Anna Bradley has written a historical romance that is the first book in a new series of books called “The Sutherland Scandals.” I love the heroine of this story; however, I hated the hero of this story for most of the novel because he came off as a jackass.
First of all, the heroine of this story Delphinium, AKA Delia to her friends, stands up for herself and her family against most people, unlike other people of her time in London 1814, who followed the social rules set down by the aristocracy where a “commoner” doesn’t talk back to her “betters” such as lords, ladies, kings or queens. She is always talking back to the hero of this story, Alex Sutherland, AKA Lord Carlisle, who came off as an arrogant jackass most of the time because he believed his money and status as an Earl of Great Britain could get him out of any mess he made with people beneath him in status. He was also mean to the heroine before he even met her when he found out his younger brother Robyn was courting Delia for his wife. Alex blew up in rage because Delia’s mother created a huge scandal on his family’s name when she ran off into the night instead of accepting his father’s marriage proposal at a huge party his family threw for the event.
Last, I did not notice any grammar errors that could have slowed the story down to a crawl yet I did have to put this book down a couple of times because I was so mad at the hero and his jackass ways.
Can Delia stay in the background and not cause a ruckus so her sister Lily can have a fun time at a house party in the country with the family that her mother caused a scandal with many years-ago?
A tantalizing new Regency romance filled with the most elegant society—and the most forbidden desires…
England, 1811. Delia Somerset despises the privileged ton, but her young sister, Lily, is desperate to escape their family’s scandalous past and join high society. Unwilling to upset her sister, Delia reluctantly agrees to attend a party at the Sutherland estate—and avoid the gossip at all costs.
Alec Sutherland is known as a hot-headed scoundrel, but nothing gets a rise out of him as much as the news that his brother desires Delia’s hand in marriage. She is, after all, the daughter of the London belle who soiled their family name. He’s determined to ruin her reputation as well, in the most delicious way possible. It’s only a matter of time before he can woo her with his irresistible advances.
As Delia devilishly plays along in Alec’s game, determined to prove the joke is on him, they inch ever closer to repeating history. And in this game of seductive glances, scandalous whispers, and old debts, the outcome might be much more than either of them anticipated…