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The Scandal of It All: The Rogue Files #2 by Sophie Jordan

The Scandal of It All: The Rogue Files #2 by Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan is here on the blog today with the second title in The Rogue Files historic romance series. Please read on for my review and excerpt, check out the tour stops to see what other readers think, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win an Avon Romance Historical Print Prize Pack.  But first

The Scandal of It All

We are used to the age differences in historic romance, but rarely is the December element the woman. Sophie Jordan turns that around with an older, widowed heroine who has lived a private life of deprivation, a foreigner in the strange land of England, attracted to her step-son’s best friend, and heretofore disallowed from following a path that would bring her happiness. Graciela has lived her life for her family and children, particularly since her overbearing husband’s death. He was a stickler for things done his way: and to that end, near every utterance toward his wife ate away at her own self-confidence, sense of lightness and joy for life. Since his death, however, she has thrown herself into being the perfect mother and step-mother; dedicating her life to her 3 children, and making their needs her priorities. But, just once she deserves a chance: to find her own joy and live just for herself, even if only for a night. To that end, she seeks to fulfill her fantasy of wild abandon, one night at Sodom – where names and identities are hidden in pursuit of every carnal desire.

Enter Colin, best friend to Graciela’s step-son, and one who has always found her exotic, exciting and attractive. Just a few years younger than she, he’s surprised by her appearance at Sodom, and while once is marvelous: he wants more. Now he has to deal with her reticence, her worries of the age difference, what more will drop from society’s lips regarding her, and her questions about his actual intent. Through simply being himself, coaxing and questioning Graciela, always allowing her the opportunity to truly make the choices, she comes to rely on his company, but still can’t see a way past the censure from society that she is certain will come.

These two are wonderful –Graciela is so beaten down by her life and the censure her Spanish birth has brought her during the years in England, she’d faced that while married, and then her husband never quite assured her she was enough. Quietly readjusting her own dreams and hopes, investing all of her happiness in his children and her daughter: she’d dreamt of happiness for herself, and quickly assumed those dreams were futile. Colin is so patient, so determined to allow her opportunity and options to see their relationship through, and offer her more than the steamy chemistry that defies all reason (for Graciela) that his constancy, his quiet affirmation of his feelings for her, and the woman she feels herself becoming when with him become that ring that she longs to reach for. Not quite unattainable, except for her own hesitations and concerns, it is up to Colin to convince her of the potential, and coax her into taking a chance.

 

The Scandal of It All: The Rogue Files #2 by Sophie Jordan

Title: The Scandal of It All
Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: The Rogue Files #2
Also in this series: While the Duke Was Sleeping
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon
ISBN: 0062463624
Published on: 25 July 2017
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 384
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 46 minutes
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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About the Book:

It takes two to make a scandal…

What kind of woman ventures into London’s most notorious pleasure club? An outsider like Graciela, the Duchess of Autenberry, snubbed time and time again by society because of her Spanish roots. Ela longs to take a lover for a single, wild night, and within the walls of Sodom there are gentlemen to suit every forbidden taste. If only she were not so drawn to the smoldering Lord Strickland…a dangerous man who sees beyond her mask, and could ruin her reputation with a mere whisper.

Lord Strickland never permitted himself to fantasize about the sultry, off-limits lady, but then he never expected to find Ela in a place so wicked, looking for what he’s more than too happy to give. She may not be to the ton’s taste, but she suits him perfectly. First, however, he must convince her to trust in this dangerous desire—and in the promise of forever unleashed by one wild, scandalous night.

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

 

“This is no place for you.”

She bristled. She imagined he would not say the same thing to a man her age. Was she so very old and matronly that he did not think she had any right to be here?

Undoubtedly he consigned her to a certain category in his mind. A certain sexless category tantamount to nuns and grandmothers.

“I’ve every right to be here—”

“Oh, do you? Well, if you feel so very entitled to be here, then by all means, step out into that corridor and greet your stepson.”

His words struck her like a slap.

He moved away from the door, grasped the latch and started to pull it open.

She squeaked and threw herself against him, flattening him into the door and shutting it again with a swift thud.

“No! Don’t do that.” Her breath escaped in hard pants that got lost somewhere in the vicinity of his chest. That’s how tall he was. Her nose was directly level with his throat. Even in the shadows she could detect the thrumming pulse at his throat. Taller than average herself, she had always appreciated a tall man.

Her gaze flicked up to his eyes. He watched her, holding himself utterly still. Against her. Bodies flush. Hearts beating in cadence.

It was unnerving to say the least . . . and yet for the life of her she couldn’t step back and peel herself off him. She couldn’t stop staring into those pale gray-blue eyes that looked at her with angry emotion—another first. He’d always been so polite and proper with her. A perfectly circumspect gentleman.

His fierce expression and intense eyes mesmerized her. She moistened her lips and his gaze followed the movement. The blue of his eyes seemed to darken a shade—or maybe it was simply the dim lighting of the room? His stare dropped even lower.

A quick glance down reminded her of the indecent cut of her gown. Pressed against him like this, the tops of her breasts swelled above the neckline. She felt the heat of her blush start in her face and then watched as red crept downward over her dusky mounds.

Involuntarily, her nipples pebbled inside her corset.

She gasped. Even though he couldn’t know and he couldn’t possibly feel her body’s betrayal

(with him of all men!), she lurched back.

Now, with a few feet of space between them, their gazes locked for an interminable moment. Her heart beat harder and faster in her too-tight chest. A chest that only seconds ago pressed intimately against him. Her nipples still throbbed, as though she still felt the pressure of his body against her.

At the thought of his body, she raked him with a quick glance, imagining that hard body of his . . . the pressure of it covering her—She reined in her scandalous imagination with a firm yank.

The heat scoring her cheeks burned hotter. She inhaled. It was simply being here, in this house of iniquity, that made her think such wholly unacceptable thoughts. About Lord Strickland, of all people. He was her stepson’s best friend—a longtime family friend. Even if he weren’t too young for her (and he was!), he was absolutely inappropriate as a candidate for dalliances.

It was not only unseemly . . . It was perverse of her to even entertain such notions. He would likely be horrified if he knew.

 

About Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.

A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature - teaching English seemed a natural choice. After several years teaching high school students to love ANTIGONE, Sophie decided it was time to pursue her long-held dream of writing. Two years later, she landed her first publishing contract.

Her first book, ONCE UPON A WEDDING NIGHT, was a 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Nominee for Best First Historical. Her second novel, TOO WICKED TO TAME, released in March 2007 with a bang - landing on the USA Today Bestseller's List. A few books later marked her first appearance on the New York Times bestseller list with the release of IN SCANDAL THEY WED.

And as if she's not busy enough, Sophie writes young adult fiction for HarperTeen and contemporary paranormals for Pocket. Sophie resides in Houston with her family and loves to hear from readers.

 

 

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