looks past his perfect exterior to the wounded man inside. Can Martin outrun his scandalous past in time to have a future with the first woman to find and capture his heart?

Scandalous (The Outcasts, #3) Details

TitleScandalous (The Outcasts, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 24th, 2019
PublisherZebra
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical

Scandalous (The Outcasts, #3) Review

  • Caz
    January 1, 1970
    I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up.Scandalous is the third book in Minerva Spencer’s series  The Outcasts , and it takes as its hero Martín Etienne Bouchard, the beautiful , enigmatic and seductive privateer who was introduced in the previous book, Barbarous. Ms. Spencer’s sophisticated, precise prose continues to impress, as does her ability to tell a compelling story and create complex characters, but something about the principals and romance in Scandalous didn’t quit I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up.Scandalous is the third book in Minerva Spencer’s series  The Outcasts , and it takes as its hero Martín Etienne Bouchard, the beautiful , enigmatic and seductive privateer who was introduced in the previous book, Barbarous. Ms. Spencer’s sophisticated, precise prose continues to impress, as does her ability to tell a compelling story and create complex characters, but something about the principals and romance in Scandalous didn’t quite gel for me.  The heroine is determined and independent of spirit in a way that feels perfectly right for the story and the period, but the hero, while he has a truly traumatising backstory, spends much of the novel behaving like an emotionally stunted adolescent. The author skilfully makes the reader aware that there are good reasons for Martín’s behaviour and actually manages (sometimes) to make him into a fairly sympathetic character – even before we find out the true extent of what he went through (which doesn’t happen until fairly near the end) – but there were still times I came perilously close to losing patience with him.Martín Bouchard is a former slave who is now a wealthy privateer who has built himself a fearsome reputation as a cold, hard killer who was more concerned with his cravat than his life. Not surprisingly, Martín hates those who buy and sell slaves with a passion, so he has little sympathy for the crew of the Blue Bird, a Dutch Ship with a hold full of slaves, when he captures it off Africa’s Gold Coast.The daughter of missionaries, Sarah Fisher was born in Africa – in the village of N’Goe – where she’s lived all her life.  Her parents died after contracting a sickness that killed many in the village, and since their deaths some two years earlier, Sarah has acted as the village’s healer.  When the slavers arrived in N’Goe and captured all its inhabitants, Sarah went with them, which is how she comes to be aboard the Blue Bird when it is attacked by the Golden Scythe, a British privateer, at the same time as the crew is on the verge of mutiny.You can read the rest of this review at All About Romance .
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  • Milena
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the first two books in The Outcasts series by Minerva Spencer and was looking forward to reading Scandalous. This is Martin Bouchard's book whom we've met previously. He was such a fascinating character in the earlier books, I was very much looking forward to his story, and I truly enjoyed it. Sparks fly when Martin meets Sarah, a missionary woman, on a board of a slaver ship where she makes a deal with him to save her people. They are total opposites, their chemistry is explosive, and I enjoyed the first two books in The Outcasts series by Minerva Spencer and was looking forward to reading Scandalous. This is Martin Bouchard's book whom we've met previously. He was such a fascinating character in the earlier books, I was very much looking forward to his story, and I truly enjoyed it. Sparks fly when Martin meets Sarah, a missionary woman, on a board of a slaver ship where she makes a deal with him to save her people. They are total opposites, their chemistry is explosive, and they butt heads a lot but ultimately fall in love. I must say Martin came across as a jerk at times, but when his backstory is revealed, his behavior makes more sense. The Outcasts is such a fun historical romance series; each time I finish a book, I look forward to the next one. The next book, Notorious, is Gabriel's story, which I have been waiting for since book one, and it makes me very excited and impatient at the same time. *ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley
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  • Nenia ☠️ Hecka Wicked ☠️ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    THAT COVER REVEAL!I'm super excited for this book. BARBAROUS burned me a little, but I absolutely adored DANGEROUS, and Martin Bouchard is such a great character. Hopefully this book does him justice! <3
  • eyes.2c
    January 1, 1970
    Scandalous indeed!I actually struggled with the character of Sarah Fisher first up. This outspoken missionary's daughter who had been captured by slavers along with the rest of her African village is a force to be reckoned with. When Captain Martín Bouchard, ex slave turned privateer fires on the slaver ship freedom is at hand. At that moment some of the slave ship's crew mutiny against their captain. When the vicious mutineers are overthrown, thanks to a combination of Martín's forces and the s Scandalous indeed!I actually struggled with the character of Sarah Fisher first up. This outspoken missionary's daughter who had been captured by slavers along with the rest of her African village is a force to be reckoned with. When Captain Martín Bouchard, ex slave turned privateer fires on the slaver ship freedom is at hand. At that moment some of the slave ship's crew mutiny against their captain. When the vicious mutineers are overthrown, thanks to a combination of Martín's forces and the slaves, Sarah has her own thoughts about what should happen to them as governed by her Christian responsibilities. I for one felt the mutinous crewman should walk the plank. After all this is the man who'd arranged such a cargo unbeknownst to his Captain. However, against Bouchard's better judgement the mutineer leaders were imprisoned, and the story became more complicated from that point forward.What all came to expect, those that Sarah came in touch with, including your reader, was that Sarah would have an unusual response to any given situation. She never takes the easy road or even the wiser course. She muddies even the calmest waters.Bouchard, much to his chagrin becomes absolutely enamoured with Sarah. To the point where he finds his manhood threatened. He can't function normally, even though he does try to forget Sarah in brothels. This part is ridiculously amusing. I for one am glad to see the rakish captain get his comeuppance. Martín is truly puzzled by his attraction for this woman with a mind of her own. After all he's 'bedded hundreds of women' he reminds himself. Welcome to a look into Bouchard's surface thoughts! His questioning of himself is rather hilarious, "Martín knew the frustration that came from a lack of sexual release was detrimental to a man’s mental processes." Oh how the mighty make excuses! But given Martín's past, the idea of love is painfully chancy.It seems these two might love each other, they are certainly in lust with each other as their bed-sports indicate. (Just how did this straight-laced missionary find herself in this tangle? I don't know whether to applaud or be horrified). To get them to admit their feelings takes a highly dramatic episode.Of course there's so much more. A complex plot, interesting characters, fascinating responses, a healthy dose of humour and irony.An excellent novel based around the slavery background of Bouchard, as he faces some of the darkness and horrors he's had inflicted upon his being. A darkness that sears his soul.An endearing read that had unexpected depths along with a lightening levity.A Zebra/ Kensington Books ARC via NetGalley
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  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    January 1, 1970
    Another stellar historical romance from the very talented Minerva Spencer.I was drawn in right away by Scandalous, and I could barely put it down. I finished the whole book in about 24 hours, and though it wasn't without flaws, it's a smart, interesting historical romance that Minerva Spencer fans will adore. I loved both the male and female MC, and thought the author did a great job portraying them as complex characters. Their individual storylines were fascinating, and I found the plot to be u Another stellar historical romance from the very talented Minerva Spencer.I was drawn in right away by Scandalous, and I could barely put it down. I finished the whole book in about 24 hours, and though it wasn't without flaws, it's a smart, interesting historical romance that Minerva Spencer fans will adore. I loved both the male and female MC, and thought the author did a great job portraying them as complex characters. Their individual storylines were fascinating, and I found the plot to be unique amongst all of the romance books I've ever read. I just really wanted to know these two, especially Sarah. Sarah really shown in this story, and I could have read a book just of her (sans romance). She had an interesting life, and I loved her way with people. Oddly, my biggest issue with this book was the romance. The male MC fought against the romance, tooth and nail, and I found it to be tiresome at times. He was rude and abrupt, and though I often find that to be endearing, I wanted him to grow up and come to his senses. Admittedly, he had a terribly hard life and truckloads of baggage, but it made the romance an awkward match.Even though the romance left me wanting, the story was so tightly written and with such skill that I could barely put my Kindle down. That means a success, in my book. *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog
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  • Elodie
    January 1, 1970
    Can she accept him for whom he is while he forgives himself for his own past.Martin Étienne Bouchard is a former slave who ran away from America and became a privateer.He shaped himself in the man he is now along the encounters he had on the way to his now-self. At first sight he could have passed as being the vilain as he appears vain and uncaring but by sharing his thoughts the author reveals the tortured and broken man he is.He is easily angered, haughty and arrogant, it is his way of dealing Can she accept him for whom he is while he forgives himself for his own past.Martin Étienne Bouchard is a former slave who ran away from America and became a privateer.He shaped himself in the man he is now along the encounters he had on the way to his now-self. At first sight he could have passed as being the vilain as he appears vain and uncaring but by sharing his thoughts the author reveals the tortured and broken man he is.He is easily angered, haughty and arrogant, it is his way of dealing with his freedom dearly won. He is prone to fit of temper now he is released from his shackles, and he has every right to hold his head high for his own achievement.And there is one person who seems to combine everything to bring the worst out of him.Sarah Fisher a missionary’s daughter finds herself in a dire predicament when kidnapped among her neighbors as a slave for trade. She is an incredible woman, never a damsel in distress, always taking matter in hands whatever the outcome could be. She is not perfect, she struggles with her feelings and her upbringing lessons but she is a good woman, aware of her faults and chastising herself when she is not enough christian for her own taste.Her more philosophical than Christian view of life put her on the path of a well known corsair.The one man whom stirs the worse and the better from her, too bad he sees her only as an annoyance.But does he really?It was nearly impossible to put this book down, I read while walking, even while showering!I needed absolutely to know what came after.Mrs Spencer conducted a sizzling tale of redeeming where blindness and mishaps from the main couple caused a lot of hurt from one to another due to their awkwardness to communicate properly. They were unable to convey their feelings without putting their feet in the cookie jar, ineptly bringing the worst of the other out.Martin reacts badly to kindness, he is like a caged animal, he strikes and bites. More suspicious to nice words than insults.Sure at time, he is quite the wicked wretch. Bringing pain in return for his own hurts. I would have slapped him more than one time on the head, but Sarah while not reacting as badly as him is equally guilty of miscommunications and misconceptions.What stunned me the most is that Martin’s behavior should have rattled me but I was so engrossed in the story, something to add to my praise of the author’s talent, I accepted it as part of his journey towards his healing.Martin, sure, reaches summits of arrogance and haughtiness. He is such an aggravating man, portrayed as unable to see past his nose. But it is all a masquerade, him parading as a civilized man when inside he is consumed by a fury that eats him alive. Sarah could be his anchor if he does not drown before he accepts his own feelings.This was my first read by Mrs Minerva Spencer and it will not be the last. Her tale is vivid and colorful with fleshy flawed paper heroes honor bond to right the wrong done around them.I just have one interrogation, with an acute accent on Martin? Edited review : a friend of mine got an explanation from the author, Martín origin’s name is not from a French fellow but a Mexican, why an accent. A fat 5 starsI was granted by Netgalley and the publisher Kensington an advance copy. I purchased also my own. Here is my true and unbiased opinion.https://www.facebook.com/429830134272...
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  • Jeffe Kennedy
    January 1, 1970
    I've loved all three books in this series so far, but this one is just outstanding - Minerva Spencer in top form. Smart, funny, perceptive, this story held me riveted to the page. Martin is a one-of-a-kind hero. I fell in love with him even as I wanted to smack him upside the head for letting his emotional scars warp his behavior. Spencer doesn't back off on holding his feet to the fire, either. A wonderful, rich, and emotional book. Can't recommend highly enough!
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  • Monique
    January 1, 1970
    Sarah Fisher, a missionary and the daughter of missionaries, had been kidnapped along with the people from her village in Africa, where she was born. Captain Martín Bouchard has dedicated his life to capturing slavers and made his fortune that way. He seizes the enemy vessel on which Sarah was held captive, but she begs for mercy on behalf of the slaver ship's captain by offering herself to Captain Bouchard.I had been eagerly awaiting Martín's story, the enigmatic, seductive, dissolute rake with Sarah Fisher, a missionary and the daughter of missionaries, had been kidnapped along with the people from her village in Africa, where she was born. Captain Martín Bouchard has dedicated his life to capturing slavers and made his fortune that way. He seizes the enemy vessel on which Sarah was held captive, but she begs for mercy on behalf of the slaver ship's captain by offering herself to Captain Bouchard.I had been eagerly awaiting Martín's story, the enigmatic, seductive, dissolute rake with the fascinating past. He's fastidious, exceedingly proud, vain, and he's prone to violent outbursts. And he is irresistible to all women. SCANDALOUS seemed off to a great start with witty dialogues, a lively pace, and an atmosphere that reminded me of old Errol Flynn black and white movies. Minerva Spencer is an extremely talented storyteller, her exquisite prose vibrantly eloquent, and her characters staggeringly complex, even secondary ones such as Mies Graaf. I liked Mies, in spite of some prior distasteful actions, and herin lies the problem: my dislike for Martín, which grew as the story progressed. SCANDALOUS is one of those books where I wondered if Martín had been merely very good-looking, not the absolute epitome of masculine beauty in the history of time, if the romance would have occurred at all. I did not understand the romance. He's mean, treats women as disposable commodities, which I found a little strange considering his upbringing. At least, it's logical that Sarah would want to "save" him, she's a missionary after all and she was grateful that he'd rescued her, but I couldn't understand why she "fell in love" with him merely because of his god-like appearance and the lure of sexual ecstasy. He treated her with contempt, he was dismissive, rude, insulting, condescending; the only reason I could see was that she was a glutton for punishment, and she came back for more because he was physically irresistible. Sarah had seemed like an admirable character at the beginning until she made an utter fool of herself, drooling over this beautiful monster. Yes, he had a very painful past, but it was no excuse for the way he acted towards her, and worse for her to always forgive him because of his beauteous person. In a way, I came to hate her even more than him for her superficiality, for "loving" him while he was such an insufferable beast. I found Martín to be one of the most unpleasant heroes I have ever seen and she was no better than the countless other women who fell at his feet. And unfortunately, as the story unfolded, I hated him even more. I just had no idea where his supposed infatuation came from, why he wanted her - I can't say love, because I never saw it - except that he enjoyed tormenting her because she put up with his boorish behaviour while she desperately lusted after him? Because his oversized ego thrived on taunting her? He wanted her for some obscure reason that eluded me until the very end. I don't find this a solid basis for a happily ever after. I found the sections of the book that revolved around slavery the most interesting. I was hoping for an ending that would make up for that non-romance, alas it was not to be. Martín experienced some sort of miraculous partial metamorphosis, two cumbersome characters were conveniently disposed of, and Sarah and Martín went on to fornicate happily ever after. Hopefully, the few mistakes in French will have been corrected in the final version. Needless to say, this was not a pleasant read for me.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Lubnaa (Romance Library)
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Scandalous by Minerva Spencer is the third book in the Outcasts series and it can definitely be read as a standalone. I loved Dangerous and Barbarous, but I have a lot of mixed feelings about Scandalous. This is going to sound ludicrous coming from a romance reader, but…this book would have been better if it wasn’t written as a romance. I know! I know! Blasphemy! But…that’s how I feel about it.Miss Sarah Fisher is a Christian miss I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Scandalous by Minerva Spencer is the third book in the Outcasts series and it can definitely be read as a standalone. I loved Dangerous and Barbarous, but I have a lot of mixed feelings about Scandalous. This is going to sound ludicrous coming from a romance reader, but…this book would have been better if it wasn’t written as a romance. I know! I know! Blasphemy! But…that’s how I feel about it.Miss Sarah Fisher is a Christian missionary living in Africa and she gets captured with the people of her village by slave traders. Martin is a privateer acting under the authority of the British government and captures the ship that was carrying Sarah and the people of her village. Now Martin has to bring Sarah back to England so she can acquaint herself with her parents' family. The least exciting part about Scandalous is the underdeveloped romance. Oh, Sarah and Martin had chemistry, but chemistry isn't enough if there is less than stellar emotional development. Martin was quite the asshole and Sarah fell in love so quickly even though he was constantly rude towards her. I don’t care how good-looking Martin is, rudeness and douchebaggery is NOT attractive. I can count on my fingers the number of times Sarah and Martin spent significant time together that would positively contribute to their relationship development. Most of the time, they were either stuck in rooms filled with other people or they were fighting. I don’t entirely hate Martin, but I don’t love him either. As for Sarah, she lost points when she easily fell for Martin even when he was a complete asshole towards her. What kind of self-respecting woman does this? Now that I’ve got the romance out of the way, let’s talk about the main theme of this book: slavery and the trading of slaves. Yes, it’s a heavy topic. There’s a supporting character, Captain Graaf, who was the Captain of the ship that was carrying Sarah and the people of her village. According to Graaf, he had no power on his ship and his sailors essentially took over his ship and they were ones responsible for capturing Sarah and the others. He apparently had no idea at first, but he did eventually find out. And once he found out, he didn’t even bother trying to do anything to help those people. In my humble opinion, being a bystander is just as bad as those who were directly responsible for slave trading. Graaf’s characterization was a morally gray area in this book. It confused me a lot because…I couldn't bring myself to view this character in a good light even though he was a "nice" man and saved Martin at one point. That’s how Sarah feels as well, but she forgives the man out of Christian goodness. What I don’t understand is why this character was so prominent in the story and why Sarah had to constantly hang out with him. I was just…so confused...I'm still confused. Graaf was basically just there to piss off Martin and make him jealous...but I still don't get why it had to be Graaf to make Martin jealous. Is there more to this character that I missed?Martin’s personal journey to confronting his past and growing as a character was the most interesting part of this story, which is why I stand by my conclusion that this book would have been much better if it wasn’t a romance novel. The strength of this book lies with Martin’s past as a born-slave and how he fought his way to freedom and turned into the man that he is. When he is eventually confronted with his past, you can’t help but feel for him. I have a lot more to say about how that was resolved, but I won’t go into it because I don’t want to spoil the book. I feel like Martin had too many heavy things to deal with and the romance just seemed so inconsequential next to his personal journey. I mean, yes, a small part of his growth was triggered by his feelings for Sarah, but like I said, Martin and Sarah spent so much time fighting that there was more relationship regression than relationship development. I'm thinking if the book's premise was structured differently, then the romance would have been much stronger.Minerva Spencer’s writing is excellent as usual and I think she did a great job writing Martin’s character, but unfortunately, the romance just fell flat for me. I'm still excited for Jibril's story next!
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  • Tracy Emro
    January 1, 1970
    Martin Bouchard, Captain of the Golden Scythe, privateer for England has captured a Dutch ship that is most certainly a slaver. As a former slave, Martin lives to capture and punish slavers and in the process has become a very rich man. When he enters the room to parlay with the captain of the Blue Bird, he is shocked to see one of the people waiting is a woman. Sarah Fisher was taken along with all the people in her village during a slaver raid – she is the daughter of missionaries and is tryin Martin Bouchard, Captain of the Golden Scythe, privateer for England has captured a Dutch ship that is most certainly a slaver. As a former slave, Martin lives to capture and punish slavers and in the process has become a very rich man. When he enters the room to parlay with the captain of the Blue Bird, he is shocked to see one of the people waiting is a woman. Sarah Fisher was taken along with all the people in her village during a slaver raid – she is the daughter of missionaries and is trying to convince Martin to forgo the prize and let everyone go. She even goes as far as to hold him at gunpoint and to offer herself in exchange.Martin just wants to get rid of Sarah and the annoying captain Mies Graaf, but soon finds out that he will not be getting his prize and must transport Mies and Sarah back to England. Along the way he gets to know Sarah and she teaches him to read and write. She is falling hard for him – just like every woman with eyes does – but he keeps pushing her away.As the story progresses the reader learns much more about Martin and his past, which explains a lot of his behavior, but failed to make me like him – he is just such a jerk – he is arrogant, vain and cruel. Why Sarah loved him is beyond me. I mean what’s not to love about a hero that is snide, rude, hurtful and runs off to brothels every chance he gets? Or one that sends a letter explaining everything and then leaves England without the heroine? I really tried to forgive him, but every time he had a chance to win me over, he blew it. I remember him being a bit cocky in the previous book, but not like this. Upside, we got to reunite with Hugh, Daphne, Mia, Adam and Jabril (Gabriel) from the previous books and that was wonderful. I struggled to rate this story, it was well written, flowed nicely, has steamy love scenes, interesting historical details about the slave trade, great secondary characters and a sweet epilogue. But Martin and Sarah were not my favorite couple and their “romance” just fell flat for me. This is the third book in the series, and I HIGHLY recommend the previous books, but neither are necessary to read to enjoy this book.*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by Netgalley and the publisher.*
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  • Niki
    January 1, 1970
    As the upstanding, moral daughter of English missionaries to Africa, Sarah Fisher has never met anyone like the compellingly beautiful Captain Martín Bouchard. When the privateer captures the slave ship Sarah was captured on, she offers the only thing available to her to ensure the captain's mercy on the Dutch crew: her body.Martín knows women and recognizes Sarah for the innocent she is, but instead of an educational night in bed, he winds up at the wrong end of his own pistol and desirous only As the upstanding, moral daughter of English missionaries to Africa, Sarah Fisher has never met anyone like the compellingly beautiful Captain Martín Bouchard. When the privateer captures the slave ship Sarah was captured on, she offers the only thing available to her to ensure the captain's mercy on the Dutch crew: her body.Martín knows women and recognizes Sarah for the innocent she is, but instead of an educational night in bed, he winds up at the wrong end of his own pistol and desirous only of removing the bothersome woman from his ship. Even worse, she sees parts of him he's managed to keep well-hidden and the more time he's forced to spend with the irritating woman, the more he finds himself looking for ways to keep her with him in spite of his scandalous past.I have such mixed feelings about this book and I think it's because I really didn't like either the hero or the heroine, although they were indeed perfect for each other. The hero was just as arrogant and pig-headed as the heroine accused him of being, but for her part, she was quite judgmental and shrewish much of the time, and just as stubborn. This was a slow burn between these two because of their communication issues, and also due to how very damaged Martín was, but that did fit the characters to a tee. Even though I didn't even really like them, I was still rooting for them to get it together and it was so satisfying when they finally did. This book was exquisitely well-written and handled some very difficult topics beautifully and for that it's getting five stars. I can't wait for the next one.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Dianne Freeman
    January 1, 1970
    I love the swashbuckling adventure in Minerva Spencer’s books but it’s her compelling characters that keep me coming back. Scandalous is no exception. Sarah is a missionary, capable of taking care of herself, eager to care for others, and used to taking charge. This does not sit well with Martin, a former slave and now privateer, whose ship she seems to be taking over. Martin’s past makes him suspicious of Sarah’s kindness and he reacts by lashing out. Regardless, they have a steamy chemistry an I love the swashbuckling adventure in Minerva Spencer’s books but it’s her compelling characters that keep me coming back. Scandalous is no exception. Sarah is a missionary, capable of taking care of herself, eager to care for others, and used to taking charge. This does not sit well with Martin, a former slave and now privateer, whose ship she seems to be taking over. Martin’s past makes him suspicious of Sarah’s kindness and he reacts by lashing out. Regardless, they have a steamy chemistry and mixed with Sarah’s patience and persistence, it leads them to an achingly slow and beautiful meeting of the minds and hearts. I could not put this one down.
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  • Diddly Do
    January 1, 1970
    What a delightful read. I have found a favorite author in Minerva Spencer! She kept me engrossed in the storyline from beginning to end. She definitely has a flair for the written word!This is the first book I’ve read of this series which can be read as a stand-alone book. I loved the characters so much that I went and bought the first two books to read their back stories.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so so close to being an all time favorite. I loved the beginning of this book so much! But the middle and end lost it for me and it never really recovered. This is the third book of Minerva Spencer's Outcasts series, the first being Dangerous and the second being Barbarous. I have overall enjoyed all the 3 books. If you've never tried her before I find I enjoy her writing. Shes rather witty, some parts are mildy humerous, she tends to cover strong topics and has unique scenery, cha This book was so so close to being an all time favorite. I loved the beginning of this book so much! But the middle and end lost it for me and it never really recovered. This is the third book of Minerva Spencer's Outcasts series, the first being Dangerous and the second being Barbarous. I have overall enjoyed all the 3 books. If you've never tried her before I find I enjoy her writing. Shes rather witty, some parts are mildy humerous, she tends to cover strong topics and has unique scenery, characters and stories. Sarah was raised in an African village with her missionary parents. Her parents died 2 years prior and she has stayed in the village helping with medicine (although I wouldn't say she's a doctor). She is captured with members of her village by a slaver ship and held in the hold.Sarahs personality was feisty for sure. She doesn't have a problem with confrontation and holds numerous men at gun point. I felt like her character was okay. I didn't get a ton of character depth to her. I felt like I didn't really know her that well after the book was done. I felt like I couldn't understand why she was in love with hero with their interactions. I also was curious why her Christianity made her really think about forgiving others and refusing to take anyone's life yet she was a total wanton. I mean, I'm not complaining, I didn't mind it but it was just a little weird for these character traits I guess. Martin was a character I really liked. Arrogant, vain, with a short temper, seething with jealousy. Thats my thing, terrible I know. He is such a damaged character and has overcome so much. I felt like Sarah could have really healed him yet it turned into more enemies to lovers as the book progresses. To me they just stayed enemies way too long. Refusing to share their feelings until the very end of the book, fighting tooth and nail until then. They both can be rather cruel to each other in their words because they don't understand each other's feelings. I guess by the end of the book I was hoping to see more of their relationship as solid and that they were perfect for each other. While I'm not left unhappy, especially with the epilogue, I just felt like I never got to see how they were going to WORK together and that was important with everything Martin has gone through.The first half of this book is so much my favorite. It takes place on board Martins ship and its just wonderful. Its tension filled, hot, the first kiss was so steamy, I adored it. Sarah helps teach Martin and it was such a wonderful part of the book. But as the book goes on and they continue to fight, I feel like the tension and relationship starts to fade. They are separated and when they are together they don't really talk. Both are having interactions with other people and I just prefer my couples to be together. And interacting. And talking. And other stuff. Wink wink. I love Spencer's sex scenes but in this book there was a long dry spell and it kind of killed the story for me. I love that tension to keep it going, there doesn't have to be a ton of sex. I also was getting tired of Martin by the end and his lack of action towards a relationship with Sarah.
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  • Cathy Geha
    January 1, 1970
    Scandalous by Minerva SpencerThe Outcasts #3I have enjoyed this series and looked forward to reading this book. I have to say that I was a bit disappointed. Why? I felt disappointed in the portrayal of beautiful, vain, unfeeling Captain Martin Etienne Bouchard. He could have used his past to be more than his job and money and reputation as a rake. And Sarah Fisher, missionary, was a good-hearted woman secluded from much by living twenty-four years in a small village with only her parents and the Scandalous by Minerva SpencerThe Outcasts #3I have enjoyed this series and looked forward to reading this book. I have to say that I was a bit disappointed. Why? I felt disappointed in the portrayal of beautiful, vain, unfeeling Captain Martin Etienne Bouchard. He could have used his past to be more than his job and money and reputation as a rake. And Sarah Fisher, missionary, was a good-hearted woman secluded from much by living twenty-four years in a small village with only her parents and the tribe around her. She was taken in by a pretty face and mean talking man and fell head over heels for him...that I had trouble understanding. Also, I had trouble believing that Sarah could have or would have done some of the things she did. It is fiction and thus can happen in a book but...she was strong and weak in weird ways. What I liked: * Martin’s love for the man that saved him and his ability to become the man he did* Sarah’s love of all human beings and her willingness to stand up for their rights while forgiving evil doers.* Seeing some of the characters from previous books* Beauville finding Mary* Some of the interactions between Sarah and Martin* Hearing the backstories of Martin and Sarah* Sarah knowing where her heart really layWhat I did not like: * Martin’s immature acting out and what just seemed mean at times* The Slavers...all of them* Armand and his fatherI enjoy a swashbuckling tale and this provided that. I had parts I loved and parts I didn’t like as much in this book. I felt that the time in England could have been shortened a bit and more time spent on Martin and Sarah actually getting along rather than fighting and at cross purposes. I understood that with the history Martin had it would be hard to trust and love and believe in a future though in some ways he was a bit tooo much of a caricature...or something. Did I enjoy this book? Yes and NoWould I read another book in this series? YesThank you to NetGalley and Kensington – Zebra for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3-4 Stars
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsStraight-laced missionary Sarah Fisher has been kidnapped along with the people from her village in Africa, where she was born. Which is bad enough then the kidnappers vessel is captured by Captain Martin Bouchard. He is the most beautiful person—male or female—she’s ever seen. Sarah being desperate to save everyone offers to buy Bouchard’s mercy with the only thing she has to sell: her body.I’d really been looking forward to this third book in the series & for Martin's story & 3.5 StarsStraight-laced missionary Sarah Fisher has been kidnapped along with the people from her village in Africa, where she was born. Which is bad enough then the kidnappers vessel is captured by Captain Martin Bouchard. He is the most beautiful person—male or female—she’s ever seen. Sarah being desperate to save everyone offers to buy Bouchard’s mercy with the only thing she has to sell: her body.I’d really been looking forward to this third book in the series & for Martin's story & whilst it was another very well written, well researched book it fell a bit flat for me as the more I read the more I disliked Martin & just couldn’t get my head round him loving Sarah. I wanted to like him I really did but the way he treat Sarah was despicable & I thought she was in lust with him for his looks as no way could she have loved him & I couldn’t see that their HEA would continue after the passion died. It's taken me a while to write a review as I needed to re read the book to see if I'd first read it on a bad day.My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read
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  • Diane K. Peterson
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked that this book is different. It deals with some serious issues of slave trade and abuse. The hero is a former slave and illegitimate son of his owner. The heroine is an African missionary. A very unlikely pairing. It is an intriguing story and there were plenty of opportunities for character development. I liked the inclusion of characters from the previous two books in the series.This books did not appeal to me to way it seems to appeal to other readers. I think this is a persona I really liked that this book is different. It deals with some serious issues of slave trade and abuse. The hero is a former slave and illegitimate son of his owner. The heroine is an African missionary. A very unlikely pairing. It is an intriguing story and there were plenty of opportunities for character development. I liked the inclusion of characters from the previous two books in the series.This books did not appeal to me to way it seems to appeal to other readers. I think this is a personal preference difference, not a commentary on the writing. I didn't like the anger and misunderstandings between the hero and heroine that lasted through 80% or more of the book. The characters did not have much of a chance to build a strong relationship within the confines of the book. It went from anger and distrust to seemingly lasting love virtually overnight. I also felt the story was a little slow in places. I liked the book and I admire the author's efforts to deal with some difficult content. It just didn't click with me on the relationship level.ARC provided through Netgalley.
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    I have been following Martin from the beginning and knew he would make a fantastic hero. I was not wrong. This story, like the others in this series, takes me back to old-fashioned romances. Pirates, women who need their help, villains and lots of exotic locales. These stories are fun. There is a lot of angst which I totally love. Martin is amazing and Sarah is feisty and holds her own against Martin. Their journey starts and becomes more passionate and loving with each new thing they learn. Yes I have been following Martin from the beginning and knew he would make a fantastic hero. I was not wrong. This story, like the others in this series, takes me back to old-fashioned romances. Pirates, women who need their help, villains and lots of exotic locales. These stories are fun. There is a lot of angst which I totally love. Martin is amazing and Sarah is feisty and holds her own against Martin. Their journey starts and becomes more passionate and loving with each new thing they learn. Yes, they have to deal with a lot of differences and secrets but you can feel their bond growing. I know this is a full-length novel but I could have kept reading about them. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
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  • Lorraine
    January 1, 1970
    I was so fortunate to read this book. I don’t know where to begin. So I’ll just start talking. The emotions, the feelings, the everything this book brings forth is fabulous. To say this is a book about slavery would be Wrong. We have villains. More than one. We have sexual sensual love. We have characters that are so real you feel as if you know them. There are slaves in this book. Represents the slavery in the Americas which are not in Europe. You were so happy when one of the villains is kille I was so fortunate to read this book. I don’t know where to begin. So I’ll just start talking. The emotions, the feelings, the everything this book brings forth is fabulous. To say this is a book about slavery would be Wrong. We have villains. More than one. We have sexual sensual love. We have characters that are so real you feel as if you know them. There are slaves in this book. Represents the slavery in the Americas which are not in Europe. You were so happy when one of the villains is killed. You are so emotional with a fabulous sensual lovemaking. Finally the ending is just so perfect. I’m hoping to read more of this authors books. She makes you feel as if all the characters are real. Do not miss this book
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  • Carole Burant
    January 1, 1970
    Words cannot explain how much this story moved me and took a hold of my heart. It is so well written and deserving more than 5 stars, in my opinion. Martin Bouchard is not only exceedingly handsome and rich, his past has made him who he is today and that past is rapidly catching up to him. Sarah Fisher, daughter of missionaries in Africa, finds herself on a ship with hundreds of slaves, set to be sold to the highest bidders. Martin succeeds in capturing the slave ship and giving the slaves their Words cannot explain how much this story moved me and took a hold of my heart. It is so well written and deserving more than 5 stars, in my opinion. Martin Bouchard is not only exceedingly handsome and rich, his past has made him who he is today and that past is rapidly catching up to him. Sarah Fisher, daughter of missionaries in Africa, finds herself on a ship with hundreds of slaves, set to be sold to the highest bidders. Martin succeeds in capturing the slave ship and giving the slaves their freedom....what follows is a story filled with drama, adventure, heated passions, heartache, friendships, and so much more. I was given an ARC of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    This novel deals a bit with slavery, where people in Africa were sold and bought and transported. What some of the slaves were forced to do, impacted them in different ways. Captain Martin Bouchard was a slave once and did whatever he could to escape. Now, commanding his own ship as a privateer and working with the British government, he goes after those slavers with a vengeance. He life was straightforward until he meets Sarah Fisher, a missionary working in Africa who was taken with the people This novel deals a bit with slavery, where people in Africa were sold and bought and transported. What some of the slaves were forced to do, impacted them in different ways. Captain Martin Bouchard was a slave once and did whatever he could to escape. Now, commanding his own ship as a privateer and working with the British government, he goes after those slavers with a vengeance. He life was straightforward until he meets Sarah Fisher, a missionary working in Africa who was taken with the people of the village to be sold into slavery. Sarah is different from any woman Martin has ever encountered, especially when she points a pistol at him and offers herself to save the lives of others, even though she detests what the slavers did, she is a Christian and believes in forgiveness. As they travel to England, both develop feelings, but Martin does not understand what they mean, for who could love a former slave with a horrid past? When Martin's past returns, he will do whatever is necessary to keep Sarah safe, even if it is from himself.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    I've read all the books in the Outcasts Series. In Scandalous, Minerva Spencer does not disappoint. She has found the perfect woman for Captain Martin Bouchard. Sarah Fisher, a virginal missionary, has the capacity to love and care for people deeply. She's a woman of courage and she takes a stand for what she believes in. Martin has risen above the circumstances of his birth and with the help of his friend, Hugh Redvers, has made a success of his life. Outwardly he is vain, arrogant and in comma I've read all the books in the Outcasts Series. In Scandalous, Minerva Spencer does not disappoint. She has found the perfect woman for Captain Martin Bouchard. Sarah Fisher, a virginal missionary, has the capacity to love and care for people deeply. She's a woman of courage and she takes a stand for what she believes in. Martin has risen above the circumstances of his birth and with the help of his friend, Hugh Redvers, has made a success of his life. Outwardly he is vain, arrogant and in command, but inside he is wounded. Sarah sees the man inside as Martin sees past Sarah's plain countenance to the beauty inside. I consider myself a fan of Minerva Spencer and would buy/read anything she wrote. I read an ARC of the book via NetGalley and chose to leave a review.
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  • Patricia
    January 1, 1970
    Very good story. Ms. Spencer delves into the background of the characters, and as a result, you have a good understanding of them. I received an ARC of this book.
  • Marianne Denning
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn't sure I could get into this story , but I'm glad it stuck with it. Martin is an interesting character whose has lived a brutal life. It is easy to understand his brutality. Sarah is a strong young woanwho will do whatever is necessary. I enjoyed her boldness. Thisstory is about slavery, brutality, redemption and love. Well done.
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  • Norah Gibbons
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Scandalous by Minerva Spencer is the 3rd book in her exciting Outcasts series. It could be read as a standalone but it’s an excellent series so I recommend reading them all. When Captain Martin Bouchard captures a slave ship that last thing he expects to find onboard is the daughter of missionaries who was taken into slavery when the village she taught school in was targeted by Slavers. The story is full of a I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Scandalous by Minerva Spencer is the 3rd book in her exciting Outcasts series. It could be read as a standalone but it’s an excellent series so I recommend reading them all. When Captain Martin Bouchard captures a slave ship that last thing he expects to find onboard is the daughter of missionaries who was taken into slavery when the village she taught school in was targeted by Slavers. The story is full of action and adventure and Sarah Fisher makes a most excellent heroine. Martin and Sarah are a case of opposites attracting with lots of sparks flying and some excellent banter. It is only when his past comes back to haunt him that Martin is ready to admit that Sarah holds his heart. I enjoyed reading this story and look forward to the next book in the series. Medium Steam. Publishing Date September 24, 2019 #NetGalley #Scandalous #MinervaSpencer #TheOutcastsSeries #KensingtonBooks #ZebraRomanceNovels #Bookstagram #HistoricalRomance
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  • Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
    January 1, 1970
    I had read Hugh and Daphne's story and was swept away by the intriguing plot, flirtatious banter, and sizzling sexual chemistry. Scandalous was just as thrilling. There's nothing better than a romance on the high seas. And this one has it all. Excellent writing, fascinating plot, a tortured but strong hero, and a heroine that doesn't give up. These characters are brilliantly crafted and ones you will quickly fall in love with. Sarah has led a sheltered life and is totally unprepared for Martin, I had read Hugh and Daphne's story and was swept away by the intriguing plot, flirtatious banter, and sizzling sexual chemistry. Scandalous was just as thrilling. There's nothing better than a romance on the high seas. And this one has it all. Excellent writing, fascinating plot, a tortured but strong hero, and a heroine that doesn't give up. These characters are brilliantly crafted and ones you will quickly fall in love with. Sarah has led a sheltered life and is totally unprepared for Martin, a hardened man who has endured the unimaginable in his life. There's plenty of high seas action and adventure. And the blend of passion and tenderness in this story is perfect. This one can be read as a stand alone but once you meet the secondary characters, you'll be dying to know their stories as well.
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  • Pelusa Rivera
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third book in this series and after I had read Barbarous which I loved I had to read this one, it was about the sexy Martin, come on I know you all wanted to know about him since we kept hearing how gorgeous he was.. Any who I liked Martin and I wanted to know more about him, yes at times he was a jerk and you wanted to reach out and smack him but then you also read about his background and everything he went thru and how he survived so I gave him a break, then there was Sara whom I This is the third book in this series and after I had read Barbarous which I loved I had to read this one, it was about the sexy Martin, come on I know you all wanted to know about him since we kept hearing how gorgeous he was.. Any who I liked Martin and I wanted to know more about him, yes at times he was a jerk and you wanted to reach out and smack him but then you also read about his background and everything he went thru and how he survived so I gave him a break, then there was Sara whom I wasn't crazy about at first she just was judgemental and wanted things her way however she grew on me and these two did not have it easy but they learned to build on the attraction and change their ways..I was happy to read about the previous characters.rcvd an ARc at no cost to author..(netgalley) Voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions
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  • Cynthia
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced reader’s copy of Scandalous in a giveaway.This book is well researched. The characters have interesting backgrounds. Minerva Spencer is a talented writer. Martin is an ex-slave who captures slave ships to free those who’d been captured and take the slavers to the authorities. Sarah is a missionary who was captured along with the people of her village. Martin and Sarah meet when he captures the ship where she’s being held. There’s an attraction between them from the moment I received an advanced reader’s copy of Scandalous in a giveaway.This book is well researched. The characters have interesting backgrounds. Minerva Spencer is a talented writer. Martin is an ex-slave who captures slave ships to free those who’d been captured and take the slavers to the authorities. Sarah is a missionary who was captured along with the people of her village. Martin and Sarah meet when he captures the ship where she’s being held. There’s an attraction between them from the moment they meet. While they have an attraction, it was difficult to see why Sarah would fall in love with Martin due to how he treats her. I also found Martin hard to like. While the romance didn’t resonate with me, I recommend this book for the excellent writing and plot.
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  • Suzette
    January 1, 1970
    This is an excellent story. Martin is a runaway slave and a privateer. He has demons that he is trying to overcome. Sarah is a preachers daughter who finds herself in the hold of a slave ship being taken over by Martin. From the moment they meet they are constantly in battle. Sarah believes in forgiveness and that everyone can have good in them. She finds it hard to read what Martin wants as he is constantly pushing her away. As they arrive in England they each have to make a decision about thei This is an excellent story. Martin is a runaway slave and a privateer. He has demons that he is trying to overcome. Sarah is a preachers daughter who finds herself in the hold of a slave ship being taken over by Martin. From the moment they meet they are constantly in battle. Sarah believes in forgiveness and that everyone can have good in them. She finds it hard to read what Martin wants as he is constantly pushing her away. As they arrive in England they each have to make a decision about their future. This is a story about believing in the power of love and learning to trust people when they care for you. It is filled with witty and humorous conversations.
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  • Lori D
    January 1, 1970
    Prepare for another fabulous adventure from Minerva Spencer, who has become one of my go to authors. She always captures my imagination quickly and with this story or a privateer and a missionary, the banter is endless and emotions over the top. Martin Couchard was Captain of the Golden Scythe. He was a privateer, but he also sought justice for those enslaved on ships and helped them become free. He had honed his "reputation of a cold, hard killer who was more concerned with his cravat than his Prepare for another fabulous adventure from Minerva Spencer, who has become one of my go to authors. She always captures my imagination quickly and with this story or a privateer and a missionary, the banter is endless and emotions over the top. Martin Couchard was Captain of the Golden Scythe. He was a privateer, but he also sought justice for those enslaved on ships and helped them become free. He had honed his "reputation of a cold, hard killer who was more concerned with his cravat than his life." But Martin had a hard past and had overcome a lot but knew he was still lacking.Sara Fisher was a missionary who got caught up on a ship filled with human cargo and she only wanted to get them free. As Martin takes the ship with the same intent (although she does not know that) the journey begins!!This was a fast paced engaging story as the handsome privateer and the strong, determined missionary come together as he ends up taking her back to England along with the weak Captain Mies.If you have never read one of Minerva's stories, you don't know what you are missing!
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