Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Review: Lady Scandal
Lady Scandal by Larissa Lyons
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
All of London is ablaze with rumors about the identity of Lady Scandal, a female brazen—and desperate—enough to advertise for a husband.
But for Juliet, the young and surprisingly innocent widow, it’s her last option if she wants to avoid another marriage not of her choosing. Her prickly, pig-headed father has threatened to marry her off once again but this time Juliet is not without resources. She hopes the unentailed lands she possesses are enough to “bribe” some rich man to swoop in and save her from another unwanted union. And she has fingers and toes crossed she can find a potential bridegroom who will make her insides melt.
Zeus Tanner, a self-made man from humble origins, has one driving goal—to reclaim his stolen birthright. When the scandalous advertisement catches his eye, Zeus believes he’s found the key to realizing his dream. But after surpassing the arduous task of obtaining an audience with the infamous Lady Scandal—who’s hidden herself behind a screen without explanation!—Zeus never imagined he’d be asked such a strange assortment of questions, given a test of manners over an atrocious scone, and ordered to disrobe and show her his chest—and “male parts”. Zeus heartily refuses to comply with this last outrageous request. Unless, he ponders out loud, the intriguing female is willing to trade her stockings and stays for the privilege…
*MAD*WARNING* This Regency-era tale features flying slippers and stockings, a soaring silk neckcloth and silky undergarments, an unplanned eruption of epic proportions, and innocent licks that soon turn lust into love!
This book was so enjoyable to read. It is a fairly short story and that is just fine. It gets the point across and has a great ending. I loved the interaction with the hero and heroine. The back and forth, playing on words was just so fun to read. I like a strong heroine who goes after what she wants and Juliet lives up to her name: Lady Scandal. That she dared advertise for exactly what she wants was wonderful! A woman taking the initiative to get what she wants. The hero, Zeus (loved the name!) is damaged, but oh so redeemable. They each have their ulterior motives, but the motives mesh so well together.
But most of all, this book is just a fun read. I have never used the word madcap, but it describes this book perfectly. It is a madcap romp through an unusual regency courtship. It is hilarious and enjoyable. I found myself laughing through out. If you are looking for a delicious read, that will make you laugh and swoon, to while away you time then this book is reccommended for you!
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