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One man. Two women. One bed. In sixteenth-century Scotland, as their forbidden pleasures and wicked lusts are indulged, breaking the rules could mean all of their undoing…

Scandalous Passions

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Scotland, 1504.

Lady Janet Fraser didn’t earn her reputation as Scotland’s most notorious sinner by following the rules. A former mistress of King James IV, she’s content to live her life from pleasure to pleasure. Even if those pleasures—and people—are forbidden.

People like Sir Lachlan Ross, given the moniker The Highland Beast, a man as intimidating in battle as he is in size. A beast she discovers secretly wishes to be tamed and submit to her dominance.

Or like her new ward, Lady Marjorie Hepburn, a convent-raised virgin with a desire to be taught all the sensual secrets of the marriage bed. Things that Janet is fully willing to teach her, again and again. There’s much for her to learn.

And forbidden pleasures like the three of them together in one bed.

But Lachlan and Marjorie both have ties to the king. As wicked lusts are indulged and affection unexpectedly grows into love, breaking the rules this time could mean all of their undoing…


This book was SEXY HOT! The characters were well written I enjoyed every page.” --Celeste H., NetGalley

“This story included a lot of things I wish were included in romance novels, like explicit verbal consent, a sexually dominant female character, a cinnamon roll hero, a variety of body types, and a bisexual and poly positive storyline. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a hot historical read with excellent characterization and a rollicking plot, and I’d gladly read a hundred more novels like this.” --Hana C., Goodreads

“This was entertaining and original. Davidson does a good job of building tension between her three characters, and keeps the reader guessing on what will happen.” --Erin G., NetGalley

“Scandalous Passions was a great read that came at just the right time -- low angst, lovable characters, and tons of passionate chemistry.” --Alex O., Goodreads

“I hardly have words for how much I loved this book. I would be remiss if I didn't include how absolutely steamy this book is. There were romantic scenes between all of the pairings and the sensuality leads into a deep and bonding love. Honestly, this book was everything I wanted and more.” --Somewhere Lost in Books

“Ms. Davidson has delivered a well-written book, populated with an outstanding cast of characters.” --Deb D., Goodreads

A steamy romance that keeps you turning the pages wanting more.” --P.L., Goodreads

A fun, steamy read, and I’ll definitely be looking up more of Nicola Davidson’s work!” --Llama Reads Books

So entirely sexy, I ate this one right up. I always appreciate Davidson's care in her characters and the care they take of each other.” --Elizabeth G., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781682816035
Release Date: May 11, 2020
Page Count: 300
Imprint: scorched
Genre: erotic historical, erotic romance, highlander, historical
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits

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By b.andherbooks April 27, 2020

Lady Janet Fraser is told she must leave the court and travel to her new estate along with the formerly convent bound Lady Marjorie Hepburn, now Janet's ward. To ensure they arrive safely the king assigns his champion Sir Lachlan "the Beast" Ross to guide them hence.

Janet, once the king's lover, and ...more

By Mehsi June 05, 2020

A sexy and swoony story set in Scotland. I loved it!

I spotted this one a fellow blogger‘s site and was instantly curious. Now, those who know me know that I am not a fan of love triangles and this had 3 people in love. However going by the reply from the blogger and the review this wouldn’t be that. ...more

By Alex May 08, 2020

Series: Highland Menage #1
Rating: 4 stars - really enjoyable

One Sentence Summary: As the former mistress of King James IV, Lady Janet Fraser is a woman who knows what she wants, including the King's Knight, Sir Lachlan Ross, and the convent-raised Lady Marjorie Hepburn.

Scandalous Passions was a grea ...more

By Maida May 17, 2020

It has been years since I last read a medieval romance and this one, my introduction to Ms. Davidson's writing, reminded me of how this time period provides a rich tapestry of interwoven intrigues, lust, greed, and love, among other things.

This love story between three lonely court misfits--Lady Ja ...more

By Sarah April 22, 2020

I don't read enough medieval romance, so this was a refreshing change from the usual Regencies. Nicola Davidson is a staunch advocate of historical kink and queerness and making sure that people know that yes, both actually existed in the past, and from the dedication on, she makes that clear in thi ...more

By HC April 27, 2020

I’ve been eagerly anticipating Scandalous Passions since I first saw the announcement that Entangled would be publishing two polyam historical romances. The wait was more than worth it. Scandalous Passions is a well written and well-researched novel, which includes a bibliography in the back, someth ...more

By Deb May 12, 2020

Scandalous Passions is a fairly short historical romance by Nicola Davidson. This is a F/F/M menage, so it may not be everyone's cup of tea. Ms. Davidson has delivered a well-written book, populated with an outstanding cast of characters. Janet was the mistress to the king until he married her off. ...more

By Amanda April 29, 2020

Love doesn't always come in a perfect package. In Nicola Davidson's Scandalous Passions love comes in threes.

Lady Janet is banished from the Scottish court. Formerly the king's mistress, the new queen doesn't want her around. She takes Lady Marjorie late of a convent with her and a guard Lachlan. Sh ...more

By Michelle April 23, 2020

I really enjoyed this book. I love how the characters found people they can be themselves around and find their own sexuality.

We have Lady Janet who is the mistress to King James. Known as the worst sinner in Scotland. Since the king has married, Lady Janet is sent away with the protector Sir Lachl ...more

By Carly April 22, 2020

I enjoyed this, with one big caveat. It's the first FFM historical I've read in memory, at least, and it's full of everything I appreciate about Davidson's writing. I also really savored the different setting; I haven't read a medieval-set romance from her and it was a nice change of pace from the g ...more

By Prinzessbtrfly October 24, 2020 ...more

By Bob/Sally May 14, 2020

Far more than just the female-led polyamorous romance I expected, Scandalous Passions was passionate, empowering, and thoughtful, built around a trio of lonely lovers who are eminently lovable from the moment they step on the page.

Nicola Davidson has written a period romance that incorporates the mo ...more

By Becky May 10, 2020

Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 5/10/2020.

Phew--this book! You might want to have a fan and icy cold drink nearby while reading...just sayin' ;)

I haven't really read much about this time period and place (Scotland in the early 1500s, the court of King James IV) but OMG, from this intro to th ...more

By Lauren May 11, 2020

Content warnings: (view spoiler)

This is a fun, quick historical polyam romance. It’s pretty much erotic romance, as there is a side plot but most of the focus is on the three charact ...more

By Peggy May 11, 2020

When King James IV brought home his very young English wife, Lady Janet, the king’s favorite former mistress; Lachlan Ross, one of the kings most trusted warriors and his friend; and Lady Marjorie Hepburn, his new ward are sent away from Stirling Castle to a new estate granted to Lady Janet. Lady Ja ...more

By Courtney May 05, 2020

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

While I’ve spoken about issues with sexual content in previous reviews, Nicola Davidson has yet to steer me wrong in this regard, so I had no fear in enthusiastically picking up her latest, Scandalous Passion ...more

By Jordan May 14, 2020

I think any quibbles I had that knock this down to a 3.5 would have been solved if this was a longer story. This is a story with three main characters and a lot of sex, so I felt that the development of the romance suffered a bit. For a poly relationship to work for me (at least when all three peopl ...more

By Alexis-Morgan May 18, 2020

This new to me author has rise to the ranks of autobuy - and I really do not "do" historical romance anymore. I kinda gave up on menage about a decade ago, but this is menage done right. There are sexy scenes to be sure - it is erotica - but it is erotica done right. The sexy is integral to the stor ...more

By Joanna May 18, 2020

Nicola Davidson can always be trusted to create extremely sexy stories, and this one—in particular, the dynamic among this trio—does not disappoint. While being steamy, Scandalous Passions also manages to deliver a number of effective emotional beats as well that really make these relationships work ...more

By Claire May 14, 2020

Thank you to NetGalley and Nicola Davidson for allowing me to read an ARC copy.

I loved this book! Set in Scotland in the early 1500’s, this MFF romance novel is full of steamy scenes. The time era adds to the allure as a young virgin trapped in a convent for most of her life and the Kong’s champion ...more

By Janet May 07, 2020

Lady Janet Fraser is a former mistress of King James IV, she’s content to live her life from pleasure to pleasure & to stay at court but when the King brings his new Tudor wife home, he gives Janet an estate in St Andrews. She’s also given a ward, Lady Marjorie Hepburn, a convent-raised virgin & dau ...more

By Tammy May 11, 2020

Lady Janet Fraser is considered Scotland’s most notorious sinner and content to live her life from pleasure to pleasure even if those people are considered forbidden. Sir Lachlan may have the nickname The Highland Beast but he becomes easily tamed while submitting to Lady Janet. Lady Margorie was ra ...more

By Jill May 11, 2020

This is an erotic romance, set in the 1500’s in Scotland, where Sir Lachlan Ross is ordered, by King James, to protect Lady Janet and Marjorie. Along the way a sexual relationship between the three of them develops and an unexpected love is found. There is danger when they defy the Queen’s orders an ...more

By Megs May 12, 2020

Loved the first book in this new series from Nicola Davidson! The romance was lush, but I especially loved how well-researched the novel was. The plot, relationship, and eventual outcome felt totally believable in the context of 16th century Scotland, and the small details (egg yolks!) made the tale ...more

By Candy May 06, 2020

I have never read a romance book in medieval times like this one. I must say I was a little surprised but read on. It was interesting. It was very steamy. It was easy to read because of how well it was written. The Characters were unusual but considering the tale they seemed realistic. Lady Janet wa ...more

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Nicola Davidson

About the author

Nicola Davidson

New Zealander Nicola Davidson always adored words, romance and history, so writing historical romance was a logical career, eventually. After completing a communications degree and journalism diploma she left to teach English in Taiwan and travel through Asia before returning home to work in television. Jobs in tertiary education, local government communications and print media followed, but the lords and ladies in her head wouldn't hold their peace a moment longer and so began the years of professional daydreaming. When not chained to a computer writing wickedly sexy, witty and twisty turny stories, Nicola can be found ambling along a beach, cheering on the champion All Blacks rugby team or driving her nearest and dearest batty with her history geekisms, chocolate hoarding and complete lack of domestic skills.

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