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The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan
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May 23, 2014

it was amazing
bookshelves: would-recommend, victorian, romance, 5-stars, top-100-romances, strong-female-character, to-reread-soon

Courtney Milan is an auto-buy author for me, but though I enjoyed 'The Heiress Effect' and 'The Countess Conspiracy', neither book made me squee like 'The Duchess War' or 'A Kiss for Midwinter'. So I opened this one cautiously.

But oh! Oh, this book. I *loved* this book. Maybe it helps that Free, the heroine, espouses so many of my deeply held beliefs. In the hands of lesser writers, I've seen feminist heroines come off priggish and preachy. Free is as dedicated to women's rights as any character I've ever read, but Milan doesn't fall into the trap of using her feminist beliefs in place of a personality. Free is witty and real and flawed, and I loved her for it.

As for the hero, how refreshing. Usually heroes with hidden dark pasts turn out instead to have hidden off-white pasts. But Edward is a man who has done extremely questionable things to survive. Unlike many a romantic hero before him, he doesn't fall into a pit of despair as a result; he acknowledges his character flaws and gets on with things. If he has a choice, he prefers to do the right thing, but ultimately he's a pragmatist who doesn't spend time brooding manfully about the past.

The rapport between hero and heroine is there from page one. They're both fast-talkers in a screwball-comedy-from-the-1930s way (but with English accents), and when I wasn't laughing out-loud, I was smiling like a fool.

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Reading Progress

May 23, 2014 – Shelved
May 23, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
July 16, 2014 – Started Reading
July 17, 2014 – Shelved as: would-recommend
July 17, 2014 – Shelved as: victorian
July 17, 2014 – Shelved as: romance
July 17, 2014 – Finished Reading
December 17, 2015 – Shelved as: 5-stars
March 10, 2016 – Shelved as: top-100-romances
April 19, 2016 – Shelved as: strong-female-character
September 2, 2017 – Shelved as: to-reread-soon

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