Do You Want to Start a Scandal Mass Market Paperback – Sept. 27 2016
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- Item Weight : 454 g
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 006234904X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062349040
- Product Dimensions : 2.79 x 10.41 x 17.27 cm
- Publisher : Avon (Sept. 27 2016)
- Language: : English
- Customer Reviews:
“Artful diversions, a clever heroine, and intense passion are all brought together by Dare’s smart writing and spot-on matchmaking….The irresistibly provocative, classy love scenes set the bar high for other historical romance novels.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Do You Want to Start a Scandal is good. It’s so, so good. [...] It worked perfectly for me. [...] This book is funny, it’s charming, and the romance works so beautifully.” (Smart Bitches, Trashy Books (A Grade))
“An irrepressible, independent-minded heroine and a responsible hero who’s leading two lives fall for each other in a rollicking and passionate romp that is just what Spindle Cove fans will relish.” (Library Journal (starred review))
About the Author
Tessa Dare is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of more than a dozen historical romances. A librarian by training and a book-lover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kittens.
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Almost from page one this book was just too ridiculous even for me to swallow. I'm not the type to insist on historical accuracy. I do not care if authors take liberties with character's behaviours. However, if they are lying to me, they have to make me believe those lies. I just couldn't take the two main characters seriously.
A jaded spy, a gentleman of standing, a grown man is acting like a selfish spoiled boy. Then for no reason he humiliates our heroine to ensure "she will be his" after she vows her love? Dare tries to explain his behaviour, but it is just so... I have now words.
Then a young lady, who I considered intelligent, wants to prevent a marriage and scandal, but instead she acts like the worst kind of light-skirt. I just don't believe it. If she wanted to marry the guy, yes, but here she is saying she does not want to, and she still does everything possible to further compromise herself?
Then the plot... I like reading romance novels, because they are usually about two unlikely people finding out that they are perfect for each other. This tends to result in a lot of comedy. By the end the hero and the heroine have changed each other for the better, they are better together than apart, and for a moment everything is right in the world. However, in this book I did not see any character growth. Most of the time, I kept thinking this book is written by a teenager who is trying to throw together a plot so that she could indulge in writing soft-core porn. Yes. I thought this as I read the book. I also thought that if I wanted to read those kinds of stories, I would choose erotica novels, not romance novels.
I am also tired of "paedophilia" written in Regency romance novels. I have no idea how old Piers is, but he sounds like he is in his mid thirties (maybe even forty) while Charlotte is twenty! Maybe back in the day it was common practice for old men to marry young girls, but I find this quite sickening. For those of you who will argue that "love know no age", I'll say that there is a difference between love and lust, and if a girl is given time to grow up, she may learn the difference before wasting her youth on an old man. In my experience the only reason a young woman is with a much older man is because she is desperate for financial security, or has serious psychological issues involving her father or "father figure".
Furthermore, I am also sickened by the "You do not like this man, you can change him." message. No, you cannot. I wish romance authors will stop giving young women this balderdash as truth. Any person (male or female) changes only through a traumatic experience, or if they decide to change themselves. If a guy is an ass, don't waste your days on him. We all have but one life to live and time passes faster than any of us would wish. Have some self-worth, please. If Romance authors would take a stand against such stupidity, maybe there would be less crimes committed against women. Authors, you are influencers, think about the message you are sending before you write it down.
The only good thing I can say about this book is that I liked how the mystery was solved, and the ending was kind of sweet.
I do hope Dare puts more thought into her future books, because I like her fantasy romance style. This one, for me, is almost a complete failure.
I borrowed this book from the Toronto Public Library.
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I love the crossover of characters from the two series. The heroine, Charlotte, is the youngest of the Highwood sisters who feature in the Spindle Cove series and the hero, Piers Brandon, Marquess of Granville, appears in the second book of the Castles Ever After series.
Clever, witty, vivacious, good-natured and forthright, Charlotte is like a breath of fresh air. Despite her mother’s ill-conceived attempts to “throw” her into the paths of eligible, titled gentleman (sometimes literally), Charlotte values her independence and has no immediate plans to marry, intending to travel with her friend before settling down. Even then, she will only marry for love.
Attending a house party being held by Sir Vernon and Lady Parkhurst, her best friend, Delia’s parents, she is aware that her mother has set her sights on Piers Brandon, Earl of Granville, as a prospective husband for her daughter. Desperate to warn him of her mother’s machinations and her own unsuitability as a prospective bride (the Prattler has dubbed her “The Desperate Debutante.”), she follows him into the library.
“Don’t be alarmed,” she said, closing the door behind her. “I’ve come to save you.”
“Save me.” His low, rich voice glided over her like fine-grain leather. “From . . . ?”
“Oh, all kinds of things. Inconvenience and mortification, chiefly. But broken bones aren’t outside the realm of possibility.”
What follows must rank as one of the most delightful and funny first meetings between a hero and heroine. Charlotte’s talk of May-December matches had me chuckling.
However, the best laid plans have a habit of going wrong and disaster strikes when they are discovered in what appears to be a compromising situation. Forced into an “understanding” with Piers, Charlotte is determined to discover the identity of the mystery couple they heard “tupping” from their hiding place in the library. That will release her from a marriage to someone who obviously doesn’t love her.
At first, Charlotte sees Piers as cold and restrained and talking to him “was rather like conversing with an ice sculpture” but his unexpected wicked charm, subtle humour and passionate kiss belie that icy exterior. He believes there is too much darkness and deception in his past and, if Charlotte knew the truth, she wouldn’t want anything to do with him. He sees himself as ruthless, deceitful, cold-blooded and heartless. I love how Charlotte refuses to give up on him, sees someone worthy of her love, and slowly breaks down the walls around his heart.
“ I know what’s inside you, behind all those walls. I’ll keep chipping away until I get at it. Even if it takes years. Decades. I know you’ll be worth the effort.” She rested against his chest, burying her face into the crook of his neck. “I’m never giving up on you.”
I also enjoyed seeing Piers losing all his vaunted control around Charlotte.
Good God. What was happening to him? He was falling apart.
In addition to a romantic, tender, poignant and deliciously sexy love story, Ms Dare’s books always contain wonderful humour. There are two scenes that I thought were hilarious. The first is where Charlotte’s mother is trying to explain to her what to expect on her wedding night using edible aids! The other is the scene where Charlotte is in the perfume shop and here’s a snippet.
“I thought you might. All the young ladies do. It’s fresh and grassy, isn’t it? Lemon verbena and gardenia blossoms. But the secret is in the fixative. A touch of castoreum is what makes the summery scents take hold, rather than fade.”
“Castoreum. That’s not from whales, is it?”
“Not at all.” He chuckled. Charlotte laughed, too. “Oh, good. What a relief.”
“It’s from beavers.”
Colin, Minerva and Diana (Spindle Cove) make a welcome appearance as does Piers’ brother, Rafe (Castles Ever After).
The mystery surrounding the identity of the lovers in the library kept me guessing and I thought the revelation was a nice twist.
If you are lover of Epilogues, like me, Ms Dare doesn’t disappoint.
MY VERDICT: If you’re looking for a story that is romantic, sexy, funny and full of wonderful characters that steal your heart, then I can most definitely recommend this book.
Charlotte’s mother – boy oh boy, she is certainly an experience. A matchmaking mama with no bounds, so much so that people have started to refer to Charlotte as the Desperate Debutante. The scene in which she tries to prepare Charlotte for her wedding night – it still makes me smile when I think about it, and her usage of vegetables made the scene all that more vivid and amusing.
Piers does do something that if he was real and lived today he would need to be locked up, but honestly I was having such fun with the read I paid little attention to the badness of his behaviour in that scene.
I devoured this read, and found it hard to put down, definitely going in my re-read pile and it’s going down as one of my favourite Tessa Dare books. That is not to say there aren’t issues, for example the mystery is a tad silly, but the manner in which Piers and Charlotte are depicted, as well as the chemistry between them and the humour dusted through many scenes meant that I honestly didn’t care, I was too busy enjoying myself.
Our heroine is pressured by her mother - who does all kinds of crazy things - to get married, thus earning a pretty bad rep for it. So when she knows her mother will do her damnedest to get the hero to marry her, she goes in search of him, to warn him. However, things don't go as the heroine plans, because a tryst has them hiding and listening as two strangers, ahem, tup. What follows is a huge misunderstanding and the thing the heroine didn't wish to happen does happen.
And so, she starts an investigation to find out who the tuppers were, in order to get them to confess, so the hero would be off the hook. But none of them anticipate the chemistry between them and to fall in love with one another.
If you're looking for something funny but heartfelt - and hot - then give this one a try. 4 stars.
When Charlotte finds herself a guest at the same country house party as Piers Brandon, aka the Marquess of Granville, she feels duty-bound to warn him that her mother is likely to have designs on him as a prospective son-in-law. In fact, her mother is so keen to bag an aristocrat for her youngest daughter (particularly as the elder one has just married a blacksmith), it hasn't escaped Society's notice - and Charlotte has been nicknamed the Desperate Debutante. Of course just after Charlotte has tracked Piers down to the library, and informed him of all this (much to his bemusement), they hear voices outside the door and realise they are about to be discovered alone together. And in Regency times that would mean a very speedy trip to the altar - exactly what Charlotte was trying to avoid. So they hide behind the curtains and inadvertently end up witnessing a romantic tryst between two other guests. And then, after the embarrassment of all that, Charlotte and Piers still end up being caught together - although strangely, Piers doesn't seem all that bothered ...
*mild spoilers coming up*
I enjoy reading Tessa Dare because she creates such great characters and her stories are as funny as they are romantic. I love humour in the books I read, and I also like a bit of a mystery. Part of the plot of this story was Charlotte's attempt to track down the other couple in the library, hoping to get out of her engagement to Piers, but that kind of fizzled out. There were also what appeared to be a couple of attempts on her life but again, they weren't quite what they seemed either. As I'd spent a chunk of the book trying to work out likely suspects, I found this a little disappointing.
So, recommended if you love your historical romances to be modern, funny and sexy. Not recommended if you're hoping for something more traditional, like Jane Austen. And if you've never read Tessa Dare before, I recommend you also try When a Scot Ties the Knot , which has to be one of my all-time favourite books.