Reviewer: Marlene Breakfield
Title: Scandal of the Season - 4th in the Spinster Club series
Author: Christie Kelly
Release Date: October 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1807 England
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Christie's Website/Blog: www.christiekelley.com
Ten Years ago Anthony Westfield, Viscount Somerton, learned a secret about his family which changed his life and hardened his heart. After learning this secret, in a drunken haze, he meets the orange seller whom he had a crush on and thinks that he might have done something unspeakable. Now, Anthony has been searching for the orange seller to try and make amends only to find her at his friends christening party after she picks his pocket. Anne Smith, who now goes by Victoria Seaton, takes in orphans and must sometimes supplement her income by picking pockets. Anthony, who sometimes works for the government, blackmails Anne into pretending to be his mistress in order to foil a plot against the Prince Regent.
This is a hard book for me to review because I enjoyed the story but never quite warmed to the hero. While I understand Anthony's pain at the discovery of his parents' betrayal, he takes it a little too far and holds on to it a little too long. When he is supposed to be making amends to Anne for his mistreatment of her in the past, Anthony ends up blackmailing her and acts like a jerk on several occasions. Eventually, Anthony does come around and acts better, but for me, it came a little to late to change my opinion of him. Anne on the other hand, is a more admirable character who has overcome her harsh beginnings and now, takes in orphans. There is a bit of mystery intertwined within the growing romance, which keeps the story moving along. The secondary characters are likable, and I hope to read Anthony's sister's story.
All in all, Scandal of the Season is an entertaining read; I just wish the hero were more to my liking.
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