Proper young ladies of the ton-especially ones who have very small dowries-are not encouraged to have an interest in intellectual pursuits. Indeed, the only thing they are encouraged to pursue is an eligible bachelor. So, the headstrong Sloane sisters must keep their passions a secret. Ah, but secret passions are wont to lead a lady into trouble . . .
The eldest of the three Sloane sisters, Olivia is unafraid to question the boundaries of Society-even if it does frequently land her in trouble. Disdaining the glittery world of balls and courtship, Olivia prefers to spend her time writing fiery political essays under a pseudonym for London's leading newspaper. But when her columns attract the attention of the oh-so-proper Earl of Wrexham, Olivia suddenly finds herself dancing on the razor's edge of scandal. With the help of her sisters, she tries to stay one step ahead of trouble . . .
However, after a series of madcap misadventures, Wrexham, a former military hero who is fighting for social reform in Parliament, discovers Olivia's secret. To her surprise, he proposes a temporary alliance to help win passage of his bill. Passion flares between them, but when a political enemy kidnaps the earl's young son, they must make some dangerous decisions . . . and trust that love will conquer all.
If the book was running on the merits of only the hero and heroine, this would have been a 3 star read. Scandalously Yours by Cara Elliot had a mixture of humor, suspense, and a dash of romance. Because there were scenes and conversations in this story that made me snicker and laugh out loud, I bumped my review up to 4 stars. I seriously love a story that can do that. It kind of reminded me of a Julia Quinn or a Johanna Lindsey novel.
With that being said, I really could not find my self liking Olivia and John. They were so alike in mentality and stubborness that I found their romance a bit unrealistic. Their attraction was hardly written and it seemed like they didn’t even like each other for most of the story. Both hardheaded characters were bound to make me just want to knock some sense into them both. Really, Olivia and John were of a mind not show emotions and it took forever for them to even say I love you! I can’t even remember her saying the sentiment back to him now that I think about it. UGH. Lack of emotions case in point: John and his “unlordly chortles.”
“A peer of the realm did not chortle in public.”
Okay, why the 4 stars?
Like I said earlier, I loved the humor.
“Lady Loose Screw indeed- she sounds like a complete rattlehead!”
“We call it ‘The Wedding Night-A Primer to Pizzles and Other Monstrosities.’”
Monikers abound and some sayings seemed a bit ridiculous for Regency speak, but I really loved it.
If it weren’t for John’s son and niece and Olivia’s sisters, I do believe this would have been a boring read. But their antics seriously lifted the story into an enjoyable read. I am curious about the other books in the series, since I do have the complete set; hopefully I’ll enjoy the other sisters’ stories.
A Little Note…
This does read as a standalone.
Do you like humor in your stories?