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Piers Granville is a spy and staying in Lord Vernon's country estate as the man is suspected of some underhanded activities. Piers is there to investigate his affairs undercover before the Crown gives him ( Vernon)a diplomatic post in Australia. Charlotte Highwood seeks him out in the library to warn him that her mother will be throwing Charlotte quite blatantly in his path in order to make a match and that he should not fall prey to it as she is not interested. Their meeting is interrupted as they hear footsteps outside and they both dive in behind the window seat curtain in a tight embrace. The people(they are not able to see who they were), are there to have sex as is evident by the sounds and grunts that they hear behind the curtain. And just like that, the attraction between the two begins. I laughed so much as the scene was described that I instantly bought the book. There were a few laughs but nothing out of the ordinary in the story line. The attraction between the protagonists keeps growing and they end up doing it several times in several places. The mystery lovers are revealed towards the end. And everything is wrapped up. There is nothing new here that a romance addict like me hasn't read. I found the hero a little cheesy and not exactly spy material. The way he has no control over his desires (eye roll) and is all over the heroine. It feels unnatural for the character. He hardly behaves in a distinguished manner that I would expect from a spy of 10 years service. He should be more cautious and circumspect about his doings (of head and heart both). The heroine is good. Bright and witty and pretty, like she should be. Overall it can be skipped for this amount.
The chemistry was nice between the characters and I liked Charlotte a lot. I wasn't as convinced by Piers deep dark secrets which where quickly given up and I found her confidence a bit unbelievable at times. I would have liked a bit more revenge against her best friends sister and definitely a little more keeping with the social rules of the time and clothing etc
Nice to see Piers and Charlotte get a story, and to get a glimpse of some of the stars of previous Castles Ever After and Spindle Cove stories. The central mystery turned out to be a bit flimsy in the end, so don't expect too much from that, but overall it was a solid afternoon's read.
This one? Aaaargh, hard to rate. Full stars for witty dialogues and steamy scenes (both are d*** hard to write and Tessa Dare excels at both!) but 2.5 stars off for the wounded hero trope. It's not the author's fault, really, it isn't. She writes well, Piers is believable and lovable and attractive and all but that thing in his past that has hardened his heart forever? (Don't want to name it because... spoilers.) Yeuch. And along comes this one woman, beautiful but unaware, innocent but not simpering, and if she just loves him enough the hardened heart will soften and open up. Yawn.
Again, this is not the author's fault. I probably read too much and while there are tropes that I enjoy reading for the umptieth time (hey, most of it's been here before), the Wounded Hero is not one of them. It can make sense in some contexts and sometimes I find myself OK with it but most of the time I find myself thinking, "that was ages ago, mate, deal with it like a grown-up and move the f**k on" and "no, gurrl, you can't love him enough to change him, it doesn't work like that". So that took some of the fun away for me.
And yet, I'd recommend Scandal to all romance lovers out there. Tessa Dare is simply a very good writer and story-teller and despite the fact that I rolled my eyes each time Piers' traumatic experience came up, I still enjoyed reading the book. What's more, the solution of the mysterious tryst made me laugh out loud - so obvious and yet so, well, not unthinkable but unusual for your average romance setting.
So. 5 stars for dialogue and sexy, 2.5. stars off for wounded hero but I'm still giving 3 stars for great writing and entertainment value.
I get it, the hero does not want to open his heart chambers for 'love', though his actions say otherwise. The heroine will settle for nothing less than his romantic declaration in order to accept his hand of marriage.
It was still tiresome for me as a reader. How many hundreds of books have I read with a similar storyline? But I digress.
The unexceptional story is saved by a some hilarious scenes and well worth a read for this if nothing else.
J'ai mis trois étoile car cette romancière a un bon style d'écriture. Mais le livre m'a un peu déçu. Tessa Dare m'avait habitué à mieux. On ne retrouve pas l'humour habituel de cette auteure. L'histoire est assez banale et la psychologie des personnages trop superficielle. Quelques scènes un peu "hot", à la fin n'en font pas un bon roman.
The first encounter between the H and the h was so hilarious I was literally snorting. It was a great beginning to a lovely romance between the archetypal brooding hero and fair-minded wallflower.
But his acceptance of her emotionally was never explained and came too fast. The reader just has to accept that he saw enough of her character and beauty to love her from one shared moment, despite the fact that he is a cold, brooding hero who has had no interest in marriage for years now.
They are thrown together suddenly, and the h literally drops all her other dreams and throws her other plans out the window to fall in love with the H. At a house party, it was really incredulous how often and how long they were actually able to get it on. Practically every chapter had them going at it like sex-crazed bunnies without anyone noticing. The reader was led to believe in the beginning they were level-headed people, but alas...
This book showed me that it's possible to have too much "sexy times" in a romance novel. Who'd have thought?
He does something rather unforgivable in the third arc, but the h is so eager to forgive him she was angry for a minute and decided it was better to be in his bed. Who cares about what she wanted before? Independence, love, adventure, friendship and self-worth are really overrated.
I was able to finish it, so that's something, I guess.
This narration was okay, not as entertaining or spot on as some of the others in this series. I still enjoyed it and would listen to more by her.
I’ve had this one on my TBR forever it seems. I’ve also had so many friends recommend it to me so I was pretty amped to finally pull it up and dig in. And then I was disappointed. I just never felt a real connection to the characters and I can be honest and say that life was kicking my behind during the time I was listening to this one. I sincerely believe my lack of response to Charlotte and Piers was 100% “it’s not you, it’s me” thing. I had also just finished listening to The Duchess Deal by this author and narrated by Mary Jane Wells and that one left me in a happy place I resided for days! Therefore, while I will be able to mark this one on my Goodreads challenge, I’m also going to shelve it as a possible reread (not audio next time) in hopes that I find the magic everyone exclaims over it.