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Scandalous by Ella Steele
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FIVE HUGE, SINFULLY SCANDALOUS STARS =)

"I see it, Jack. Your muse is back. The thing that gave you passion, tormented you, and haunted you is back. You're reeling in ecstasy and dread. It's something you want, but can't ever have. And the one that brings the pain is pure, white as snow... and standing in front of you"

**SIGH**

This is one of the best books I’ve read all year. That’s a heck of a statement, but I mean it. I don’t know how I found this book, maybe it was divine providence, but it quenched everything I love about romance books. I was initially hesitant at first, considering the H/h were not at all typical, but the cover and hidden promise of what might transpire just drew me right in. By the way, how beautiful is that cover? I’ll tell you right now, the story is just as provocative. It tore me up, made my heart ache, made me cry and made me happy.

As I said, Jack & Abby were not your typical H/h. Jack is a famous artist, whose work can be construed as either fine art or pornographic. He does not touch, nor date, nor sleep with his models. He also hires a female assistant to oversee his every move when he’s painting a model. With these simple rules, he maintains a pristine reputation that helps him sell his art. Abby is the dubbed as the one who got away. Jack and Abby were close high school friends until she disappears after their near kiss. A decade has passed and Abby returns, practically penniless & desperate looking for job. She has spent most of her time as a minister in a small church in Texas. However, her church forced her to take a mandatory sabbatical after she openly commits an offense. So she’s back and her desperation lands her at Jack’s studio. Yes, she is a minister, but she doesn’t find his work offensive or disgusting, but evocative and beautiful. He hires her as his new assistant.

Working in such close proximity to Jack is having a profound effect on Abby. He’s stirring up feelings within her that she thought was long gone. Those repressed feelings that she has had for him all these years are returning with a force. As for Jack, he’s always seen Abby as his “unattainable goddess.” How long can these two keep up this charade?

He reached out for me, tugging me by the waist closer to him. Gazing down into my face, he whispered, “I’m sorry, but I can’t be the one to start this. I can’t be the one to pull you from your calling and break your vows.”

Talk about forbidden love and lust…WOW!! Though this was told in Abby’s POV, I felt so much for both characters. The tension was palpable and so physically powerful; it literally reached out and tugged at all my emotions. When they finally couldn’t take it anymore, their coming together was explosive. My God, it was beautifully erotic. When a story elicits so much emotion from you, you know it’s good. I love, Love, LOVE this story. I cannot recommend it enough.

Side note: H.M. Ward writes paranormal YA romance. Ella Steele is her pen name. I hope that Ms. Steele continues to write more these adult contemporary novels because this was utterly fantastic.

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Reading Progress

05/28/2012
37.0% "Holy crap! Who woulda thunk that a nun and an artist could have this much chemistry. I'm utterly shocked at how much I'm enjoying this. Let's hope it keeps up. =D" 2 comments
05/28/2012
40.0% ""I see it, Jack. Your muse is back. The thing that gave you passion, tormented you, and haunted you is back. You're reeling in ecstasy and dread. It's something you want, but can't ever have. And the one that brings the pain is pure, white as snow... and standing in front of you." ------- You've got to be F**king kidding me right? Is this happening right now? I'm sold. Wow."

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message 23: by Rhonda (new) - added it

Rhonda Yes it does, I'll wait to see what you say!


message 22: by Rhonda (new) - added it

Rhonda Really??????


Fathima OOOOOOHHHHHH !!! I want to read this too !!!


Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog Rhonda wrote: "Really??????"

Serious as a heart attack. I kid you not. The H/h are not typical. One is a nun (well pretty much) & the other an artist. Crap! Talk about forbidden lust. It was sooooo good!!


message 19: by Rhonda (new) - added it

Rhonda Time period??


message 17: by Rhonda (new) - added it

Rhonda OH YAAY!
*skips off to amazon*


Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog LOL. God, I hope I just didn't lead you astray. Hope you enjoy it :)


Fathima Just got back from amazon !! Bought this and cant wait to start it !! Thanks Tess ! =D


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Rhonda Tessamari wrote: "LOL. God, I hope I just didn't lead you astray. Hope you enjoy it :)"

I'm not worried really. You gave 5 stars to Captive in the Dark, and we have very similar tastes in books.


Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog Yay Fathima! I hope you'll like it as much me :) Happy Reading <3


Fathima <3 !!


message 11: by Rhonda (new) - added it

Rhonda Omg, I totally want to start this right!! now!


Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog Chanda wrote: "I gotta check this out soon! =D"

Definitely! I'm trying to pimp this one cuz I just found it amazing!


Fathima This has got to be one of the hottest books i've read this year girl !!!


Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog Fathima wrote: "This has got to be one of the hottest books i've read this year girl !!!"

I'm so ecstatic to hear that you liked it, Fathima! It's one of my favorites of the year. And, yes, it was hot..,though not too overly explicit. So
Happy you liked it =)


Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog Thanks, Chanda! It does have a HEA! I LOVED it. Just remember, she's not a nun per se. More of a minister. Some of my other GR friends couldn't get over that tid bit and found the story lacking. I, of course, didn't and just loved the H/h's chemistry. Hope you like it ;)


Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog Chanda wrote: "Sweet! Thanks for letting me know :)"

No Prob! =)


Fathima LOVED THIS BOOK !!!! =D


Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog Me, too!! You have great taste, Fathima ;)


Fathima Heheh , you too ;)


Lise *friends don't flag* Great review, loved this book too. It is only .99 cents today, 1-9-13!!!


Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog Thanks, Lise! I'm glad you loved it. Some thought the nun heroine was a bit strange, but I thought it worked out great. :)


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