I liked "The Scandal of It All", but somehow it didn't fire any passion in me.
It starts with the characters, I suppose. Graciela and Colin are nice enough people (damning with faint praise here, I think) and things certainly get very spicy around them, but I never really felt that their love was particularly well illustrated for me. At least, not in a way that made me sink into it and believe. The conflict of her position versus his was believable, (best friend's stepmother, etc), but it wasn't particularly original and was simply there. Then there was the usual where she's the older lady in a previously unhappy marriage who is to be taught the pleasures of life (and the bed) by the virile younger man. Things fell into place (and into bed) and there was a happy ending, but in the end The Scandal of It All was nice, but not amazing. It's a good book to curl up with on a dreary day, when there's a need for some predictably cheerful spice.
It takes two to make a scandal…
What kind of woman ventures into London’s most notorious pleasure club? An outsider like Graciela, the Duchess of Autenberry, snubbed time and time again by society because of her Spanish roots. Ela longs to take a lover for a single, wild night, and within the walls of Sodom there are gentlemen to suit every forbidden taste. If only she were not so drawn to the smoldering Lord Strickland…a dangerous man who sees beyond her mask, and could ruin her reputation with a mere whisper.
Lord Strickland never permitted himself to fantasize about the sultry, off-limits lady, but then he never expected to find Ela in a place so wicked, looking for what he’s more than too happy to give. She may not be to the ton’s taste, but she suits him perfectly. First, however, he must convince her to trust in this dangerous desire—and in the promise of forever unleashed by one wild, scandalous night.