We are delighted to welcome today historical romance author Delilah Marvelle who will share with us her review of her own book: Prelude to a Scandal! It’s not everyday that you can read a review written by the author of the book themselves, so I hope you’ll enjoy this unprecedented review! Stay tuned till the end for your chance to win a signed copy of Prelude to a Scandal, the first book in Delilah’s new historical romance series!
I’m good at shredding myself apart and what better way than to do it publicly? Heh. Okay, so let me start with why I wrote PRELUDE TO A SCANDAL and break it down from there. I wrote this book because after reading Casanova’s memoires and MY SECRET LIFE, I realized that these two men had serious sexual issues similar to what we today call sex addiction. And so my hero, Bradford, was born. Writing a hero who was going to be a sex addict was stepping into territory I knew a lot of historical romance readers were going to cringe at.
Yes, the hero is a bit of a pervert. It’s his dark side. It’s his addiction and doesn’t make him likeable at all. The man had to grow on me, actually, and I struggled to better understand him while incorporating the reality of sexual addiction. Sex addiction is like any other form of addiction. It includes mood swings, binges, secretly hiding one’s addiction from loved ones and self-esteem issues. Most addicts can’t and won’t admit to there being a problem until it severely impacts them and those around them. In Bradford’s case, it was seeing a woman brutally raped and having his face sliced open that made him realize his life was getting out of control. So…let’s get cracking on my review, shall we?
From Goodreads: 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….
Review: I like this book. I don’t love it (my favorite books are actually ONCE UPON A SCANDAL and THE PERFECT SCANDAL), but I do like it. It’s the funniest out of all three books and has a little more bite than the rest. I like what it turned into despite the fact that I’m restrained by the historical romance box. I had to sugar coat things, because addiction is not something that can be tied in a pretty bow and set aside, but honestly, I tried not to sugar coat very much. Which will make people squirm. But hey, if you don’t squirm while reading about a sex addict, then I’m not doing a very good job about infusing reality into the story, am I? I interviewed several sex addicts in order to really dig into the head of my hero and boy was that ever eye opening. Very little hero material to work with. But then I love a good challenge. I eventually ended up loving Bradford because he tries SO HARD (no pun intended…) to be a good man and that’s what makes me give into loving him despite his addiction.