Scandalously Yours by Cara ElliottPublished January 7, 2014 by Forever
Genre: Historical Romance
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed on February 16, 2015
Proper young ladies of the ton—especially ones who have very small dowries—are not encouraged to have an interest in intellectual pursuits. Indeed, the only thing they are encouraged to pursue is an eligible bachelor. So, the headstrong Sloane sisters must keep their passions a secret. Ah, but secret passions are wont to lead a lady into trouble...
The eldest of the three Sloane sisters, Olivia is unafraid to question the boundaries of Society—even if it does frequently land her in trouble. Disdaining the glittery world of balls and courtship, Olivia prefers to spend her time writing fiery political essays under a pseudonym for London's leading newspaper. But when her columns attract the attention of the oh-so-proper Earl of Wrexham, Olivia suddenly finds herself dancing on the razor's edge of scandal. With the help of her sisters, she tries to stay one step ahead of trouble...
However, after a series of madcap misadventures, Wrexham, a former military hero who is fighting for social reform in Parliament, discovers Olivia's secret. To her surprise, he proposes a temporary alliance to help win passage of his bill. Passion flares between them, but when a political enemy kidnaps the earl's young son, they must make some dangerous decisions... and trust that love will conquer all.
You won’t find a damsel in distress here.
You also won’t find a perfect hero.
It’s easy to see why Olivia Sloan and John, Earl of Wrexham, possess similar minds: they’re dedicated to family, they take no joy in prancing around at London balls, they don’t put their self-interests above what is right, and they share a mutual passion.
They didn’t hit it off well, but I saw the spark between them. In other words: I had a “spark” with this book.
Their first meeting was quite— impressive.
“Swords.” Truly, humorous
Their second meeting— amusing.
I’ve always loved a gal who can embarrass and shock a full grown man.
Their third— quite beautiful.
I didn’t want it to end. Until now, I never would’ve thought discussing the creation of a chess set could be so interesting, powerful, and poetic. The topic was full of soul.
At first, John’s life seemed perfectly boring. He was merely another military man, father, and widower to me. Like Olivia, I thought he was too gentlemanly, too civilized, too conservative, too sophisticated, too— plain.
But he began to grow on me a little. He had heart and passion, passion that Olivia valued. He respected her passionate and outspoken individuality as well and didn’t see Olivia as stupid and inferior to him just because she was a woman. Even when he found out she was “The Beacon,” he didn’t discriminate nor was he really that shocked because he already held her in good esteem while the rest of society saw her as a hellion. I’ll even go as far as saying he looked up to her. As stubborn and radical as Olivia was, she wasn’t stupid and naïve. She was truly a heroine. Caring, intelligent, kind, and kicking ass when asses needed to be kicked.
Olivia and John were better together than apart. They weren’t poisonous and stupid when they were with each other, and that I appreciate.
The only problem I have with the couple though is I couldn’t see the love between them and the chemistry began to wear off the further I read. I understood their attraction and affections toward each other, but the love that bound them wasn’t so strong and alive for me.
Other than that, I really liked the sense of humor in this book, including the wicked humor. I refer to Anna’s demonstration of what happens to a man’s body when he’s aroused. I won’t go into further details though. Haha.
Also: Lucy and Prescott were such sweethearts <3 Sneaky little friends. I very much enjoyed the other side-characters, including Olivia’s sisters Anna and Caroline. The three of them were vastly different, and yet, happened to effortlessly get along as loving, affectionate, and teasing sisters should. There was no petty rivalry and jealousy.