Little does Kate know that lusting after a man bathing in the pond on her way home from work would lead to such an adventure. A Touch of Scandal by Jennifer Haymore is about the life of Kate, a beautiful servant girl who is really the sister of the man she is pretending to be a servant for, trying to protect her family but pretending to be someone different.
Garrett, Duke of Carlton, is on the hunt for the man who framed him for murder and stole his sister away. After searching England for the two, Garrett finds Kate, a serving girl who distracts him from his revenge and make him think of the future instead of the past. As Kate and Garrett get closer, the secrets they are keeping threaten to tear apart their new found love and keep them from happiness forever.
Okay, honest truth, didn’t love this book. It was okay but some of the events seem a bit far-fetched for me. Also, the main character Kate seemed to have every flaw and strength known to man. The author ran on and on about how Kate was loved by her family and then in the next breathe was talking about how Kate’s older brothers scared her with their viciousness. The novel had all the right elements, a revenge plot, a heroine determined to care for her family at all costs and a hero needing to be saved from himself but just didn’t quite do it for me. It wasn’t horrible to the point that I couldn’t finish the book (I have run across those before) but I really struggled to be invested with the characters and their trials. Read it for yourself and let me know what you think.
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Title: A Touch of Scandal
Author: Jennifer Haymore
Page Nos.: 400
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: April 2010
Available for purchase: Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, etc.
**I received a copy of this book from the Goodreads.com First Reads but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.
Taming Lord Renwick by Jeanne Savery was a recent reread for me. It is a Regency Period Romance novel published under the Zebra Regency label. Eustacia is the daughter of a Vicar who as passed away, leaving her in a precarious financial situation and in the care of her stepmother. Her stepmother, liking the finer things in life, has found the perfect husband for Eustacia, Mr. Weaver, a fat, elderly, smelly man. As Eustacia and her step-mother are discussing (okay, the step-mother is telling Eustacia) the marriage plans, Lord Renwick and his aunt, Lady Blackburn, can’t help overhearing the stepmother’s strident tones and Eustacia’s quietly whispered “no”. Lord Renwick, known as Jason to his friends, makes a comment to Lady Blackburn about how he likes the sound of Eustacia’s voice before he leaves for bed. Lady Blackburn, willing to do anything for her nephew, interferes and whisks Euastacia off to stay at Tiger’s Lair, Jason’s ancestral home.
Jason having returned from India nearly a year before the incident at the Inn is nearly blind from a hunting accident where he saved the life of a prince, leaving him needing the assistance of those around him for just about everything. Jason has retreated into his house and his shell, believing that because he can’t see he is not a full man and unable to function with others. Jason’s only friend is the white tiger Sahib that returned with him and acts as his guide and protector. Eustacia breezes into the Tiger’s Lair like a quiet whirlwind, upsetting the status quo and allowing Jason to realize that he is really not that limited after all. Just when things start to heat up between Jason and Eustacia the prince arrives with his entourage to learn English ways, unfortunately the 10 year old prince is there against his will and things start to get interesting.
This is a book is a part of a series about a group of boys who grew up together but all returned from the war and India with their battle scars. I like the book because Eustacia is the quietly determined heroine, who doesn’t believe she herself is worth much but sees the value in others, I also like how she is able to be understanding about some of the motives of the other characters. Sahib is also a great addition to the story, how ofter do you read about a white tiger seeing eye dog?! He terrorizes the servants, make everyone to comes to visit Jason nervous and eventually saves the day, in more ways than one. I also like that the hero has self-doubts and an impairment. (I mean really, was everyone in Regency Period England beautiful and perfect! I don’t think so!) I recommend the entire series and now need to go dig through my other books to find the rest of the books so I can reread them as well.
Author: Jeanne Savery
Publisher: Zebra Regency Romance
Length: 256 pages
Release date: December 1999