Series: Scandalous Series #8
Published by Ava Stone on November 14th 2017
FINAL DECISION: I liked the connection between the hero and heroine but the book had too slow a start for me as it covered a lot of backstory. The resolution of a years old separation was too simple for me.
THE STORY: Major Gabriel Prideaux has returned to England to find his older brother in a lunatic asylum with much left unexplained. As he works to uncover what has happened in his absence, he has a reunion with the woman he loved and had to leave. Miss Sophia Hampton has always gone her own way. She eavesdrops at doors and dons men’s clothing in order to make her way around town. She doesn’t expect to find Gabriel again. As the two join forces, they discover that what they felt for one another is not in the past.
OPINION: I really liked the characters and the last third of the book was really good with lots of drama and character driven issues. Gabriel is a man who gave up the woman he loved (for reasons revealed in the book). He and Sophia are so perfect for one another that the story had to create an external factor keeping them apart because otherwise the story would be over too quick.
In fact, that is probably my biggest disappointment…something that kept these two apart for years was resolved too neatly. In fact, I wish the promise of these two defying everything to get together might have been more satisfying — if not as neatly a happy ending.
I found the book a bit slow to get into as there is much explanation and introduction, but once the book picks up, I couldn’t turn away. I think this book is worth reading and I might try it again with my expectations tempered by my understanding of what is happening.
The romance between these two was honorable and sweet in many ways and I really liked how Gabriel accepts and appreciates Sophia’s rascally ways.
CONNECTED BOOKS: SCANDALOUS DESTINY is the eighth book in the Scandalous series (but it takes place at the same time as book 6). While this book is a separate and self-contained romance, there are connected characters that might prompt some people to want to read the books in order. I’ve read some and not others and didn’t feel that I missed anything.
STAR RATING: I give this book 3 stars.
NOTE: I received an ARC from the author in order to provide a review. I was not required to write a review or to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.