Genevieve Longtree finally understood why, for years after it was introduced, this particular dance was considered immoral in England and forbidden in most ballrooms: It was dangerous. The moment Lord Corville placed his left hand on the small of her back she felt something ignite in her body. They two might just as well have been dancing naked, for that was how Jenny felt in his arms. What happened next was even more scandalous. It would call into question the wisdom of her mother for allowing her a London season despite her penurious circumstances, the last-minute choice of Almack’s Patronesses, the loyalty of her few friends, and the belief of Jenny herself that Lord Corville was the answer to all her dreams and prayers.
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3 stars = I liked it and it was a GOOD read Scandal at Almack’s was a quick regency romance that was fun to read. Upon the book’s opening, we meet Jenny and learn that her father intends to marry her off to a much older man in an effort to secure the family’s financial standing after her father’s investments fall short. Unfortunately, the age difference is not the only thing about her intended that Jenny cannot stomach – but she plans to do her duty to her family, no matter how unpleasant. Fortunately, her uncle buys her a stay of execution by offering to provide her a season in London. It is during her final official ball that she meets Sebastian, the Earl of Corville, and becomes embroiled in a scandal. While I enjoy Ms. Gay’s writing style, both in Scandal at Almack’s and in Lovely Little Liar, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I expected to. It wasn’t until I began writing this review that I figured out where the book fell short for me – I never fully connected with Jenny and Sebastian. I suspect that the shortened length of the novella format didn’t allow Ms. Gay to develop the characters as fully as she did in Lovely Little Liar – at least for my liking, that is. This is not to say that I didn’t like Jenny and Sebastian, because I did, they are likeable characters, I just didn’t connect with them as I expected to. This book actually has quite a cast of characters – both villains and good guys – which is probably why I didn’t realize I was connecting to the main characters. Despite this, Scandal at Almack’s is a good story and made for a nice bit of variety in my reading list. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Gay’s writing. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!