Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: The Seduction of Scandal - 5th in the Scandals and Seductions series
Author: Cathy Maxwell
Release Date: September 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: London, 1811
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Cathy's Website/Blog: www.cathymaxwell.com
Lady Corinne Rosemont is beautiful and a sought after bride, but she is considered too high-spirited and more than a little rebellious by her parents. Especially with her constant accusations and machinations to get out of marrying Lord Freddie Sherwin. He is also the catch of the season; but being a good catch doesn’t mean he’s a good man. He’s really a lecherous man without honor and it’s the lack of honor that bothers Corinne the most.
So when she decides to sneak away in order to miss her wedding, she’s stunned to discover herself with the most notorious highwayman, The Thorn. There’s a lot more questions than answers with her discovery of the true identity of the most wanted man in England. She uses her rebellion to strike a bargain. If the Thorn will hide her until after her wedding, she will not expose him. But keeping the attraction that sparks between them hidden is harder than keeping secrets.
Will he be able to keep her hidden and will she be able to maintain his secret? Or will the truth come out and destroy both of them?
Lady Corinne may have some harsh nicknames, but she is not the heartless person she is made out to be. In fact, she has more heart than most. Sometimes, I think it’s her incredible gift of caring and kindness that she masks with an unflappable exterior. She feels the pain of others so greatly that she hides it behind a façade of no emotion.
The Thorn is a total enigma. He surprised me at every turn. His identity was so far from whom I thought it was that I couldn’t believe it. I want to be so careful not to give you any clues that would ruin the surprise. There are so many facets to his character and personality that it took the whole book to explore who he is and how he thinks. It was incredible to see how he reconciles the duality of what he is doing as the Thorn with his real life experiences.
There are some really exciting twists and turns in this story. And just when I thought it was resolved and over, even more surprises occur. I began to despair at the end of the book because I couldn’t find any way—in my mind—that the issues could be resolved. I found Cathy Maxwell’s conflict and resolution to be one of the most engaging storylines I’ve read in a long while. This charming story turned me into a Cathy Maxwell fan. I’m looking forward to reading more books written by her.
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