Monday, July 24, 2017

Virtual Tour: The Scandal of It All - Sophie Jordan

It takes two to make a scandal…

The Rogue Files #2
Sophie Jordan
Releasing July 25, 2017
Avon Books

It takes two to make a scandal…

What kind of woman ventures into London’s most notorious pleasure club? An outsider like Graciela, the Duchess of Autenberry, snubbed time and time again by society because of her Spanish roots. Ela longs to take a lover for a single, wild night, and within the walls of Sodom there are gentlemen to suit every forbidden taste. If only she were not so drawn to the smoldering Lord Strickland…a dangerous man who sees beyond her mask, and could ruin her reputation with a mere whisper.

Lord Strickland never permitted himself to fantasize about the sultry, off-limits lady, but then he never expected to find Ela in a place so wicked, looking for what he’s more than too happy to give. She may not be to the ton’s taste, but she suits him perfectly. First, however, he must convince her to trust in this dangerous desire—and in the promise of forever unleashed by one wild, scandalous night.

I used to be hugely into historical romance, it filled my bookshelves, and I would pick up a new one every time I went into a store.  Over time, though, I got burnt out.  I recently re-read some of my old favorites and rekindled that love.  So I was super excited to read The Scandal of It All by Sophie Jordan.  Now keep in mind, I haven’t read the first book so I was going into this blind.  I loved the beginning; it seemed like an auspicious beginning for a couple. 

Things though began to drag as the push-pull of the relationship began.  He’s her stepson’s best friend; she’s older than him, and the arguments as to why it just couldn’t happen get repetitive.  I get why she didn’t want to go there, but that seemed like all they talked about.  For how long they’ve known each other, I was expecting more conversation beyond the constant arguments.  And the grand declaration seemed to come out of nowhere for me.  I felt as though I was missing part of the story.  As for the characters, Lord Strickland (Colin) is arrogant, high handed, and at times rather alpha.  Graciela is more of a simpering miss than I was expecting being a widow.

There is some drama involved, there always is in historical romance, but it was somewhat low-key.  Overall, it was a light and easy read but it felt a little rushed.  I’m just not sure if I’m invested enough in the characters to continue reading.  

Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she’s the New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author of more than twenty novels. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she’s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with anything that has a happily ever after. You can visit her website for more information. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for taking the time to read and leave your review for THE SCANDAL OF IT ALL!