A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal by Meredith Duran delivers what I love about historical fiction into the world of historical romance. Enriching the story with details of the lower class adds a lot of depth and interest that most historical romance books lack.
One thing I hate about the romance books is that they almost never deal with working class characters – it’s all about the aristocracy. Historical fiction focuses much more on the middle and lower class people, and I love glimpses into that life! I loved having it here, opening the book into that world versus the world of privilege was a very welcome change. Bravo Meredith Duran.
Nell Whitby is an awesome character. She has to deal with a lot of shock and change in her life in a short time, and she is nothing if not tough enough to handle it. (I can’t say with grace exactly since grace isn’t really the first characteristic that comes to mind in regards to her…) Simon is amazing too, they are definitely able to play off each other well. Their vast differences as well as commonalities make all their exchanges fraught with tension.
As is the usual with Meredith Duran, the romance is off the charts hottttt. She doesn’t skimp with her sexytimes scenes; she brings the intensity.
So, if you’re in the mood to see a girl who grew up working and destitute find out that she actually belongs among the ranks of the elite and then watch her attempt to earn her place there while fighting with and falling for her troubled protector – pick this book up and sink into one heck of a story!
I’m so glad to see that Meredith is back on her game after the overall disappointing Wicked Becomes You.