Sunday, October 12, 2014

Scandal And The Duchess by Jennifer Ashley

Scandal And The Duchess (Highland Pleasures, #6.5)
Release date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Intermix
Genre: Historical (Victorian) Romance
Series: Highland Pleasures #6.5


Scandal follows Rose Barclay, young widow of the Duke of Southdown, wherever she goes. It's never her fault--honor bright--but newspapers love to write about the young woman from Scotland, and the much older duke she married, who died on their honeymoon. The duke left her with a large widow's portion, now contested by his son, who kicks Rose out of the estate's dower house and uses it to kennel his dogs.

Rose does *not* need to be found with a large, handsome Scot passed out at her feet, fueling gossips and giving her stepson more ammunition. The Scot is Steven McBride - a decorated soldier who is notorious for heavy gambling and womanizing during his leave time. Steven is happy to open his eyes and find the beautiful woman standing over him, and happy to help spirit her away. He comes up with a ruse to foil the journalists, but Rose will have to go along with his very scandalous proposal.



My Rating: 4 Roses

An enjoyable and sweet historical romance, Scandal and the Duchess was a lovely read that I really liked.

Rose was a great heroine. She kept her dignity, even as her stepson threw her out without a penny and the gossips and scandal writers tried to tear her reputation to pieces. Through it all, she wanted nothing more than to escape the confines of the scandal and was brave enough to take that chance when it came about. And, she was also a kind and likable character. I thought she was lovely.

Steven was wonderful, as well. Once he'd decided to help Rose, there was nothing that would stop him from seeing her to her happiness. He was loyal to those he loved and rather sweet when he wanted to be. I thought he was great.

The romance was sweet. I thought Rose and Steven were great together, especially with how they both couldn't care less about the gossip, as long as they were together. The romance could have been deeper, but I thought it was nice overall.

The plot didn't drag anywhere and I was kept engaged the entire way through. The mystery of what Rose's late husband had left her in the will added a nice touch. I enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.

Scandal and the Duchess was a lovely historical romance that I really liked. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.

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

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