In my opinion, there is nothing better than finding a good book and losing yourself in a new world. Once Upon a Scandal by Julia LeMense contains a world that I plan to revisit time and time again.
Genre: Historical Romance
Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers
Jane had it all. She walked among the high society of London with high values and perfect manners. But her world was changed with one scandal. Now her father is dead and because of the scandal, she has nothing. Her cousin will be taking over her house and his daughter intends to move into Jane’s room. As they always say, desperate times call for desperate measures.
To the public eye, Benjamin is the perfect rake. His cravet is always perfect, his pants are always pressed, and his jacket is the latest fashion. You are considered funny if you make him laugh, beautiful if you turn his head, and interesting if he seeks you out for a conversation. But he holds a secret that could help England in their war efforts against France. Well, it could help if the beautiful Jane doesn’t distract him too much.
This is an amazing spy romance. I loved the premise, the plot, the characters, the scenery…I loved everything about this book. I was completely entranced from page one and have already recommended it to many of my friends. I’m going to add this book to one of my favorites and I’m going to read LeMense’s other book, Once Upon a Wager, this book should probably be read first for your eager readers out there. When I’m done with that, I’m going to stalk LeMense and read the next book she puts out as soon as it comes.
LeMense created an amazing twist in this book. Just when you thought you knew who was a traitor, or who was involved, or who was the good guy, everything changed. The pacing was flawless, maybe a little fast for some people but I liked it, and I was left wanting more. The character development was also thrilling. There was so much of it and the majority of it came by surprise. There were no boring or typical characters in this book. Everyone had a secret and LeMense brilliantly reveals them all in perfect, jaw dropping moments.
I don’t want to get too detailed about the sex scenes because I’d prefer you discover those on your own but they were classic regency and never crossed a line into erotica. If you read regency, then they’ll be perfectly in place with what you like. If you don’t read regency, then you’ll still like them because LeMense is a great writer.
In other words, do not pass go, do not collect $200, go straight to Amazon and one click this baby.