Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Scandal Before Christmas by Elizabeth Essex

The Scandal Before Christmas (The Reckless Brides, #3.5)
Release date: October 8, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Reckless Brides #3.5

Lieutenant Ian Worth needs a wife by Christmas, and he can't afford to be choosy. He has to find her, woo her, and wed her before he goes back to sea - all within a matter of days.

Anne Lesley is a shy spinster with no prospects, and nothing and no one to recommend her but her own self. She accepts the lieutenant’s hasty offer only for the comfort and security it will bring. But when a midwinter storm snows her and Ian in, they both find they got much more than they bargained for - daughter, light, and a Christmas filled with honest to goodness true love...

My Rating: 5 Roses

A very sweet holiday read, The Scandal Before Christmas was a wonderful historical romance novella. I really enjoyed reading this sweet book. Loved it!

Anne was shy, plain, and has been painfully aware of her flaws for her entire life. That has made her very self conscious. Add to that, living with an overbearing mother and far too many siblings, and Anne never had a chance to be herself. So, she starts off the book as very timid. But, over the course of the story, she gained confidence and proved that she had her own quiet brand of strength. By the end, I really liked her. I thought she proved herself as a heroine.

Ian was also wonderful. He came off as a bit callous and shallow at first. But, then we see that he was really sweet and very devoted to those he cared about, be it his brother or his maybe-fiance. I really liked him, as well.

The romance was super sweet. Anne and Ian were so adorable together. The romance between them was just absolutely lovely. There was a sprinkle of spice, but this was a mostly sweet read. I thought these two were a perfect couple.

The plot was well paced. I was hooked the entire way through. I really enjoyed this sweet story and the ending was just lovely.

The Scandal Before Christmas was a wonderful historical romance. I absolutely loved this holiday novella. It was fantastic. Lovers of romance, this is a novella you don't want to miss.

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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