Review: Once Upon a Scandal by Julie LeMense

Once Upon a Scandal by Julie LeMense
Series:  Once Upon (# 2)
Release Date: June 22, 2015
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Pages: 279
Source: Book provided by the publisher for review



Lady Jane Fitzsimmons won our hearts in Once Upon a Wager . . . and now her story is full of even more delightful twists and turns!

Caught up in a scandal of her father’s making, Jane is now an outcast in the society that once prized her refinement. When Lord Benjamin Marworth offers to help redeem her good name, she leaps at the chance.

Too bad his plan requires her very public demise.

To the ton, Benjamin is a dandy and a rake, but that’s merely a convenient disguise to spy for the Crown. Can he save both England and Jane by faking her death and reincarnating her as a French cousin who can ferret out the stolen war secrets he needs? Or will she discover Benjamin’s own dark secrets in the end?

It’s a proposition steeped in scandal if they’re caught – but love just might be worth the risk.


Review: I love when the victim finds her inner strength and becomes the heroine of the story. She was so full heart and spirit with a gentle grace and underlying humor. She showed that she wasn’t going to let herself be a victim.

Mystery and intrigue were woven within the pages of a very sensual romance; that seemed as if it wasn’t going to happen for Jane at first. Her hero Ben comes to her rescue but at first looking to advance his own agenda but he soon falls for Jane. As their romance progresses Ben has to declare his love for Jane with a lot of fireworks so to speak so that she believes in him; no one not even Jane will have doubts about the way he feels.

I loved how these two worked together to help with Jane’s oust from society due to her father’s problems. The story itself kept me wanting to read on to find out what kind of mischief these two were going to get themselves involved in. I also wanted to them to hurry up and fall for each other or rather just admit that they were in love. Ms. LeMense did a really good job with her historical research which gives the story authenticity which I like when reading Regency/Historical stories makes them seem more realistic. While I really enjoyed Jane and Ben I have to admit that Aunt Sophia was the best. Everyone needs an Aunt Sophia funny…full of life…always up to no good for the greater good. She just threw herself into things.

For me this is a new author and I am looking forward to reading more of her works. This is a fun story great for an evening on the deck with perhaps a spiked lemonade.



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