Setting: 1828, Regency
If there is anything Tristan Adam Hargrove, fourth Marquis of Moreland, has learned to avoid, it’s scandal. For the dark and dashing lord is not only an honorable gentleman who would never seduce a woman for his own gain, he is also the author of How to Avoid a Scandal, the infamous red book that has swept like wildfire through the better part of London society.
When a raven-haired beauty arrives as his new neighbor, he knows better than to succumb to the desire he feels. He knows little about her—only that she is high born, a protégé of the Crown and completely unsuitable for the base passions he hides from the world. If only he had never glimpsed the vulnerable beauty one fateful night. If only her lips were not so ravishingly red. If only it were not already too late to save her and himself from the untamed passion he is about to unleash in the name of love.
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*This is Book 3 in the Scandal series*
And a brilliant series has come to an end! I’ll admit this was the book I was most looking forward to, because the hero was the mysterious writer of How To Avoid a Scandal and he was hiding a dirty secret. 😉
This book was really unique in a lot of ways and very refreshing. The hero and heroine aren’t what you expect and the plot is intriguing, full of twists and so not like a typical historical romance. I really enjoyed the fast-paced, funny, steamy plot. Better yet, I enjoyed learning some history that I previously did not know about.
Our hero is Lord Moreland, who was introduced in the last book as one of that book’s heroine’s suitors. Right from the start, it’s clear he’s a real gentleman, only we soon discover he’s hiding his true self behind that civilized exterior. Won’t spoil the secret, but let’s just say our hero likes it ‘rough.’ *ahem* He might be a difficult hero to like (cause of his little secret) but essentially he is the perfect hero, ready to risk it all for his woman.
Our heroine on the other hand is openly bold, daring, feisty and in short, everything a lady isn’t supposed to be. The first time she meets our hero, she boldly announces her intention to marry him. But you gotta love a heroine who’s strong and independent. She’s also got her own little secret she’s hiding, which makes her even more lovable. She’s also Polish which is a major part of the storyline, as she wants to be able to help her country liberate itself from Russia.
This was the other thing I enjoyed about this book-the history. I felt like I learned some interesting things about Poland being under Russian rule and it was fascinating as this isn’t usually done in romances.
All in all, I’ll have to say, that this is a great romance. It’s addictive, witty, funny as hell, with real characters you can’t help but adore. The plot will keep you guessing as it jumps from point to point. The only problem I had with it, was that the hero’s ‘problem could have been explored more. I also felt like there wasn’t any closure on that point. Other than that, the book was an awesome read and you all should pick it up!
Sensuality Rating: HOT (Love scenes are explicit!)
Verdict: Great ending to a great series!
Rating: 4 and a half out of 5 stars