Thursday, April 17, 2014

Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart by Sarah MacLean [Review]
Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's heart (Love By Numbers #3) by Sarah MacLean
Format: paperback
Source: library
Date read: January 1, 2014

Love By Numbers
1. Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
2. Ten Ways to Be Adored When landing a Lord
3. Eleven Scandals to Start... Paperback | Kindle

Sarah MacLean
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
There is no telling where a scandal might lead...

She lives for passion.

Bold, impulsive, and a magnet for trouble, Juliana Fiori is no simpering English miss. She refuses to play by society’s rules: she speaks her mind, cares nothing for the approval of the ton, and can throw a punch with remarkable accuracy. Her scandalous nature makes her a favorite subject of London’s most practiced gossips…and precisely the kind of woman the Duke of Leighton wants far far away from him.

He swears by reputation.

Scandal is the last thing Simon Pearson has room for in his well-ordered world. The Duke of Disdain is too focused on keeping his title untainted and his secrets unknown. But when he discovers Juliana hiding in his carriage late one evening–risking everything he holds dear–he swears to teach the reckless beauty a lesson in propriety.

She has other plans, however; she wants two weeks to prove that even an unflappable duke is not above passion.
Thoughts on Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart: I've been itching to get to this book after how uptight Simon came across in previous books. Or, well, he did have that *moment* with Juliana in book 1, but from that point he was cold and hard. Even with his sister. But that moment gave me hope he had unplumbed depths. And he did.

And it was glorious.

Then there's Juliana. She has depths, too. They might manifest themselves differently than Simon's do, but her fear of being trapped in her mother's life of scandal and selfishness is always with her and sometimes that fear drives her to do things a gently bred English woman wouldn't. Somehow Simon always gets caught in the middle of those adventures. AS HE SHOULD.

I liked that we got resolution to Simon's sister's little problem and we got to see Gabriel and Nick in their blissfully wedded states. Incidentally, I love how Gabriel might be reformed and completely in love with Callie, but he's still a rake at heart and the little scandals that might be huge issues in another home he sort of shrugs off. You gotta love those reformed rakes.

Very fun with the added bonus of the introduction of Penelope who plays a role in the first book of the next series. I love when things like that happen.

Now, onward to the next series!