Playwright Maggie Delamere shuts down aristocratic males with a mere flick of her razor-sharp quill. If only they were so easy to dispatch offstage – especially Cameron, Viscount Marwood. The impossibly charismatic man seems made to test her resistance. But when writer’s block and an enemy from Maggie’s past simultaneously strike, Cam makes an all-too-tempting proposal….
Cam has never offered a lady his bed without being in it… but Maggie needs a writer’s retreat, and his manor is just the place. It’s the least Cam can do for the brilliant woman who pens his favorite plays. Still, there’s something more than social justice behind the relish which she skewers her “gentleman” characters. And as Maggie’s pen and inhibitions loosen, Cam intends to unlock her secrets – one delicious revelation at a time.
Rating: C for narration; B for content
Scandal Takes the Stage is the second book in Eva Leigh’s Regency-set Wicked Quills of London series, so titled because the heroines are writers. I read the first book, Forever Your Earl a few months back and loved it – it’s beautifully written, with plenty of sexually-charged, witty banter between the leads and has, at its heart, a well-developed, sensual romance that doesn’t completely ignore the difficulties created by the class difference between the protagonists. I was hoping for more of the same in Scandal Takes the Stage (which I haven’t read in print), but while the hero and heroine are just as engaging in this book, I nonetheless came away from it feeling rather disappointed. I’m not completely sure if that’s down to a lack in the story or in the narration, which is somewhat lacklustre.
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