Book: Love & Scandal
Author: Donna Lea Simpson
Publisher: Carina Press
Rating: 4 Stars
Release Date: June 21, 2010
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Simpson writes with such a raw sensuality rarely seen in historical romance. The intimacy between her characters are heartfelt, acute and meaningful. And the connection between novelist Collette Jardinaire and Charles Jameson scorches and burns in way that there should be a delicious flaming red disclaimer emblazoned the front cover.
Simpson has refreshingly painted Collette, a published novelist under a gentleman’s name as a firebrand, and bluestocking making her way in a man’s world: publishing. A country miss whose only alternative is living with her relative in a small seaside cottage at Listerwood-on-Sea and penning her torrid fantasies on parchment, Collette is infuriated when her hard work might actually be attributed to rake Charles Jameson.
Determined to get to the bottom of the manner, Collette hastens to London to track him down and have him summarily recant his statements alluding to him taking the credit for writing her wildly popular, but scandalous, novel. But she doesn’t plan on getting involved with him, and between the two of them they inflame a society scandal of epic proportions.
Love & Scandal has all the hallmarks of a great read: an intriguing theme that mixes literary characters with the fictional, a passionate author as a heroine in the largely male dominated sphere, and a steamy scandal that will bend Edwardian society on its ears. Simpson has managed to nimbly stretch the boundaries of historical romance, fill it chock full of love, lust, and substance that will appeal to contemporary readers as well as traditional.
Special thanks to Carina Press for sharing this amazing galley with me.
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