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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Dash of Scandal by Amelia Grey

ADashOfScandal_reissue Title: A Dash of Scandal
Author: Amelia Grey
ISBN: 978-1-4022-3979-3
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format: Mass Market Paperback
$7.99 £5.99
Pages: 352
Release Date: October 2011
How I Read It: Mass Market Arc
Rating: 4.5 Crowns




The Earl of Dunraven is obsessed with catching the thief who stole a priceless heirloom from him. When he keeps running into London newcomer Millicent Blair in places she shouldn’t be, his suspicions aren’t the only thing aroused…

But Millicent’s real secret is a far cry from what the earl thinks--and would horrify him much more if he knew. Yet, every encounter increased the attraction between the powerful earl and the lovely, intelligent, and feisty Miss Blair…

Welcome to the sparkling Regency word of Amelia Grey, where the gossip is fresh and a new scandal is always brewing.

My review:

Chandler Prestwick, Earl of Dunraven is intent on obsessed with finding the gold raven heirloom that was stolen from him, but to find the raven he must first find the thief. Yet, this thief is very elusive, so elusive in fact many think it to be a thieving ghost. When Chandler spies a woman sneaking off from the crowd making notes on her dance card, he assumes that she is making notes for the person who stole his raven.

Millicent Blair may be making notes, but making notes of items to nick? Highly unlikely. But she is none too eager to share her transcripts with the charming Earl of Prestwick. Sure, he may charm, dazzle and delight, but she’s heard the rumors and believes him to be a rake of the highest order. When he confronts her about being the thief’s assistant, she has no choice but to tell him exactly where her notes are ending up and she knows that he will not like her answer.

What’s a man who hates seeing his name in the Scandal Sheets to do once he discovers he is enchanted with the woman who writes them?  

My Thoughts:

Sweet, charming, and utterly endearing A Dash of Scandal is one of those books that allow the reader to lose themselves in the world the author creates.

It seems that Chandler has come to a fork in the road in his life. He can either continue on living the rakish way he is known for, or he can settle down find a wife, create an heir, and do what is expected of an Earl. As part of the Terrible Threesome, he has earned a reputation of a rake that will follow him wherever he goes, not that he’s running from who he is/was. You can see that he’s starting to come into his own, leaving his friends out of certain aspects of his life. Of course he claimed it was due to finding the raven that was nicked; it seems to be more of a cover-up so that he can distance himself enough to start settling down.

Millicent on the hand has come to London to aid her Aunt. She never would have guessed that she would be aiding her by writing down the gossip of the ton. Yet, she has found herself doing just that, even though it was the scandal sheets that forced her mother out of London.

Both Chandler and Millicent have their own struggles to contend with and that was interesting to read, but what I enjoyed the most were the scenes in which they were together. They had good chemistry, which always makes a book so much more enjoyable, it also made it hard to put down.

This is the perfect recipe for a perfect Regency romance novel. A pinch of mystery, a slice of romance, a sliver of gossip, and A DASH OF SCANDAL. What more could you ask for?

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