In English society, the rules of engagement have stood the test of time. Until a Reckless Bride falls in deeply, scandalously in love…
CAN AN INDECENT PROPOSAL
When Lady Claire Jellicoe agreed to a walk in the moonlight, she never imagined her titled companion might have brutal motives. Nor could she have dreamed up such a brave rescue by the most unexpected saviour of all: an inscrutable nobleman with a daring plan of escape—and a deliciously tempting embrace…
LEAD TO EVERLASTING LOVE?
Timothy Evans, the Duke of Fenmore, has palmed more treasures than he can count. Even for a man who grew up thieving in London’s stews, a stolen bride should be beyond the pale. But Fenmore won’t let scandal ruin the spirited beauty’s reputation. And now that she’s stolen his heart, how can he ever let her go…?
After the Scandal is a Reckless Brides novel from Elizabeth Essex
I picked this one up because the last thing I read by Elizabeth Essex was… well, it wasn’t perfect, but it was very emotional and I thought this was an author with the potential to become a new favourite for me.
This one turned into something bizarre, fast.
Firstly, at the 1% mark, we were introduced to the clichéd attractive blond male villain. This ridiculous, insulting, tired stereotype is such a staple of the romance genre, and the historical romance genre in particular. I really can’t stand it.
However, soon after that came the real problems. I thought to myself, “I bet I can pick exactly where in the US this author is from.” There were some strong and inappropriate political messages bleeding through the characters. It was as though the author had forgotten she was writing a book set in a different country rather than rural southern USA.
I put the book aside for the night and then in the morning looked up her biography. I was correct. I picked it and I’m not even American!
The heroine is almost raped. The hero goes on long mental ramblings about how rapes wouldn’t happen if everyone had guns. And then he proceeds to teach her to shoot (literally!) five minutes after he meets her.
“You’ve already done the first thing to make yourself safer, taking hold of the gun.”
In relation to her not knowing how to shoot his pistol:
It was both remarkable and, from his point of view, rather criminal that her father, or one of her surplus brothers had never taught her even the rudiments of shooting. If he did nothing else he would remedy that.
In relation to her not having a concealed weapon at the ball:
Being a lady had only served Lady Claire Jellicoe ill this night.
This is supposed to be ENGLAND. Where people don’t wave guns around and extoll the virtues of concealed carry permits. Where no gently-bred lady of the ton would attend a bloody ball with a pistol to shoot potential rapists!
Too much NRA propaganda. Too much victim-blaming. Too many people saying gotten.
I couldn’t finish.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.