Michelle's Review: A Touch of Scandal by Jennifer Haymore (Blog Tour)

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atouchofscandalPaperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0446540277
ISBN-13: 9780446540278
Source of my copy: Hachette
Cover Image from Hachette

The last thing Garrett, Duke of Calton, expects to find while tracking his sworn enemy is the delectable, mysterious Kate. This beautiful servant girl rouses a longing the battle-scarred ex-soldier had never hoped to feel again. But when she turns out to be the sister of the man he seeks, he's convinced he's been betrayed.

Kate knows her duty to her family, yet how can she ignore Garrett's powerful pull on her heart? Or the heady temptation of his stolen-and sizzling-kisses? Scandal has followed the duke since the war. Now the greatest shock of all is on its way-the one that can separate Garrett and Kate forever.

Michelle's Review: (contains minor spoilers)
I stayed away from the first book in this series A Hint of Wicked because it has one of those love triangle plot lines and if there's one plot line I dislike it's that. When this book was offered by Hachette as one of their blog tour books and it doesn't seem like it has that plot line, I jumped at the chance to read it as I've been wanting to read this author since A Hint of Wicked came out and made a bit of a splash.

I wasn't disappointed. The writing was really good and the book was interesting. It's a love at first sight story that began when Kate met Garrett, a man she had been watching in fascination for a few days after she was done from working as a maid for her brother. Garrett caught her finally and they instantly connected. What Kate doesn't know is that Garrett is actually plotting revenge against her brother because of despicable acts he did to Garrett from the previous book. Not having read the first book, I thought the author did a good job filling in a new reader of what had occurred previously--reading the first book adds to this story (there you'll learn more about the whole conflict with Garrett and Kate's brother and how that all began) but A Touch of Scandal is a standalone book.

The whole time I was reading it though, I felt really sorry for Garrett. That man was put through a lot of really sucky situations: war, losing his memory for a number of years, losing his wife, betrayal from a man he thought his friend, scandal... I just wanted him to find his happy ending. As for Kate, I don't know how I feel about her. I thought she was a bit weak especially when it came to Garrett. Not that he was demanding really, but she pretty much agreed to everything he said and did everything he said to do with little or no thought. Almost everything she did from the moment she met him was all for him and that didn't sit well with me.

As I've mentioned above, this is a love a first sight story and I'm not a big fan of that plot line either as I prefer the hero and heroine to have a shared history before the story even began or for the falling in love part to be gradual so I don't think I'm sold on Garrett and Kate's love in the end. However, I thought the book was entertaining enough for a weekend read. This is the first book I remember reading where the villain was killed off in the middle of the story (not to worry there's another, though less evil, villain at the end of the book) and it was interesting to see where the author would take the rest of the story. I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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  1. You dislike love triangles? I must admit it does get played out, especially in all the manga I read and all Korean dramas I watch.

    I agree shared history is good. I like my romances to be realistic. Love at first sight definitely is a misnomer. Lust, more like it.

  2. Romance readers have different tolerance levels for certain plot lines and I respect that your review shows your preferences. It sounds like Ms. Haymore did a wonderful job grabbing your interest and weaving a great story.

    I love when each book in a series is a stand alone, so that at least you get an idea of the previous history involved with the main characters without having to go to the first book.

    I am really looking forward to reading this sequel.

    I entered your contest giveaway.

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  3. I'm kind of burned out on historicals but this one does sound good. I would probably pick up the first one though as do like a good love triangle :)

  4. Very straightforward review, thanks! I enjoyed Jennifer Haymore's AHoW and will give this one a try, too!

  5. I read A Hint of Wicked, so I've been eagerly awaiting Garrett's story. For those of you that can't stomach love triangles, it's worth reading that one after this one.

    I'm think this review made an important comment, stating that this can be read as a stand alone book. That always helps when jumping into an already established series.

  6. I've read other works by Jennifer Haymore and loved them. I know I'll enjoy A Touch of Scandal, too.

    Tracey D

  7. great review.i still have to read the 1st book,but I'm looking forward to reading both.they sound really good.

  8. Nice review. I actually like love triangles although I do think they are used a lot. Love at first sight is something that annoys me a bit. I prefer some history and a reason for the love between the characters. I would probably buy the first book in the series before reading this one although it sounds like it stands well on its own.


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