Jennifer Ashley is back with the Mackenzies & McBrides series. A Rogue Meets a Scandalous Lady is the eleventh book to the series.
David Fleming is Hart Mackenzie’s right hand man. He was the one that got things done and did it in his own fashion. David was also always one for drinking but when he comes to his old tutors place plastered he will soon see a woman that will have him changing his ways. He wants to protect Sophie but also knows that he could never be with her.
Sophie, Lady Davenport was hiding at her Uncle’s place since her scandal was every where in London. She thought she would be alone with her Uncle but then David Fleming comes to their home. Sophie will be weary at first but as she spends time with David she will find that he hides the true man beneath the cynical words.
I love going back to this series. It has been one of my favorites. This book was really good. I enjoyed David getting his own story. At times I was annoyed with David in the past books because he was a threat between Eleanor and Hart, although that really would never happen. David was always and forever just a friend for Eleanor. I liked hearing more of David’s thoughts, he was thought to be very cynical man but he was much more and that made me like his character all the more. Now Sophie’s character was a vulnerable woman whose name was being dragged through the mud. I liked that she had backbone but she was also stuck and could not pull herself out of the scandal that was attached to her name. David and Sophie will help each other in their own ways and it is a sweet romance that builds between the two of them.
I had expected more of a retaliation from one character. A part of me wanted more with that conflict because it felt like the ending was rushed but the other part of me was happy to see how the author ended the story.
There is a novella that will be coming out which I know I will read. Can’t get enough of these Mackenzies.
Susanna Burney is in the business of deceit but it will start to unravel as her past comes to haunt her. James the only man she loved was going to be an obstacle to complete her job and she knew not to let her guard down but her heart wasn’t going to listen.
James Devlin has been wooing the young heiress but there is no love between them. James wants money and some station in his life than what he has been. James will be sidetracked when his ex-wife will be back in his presence and looked to be up to no good. James will find ways to be around her, to seduce her and to find that passion they shared, but James will make the mistake letting his heart get back involve.
Loving the first book of the series Scandalous Women of the Ton I wanted more. I had taken what books there were available at the library which were the fourth and fifth book. Notorious is the fourth book to Nicola Cornick’s series. I got to know the character of James in the first book but he wasn’t featured as a main character, you remember him all the same. I loved James character as the seducer when he wanted to be which shows its side every time Susanna is around. Susanna I liked her character but hated what she had to do. Her story didn’t make me want to cry as much as Joanna’s story had but still Susanna’s story was horrific in a similar way. I liked that she recovered well to a point but there was a second chance for them.
Now the villain is someone who for me just showed up out of nowhere. His name is Thomas and from the sound of it he was in the previous story. Notorious can be read out of order as you can put everything together easily but you sometimes miss those little facts of other characters who already were part of the story. I am interested in finding out more with the villain. There was also another villain in my opinion who was the Duke’s son. His actions depict that he is a villain with what he does to Chessie.
The ending will make you want to melt with what happens between our two main characters. I will say that I do love reading so far this series. Notorious was worth reading and once I read the fifth book I know I will have to look for the remaining books of the series.
Duchess of Girton “Gina” is in love with her fiance but has to wait for her husband to now annul their marriage. She will be shocked to find herself starting to lust after her husband who has come back to give her the annulment.
Duke of Girton “Camden” comes back to England to find the wife he left behind had blossom into a new woman. He will not like the new suitor but knows marriage would not suit him, at least a real marriage but Cam will be thinking twice about that when he is starting to feel things for his wife.
Duchess in Love is the first book of the Duchess Quartet series by Eloisa James. She is new to me so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I liked the concept of the story when I was checking it out but frankly it left me wanting more. I think what made me not as excited with reading the book is how immature the characters of the females were. I get that they would be immature at twenty one but it was played up a little too much with the characters especially with Gina. I get that with the women they should feel free to enjoy life as their estranged husbands but it just seemed annoying at times especially with how they acted. There were also four different stories being told throughout the book and as each character had their own identity it felt sometimes too much going on. Eventually I did finish the book and found myself liking it more as it was close to the end. I think it was because you did get to know the characters more and understood why they acted as such. I know that I will want to find out more on the series to see if it is like the first book of the series, but at a later time.