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Monday, February 7, 2011

Once Upon A Scandal by Delilah Marvelle

Once Upon A Scandal by Delilah Marvelle
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (378 pages)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Lady Victoria Jane Emerson left behind her girlish notions of romance when Jonathan deserted her without a backward glance. Now the time has come when she must finally choose a husband, and she has vowed to marry someone who will never break her heart.

Jonathan Pierce Thatcher, Viscount Remington, has returned home, free of all his family's debts. Only to discover that by some miracle he has been chosen to vie for the hand of his beloved Victoria. To convince his only love to once again believe in the magic of love and the promise of desire will be his greatest challenge yet. And one he cannot fail!

Can love survive when it’s separated by hundreds of miles, a militant father and one colossal mistake? If you love as deeply and purely as Jonathan Thatcher, Viscount Remington, then nothing will stand in your way.

Of the three books in Delilah Marvelle’s Scandal series I can honestly say this was my favorite. You’ll want to read Ms. Marvelle’s letter to the reader to get a good understanding of what inspired this particular story. In my mind it was pure genius and the twist she takes on a popular fairy tale is delightfully unique.

When you first meet Jonathan he is of the tender age of nineteen and reminded me of a lovesick puppy when he talks about Lady Victoria Linford, bless his heart. Ms. Marvelle’s writing is so vivid you can just see him sighing over her beauty and practically writing poetry in her honor. Two words came to mind most often when I thought of how Jonathan acts toward Victoria: courtly love. Don’t let Jonathan’s honorable demeanor lead you to believe that he has no fire in his spirit. When it comes to winning Victoria’s hand and ensuring her happiness and safety, Jonathan’s inner fire leads him into trouble more than once in this beautiful novel.

Likewise, Victoria Linford is an intelligent and witty heroine. She has had a lot of heartache in her young life but has refused to let it leave her bitter or torn. Victoria tries to be practical and not believe in the magic of love or faith. Through the very personal use of letters written back and forth between Jonathan and Victoria the reader is able to witness the intensity of their love as well as the point where Jonathan must cut off communication with Victoria for her own good. As with book one in the Scandal series, Ms. Marvelle utilizes passages from the ladies etiquette book How To Avoid A Scandal to introduce each chapter. You get the impression that whoever is the unknown writer of the book, they have had experience with causing enough scandal to know just what advice needs to be given to help others avoid it.

Will Jonathan and Victoria finally be joined forever in holy matrimony? Well, it is a romance book so you can probably guess the answer fairly easily. In their case, the journey from infatuation to love is long, carries sacrifices and ultimately ends in a breathless happily ever after you won’t want to miss. Don’t forget the story continues with the unveiling of the mysterious author of the etiquette book in The Perfect Scandal. Another can’t miss from the terrifically talented Ms. Marvelle.