"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"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. ...more
I liked the premise of this novella. People thought Lord Atwood would never marry, until he meets the young and vivacious Imogen. They marry and it isI liked the premise of this novella. People thought Lord Atwood would never marry, until he meets the young and vivacious Imogen. They marry and it is apparent to Imogen and the ton that Lord Atwood is totally and completely in love with his new wife. Their connection is definitely demonstrated during their private time away from others and in the bedroom. A wrench is thrown in this perfect marriage when Lord Atwood's friend and former lover comes back to town. Imogen meets Alexander innocently enough and invites him to dinner and inadvertently back into her husband's life. I don't want to give away any spoilers, so others will read this for themselves. I did wish this story was longer, but it is a Spice brief. I would recommend this one to fans of historical erotic romance fans who are looking to try a new author. I look forward to reading more from this author, especially a full length novel.