Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare
Also by this author: One Dance with a Duke, Romancing the Duke
Series: Castles Ever After #4, Spindle Cove #5
Also in this series: Romancing the Duke, Say Yes to the Marquess
Published by Avon
Genres: Adult, Historical, Historical Romance, Romance
Source: Personal Collection
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All Charlotte wanted was to avoid scandal. Instead, she was caught in the arms of a mysterious, handsome lord...and he's not letting go.
On the night of the Parkhurst ball, someone had a scandalous tryst in the library.
Was it Lord Canby, with the maid, on the divan? Or Miss Fairchild, with a rake, against the wall? Perhaps the butler did it.
All Charlotte Highwood knows is this: it wasn't her. But rumors to the contrary are buzzing. Unless she can discover the lovers' true identity, she'll be forced to marry Piers Brandon, Lord Granville--the coldest, most arrogantly handsome gentleman she's ever had the misfortune to embrace. When it comes to emotion, the man hasn't got a clue.
But as they set about finding the mystery lovers, Piers reveals a few secrets of his own. The oh-so-proper marquess can pick locks, land punches, tease with sly wit . . . and melt a woman's knees with a single kiss. The only thing he guards more fiercely than Charlotte's safety is the truth about his dark past.
Their passion is intense. The danger is real. Soon Charlotte's feeling torn. Will she risk all to prove her innocence? Or surrender it to a man who's sworn to never love? - via GoodReads
I really needed a good historical romance to avoid a book burnout. Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare was an obvious choice. Dare’s books are almost always a hit with me. Tessa Dare can make me laugh and bring me tears and at the end of the story leave me with a sigh of satisfaction.
I’ll admit that the whole story seemed a bit over the top but that is exactly why I read historical romance. You kind of have to roll with things a little bit even when things seem a bit unrealistic. Do You Want to Start a Scandal was paced well and always kept my attention. I enjoyed the mystery added to the romance. It kept things moving along and always made me want to read a little bit more. The mystery never distracted from the romance but rather added to it.I really enjoyed the secondary characters. I'll never look at eggplants and peaches the same way! Click To Tweet
I loved Piers and Charlotte!! Even as misguided as her actions might have been she was always putting others before herself. I understand where Piers actions came from but I was a little less quick to forgive him. I think that only added to his charm if I’m being honest. Little Edmund added quite a bit of humor to the story. Charlotte’s sisters made me want to dive into the Spindle Cove series. I really enjoyed them and wanted to spend more time with them. As far as Charlotte’s mother……I’ll never look at eggplants and peaches the same way!
Do You Want to Start a Scandal was a great read and I need to get to more Tessa Dare in my life. I knew it was going to be a good read going in and she didn’t disappoint!