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Scandal of the Year (Abandoned at the Altar Series #2)

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

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    Actually #2 in series...

    ...and I liked it even better than the first in the series, The Wedding of the Season. It took two characters from the first book, Julia and Adian (the "abandoned at the altar" groom), and really brought them to life. Reading the first novel, you could definitely feel the tension between the two, and this book really makes the reader see what has gone on between the two of them, both in the distant and not-so-distant past. Julia becomes much more than Trix's embittered cousin, and Adian becomes much more human. Characters from Guhrke's other series, the Girl-Bachelors, also make cameo appearances, which adds to the fun. Can't wait to see more in this series!

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  • Posted March 11, 2011

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    Lovers and Titles and Beguilings - Oh My!

    Scandal of the Year is the second of book of the Abandoned at the Altar series and definitely the best so far. While the first one, Wedding of the Season, lacked spice, Scandal of the Year did a million times better in that department. The main character, Julia (cousin of the main character from the first book) is a very interesting and surprisingly complex character. She is battling her attraction to her cousin's former fiance, Aiden Carr, who is of the strong and silent variety (and a Duke no less, which always sends hearts aflutter in the historical romance genre) Anyway, the storyline is much more unconventional, as the "deed" has already been done previous to the start of the book, but that does nothing to dampen the tension between the two. Another improvement upon the first book is that there was a villain; he was definitely in the background and I think only actually appeared in the book once, but he is the catalyst for Julia's (supposed) scandal and infamy within her social circle. I always love watching a straight laced nice guy loosen up a bit due to the untamed beauty he finds himself attracted to, and I think Aiden fit the bill just right. While he seemed very boring in the first book, you get inside his head in this one and are treated to an interesting surprise: he isn't all manner and formality, he thinks just as scandalous of thoughts as everyone else in a romance novel. I think the character development and plot were fantastic in the book, it really is everything you want in a romance novel. I highly recommend Scandal of the Year to romance lovers.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    final scenes were the most romantic I've read in a while

    This was the first Guhrke novel I've read in years, and now I wonder why I waited so long. I loved that it was set in the Edwardian period, and I can't remember any other historical romance that begins in the midst of the heroine Julia's divorce trial. I enjoyed Julia's character. Though emotionally shuttered after her terrible marriage, she's tough and also funny.

    Aidan, the hero, is rather sweet despite being a powerful duke, and he's willing to work for Julia. His personality at first seems opposite to hers: very moral and dutybound. However, he's strongly attracted to her, and gradually comes to accept his own feelings and find ways to entice Julia to accept hers, as well.

    I especially loved the final scenes, which were the most romantic I've read in a while.

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