Review: Almost A Scandal by Elizabeth Essex

Almost A Scandal by Elizabeth Essex
Series: Reckless Brides (# 1)
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Publisher:   St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Pages: 362
Source:   Publisher

Bold, brazen, and beautiful, the Reckless Brides refuse to play by society’s rules of courtship. But—come hell or high water—they always get their man…

For generations, the Kents have served proudly with the British Royal Navy. So when her younger brother refuses to report for duty, Sally Kent slips into a uniform and takes his place—at least until he comes to his senses. Boldly climbing aboard the Audacious, Sally is as able-bodied as any sailor there. But one man is making her feel tantalizingly aware of the full-bodied woman beneath her navy blues…

Dedicated to his ship, sworn to his duty—and distractingly gorgeous—Lieutenant David Colyear sees through Sally’s charade, and he’s furious. But he must admit she’s the best midshipman on board—and a woman who tempts him like no other. With his own secrets to hide and his career at stake, Col agrees to keep her on. But can the passion they hide survive the perils of a battle at sea? Soon, their love and devotion will be put to the test…


Review: Almost A Scandal is a scandalous story that had lots of twists and turns and many were unexpected. It is a historical romance mainly set on the high seas but also takes place in England and France. The premise was nothing like I expected but I was glad to see this is book one in the series and I’ll be reunited with the characters I’ve come to know. There was great character development of all the main characters of which there were many – the Kents, Col, Captain McAlden, Pinky, Willis, Will, Ian, Gamage and Grace. The vivid descriptions of the ship, Audacious, the attacks on the ships and the house in England made me feel like I was there even though I haven’t been on a boat too often.

Sally and Col had chemistry from the beginning. It got hotter as the story went on then cooled somewhat and then the heat was turned up once again. There was adventure, pain, laughter, tears, camaraderie, romance, love, misunderstandings, caring, family and friends. There was closure that I was hoping for but not in the way I expected. There was an excerpt from book two that whet my appetite for more and reeled me right back in. I have not read books by this author before but look forward to reading others – not only in the Reckless Brides series.

Favorite Quote: She instinctively dropped to the deck in a crouch to listen, but when no other sound was forthcoming,-no further noise or cry of alarm-she cursed herself for being so skittish. Col was probably only breaking up the furniture to start the pyre for their fire.