Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Scandal of It All by Sophie Jordan

It takes two to make a scandal…

What kind of woman ventures into London’s most notorious pleasure club? An outsider like Graciela, the Duchess of Autenberry, snubbed time and time again by society because of her Spanish roots. Ela longs to take a lover for a single, wild night, and within the walls of Sodom there are gentlemen to suit every forbidden taste. If only she were not so drawn to the smoldering Lord Strickland…a dangerous man who sees beyond her mask, and could ruin her reputation with a mere whisper.

Lord Strickland never permitted himself to fantasize about the sultry, off-limits lady, but then he never expected to find Ela in a place so wicked, looking for what he’s more than too happy to give. She may not be to the ton’s taste, but she suits him perfectly. First, however, he must convince her to trust in this dangerous desire—and in the promise of forever unleashed by one wild, scandalous night.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

5 Holy Chemistry, Batman Stars

I read The Scandal of It All as a standalone without any confusion. However, I do plan on going back and reading the first in the series, and am highly anticipating the upcoming installments.

There is a heavy taboo theme weaving through the novel, lending a yummy, decadent quality. A guilty pleasure read I couldn't put down.

As a widow, who pretended she had a happy marriage to her much older husband, Ele played pretend for her daughter, stepson, and her husband's illegitimate older son. With the death of her friend, she decides she needs more out of life after being an innocent widow for over a decade. She ventures to Sodom with another of her widowed friends, a den of hedomism...

The heat, tension, and angst brought during her escapade was explosive.

To hide from her stepson, Colin comes to the rescue. Naughty, because older widows do not bed their stepson's best friends, in a culture where Colin ought to be with someone a decade younger, innocence intact, without nearly grown childen – a woman in her prime who can birth many heirs.

Amongst the angsty yumminess is medical and social ignorance, along with a stepdaughter who wants the object of her stepmother's affections, and a stepson who isn't taking any of this lightly, with a grandmother who wants many male heirs from a much younger bride.

The epilogue instantly made me wish I had the next in the series, and many more after that. I read the entirety of the novel with heated cheeks and a smile on my face, sometimes squirming in my seat, and other times white-knuckling my Kindle.

Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Scandal of It All (The Rogue Files #2) by Sophie Jordan to read and review.

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