A Breath of Scandal by Elizabeth Essex {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 31 March, 2014 by Amanda / 8 Comments

A Breath of Scandal by Elizabeth Essex {Amanda’s Review}A Breath of Scandal by Elizabeth Essex
Series: Reckless Brides #2
Also in this series: Almost a Scandal
Genres: Historical, Regency, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

Forced by her family into an engagement with a man she can never abide, Antigone Preston knows only a scandal will save her from a loveless marriage. But knocking a man down to the ballroom floor with her fists brings dangerous consequences. She may have ruined her reputation, but now she’s endangered her heart…

The son of an earl and a career navy man, Captain William Jellicoe has no interest in the frivolities of London—and even less in the institution of marriage. But there’s something steering him toward Antigone. He has never met anyone as brazen and unconventional as…himself. But will he risk it all for a woman who still has the breath of scandal hot on her lips?

Evil people are evil. Love it.

Thoughts on A Breath of Scandal

Sometimes you’re just in the mood for a fluff book, and A Breath of Scandal fits that mood perfectly. And I doubt the Reckless Brides series is very historically accurate (if at all), but I enjoy it. Even if it is a little weight and historically inaccurate. But you know what? If I wanted historically accurate, I’d read a history textbook.

But I was excited to meet up with William Jellicoe, who’s now all grown up and back on dry land. Even though we know him from Almost a Scandal, his book stands alone. And my goodness, I love the way Elizabeth Essex writes family into her books. Will’s family was too much fun and I got a little giddy at finding out the next book features his younger brother.

Antigone and Will made a fun couple, with plenty of banter and wild adventures. Bar fight, what? I like how easy the relationship is. It’s everything surrounding the couple—Will’s lack of purpose now that he’s on half-pay with the Navy and Antigone’s engagement–that pulls them apart.

And Antigone’s engagement, wow. Bad guys be bad. I love me a good bad guy, and while the threat of him was scarier than his bite, it was still good. Providing the necessary enticement to knock some sense into Will and Antigone. So excited for the next book.


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8 Responses to “A Breath of Scandal by Elizabeth Essex {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. So seriously . . . this has got to stop, LOL. I’m starting to be overwhelmed by all the HR that are piling up on my TBR list. But I want to read about Antigone-who-knocks-men-down-with-her-fists! AND William Jellicoe from the previous book. Fluff is good. And who reads HR for the historical accuracy? *scoffs* Not this girl . . .

    • While I can’t say it’ll stop (because I’m already into June with reviews, heh), I do have some not-so-great books coming up, so your TBR may not suffer as greatly. ;)

  2. I can’t help it — I love a good, fluffy book. And I’m with Jessica! Stop talking about all these awesome books that I don’t have time for! Sheesh. It’s like you run a book review blog or something.

  3. Oooo I love a good bad guy to Amanda, sign me up for this book! I always need a fluff book to counter some of the darker dystopians or paranormal romances, and historical romances are usually my go-to genre for fluff (but fluff with some substance). Love them. Must try this series!

    • Yes! This is a good series. The third book is good too, though I didn’t review it. Might have to look into tracking down the fourth book. :D

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