Prelude to a Scandal by Delilah Marvelle {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 17 July, 2015 by Amanda / 8 Comments

Prelude to a Scandal by Delilah Marvelle {Amanda’s Review}Prelude to a Scandal by Delilah Marvelle
Series: Scandal #1
Genres: Romance, Historical
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
Source: Library

Lady Justine is willing to trade her good name, her reputation and her place in London's gossip-hungry ton to secure her father's release from prison. But when the notorious Duke of Bradford counters her offer with a proposal of marriage, the stakes grow higher still. For while the smoldering lord is famous for his conquests, the man is oblivious to both her devotion and her charms. And Justine is soon afraid she has wagered all for naught….

No idea what I just read.

Thoughts on Prelude to a Scandal

I am not even quite sure what I just read. The majority of the book was confusing to me, in that the characters seemed to swing back and forth. The hero, in his POV, would admit to himself that he loved the heroine, then in the next breath, tell her that love means nothing and that he can never love. The heroine was flighty, and constantly reversed her position on how she felt about the hero. I don’t even know how to explain it. She would tell him to do something, he’d do it, and then she’d find some other reason why it was wrong (he didn’t respect her?) and force them apart.

Then there was the whole sexual obsession thing with Radcliff. Even though I’m finished with the book, I’m still not sure what it was. Like, was he just a lusty man who couldn’t bear to be sexually frustrated, so he took his pleasures wherever he could find them, even by his own hand? Or did he actually have a problem? I don’t know. I DON’T KNOW.

And yet, it was oddly central to the plot, this obsession of his, because it drove the two apart and I’m not really sure about any of it. Radcliff actually stops himself from having sex with Justine on their wedding night for no reason that made any sense. And then Justine makes him promise not to masturbate. Which is a thing. Because, you know, once you’re so in love with someone, you don’t want to think about having sex with others (that I can buy) or even finishing yourself off (that I don’t buy).

Then there was the whole thing with Radcliff’s brother and the brother’s mistress and I’m not even sure what the point of that was. Drive Justine and Radcliff together? Certain things happened between Radcliff’s brother and Justine that were there and then forgotten and I don’t know why it was never resolved.

This book raised a lot of questions that were never really answered. The only reason I didn’t stop reading it – and I probably should have – was that it was a library book and I was at the cabin and didn’t want to run out of readable books? Definitely better off as a DNF, since all I really do is blink in confusion when I attempt to explain my thoughts.


Filed under: ESR: 2, Review: Amanda,


8 Responses to “Prelude to a Scandal by Delilah Marvelle {Amanda’s Review}”

    • I’ve given ones before, but I don’t think I’ve ever reviewed them. Maybe because nowadays, I stop reading before I ever reach the one star mark, and I don’t rate DNFs. So… yeah. I probably should have marked this one DNF and moved on, but didn’t. o.O

  1. Huh. This sounds like kind of a hot mess Amanda! Why would she tell him he can’t masturbate? Does it mean he loves her less if he does? It sounds very illogical and that would be frustrating as hell. On a positive note, it does make me curious because now I have a ton of questions!

    • Hot mess is pretty accurate. She didn’t want him to masturbate because of his sexual obsession. I don’t get it! Like he’s only supposed to relieve his sexual frustrations with the heroine?

    • No, it more like he couldn’t resist having sex with any willing female. He sent away all female servants to avoid the temptation and had secluded himself from society for like, eight months before he and Justine got married. He decided to marry her because he’d always liked her and thought she could help him control his urges. AND YET, he stopped himself from having sex with Justine on their wedding night even when she was completely willing. So…? It makes no sense.

    • Definitely a jackass who couldn’t control himself. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a sex addiction. More like no one had ever told him no before.

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