Monday, December 6, 2010

Once Upon a Scandal by Delilah Marvelle

From Goodreads: London and Venice -- 1829 
Lady Victoria Jane Emerson's girlish notions were left behind when she is deserted by her first love, Lord Remington, without a backward glance. Five years later, she is being forced to choose a husband by her father who is dying from an unspeakable disease that has obliterated the last of his mind. Though Victoria must marry out of duty, she has vowed to marry a man who will never break her heart. 

Jonathan Pierce Thatcher, Viscount Remington, has returned home to London from Venice, free of all his family's debts but is unable to forget the incredible Victoria he was forced to abandon as a means of protecting her from a scandal that had destroyed his life. 

To his astonishment, Victoria's dying father has chosen Jonathan and two others to vie for Victoria's hand. 

Before Jonathan can convince Victoria he'd be a worthy husband, he has to convince himself he is no longer the man he left behind in Venice. 

Victoria finds herself falling for the only man she will ever love...for a second time. But when she unearths the truth about the life Jonathan has been living in Venice, her heart is about to be tested. Again.

What can I say, I loved this book as much as the first in the Scandal series (Prelude to Scandal) I now consider myself a huge Delilah Marvelle fan! This book wasn't as funny, but it was still *scandalously* enjoyable. Jonathan came across as such an honest guy, he really takes his responsibilities to his family seriously. It is for this reason he and Victoria are separated. I couldn't help but feel so bad for them, to be separated just when things were becoming sweet between them... but it happens. When Jonathan returns Victoria at first rejects him, but Jonathan is persistent and he receives the full support of some surprising characters. I love that Delilah writes strong heroines, Victoria is no exception, she just wants to be happy. Another great read in the Scandal series!

I give this book 4 owls!


  1. Hey girl. What a great review! I've been getting into more historical romances lately, and I will definitely put this author on my TBR list. I look at these covers and think, "Man I need a dress like that, and then I need somewhere to wear it to!"

  2. Is this part of your historical romance challenge? enjoyed the review.

  3. found your site on today and really liked it.. i bookmarked it and will be back to check it out some more later

  4. Me too! I've definitely become a huge and dedicated Delilah Marvelle fan after this read. Happy to read that you enjoyed it as much as I did!


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