Genres: Historical Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
They thought the debutante was scandalousMiss Elizabeth Tarryton was the toast of the London Season the year she was seventeen and spurned young Tommy Halifax. A careless flirt who didn't know what she wanted, she was startled into laughter by his public proposal of marriage. Furious and heartbroken, Tommy promptly left home for a life of adventure in India.
If they only knew about the widowSeven years later, Elizabeth has much to make up for, but the methods she chooses for doing good are as shocking as her earlier wanton behavior—should the ton ever find out. Tommy returns to England a hero, with no intention of allowing himself to be hurt by a woman ever again, but he's fascinated nonetheless by Elizabeth, now widowed and more alluring than ever.
Praise for The Beautiful One: "Greenwood's mix of sweet romance and sensuality, blended with an engaging plot and charming characters, is certain to enchant." —RT Book Reviews, 4 stars"[A] beautifully penned story rife with emotion, sensuality... tender romance and true love, providing readers with a tale they will not soon forget." —Romance Junkies
How to Handle a Scandal
First, let me say, I wish the word “trollop” would make a come back! I loved how to handle a scandal right away because of that word! Overall, I enjoyed the book. But, I didn’t love it. I found it easy to put down, and I was somewhat reluctant to pick it back up. Tommy and Eliza’s relationship had such promise early on, but she was young and made a mistake. It changes the course of her life and she becomes so down on herself. It was sad to see a girl who was so empowered and self assured become ashamed of her actions because others thought poorly of her. So, you think the beginning you know her scandal will be her ‘trollop’ like behavior, but then the story turns. I am glad she and Tommy got a second chance but I was so frustrated that they even needed it. Then her decision to pretend to be a prostitute so she could tell her students that its not as glamorous as it seems? You can see where THAT will end up and how that could create a scandal for sure. And the relationship between Tommy and Eliza took WAY too long. Tommy, for being a grown man, was seriously acting like a child who didn’t get the toy he wanted. You know, one of those characters you want to reach in the book and smack? Yep, thats Tommy for me. However, will say that I enjoyed Emily’s writing style (she had me at trollop) so while scandal might not have been a 5 star read for me, I think I would enjoy other books she has written.
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: Second Chance, Dead ex
- Triggers: No
- Cliffhanger: No
- HEA: View Spoiler »Yes « Hide Spoiler
The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah Maclean…then you will probably like How to Handle a Scandal!
Emily Greenwood worked for a number of years as a writer, crafting newsletters and fundraising brochures, but she far prefers writing playful love stories set in Regency England, and she thinks romance novels are the chocolate of literature. A Golden Heart finalist, she lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters.