I'm having a hard time rating this. The first half was a solid 4 stars. An "event"/scene between the hero and heroine changed the story from the simil...moreI'm having a hard time rating this. The first half was a solid 4 stars. An "event"/scene between the hero and heroine changed the story from the similarity of all the previous stories in the series to one that was different. We learn a little bit more about the tortured hero's past (Gabriel). I felt bad that the heroine had to play games with him at first to show she was interested. She acted rash a lot of the time when she was angry, I did think they were a well matched pair. Once the "event" between the two happened, the story got really interesting, I would give it a 5. My final feelings on this book was there was so much of keeping either other at bay rather than admit feelings or make their relationship better. I know they have to grow to reach their HEA. But I became frustrated and my rating definitely dropped. I just didn't care any more. One aspect I did like about this book that is different was that the hero was a submissive. I personally haven't seen that often. I am looking forward to the next books in the series and I hope others enjoy this one more than I did. I feel bad for my review and rating because I had such high hopes for this one. I do absolutely love the cover. The prettiest one yet!(less)
"Simply Scandalous" was a good ending to the House of Pleasure Series. I must preface this review by saying that this book cannot be read as a stand-a...more"Simply Scandalous" was a good ending to the House of Pleasure Series. I must preface this review by saying that this book cannot be read as a stand-alone. Many of the minor characters are recurring and have had their own books in the series.
This book was about Richard Ross from the Ross-Delornay family. A retired spy that lost the love of his life, a french loyalist who was shot in front of him in France. Although, things are not what they appear. A man by the name of Vincent Lennox mysteriously shows up and reminds Richard of Violet, the love he lost. Vincent is indeed Violet. Now relocated to England with her newly found twin brother, Jack to start life over. Violet was a French spy and now part of her organization is out to eliminate her.
Once Richard discovers the truth, he is entangled in a plot to discover who is trying to kill Violet. During this process he falls in love with Violet again. They both had to learn to trust each other and their love again. It was a satisfactory love story and an ending to the series.
There was a side love story in this book. Richard's sister, Emily is a sheltered somewhat spoiled young woman. She is a bit of a spitfire and wants what she wants. She decides she wants Ambrose, an employee and manager of The Pleasure House and good friend of Christian Delornay. Ambrose is also a former slave and although he loves Emily, he doesn't believe he is worthy to be hers. Emily will have to fight for what she wants and Ambrose will have to accept his life and his love for Emily.
The love scenes in this book, while not the steamiest in the series, will not disappoint fans of the series. I look forward to Jack Lennox's book in Pearce's spin off series, The Sinners Club. The Club was introduced in this book.
* Thank you to Kensington and NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book. (less)