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A Scandalous Deal by Joanna Shupe

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

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A Scandalous Deal

A Scandalous Deal by Joanna Shupe
by Joanna Shupe
Series: The Four Hundred #2
Published by Avon
on April 24th, 2018
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 382
Format: e-book
Source: edelweiss
Rating: 3 Stars



They call her Lady Unlucky...

With three dead fiancés, Lady Eva Hyde has positively no luck when it comes to love. She sets sail for New York City, determined that nothing will deter her dream of becoming an architect, certainly not an unexpected passionate shipboard encounter with a mysterious stranger. But Eva's misfortune strikes once more when she discovers the stranger who swept her off her feet is none other than her new employer.

Or is it Lady Irresistible?

Phillip Mansfield reluctantly agrees to let the fiery Lady Eva oversee his luxury hotel project while vowing to keep their relationship strictly professional. Yet Eva is more capable--and more alluring--than Phillip first thought, and he cannot keep from drawing up a plan of his own to seduce her.

When a series of onsite "accidents" make it clear someone wants Lady Unlucky to earn her nickname, Phillip discovers he's willing to do anything to protect her--even if it requires a scandalous deal...

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Joanna Shupe’s A Scandalous Deal had it’s ups and downs, but overall, it did make for a somewhat enjoyable read.


I liked the heroine, but the hero….?

I really enjoyed how this story started out. Lady Eva is a character who had gumption and drive to make something of herself. Even if she was still in her Father’s shadow. The meet cute between her and Phillip was amusing and sexy.

I wasn’t amused by how his character did a complete 360 from the time Eva meets him on the ship, to when she meets him again on land. I could not justify why such a charming character could turn into a jerk. The author did introduce the theme of sexism from the beginning and highlighted the hardships, and also the achievements women started to do in the Gilded Age. However, Philip, although not completely sexist (maybe just scared of a woman who was smart? Like almost every other male character introduced in this story?), was hard to like, for me. While Eva’s character did remain constant, Philip’s backstory of being lied to, was a little weak.

One other thing I could say about this story is that there were a lot of sex scenes. Yes, I appreciate some good steam from the couples, but seriously some of the scenes went on for far too long and I felt like there wasn’t enough suspense from the main plot to really pull this one together.


What I did like…

There were some really funny quotes from Eva.


“You are exceedingly handsome. Even when we first met I thought you were perfectly lickable.”
“Did you say ‘likable’ or ‘lickable’?”


A definite memorable first kiss scene.

Eva and Philip were actually perfect for each other. The attraction was feasible and their personalities did complement.

I did enjoy the author’s writing style. This was my first Joanna Shupe novel and although I didn’t read the previous book in the series, it did not effect the storyline of this one.

How many love scenes in a story is too many?


About Joanna Shupe

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Award-winning author Joanna Shupe has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. While in college, Joanna read every romance she could get her hands on and soon started crafting her own racy historical novels. She now lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband.

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Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I thought for the time period Phillip was rather forward thinking. While I am glad you enjoyed aspects, I am sorry the romance didn’t quite work for you.

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Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

I don’t mind a little steam but if I’m stumbling over a sex scene every 3rd page I start getting a little annoyed. I don’t like the hero having the personality change -I agree that seems hard to buy. And while I know it’s historically accurate I’m not sure how much I could root for a HEA where the hero is either afraid of or resents the heroine’s intelligence.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I just bought the first book in this series. I am a little disappointed to hear that this one wasn’t better for you. I don’t like it when characters suddenly change either so I completely understand.

Mary Kirkland

I don’t mind sex scenes but the story has to be good for there to be many of them.

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