Seduction and Scandal by Charlotte Featherstone
His love could save her…
In more ways than one.
With the scandalous nature of her birth to live down, Isabella Fairmont dreams of a proper marriage – even if a passionless one. She saves her deepest desires for the novel she dares to pen, wherein a handsome lord with dark powers seduces her. But then her courtship with an appropriate suitor is threatened by the sudden attention of the Earl of Black …whose pale blue eyes and brooding sensuality are exactly as she described in her book.
Isabella tries to resist the mysterious Earl of Black. Yet as he pursues her with inexplicable knowledge of her past and kisses that consume her, Isabella fears she will succumb.
If only the earl could tell Isabella the truth. With very real and treacherous thieves endangering her life, Black will need to protect Isabella from the very people she trusts the most…
Review completed May 25th, 2011
Grade: C or 3 stars
Took me SIX days to finish this novel when usually I can read a book in a few hours.
This is a well written novel. There are no glaring errors or things of that ilk. The characters were well written. They each had their own personalities and eccentricities. I actually liked all the characters themselves. For me though, this novel was rather boring. I was also a bit confused.
Our heroine wants to be a “Lady Novelist” So she is writing her own story, and telling it to her cousin Lucy for much of the novel and it focuses on the passages she writes, which seem to correlate to what is going on in the story, like she is a precog. Which, as far as I could tell (would have been cool!)she wasn’t. It was used as a plot device and it drove me batty.
The hero, Jude Black (Oh, and BTW, I love his name *Jude* mmmm) Is broody, moody, and secretive. Charged with a secret Holy mission he no longer believes in, for he has lost his faith. I liked him. I like scary, Alpha men with a heart of gold and secret longing and passions 😆
The writing is very lyrical, and often times too flowery. I think I needed to be in the right mood in order to fully appreciate this novel, and the writing style of Charlotte Featherstone. She writes well, it just wasn’t for me at this moment.
The first 150 pages, were very slow for me. The action picks up at the end, but I would have liked to have had more action scenes. Also this novel is setup for a sequel, and many questions go un-answered. Which is the latest trend in authors I see. I really hate it.
Anyways, if you are a fan of lyrical prose, 18th century worlds, with a hint of Religious Artifacts that could doom the world if they are united together, then you will love this novel.
It’s gothic, a bit dark, but also slow.