Friday, April 1, 2011

Review: Once Upon a Scandal by Delilah Marvelle

Lady Victoria Jane Emerson left behind her girlish notions of romance when Jonathan deserted her without a backward glance. Now the time has come when she must finally choose a husband, and she has vowed to marry someone who will never break her heart.

Jonathan Pierce Thatcher, Viscount Remington, has returned home, free of all his family's debts. Only to discover that by some miracle he has been chosen to vie for the hand of his beloved Victoria. To convince his only love to once again believe in the magic of love and the promise of desire will be his greatest challenge yet. And one he cannot fail!

The second in the Scandal series by Ms. Marvelle, these books are interconnected thanks to a "little red book" by an unknown author.

Once Upon a Scandal is difficult to review because it's not the worst book I've ever read nor is it the best.  It's middle of the road for me, a bit of an "eh" plus a shrug.  Had Jonathan's pure pursuit of Victoria not happened in the beginning, I'm not sure I would have finished it.  Victoria's father's stipulation added a lot of mystery to the middle of this story, and I was a bit surprised he was so observant, given how he lashed out at Victoria during his illness.  When Victoria and Jonathan finally reconnect and attempt to move forward with their relationship, I had hope they would come to live happily ever after.

This book was different from its predecessor in tone and execution, but again, that doesn't mean it's a bad book.  It just wasn't what I'd expected based on the notions and opinions I formed after reading Prelude to a Scandal.

(A very special thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin for providing me with an ARC of Once Upon a Scandal.)

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