The Scandalous Flirt
Cinderella Sisterhood #6
“Scandal begins with just one kiss. . .
Aurora Paxton was once the belle of the ball, the most sought-after debutante of the season―until a scandalous mistake ruined her. Shunned by her family, Rory was banished to the country to live in disgrace. Now she’s been summoned back to London by her stepmother, who is being blackmailed by the least likely person Rory can imagine: Lucas Vale, Marquess of Dashell.
Lucas is someone Rory’s known for years―a man as devastatingly handsome as he is coldly disapproving of her. What in the world could he want from her or her family? Rory intends to find out as soon as she comes face to face with her old foe. What she never expects, however, is that the icy aristocrat has a soft spot for her―and a secret plan to redeem her status. Could it be that Lucas has been in love with Rory all along… and has finally found a way to win her heart?”
I wanted to really like this book, but after much thought, I give it a meh. I enjoyed the plot for the most part but had issues with the scandal, the eight years, and the insta-love.
The scandal was just dumb. SPOILER: The novel stated that those who witnessed the scandal were her father and the butler. I feel like that is something that could have been brushed under the rug, not something that merited exile.
Second, there are eight years in which the heroine is in exile. That is a LONG time. I feel it was extremely excessive to have that big of a time difference.
Lastly, this was too much insta-love, particularly on Rory’s side. I feel like relationships take time, and this happened over the course of a single week.
Aside from that, it was a mildly entertaining plot.
About the Author
“Shortly after graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in journalism, Olivia Drake sold her first novel two weeks after sending it to a publisher. She now lives in Texas in a cozy cottage with a feisty cat, a loving husband, and two wonderful daughters who still come back whenever they want a home-cooked meal.
Many of you already know Olivia as Barbara Dawson Smith, author of 24 historical romance novels. She is a New York Times bestseller and winner of numerous honors, including the Golden Heart Award and the coveted Rita Award for excellence in the historical romance genre.”
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.