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Peek Inside The Scandalous Diary of Lily Layton

A devilish Marquess wants a wife who will not hide from his dark, carnal cravings. When he discovers a scandalous diary, he sets out to find the author, not realizing she’s off-limits to him.

The Scandalous Diary of Lily Layton

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Beneath Lily Layton’s sweet and charming exterior beats the heart of a vixen—one with shocking and scandalous secrets and desires. But as a genteel lady, she confines her forbidden fantasies, like those about her employer’s devastatingly handsome son, to her diary…until she loses it.

Oliver Carlyle, Marquess of Ambrose, has finally found the perfect wife, a woman who will not hide from his dark, carnal cravings. He just needs to figure out who she is. When he has a secret rendezvous with a mysterious stranger, suddenly he starts to believe she might be the author of the diary.

He’s determined to find out who his mystery woman is…

His biggest fear—and deepest fantasy—is she may be the one woman he cannot have.

Each book in the Sweetest Taboo series is STANDALONE:
* Sin and Ink by Naima Simone
* Passion and Ink by Naima Simone
* The Scandalous Diary of Lily Layton by Stacy Reid


“If you like your love scenes SCORCHING HOT, then you do not want to miss this book.” -Tracy E., Goodreads

“Stacy Reid is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. She writes an intriguing plot with dashes of humour and poignancy perfectly balanced. The sex scenes are scorching and fit in perfectly with the overall story.” -Rebecca K., Goodreads

The Scandalous Diary of Lily Layton is a scorching hot read. Stacy Reid always delivers engaging stories and Lily and Oliver’s romance is no exception.” -Wit and Sin Blog

The Scandalous Diary of Lily Layton is hot, hot, hot! I love Stacy Reid's novels. Her books are super steamy with lively characters, emotion and lots of sexiness.” -amanda R., Goodreads

“Yowza! Stacy Reid has the corner on historical romance but her latest delve into erotica may also be her forte.” -Laura G., Goodreads

“What a scorcher! Such a brilliant story, too. Stacy Reid brings the heat along with an intricate story that I couldn’t put down.” -Courtney H., Goodreads

Oh Boy what a HOT story!!! I fell in love with Lily and Oliver from the start and did not want this story to end. It was that GOOD. The writing was spotless. The pace very smooth. The ending brought me to tears. The characters development amazing. This book is now going in my favourite pile. Definitely a Keeper.” -Sandy N., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640636101
Series: Sweetest Taboo Series, Book 3
Release Date: Feb 18, 2019
Page Count: 246
Imprint: scorched
Genre: erotic historical, erotic romance, historical regency
Tropes: across the tracks, forbidden love/off limits, opposites attract

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By MG January 25, 2019

4 1/2 fogged-up-my-kindle stars!.

First of all, it is worth noting that Stacey Reid is one of my favorite HR authors because she always delivers an interesting plot line with some serious smut (my two requirements for optimal enjoyment of romance novels). I have read all of her books, and I was thril ...more

Audio...5 stars
Story....4 stars ...more

By Carvanz February 03, 2019

Oh, this was sooo good! I loved the whole idea of a lost diary that held scandalous secrets and desires, one that is found by a man who longs for a woman to share his own darkest yearnings. Add to that the fact that these two meet in anonymity and neither knows the other. It was quite delicious.

Lily ...more

By Mahima June 12, 2020

*** 4.5 stars ***
This is a very beutiful kinda short story of a Marquess who falls in love with a lady who has some scandalous sexual desires. He don't know who she is but he learnt everything from her lost diary. He is partly in love with her when he met her for the first time and they made scandal ...more

By Sarah January 23, 2019

Holy hell was this book hot! This is not the most historically accurate book out there but I’m not a stickler for historical accuracy in my romance novels (except with forms of address). I enjoy the escape and being drawn into a story you can’t put down. This book delivered big time. I loved Lily an ...more

By Angela February 07, 2019

Holy cow, fan needed! First let me say that I rarely ever talk about how sensual a book is but this book - debauched, hot, yes please – all words to describe this story. Now onto what I really liked about the story. Ms. Reid’s writing is always engaging and romantic. The unconventional story drew me ...more

By Maranda January 27, 2019

Enjoyed this Erotic Love affair that lifted a widow to upper society. Reid tells a while not unusual tale but one that has interesting characters and a HEA. "Copy of this book was provided by Entangled via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my hones opinion." Other charac ...more

By Niki (mustreadalltheromance) January 22, 2020

Twice widowed Lily Layton has a sweet exterior hiding shocking desires, which she has been told are sinful, so she only releases these forbidden desires to the pages of her diary. She is devastated when she loses the diary and fears her secrets could be revealed, especially her desires specifically ...more

By Nhi October 27, 2020

5 steamy sexy beautiful gorgeous sensual stars!!! Gosh, my next erotic historical romance read turned out to be just as amazing as the last one. This is the first time that I’ve read a book by Stacy Reid (I didn’t know she is a Jamaican author until I saw her photo and read her profile, which is inc ...more

By Kimberly February 03, 2019

Reviewed for Wit and Sin

Lily Layton is a widow twice over who has never known true passion. She’s been taught that what she yearns for is wrong, but that doesn’t keep her from writing down her deepest desires in her diary. It’s a perfectly safe escape…until she loses it.

Oliver Carlyle, Marquess ...more

By ChasingLeslie October 24, 2020

Oliver Carlyle, Marquess of Ambrose, is seeking a that won't shy away from his darkest sexual cravings. When he finds an explicit diary at a his house party, he's determined to ferret out which woman it could have written it. Young widow Lily Layton has never been sexually fulfilled. She' ...more

By Tracy February 03, 2019

4.5 stars Wow! Just Wow...I was hooked by the dedication of this book and then the story just blew me away!

Oliver Carlyle, the Marquess of Ambrose is hosting a house party at his estate in hopes of finding a bride, his mother has invited several worthy candidates and he knows he should be meeting th ...more

By Elodie February 10, 2019

This is not my usual read, I’m not really in erotica romance, I read some but most were like a pile of sex scenes with nothing short to a story to bring them together, while here and despite all the steamy scenes, I didn’t felt like I was reading an erotica, it has scorching moments but they were pa ...more

By Lori February 18, 2019

Prepare to get a cold compresses and put the fan on because the pages of the story will almost burn your fingers! Stacy Reid has created another sizzling romance that takes two people who are not of the same class and brings them together unexpectedly, in a most unconventional way. Lily was a a comp ...more

By Monique February 18, 2019

Oliver Carlyle, the marquess of Ambrose, has finally decided it is time he got married. To this purpose, his mother has organised a house party where he might find a suitable bride. Oliver is a romantic at heart, but dispairs of ever finding a wife who would accept his preferred type of bedsport. Wh ...more

By Norah February 03, 2019

I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. The Scandalous Diary of Lily Layton written by Stacy Reid is the third book in Entangled Publishings Sweetest Taboo Series. This one is a historical and the other two are modern so they definitely can be read as ...more

By Bec March 31, 2019

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Oliver Carlyle, the Marquess of Ambrose, is looking for a wife. However, the only woman he wants is the mysterious woman whose diary he’s found and read, which contains the naughtiest of fantasies; fantasies he’d love to fulfil if he can uncover the women’s identi ...more

By Joan September 05, 2019

This was a very steamy yet poignant story. Lily Lady is a commoner and a widow twice over and her second marriage her husband berated her for wanting to explore her carnal side and disappointed that she is apparently barren. Lilly is now working as a lady’s companion and she keep a diary of her most ...more

By Aisha January 26, 2019

I received a free copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book. It was definitely hot. I enjoyed the story and the characters. The end felt a little abrupt but overall it was good. ...more

By Cathy February 16, 2019

The Scandalous Diary of Lily Layton by Stacy Reid

Simon Carlyle, 9th Marquess of Ambrose has found a diary that has him intrigued. He would LOVE to find the woman who wrote it as she seems made for him. He is in the market for a wife and wants to be true to her...but...he also wants to have a wife wh ...more

By Elaine May 03, 2019

Super sexy story. I loved this - so erotic. 5☆ ...more

By LOU71 April 28, 2019

The Scandalous Diary of Lily Layton is worth five naughty stars. Secret rendezvous, a missing sensual diary, and scorching attractions are the alluring elements of this historical romance. Erotic in word and action, this story was well-paced, interesting, and unpredictable. The Epilogue was brillian ...more

By Amanda February 04, 2019

The Scandalous Diary of Lily Layton is hot, hot, hot! I love Stacy Reid's novels. Her books are super steamy with lively characters, emotion and lots of sexiness. Very high heat level in this book.
Lily, a twice-widowed companion, has dreamed of a lover who will make her burn. She writes all of her ...more

By Kindle Reads March 02, 2019

A real historical romance with erotic scenes

As a fan of Reid's, I know three things. One, she can write intriguing historical love stories. She writes well above the usual level expected from erotic romances. And three, this wasn't one of her best works.

Compared to most erotic historical romances, t ...more

By Zena April 13, 2019

Loved it!
I loved the story, the characters, the way Lily came to terms with her past marriage and felt free enough to write down all her most personal desires. One thing a person should not do if one writes them down is to lose the diary and she did.
It was found by Oliver and he just has to find out ...more

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Stacy Reid

About the author

Stacy Reid

Stacy is an avid reader of novels with a deep passion for writing. She especially loves romance and adores writing about people falling in love. Stacy lives a lot in the worlds she creates and actively speaks to her characters (out loud). She has a warrior way, never give up on her dreams. When Stacy is not writing, she spends a copious amount of time drooling over Rick Grimes from Walking Dead, watching Japanese anime and playing video games with her love, Dusean Nelson.

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