Saturday, May 4, 2013

ARC Review: To Wed in Scandal by Liana LeFey

To Wed in Scandal
Author: Liana LeFey
Publication: Montlake Romance (May 7, 2013)

Description: For Lady Sabrina, it’s a case of too many suitors…

Lady Sabrina Grayson is determined to avoid the kind of reckless love that ruined her mother’s happiness, instead setting her sights on a very sensible alternative: Lord Francis Fairford. But before she can attract his notice, a very different sort of man enters her life. He’s everything Sabrina thinks she doesn’t want, yet her traitorous body says otherwise.

Once upon a time, he was her childhood nemesis. Now Henry Herbert, Viscount Montgomery, has grown into a darkly handsome and ruthlessly seductive man―a man who desires the woman he once called a pest. Soon their tempestuous kisses are the talk of London. When competition from other suitors results in a vindictive kidnapping, Henry races to rescue his beloved and convince her that the only fitting end for her scandalous Season is to surrender her body—and her heart—to him…

My Thoughts: Lady Sabrina Grayson has come to London for her debut with a plan. She watched her mother's heart break again and again as her father took mistress after mistress. Sabrina is determined to choose a husband that she will never love. Falling in love would be her sure path to heartbreak.

Henry, Viscount Montgomery, is the man who is determined to change her mind. He has known her since she was a child when she played many pranks on him to discourage him from courting her sister. She didn't know that he was just being polite and had no interest in the sister. Now that ten years have passed, they both look at each other differently.

Henry wants to court her but she is nothing if not stubborn. Sabrina's stubbornness leads to encouraging a young Lord Chadwick who obliging falls in love with her.  Her sights are set on Lord Francis Fairford who, already having a mistress, fits her criteria. However, his kisses leave her cold and disgusted. Henry also learns things about him that make him determined that Sabrina will never marry him. Sabrina also starts a relationship with Lord Percy Falloure who has a reputation as a man about town. She doesn't know that he is Henry's friend. 

Sabrina accepts Percy's proposal of marriage since she is determined to follow her plan. Percy realizes that she and Henry and in love and breaks the engagement. In a panic and afraid to trust her heart to Henry, she elopes with Lord Fairford sending Henry on a chase to rescue her before she marries.

I got a little irritated with Sabrina's blind determination to follow her life plan no matter who it hurt. She almost managed to mess up her life beyond repair. Liana LeFey made me care about her and about Henry and made me want the best for them. 

Now we just need to find a happy ending for Percy Falloure...

Favorite Quote:
In spite of her rancor at his having humiliated her in front of her peers, the moment their naked fingers touched, rivulets of fire began to snake down Sabrina's spine, traveling all the way to her suddenly curling toes. Time slowed to a crawl as if, like her, it needed to pause for breath.
I got this ARC through the Amazon Vine Program. You can buy your copy here.

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