Review: Prelude to a Scandal by Delilah Marvelle

Filed in Delilah Marvelle , Review , The HEA Lover Posted on January 13, 2011 @ 11:00 am 2 comments

Format read: e-Book provided by publisher on Netgalley
Series: The Scandal Series #1
Number of Pages: 384 pages
Formats available: e-Book, Kindle, Print
Release Date: January 1st 2011
Publisher: HQN Books
Purchasing Info: Author Website, Goodreads,  Amazon, Book Depository (US), Book Depository (UK)

Book Blurb:

Lady Justine is willing to trade her good name, her reputation and her place in London’s gossip-hungry ton to secure her father’s release from prison. But when the notorious Duke of Bradford counters her offer with a proposal of marriage, the stakes grow higher still. For while the smoldering lord is famous for his conquests, the man is oblivious to both her devotion and her charms. And Justine is soon afraid she has wagered all for naught…

My Thoughts:

Prelude to a Scandal is different. Now different can either be good or bad so let me tell you about it and you’ll decide for yourself. (ok it’s a good kind of different). This is the 1st book in the Scandal series, and scandals there are in this book! lol While reading it, I kept thinking ‘how is that I can’t stop reading when I would usually have run away?’ I think the answer is that Delilah pulled it off where others have failed. I won’t lie, it’s a pretty scandalous story *wink* but I found myself completely absorbed and I just couldn’t stop reading.
Bradford is a sex-addict, this ‘obsession’ as he calls it, is literally ruling his life. He really can’t help himself and he is never satisfied. Now, something bad happened to him a few months ago and he decided to change and get married to Justine. Bradford is absolutely drool-worthy, even with his new scarred face.  Justine has been raised in Africa where her father has been studying ‘mammal reproduction’, Bradford has been his sponsor for years. Now Justine’s father is in prison for having published the results of his research stating that homosexuality is not wrong. Justine is ready to do anything to help her father…even to offer herself to a wicked rake like Bradford. 
Usually I would have a problem with most of the scandals happening in this book. I mean come ON, when i tried summarizing it to Susi she went all ‘O_O and you liked it?’ And yes I really did anyway lol. I can’t talk about what happens without spoiling the book so I’ll be vague. I really like Bradford, I love his struggle to keep control of his mind when his body is demanding he ravages the woman in front of him. I found that the chapters about him were just captivating. I loved being in his head. Justine is a wild woman trying to fit in but failing for the most part. She is exactly perfect for Bradford. 
I won’t deny it, I had a lot of fun reading this book. It’s not your usual historical romance. For once, it’s very very sexy! The heroine might still be a virgin but she isn’t naive and knows quite a lot about sex…at least in theory.  This is a really good book I enjoyed reading from start to end. It shocked me a few times (well with such a title it was bound to happen *wink*) and still I cant wait to read Once Upon a Scandal, the 2nd book in the series. I recommend this book to any romance lover who wants to be shocked a little *g*

I give Prelude to a Scandal 4 Bookies.

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About Caro The HEA Lover


Caroline is a HEA loving, yarn addicted French who's desperately hoping to get a HEA of her own. If she's not reading then she can be found knitting while listening to Audiobooks or watching Tv shows. Her secret addiction is reading websites that make fun at other people's expense (DYAC, Failbook)! Caroline also blogs at the Secret HEA Society with Susi.

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  • Chelsea B. January 13, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    I've heard good/bad reviews for this one…..I think I might give it a try though.

  • pattepoilue January 13, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    @Chelsea You know, me too! I read a bad review before reading it, so I had my doubt when I started it, and I was pleasantly surprised.
    It's an unusual historical but it's really fun to read. I really couldn't stop reading once I started. The hero is definitely worth your time.

    I will be starting book 2 very soon. It sounds even better *g*
    I hope you get to read it and have lots of fun too =)

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