Scandal Series #3
From Goodreads: If there is anything Tristan Adam Hargrove, fourth Marquis of Moreland, has learned to avoid, it's scandal. For the dark and dashing lord is not only an honorable gentleman who would never seduce a woman for his own gain, he is also the author of How to Avoid a Scandal, the infamous red book that has swept like wildfire through the better part of London society. When a raven-haired beauty arrives as his new neighbor, he knows better than to succumb to the desire he feels. He knows little about her—only that she is high born, a protégé of the Crown and completely unsuitable for the base passions he hides from the world. If only he had never glimpsed the vulnerable beauty one fateful night. If only her lips were not so ravishingly red. If only it were not already too late to save her and himself from the untamed passion he is about to unleash in the name of love.
The book starts with a letter to the reader, we learn about Ms. Marvelle's personal history in which she was raised in a Polish household and was part of her country's history without her knowing it. She has always wished for a Polish heroine in a historical romance, so she wrote one. That being said, this book puts the "historical" in historical romance. In this book we finally get to hear the story of the man who wrote the infamous How to Avoid a Scandal which has been featured throughout the Scandal Series. Some readers may recognize him... for those who have yet to read the previous books I will only say it is someone who played a small but very important role in the love story of another couple. While he tries to keep himself busy and avoid scandal while repressing his urge to hurt himself by way of cutting, he meets his new neighbor Zosia. She is one of the most interesting characters I have ever read. She is 'disabled' and quite the patriotic who is willing to do anything to help her country and its people. She has set her eyes on him for marriage thinking he can help her cause with his political platform. She is direct, charming, and very intelligent. Their first conversations is held at her window, at night, and she lets him know of her plans while insinuating many things a young "lady" shouldn't even think of. She was a real hoot, and a lot of fun to read. While she is funny, she also has a painful past that includes an amputation of one of her legs. Little does she know that her true past holds a lot more secrets than she could imagine. These two are perfectly suited for one another, they both carry scars of their past and while one struggles physically the other struggles mentally. I cheered Moreland on and wished for his happiness more than anything else, but will Zosia's situation as the King's protege hamper their love? This book was released today, so check it out to find out!
I give this book 5 owls!