Series: Pennyroyal Green #10
Author: Julie Anne Long
Genre: Adult Historical Romance
Received: For Review
Published: March 31, 2015 by Avon
Lord Philippe Lavay once took to the high seas armed with charm as lethal as his sword and a stone-cold conviction: he’ll restore his family’s fortune and honor, no matter the cost. Victory is at last within reach—when a brutal attack snatches it from his grasp and lands him in Pennyroyal Green.
An afternoon of bliss brings a cascade of consequences for Elise Fountain. Shunned by her family and ousted from a job she loves, survival means a plummet down the social ladder to a position no woman has yet been able to keep: housekeeper to a frighteningly formidable prince.
The bold and gentle Elise sees past his battered body into Philippe’s barricaded heart . . . and her innate sensuality ignites his blood. Now a man who thought he could never love and a woman who thought she would never again trust must fight an incendiary passion that could be the ruin of them both.
It Started With a Scandal is a fantastic historical romance. I haven't read very much of this genre, but I enjoyed reading this book so much that I really want to go back and read the rest of this companion series. If you are a Pride & Prejudice lover, this romance is right up your alley.
This may be book ten in this series, but that didn't effect my enjoyment of this series. There were quite a few mentions of other couples who I presume have stories in other novels of this series. I am interested in reading their stories and reading more of Julie Anne Long's writing.
I loved the romance between Philippe, Lord Lavay, and Elise, Mrs. Fountain. It had a very realistic transition from employer/employee to friendship to romance. Philippe was such a fantastic character. I loved that he was dark and brooding, but could be really funny. I do wish that we would have seen as much of his backstory as we did Elise. They have a slow burn romance and it worked so well.
Philippe's relationship with Jack, Elise's son, was one of the cutest parts of this book. I adored seeing them together. Jack's dialogue at times just didn't seem to fit a six-year-old. It was either too young or too old and just didn't sound right.
It Started With a Scandal was a great read. It makes we want to dive further into this genre. I will be checking out more of Julie Anne Long's books. I highly recommend this book even if you're not a fan of this genre.
About JULIE ANNE LONG
USA Today bestselling author JULIE ANNE LONG originally set out to be a rock star when she grew up (and she has the guitars and fringed clothing stuffed in the back of her closet to prove it), but writing was always her first love. Since hanging up her guitar for the computer keyboard, her books frequently top reader and critic polls and have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Rita, Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice, and The Quills, and reviewers have been known to use words like “dazzling,” “brilliant,” and “impossible to put down” when describing them. Julie lives in Northern California.
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