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READ & DOWNLOAD È Prelude to a Scandal Î The battle between the lady and the rake is almost about to beginLady 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 But when the notorious Duke of Bradford counters her offer with a proposal of marriage thThe battle between the lady and the rake is almost about to beginLady Justine is willing to trade her good name her reputation and her place in London's gossip hungry. If you enjoyed this author’s School of Gallantry series then please IGNORE this review When compared to her earlier series Prelude to a Scandal is very much ‘ of the same’ If her writing style worked for you it will likely work for you again As for me I DNF’d her debut Mistress of Pleasure halfway through and for much of the same reasons that made me thoroughly frustrated with Prelude to a Scandal I wanted to give this author a second try as I know she has a lot of fans and I had hoped her new series with a new publisher may bring some changes that I'd enjoy It didn'tPrelude to a Scandal is a light historical romance romp not meant to be taken seriously Normally I have no problem suspending disbelief and allowing authors to stretch their version of history – just as long as they can make the story work PtaS pairs the sex addict Radcliff Duke of Bradford aka The Rake Extraordinaire with a feisty young Lady Justine Fedora Palmer daughter of an African naturalist scientist in trouble with the King for publishing his observations of animal homosexual behavior in the wilds of Africa Bradford has been the financial backer for the African expeditions for many years so Justine turns to him for help She agrees to marry him in exchange for arranging her father’s release from prison Justine uickly learns that something is not right with her fiancé who is trying to avoid her until the wedding We learn that Radcliff has a ‘problem’ of needing sex all the time ALL THE TIME But an incident 8 months earlier left him rethinking his life and so he hides himself in his home and fires all the female servants who may temp him and turns celibate Marriage to Justine allows him to restore his sexual life The book primarily focuses on the trials and tribulations of these two finding common ground and pleasure in their marriage After the marriage Justine learns about Radcliff’s past so she holds out on him until he will divulge the secrets of his past which isn’t really much of a secret In his high dramatic flair Radcliff refuses to enlighten her on the events of 8 months ago and thus begins his frustrated and troubled marriage The cast of characters also includes the diabolic evil brother Carlton and his beautiful but much abused mistress Matilda Prior to marrying Justine we learn that Radcliff was once over the moon obsessed with Matilda but she refused him When Carlton found out he was so angry that he bestowed a life size portrait upon his brother of Matilda Huh Yep I don’t get it either Sex addict Bradford hangs it in his bedchambers so he can enjoy it day and night all while taking his own pleasures by hand To say that Justine and Radcliff had issues adjusting to married life is a big understatement They could not get it right if it hit them on the head Radcliff began as a likeable hero but his mood swings and over dramatic scene exits every time Justine did not please him just got on my nerves His obsession with sex comes and goes through out the book while at times he seem to be able to hold out other times he has deep frustrations to deal with He was crass rude and completely self focused And he keeps the portrait of Matilda now hanging in the hallway outside of his bedchamber even after he is married To add to my frustration we learn that much of his problems were because of his deceased mommy who did not love him enough when he took on the great responsibility of being a Duke at such a young age Sorry but I am soooo done with the plotline of ‘mommy ruined my life so I can never be a normal loving person’ Radcliff and Justine run hot and cold with each other through the entire book over dramatizing every small misunderstanding and then demanding restitution in some form or another to prove their devotion to each other and the marriage read this book write this list do this do thatetc What a head game One minute they don’t want to talk to the other than a minute later one of them is insisting they have sex then again a change of mind and so on and so on it went until someone takes a dramatic scene exit We spend weeks watching these two make no real progress in their communication or bedroom pleasures spoiler warningThere were a few scenes that I found utterly distasteful too including a scene where he ‘used’ the portrait of Matilda to pleasure himself after he is married – and against a promise he had made with his wife only hours earlier OMG this is not a way to get a reader to find your hero endearing or worthy I didn’t find it funny or sexy just disturbing What a cad There was another absurd scene where we are left to believe that all the men at a formal ball would be asked to line up and strip down to near nothing to allow the host to search for a missing broach while all the women are to leave un chaperoned so as not to see the men in the buff That was just too far of a stretch And again neither sexy or funny end spoiler warningWhile it did start with an entertaining and amusing opening scene it uickly turned into a bad version of a historical soap opera with high drama cheesy dialog and predictable outcomes The couple ran hot and cold with each other for the entire book and in the end was neither funny nor sexy to read Too often the story felt unfocused and scatterbrained Sadly I hated the hero and only liked the heroine And surprisingly you would think when a book spends so much of the storyline focused on sex issues sex addiction masturbation animal homosexuality virgin heroineetc it would be a hot read But it was only a warm read with a few graphic scenes that may tilt the scale for a few people toward hot I got this copy at Netgalleycom as a ARC


While the smoldering lord is famous for his conuests the man is oblivious to both her devotion and her charms And Justine is soon afraid she has wagered all for naught. By reading the back cover blurb for this book you would expect the story to be about the battle between the lady and the rake is about to begin Which it isLady Justine is willing to become her friends I just can't think of a better word right now mistress in exchange for him helping to get her father out of prison for his book on his views on animals sex and how they are similar to humans Justine is very surprised when Radcliff Duke of Bradford makes a different offer to her instead he wants to marry her in six weeks time but they can not see each other as he has gotten a terrible scar on his face due to hisproblemThat brings us to what else this book is about When you open the book and read the Dear Reader letter you learn that Radcliff is dealing with a sex addiction problem Which really leads to some um interesting happenings in the book that definitely pushed my comfort zone area and left me shaking my head a bit But Ms Marvelle does make the reuest to set aside what we think of 1829 and allow her to give us her version of 1829 So I did try to do that and with saying that this actually was a very interesting book to read I did not love it but I did not feel like I was wasting my time reading it It definitely makes you think that this probably really did happen during this time and I thought the author did a fairly good job handling itOverall I give this book 3 12 stars What dragged it down a bit for me was how Radcliff suddenly had an aha moment as to why he acted the way he did and I didn't uite feel that Also he had uite a few mood swings and with his problem even though the romance between Justine and Radcliff seemed very genuine and true I'm just not sure if it is deep enough to outlast everything And then there is his rotten brothers pregnant mistress Miranda who is part of the book I didn't really like her and I thought her twist she added was a bit too much and not needed There are two books in this trilogy Once Upon a Scandal and The Perfect Scandal which I am looking forward to reading But this book reminds me to always check for that Dear Reader letter so you know what you are getting yourself into because the back blurb may not always define it so clearly

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Prelude to a ScandalTon to secure her father's release from prison But when the notorious Duke of Bradford counters her offer with a proposal of marriage the stakes grow higher still For. I sped through this in about 2 or 3 hours I wonder if the spacious margins generous line spacing and largish text were chosen to bulk out the book so that a reader could feel the same familiar heft as when holding another wordier romance paperbackCaris wrote a very thoughtful reviewreaction and then offered to lend out the book I haven't met a bandwagon I didn't like so I jumped on His assessment is accurate that this book is rape free High five author I have to admit as my foggy brain reads I don't pick out the rape from other violence against women so until the issue was discussed by others I guess I didn't realize just how much rape did feature in romance novels I don't like that I found myself thinking this one was ridiculous because the main man didn't enact some violence upon the main woman when she was pert defiant and shut him out of her bedroomhave I come to expect force in these booksThe sexytimes They were pretty sexy of a time But not I think realistic Are they ever in romance books The magical healing and all powerful ladybits make an appearanceI remember something that bothered me The main woman kept thinking how she was going to tame him and how he would be great once this or that changed about him What is it with needing to change someone not accepting someone's flaws I guess in this case there were some flaws that needed addressing but they way it's presented change or else I don't likeI've uh already forgotten the plot It's light and pleasant I don't think these books are for me But I would do it again for the sweet picture it came with was expecting some bestiality and was disappointed But he added a lovely sketch of what he'd hoped for hah view spoiler hide spoiler