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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    A MUST READ HISTORICAL ROMANCE WITH CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES! PRELUDE TO A SCANDAL BY DELILAH MARVELLE...

    PRELUDE TO A SCANDAL by Delilah Marvelle is an exciting historical romance set in 1819 Regency England. This is the first in the "Scandal Series". It is well written depth,details and with
    romance,twists,turns,secrets,sex addiction,sexual conflict,sexual tension,a heroine raised in Africa with non conventional ideas,and a hero with a sexual addiction. Lady Justin Fedora Palmer,who was raised in Africa with her father writing about animal homosexuality and placed in prision she needs the help of The Duke of Bradford. She offers The Duke a proposition,in turn for his help freeing her father she would become his mistress. While The Duke of Bradford is often called "Rake of Extraordinaire" he is fighting his sex addiction,secrets,family issues and refuses to use Lady Palmer.So he offers her marriage instead. This is a compelling story with controversial issues of sexuality. The characters will capture your heart as they deal with issues of family,past,
    and a young lady raised while traveling the world with her parents who sees sexuality different from most of this era. A must read that will have you turning pages. An interesting historical romance read. This book was received for review from Net Galley and the publisher. Details can be found at HQN and My Book Addiction Reviews.

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  • Posted January 26, 2011

    Quick paced historical with a modern heroine

    Prelude to a Scandal is the first book in Delilah Marvelle's newest series. Lady Justine is in a bit of a pickle. Her father has been incarcerated for his scandalous, scientific research on the mating habits of animals. Justine creates a proposal to gain the help of her Father's most staunch supporter Radcliff, the Duke of Bradford. She offers Radcliff several nights with her in exchange for helping to secure her father's release from Prison. Radcliffe counter-offers with a proposal of marriage.

    Prelude to a Scandal's plot had me engrossed in the story right from the beginning. The pacing flowed marvelously and the characters both had interesting personalities. Radcliff was unusual in the sense that he has an addiction to sex, so much so that he feels ashamed of his inability to control his physical needs. Justine's personality was different in the fact that as a woman in that time period she felt very refreshing and modern. These two learn to communicate early on in their relationship and have no issues with honesty. But they do have other issues that they must work through.

    I worried a little when starting this book that with the hero having a sex addiction that the content would be very dark. That wasn't the case at all. Even though the subject matter was serious the tone of the book was light and not angsty at all. Sometimes Justine would come across as unfeeling towards Radcliff because she would take a tough love approach to his issues. It felt a little insensitive at times. But for the most part the book has very funny, light mood. I would recommend this book to a historical romance fan who is in the mood for something fun without brooding, moody characters.

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