Historical Romance Book Reviews

Scandal at Dawn

Since this book is a novella it doesn’t give the characters quite as much time to develop, which was a shame because I liked most of them. I had a difficult time believing in Adrian’s affections for Olivia. Not that there was anything wrong on Olivia’s end, her being swept up by a gentleman made perfect sense to me, and she’s a wonderful and sweet main character.

Adrian is supposed to be a reformed rake, which is well and good, but he puts his hands on her within a half hour of meeting. Their entire romance consists of him bombarding her with gifts for a couple of days before jumping straight to proposing marriage after a few brief meetings. It all just seemed too sudden to me. I don’t care for instalove scenarios in books because, well, I just don’t feel it. It’s important to show rather than tell readers how the characters feel.

“I have told you again and again. You’re charming and accomplished, and pretty into the bargain. You know there’s a man who will understand you are a treasure, just as I know it and our family knows it.”

More believable was the friendship between Olivia and her cousin, Emily, who serves as Olivia’s eyes and closest companion. The friendship between the girls felt genuine and made me smile. The mild flirtation between Emily and Adrian’s friend was also much more amusing than the fluffy romance between Olivia and Adrian. It’s unfortunate, but I really wanted a little more from this book and wanted to like it more than I did, but the story just didn’t feel all that well developed.

Also the writing for the most part was decent, but I did find several cases of awkward wording throughout the book that could stand to be edited. For example near the beginning when Crombie is leading Olivia to a dance and the following happens, “though he again missed a few warnings that might have saved her toes” there were no previous warnings, so the beginning of the statement is just plain odd. Running into either incorrect or unusual phrasing made reading feel a little bit disjointed.

This book had a lot of potential but in the end was lacking. With more editing and a little more time spent developing the characters and the romance, this book could be so much better.

Title: Scandal at Dawn
Series: Regency Rhapsody #2
Author: Elizabeth Cole
Publisher: SkySpark Books
Publication Date: January 20, 2013
Pages: 67
Format: Ebook
Source: Free Promotion

A notorious baron aims to prove himself to a proper lady, whose lack of sight does not impair her better sense…

When a cruel prank leaves the blind Olivia Blake ripe for humiliation on a ballroom dance floor, she is rescued…by an infamous rake. Soon she is seduced by the charm of Adrian Calwell, the scandal-chased Baron of Norbury, who is much more than he seems.

Adrian’s only goal in rescuing Olivia was to thwart another man’s heartless trick. But Olivia proves to be well worth it, and Adrian is impressed by the unusual young lady. Unfortunately, his reputation as a scoundrel sets the Blake family against him.

He is forbidden to court her, but when rumors threaten Olivia’s own reputation, Adrian takes matters into his own hands. It will take all of Adrian’s ingenuity and all of Olivia’s daring to find the truth and prevent a scandal at dawn.

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