Sunday, May 22, 2011

Review of Seduction and Scandal by Charlotte Featherstone

Title: Seduction & Scandal

Author: Charlotte Featherstone
Series: The Brethren Guardians Series #1
Seduction & Scandal (Hqn)Release date: 28th of June 2011
Published by: Harlequin Books
Imprint: HQN Books
Reading level: FICTION - ADULT: Romance, Fantasy
URL: http://www.charlottefeatherstone.net/index.html
Pages: 383 pages in ePub
Source: Netgalley.com



Summary from Goodreads:


With the scandalous nature of her birth to live down, Isabella Fairmont dreams of a proper marriage—even if a passionless one. She saves her deepest desires for the novel she dares to pen, wherein a handsome lord with dark powers seduces her. But then her courtship with an appropriate suitor is threatened by the sudden attentions of the reclusive Earl of Black…whose pale blue eyes and brooding sensuality are exactly as she described in her book.


Isabella tries to resist the mysterious Earl of Black.


Yet as he pursues her, with inexplicable knowledge of her past and kisses that consume her, Isabella fears she will succumb.


If only the earl could tell Isabella the truth. With very real, and treacherous, thieves endangering her life, Black will need to protect Isabella from the very people she trusts the most….

I was succumbed by this book! I loved it! It captured me during the first pages and it kept me interested through the whole book. Seduction and Scandal has lot of twists and turns: some of them were expected, but some of them took me really by surprise. The writing was professional, it was easy to read, and language was very smooth. I loved the idea of the main character writing a book, so there was a book inside of the book. I also enjoyed the historical aspect of the book, the stories about Brethren Guardians, Temple items and Freemasons. I liked how the author entwined the main plot together with several side stories.

Regarding the plot:

Seduction and Scandal starts with an episode where Death is dancing waltz with his object of interest. That was probably the reason why I was already spelled by the book, because the scenes were well written, sensual and intriguing.

Meet Isabella, young lady who has lost her own family and now lives at her uncle’s house where she is reading a very sensual novel about a woman and a Death. Isabella is passionate woman, but very scared to share and show her passion and desires, because these two things ruined her mother’s and her own life. When Isabella’s mother died and she ended up living together with her cousin Lucy and uncle, she promised herself to not give in for passion and she is very eager to get properly married. She hides away her passion to the writing and reading it to Lucy.

Since it is the first season for Isabella to be introduced to London’s high society, she has been participating in lot of balls. She is growing tired of them, because even having blue blood in her veins, she comes from a simple life her mom destroyed for her. Lucy’s dad is having a big ball and during the evening she meets mysterious Lord Black. They have only one dance and after that Isabella’s life takes much unexpected turns. Lord Black fascinates her, she feels drawn to him. Lord Black is wealthy worldly and what’s worst for Isabella passionate man. It seems that these two belong together, but Isabella is already courted by Mr. Knighton whom she is planning to marry. Mr. Knighton can offer Isabella safety, simplicity and maybe little affection whereas Lord Black can offer her passion, desire – things what Isabella would like to avoid in her life.

There are so many interesting stories within one plot and luckily it does not get too much for a reader, because they are all bound to one thing – the story of Brethren Guardians, who have sworn to protect precious, magical and dangerous items from the evil.

Regarding characters:

What I loved about this book is that not only main characters are interesting and well written, also side characters are very important in this book. I think that other, supporting characters were written with as big love as the main characters and that made the reading absolutely enjoyable.

Isabella was likable. I was annoyed about her lying to herself for not wanting more than just safety in her life. Other than that, she was lovely, feisty and little sassy for the time she lived in. She was ahead from her time. She had a personality which was difficult not to like.

I absolutely adored Lord Black! He was persistent, seductive, kind and protective towards Isabella. I liked the way their relationship was developed by Charlotte Featherstone. There were points in the book, where I wanted to shake Isabella and tell her to not be so afraid, but luckily Lord Black had his ways of turning Isabella’s heart.

Generally:

It was not only a love story and definitely not only romance book either. Seduction and Scandal had many genres combined into one book: romance, fantasy, suspense, history etc. Plot was very good, characters interesting and captivating. Seduction and Scandal was a very good first book in the series. It gave a very good start for series. I can’t wait until the next book in series is published!

5 start out of 5! Well done!

Thanks to NetGalley for providing the free galley.

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