Friday, March 11, 2011

Scandal of the Year

Laura Lee Guhrke

One tryst was all she wanted...

From their very first meeting, Julia knew that Aidan Carr, the oh-so-proper Duke of Trathen, had a bit of the devil in him, a devil who secretly yearned for what he could not have, a devil who harbored a desire for her. So when she needed to be caught in a compromising situation, Aidan was the answer to her prayers.

One tryst just wasn't enough...

Aidan is supposed to be looking for a bride, yet his scandalous liaison with Julia is all he can think about. Memories of kissing her skin, falling into her bed, continue to torment and tempt him. What is it about this brazen seductress that he finds so hard to resist? And how can he stop himself from falling into her bed a second time?

My Take:

Scandal of the Year is the second of book of the Abandoned at the Altar series and definitely the best so far.  While the first one, Wedding of the Season, lacked spice, Scandal of the Year did a million times better in that department.  The main character, Julia (cousin of the main character from the first book) is a very interesting and surprisingly complex character.  She is battling her attraction to her cousin's former fiance, Aiden Carr, who is of the strong and silent variety (and a Duke no less, which always sends hearts aflutter in the historical romance genre)  Anyway, the storyline is much more unconventional, as the "deed" has already been done previous to the start of the book, but that does nothing to dampen the tension between the two.  Another improvement upon the first book is that there was a villain; he was definitely in the background and I think only actually appeared in the book once, but he is the catalyst for Julia's (supposed) scandal and infamy within her social circle.  I always love watching a straight laced nice guy loosen up a bit due to the untamed beauty he finds himself attracted to, and I think Aiden fit the bill just right.  While he seemed very boring in the first book, you get inside his head in this one and are treated to an interesting surprise: he isn't all manner and formality, he thinks just as scandalous of thoughts as everyone else in a romance novel.  I think the character development and plot were fantastic in the book, it really is everything you want in a romance novel.  I highly recommend Scandal of the Year to romance lovers.  2, Border with a Coupon

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tel me how you feel!

If Scandal of the Year was a movie, it would likely be rated PG-13 for sexual content

***FTC Disclosure:  This book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***

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The Book Gatherer said...

This sounds great! And I've signed up for a challenge where I need to read a series so this could well be it! And today is my book buying today - perfect timing!

Kate the Book Buff said...

@The Book Gatherer: I hope you enjoy them! After your done reading them, make sure you come back here and let me know what you thought of them!

cole linnae said...

you are too sweet.

i love reading/am writing a book myself..

so consider the stalking mutaul!!

Kathy said...

What fun to find your blog, I too am an avid reader and look foward to your reivews and recomondations! I found you on Bloggymoms and am now a happy follower! Thanks!

amazey said...

Your newest follower via GFC.

Our Banana Moments said...

One trist is all it takes!

Hello there, stopping by from Bloggy Moms!

I look forward to following your blog.


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