Series: Scandal #1
Published by Harlequin on December 21, 2010
Genres: Historical Romance
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Marriage is not the end of desire...
Lady Justine is willing to trade her good name, her reputation and her place in London's gossip-hungry ton to secure her father's release from prison after a most unfortunate political and social misunderstanding.
But when the notorious Duke of Bradford counters her offer with a proposal of marriage, the stakes grow higher still. For while the smoldering lord is famous for his conquests, the man is oblivious to both her devotion and her charms. The duke also suffers from a savage form of addiction that cannot be found in a bottle or narcotic. And Justine is soon afraid she has wagered all for naught...
I loved Justine–she’s bold, brassy and beautiful. She goes for what she wants and isn’t backing down, even when she is afraid. And she is afraid–that her father will not be free. She willingly enters into a bargain with the Duke of Bradford to ensure her father’s freedom and sets about proving to him that she is not going to let anything or anyone get in the way of her life. Nor will she accept anything less than Bradford’s love.
Bradford reminds me of a reticent chap–one who is afraid to be himself, nor comfortable in his own skin, around anyone. He guards himself and his emotions, so he is never disappointed. However, he knows Justine is the one to thaw his wall of ice and get him back to the world of the living. Bradford is also a hunk. Yes, a HUNK. H. U. N. K. I do love hunks. Especially hunks who are baffled by their women and the love that they have for them.
Throughout most of this story, I laughed, cried (yes, I admit it) and… MAY HAVE snorted wine out of my nose, though I make no such claim. *ahem*
I would definitely re-read Prelude to a Scandal when I want something fun and witty to get back into the reading mode and I recommend this book to those who like laughter in their romances.