Friday, August 7, 2015
Review: A Lady’s Guide to Skirting Scandal (The Lord’s of Worth #2.5) by Kelly Bowen
A delightful romp to be read in one sitting—for fans of Sarah MacLean, Julia Quinn, and Tessa Dare.
Lady Viola Hextall is bored—of the ocean, her chaperones, and the woeful lack of available dukes on the ocean voyage from London to New York. Scrambling for any diversion short of jumping overboard, Viola strikes up a conversation with the ship's rough-hewn, blue-eyed surgeon—and discovers an immediate cure for what ails her...
To Nathaniel Shaw, Viola has the bearing of a lady and the spirit of an adventurer—an unlikely combination that he finds utterly irresistible. So he's hoping to convince Viola to leave the stifling ballrooms of London high society behind because there is a big, wide world just waiting for them to explore—together. ~ Goodreads
Source: E-arc provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review
My thoughts: For some reason, I didn’t realize this was a short story (at around 89 pages for my e-arc) when I accepted A Lady’s Guide to Scandal for review, but it turned out to be perfect timing, since that seems to be the duration of my reader attention span at the moment.
This novella also accomplished what I’m sure the publishers & author intended – I want to read more of this series and author now.
This story and the relationship between Lady Viola and Dr. Nathaniel Shaw moves at a brisk pace, going from casual hello’s to true love in a matter of days but it works. Bowen manages to write two characters with a complexity and believability that kind of took me by surprise. Yes, there is passion and sexy times, but there is also intellectual conversation and character growth, especially for Viola. A strong but flawed female lead and a man who tries to nurture her strengths only add to the appeal.
I would have loved to read more about these two and their own full story but it was a satisfying end and I’m looking forward to reading more by Bowen.