I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Three Proposals and a Scandal by Anna Campbell
Series: Sons of Sin #4.5
Published by Self Published on June 22, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
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Whose hot kisses will melt the ice princess? All London is agog to know!
As the season reaches its brilliant climax, three very different men pursue beautiful Lady Marianne Seaton. She’s the marriage mart’s greatest prize – even if cruel and unjust gossip paints her as a woman cold and glittering as any diamond.
Lord Desborough is her father’s choice – rich, powerful, safe. Lord Tranter is society’s darling – handsome, dashing, charming.
Then there’s the dangerous, compelling man nobody in their right mind calls eligible. Elias Thorne, son of scandal, reputed deceiver, possessing a rakish fascination no woman can resist. A lady might choose Elias as a lover, but as a husband, he’s too risky a bet. Even if Marianne’s forbidden yearning for him threatens her future and her reputation.
When Marianne’s suitors pursue her to the year’s most glamorous house party, there will be proposals and passion, rivals and revelations, secrets and scandals.
Let the battle commence – but will the best man win?
Marianne Seaton held her head high when she was publicly jilted by Cam Rothermere after he married his childhood love. She earned the title of ice princess solely because she’s mastered the art of maintaining decorum no matter what she was feeling. Now she’s being pursued by three suitors: one a match made in her father’s version of heaven, another who exudes false charm and affability, and, lastly, Elias Thorne, the one she’s in love with but whom she believes is after her substantial dowry.
I was hoping for a happy ending for poor Marianne as she didn’t deserve the gossip and humiliation associated with her ill-fated engagement. Her pairing with Elias was perfect as they both were having to choose their own direction for the first time. I loved all the obstacles thrown in their way, including an ugly scandal, and how Elias rose above his other suitors. And, that epilogue was wonderful.
This was a real gem of a novella! For a short story, it read like a full-length novel moving nimbly. I’ve loved this series and hope there’s at least one more in the pipeline.