Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Prelude to a Scandal by Delilah Marvelle

From Goodreads: Having been raised in the jungles of South Africa, assisting her father in the study of mammal copulation, Lady Justine Fedora Palmer sweeps back into London to embark upon her coming out. She quickly discovers animals are far more civilized than the men surrounding her. 

When her father's observations are made public, proving buggery is natural to the animal kingdom, all of London is in a huffing outrage, including His Royal Majesty. Her father is imprisoned and slapped with outrageous penalty fees they simply cannot pay. 

Lady Justine becomes more than willing to trade her good name and her place in London's gossip hungry society to secure her father's release. There is only one person she knows she can trust: her father's patron, the Duke of Bradford. A dashing libertine, yes, but one she passionately adores for his unwavering kindness, wit, humor, and a willingness to support her father's studies even as everyone else had laughed her father off. 

To her astonishment, the Duke of Bradford is not the same man. His newly marred face hides a scandal that is about to test them both...

I was pleasantly surprised to find that this book was funny, Justine and Bradford get along well and treat each other as equals. They are both witty and say some of the most hilarious lines I've ever read in a Romance novel. Bradford turns out to be a sex addict, this ends up causing more than enough problems for them both. Justine is patient but has a firm hand in helping him with this "problem". I was glad to read that Bradford himself thinks it's an issue and tries to control his urges and be loyal to Justine, it gives him at least some dignity. He at one point secluded himself in his home and sent away all female servants to avoid temptation, until he decides to offer Justine marriage in exchange for his help to release her father from prison. It was an interesting story and was executed beautifully.

I give this book 4 owls!

1 comment:

  1. The cover is really beautiful, especially the dress. I'm surprised to find such humor in this book. Most romance tales focus on the hot and heavy. Kind of refreshing.


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