A Hint of Scandalby Rhonda Woodward
If Alexander, Duke of Westlake, were conscious, he would find himself in a pickle. He's been sorely wounded by highwaymen-and is now being nursed back to health by a young townswoman, Bella Tichley. But just as a spark lights, one night threatens both their reputations-and their budding love will be put to the test.
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I read countless Regency romance novels. I bought this one because I had read another Rhonda Woodward novel, Moonlight and Mischief, and liked it so well that I wanted to read all of her novels. When I find a good writer and storyteller, and want to consume all the author's titles. A Hint of Scandal was by far one of the most enjoyable reads I have had in a long time. The author's style made me like and care about the heroine right away. This, for me, always smooths the way for a good read. I read every word, not reading the first line of every paragraph to get to the good part. It was all good. Bravo to Rhonda Woodward.
I thoroughly enjoyed spending an afternoon with these delightful characters. I really love Regencies and this satisfied my craving for a good one. Though there are lots of forced marriage plots, Rhonda Woodward adds an interesting and warm approach. The story held my complete interest until the very end. Because I loved her first book so much, and this book is a great follow-up, I hope there are more books from this author in the works. A charming read.
Set around the year of 1818. Alexander Arthur Henry George, Duke of Westlake, received a summons from his widowed sister-in-law. Her ten year old son had an accident and was near death. Worried for his nephew, Alex set off immediately. Only his groom, a lad named Johnny, accompanied him. En route they were attacked by highwaymen. ............ Arabella 'Bella' Tichley was awakened by her younger brother, Tommy, and told of the half dead man outside. Bella nursed Alex to health while keeping as many nosy neighbors away. As he recovered, Alex spent some wonderful time with Bella and her family. By accident, Bella was compromised and they were forced to wed. ............. Bella felt ill at ease on Alex's huge estate and very lonely since he was off on business. She decided to join her cousin, Lady Beatrice, who had recently gone to London for her first Season. From the moment she arrived, Bella was followed by a hint of scandal and a bit of danger. More was going on than she knew. .......... **** All through the story the reader knows what the danger was and it was not hard to figure out who was behind it all. Yet author Rhonda Woodward kept me interested by the unusual circumstances surrounding the romance of Alex and Bella. Terrific light reading! ****