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Friday, January 28, 2011

To Sin With Scandal by Tamara Gill

To Sin With Scandal by Tamara Gill
Publisher: Noble Romance
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (22 pages)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 3 books
Reviewed by Lavender

One night of passion with the notorious rake, Lord Scandal. Every need satisfied, nothing expected in return. All Lady Miranda Fitsimmon has to do is keep her rendezvous with the man secret from the ton and her heart inured to the memory of their past.

Lord Scandal, otherwise known as Lord Sedley, no longer desires such meaningless liaisons in the ton. His taste for bed sport has changed. He only desires one woman to warm his sheets. And when the woman he thought never to see grace his home walks into his library and expects all her desires to be sated, his resolve to redeem himself is tested.

Can one night of sin give them both what they crave the most? Or will past wounds be too deep to forgive and forget?

To Sin With Scandal by Tamara Gill is a steamy, historical short story with passion.

Lord Sedly has earned himself a reputation as a rake and therefore acquired the name “Lord Scandal”.

He and the widow Lady Miranda Fitsimmon have a past together. They see each other seven years after a romantic incident that had ended in pain and regret for them both. She had thought they loved each other before and had expected marriage but soon caught him with another woman in a very private situation. Hurt, she married another. He then went through a string of women.

Now, in the present, as a widow, she sees him and longs for him. As a womanizer, he initially comes off as being somewhat unlikeable, yet he hints at complexity with his secret yearning to find love and settle down. He carries some shame for his actions, redeeming him.

Miranda is a likeable character, and Lord Sedly, Merrick, becomes one. There was definite chemistry between them, but a few times, I was confused about their motivations and actions. Some decisions were perplexing. Why does Miranda only seem to want a one-night stand if she loves him and is now available? Why did he think she betrayed him?

Some parts of the story didn't seem logical. For example, she was a widow whose husband had been neglectful in bed, yet she showed the talent of a courtesan with Merrick, but then later he said her husband had been affectionate with her. I thought Miranda's husband had been not-so-good to her. This discrepancy is not addressed.

I did enjoy the heat level of the story, and the deeper issues it touched upon, especially the topic of forgiveness, giving this short story some depth. I liked the ending as well. All-in-all quite satisfying.