The earl of Banallt is no stranger to scandal. But when he meets Sophie Evans, the young wife of a fellow libertine, even he is shocked by his reaction. This unconventional and intelligent woman proves to be far more than an amusing distraction-- she threatens to drive him to distraction. Unlike the women who usually fall at Banallt's feet, and into his bed, Sophie refuses to be seduced. And soon Banallt desires her more than ever-- and for more than an illicit affair.
Years later, the widowed Sophie is free, and Banallt is determined to win the woman he still loves. Unfortunately, she doesn't believe his declaration of love and chivalrous offer of marriage-- her heart has already been broken by her scoundrel of a husband. And yet, Sophie is tempted to indulge in the torrid affair she's always fantasized about. Caught between her logical mind and her long-denied desire, Sophie must thwart Banallt's seduction-- or risk being consumed by the one man she should avoid at all costs...
Scandal is an intriguing read. The beginning introduces us to two characters with a shared history. Readers’ interests will pique early at the hints of estranged love and betrayal that Carolyn Jewel drops. Time flashes back and forth from Sophie and Banallt’s past to their present without revealing the truth of their past separation. Jewel deftly weaves a romantic page turner.
I loved the complexity of the Scandal characters and the unusual circumstances under which they met. Overall, Scandal was a wonderful and satisfying romantic read.*
*NOTE: Scandal is clearly a romance novel of the more adult variety. It is not for younger readers or for those who feel uncomfortable reading about mature situations.
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