Classification: Adult Fiction
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Wicked Quills of London
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon (September 29, 2015)
Author's Websites: http://evaleighauthor.com/ &
Notes: I was given an eARC loan by the publisher and I bought this one.
This was a joyous read. I couldn't put it down once I picked it up. I immensely enjoyed myself. It was fun, witty, and cleverly written with a romance that had me grinning from ear to ear. I just loved these two together and when the story ended I wanted more. Luckily, I had the eARC of its sequel, Scandal Takes the Stage, but now I have to wait until April of 2016 for Temptations of a Wallflower to come out. Ah, such are the perils of an avid book reader. *GRIN*
Daniel Balfour, the Earl of Ashford, believes in the age old adage 'keep your friends close and your enemies closer'. He's known around London as a devilishly rich and good looking rakehell and one of its most eligible bachelors. In an attempt to keep London society from finding out about the disappearance of his childhood friend, Jonathan Lawson, Daniel has devised a plan to throw the local gossip rags off his scent. He'll let the Hawk's Eye's reporter follow him around town into some of London's most exclusive clubs and parties. He figures if they think they have full access to him, he'll be able to maneuver around them and conduct his search in secret. If Daniel can locate Jonathan before anyone notices, he may be able to prevent a scandal that would inevitably fall upon the Lawson family despite Jonathan inheriting a dukedom. Little does he know the reporter in question is female and that being in close proximity to the beautiful, smart woman could be quite a dangerous endeavor...to his heart and bachelorhood.
Eleanor Hawke has made it in a man's world. She's smart as a whip and lives on her own turns, A rare thing for a lady of that time. Unlike most women around her, she is in control of her own destiny and with her publication could ruin lives if she so desired. Interestingly enough, she's got scruples, integrity, and as she states, doesn't judge but rather reports what is seen. She is unlike the women of the ton, and Daniel finds himself utterly fascinated by her and, truth be told, a little envious. Similarly, Eleanor finds herself attracted and down right charmed by him, but knows nothing more than a fleeting romance could ever be theirs and therein lies her dilemma. Should she give in to her feelings or will he use them against her?
The song that came to mind as I read this book was Bonnie Raitt's hit song 'Something To Talk About'. The lyrics, you'll recall go: