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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Prelude to a Scandal by Delilah Marvelle

Posted by Irish in Guilty Pleasure0 Comments

Publisher: Harlequin
Source: BEA 2011
Publication Date: 01 Jan 2011
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0373775377
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
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Place(s) Traveled to: London, England (1829)
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
First Line: Lady Justine Fedora Palmer knew all too well that her dear, dear father, the sixth Earl of Marwood, had always been an intelligent and upstanding, moral citizen.
Scandal Series Order
Book 1: Prelude to a Scandal

Book 3: The Perfect Scandal

To be honest before picking this book up at BEA I had never heard of Delilah Marvelle before and if she wasn’t part of the signing line at the Harlequin booth I’m not sure if this was a book I’d have picked up. I liked the cover and during our quick chat I was impressed with Marvelle’s personality so I decided to give her book a shot. I do love a good historical romance and this one had an interesting premise in which the hero is dealing with an addiction to sex. I was curious to see how this idea would play out in a historical setting. 

For the most part I liked this book but I didn’t love it. The heroine really really really annoyed me. She started off nice enough but then it seemed like every time I turned the page she was condemning the hero and saying how the marriage wasn’t going to work. Which got old. Fast. The hero was mostly likeable although he started off as a strong character and then just seemed to fizzle out as the book progressed. I also really wish that the premise of sex addiction could have been explored more. As it was I really didn’t think there was much in the plot that lead to the hero being afflicted with this condition. 

I also found it a bit odd that there were so few characters in this book. The story was very much centered around the hero and heroine and very little penetrated the bubble of their world. Except for a bit near the end where the heroine’s parents came in from left field made a declaration and then whisked the heroine away. To which I just sat there and was like….huh? But other than that there were some humorous scenes in the book and I was invested in the story enough to read the book until its conclusion.

In the end….I liked how this book started and I liked how it ended. It was parts of the middle that I could have done without. It was a quick read and while I don’t see myself running out and bullying people to read it it wasn’t terrible. I liked Marvelle’s writing style and I will be checking out some of her other books.