Scandal begins with just one kiss. . .
Aurora Paxton was once the belle of the ball, the most sought-after debutante of the season―until a scandalous mistake ruined her.Shunned by her family, Rory was banished to the country to live in disgrace. Now she’s been summoned back to London by her stepmother, who is being blackmailed by the least likely person Rory can imagine: Lucas Vale, Marquess of Dashell.
Lucas is someone Rory’s known for years―a man as devastatingly handsome as he is coldly disapproving of her. What in the world could he want from her or her family? Rory intends to find out as soon as she comes face to face with her old foe. What she never expects, however, is that the icy aristocrat has a soft spot for her―and a secret plan to redeem her status. Could it be that Lucas has been in love with Rory all along. . .and has finally found a way to win her heart?
Review: This is the sixth book in this series that deals with the classic fairy tales. At first I wasn’t sure which fairy tale this story was inspired by. If I had to guess I would choose Sleeping Beauty as it was mentioned a few times about a pricked finger. But it also had ruby slippers…
Lucas says he fell in love with Aurora/Rory eight years ago when she was banished to her aunt’s house because of a scandal with a married man. Of course she didn’t know he was married at the time. So off she goes to reinvent herself (wish I could do that sometime)and a fairy godmother comes into her life gives her some ruby slippers which transport her back to where the scandal happened. Rory lands on Marcus’s doorstep. I found their romance to be lacking. I didn’t feel the chemistry between the two of them. It was a little off.
There was a subplot that held a bit of a mystery where there was a potential blackmail. This added something to the story. I don’t know if this was supposed to add to the story because of the lack of a strong romance.
I really liked Rory as she wasn’t one to back done. She showed that she was just as capable as Lucas when it came to well everything. She stood up for herself and her beliefs.
This was a really smooth read that went rather fast. Wasn’t bad even with the lightness of romance and the confusion as far as which fairy tale it followed.