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A Winter Scandal by Candace Camp
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Dec 01, 11

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Read from November 22 to 23, 2011

** spoiler alert ** Another winner from Candace Camp.

I really, really loved this.

I was intrigued from the very beginning, and I didn't have any idea how it was going to end, until it ended. I thought I knew who it was, but I was wrong, and I liked that it came as a surprise. That doesn't happen often. I suspected everyone at one stage or another, trying to piece it together, but I just didn't get it til the end when it was revealed.

Gabriel, the hero, was incredibly charming, and I liked him from the very beginning. I felt that the heroine, Althea, was a little overly hostile in the beginning (hostile because he didn't remember her from a night ten years previous) but once she went a bit nutty and confronted him about his supposed love child and ended up being wrong, she was great.

I'm finding it's ridiculously hard for me to write a review because I liked this title so much. I hate that XD

In the end, I did suspect that Cousin Ian might have been the father of the abandoned baby, but this was close to the end, and only after a conversation between Gabriel and the assumed antagonist, Rawdon. However, I never suspected that Ian's wife was actually behind, well, just about everything (except the baby being abandoned, although she kinda inadvertently was). Neither did I suspect, or expect however, that she would be such a crazy sicko. I feel that she wasn't punished harshly enough, but I guess that's just the way it goes.

Overall, I thought this was a fantastic start to the new series. The hero and heroine were both great characters and I loved the fact that there were very few factors standing in the way of them being together (no crazy ex-lovers, or either of them already being engaged, etc).

I look forward to the next book, which I'm assuming, and hoping, will feature Rawdon and Damaris.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves historical romances and would rate it a 5/5.

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