Saturday, April 7, 2012

Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal by Grace Burrowes

Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal (The Duke's Daughters, #2)(Windham, #5)
Maggie Windham, oldest of the Windham sisters and a by-blow from His Grace’s pre-marital wild oats, finds herself in desperate needs of an investigator to help her retrieve a missing reticule. Benjamin Hazlit knows the Windham family secrets, and can be trusted to keep them to himself, so Maggie turns to Benjamin, though it means ignoring his too-broad shoulders, his too-knowing smile… and his too-skilled kisses. 

As Benjamin starts the search for Maggie’s missing purse, he realizes two things: First, whatever was in that purse, its loss has Maggie not just rattled, but terrified. Second, Benjamin will go to any lengths to see Maggie’s peace of mind restored, even if it means he must keep himself in very close proximity to the shy, secretive lady who says she wants nothing to do with him


Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal is a lovely story that combines sensual romance with thrilling suspense. 

The story begins with Maggie enlisting the help of investigator Benjamin Hazlit to find her reticule, which contains important items that could cause some problems. As romance between Maggie and Ben grows, so do the stakes in this scandal. 

First, let's go through the positives: 
Maggie was very self-sufficient and independent. She made her own money and lived on her own. She's determined to stay that way, even if it means turning down offers of marriage. 

Benjamin is a worth hero. He's not only sexy beyond belief but he is clever as a fox and supportive of Maggie's independence. And the sex scenes...they are fiery and passionate and oh, so delightful. 

Maggie's brothers just captured my heart with how protective they were of her, even though she's the oldest. It was the cutest thing and it made me want to give them all a hug. The rest of her family is equally sweet and it was wonderful to see them work together to fix the scandal that threatened them. 

Now, there are just a few negatives but they were enough to knock off a star. First, some parts were incredibly confusing before they were finally explained. I know I wasn't supposed to understand those parts at the time but it irritated me a little. The other problem is how stubborn Maggie was about going for help, be it from her family for from Ben. I get why she did it but still, this whole problem could have been avoided had she gotten some help to nip it in the bud. Even if she couldn't tell them until it got as serious as it did, it didn't make sense how she was still unwilling to go for help. This wasn't a huge problem but it was a bit of a nuisance. 

Otherwise, this book has it all: romance, suspense, high stakes. If you're looking for a book with all of this, then you'll love Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal. 

4/5 

Thanks to Netgalley for a copy!

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