The Scandal Series by Delilah Marvelle. 4.8/5 Stars.
**This is my first post in a new set of posts that I am going to start doing, a Series Review. I thought that some people might find it useful to read what I thought about all the books in a series and my overall impression on them. I really enjoy reading series so as soon as I read the final book in one I will be writing on of these. I hope you enjoy it!**
Prelude to a Scandal – The first book in Delilah’s series and a wonderful first book at that. This book unveils a different subject that I never would have thought a historical novel would talk about, sexual addiction. I have heard about it several times in our society today but when I think back to the 1800’s I never thought about individuals in those times being addicted to sex…but here Marvelle throws us a hero who is flawed with this addiction. I absolutely loved this book! Radcliff (the hero) and Justine (the heroine) are amazingly written and you really bond to both of them. I loved the stubbornness of Justine and the way she held true to herself. Radcliff is definitely my new book boyfriend! He is sexy and has a special charm about him, especially when he starts to really try to prove himself to Justine. I love how Marvelle brings us back to the sexual addiction that Radcliff has throughout the book, she doesn’t just touch on it and move on, it is something that he has an internal battle with and we are aware of it throughout all the pages.
Once Upon a Scandal – This book shows us a heroine who was hurt in the past by Jonathan and has stayed single ever since. With her father’s illness worsening she decides to get married to fulfill one of his biggest wishes in life. Jonathan, our sexy hero, had a horrible debt he had to pay off to protect his family and the job he secured to do it caused him to say away from Victoria for 5 years. He comes back after his job is done to vie for her hand and win her love back. Marvelle brings in a different scene in this book when we get to visit Venice, the place Jonathan had been working for 5 years, with Jonathan and Victoria. I love London in the 1800’s but it was still unique to leave there and go to a romantic city like Venice. I enjoyed the relationship between Victoria and Jonathan and enjoyed that he was trying to show how much he loved her throughout the book. One thing that turned me off was that it came to a point in the book, for me, that I wished she would just give into her feelings and not keep dragging her feet! I also wished that Jonathan’s job would have been talked about a bit more in the book since I felt like that was the real scandal in the book, especially after Marvelle gives a little history lesson at the front of the book before you even start reading. You see, Jonathan’s job for those 5 years was to be a Cavalier Servant (a man paid to escort and sleep with a married woman). It was barely touched on in the way I was hoping. I thought there would be flash backs or that the book would cut back and forth between how Victoria was feeling when Jonathan stopped talking to her and what was really going on with Jonathan.
The Perfect Scandal – When I read the title of this book I still get a huge smile on my face! This was by far my favorite book of the series. You have another flawed hero, Tristan, who has had a very stressful life and has turned to cutting as his stress reliever. Tristan is a very respectable man though, and you can’t help but love him for that. He is always trying to do what society finds proper and never wants anyone to earn a bad reputation from his actions. Then we have Zosia, our amazing heroine. She has had a hard life and has a physical flaw that I was shocked to discover yet it just made me like her even more with how amazing she truly is. This book really brings on the uniqueness (is that even a word?!). You have a flawed hero, a flawed-exotic heroine, a heroine who chases the hero, and a span of months stuffed into 379 pages that flows beautifully!
The Series overall – I loved The Scandal Series by Delilah Marvelle! I will be reading several more books by her as they come out because she has such a wonderful writing style and I love the spins she puts into her books. She’s just unique! I loved how the books were all tied together with the common denominator of the “How to Avoid a Scandal – Author Unknown” that are used at the very beginning of each chapter. Throughout each book you learn a little more about this How To manual and you know that each woman is asked to read it so that they know the proper way to be a lady and do things the right way throughout their life. Marvelle has quotations from this little red book at the beginning of each chapter and each quotation pertains to something in that chapter. I thought this was both brilliant and, again, unique! The love scenes in each of the stories were amazing and made my heart race and cheeks burn while reading each of them. The characters are well written and easy to bond with and the subjects introduced in each book were amazing since I never thought to associate them with the 1800’s.
If you enjoy historical romance, if you love unique topics, if you love a book you just don’t want to put down and/or you love steamy love scenes these are the books for you! I highly suggest you read them!!!
Average Rating: 4.8/5 Stars