Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Well-Spoken Wednesday--Scandal Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee

Summary from goodreads:



New York Times bestselling author Shirlee Busbee weaves the intricate, unforgettable story of a chance meeting, a forced marriage—and the surprise of a love so passionate it cannot be denied...
Love Is Sweetest When It's Unexpected
Nell Anslowe and Julian, Earl of Wyndham, are an unlikely couple in every respect. Injured in a riding accident ten years ago, Nell was left with a fianc√© who abandoned their engagement and the firm belief that she will never marry. The abrupt end of Julian's unhappy marriage formed his resolve to remain a bachelor until the end of his days. But as Julian chases down his reckless stepsister, he seeks shelter from a summer storm in a cottage—and finds it occupied by Nell, who has escaped from a fortune-seeking libertine bent on carrying her off to Gretna Green. Discovered together by Nell's family, the couple's hasty wedding is the only way to save Nell from scandal. But the polite union each of them expects soon ignites into something much more powerful...


Scandal Becomes HerScandal Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I began this book, I really wasn't sure what I would think of it.  I love historical romances, but judging from the cover, I was concerned that it may have a lot of steamy sex scenes.  I don't mind those scenes as long as they are within the confines of marriage.  I know I'm old-fashioned, but that is just me.

I was instantly enthralled with the book.  I loved Nell--I always love strong females, especially from bygone eras.  And I also love books that take place in England.  Both were true of this book.  I was so glad that nothing happened between Nell and Julian until they were married.  I also enjoyed the way in which the love and passion grew between them.

The story was basically a standard historical romance formula, but the author did insert a bit of a mystery.  And this really made the story intriguing.  I was pleased to have nearly figured out the mystery, and it certainly made me hungry for more.  I was pleased to realize there are two sequels to this book (at least), and I plan to put those on my to-read list.

In conclusion, if you like a good historical romance with a bit of intrigue, I think you would like this book.  The intimate scenes were steamy but not too steamy.  And there was thankfully very minimal profanity--nothing too bad, which was nice.


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