Thursday, April 17, 2014

After the Scandal by Elizabeth Essex

After the Scandal (The Reckless Brides, #4)
Release date: March 25, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: The Reckless Brides #4

In English society, the rules of engagement have stood the test of time. Until a Reckless Bride falls deeply, scandalously in love…


When Lady Claire Jellicoe agreed to a walk in the moonlight, she never imagined her titled companion might have brutal motives. Nor could she have dreamed up such a brave rescue by the most unexpected savior of all: an inscrutable nobleman with a daring plan of escape—and a deliciously tempting embrace…


Timothy Evans, the Duke of Fenmore, has palmed more treasures than he can count. Even for a man who grew up thieving in London’s stews, a stolen bride should be beyond the pale. But Fenmore won’t let scandal ruin the spirited beauty’s reputation. And now that she’s stolen his heart, how can he ever let her go…?

My Rating: 5 Roses

Sweet romance, thrilling mystery, and an absolutely lovely story. After the Scandal was a fantastic historical romance. I loved this book! From beginning to end, it was just perfect.

Claire was a lovely heroine. After falling prey to a would-be rapist, she decided that she wasn't going to allow herself to be a victim of her own ignorance anymore. So, what better way to learn about the dark side of the world than investigating a murder mystery? She definitely proved herself as a strong character as the book went on. She might be a pampered society lady, but don't let that fool you. She was a force to be reckoned with. I really liked her. I thought she was wonderful.

Fenmore was amazing. He was so delightfully sweet and adorable. He spent is youth in the streets, stealing to survive, only to be plucked out of the squalor and given a dukedom. It definitely made him an interesting character. He had his own code of honor that he stood by, no matter what, and he was very protective of those he cared about. I absolutely adored him.

The romance was wonderful. Claire and Fenmore were so sweet together. I really liked how Fenmore was already so in love with Claire and he spent the book trying to win her over in between investigating a murder. He certainly had his own way of wooing that I thought was adorable. And, the chemistry between them was hot. It wasn't the main point of their relationship, but there was definitely some steaminess with these two. I thought they were a perfect couple.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. The murder mystery of very well done. It added so many thrills and kept me on the edge of my seat. I suspected partially who was behind the murder, but I definitely didn't expect the full extent of it. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.

After the Scandal was a fantastic historical romance. I absolutely loved this book! From the romance, to the mystery, it was brilliant. Romance lovers, this is a book you'll definitely want to read.

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

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