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There are some steamy and/or rough scenes, suitable for late and mature teens.
Evie is rearing her nephew Nicholas because his mother Linnie is deceased. Spencer has sworn to look after his cousin Ian's son from Linnie. Through no apparent fault of her own Evie has returned from a lost position in Barbados, a situation in which the victim also gets the blame. Evie is posing as Mrs. Cross, her nephew's mother. Spencer is becoming a viscount and doesn't want to look for a debutante wife. He rushes Evie into a quick Scotland wedding to take care of Nicholas and have a wife. The rest of the story is spent revealing past bad history complicated by reluctance to reveal problems in a timely manner. For example, Evie doesn't want to be called Linnie. (Come on! Spencer! Put your thinking cap on! Duh!) There is the usual temper tantrum at the end with overdue revelations and better acceptance and reconciliation. (Hey! This is a romance! A Happily Ever After (HEA) is required!)
I know basically every romance novel we can complain how slow it goes, how the characters hemmed and hawed and worried themselves/poor communication/misunderstandings to death, but this one really WAS too much of it. They about broke through something (either sex or honesty) but then didn't too many times. I agree there wasn't much character development, but i think that's pretty much the standard for this genre. The sex was good though and the last 25% basically was the only time the book felt like there was a plot actually moving along. I still wouldn't discourage it for a read.
In Scandal They Wed is a sequel to Sins of A Wicked Duke and the Penwich School for Virtuous Girls. In Scandal They Wed could stand-alone, but I recommend also reading Sins of A Wicked Duke.
Evie's half-sister Linnie was compromised. Evie was with her sister when she delivered a healthy baby boy. Her stepmother Georgianna insisted that the baby be left on a doorstep at a foundling home. Linnie's mother wouldn't allow her daughter to keep the baby. An unwed mother is ruin. Evie said she would take the baby and raise him as her own child.
Nicholas's father Ian was killed in Crimea. He wanted to marry Linnie and he mailed her many times. However, Georgianna kept the letters from Linnie. She wanted her daughter to marry a man with a title and wealth. Before Ian died, he begged his cousin Spencer to take care Linnie and his child.
Evie raised Nicholas as her own child. She moved out into the country to stay away from London's gossip. If anyone knew she was an unwed mother raising a child, she would be ostracized from the town and labeled as a strumpet. Evie lived with her aunt who was erratic. As far as the town folks knew, she was a widow.
Spencer came home from the war after five years. He went looking for Linnie and Ian's child. He came unannounced to see Evie and the child. But thinking it was Linnie. While he was in the field fighting he thought of Linnie. That's what kept him alive. When Spencer came back home to London he wanted to see Linnie and the child. Spencer was to go home take his title as the Viscount. Ian talked so much about Linnie that Spencer fell in love with a fantasy.
In Scandal They Wed was an easy story line to get into. I read it in one day. This wasn't a mystery or drama. It was about a cousin fulfilling his cousin's last wish before he died in his arms. Evie was raised in Penwich School for Virtuous Girls, because her stepmother didn't want her around. She wouldn't allow her father or stepmother to put Linnie's baby on a doorstep of a foundling home.
Everything about Spencer is triggering, annoying, primitive and I want to go into the book and shoot him myself and kill him. I hated his deliberate cruelty towards Evie.. A lot of the intimate scenes had me wanting to smack his mouth. I loved every other character especially the Penwich girl’s friendships but Spencer!!!
I'm a huge fan of Sophie Jordan having read all her books...this seemed a missed opportunity. One needs to overcome the disappointment that she didn't balance the characters of Evie & Spencer nor develop the plot in a timely manner. Thereby, missing numerous opportunities to enhance the story. The premise was so good that it could have been extended to include blackmail by Evie's stepmother- which I kept expecting. But, the stepmom just acts vicious & stupid because her actions didn't result in any personal benefit.
Instead, it highlighted that EVIE could be pretty dense & overact the 'suffering mother angle'. Additionally, her character went from extreme courage to unfounded fears & ill placed guilt!
SPENCER on the other hand was not very likeable when he overdid the being hard, the CRUEL actions & the being the injured party & self involved! I also don't like when the guy drops the ball & uses the avoidance tactic nor when the girl is afraid of her own shadow if she is honest. I found the scenes were mostly drab..Evie never had a decent outfit, etc. A major flaw was that the story never really addressed any scandal? It barely involved other elements-like Spencer's stepmom, nor society, nor his titled position...it's like the author didn't know how to bring it all together on a larger scale. Evie & Spencer's interactions lacked development within the broader context. The sexual tension was good, but the first coming together was done LACKING TOTAL ROMANCE & was a big disappointment!!! Still, the overall sex was good. This story leaves one lacking and the end was exceedingly rushed! Just an OK read!
Ridiculous plot. After being trapped in a basement with rats, terrified and traumatized, she decides this is moment to bestow her maidenhead. Really? In a totally dark, dirty, cellar? On the floor, no less. This could have been a decent plot, but it was astonishingly bad.