Thursday, June 8, 2017

Review: Scandal Of The Season by Liana LeFey

He must resist temptation or risk losing his honor as a 
gentleman and the friendship of those he holds dear.

Liana LeFay
Releasing May 30 2017
Entangled Select Historical

Five years ago, Lord Sorin Latham fled England’s shores to avoid heartbreak and scandal in the form of one Lady Eleanor Cramley. On returning home, he finds the young miss he used to scold for lack of decorum is now a stunning woman who fires his blood. But he must resist temptation or risk losing his honor as a gentleman and the friendship of those he holds dear, including Eleanor.

Lady Eleanor is determined to be the paragon of propriety Sorin urged her to become. But now that he’s back, the man she once thought of as an older brother makes her long to be anything but proper. She must make Sorin see her as worthy of his heart and his desire without losing his good opinion, or her Season will end in disgrace.

Lord Sorin Latham met Lady Eleanor Cramley when she was a child.  Orphaned at a young age, the daughter of the late Duke of Ashford was to live with the new Duke who happened to be Sorin’s best friend.  Brought together by the common understanding of personal tragedy, the unseemly pair are kindred spirits and become friends despite their age difference, but when he discovers his feelings for the young girl might be anything but appropriate, he chooses to leave the country for indefinite time. 

Now all grown up, Ellie reunites with her longtime friend after an absence of 5 years, during which she’s grown up into a lovely woman and she’s ready to show him she’s become the proper lady he expected her to.

With a fiery best friend on tow, an unwelcome suitor and mixed feelings about her best friend, Lady Eleanor embarks on her third Season.  While she doesn’t want to marry and has repeatedly made this known, her guardians, Lord and Lady Ashford, are determined to see her married and well off by the end this Season.

This was my first ready by this author and, being a huge fan of historical romance, I have to say I was highly impressed.  This book is impeccably written, with the beauty, angst and romanticism expected from a good regency story.  Ms. LeFey hits every mark giving the story the right feel without being over the top.

I loved that Eleanor had a lot from Jane Austen’s Emma and Sorin was so the proper gentleman it hurt me to see his dilemma unfold.  I thoroughly enjoyed their relationship, the friendship and how each one was so ready to sacrifice themselves for the other’s happiness.  The secondary characters also came to par, from the friends to the villains, and I just loved Rowena’s temperance and good judgement which made her into the perfect guiding hand for the stubborn Ellie.

In all, I felt this was a great story, a beautiful historical romance showing again that passion portrayal don’t need to be extremely detailed or crass.

4.5 Book Corner Stars 

Liana LeFey delights in crafting incendiary tales that capture the heart and the imagination, taking the reader out of the now and into another world. Liana lives in Central Texas with her dashing husband/hero and their beautiful daughter. She’s also privileged to serve one spoiled rotten feline overlord. Liana has been devouring romances since she was fourteen and is now thrilled to be writing them for fellow enthusiasts.